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David Brooks Feels for Obama on PBS: 'You Have to Feel Sorry for Him'
News Busters.com ^ | June 3, 2012 | Tim Graham

Posted on 06/03/2012 4:24:20 PM PDT by Kaslin

On Friday's PBS NewsHour, both "conservative" David Brooks and liberal Mark Shields thought this was a tough, tight election for Barack Obama. Shields said "it becomes a race about disqualifying, a campaign about disqualifying your opponent. And that's not attractive or appealing. It's not hope and change. It's blood and guts."

But Brooks really felt Obama's pain: "So the president is obviously going to try. He is going to have. And to some extent, you have to feel sorry for him. This is in large degree not his fault. Things are happening way beyond his control. I don't believe a president has control over a quarterly economy in any case."  He added:

But the European situation is certainly not his fault. The Chinese slowdown is not his fault. And the Europe thing cannot be underestimated. There was a study by some economists this week that, say, Greece leaves the euro peacefully. Well, that reduces growth to our 1.7. Say it brings Spain and Italy, and it as much messier. Then it is even worse. Obama has really very little control and he's sort of a victim of this myth that presidents control the economy quarter to quarter.

At least Brooks didn't see the point of further "stimulus" spending: "listen, we are borrowing a trillion dollars a year, we're borrowing 40 cents on the dollar. Do we really think if we borrow a $1.1 trillion a year, somehow, that is going to magically transform the economy? I'm a little dubious."  So why not place some of the blame on Obama?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 57states; alteredsource; davidbrooks; markshields; mediawingofthednc; memebuilding; mymuslimfaith; partisanmediashills; paulkrugman
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1 posted on 06/03/2012 4:24:26 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Brooks = faux conservative


2 posted on 06/03/2012 4:26:57 PM PDT by twister881
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To: Kaslin

David Brooks is conservative. By the way, I’m the King of England.


3 posted on 06/03/2012 4:27:26 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
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To: Kaslin

He fell for Obama because of his sharp pants crease.


4 posted on 06/03/2012 4:28:58 PM PDT by AU72
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To: Kaslin
"you have to feel for him"

he's waiting in the closet

5 posted on 06/03/2012 4:29:15 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Kaslin

Does it get any GAYER than David Brooks????? NO!!!!


6 posted on 06/03/2012 4:30:08 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Kaslin

Does it get any GAYER than David Brooks????? NO!!!!


7 posted on 06/03/2012 4:30:24 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Kaslin

lol

so let me get this straight...

Bush is to blame for the bad economy...

BUT

Obama isn’t to blame for the bad economy... because presidents can’t really affect the economy !?!

um... if presidents can’t affect the economy... then how in hell is Bush to blame in the first place?


8 posted on 06/03/2012 4:31:11 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. and the economy died.)
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To: Kaslin

FUBO!!!


9 posted on 06/03/2012 4:31:22 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Kaslin
I feel sorry for the millions of unemployed,underemployed,those forced onto food stamps,those whose house values have nosedived,Mr Brooks.Osama Obama? Not so much.
10 posted on 06/03/2012 4:31:46 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Mugabe Had A Son He'd Look Like Obama)
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To: Kaslin
Hey David, if I don't feel sorry for the Fascist, Hate-Capitalism/America, Neo-Commie, Corrupt, Bottom-Feeding, Rat-Bas-Turd, for having done everything within his power to harm--if not destroy--our Republic, does that make me a "raaaaacist?"

Well, if it does, so be it, cuz I feel as sorry for Dear Leader as I do for all the former wannabe Diktators who rest on the ash heap of history as a result of their failures!

11 posted on 06/03/2012 4:31:47 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: Kaslin

I never feel sorry for someone who has been trying to nail my ass to the wall for the last 4 years.

I am sure the slaves who got sold down the river never felt sorry for the seller. We have been sold down the river by Obama.


12 posted on 06/03/2012 4:32:25 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Kaslin

Just like they all felt sorry for George Bush at the end of his first term. /S


13 posted on 06/03/2012 4:33:31 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Kaslin

Obama can cook the books all he wants. His economic plans have been a disaster for the job market in the US.

Not his fault? 3 and half years of not his fault?

Right.


14 posted on 06/03/2012 4:33:31 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Washington could not tell a lie, Nixon could not tell the truth, Obama can't tell the difference.)
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To: Kaslin

Un effin’ believable. Victimology never stops, even when a black man reaches the pinnacle of American society, the POTUS. Yep, let’s give him another chance, after all, he’s black and has been deprived his whole life (well at least half black). Call me what want, but the truth is the truth. You eff up bad enough in the presidency, as in most executive positions, you’re out. Plain and simple. Whether’s its the voting public or a board of directors, it shouldn’t matter. Lyndon Johnson,effed up, out. Gerald Ford, effed up, out. Jimmy Carter effed up, out. George H.W. Bush effed up, out. The beauty of the American system is, no matter which party you are a member of, you get tossed if you don’t perform. That’s life, deal with it. As for obama, he’ll make millions, and given his age, will be around a long time to continue to bother us with his idiocy and the MSM and academia will continue to say he’s brilliant. Go figure. Lead, follow or get out of the way. Get out of the way, period.


15 posted on 06/03/2012 4:34:15 PM PDT by john drake
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To: Kaslin

At least he’s “a little dubious” about more stimulus spending.

What an maroon..

Dude, How can diverting money from the free market ,to the command economy, boost the overall economy? The man can’t possess an ounce of common sense.


16 posted on 06/03/2012 4:34:21 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: JaguarXKE

The King is Dead...........Long Live the King!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


17 posted on 06/03/2012 4:34:37 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: Kaslin

Barack “not my fault” Obama.


18 posted on 06/03/2012 4:34:49 PM PDT by BusterBear
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To: Kaslin

NO I DON’T !!


19 posted on 06/03/2012 4:35:57 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Stop making sense!


20 posted on 06/03/2012 4:36:05 PM PDT by RonnG
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To: Kaslin
Its always someone else’s fault when leftest policies don't work - and they never do. Never mind that the outcome was predictable, the suffering and pain has to be experienced all over again because the latest brainiac is “smarter” than all the others that came before...
21 posted on 06/03/2012 4:36:05 PM PDT by DB
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To: JaguarXKE

And I’m one of your milkmaids.

Send more mead.


22 posted on 06/03/2012 4:36:35 PM PDT by txhurl (AB would vote for Scott Walker.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Barack Obama is going to learn what unemployment is all about next year.

And don’t count him among the unemployed because he was FIRED for poor job performance and frequent absenteeism and untruthfulness.


23 posted on 06/03/2012 4:37:05 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Washington could not tell a lie, Nixon could not tell the truth, Obama can't tell the difference.)
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To: twister881

The only way Brooks would ever become a Conservative is the day one of Holder’s People took out his entire Family with a Machete.

Either that, or he would start a new Think Tank, “Conservatives for Machete Control”.


24 posted on 06/03/2012 4:38:24 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Confucius say, short note better than long memory....)
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To: DB

The serfs need to work harder to pay more tax revenue to Obama so that his policies can work. It’s your fault.


25 posted on 06/03/2012 4:38:53 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Washington could not tell a lie, Nixon could not tell the truth, Obama can't tell the difference.)
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To: Kaslin
You Have to Feel Sorry for Him'

You don't feel sorry for leaders only losers
26 posted on 06/03/2012 4:39:18 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: Kaslin
Things are happening way beyond his control

I can't recall him being so charitable towards W.

27 posted on 06/03/2012 4:40:57 PM PDT by Salvey
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To: Kaslin

Young Master David wants some man-love....


28 posted on 06/03/2012 4:42:35 PM PDT by paddles ("The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." Tacitus)
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

DON’T. HOLD. BACK.

Good rant!


29 posted on 06/03/2012 4:43:02 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Eggsactly!
If Bush’s Keynesian economic policies got us into this mess, how is Obama’s doubling down of the same policies going to save us?
These things keep me up at night!


30 posted on 06/03/2012 4:44:34 PM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: RonnG

“Stop making sense!”

Such a great movie! That was my first date with hubby, and 25+ years later, it still holds up!


31 posted on 06/03/2012 4:45:38 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Kaslin

Brooks also sat there mutely while the blatantly lying Shields characterized global warming skeptics as “people who don’t like the remedy, so they reject the science.” Recognizing the liberal penchant for projection, you could turn that inside out, namely, that leftists like the idea of crippling our economy, just out of “fairness” to the rest of the world and denying us the resources to maintain hegemonic military power, so they embrace seriously flawed and even demonstrably manufactured science. Of course, there are other reasons to embrace the “remedy,” like Gore’s millions.


32 posted on 06/03/2012 4:47:39 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Kaslin
Zero's problems are caused by his own hubris.

It's a Greek Tragedy redux.

33 posted on 06/03/2012 4:47:51 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: twister881

I’m sorry for Obama that I do not have the personal distance to kick him in the face.


34 posted on 06/03/2012 4:48:20 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Kaslin

Sorry for him? Not one bit. Didn’t he win “life’s lottery” . He will make millions for years in speaking fees and another book or two.


35 posted on 06/03/2012 4:49:27 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: Kaslin
A President worth his salt would bristle at the idea of someone feeling sorry for him.
36 posted on 06/03/2012 4:52:17 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: Paladin2

Get real. I don’t feel sorry for the usurper, nobama. nobama and his grifter, Free-America-hating family have the worse consequences I can imagine...they have to live with themselves. That is uber suffering...a life sentence of being worthless losers.


37 posted on 06/03/2012 4:58:33 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: hal ogen

Sound like a Greek Tragedy.....


38 posted on 06/03/2012 5:01:53 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Kaslin

Brooks is also sorry that Barry is only 1/2 Black and Lizzie 0/32 Cherokee.


39 posted on 06/03/2012 5:02:35 PM PDT by JPG (Don't just talk about it, make it happen.)
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To: Kaslin

He is a media conservative who has never voted for a Repub.

Pray for America


40 posted on 06/03/2012 5:03:29 PM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: Kaslin

I’d rather give my pity to the American people who are paying for their ignorant mistake of electing Obama.


41 posted on 06/03/2012 5:05:41 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Kaslin
Emperor_Clothes_01

"The 'EMPEROR' has no clothes!"

42 posted on 06/03/2012 5:07:06 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: Kaslin

On NPR they regularly have EJ Dionne and David Brooks get together to discuss issues of the day. They basically agree on almost everything. The only real difference is in how they are introduced — Brooks is the “conservative” and EJ Dionne isn’t.


43 posted on 06/03/2012 5:09:10 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Obama needs more time. After all -- Rome wasn't burned in a day.)
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To: Kaslin

I’m starting to believe that the media hasn’t been on the Obama train because they believe in his socialism. I think they were, and will moreso be his drooling ‘fans’ solely because they can make themselves look good in the public eye. In other words, they used him as much as he used them.

Think about it for a sec. Like it or not the media creates ‘reality’. They pose a scenario, hype it to the hilt, make it into the ‘new normal’ and it is they who are there to tell the tale. It could be Obama in the white house oe Charles Manson. It really does not matter when the rubber hits the road.

“They” are always the center of attention. Look how many times Obama does something and the story is about what Chris Matthews said about it, rather than Obama’s actual whatever. In the case of this article, this moron made a totally asinine statement. Is it to take heat off O, or is it purely in his self interest to do so? People will talk about this for days and so his stock/marketability goes up.

And yes, he’s a drooling sycophant, but he has a reason to be. Check out the book “48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene for the details as to why. It will open your eyes to a lot of what is going on.


44 posted on 06/03/2012 5:10:17 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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Oh, woe is 0bama! The Victim in Chief!!!

He can't even hang out with the Choom Gang anymore.

45 posted on 06/03/2012 5:10:43 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Kaslin

Awww....change is hard (and hope is fading).


46 posted on 06/03/2012 5:15:08 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Kaslin

For once I agree with David Brooks. Yes, Davie-boy, it’s not Obama’s fault. It’s your fault and the fault of all the other feel-good white-guilters like you that this incompetent affirmative-action-promoted boob made it as far as he did.


47 posted on 06/03/2012 5:15:35 PM PDT by Houghton M. (t)
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To: MacMattico

Just like they all felt sorry for George Bush at the end of his first term. /S


They are all starting to make excuses that events are overwhelming Obama’s nobel efforts...never heard that said when GWB entered office and first had to face the post dot.com bust and then 9/11, etc.


48 posted on 06/03/2012 5:20:08 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: john drake

Yep, let’s give him another chance, after all, he’s black and has been deprived his whole life...
________________________________________

It’s amazing to me that anyone thought he deserved a chance in the first place.
I recall approaching that fateful election, a friend of mine who was a high powered marketing/sales type was fighting her way through the interview jungle to land a job with good pay and benefits. She didn’t whine about someone owing her something and the companies she interviewed with would not hire her based on a sentimental desire to ‘give someone a chance’ - she had to bring it! Yet that same woman subtly chastised ME as racist for saying he lacked qualifications; ‘don’t you think you could just give him a chance?’. When I said ‘No’ she looked at me as if I were racist and unaware of it. Somehow, the Obama campaign made it racist not to choose the wild card with no achievements.

I read recently that talking heads have begun to say that Obama ran on ‘Hope’ last time and this time he’ll have to run on ‘fear’ because he lacks achievements. I’d say he’s running on ‘Pity’. Now we must pity him because ‘others’ robbed him of all those shining achievements he promised voters. ‘If voters don’t give him another chance, the racists will have won by falsely ‘portraying’ him as a failure after defeating his good deeds!’ The ‘race-card’ has no limits!
I’d like to see the ‘artist’ who created the HOPE picture create an equally concise one for PITY. Except, I like the NOPE campaign poster of him so much....


49 posted on 06/03/2012 5:21:37 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: ClearCase_guy

David Gergen perfected that years ago. And then of course there was Dan Rather’s favorite conservative, Kevin Phillips , who had one of the worst cases of Bush Derangement Syndrome known to man.


50 posted on 06/03/2012 5:22:26 PM PDT by gusopol3
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