Skip to comments.Bill Cosby compares Obama to Sisyphus rolling rock up the hill
Posted on 04/12/2012 7:52:19 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
Famed actor and comedian Bill Cosby on Thursday said people who are critical of President Obama are "acting like they have no idea what he inherited" at the White House.
Cosby compared the first four years of Obama's presidency to the Greek myth of Sisyphus, the king condemned to an eternity of rolling a rock up a hill only to have it fall back down to the bottom.
"I see Obama as Sisyphus in the first four years. And nobody would speak about the size of the rock, or the elevation of the hill. All you hear people talk about is what he didnt do," said Cosby on MSNBC's online show "Press Pass" with David Gregory.
"He tried to bring us together. Even to argue with radio hosts, and people who have nothing to do with anything; its important that this man has had to fight similar battles of a black person in a position in America. Hundreds of thousands and millions of people still behind him, but people who are very quietly acting like they have no idea what he inherited. Its as if he had the surplus, when he moved into office," he added.
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Did he mean Syphillis?
Nobody forced Barry to run for president. If he can’t take the heat, he needs to get the hell out of the kitchen. I keep thinking about the mess the next president is going to “inherit” from Obama. The next president is the person I feel sorry for.
Cosby is a racist and a doddering old fool.
Syphilis will eat your stones, but I don't think it can roll rocks up a hill.
Go suck on a pudding pop, Cosby.
Excuses, excuses. Obama reminds me of the kid who always found a reason why his homework was not done, a Dennis the Menace sort of character who runs rough shod over the neighbor man all the while acting so innocent.
“Nobody forced Barry to run for president.”
Good point. I’ll make an even better one: he has taken the problems he inherited and made all of them worse.
One of the comments from The Hill story:
AddisonDewitt 7 hours ago
Obama has used excuses to explain the extreme difficulties he has faced as our nation’s chief executive. But what, then, really, is his doing????? I will attempt to answer that question.
*After your $1 trillion Stimulus, did not turn the economy around, nor drop the unemployment rate as you claimed, the current state of the economy belongs to you.
*Your screwed up plans such as the cash for clunkers, the mortgage rescue plan that have failed to provide the relief you claimed they would give belongs to you.
*Your bailouts of the automobile industry, with taxpayer money, getting the US involved in government ownership, then selling its shares at a huge loss belongs to you.
*The fact that Chryslers Volt, the hybrid electric-electric car produced with the help of the Stimulus money costs $100,000 and there was so little demand for the car, it had to stop production belongs to you, Mr. President.
*The fact that in bailing out the auto industry, you made sure the pensions and benefits of the unions were taken care of first before the private bondholders as is legal practice and then demonized them as greedy belongs to you.
*Because of your green energy , anti-oil, gas, coal policies that have lead to high fuel prices, this belong to you.
*The shutdown of drilling in the Gulf and the fact that some of those drilling platforms have left the Gulf belongs to you.
*The slow permitting process for resuming drilling in the Gulf despite the rising cost of oil belongs to you.
*The blockage by your administration of the Keystone Pipeline from the tar sands of Canada into the US belongs to you.
*The money sent to Brazil to help them drill off their coast in waters deeper than the Gulf belongs to you.
*Your demand that Congress pass Cap & Trade legislation that would drastically increase energy prices for everyone here; which would require industry to buy carbon credits to offset pollution; all in the name of global warming belongs to you.
*Despite the fact that China and India will be burning coal and other carbon based fuels, since you did not get your way on Cap & Trade, you are using the EPA to put those ideas into executive regulations in an attempt to end run Congress belongs to you.
*While other countries tap their own resources, yet because of environmental restrictions, we can not and therefore depend upon imports to buy them belongs to you.
*The tapping of the Strategic National Petroleum Reserve, supposedly saved for national emergencies, but is now being used for reelection purposes, belongs to you.
*Currently the US has increased domestic production of oil and lowered imports, however, such increases are on private lands not public lands, where it has actually decreased belongs to you, Mr. President. Your taking credit for these things is an example of just how truthful you are
*The huge official unemployment numbers, of 8.2% belongs to you.
*The increased number of people on food stamps belongs to you.
*The lack of business investment because of your anti-business attitude and regulations belongs to you.
*The decline in housing values belongs to you.
*The fact that today the government spends 4.1 billion a day compared to Bush and the Republicans, 1.5 billion, this higher spending level belongs to you.
*The higher federal debt, its continued rise ($1 trillion addition of the Stimulus alone) belongs to you.
*The federal debt, while it increased under Bush by $4.9 trillion, in eight years, it has increased $4 trillion in 2 1/2 years belongs to you.
*The debt crisis, where you have offered no plan, and still offer no serious debt reduction ideas, the threatened default belongs to you.
*The fanatical desire to tax the evil rich and demand they pay their fair share, though they already bear much of the tax burden, your continued comments that stimulate class warfare belong to you.
*During the debate over lifting the national debt limit, your threat to push Granny off a cliff by making threats about checks being suspended or delayed belongs to you.
*The regulations, more still coming down the pipe, that restrict business belongs to you.
*The endemic growth of the economy belongs to you.
This two, Sir, must stand alone.
*The decline in the value of the dollar due to the Feds quantitative easing, that is fueling the rise in prices of food, gasoline belongs to you.
The coming hyperinflation, particularly if there is are other rounds of quantitative easing, belongs to you. Isnt it a good thing, Mr. President, that the common folk have not made the connection between these policies and a declining dollar. Your policies, instead of giving everyone a tax cut are, in fact, giving everyone a wage cut.
*The corrupting influence of George Soros in US policy, which you have allowed, belongs to you.
*The creation of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform bill, the Consumer Protection Agency that will be under the FED and its budget will not be subject to review or cuts by Congress making its independent and with vast rule-making authority in consumer finance belongs to you.
*The unions trying to force card check on industry and deny workers a voice in whether they want to belong to a union or not, belongs to you.
*The fact that you said yours would be the most transparent of administrations, that it would be a break from Bush practices , that in truth, was a total deception belongs to you.
*The fact that bills such as ObamaCare & the Stimulus were rushed through Congress where its members had the time to read through over 1000 pages belongs to you.
*The fact that under your ObamaCare mandate people must buy insurance or face a fine eliminating a persons right of choice belongs to you.
*Despite your claims, the Congressional Budget Office determined that ObamaCare will cost double your estimate, possibly more. This is your baby, Mr. President.
*You claimed ObamaCare would reduce the cost of insurance programs currently offered; that it will would not lead to rationing of health care to the disadvantage of the elderly; that people could can keep their current health insurance. Private insurance plans have gone up, rationing is already under discussion and people may not have that option of keeping their existing policies, as thirty percent of employers plan to drop their employees health coverage due to this law. All of these misrepresentations and lies belongs to you.
*The socialist takeover of one-sixth of the economy by way of ObamaCare and the coming destruction of private health insurers belongs to you.
*The coming decline in the number of doctors administering to the public due to ObamaCare belongs to you.
*With the enactment of ObamaCare, your Department of Health and Human Services demanded that religious institutions pay for birth control and abortion drugs coverage for their employees. By doing this, this administration is demanding that the church and its membership bow to Caesar, despite the teachings of their church, which consider such services as an abomination. This attack on religion belongs to you.
*The demonizing of your enemies, be they corporations, investors, political opponents, or even the Supreme Court and Congress to achieve your own political objectives belongs to you.
*The use of Czars who do not answer to Congress, but only to you; that they exercise such power such as Cass Sunstein, your Regulatory Czar, belongs to you.
*The appointment of Van Jones, a self-proclaimed Communist and 9-11 truthers as Green Czar, belongs to you.
*The appointment of Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric to your Jobs Council to find ways to lower the high levels of unemployment is most interesting. Rather than create opportunities here, he directed his GE to invest $2 billion in China, transferring an entire manufacturing division and its jobs out of this country. Nor did you see this action by your Job Czar as hypocritical. While you has been demonizing the evil rich and the need for them to pay their fair share, GE made over $51 billion in the United States, yet paid no income tax in 2010. Dont tell, evil George made you do it again.
*Increased racial tensions, remember the Beer Summit and your stupid remark, belongs to you.
*Your failure to speak out against inflammatory rhetoric of Reverend Sharpton after the death of Trayvon Martin and the bounty put on the head of his alleged shooter by the New Black Panther Party displays a lack of leadership that is troubling. I suppose the ghost of Bush still haunts you.
*For support of the building of a mosque at Ground Zero in New York, yet said nothing about the rebuilding of the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas destroyed when the World Trade Center came down, this insensitivity belongs to you. It will be rebuilt without your help, Mr. President.
*The fact that no one can criticize you despite your Leftist agenda without being called a racist belongs to you.
*The continued funding of the criminal enterprise called ACORN belongs to you.
*The demonization and threat to shut down or control Fox News and Talk Radio, the dream of diversity czar at the FCC, Mark Lloyd, belongs to you.
*The end of the manned space program and the refusal to extend the life of the space shuttle until such time as there is a replacement vehicle; the sad fact is that American astronauts have to bum rides to the international space station with the Russians; the dangerous surrender of space to the Russians and the Chinese, without a plan to counter their actions in space, belongs to you.
*The new mission of NASA to make Muslims feel good about their past scientific achievements belongs to you.
*Your lack of vision to use the space program to stimulate the economy and the resulting unemployment in Florida, Texas and elsewhere, due to your end of the Space Shuttle program, which will only add SKILLED workers to the unemployment lines or cause them to work for Russian, Japanese, Indian or Chinese space programs belongs to you.
*The creation of a two-tier system of justice, that intentionally does not provide equal protection for all citizens under the law, where your Attorney General offers up the excuse that such unequal enforcement of the law is a means by which the grievances and injustices of the past can be remedied, this policy belongs to you.
Additionally, this department has:
*The attack by the Justice Department on the legitimate right of states, such as Texas and South Carolina, to protect the integrity of the election process by impeding state agencies from removing illegal immigrants, residents who have moved, dead persons, felons from the voter rolls because such action, according to the department, discriminate against minorities, this belongs to you.
*Your administration has impeded the right of states to demand proper identification before allowing someone to vote. Your Justice Department says its discriminatory against the poor and minorities. Does this mean you support unfair elections, Sir?
*Your Justice Department has selectively refused to enforce Congressional laws, such as the Defense of Marriage Act. Didnt know you had that power, Mr. President.
*Heres a good one. You are, once again forcing banks to relax their mortgage underwriting standards and approve loans for persons with poor credit ratings, alleging that such standards were discriminatory toward minorities. This was a primary cause of the Great Recession of 2008, yet youre doing it again. Are you channeling Bush, Sir?
*The failure of the Justice Department to prosecute the Philadelphia Black Panther voter intimidation case belongs to you.
*The Pigford II settlement, funding and payment, where so-called Black farmers were rewarded for false claims that they were discriminated against belongs to you.
*The situation where Arizona was sued by the US government because Arizona was trying to protect their citizens against an illegal invasion belongs to you.
*The immigration crisis, an attempts to end run Congress with stealth amnesty plans and lack of border security belongs to you.
*Guns being sold, in the operation called Fast & Furious, that wind up in the hands of Mexican drug lords, the numerous murders within Mexico, and the murder own border guards points to your policies, Sir. Was there a plan to tie it to a restriction of 2nd Amendment rights for the rest of us??? People are asking questions, Mr. President.
*The fact that countries around the world no longer respect, the US belongs to you.
*The apology tour and the debasement of the US in the eyes of the world belongs to you.
*The fall of Egypt and our 30 year ally, President Mubarak, particularly if the WikiLeak information is true, will most definitely belong to you.
*The possible end of the Egyptian-Israeli 1979 Camp David Peace Treaty belongs to you.
*The reopening of the Gaza border closing with its potential for rearmament such as what has occurred on the border with Lebanon belongs to you.
*The empowerment of the Muslim Brotherhood across the Mideast belongs to you.
*The Libyan war, where you didn’t even consult Congress, belongs to you.
*The failure to secure all of Gaddafis shoulder launched missiles after the Libyan regime was overthrown; he fact that these weapons have made their way into the hands of terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah, belongs to you, Sir.
*When, not if, Iran develops nuclear weapons and carries out it threats against Israel and others, because of your appeasement of its leadership, belongs to you.
*When, not if, Iran develops nuclear weapons, the resulting arms race among other Arab states wanting to possess nuclear weapons, such as Saudi Arabia, will belong to you.
*The undermining of the peace process in the Mideast, where you backed negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians based on the 1948 Armistice Lines, causing the Palestinians to demand more in terms of concessions belongs to you.
*The destabilization of Iraq and Afghanistan because you have refused to commit to a winning strategy, rather one of withdrawal is yours, Sir.
*The delay in announcing a surge, but then your immediate announcement for the withdrawal of US forces in Afghanistan, which only gave hope to our enemies, belongs to you, Mr. Commander-in-Chief.
*The restrictions under which the US forces operate Afghanistan, restrictions that puts their lives in danger; their injuries and deaths are yours to live with, Sir.
*The end of dont ask, dont tell and the allowance of gays to serve in the armed force belongs to you.
*Your attempt to close Bushs Gitmo and bring the inmates of that military compound to US soil is your idea.
*Your attempt to bring the terrorists in Gitmo to trial in US courts where they would have the same rights American possess because of due process belongs to you.
*The policies of demoralization of the armed forces belongs to you.
*The unfriendly treatment of allies from Britain to Poland and the Czech Republic belongs to you.
*The appeasement of Iran, Syria, Russia, Venezuela and other dictators belongs to you.
*The unequal Strategic Arms Treaty, where you gave the Russians a veto over a US defensive shield belongs to you.
*The insane policy where you will share with the Russians secrets to the missile defense codes of this country belongs to you.
*The possibility that you will reduce our nuclear force to 300 warheads as a sign to the world that it needs to disarm belongs to you.
In summation after 3+ years of your presidency, the decline of the US both militarily, economically, this is not Bushs fault, or the weather, or a solar eclipse, or the evil Tea Party. All of this was done by you and belongs to you, Mr. President.
THIS IS INDEED A RECORD TO RUN ON.
Cosby is on the comedy circuit again? When is his next show?
Cosby is on the comedy circuit again? When is his next show?
That's hilarious, Cosby. He and his AG Holder have been more divisive than any President and AG in my lifetime.
“Cosby is a racist and a doddering old fool.”
Didn’t he used to hawk that racist pudding?
It must be tough work, pushing a country into Communism. It has certainly affected his golf time.
“He tried to bring us together.”
LOLOLOLOL. Cosby, he’s the most divisive president in my lifetime and probably in the history of the Republic. You stupid fool.
Obamba is a sissy so he got it half right
How about the fact that Obama himself made the size of that rock bigger and bigger and bigger?
What he inherited? Is Cosby talking about the same Obama who was the biggest recipient of Fannie Mae money in the Senate during his years and who was involved with ACORN?
The destruction of a functioning housing market is the direct legacy of Obama and his leftwing buddies. That was the foundation of the economic crisis that Obama complains he is the victim of.
Not so much Dennis the Menace but more like Eddie Haskell. Slimey and sleazy.
LOL I think I need my eyes examined cause I swear that’s what I thought it said
We agree completely, POF. :-)
We, the American people, are like Sisyphus under Obama’s reign.
It sure seems that for many blacks, skin color trumps all else.
My respect for Cosby is gone.
Mr Cosby,Osama inherited 6% unemployment,$1,80/gal gas,far less than half of US households getting food stamps,house values 33% higher than they are today and a national debt that was about 3 trillion dollars less than it is today.
Just a plain sissy.
Is Sisyphus how you say Karl Marx in Greek?
Or as Bill Cosby used to say; riiiiiigghht..
Poor Bam Bam
Dang, where’d I put my crying towel?
I’ve now lost the respect I had for Mr. Cosby.
I respect Mr. Cosby but he needs to understand that when someone inherits something, they own it and then some. In the case of Obama, it’s “a lot” of some.
Does anybody read comments that are this long?
Yes, Bill, telling conservatives that they must ride in the back of the car certainly went a long way towards bringing both sides together. Along with that was the constant finger pointing and blaming of all the world's ills on conservatives. That, of course, is something that would cause we conservatives to want to work cooperatively with Obozo. Plus, Obozo's comments on how the Constitution just gets in the way of getting HIS agenda instituted absolutely makes conservatives want to assist him in every way.
Bill, stick to comedy! YOU SUCK when it comes to giving political commentary!!!
From Wikipedia we have ...
King Sisyphus promoted navigation and commerce but was avaricious and deceitful.
Maybe he meant Sissy Syphillis. I mean, come on, who are we talking about here.
It can be done. At least it isn’t a solid block of unformatted text.
Maybe that is what has been wrong with Obama's leadership during Obama's first term all along: Obama's staff has been living as if they were part of ancient Greek mythology instead of living in the present time of high gas prices and high unemployment.
Yes, we certainly do! GMTA as they say, huh?
Hey Bill - what’s a cubit?
Cosby better look more closely at Greek mythology. Obama exhibits what the Greeks called hubris, which meant extreme pride or arrogance and an over estimation of one’s own importance. Hubris was considered a fatal character flaw that would bring down the mighty and offended the gods. Obama better fits with the House of Atreus whose members were cursed by their hubris.
The nice bit about the story of Sisyphua, is that, just before he reached his peak, the boulder stopped and rolled back downhill. OVER Sisyphus.
I believe the boulder is scheduled for November 6, 2012. . . .
Enter Stage Left:
Nobody forced Barry to run for president.
Good point. Ill make an even better one: he has taken the problems he inherited and made all of them worse.
I’ll see your point and raise you:
People like Obama (including Obama) CAUSED the problems he inherited, and then as Pres__ent, he made them all worse. Much worse.
(Of course, the problems he caused and then made worse were all done by design and according to plan - Cloward-Piven.)
My grandson was throwing a football with the kid across the street the other day. When the kid threw the ball over his head he looked over at me and said, “She threw it too high.”
I explained to him that when that happens he shouldn’t make excuses, even when it isn’t his fault. It makes him sound like a whiner and people won’t respect him.
Obama is a failure pure and simple.
Cosby set a bad example for kids. I’m surprised Moochie hasn’t jumped all over Cosby for not putting Fat Albert on a pink slime diet!