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Obama: Re-Election Hangs On Stimulus

From the Politico:

Obama: Re-election rests on stimulus

By ANDY BARR | 2/2/09

President Barack Obama acknowledged Monday that the fate of his re-election four years from now likely rests on the success of the proposed $825 billion stimulus package.

“A year from now, I think people are going to see that we’re starting to make some progress. But there’s still going to be some pain out there,” Obama predicted during an interview on NBC’s “Today Show.”

“If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”

In acknowledging that his political fortune hinges on the state of the economy, Obama urged the country to be patient in waiting for the stimulus to take effect.

“I do have confidence that we’re going to be able to get it right. But it’s not going to be overnight,” he said. “There are no silver bullets to this. The fact of the matter is that we are suffering from a massive hangover from a binge of risk-taking.”

Obama also said he is not worried about the long term political impact of the partisan House vote on the stimulus last week, saying that building relationships across the aisle will take time.

“Listen, it’s only been ten days,” the president said. “People have to recognize that it’s going to take some time for trust to be built, not only between Democrats and Republicans, but between Congress and the White House; between the House and the Senate. We’ve had a dysfunctional political system for a while now.”

Once again we see that Mr. Obama is more concerned about his re-election than he is the fate of our country.

And never mind the logic here:

“There are no silver bullets to this.

Is he not claiming that his stimulus bill is a silver bullet? If not, why the rush?

And won’t the country be out of this recession in four years? If not, it will be one of the longest in the history of mankind.

As for Mr. “We Won” Obama’s comments about partisanship, one can only laugh a sad laugh.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 2nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

35 Responses to “Obama: Re-Election Hangs On Stimulus”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    Typical Political Hack – only 12 days into the job – and he is already looking to the next election. What a joke – too bad We The People have suffer under this pathetic excuse of a leader for another 1448 days.

  2. proreason says:

    A YEAR from now, we will be STARTING to make SOME progress.


  3. jrmcdonald says:

    Meet the new boss, much worse than the old boss…

  4. VMAN says:

    This idiot will never stop campaigning. It’s what he does. It’s what he was groomed for and what WE have to endure for the next 4 years. Oh happy day.

    • proreason says:

      Running for office is the only thing The Moron has ever done, besides wax his chest and eat arugula. And even then, his handlers have run the campaigns and nuked the opposition. All The Moron does is: be black, say stuff that can be interpretted umpteen different ways in a smoky baritone voice, and claim later that he didn’t say it or you didn’t understand what he said.

  5. Melly says:

    Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

    Abraham Lincoln,

  6. pdsand says:

    A bit like Darwin on the issue of how he will be tested, eh? He gave himself THREE count em three years to turn this thing around?!? That’s almost as rich as announcing that his internal investigation has cleared Rahm Emmanuel. Set the bar LOW, that way you can’t disappoint, right? Wow, the ego on this guy. If my grandmama were President she could sleep til noon, watch her wheel of fortune, play skip-bo and govern from her house in Georgia, and the recession would be over in three years.
    But if it isn’t then he expects to hear one-term talk. Wow.

  7. pdsand says:

    OK, new game, if the past presidents had the nerve to lower expectations like Obama, what would history’s shining moments be? I’ll start off with a few…
    Kennedy: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this century is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”
    George H.W. Bush: “Read my lips, a bare minimum of new taxes”
    Ronald Reagan: “Mr. Gorbachev, think about what this wall means to the people who live on both sides of it, and we should meet some time and discuss some possible courses of action going forward”

    • proreason says:

      Great game!

      Churchill: “we shall watch from the beaches, we shall have parades on the landing grounds, we shall wave from the fields and in the streets, we shall cower in the hills; we shall never surrender without first asking politely what the enemy wants”

      Lincoln: “our forefathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in a weak moment and dedicated to the proposition that all people deserve welfare and houses they can’t afford”

      John Paul Jones: “don’t fire”

    • Melly says:

      Reagan: The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m here to lower your taxes and spread capitalism.”

    • Liberals Demise says:

      POGO: We have met the enemy and now we’re scared!

    • proreason says:

      John Paul Jones: “don’t fire until you see the whites”

    • sheehanjihad says:

      Never in the course of human government, have so many people, been so misled, by so few.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Buddah: You can smoke beef
      You can smoke hash
      But you can’t smoke cornbeef hash

    • proreason says:

      Richard Nixon: “I’m not the man I thought I knew”

    • Liberals Demise says:

      JFK: Ask not what you can do for your country…..
      …….ask what your country can do for you.

    • wardmama4 says:

      General Tony McAuliffe: “Yes”

    • pdsand says:

      MLK: I have a dream, that one day, a charismatic and non-threatening half black man will be nominated for President by the democrats after winning a pitched primary battle with a white woman over which group of bloc voters is more important to appeal to in hopes of winning the general election and assuaging a little liberal guilt!
      FDR: This great nation might very well endure, as it has endured. And if it doesn’t last at least three more years, then there will be a three term proposition.

    • proreason says:

      Patrick Henry: “Give me liberty or give me a $500 tax credit”

    • proreason says:

      Unknown New Hampshire patiot: “Tread on me”

    • proreason says:

      James Lawrence in 1813: “Give up the ship”

    • proreason says:

      Thomas Jefferson: “We hold these truths to be self evident; that all men are created equal, except for cabinet secretarys, senators, representatives, and anybody else in government who doesn’t want to pay taxes or be held responsible for their crimes….and except for people who work for a living and who should therefore support people who don’t like to work….and except for liberals who get to vote multiple times, even when dead in order to elect nutters to office….and except for the obscenely wealthy who get to do whatever the f** the want because they have the money to bribe public officials….and except…”

    • pdsand says:

      Be…some of what you can be…in the army today!

      FDR: The United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. Now is the time for us to ask ourselves…What did we do to provoke this? If we could end the disastrous policies of the Hoover administration, and meet without preconditions with the Japanese we probably could have pre-negotiated our surrender without so much terrible loss of life.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Bill Clinton: Ah was just wunderin’ if there are any….ya know …. cute gerbils running around the Congressional Gym unattended?

    • oldswimcoach says:

      PR I had Patrick Henry down for “Give me liberty, or if that’s too hard then socialized medicine would work.”

    • oldswimcoach says:

      George Washington: “I cannot answer that question on the grounds that it may incriminate me!”

    • proreason says:

      George Dubya Bush: “you’re either with us or you are with the liberals”

    • proreason says:

      Thomas Paine: “these are the times that try men’s faith in the irs audit division”

      George Washington: “I either did or did not chop down the cherry tree”

  8. Rusty Shackleford says:

    MacArthur: “Y’know, I might come back here. I mean, if that’s ok with the Japanese.”

  9. RedRight08 says:

    Give me a break. Three years of no government meddling and the economy will recover all by its’ self. Obama’s stimulus bill is nothing more than a big dose of left-wing entitlement slavery.

  10. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Tax and spend. That’ll fix our economy, in the worst possible way. If the large majority of Americans had learned to live within their means we wouldn’t be in this predicament in the first place. Nor would it have given the left the ability to seize the opportunity to play upon the fears of the weak minded and gullible. This stimulus package is like the fool who finds water leaking from the bottom of his boat, so he decides to make more holes to let the water out.

  11. Confucius says:

    What’s he fretting about? The history books have already been written. (And if not, he’ll just re-write them. You know liberals; they love their do-overs.)

    More importantly, if he wasn’t stuck on himself, he would realize that it’s not his re-election that’s in jeopardy four years from now. It’s the Democrat Party in two. Geez, conceited much?

  12. proreason says:

    Truth, from John Hawkins:

    “almost every extremely serious problem our country has dealt with in the last 75 years has had at its root, actions taken by the government.

    The Depression? It was an economic downturn turned into a lingering disaster by the government policies designed to fix it. Gas lines during the Carter years? That was caused by government price controls. Staggering out-of-wedlock birth rates? Welfare and no-fault divorce laws created that issue. A flood of illegal aliens? The government failed to secure the border and deliberately refused to enforce the laws. The mortgage crisis? The government forced businesses to give loans to bad risks. The deficit? The government spends too much year after year after year. It goes on and on, but you ALWAYS, ALWAYS, find government actions at trouble’s core.

    So, how does the government get by with this? By pointing out the good a policy does, or more often than not, the potential good it can do, while studiously ignoring the costs. As Thomas Sowell is wont to say,

    “Killing the goose that lays the golden eggs…is a viable political strategy, so long as the goose doesn’t die before the next election and politicians can avoid leaving their fingerprints on the weapon.”

  13. Reality Bytes says:

    The desk in the O Zone (formerly The Oval Office) has a new sign on it…


  14. Steve says:

    Mr. Limbaugh is talking about this archival thread as we speak.

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