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Helen Thomas: "Obama’s Utopian Recovery Blueprint"
TheBostonChannel.com ^ | 25 Feb 09 | FR's favorite objective intrepid journalist, Infobabe HELEN THOMAS!!!

Posted on 02/26/2009 7:38:40 PM PST by seanmerc

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama was recently accused of being too much of a downer about the economy.

Well, he certainly made up for that this week with his highly optimistic "yes-we-can" campaign-style speech to Congress.

"We will rebuild, we will recover and the United States will emerge stronger than ever," Obama declared. "It is time for America to lead again." His upbeat remarks in a 52-minute State of the Union-style address to a joint session of Congress frequently brought the lawmakers to their feet as they roared their approval.

The nationally televised event put the changing face of America on full display, with the first-ever black president in the spotlight and the followup Republican response from Louisiana’s conservative Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has East Indian heritage.

Jindal railed that Obama’s blueprint for recovery will grow the size of government, eventually increase taxes and saddle the government with debt. Look who’s talking! Jindal, an up-and-coming GOP leader, had a tough job carrying water for all the failings of the Bush administration.

But it was the president’s night -- it always is, no matter what the party.

Obama did not have to tell a worried nation that "the state of our economy is in crisis" but he predicted "slowly but surely confidence will return and our economy will recover."

In his professorial-preacher manner, he declared that the "day of reckoning has arrived." He peppered his comments with the assertive "I" as he described his plans to tackle the problems of energy, health care and education. He was in full control of the evening.

Obama also threw a couple of bones to the defiant Republicans (only a three GOP senators voted for the Obama stimulus package). But he won standing applause when he referred to tax cuts and more benefits for small business. Obama clearly broke with the Ronald Reagan philosophy that government is the problem, not the solution. Many Republicans have also turned that page, considering their embrace of federal bailouts for Wall Street in the waning days of the Bush administration.

Obama’s tough medicine includes stricter credit rules for banks and barring profligate use of taxpayer money for bonuses, limos and lavish vacations and other luxuries for tone-deaf investment institutions.

His speech was devoted almost entirely to the financial meltdown.

He noted "the impact of this recession is real and it is everywhere," and warned some "worthy priorities" will have to be sacrificed.

"I reject the view that says our problems will simply take care of themselves, that says government has no role in laying the foundation for our common prosperity," he said.

While brushing past big foreign-policy issues such as the nuclear hopes of Iran and Korea and the perennial Arab-Israeli tinderbox, Obama reaffirmed that "the United States of America does not torture."

Torture and denial of due process to military suspects has tarnished our goodwill in the international world.

Obama also gave himself three more months in his timetable for a troop withdrawal from Iraq, making it 19 months instead of his promised 16 months. This adds up to a longer stay in a war that we never should have started.

I fear Obama’s failure to learn the lessons of the past may destine us to a new Viet Nam in Afghanistan, where he has started a troop surge of 17,000 Americans and more to come. I’m unsure how he expects to prevail where the British and Russians have failed in the past.

The president said his forthcoming budget will reflect the "stark reality of what we have inherited: a trillion dollar deficit, a financial crisis and a costly recession."

He also said his budget will reflect the hidden costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military operations that have been financed over the past seven years by improvised funding requests to Congress. Obama’s agenda starts with jobs and he promised that every American who has lost a job will receive unemployment benefits and help with health care coverage.

The blueprint for recovery sounds Utopian. But why not aim high?


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1 posted on 02/26/2009 7:38:41 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc
in before the ping.
2 posted on 02/26/2009 7:41:00 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c you're paranoid, doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you.. :^)
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To: beckysueb; DirtyHarryY2K; Jet Jaguar; Lauren BaRecall; machogirl; Melian; paulycy; ...

Yoo-hoo, here’s the latest for the members of the Helen Thomas ping list.

FReepmail me if you’d like to be added to the list. Since HT’s opinion is so much more informed and valuable than ours, and since we can rely on her complete objectivity, why wouldn’t you want to keep up with all the doings on Planet Helen Thomas?


3 posted on 02/26/2009 7:41:48 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

Ahhhh! The face that caused a thousand people to grab their chests and collapse on the floor.

Thanks so much for that, I simply must see that horrendous face at least once a day, NOT!!!!


4 posted on 02/26/2009 7:42:11 PM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: skinkinthegrass

Man, you’re quick!


5 posted on 02/26/2009 7:42:15 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: txnativegop

Helen has a face just MADE for radio.


6 posted on 02/26/2009 7:42:54 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

Whoops! Left out the barf alert. I’m going to hear it for that. Sorry, everyone.


7 posted on 02/26/2009 7:43:54 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

Radio has web cams now, remember? Sure radio listeners are READY FOR THAT?


8 posted on 02/26/2009 7:44:23 PM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: seanmerc
She's been sipping from Chrissy's cup of Colt 45...


9 posted on 02/26/2009 7:44:34 PM PST by SparkyBass
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To: skinkinthegrass; SouthTexas

If a elderly lady with the initials BG asks please tell her I am unavailable...


10 posted on 02/26/2009 7:45:32 PM PST by tubebender (99% of Lawyers give the rest a bad name...)
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To: seanmerc

Ah, shovel this dirt here, now move it back. We paid you for accomplishing nothing. Liberal economics 101.


11 posted on 02/26/2009 7:45:59 PM PST by MtnClimber (Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Pelosi, Obama, Collins, Snowe, Specter, Reid.)
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To: seanmerc

Is it okay to call this woman an idiot?


12 posted on 02/26/2009 7:46:20 PM PST by popdonnelly (Olbermann and Matthews remind one of zoo monkeys throwing excrement)
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To: seanmerc

Isn’t a LITTLE embarrassing for Obama to be getting unsolicited fellatio from this old biddy?


13 posted on 02/26/2009 7:47:57 PM PST by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union, then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: seanmerc
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.



In this case, the eye has been gouged out.
14 posted on 02/26/2009 7:47:57 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Let the 2nd American Revolution begin!)
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To: seanmerc
Man, you’re quick!

we ninjas, are very quick...

"Socialism is great until you run out of someone elses money" Margaret Thatcher
There are two sets of rules. One set for the rulers and another for the rest of us. —Richard Yancey, former IRS tax collector

15 posted on 02/26/2009 7:48:43 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c you're paranoid, doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you.. :^)
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To: seanmerc

Hmm, for Helen Thomas, I’d almost say this had a negative tone toward Obama.


16 posted on 02/26/2009 7:48:53 PM PST by Sir Gawain (With Obama's "tax cut" I can afford a torch and a pitchfork in just TWO WEEKS!)
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To: seanmerc

Honest to God this reads more like a onion piece - is she really that head over heels in love with Bambi???


17 posted on 02/26/2009 7:49:24 PM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Computer says No..... Carole Beer)
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To: popdonnelly

I don’t have a problem with that.


18 posted on 02/26/2009 7:49:59 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc
Or better yet...



I mean, worse yet...
19 posted on 02/26/2009 7:50:10 PM PST by SparkyBass
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To: Lazamataz

20 posted on 02/26/2009 7:51:44 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc
One is a furry faced, steely killer using natural camauflage to stalk its prey.

The other is a German Shepherd posed behind a M134 Minigun.

21 posted on 02/26/2009 7:51:58 PM PST by Big_Monkey
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To: tubebender

Doing my best to stir the pot...


22 posted on 02/26/2009 7:54:01 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: Brad's Gramma

Whoops! Left you off the latest ping.


23 posted on 02/26/2009 7:55:02 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc
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24 posted on 02/26/2009 7:55:39 PM PST by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Seriously, are you trying to send me to a mental institution?


25 posted on 02/26/2009 7:56:24 PM PST by ShandaLear (Where's My Stuff???!!!)
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To: ETL

That is absolutely frightening!


26 posted on 02/26/2009 7:56:49 PM PST by Batman11 ("Big ears isn't my President!")
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To: seanmerc
Torture and denial of due process to military suspects

Is "military suspects" an established term or this the lovely Helen trying to fudge enemy fighters into a category that sounds more like they're defendants in a legal case? In other words, if they're captured on the battlefield, do we really only suspect them of trying to kill our people?

27 posted on 02/26/2009 7:57:07 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: seanmerc


28 posted on 02/26/2009 7:59:02 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - Dear Mr.President, Please make it rain candy!)
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To: ShandaLear

29 posted on 02/26/2009 8:00:00 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc
"with the first-ever black president..."

Geez... liberals just can't stop noticing his race- Does his 'blackness' have ANYTHING to do with ANYTHING else in this story????

30 posted on 02/26/2009 8:01:58 PM PST by Mr. K (physically unable to proofreed (<---oops))
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To: Chode
Right back at ya:
31 posted on 02/26/2009 8:03:07 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: reagan_fanatic

Thanks a lot! I haven’t had dinner yet. Not sure I want to now.


32 posted on 02/26/2009 8:05:26 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: ShandaLear

NOT for dial-uppers! (or the faint of heart)

http://www.sondrak.com/archive/skpics2/helen_thomas_mean.jpg


33 posted on 02/26/2009 8:06:52 PM PST by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: tubebender
I'm trying to hide!
34 posted on 02/26/2009 8:09:38 PM PST by SouthTexas (Can I have my house back that I lost in the 80s????)
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To: Big_Monkey
>>>German Shepherd posed behind a M134 Minigun.<<<

I like him...he's my new dog hero!!! Good dog!!

35 posted on 02/26/2009 8:14:02 PM PST by HardStarboard ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule - Mencken knew Obama)
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To: seanmerc
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36 posted on 02/26/2009 8:18:50 PM PST by Right_Wing_Madman
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To: seanmerc
The blueprint for recovery sounds Utopian. But why not aim high?

Sure, Utopia's great until you run out of other people's money. Stupid old b*tch.

37 posted on 02/26/2009 8:18:57 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: seanmerc

I cant stand Helen Thomas, but even she questions why we are sending more troops to Afghanistan to fight in Obama’s war.


38 posted on 02/26/2009 8:21:31 PM PST by Venturer
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To: seanmerc

Yes Helen, a menage a trois among yourself, Obama and Chrissy sounds “utopian”...


39 posted on 02/26/2009 8:22:20 PM PST by citizencon
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To: citizencon

Chrissy can’t stand any more tingles up his leg.


40 posted on 02/26/2009 8:25:46 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: Right_Wing_Madman

RRRRRRRAAAAAAALLLLLLLPPPPPPPHHHHHHH!!!!!!!


41 posted on 02/26/2009 8:26:18 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: Right_Wing_Madman
Oh jees! I regret having Mexican food for dinner...
42 posted on 02/26/2009 8:39:20 PM PST by DirtyHarryY2K (To hell with the RINO party!)
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To: seanmerc

I hate to say it but death wlll do this woman a lot of good


43 posted on 02/26/2009 8:41:35 PM PST by woofie
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To: seanmerc

Helen has a face just MADE for radio.

she also has a voice that just made for books. And thoughts that are just made for People magazine.


44 posted on 02/26/2009 9:13:00 PM PST by ari-freedom (Hail to the Dork!)
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To: woofie

she’d make Hell an even worse experience for some really bad people.


45 posted on 02/26/2009 9:15:30 PM PST by ari-freedom (Hail to the Dork!)
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To: hsalaw
Sure, Utopia's great until you run out of other people's money. Stupid old b*tch.

Why should she care?....She's in Love w/ Zer0

"Socialism is great until you run out of someone elses money" Margaret Thatcher
There are two sets of rules. One set for the rulers and another for the rest of us. —Richard Yancey, former IRS tax collector

46 posted on 02/26/2009 9:33:07 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c you're paranoid, doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you.. :^)
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To: seanmerc

Come to the Dark Side...

47 posted on 02/26/2009 9:40:08 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Atlas Shrugged Mode: ON)
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To: seanmerc

HT, the only good reason for a burka, well make that two more, rosie odonnell and rosanne barr.


48 posted on 02/26/2009 10:00:52 PM PST by machogirl (not one of Rush's top-ten gal names)
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To: Right_Wing_Madman; seanmerc

That milky looking left eye and left hand like a claw really tell the whole story. She’s a craven, ravin’ maven!


49 posted on 02/26/2009 10:24:15 PM PST by Melian
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To: seanmerc

“Helen has a face just MADE for radio.”

I don’t care about her face. It is her inane leftist pandering
that I don’t like.
I am sure she will be happy under Mr. Obamie Marx, until she
wakes up and finds her life gone.


50 posted on 02/26/2009 10:31:26 PM PST by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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