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Obama Blames Five Years of a Bad Economy on "Phony Scandals" and "Distractions
Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2013 | Katie Pavlich

Posted on 07/24/2013 2:31:00 PM PDT by Kaslin

President Obama did his best to shift his administration's focus to the economy today during a speech at Illinois' Knox College by blaming the anemic economy on Republicans and "phony scandals." 

As predicted, Obama gave America the same speech he's been giving for five years, saying the country needs more infrastructure spending due to crumbling roads and bridges, that we must fight poverty, that CEOs are making too much money while the poor suffer etc. He even went so far as to tout "saving the auto industry" one week after Detroit filed for bankruptcy.  "Today, five years after the start of that Great Recession, America has fought its way back. Together, we saved the auto industry, took on a broken health care system, and invested in new American technologies to reverse our addiction to foreign oil and double wind and solar power," Obama said. "Together, we put in place tough new rules on big banks, and protections that cracked down on the worst practices of mortgage lenders and credit card companies.  We changed a tax code too skewed in favor of the wealthiest at the expense of working families, locking in tax cuts for 98% of Americans, and asking those at the top to pay a little more."

While Obama claims America is "back," 50 million people are on food stamps and 23 million people are unemployed. The healthcare system is starting to collapse as doctors leave their practices and gas is on average $3.68 per gallon. It isn't just the rich Obama has asked to "pay a little more." In January, he raised taxes on everyone. And finally, big banks are getting bigger

After claiming the country was on the right track economically, Obama proceeded to blame Republicans for "distractions" and "phony" scandals coming out of Washington.

"With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball.  And I am here to say this needs to stop.  Short-term thinking and stale debates are not what this moment requires.  Our focus must be on the basic economic issues that the matter most to you – the people we represent," Obama said. 

Funny, I'm not sure the IRS targeting American citizens (with the help of one of Obama's political appointees) for political purposes or four dead Americans killed in Benghazi count as "phony" but hey, "what difference, at this point, does it make?" And speaking of distractions, apparently taking the time to personally call pro-abortion Wendy Davis, Sandra Fluke and the first openly gay NBA player Jason Collins while opining on local crime cases, playing golf and going on numerous vacations doesn't count when it comes to deflecting attention away from anything but the disastrous and stagnant economy. 

I'll leave you with this from liberal Washigton Post blogger Ezra Klein:

That was a lot of hype for very little policy http://t.co/hwBPRoTzdC — Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) July 24, 2013



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: 113th; benghazi; bho44; bhoeconomy; blamegame; detroit; fastandfurious; impeachnow; irs; obama; whitehousescandals
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1 posted on 07/24/2013 2:31:00 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

2 posted on 07/24/2013 2:34:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Kaslin

3 posted on 07/24/2013 2:35:13 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: Kaslin
"Phony Scandals" and "Distractions"

I'm sure that the people targeted by the IRS, and the families of the Benghazi and Fast and Furious victims would not call those scandals 'phony'.

Hell, they've been ignored.

And if Obama has trouble staying focused, perhaps he ought to lay off the choom, mon.

4 posted on 07/24/2013 2:35:32 PM PDT by IncPen (When you start talking about what we 'should' have, you've made the case for the Second Amendment)
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To: Kaslin

He means scandals committed by a phony _resident.


5 posted on 07/24/2013 2:36:31 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Goodbye America. Glad the majority of my years were spent during the good days.)
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To: Old Yeller

People write speeches and he reads them ,that’s all he does


6 posted on 07/24/2013 2:37:57 PM PDT by molson209
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To: Kaslin

Sounds like the Kenyan doesn’t want a piss off Dubya so he’s going to blame somebody else for his crimes for a while. He’s going to need Dubya’s help ramming “Invasion Reform” down our throats. I knew having a Marxist college professor for President was a dumb idea.


7 posted on 07/24/2013 2:39:24 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Amnesty. The DemocRATS' payback for the 2010 elections.)
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To: Kaslin

Obama, labeling his Admin’s lawlessness and outright criminality as phony scandals and distractions. And Big Media will agree with him and report his lies as truth to the vast numbers of low info voters. Lord help this once great country. You are our only hope.


8 posted on 07/24/2013 2:39:28 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: molson209

He golfs, they scribble.


9 posted on 07/24/2013 2:39:37 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (K I L L T H E B I L L !!)
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To: Kaslin

“Phony Scandals”= scandals by a phoney administration.


10 posted on 07/24/2013 2:41:00 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: Kaslin

11 posted on 07/24/2013 2:41:34 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

I didn’t think it possible to hate this POS even more.


12 posted on 07/24/2013 2:42:03 PM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: Kaslin

Like an old rock and roll act trudging the same old songs for the over sixty set, he’s stuck on doing his version of “Firebird” or “Stairway to Heaven”. He doesn’t know anything else.


13 posted on 07/24/2013 2:43:50 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Kaslin

“Phony Scandals” and “Distractions” have been the hallmark of the Obama Occupancy.

Trouble is - the scandals have not been phony. But they have been useful - again and again - to divert and deluge the sheeple from coming to terms with the enormity of it all.

Benghazi (for example) is way worse than Watergate ever was. But by the time our national focus is directed at that... Up pops Alinsky Obama with another crisis too good to waste.


14 posted on 07/24/2013 2:44:00 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Kaslin

Angry Black Man !!


15 posted on 07/24/2013 2:44:06 PM PDT by TexasCajun (Creepy-Ass Cracker)
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To: Kaslin

... I blame the bad economy et-al on the Phoney President.


16 posted on 07/24/2013 2:45:52 PM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: Kaslin

LIE TO ME—>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x9hlA0WEyQ


17 posted on 07/24/2013 2:46:22 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Kaslin

Obama’s new speech on the ecomomy: “Blah blah blah blah blah.... me me me me me me... -Bush’s fault.”


18 posted on 07/24/2013 2:46:38 PM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Kaslin
Barry has better things to do, y'all:


19 posted on 07/24/2013 2:49:22 PM PDT by Slyfox (Without the Right to Life, all other rights are meaningless.)
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To: bert

Did he bring a laugh track with him ?


20 posted on 07/24/2013 2:50:53 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: txhurl

I’m maxed out on my hatred :)


21 posted on 07/24/2013 2:50:55 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (K I L L T H E B I L L !!)
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To: Kaslin

Different verse
same as the first


22 posted on 07/24/2013 2:53:14 PM PDT by Leofl (I'm from Texas, we don't dial 9-11)
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To: Kaslin; Liz
Phony scandals and distractions -

<><> Benghazi do-nothing WRT murdered Americans

<><> Hillary's state dept's coverup of sex scandals---obstructing justice---scrubbing investigations

<><> Holder's DOJ (labeling journo Rosen a criminal--monitoring AP, USSC/Congress' blackberries)

<><> IRS targeting---for political purposes

<><> IRS stealing 60 million private medical records

<><> HHS' Sibelius strong-arming Obamacare insurance providers for money

<><> secret NSA snooping

<><> IRS sending $45 Million/32,000 EITC refunds to illegals at ONE address.

<><> Letting Snowden globe-trot w/ US secrets

<><> EPA using phantom email accounts

<><> Holder's Fast and Furious gun-running; savage drug cartels kill two US border patrol agents

<><> 5 million Ohaha henchmen w/ top security clearance---Ntl security undermined

<><> govt wiretaps rose 71% last year alone

<><> O using drones to shoot down Americans outside military parameters

<><> monstrous TSA travesties

<><> Solyndra and other green money-laundries

<><> sucking up to gays and other predator/perverts

<><> forcing Boy Scouts to admit gays.

<><> Obamacare provisions violated at will

<><> The Data Hub---HHS' database of personal info

<><> forcing primitive populations w/ Third World loyalties on US taxxpayers

<><> violating 2nd amendment rights

<><> empowering Planned Parnthood's savagery

<><> police state---monitoring license plates 24/7

<><> food foreign aid---EBT card abuse

<><> Obamas' non-stop luxe tax-pay vacays

23 posted on 07/24/2013 2:54:33 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Kaslin

‘”With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals...”

Yep, describes Obama pretty well...bwahahahahahaha!!

Meanwhile, back to the real criminality, Benghazi, IRS, Fast and Furious, NSA, DHS, Obamacare, EPA, shovel ready jobs, precincts voting 110% for Obama, open borders, spending millions of taxpayer dollars on vacations and Holder, Hitlery Clinton, and...............


24 posted on 07/24/2013 2:57:27 PM PDT by BlessingsofLiberty (Remember Brian Terry...)
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To: Kaslin

These scandals just broke several months ago. You’re talking five years ago. What did you do the economy after you took office? You kept on blaming Bush rather than you doing something about it.


25 posted on 07/24/2013 2:57:40 PM PDT by Rikki Doxx
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To: Kaslin

26 posted on 07/24/2013 3:03:19 PM PDT by red-dawg
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To: bert

If Obama had a piece of toast it would look.........


27 posted on 07/24/2013 3:03:51 PM PDT by Gator113
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To: txhurl

Every time of hate him more, I have that same thought.


28 posted on 07/24/2013 3:05:47 PM PDT by Gator113
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To: molson209

O:” I asked you to write 20 minute long speech but it took me one hour to read it. Why??”
Speech writer:”Mr.P, I gave you three copies...” :-))


29 posted on 07/24/2013 3:08:29 PM PDT by QQQQ
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To: txhurl

I don’t hate that arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. I despise him


30 posted on 07/24/2013 3:13:03 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Responsibility2nd

No one died in Watergate


31 posted on 07/24/2013 3:14:22 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Of course! It couldn’t be mismanagement or bad policies that caused our economy to fail. It has to be somebody or something else.

After all, 0 was on vacation or campaigning.


32 posted on 07/24/2013 3:14:27 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (As long as America's tolerence of failure is not overwhelmed by a desire to succeed, we will fail.)
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To: Kaslin

Sounds like the words of a dictator...

“Politics is when you say you are going to do one thing while intending to do another. Then you do neither what you said nor what you intended.”
~Saddam Hussein

I have said it already, I am convinced that the way to build a new and better world is not capitalism. Capitalism leads us straight to hell.
-Hugo Chavez


33 posted on 07/24/2013 3:17:19 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: Kaslin

Boring, lousy, lying speech by a now confirmed “LAME DUCK” POTUS!!!! End of story!!!


34 posted on 07/24/2013 3:22:35 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: Kaslin

“I never said that. Why would I even say something like that?” “It’’s not me, it’s him right? Right?”

~Barack Thurm


35 posted on 07/24/2013 3:22:37 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: Kaslin

I only listened to a couple of sound bites Rush had. They reminded me of Stalin’s new five year plan he proposed every five years.


36 posted on 07/24/2013 3:25:24 PM PDT by saminfl
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To: Slyfox

How could he take their call. Those are people of privilege.


37 posted on 07/24/2013 3:28:24 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Kill the bill... Begin enforcing our current laws, signed by President Ronald Reagan.)
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To: Kaslin

It’s always somebody else’s fault with small children and Marxists; the difference is the vast majority of small children outgrow it.


38 posted on 07/24/2013 3:33:47 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Kaslin

FUBO!


39 posted on 07/24/2013 3:37:34 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Kaslin

Fox just played sound bites of his speech, and he is such an #@%^^$( (*&%$ )(&*&^% >((*%^**// **-+*+*/-, I had to mute the TV.


40 posted on 07/24/2013 3:44:51 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: txhurl

All that POS can do is blame others. The Limbaugh therom is proven again. No one connects him to the disaster HIS policies are creating.


41 posted on 07/24/2013 3:48:03 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Kaslin

The Buck Stops Anywhere But My Desk—Barry Soetero


42 posted on 07/24/2013 3:48:23 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
Like an old rock and roll act trudging the same old songs for the over sixty set, he’s stuck on doing his version of “Firebird” or “Stairway to Heaven”.

I think you meant, "Free Bird".

Yeah, I'm over 60.

43 posted on 07/24/2013 3:52:20 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

Yeah and I knew that - fingers have a mind of their own sometimes.


44 posted on 07/24/2013 3:58:25 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Kaslin

It’s the Limbaugh Theorem:

RUSH: Basically I evolved the Limbaugh Theorem to explain something that didn’t make any sense to me. I saw polls which showed the American people by vast majorities supported Obama’s agenda, and yet every aspect of it they opposed. They didn’t associate him with it. It was a New York Times story. I’ll never forget it. The American people opposed the direction the country’s going, and issue by issue by issue they opposed everything Obama was doing. Every element of the Obama agenda, a majority of the people oppose it, and yet they support him by 50, 55%. I said, “How can this be?”

There’s only one answer. People do not associate Obama with his agenda, and that’s because he’s permanently campaigning. He’s running against his own agenda, by design, on purpose. He’s running against what’s happening. He makes people think that he doesn’t like what’s happening and he’s trying to fix it when in fact everything that’s happening is precisely because he wants it to and has made it happen. So here comes a story in the Wall Street Journal. It’s an opinion piece by a guy named Jason Riley. And it’s entitled, “Obama’s Poll Numbers.”

And here’s how it starts: “How is it that President Obama, despite the recent scandals, has been able to maintain an approval rating in the mid- to high-40s, or about where it’s been for the better part of three years? A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll may provide some clues. For starters, the public doesn’t seem to be blaming the president for the Benghazi terrorist attack, the IRS targeting of conservative groups or the Justice Department snooping.”

The public does not blame the president for anything that’s happening, and this guy says, how can this be? How is it that President Obama is able to remain unattached from his own policies, his own administration? The Limbaugh Theorem explains it. I’m sure Mr. Riley has not heard it. ‘Cause if he had heard me explain the Limbaugh Theorem, his poll would be understood by him.

Yeah, well, if it were George W. Bush’s “Health Care Law’s Unpopularity Reaches New Highs,” his disapproval would be 60%, because the media would be leading the charge. That’s one of the reasons why Obama’s static is the media does not lead the charge against him. But even so, people are opposed to Obama’s policies without the media helping them along. They instinctively oppose them. But his approval rating remains high.

I’m telling you, that’s because low-information voters are in these polls, and they think that what’s happening in the country has nothing to do with Obama. Because he’s out campaigning against things. He’s perpetually campaigning. He’s not seen as responsible for any of this.


45 posted on 07/24/2013 4:05:20 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: Kaslin
I wonder if he will ever admit all the harm he has done?

No, he won't but I am sure the history books will.

I wonder how the Noble committee is feeling about all his drone strikes and NSA spying? Oh well, this too shall pass.

46 posted on 07/24/2013 4:27:52 PM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: QQQQ; All

I like that.

Oh, and tagline change...


47 posted on 07/24/2013 4:30:10 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (“The only thing worse than a knee-jerk liberal is a knee-pad conservative.” ~ Edward Abbey)
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To: Kaslin

I guess he truly is black and not just half. He’s got the blame everyone else down pat.


48 posted on 07/24/2013 4:41:30 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Kaslin.

Obama says it’s time to ‘turn the page’ on Fannie and Freddie
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3046844/posts


49 posted on 07/24/2013 4:44:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Kaslin

where’s the asshole alert


50 posted on 07/24/2013 5:35:52 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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