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Obama Blames Americans – And Bush

From ABC News:


Exclusive: President Obama: We Lost Touch with American People Last Year

Obama Says Focus on Policymaking Distracted White House From Speaking Directly to American People

By KAREN TRAVERS

Jan. 20, 2010—President Obama said today that he believes he lost a direct connection to the American people in his first year in office because he focused too heavily on policymaking.

"If there’s one thing that I regret this year is that we were so busy just getting stuff done and dealing with the immediate crises that were in front of us that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values," Obama told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview at the White House…

The president said he made a mistake in assuming that if he focused on policy decisions, the American people would understand the reasoning behind them.

"That I do think is a mistake of mine," Obama said. "I think the assumption was if I just focus on policy, if I just focus on this provision or that law or if we’re making a good rational decision here, then people will get it."

You see, the American people were just too damn stupid to understand all the wonderful things Mr. Obama was doing for them.

And not only are they stupid, they are ungrateful.

Instead, the president said the American people ended up with a "feeling of remoteness and detachment" from the policymakers in Washington who are making big decisions.

"I think, you know, what they ended up seeing is this feeling of remoteness and detachment where there’s these technocrats up here making decisions. Maybe some of them are good, maybe some of them aren’t, but do they really get us and what we’re going through?" he said…

So Mr. Obama is saying all his administration needs is better propaganda.

The fawning networks, Hollywood, the music industry, the schools, the arts – they just aren’t enough.

By the way, elsewhere in the interview with Mr. Stephanopoulos, Mr. Obama said this about Scott Brown’s election to the Senate:

"Here’s my assessment of not just the vote in Massachusetts, but the mood around the country. The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office. People are angry, and they’re frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years."

That’s right.

He blamed Bush.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 21st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

34 Responses to “Obama Blames Americans – And Bush”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    I hope that in his inexperience and arrogance – he continues to blame Bush – yes, it flies with all those who suffer from BDS and most of the stupid masses who voted via the ACORN Vote Early Vote Often bus mobilization (which are about the same 10 mil people) – as the rest of America is getting really, really tired of someone who won’t own up to his own stupidity.

    And they are getting tired of listening to someone call them too stupid to understand.

    I hear The Won is headed to NV to ‘help’ Reid’s Campaign – If Reid, Pelosi or Boxer goes down – it’s all over for the Dems except the cryin time. We The People just need to call, fax and email the heck out of ALL the ‘representatives’ in the Klownposse in DC to keep them squabbling over the ‘bennies’ (and must haves) they want in the Obamacare bill – long enough to get to Nov Election and then –

    VOTE THE BUMS OUT!

  2. Cincinnatus says:

    This “enlightened one” mindset is brilliantly dissected by the always readable Victor Davis Hanson here:

    http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YzI4NDdlYTgzYjVmZDgwMWI4ZGJkYmVjNGUzYTE4OWI=

    • tranquil.night says:

      Had the pleasure of studying Latin under a VDH pupil. Great man of the classics, I’m glad to see him in national review. Huge Cincinnatus fan too.

  3. mr_bill says:

    “If there’s one thing that I regret this year is that we were so busy just getting stuff done and dealing with the immediate crises that were in front of us that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values,”

    Didn’t the White House endorse a record debt ceiling increase of $1.9 trillion yesterday?

    I know there are words coming out of Obama’s mouth, but they don’t seem to mean anything.

  4. proreason says:

    What next? A couple of days ago, I threw out 8 options for what will happen next. Now here is what I think based on listening to what happened yesterday.

    a. The Marxists aren’t stupid. Regardless of their words yesterday, they know their free legistative ride is over.

    b. Yesterday, they protected their radical flank. Howdy Doody Dean and others stated the preposterous notion that the people voted for Brown because the Health Scare bill wasn’t liberal enough. That was done to allow the Moron to come out with the “centrist” position.

    c. They will take a half-court shot at ramming some kind of Health Scare bill through knowing that the slightest victory there will give them a toe-hold. I doubt they think it will work, but it’s worth a shot for them. But the Moron will be very very reasonable, very very transparent, and very very tuned to the wishes of “the people”.

    d. The real short-term effort now will be to protect their majorities in November. If the Republicans win the House, which is possible, they can crank out investigations and block appointments, which would be very bad for the Marxists. Without a super-majority, little will get done legistatively, but they still need to prevent the Repubs from winning the ability to expose what is happening in the executive branch.

    e. The thrust for the next 3 years, therefore, will be to skin the cat another way (other than through legislation). Actually, other than Porkulus, that is what they have been doing anyway, and they have already radicalized much of the federal government. Expect more of the same. But now, it will all be under the cover of an oh-so-reasonable president who regrets the obstuctionists who block “real” progress but who “understands” the American people. He will become Norman Rockwell’s little black baby. Everything he does will be “all-American”. Every syrupy word that slithers out of his lying lips will be poll-tested to appeal to the clingers.

    f. In other word, they recognize the value of controlling the administrative branch, and the new strategy will be to retain and exploit that asset for 7 more years. EVERYTHING they do will be cover for that, and meanwhile, they will be suverting the country by radicalizing the bureaucracy. (for example, Crap and Tax via the EPA rather than legislation, exactly as they have already begun.)

    It’s the third way. They tried legislation. They would love to take over militarilly, but know it won’t work. The third way will be stealth communization of the country.

    (btw, they LOVE the fact that most of the conservative press is describing recent events unusual but within-the-bandwidth-of-normalcy of political give and take. O’Reilly is a fantastic spokesman for their cause. Every time they are described as “liberal”, it’s money in the bank. They aren’t “liberal”, they are revolutionaries. But any commentator who uses a word like that from now on is going to be assasinated by the MSM. That now job 1 of the MSM. The MSM is now Normal Rockwell’s paintbrush.)

    • tranquil.night says:

      “for example, Crap and Tax via the EPA rather than legislation, exactly as they have already begun.”

      Thank you for the reminder. I completely expect the administration and the media to get twice as duplicitous.

      I agree as well that these nuts are even using the idea of “the left” as cover now to promote the idea of this false center. Fox floated the phrase “America remains a Center-Right nation” all over their coverage yesterday and it caught fire. This labeling just breeds excuses for this administration to try and break up the momentum – try and break up the tea party unity. It’s the substance, stupid.

      I’m starting to believe that there really are elements of the GoP who want government to go back to “business as usual” – the earmarks, the elitism, the big government republocrats that don’t remember Clinton as being such a bad prez. It needs to be made clear that Brown’s election signals as much an end to the Washington culture as it does an end to the Socialist cabal.

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    Let’s be clear – the immediate crisis are in order: National Security with the economy a close second. Healthcare, then Crap & Trade with all things ’bout gay rights are way down the list.

    So here’s the deal! Obama can’t focus on the economy because his agenda is 180 degrees opposite the fundamentals. So what to do? Divert American’s attention towards another crisis even if you have to be make one up. Ergo we got Obamacan’t Healthcare.

    When ever you can’t figure out a liberal, remember this! Liberal Activists don’t care about what’s right, what’s wrong. All that matters is choosing a cause that they can use to disrupt, divide in order to consolidate power. It’s that simple.

    • jobeth says:

      As Beck is fond of saying, “Watch the OTHER hand”…That’s where the real action is.

      Speaking of Beck…wouldn’t he be a wonderful prez? He has run a biz for years so knows how to manage a concern.

      KNOWS American history…KNOWS how politics are run and is fully aware of all their tricks on both sides. Advocates strict adherence to the constitution. He knows how to communicate and motivate people to do the right thing.. He calls it like he sees it and can explain the most complex issue.

      And can anticipate and see through all these “progressives” like glass.

      What’s not to love about him.

      There is very little that guy isn’t up on.

      Never thought I would ever say this…I actually trust at least two people who in MHO would be honest presidents…Palin and Beck…(if only he would run). Brown?…maybe…wait and see. Proof is in the pudding.

    • Confucius says:

      I wouldn’t vote for Beck.

      1. He’s an alcoholic.
      2. He’s emotionally unstable to the point I think he’s bipolar.
      3. He wanders too far into conspiracy.
      4. He routinely makes fun the of the Chinese–in particular our physical features–to the point of being racist.

    • jobeth says:

      Confucius

      I respect your disagreement with my comment.

      I am sorry if he ever made fun of anyone…I’ve never seen that from him. If he did…he shouldn’t have.

      If being a recovering alcoholic kept people out of office there would be no one serving in DC. He is fully aware of his problem and has been successful to date.

      Admittedly he is an emotional guy. But as long as he isn’t violent and he knows when to tone it down…I don’t find that a problem. I think he does have control of it although he expresses it. He’s been in radio and tv a long time so he must be doing something right.

      Have you ever seen any of his theories proven wrong? I haven’t so far. He backs up everything he says with where he gets his facts. If he is wrong about something he owns up on the air.

      Sometimes it really IS a conspiracy. Just watching recent current events shows that.

      I get it that you aren’t fond of him, and I am sure there are many who will agree with you…but I still like him.
      :-D

      I think he’s like Palin and Rush. You either love them or hate them.

      But that’s ok…we aren’t all going to agree on everything. Besides..its a moot discussion anyway. He’s not running. :-D

    • Confucius says:

      Hi jobeth.

      I like the idea of banning alcoholics from elected office. Imagine our government without a single Kennedy in office. Besides, you know what they say–once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.

      Mr. Beck has been on the air for many years. So has Oprah Winfrey and Jerry Springer. I prefer they all stay in the entertainment industry and out of elected office.

      In early 2009, Mr. Beck first predicted a depression and then, after changing his mind, stagflation. It’s now 2010, and neither have come true. I would also point out that both economic conditions exist on the opposite ends of the inflationary spectrum and for Mr. Beck to theorize both in 2009 strengthens my belief he’s unstable and shouldn’t be in office.

      I enjoy Rush’s program. I find it funny, thought-provoking and sometimes inspiring.

      I enjoy how Palin can twist the panties of the collective left by simply showing up. Just like Rush.

    • jobeth says:

      Rush rocks…I love his way of ‘bragging” that drives the left nuts! We ‘get it’ and laugh with him they don’t get it and get all twisted…(ie ‘on loan by God”)

      I get a lot of info from him…and a lot from Beck as well. Anyone, like Rush or Beck will always draw the ire of the left. They hate not being able to quietly slip their chicanery through. lol

    • proreason says:

      You have to put the talk-radio guys in context, just like you have to put comments here in context. (as for myself, I don’t really have a machine-gun nest in my doorway, and I don’t email Angelina Jolie every day either (no more than once a week recently).

      Talk-radio, and opinion-TV, is at least 50% entertainment, and you have to understand that the hosts have to find a shtick or they can’t compete. Charles Krauthammer, god love him, could never make it as a host. People simply aren’t going to listen to policy, policy, policy for 3 hours.

      Mark Levin may be the best example of all. I think that guy is a cuddle bunny. Listen to what he says about his family and veterans and his dogs. But his shtick is the brutal put-down of libwits. Would he do that if he was at your dinner-party? I don’t think so.

      Is Beck a borderline insane emotional wreck who just happens to understand the depths of every issue we find important and is able to pull all the threads together to paint a coherant picture. Maybe, but I doubt it. I think he is an entertainent genius and a brilliant synthesizer of seemingly unrelated issues.

      And does Rush stick the needle in his friends as he so brilliantly does to liberals on his show. Is he really as pompous as he pretends to be. Not likely.

      I think they are all geniuses and all brilliant entertainers. Their shticks are shticks, nothing more.

  6. Jim22 says:

    “Here’s my assessment of not just the vote in Massachusetts, but the mood around the country. The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office. People are angry, and they’re frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years.”

    You know, there is something to this. The American people are angry, but the move to elect Obama didn’t make them less so. This past year has made the people MORE angry.

    Americans are angry – and disgusted – with the corruption. Corruption in Washington, the state houses, and industry. This administration has added to it by bringing Chicago-style corruption to Washington.

    We want it to stop.

    • Confucius says:

      Well said.

    • artboyusa says:

      Democrat disaster! What happened on Tuesday was the Hindenburg crashing into the Titanic on its way to Pearl Harbor for them and (this is the part that’s so great) they don’t get it! They think people will like them better if they just do even more of everything that they’ve just been shown everybody hates. Let’s hope they keep on thinking like that because they’re doing our work for us. Liberal self regard and mental ( I won’t say ‘intellectual’) rigidity is a force amplifier for our side.

      As far as the Glenn Beck argument goes, I respect the wisdom of Confucius but to be fair, I don’t like any of these TV blowhards. If it can’t be WFB and “Firing Line” on the box I ain’t interested…

  7. Petronius says:

    So Massachusetts is full of stupid, moody, angry, frustrated citizens.

    Yes, yes, we’ve heard it all before. “Bitter clingers.” “Angry mobs.” “Teabaggers.” “Teabag anti-government people.” “Racists.” “Extremists.” “Nazis.” “UnAmericans.” “Astroturfers.” “Naysayers.” “Opponents of reform.” “Republican hissy fits.” “Gun nuts.” “Malcontents.” “Unsuitable elements.” “Wall Street profiteers.” “Capitalist scum.” “Enemies of the state.” “Foot dragging, kuckle-dragging Neanderthals.” Yes, just so.

    Obviously Massachusetts is full of such types. Fairly bursting at the seams.

    And let us repeat our favorite mantra: Bushdidit. Bushdidit. Bushdidit. Bushdidit.

    Whew! There. We can all breathe easy now.

    Obviously the election could not have had anything to do with the issues. It could not be a reaction to the Obamacare cram-down. Or to the deals and corruption. Or to mollycoddling terrorists. Or to trillion dollar pork-barrel stimulus spending programs. Or to all the confiscations and redistributions. Or to national bankruptcy. Or to . . . .

    No, that can’t be it. Indeed, that can’t be it, at all.

    And where is our national media? That bulwark of truth and liberty? Those keepers of the flame? Where is the National Enquirer when you really need them?

    Surely this is a juicier story than John Edwards’ love child? Or Tiger Woods’ golf bag full of mistresses? Surely this is every bit as ridiculous as anything in Mark Twain or P. G. Wodehouse? Indeed, a story worthy of Tom Wolfe’s best journalistic talents.

    I put the question to you: Precisely what is the explanation for such absurd statements by the nation’s Tyrant-in-Chief? Imagine the possibilities :

    a. Nerobama has been drinking Kool Aid or snorting coke (again).
    b. He has incipient Alzheimer’s.
    c. He was possessed by the demon Balrog while wandering through the Mines of Moria.
    d. It’s a prepackaged lie out of Saul Alinsky’s playbook.
    e. A dramatic illustration of the Liberal ideologue’s disconnect from reality.
    f. Some combination of the above.

    I leave it to you, dear S&Lers. But the answer must be found in there somewhere.

    Surely the National Enquirer will soon get to the bottom of it.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Thank you for the nose cleansing that resulted from milk shooting out of it as I read this.

      Sadly, he probably sees his response as “centrist.”

      F-

  8. lawnguy says:

    I missed all that focus. Seems to me like the guy has mostly been having fun.

  9. BigOil says:

    So lets see if I’ve got this straight.

    The American people were so angry after 8 years of a moderate republican president they voted in Barry the Marxist. One year later, people in MA got even angrier at the moderate republican ex-president and decided to vote in a moderate republican Senator for the first time in 44 years.

    I guess there is no hope for me to ever follow Barry’s logic because such brilliance is beyond my comprehension. I might mistakenly conclude the man is delusional.

    • jobeth says:

      “The American people were so angry after 8 years of a moderate republican president they voted in Barry the Marxist. One year later, people in MA got even angrier at the moderate republican ex-president and decided to vote in a moderate republican Senator for the first time in 44 years. ”

      Yeah…that’ll teach those pesky conservatives! Teach them to mess with angry Americans who got fed up with all that moderate stuff! lol

      Doesn’t make sense does it? How they can keep a straight face and say that on camera is beyond me. Sometimes my jaw drops so fast I can’t even laugh at the tripe that they utter.

  10. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The president said he made a mistake in assuming that if he focused on policy decisions, the American people would understand the reasoning behind them.

    We understand that you are attempting a hit-job on the US economy, to plunder what funds you can and “re-distribute” them, to undermine and capsize anything that’s good about this nation and to belittle the majority of the population into some sort of guilt trip that only YOU can rescue it from.

    You’re a BS artist of some extraordinary measure, to be sure. But I never fell for it and never will.

    Your actions reveal your “reasoning” behind these policy decisions. They always will. Black, white, purple with pink polka-dots..lt doesn’t matter. You’re a liar. A damned liar.

    (Yes, I’m yelling)

    • jobeth says:

      Once again, HE”S not at fault…its the American people who FAILED to understand.

      In his eyes, he should have dumbed it down for us.

      Of course, hiding the details behind closed doors and “hurry up and sign…you don’t need to read it” didn’t help his cause…but it’s not HIS fault.

      What HE failed to see, is most people with half a brain would have balked at being hustled the way he and the leftie congress tried to hustle the American people.

      Add one more thing to his growing list of failures. Thankfully, he hasn’t accomplished any of his demented goals.

      But of course none of it is his fault…If only the American people would just shut up and do what they are told….

  11. Rip Cord says:

    Rush said it best. Keep being stupid, democrats, dont figure this out until AFTER 2012! LOL

  12. Chuckk says:

    I’m surprised they didn’t blame global warming for the loss in Massachusetts. Maybe it is coming soon.

  13. MinnesotaRush says:

    Hey!

    I collected $750 in bets today from some of the dimwit libs out here in the blue state of MN. I told them that o-blah-blah would blame George Bush for the Brown win and they said, “No. No he won’t.”.

    Cha-ching!!!

  14. tanstaafl says:

    It’s astonishing, Obama’s hubris and inability to integrate any new information that might cause him to re-calibrate his understanding of the people he purportedly represents.

    “… I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values”

    Honey, we’re on overload of you speaking to (at) us. We’ve gotten so tired of your communiques, we’ve had to turn off the tee vee when you come on to utter vapid drivel like you did in the wake of the MA election.

    It’s Obama who doesn’t understand (or care to understand) the “core values” of all we bitter clingers out here in the hinterland. Thin skinned authoritarian that he is, his preference would be that we all shut the hell up and let him get about “mopping up”. (rest assured, his fondest preference would be to shut down all dissent)

    Hell, his wife thinks we’ve gotta re-write our history.

    What arrogant interlopers.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      As a light-skinned Caucasian, with no negro dialect (unless I want one), I have to agree.

    • proreason says:

      “new information that might cause him to re-calibrate his understanding of the people he purportedly represents”

      1. he had all the information he required 25 years ago and he’s stickin with it
      2. he had no intent and has no intent of understanding OR representing the people of this country. He’s jammin in HIS view of how things should be, period

      He is in no way a politician like any we have ever had in this country. The blogs are filled with Carter comparison. They are filled with debate about whether he will change course. But that isn’t the relevant question. He doesn’t feel kinship with any other politician who has ever appeared in America. He is a direct-line political descendant of Lenin and the commisars who followed that other elitist intellectual totalitarian.

      The question isn’t whether he will change. The question is what will be the new costume he puts on to disguise who he is. I think it will be “centrism”, but there are a lot of options. The only thing that is certain, is the the goal will remain the same. The steps, the timeline, the rhetoric, the lies….they will all change.

      He isn’t protecting us from our enemies. His is our enemy.

  15. joeblough says:

    Exclusive: President Obama: We Lost Touch with American People Last Year

    We? What you mean “we” white man.

  16. Tater Salad says:

    Obama should not be blaming anyone because he is not even a U.S. citizen. Here is an e-mail taken off a very intense website that is dealing with his birth certificate:

    People, On a rare occasion when I watched Oprah in October 2007 obama was on the show for an hour. During that hour Oprah said “You should run for president” obama answered “I’m not ready yet”. We now know that was a set up as he was already running. Back to my point. On that show obama said he HAS duel citizenship with Indonesia and I thought you can’t run for President if you have duel citizenship so even Oprah knows obama is not there legally. You can lie about a lot of things and obama sure does that and those who have been paying attention know that but when you get a surprise question and need to answer quickly you can let the truth slip out.

    Also, one big question if obama is President legally why has he spent almost $900,000+ stopping any of his papers from being released? This money is from his campaign funds (can he legally spend campaign money for this). Why was his wife disbarred.

    Ask the guy he ran for senator against he’ll tell you he’s not a natural born citizen. It was brought up in that race and dismissed because he wasn’t running for President. The Democrats who know about this should be in jail.


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