Day: April 29, 2012

Obama Derangement Syndrome: No. 15,392

An addendum to the previous post…

Mario Piperni

I thought this was remarkably stupid.

Fox News has responded to President Obama’s appearance on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon by suggesting that Obama is somehow denigrating the office of the presidency. For instance, today on Fox & Friends, co-host Gretchen Carlson said that it’s “nutso” for Obama to go on “these comedy shows” because it “lowers the status of the office.”

The Queen of screech, Ann Coulter, chimed in with

“It’s pretty pathetic that that’s what the president has to go to but what else is he gonna do?”

Okay. My question is what these same people had to say back in 2008 when a certain president showed up on a popular game show.

game show! Did poor little Gretchen believe then that Bush’s satellite appearance on Deal Or No Deal was also “nutso”? Did it lower the status of the office?

Or what about Mitt Romney’s appearance on Letterman last December?  “Pathetic” might be better used to describe Mitt’s reading of the Top 10 (no.9 – “What’s up gangstas, it’s the M-i-double tizzle.” Sheesh.)

Personally, I see no problem with presidents and prime ministers and other world leaders mingling with the common folk as long as they keep a certain decorum. The only thing pathetic here is the right-wing’s transparent and patented hypocrisy on all matters Obama.

Fox analyst: Obama’s appearance on Fallon damaged the image of the presidency

Conservative columnist Cal Thomas. Screenshot via Youtube.

I’ve heard some variation of the above statement since the POTUS appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s show.   What I don’t understand is this:

Doesn’t it damage the office of the Presidency to insist that the President’s birth certificate is not authentic; to hurl personal attacks at President Obama on a daily basis, especially on Fox News.  Fox Nation, the online website of Fox News have maintained the most vile dialogue from readers, pertaining to President Obama; they try at every turn to denigrate the President‘s most significant accomplishments (Killing Osama Bin Laden and Health Care.)

How is it these people are so concerned about the office of the President’s image when they have been attempting to tear it down Barack Obama’s image even before he was elected?  When Mr. Obama was elected by a wide margin, they started doubling down on their personal attacks.

The Raw Story

Add syndicated conservative columnist Cal Thomas to the list of those upset over President Obama’s appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this week.

Thomas expressed his displeasure Saturday afternoon on Fox News Watch with Obama’s light-hearted appearance on the NBC late night show.

“There is a certain decorum about the presidency, I think,” Thomas complained. “When you take it on and lower it to that level, I think it does damage to the image of the office. It’s a distraction from the important stuff going on. The jobs and the economy, foreign policy issues.”

Thomas isn’t the first on Fox this week to criticize Obama’s appearance on Fallon. Gretchen Carlson bizarrely thought Wednesday that Obama’s decision to appear was “nutso.”

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz slammed Carlson for her comments later in the day.

WATCH: Video from Fox News, which was broadcast from April 28, 2012.

Allen West Endorses Joe The Plumber For Congress

Allen West Joe The PlumberThe dumbing down of the American political process continues…

The Huffington Post

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, more commonly known as “Joe The Plumber” for his role in the 2008 presidential campaign, won the endorsement of Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) in his bid for Congress in Ohio.

In a campaign video posted Thursday by Wurzelbacher, West says, “One of the great things about Joe is that he represents the genuineness of the American people. Someone who has served in the military, and now is trying to answer the call to serve at a greater level.”

He adds, “I look forward to Joe being a colleague of mine in Washington, D.C.”

Wurzelbacher is running in a heavily Democratic district against longtime Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), who beat Rep. Dennis Kucinich after the two were forced to run against each other because of GOP-led redistricting.

West recently alleged that members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus — which Kaptur is a member of — were communists.

“I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party who are members of the Communist Party. It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus,” he said at a recent town hall event.

I suggest you don’t eat for at least an hour after you view the following video. <Barf>

Eric Fehrnstrom: Auto Bailout Was Mitt Romney’s Idea

Come on Mitt, you seem to want to claim everything the POTUS has done to help the economy, but you call him a miserable failure.  Which is it?

The Huffington Post

Top Mitt Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom claimed that President Obama’s auto bailout was the GOP presidential hopeful’s idea.

Fehrnstrom said Obama followed Romney’s course to help the auto industry during an appearance at a Saturday roundtable discussion hosted by the The Washington Post.

“His position on the bailout was exactly what President Obama followed,” Fehrnstrom said. “He said, ‘If you want to save the auto industry, just don’t write them a check. That will seal their doom. What they need to do is go through a managed bankruptcy process.’”

“The only economic success that President Obama has had is because he followed Mitt Romney’s advice,” Fehrnstrom added.

Fehrnstrom made headlines back in late March for saying that Romney’s GOP primary positions were as erasable as a drawing on an Etch a Sketch. Fehrnstrom’s Saturday comments marked a different drawing on the auto bailout than what Romney penned in a November 2008 New York Times op-ed.

Headlined “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” the piece closed with these words:

“In a managed bankruptcy, the federal government would propel newly competitive and viable automakers, rather than seal their fate with a bailout check,” Romney wrote.

According to The Hill, Fehrnstrom pointed to that segment of the op-ed, noting that auto companies are now profitable because of how they cut costs through a“managed bankruptcy.”

“It is exactly what Mitt Romney told them to do,” Fehrnstrom said.

Over the course of the 2012 campaign, President Barack Obama’s campaign has highlighted the successes of his administration’s 2009 auto bailout, headed by the 1.4 million jobs that were saved in the process. In a March 2012 ad entitled “Made In America,” Obama’s campaign did not forget Romney’s ’08 stance.

“When a million jobs were on the line, every Republican candidate turned their back, even said, ‘Let Detroit go Bankrupt,’” the ad said.