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Obama Hails A New ‘Season Of Progress’

From the never relenting burnishers of his image at the Associated Press:

Obama hails bipartisanship after arms pact passes

By Ben Feller, AP White House Correspondent
December 22, 2010

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama celebrated a bipartisan "season of progress" on Wednesday at a year-end news conference marking an up-and-down second year in office that blended a thrashing at the polls, slow progress on the economy and late victories in Congress

What a glorious thing. And now the Republicans will get the blame when this fails – as it will.

Obama opened the news conference with a reference to the nuclear arms control treaty with Russia that the Senate ratified earlier in the day on a bipartisan vote. In addition to cutting nuclear weapons and launchers, he said the pact will allow U.S. inspectors to "be back on the ground" in Russia.

"So we’ll be able to trust but verify," he added, quoting the late President Ronald Reagan in another in a string of bipartisan gestures of recent weeks

Ah, yes, what a grand bipartisan gesture. And never mind that he as used this phrase since day one about the START treaty.

And never mind that verification is not the problem here. The Russians have no problems with being caught openly cheating.

The president said that after midterm elections on Nov. 2, many "predicted Washington would be headed for more partisanship and more gridlock. Instead, this has been a season of progress for the American people."

He added that the accomplishments of a postelection session of Congress demonstrate "we are not doomed to endless gridlock." …

Not one good thing has come out of Congress or the White House since the elections.

Give us gridlock any day.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

27 Responses to “Obama Hails A New ‘Season Of Progress’”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Now we can count on him taking that well deserved vacation.
    Doink the Clown has beat a path to AF1. Now we can rest assure that Doink ain’t undermining our abused Constitution.

  2. JohnMG says:

    I’ll say it again. Republicans got…….an extension of the current tax rates (sort of), and Obama got……

    extended unemployment benefits, START treaty ratified, DADT repealed, and who knows what else that will come to light in the next few months.

    Brilliant! Simply brilliant! If we get nuked by some islamic terrorist, (a real possibility) I hope DC takes a direct hit at a time when this whole ship of fools is in session. I await the coming SOTU address when our president will tell us just how magnificent our president is.

    This country is sooooo screwed!

    • River0 says:

      Just think, a month ago the Anti-Christ-in-Chief was on the ropes, crumbling. Then he calls in HillBilly, The Comeback Kid, to rescue him. Presto, the Satanic wand is waved and the GOP leadership surrenders on spending cuts, gay soldiers, and the missile shield giveaway to our enemies. Now even Krauthammer is calling him The Comeback Kid. Dick Morris explained it perfectly on O’Reilly last night.

      This is how we know we’re living in exceptionally evil times, when the entire game board is tipped over when the Righteous makes its presence known. This is designed to make us think that the forces of Evil have the power to change Natural Law.

      We must punish every perfidious turncoat RINO, and throw them out if possible. Betrayal will be our lot until the ranks of our people are purged.

    • untrainable says:

      who knows what else that will come to light in the next few months
      I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that our illustriously lame congress has spent time on serious legislation. Legislation that will prevent shark finning. OK actually it’s just a refurbished Clinton legislation to prevent shark finning. Because Iranian nukes are one thing, but what about the poor sharks… children… disenfranchised minorities… whatever.


      They crammed through Obama-care last Christmas. This year IS gridlock compared to that.

    • Petronius says:

      “who knows what else that will come to light in the next few months.”

      Here is one that S&L’s busy bees may have missed –– It is called the Sunday-night-surprise, since it passed the Historic Lame Duck Congress by voice vote late Sunday evening.

      The Sandinistas in Congress tout it as the “most important law you never heard of” (no kidding). It is the largest overhaul of food safety regulation since 1938. The new law gives government food regulators vast new powers, including :

      • the power to impose new standards for food safety, hygiene, and environmental controls that every American company is required to implement and report back to the government;
      • power to issue a food recall, even when the food company objects that a recall is unwarranted;
      • unlimited government access to the food company’s books and records;
      • authority to ban and confiscate imported foods;
      • a new army of government food inspectors;
      • no accountability on the part of government regulators for the exercise of their new powers; and
      • a hefty $1.4B implementation cost (multiply those dollars by 10 to get the true figure).

      Congressman Henry “nostrils” Waxman (Bolshevik, Beverly Hills, Calif.) called the new law “an opportunity that will not come again for a long time.” (Wow, he got that right!) Waxman crowed that the law will provide the FDA “with some critical new authorities.”

      Republicans said the new law will lead to expensive compliance costs, higher food prices, and bankruptcies and job losses in the American food industry. Many food companies may now be forced to move their operations overseas.

      On the other hand, since most Americans can no longer afford to eat, the legislation may be of mere academic interest. And even for those 43 million people (one in every seven Americans and immigrants, documented or undocumented) who are fortunate enough to get food stamps, the thought of Henry Waxman in your Cheerios is enough to spoil your appetite.


  3. TerryAnne says:

    Hey, now. There are a few of us normal people in DC that haven’t Gone Galt yet. ;) But it keeps getting more and more tempting by the day, let me tell you. The DADT Repeal and the sickening e-mail I got two hours later from the Chief of the AF (blah, blah, talking points to deal with situations as they arise, abide by core values) just about sent me through the roof. How anyone with a brain can say that those in the military who are estatic about DADT ending have the core value of “service before self” is beyond me. And how all but the Marine Commandant are lying down and taking this (or bending over considering the perpetrators of this…)….

    Anywho, when Barry was bloviating earlier on CNN…did anyone else catch the gaff? At the bottom of the screen they had: “BREAKING NEWS: President Obama answers reporters questions”

    I know they didn’t mean it like that, but it made me laugh, nonetheless.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “Core values”. It is to laugh. Who is the COS trying to kid, you or himself?

      All of a sudden, everyone who has been in the service since DADT was law, is now supposed to suddenly shift gears and “accept it as normal”. Rigghhhhht. (Quoting Mr Cosby)

      The AP has claimed that barry the wunderkinder has “rebounded”. But I say….”Nahhh, he still sucks.”.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    And….just a side note. The same old heads are still in congress. The new kids on the block ain’t even found their seats yet, let alone done any legislatin’. This fact is somehow insanely lost on the drive-by media. Wait til January…I dearly hope they are crying in their latte’s.

  5. proreason says:

    I’ve been defending RINO’s as better than the other choice.

    Time to reconsider.

  6. Perdido says:

    Bookmark this post.
    When the new Congress is seated not one damned thing will change. It will be “too difficult”. The country is headed inexorably down the leftist path no matter the promises of the “Conservatives”. The vote on START is a perfect example of the arrogance of these traitors.

    We have an unrestrained Federal Government at all three branches. It’s nigh time to start arresting these fools for crimes against the constitution. Check the votes, arrest ’em, try ’em, jail ’em.

  7. tranquil.night says:

    Ho ho ho.

  8. artboyusa says:

    DOGFIGHT! Its aerial action for the hard bitten, cigar chompin’, Hun killin’ eagle of the skies – Buck Obama, Ace of Indonesia!

    The farsighted and hopeful eyes of Major Barack “Buck” Obama scanned the skies, searching for the enemy. Alongside his gleaming P51 Mustang flew his trusty wingman, Lt “Dopey Joe” Biden. Buck glanced at Joe’s aircraft and shook his head.

    Buck flicked on the cockpit radio. “Eagle One to Special Needs!” he snapped. “Joe! You’re flying inverted again”.

    “Huh?” came the answer. “Wha?”

    “Inverted! You’re inverted!”

    “I’m perverted? I’m not comfortable with those sort of judgements about an individual’s lifestyle choice, Buck. And besides, I thought it was ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’?”

    “Inverted, not perverted, you dumb Delawarian. Upside down! You’re flying upside down, Dopey Joe!”

    “Huh?” queried Joe but before he could even start to figure out what Buck was talking about his plane sparked and shuddered as streams of tracer tore through its aluminium skin – and poor Joe’s skin too! DADADADADADADADADADA! went the sound Fx. DADADADADADADA!

    “Bandits!” yelled Buck but he was talking to himself as Joe’s P51 exploded messily all over the sky. Buck broke hard and glanced behind him – oh no!

    Buck recognized the garish shark’s teeth and heavily mascaraed eyes painted on the pink Me262 jet that was pulling steadily onto his 6 o’clock…it was “Props” Palin, the enemy’s top ace. Buck pushed the stick forward and the mighty Merlin engine roared but it was no good; his enemy closed the distance and stayed on his tail. In another second, cannon fire would shred Buck’s aircraft into tumbling, burning junk. Sweat streamed down his face and he worriedly lit another Kool.

    “This can’t be happening” fretted Buck. “Her lack of foreign policy experience and high negatives with independent voters should give me an unbeatable edge…I can’t be a one term president, I won’t…” DADADADADADADADA! The instrument panel exploded before Buck’s eyes, the canopy flew away in pieces and big holes appeared in his wings.

    “What a shellacking” groaned Buck. “I admit this looks bad but I look forward to working with my esteemed opponents…AAAARRRGGHHH!!!”

    A sharp elbow in the ribs brought Buck awake. “Barack!” hissed Michelle. “You’re having another nightmare Knock it off!”

    “Sorry, honey” mumbled the in way over his head president and he drifted back into sleep; deep, dream filled sleep…“Steady as she goes, Mr Biden” ordered Captain Barack “Jonah” Obama, of the USS Hopeful Progress. “Oy veh, skipper” answered his exec. “I mean, ‘aye aye’…”

    “Merry Christmas, everyone!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      You’ve gone to the edge and looked over. Merry Christmas, artboy.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      Hey artboy,

      Knock it off, OK? I’m trying to stay pissed off and you’re making it really hard to do! Pink Me 262, too funny. Merry Christmas to you also.

    • tranquil.night says:

      I was convinced for some time that Mr. Bite Me was impeachment insurance.

      But we’d take the walking gaffe in the commander’s seat over this incredibly inept naked Marxist tyrant in a second. A new ‘season of progress’ and another round of destruction thanks to our limp-wristed boy-king.

      Even his beta-male “Technocratic” image and style of creeping Socialism/Statism is embarassed constantly on the world stage by his peers:

      – While Barack dithered with his Foreign Policy, the Iranians showed him how to effectively quell a grassroots uprising.
      – Chavez taught him how to properly silence the microphones of the grassroots, and get total executive power after an electoral shellacking.
      – Putin was up in the choppa himself during Russia’s natural disaster crisis, while Obama listened to Paul McCartney and partied after seven weeks of oil in the gulf.
      – Obama flees to Hawaii with his agenda in shambles and the media spinning viciously to farm him some political capitol. Putin demonstrates a Judo smack-down for the world press.

      All part of that White House “messaging” problem we keep hearing about, no doubt.

      Needless to say you pinned the nail on the jackass as usual, Artboy. He’s gotta be having nightmares from hell about this point.

      Merry Christmas and much love, S&L!
      – Matt

  9. proreason says:

    You have your cockroaches. And then there are rats. Pond scum comes to mind. And then you have your sewers. And of course decomposing corpses and vultures. And then fresh vomit. And what about insects eating eyes.

    But I’ll take any of them over the man who conned his way to the highest position in our country. If the US lives on for 10,000 years, the shame will never go away..

  10. Petronius says:

    It seems that elections have consequences –– except when Republicans win them, in which case we get steamrollered in the Senate.

    On behalf of the once sovereign State of Kentucky, I wish to apologize to right-thinking Americans everywhere for the many lapses and weaknesses of our Republican Senate leader, Mitch (“Mike”) McConnell.

    “Oil Can” Harry Reid smoked him like a cheap cigar.

    Our prayer for the New Year –– that the Republican Party will grow a backbone, a brainstem, and a cerebrum.

    Hopefully Dr. Rand Paul will redeem our good name. Or perhaps our beautiful Republican women will save us.

    Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim. (Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you. Ovid.)

    Memo to Sen. John Cornyn : Please take me off the NRSC mailing list. There will be no contributions forthcoming.

  11. BigOil says:

    Such great bipartisan accomplishments. I would like to join in the chorus of hailing bipartisanship and pass along my sentiments to Barry – bite me.

  12. merkelerk says:

    It’s almost like November 2 was merely the American people employing their one remaining liberty.
    The Right To Choose The Tie.

    “Ladies and Gentlemen of the House/Senate. The people have spoken! As of tomorrow we will all switch to the grey pinstripe with the RED tie.” and now….let us all return to the destruction of America!

    There are three possibilities….
    1. The Republican party is so completely cowed by the MSM that they wont dare do anything that draws criticism from those in the BBT (Benevolent Bureau of Truth).
    2. The Republican Party is a class of pre-teens on a field trip to the local high school (where all the big kids go). Look but don’t touch and above all, don’t ask stupid questions or get in the way.
    3. The Republican Party believes (as do the Democrats) that America is Too Big Not to Fail and must be brought down to a level that requires the protection of the U.N. and a bailout from the IMF. Once the U.S. has been hobbled, the world may behold the beauty of social justice as dictated by the (insert favorite One World Government here).

    In the generous spirit of Christmas, why pick only one….when all three apply.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      merk, you’re quite right, of course. Hopefully, the congressional freshmen will make themselves heard. It’s really no great wonder that the republicans currently in our government wouldn’t change their behavior. I liken it very much to what you said in #2 of your post. And republicans, unlike the socialists who have been against the grain since at least the Johnson era, are uncomfortable with being unliked by the media. Perhaps for some reason they still may think that the media is the voice of the majority or, their egos are so easily bruised that they have become cowards. Indeed, courage comes in many forms but one version that requires the most intestinal fortitude is the one that makes everyone call you names and treat you badly because you stick to your principles. From the past, I can easily see people who thrived in spite of it being “lonely at the top” to include Halsey, MacArthur, even Truman. Reagan endured it and Bush was flamed by the media at every opportunity.

      It’s a form of ostracizing that most people find intolerable. When I was a kid, it was one of the most effective tools a parent or teacher had to punish a kid. But in the current iteration of the 50 through 70+ years of age members of congress and the senate, they use it the way the “cool kids” would against a “nerd” for lack of a better way to put it. And nobody likes being the nerd.

      In my own experience, such behavior made me turn my back on such people. I find it incredibly weak when a person will not speak up for fear of standing out and being ridiculed. This is another reason why the socialists have no shame. Their insulation is so thick, in the form of praise from the media and their own “peers” that they can babble any garbage they like and never be held accountable. Nope, the media asks them softball questions and they reserve their big guns for the republicans…who…I think….are actually afraid to say what they really need to say…..or do.

      However, given that they are “popularly” elected and get accolades of their own and enjoy a very insular world once in office, the fears of losing all that great treatment and “popularity”, even if it’s fake, scares the bejesus out of them. Have you ever said something that was important to you and everyone in the room laughed at you? Remember how you felt? I grew up with that a lot. So, even though I’m as sensitive as I ever was, my skin got thicker and I just hold the entire room in contempt. And I make a note of it and though I’ll forgive it, I won’t forget it. Republicans also seem to forget that everyone has a comeuppance. Though they may not be there to see it happen, it will happen. These kiddies in congress and the senate think they’re pretty hot stuff. But as I’ve said before, they are rank amateurs, they are trivial. Whatever they have done, can be undone.

      However, with all that said, I have my doubts that the newly elected representatives won’t succumb to social bribes and schmoozing from the veteran republicans like McLame and others who will play the ‘fraternity’ game of “how it works around here”. It’s politics within politics and reeks of a superiority stank that comes from those who are elitists and who have no humility and cannot realize they aren’t anything particularly special. Yes, there are many RINOs like that. And some conservatives as well.

      What the democrats are doing now is taking advantage of the lame duck session to crap all over the furniture, write their names on the walls, vandalize the nation more and consequences be damned. However, someday, their very own legislation will come back to bite them in the ass. Not all of them, but many of them. Perhaps in the form of how retired elected officials get treated.

      Personally, I would love to see some all-out fistfights on the floor of congress, with Pelosi getting her ass kicked, or at least, knocked to the floor. They have been taunting and bullying and they know it. However, just like Ralphie in “A Christmas Story”, some people have a limit to the abuse. At the very least, I should expect to see a dressing down of one Bawney Fwank where a junior congressman simply tells him to shut up and yells at him louder than he, himself can. In his face. it would be a dream to have the person doing it be as eloquent and accurate in all accusations as can be and let the newspapers chew on that.

      But, even a civil, low-tone scolding would be great because Bawney can’t hold his temper. I say goad them…bully them….let them show what they’re really made of….the minds of spoiled children.

    • JohnMG says:

      …….”let them show what they’re really made of….the minds of spoiled children………”

      I agree–with one small edit; the spoiled minds of spoiled children.

      What loathsome creatures!

  13. hushpuppy says:

    Awwww… gosh…. don’tcha just love that sweet, shy, little girl smile on his face? Such a demure, delicate little girl he is! Mommy Stanley and Daddy Franky Marshall Davis must be so proud – wherever they are!

  14. Tater Salad says:

    It is time to vote the way your Representatives have done in your state. Vote them “Up or Down”, it is better than what they have done for us!


  15. Tater Salad says:

    Now, for all of you Obama fans that are out there (not many I would presume), we have here a nice little video/song for your enjoyment: Turn up those speakers please!


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