Mark Knoller was on a roll last night covering President Obama’s fundraising speech in Chicago.
Here Obama complains that the government is 30 years behind the times:
What a great sales pitch to convince the private sector to get on board with the push for the government to be the nation’s IT overseer. But at least it would be fair — we’d all be 30 years behind the tech curve.
I didn’t think Obama needed all that stuff anyway — isn’t that why he has an iReggie?
Obama had nice words for government workers though… well, most of them:
I’m sold — let’s let the government run everything!
I found this particularly interesting:
In response to another question, he used Thursday’s visit to the White House by the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, to make a point about the need for good job opportunities.
“I had the emir of Qatar come by the Oval Office today,” Obama said. “Pretty influential guy. He is a big booster, big promoter of democracy all throughout the Middle East. Reform, reform, reform. … Now he himself is not reforming significantly. There’s no big move toward democracy in Qatar. But you know part of the reason is that the per capita income of Qatar is $145,000 a year. That will dampen a lot of conflict.
“I make this point only because if there is opportunity, if people feel their lives can get better, then a lot of these problems get solved.”
Hey, who the hell needs freedom as long as they’re doing okay in the income department? Qatar throws gay people in prison and doesn’t enforce labor laws, but who cares — look at that per capita income! (liberals, you might want to re-think continuing to support this president, if any of you still do)
And let’s not forget that Qatar makes their fortune selling countries like ours oil because we refuse to drill for our own in anywhere near adequate amounts.