From ‘Hope & Change’ to ‘Eh, Could Be Worse’: Obama Tapers Re-Election Message

As I read this AP article entitled “Obama peddles modest American dream,” all the fantastic promises of unicorns, gumdrops and rainbows that Obama was putting into the heads of anybody who was open to drinking that Kool Aid in 2008 started coming back to me:

This time around, President Barack Obama’s message can sound decidedly down-to-earth.

Four years after winning the White House, Obama is dealing with a different economic and political reality as he seeks re-election. He’s focused less on a lofty vision for overcoming divisions and remaking Washington, and more on the most basic building blocks of middle-class economic security: a job, a house, a college education for the kids, health care, money for retirement.

What Obama describes as the American Dream can seem a spare, fundamental aspiration, tailored for a campaign that looks to be fought over who is best equipped to safeguard the interests of middle-class Americans.

2008: “Good jobs to the jobless; the rise of the oceans will slow; change you can believe in; hope for the future and the American dream for everyone.”

2012: “Vote for me and maybe I can save your house… if you haven’t already lost it.”

FLOTUS on Vacation Again: Spot the Sarcasm

The British press is mocking our First Family’s vacation habits again. This headline about the 16th extended vacation in three years comes from the UK Daily Mail:

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The president himself didn’t go with the rest of his family. I don’t know why not… he had no public schedule all weekend, and today’s agenda isn’t exactly overflowing either:

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Bush often got slammed for the amount of time he spent in Crawford, Texas, but at least that was at his own house and the amount of taxpayer expense was kept to a minimum as a result. Also, Bush never went on vacations after calling for “shared sacrifice” from the rest of us peons.

Also, imagine if Laura Bush had been staying at five-star resorts around the world on the taxpayer dime without the president there. Now imagine Laura did so not long after telling Americans they might have to give up some of their pie so others can have more.

The mockery and criticism of FLOTUS & POTUS when it comes to these trips isn’t about politics or what past presidents’ families have done as far as time away from the White House — it’s about the optics and hypocrisy of the Obamas’ words vs. their actions.

Positive Guy Who Lost to Obama in 2008 Concerned Republicans Being Too Negative to Beat Him in 2012

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The only good advice Bob Dole or John McCain could ever offer about how to send an incumbent president packing would be “don’t listen to Bob Dole or John McCain’s advice”:

Sen. John McCain acknowledged Sunday he’s concerned about the increasing odds that President Barack Obama will be reelected.

“I think there’s reason to be concerned about it,” McCain said on ABC’s “This Week,” referring to the heightened negativity in the GOP presidential primary race. “I’ve been in very tough campaigns. I don’t think I’ve seen one that was as personal, and characterized by so many attacks, as these are. Frankly, one of the reasons is the super PACs.”

McCain’s actual concern has nothing to do with the final four candidates still going at each other this far into primary season — it’s that his GOP establishment candidate of choice isn’t being allowed to run away with the nomination as many had predicted. McCain and Dole worried that the Republicans are doing something wrong is the best evidence there’s something going right.

Rep. John Conyers: Beacon of Legislative Consistency

Here in Michigan, we’re real proud of the consistency of Detroit Rep. John Conyers. As you might recall, he admittedly didn’t read the health care bill, so if he didn’t care to read something that monumental, you’d probably guess he wouldn’t care to read smaller bills, such as the payroll tax cut and unemployment extension. And you’d be correct:

Following the passage of the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits extension, Democratic Michigan Rep. John Conyers, the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, explained to The Daily Caller how he had not read the legislation prior to voting for it.

Conyers was asked by TheDC why he supported the legislation when the payroll tax cut portion of the bill was not funded by spending cuts.

“Well, I could vote yes or I could vote no. I voted yes because I didn’t want a payroll tax to be restored on working people and besides I wanted the doc fix in there too,” Conyers told TheDC on Capitol Hill Friday.

TheDC also asked Conyers if he read the bill before voting for it.

“I did not read the bill before it was voted on. I’ve been following it for about 8 months,” he said.

I have to give him points for honesty. Knowing that your constituency consists of idiots who will re-elect you no matter what must be very liberating:

But guess what Conyers does have time to read.

ABC News Goes All Out to Spin Economy for Obama

Lest we think the MSM won’t happily volunteer yet again to serve as an extension of the Obama administration’s spin machine, we have an example of it starting early this year. Here are excerpts of an ABC News story from Diane Sawyer about the “economic comeback” under Obama (via HAP):

“The economy seems to be rumbling back to life”

“Can we exhale, is this the comeback everyone’s been waiting for”

“What you’re hearing is the sound of a comeback”

“It is getting exciting, psychologically, that’s gonna be important”

“I think people forgot to know what it’s like to feel good about the economy”

The story (video below) cites rising auto sales, the Dow approaching 13,000, and huge GM profits (watch the GM profit announcement here).

Conveniently avoided is the sharp drop in the number of working Americans. Food stamp use continues to be at a record high. Unemployment remains well over 8 percent even with the administration massaging the numbers. On top of it all, debt continues to soar and deficits aren’t decreasing, as they were laughably projected to do.

Here’s HAP on the Dow numbers:

The fact is, during the Bush Adm., the Dow Jones was over 13,000 from April 2007 to January 2008, hitting an all-time high of 14,164 on October 9th, 2007. At that same time, the unemployment rate was 4.7% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the same liberal media tried to convince us we were in a depression.

Get used to much more of this kind of thing no matter what happens over the summer:

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I’m shocked they didn’t offer the Obama spin on high gas prices: That it’s a sign the economy is bouncing back. ABC must have missed that memo, but the talking point might find its way into their next story about the economy’s amazing comeback.

Santorum Backer Apologizes for Offending Suddenly Puritanical Liberals With ‘Aspirin Between Knees’ Comment

As you know, the left abhors perversion and doesn’t like to talk about sex. They get very offended if something sexually inappropriate is said or done. I mean, the left is so puritanical and sexually-repressed that they might as well be nuns. That’s why so many of them were wildly put off by what Rick Santorum donor Foster Friess said recently — so much so that the Friess had to apologize for offending the same people who lionize a former president who used an intern’s coochie as a cigar humidor.

From CBS News:

Foster Friess, a major donor to the super PAC backing Rick Santorum, has apologized for a joke about contraception that prompted outrage from women’s groups.

“Back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives,” Friess said on MSNBC on Thursday, adding: “The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly.”

The implication was that women held the aspirin between their legs, which left them unable to open them.

There are reports that one liberal feminist was so offended by Friess’ sexually-explicit comments that she spilled latte on her Robert Mapplethorpe collection.

Keep your insensitive celibacy comments to yourself, Mr. Friess — your filth is not welcome at the abortion clinic.

Happy Third Anniversary, Stimulus!

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Has it been three glorious and prosperous years already? It seems like only yesterday the “Reinvestment and Recovery Act” was a gleam in Sheriff Joe Biden’s eye.

Here’s a graph on how awsomely well the stimulus has performed so far in increasing the size of the US labor force (click the pic to Viagratize):

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Impressive, huh? But come on, what do you expect for only a trillion dollars?

The percentage of Americans in the work force has declined, so those people who have given up looking for work don’t count towards the unemployment rate (if you count them as well as people working part time who would rather work full time, the real unemployment rate is 15%, according to the CBO). That allows Team Obama to present the illusion that the economy is actually turning the corner. But if that were indeed the case, people would be entering the workforce, not exiting it.

People who have given up looking for work not being counted as “unemployed” means that the only practical way to get the unemployment rate to zero would be for all Americans to lose their jobs and not look for another. People who have given up looking for work should be counted in the unemployment stats, if for no other reason than to take away some self-serving politician’s incentive to make sure they stay that way.

Resist Car Insurance We Much: Al Sharpton’s SUV Impounded at La Guardia

I don’t know why the left keeps harping about how insurance is a “right” that should be free, especially when so many of them aren’t paying for it anyway:

The Rev. Al Sharpton tried to move heaven and earth yesterday to keep his SUV from being towed at La Guardia Airport — but no amount of preaching could stop Port Authority cops from impounding the vehicle.

An officer rolled up on the 2008 Lincoln Navigator at around 2 p.m. outside the Delta and US Airways terminal as the MSNBC host’s driver waited to pick him up in a clearly marked “no standing” zone, said PA Police spokesman Al Della Fave.

PAPD cop Oscar Ruiz asked the driver for his paperwork and quickly discovered that the SUV had a suspended registration “due to lack of insurance,” the spokesman said.

At that point, Sharpton emerged from the terminal after a flight from Washington, DC, and raised holy hell over the situation.

“He begins yelling, saying the cop was just doing this because of who he was,” a source said.

“Sharpton was adamant there was insurance,” the source said. “He said he was on the phone with his lawyer, and he told the driver not to give the officer his keys.”

But the driver ignored his boss and turned over the keys to the cop — who issued the vehicle three summonses for illegal parking, lack of insurance and suspended registration.

So it’s confirmed… Al Sharpton is not buying auto insurance with the the money he saves not paying back taxes.

Sharpton wouldn’t have these problems if the Republicans would stop eating all the damn blueberry pie:

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

Joy Behar: Requiring Sonograms Before Performing Abortions is a Taliban-Like Tactic

Every once in a while I like to post something from Joy Behar just to help us feel like geniuses in comparison:

The shrill, extremist comments coming from the co-hosts on The View continued, Thursday. Liberal comedienne Joy Behar trashed Virginia for passing abortion restrictions, saying the new law makes the state like “the Taliban.”

Behar highlighted legislation requiring women, in some cases, to have an ultrasound before getting an abortion, decrying the move as “invasive.” She then hyperbolically shrieked, “It’s like, what are we? What is this, the Taliban now? What are we, in Afghanistan? Where are we exactly in this country?”

The Taliban make women get ultrasounds before having abortions?

But remember, it’s just the sonogram that’s Taliban-esque — the actual murder of the baby is a liberty that is to be celebrated and protected.

Newsbusters has the video if you dare.

Here’s my stock reply to anything Joy Behar says: