OBAMA SPEAKS TO CONGRESS…

Posted on February 26, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics... |

 
I’m glad I taped this because I fast-forwarded through countless standing "Os" and applause for the Obamaster (story below).  It was agonizing the way the Democrats nodded in agreement with every word he said.  It was nothing but a Democratic love fest with Pelosi drooling every time Obama spoke a few words.  It was embarrassing to watch.  I guess Obama’s speech writers listen to Fox News because I saw a segment on Fox News a few months ago where Bill O’Reilly said that parents should shut off the TV and video games and start talk to their kids.  Obama ran with it in his speech, and it was the biggest applause he received from both parties.  Imitation is, indeed, the sincerest form of flattery, and Bill O’Reilly should be flattered.  Obama has a history of stealing words and phrases from other people.  Deval Patrick comes to mind…when Patrick told blacks to "pull up their pants".  Obama ran with that as well.  There are other words and phrases where he plagiarizes himself time and time again because he can’t speak for himself.  He needs a whole army of speech writers and a teleprompter, 24/7, to help make him look good.  He is the puppet of the Democratic party.  Yeah, that’s something to be proud of.  He’s appointing Joe Biden to oversee the stimulus spending.  That’s like asking Mr. Magoo to do all corporate tax returns online.  Obama’s decisions continue to be poor ones.
 
Obama also made reference to Ted Kennedy:  "I ask this Congress to send me the bipartisan legislation that bears the name of senator Orrin Hatch as well as an American who has never stopped asking what he can do for his country – senator Edward Kennedy."  Hmmm…it’s more like "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what your country can do to you!"  When Obama spoke of closing Gitmo, the Republicans clearly sent the message that they were not onboard with Obama.  Even the Democrats were more or less skeptical over this move.  This is one of the worst items on his agenda.  He should be concentrating more on economic issues, not Gitmo right now.  If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.  Now that he wants to close Gitmo within a year, he now has to concentrate on where to put these low lifes.  Our tax money hard at work.  Thanks for the false hopes and loose change, Obama.
 
Obama is boasting that police officers are now going back to work because of his stimulus package (self pat on the back here).  Oh really?  There are many recent stories that contradict Obama’s words.  Just this morning, there’s a story about how Worcester Police graduates are going to be laid off because there’s no money in the budget for them.  Well, let it be a comfort to them that the mighty Obama has increased the number of weeks that people can collect unemployment, so they’ll be covered.  We need increased protection against the increase in criminal activity that’s been rampant since the recession has escalated.  This is certainly good news for the criminals out there.  They will be the only ones benefiting from the economic recession.  Here are some stories that tell a much different story than what Obama is telling…
 
There are many more stories, but you get the message.  Obama tells people what they want to hear to increase his popularity rating, but I have news for him.  This is not a popularity contest.  He is supposed to be working for us, not for himself and his Democratic cronies, all who happen to be corrupt phonies…
 
QueenBee
 
 
 

Barack Obama promises ‘bold action and big ideas’ during Congress speech

Barack Obama has staked his presidency on leading America out of recession and using "bold action and big ideas" to transform politics and reassert the role of government in people’s lives, he said during his first Congress speech as president.

 

By Toby Harnden in Washington
Last Updated: 11:01PM GMT 25 Feb 2009

US President Barack Obama is applauded by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as he addresses a joint session of Congress in Washington Photo: REUTERS
 

In an address to a joint session of Congress, which came with all the pomp and trappings of a State of the Union speech, Mr Obama eloquently outlined the broad contours of his plans for a dramatic expansion of the state.

Casting aside the relentless emphasis on a deepening "crisis" that he used to help ram his $787 billion economic stimulus bill through Congress, Mr Obama instead focused on "recovery" – a word he uttered 22 times in the 52-minute speech.

"While our economy may be weakened and our confidence shaken, though we are living through difficult and uncertain times, tonight I want every American to know this," he said. "We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before."

At the same time, he sought to grasp the mantle of President Ronald Reagan, whose sunny optimism and declaration of the era of big government being over reshaped the American political landscape.

Before the speech, Mr Obama’s press secretary Robert Gibbs had suggested the address would be "Reaganesque". Mr Obama has indicated he sees himself as Democratic version of Mr Reagan, intending to forge a new political consensus and draw in Republican support.

He also echoed President Franklin Roosevelt, who entered office during the Great Depression of the 1930s and called for "action, and action now".

Mr Obama told Americans that a "day of reckoning has arrived, and the time to take charge of our future is here".

Mr Obama’s presence in the House of Representatives chamber marked a generational as well as a political shift in America. After eight years of President George W. Bush, the cast was entirely Democratic.

Alongside Representative Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, stood Vice President Joe Biden rather than Dick Cheney. Coming into the chamber, Mr Obama kissed Hillary Clinton, his Secretary of State.

A year ago, Mrs Clinton pointedly ignored her then rival for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Mr Obama also sought to articulate popular anger against the financiers who helped plunge the world into a deep recession. "CEOs won’t be able to use taxpayer money to pad their paychecks or buy fancy drapes or disappear on a private jet," he declared. "Those days are over."

He said he understood why Americans were sceptical about plans to rescue banks. "I promise you, I get it… I will not spend a single penny for the purpose of rewarding a single Wall Street executive".

Like many presidents before him, Mr Obama evoked patriotism to both exhort and encourage Americans, even claiming at one point that the US was "the nation that invented the automobile".

In fact, it was a German, Karl Benz, who is credited with bringing the world the internal combustion engine.

Hailing "the spirit of the people who sent us here", he closed by saying that Americans were "not quitters" and "amid the most difficult circumstances, there is a generosity, a resilience, a decency and a determination that perseveres; a willingness to take responsibility for our future and for posterity".

The financial markets, however, reacted coolly to Mr Obama’s address, which provided few new details about stabilising the economy. It followed mixed messages from Mr Obama about increasing spending while urging "fiscal responsibility" and insisting the $1.3 trillion deficit would be halved within four years.

Stocks fell sharply following the speech and new figures showing a downturn in house sales while bank shares slipped amid continuing fears of the government seizing greater control of the sector. The Dow Jones industrial index fell more than 140 points.

Testifying before Congress, Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, said that no economic recovery was likely before 2010 and tried to calm fears of bank collapses or nationalisations.

While Mr Obama insisted he did not "believe in bigger government", he outlined an ambitious agenda of state intervention, from reforming the health care system to additions to his bank bail-out plan which "will require significant resources from the federal government – and yes, probably more than we’ve already set aside".

Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, responding on behalf of Republicans, said that Mr Obama’s spending plans would "increase our taxes down the line, and saddle future generations with debt". He added: "The way to lead is not to raise taxes and put more money and power in hands of Washington politicians."

But Mr Jindal’s delivery was uncertain and widely criticised even by conservatives. While many questions remain to be answered about how he will achieve the goals he has set himself, the night was a significant moment for the new president, who spoke with confidence and assurance.

Vowing to seize "opportunity from ordeal" and latch onto "promise amid peril", he declared that America was standing at a "crossroads of history".

 

I agreed with about 1% of what Obama had to say, but I believe a lot more of what Beck says here…

QueenBee

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