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Obama: ‘They Talk About Me Like A Dog’

Going off script, the POTUS told his audience what he really thinks…

TPM Live Wire

The President departed from his prepared remarks in Milwaukee to address how he’s treated by the powerful interests in DC: “They talk about me like a dog. That’s not in my prepared remarks … but it’s true.”

President Obama spoke today before a union rally in Milwaukee to announce a $50 billion initiative to improve American infrastructure, and used the opportunity to paint his administration as a fighter of special interests like Wall Street bankers.

He said rebuilding the American middle class on stronger foundations, like better education, has required “taking on some powerful interests.”

“Some powerful interests who had been dominating the agenda in Washington for a very long time. And they’re not always happy with me. They talk about me like a dog,” he said, to cheers. “That’s not in my prepared remarks, but it’s true.”

“That’s why we passed financial reform. To provide new accountability and tough oversight of Wall Street,” he went on, naming Wall Street and credit card companies as two of the “powerful interests” in Washington.

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Palin’s “Phoney, Call Me!” Offer

Shannyn Moore is an award winning broadcaster, political commentator, and blogger based in Anchorage, Alaska.    She can be heard on her daily talk radio show in Alaska on KUDO 1080AM Anchorage, KXLJ 1330AM Juneau and at http://www.kudo1080.com from 3pm-6pm EST.

Shannyn contributed a chapter to the 2009 book on Sarah Palin titled Going Rouge. Shannyn is a regular contributor to http://www.themudflats.net. Her website is http://www.shannynmoore.com.

Shannyn Moore – Huffington Post

Sarah has a new blog entry.

You’ll need a pair of chest waders and a barf bag to get through it.

Blasting the president for not taking control of a free-market corporation reveals frayed tea bag credentials:

These decisions and the resulting spill have shaken the public’s confidence in the ability to safely drill. Unless government appropriately regulates oil developments and holds oil executives accountable, the public will not trust them to drill, baby, drill. And we must! Or we will be even more beholden to, and controlled by, dangerous foreign regimes that supply much of our energy.

Foreign regimes like Canada and Mexico who deliver more oil to America than any other country? The best way to enter this country from North or South would be in an oil barrel. She goes on:

As the aforementioned article notes, BP’s operation in Alaska would hurt our state and waste public resources if allowed to continue. That’s why my administration created the Petroleum Systems Integrity Office (PSIO) when we saw proof of improper maintenance of oil infrastructure in our state. We had to verify. And that’s why we instituted new oversight and held BP and other oil companies financially accountable for poor maintenance practices. We knew we could partner with them to develop resources without pussyfooting around with them. As a CEO, it was my job to look out for the interests of Alaskans with the same intensity and action as the oil company CEOs looked out for the interests of their shareholders.

While Palin was governor, the largest onshore spill in Alaska history (210,000 gallons) went undetected for at least five days. Three BP gas and oil pipelines on Alaska’s North Slope clogged or ruptured between September 2008 and November 2009. All while Palin was preoccupied with shopping, campaigning, race baiting and getting a book deal.  Todd Palin worked for BP for 18 years.  BP had another spill in December 2009 when a pipeline, while being inspected, broke from its well housing.   Six acres of Alaskan tundra was contaminated.   The DOJ began an investigation.  The Alaska Attorney General, Talis Colberg, was too busy advising Todd Palin and other Palin aids to ignore subpoenas to notice. Just last month, the pipeline was closed down due to a spill that cost the state tens of millions of dollars.

BTW, you weren’t a CEO, you were a governor. Elected not hired. Quit not fired.

I learned firsthand the way these companies operate when I served as chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC). I ended up resigning in protest because my bosses (the Governor and his chief of staff at the time) wouldn’t support efforts to clean up the corruption involving improper conflicts of interest with energy companies that the state was supposed to be watching. (I wrote about this valuable learning experience in my book, “Going Rogue”.) I felt guilty taking home a big paycheck while being reduced to sitting on my thumbs – essentially rendered ineffective as a supervisor of a regulatory agency in charge of nearly 20% of the U.S. domestic supply of energy.

The reason Palin really quit was complicated. Corrupt? Oh, beyond belief. Palin hacking into a co-workers email account? Well, priceless. It got a bit uncomfortable around there. I never noticed Palin unwilling to take money for nothing. Paid for sleeping in her own bed, flying her kids around, clothes, etc. Good to see she’s gotten over that.

My experience (though, granted, I got the message loud and clear during the campaign that my executive experience managing the fastest growing community in the state, and then running the largest state in the union, was nothing compared to the experiences of a community organizer) showed me how government officials and oil execs could scratch each others’ backs to the detriment of the public, and it made me ill. I ran for Governor to fight such practices. So, as a former chief executive, I humbly offer this advice to the President: you must verify. That means you must meet with Hayward. Demand answers.

Considering the cozy relationship between Palin and Dick Cheney, I don’t want to think about back scratching. Sarah’s “executive experience” in her own hometown? She left it in massive debt-still losing the battle with meth. The largest state? That’s geography. Consider the “largest state in the union” didn’t give one red cent to SarahPAC in the first quarter of this year. We demanded answers. She quit.

In the interview today, the President said “I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar. We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.”Please, sir, for the sake of the Gulf residents, reach out to experts who have experience holding oil companies accountable. I suggested a few weeks ago that you start with Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources, led by Commissioner Tom Irwin. Having worked with Tom and his DNR and AGIA team led by Marty Rutherford, I can vouch for their integrity and expertise in dealing with Big Oil and overseeing its developments.

One of the best things Palin did was hire Irwin and Rutherford. She didn’t put Pat Galvin on the list, but should have. I’ll vouch for them. See, they’re still working for Alaskans. Palin also failed to mention Rick Steiner and Riki Ott who have been invaluable to those suffering in the Gulf. Steiner had his funding pulled by the University of Alaska last year-the same week they cut the red ribbon on the new UAA Conoco Phillips “Science” Building.

We’ve all lived and worked through the Exxon-Valdez spill. They can help you. Give them a call. Or, what the heck, give me a call.

No. I lived and worked through the Spill. I smelled it every day, ruined more boots than I can count and if tears could clean crude off a baby otter, I would have saved every one of them. When Katie Couric asked what SCOTUS decision other than Roe v Wade weren’t to Palin’s liking, she COULDN’T REMEMBER the Exxon v Baker decision 3 months earlier!

If President Obama wants to look North for advice, I’d point him to the late Wally Hickel’s book Who Owns America? Hickel was Nixon’s Secretary of the Interior at the time of the Santa Barbara Spill in 1970. He pulled their leases for wasting a publicly owned resource. He dusted off the 1899 Refuse act for “teeth” to fight water polluting companies.

Hickel wrote: “That was law enough. All that was lacking was guys with guts. The laws are there. What is needed is the men–men with attitude.”

Wally knew how to kick ass after an oil spill. His fighting spirit and can-do attitude are missed now more than ever.

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Right-wing media attack Obama over Memorial Day plans

 

Media Matters

Conservative media have attacked President Obama, claiming that his plans to attend a Memorial Day ceremony in Chicago while allowing Vice President Joe Biden to lay a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery are disrespectful to the military. However, previous presidents — including Ronald Reagan — allowed others to lay the wreath at Arlington to honor fallen troops.

Beck criticizes Obama over wreath laying, says he is “sick and tired of people believing the lie” that Obama “has respect for the soldiers.” Glenn Beck stated, “Obama is skipping out on a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington Cemetery because he’ll be in Chicago on vacation. I’m sorry, I don’t ever, ever question the president’s vacation. I didn’t under Bush, I didn’t under Clinton, I don’t under Obama.” He later stated: “I have no problem with the man taking a vacation. But I am sick and tired — sick and tired — of people believing the lie that this administration has respect for the police or has respect for the soldiers of our country. I’m tired of it.” [Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program, 5/25/10]

Erickson: “Obama skipping the Tomb of the Unknowns this weekend for Chicago is offensive.” In a Twitter post, CNN contributor and RedState blogger Erick Erickson wrote: “Obama skipping the Tomb of the Unknowns this weekend for Chicago is offensive. Chicago can wait. The Commander-in-Chief has a job to do.”

Malkin guest blogger: “Boy, I’m starting to think that West Point speech wasn’t from the heart.” On MichelleMalkin.com, guest blogger Doug Powers wrote: “President Obama went to Arlington Cemetery to lay the wreath last year, but this year Obama’s handing the wreath to Plugs and heading off to the more welcoming political climes of Chicago.” Powers later added: “Obama will however make it back to Washington in time to honor Paul McCartney next week. Boy, I’m starting to think that West Point speech wasn’t from the heart.”

JammieWearingFool: “Obama Blows Off Arlington Visit on Memorial Day,” in a “slap in the face to our veterans.” Right-wing blogger JammieWearingFool wrote that Obama’s plans for Memorial Day are “[a]nother slap in the face to our veterans.” He also stated: “Poor baby needs some rest, so he’s going to Chicago. Will probably take in some relaxing fundraising and golf or something.”

Previous presidents have allowed others to lay wreath at Arlington Cemetery to honor troops

1983: Reagan attended summit meeting; Defense Department official Thayer laid wreath at Arlington. Deputy Secretary of Defense W. Paul Thayer laid a wreath at Arlington Cemetery during the Memorial Day ceremony in 1983, according to a May 31, 1983, Washington Post article (accessed via Nexis). The AP reported that President Reagan attended a “summit meeting in Williamsburg, Va., with leaders of the industrialized democracies.”

1992: George H.W. Bush allowed VP Quayle to lay wreath. In 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, according to a May 26, 1992, Boston Globe article (accessed via the Nexis database). The Globe reported that President George H.W. Bush attended a wreath-laying ceremony and made brief remarks at an American Legion hall in Kennebunkport, Maine, where he also played a round of golf.

Veterans Day 2007: Cheney attends ceremony to pay tribute at Arlington as Bush remained in Texas. On November 11, 1007, the AP reported that “President Bush honored U.S. troops past and present at a tearful ceremony Sunday for four Texans who died there.” The AP further reported that “Vice President Dick Cheney went to Arlington to pay tribute to Iraq veterans.”

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Nobel Prize For Obama – Speech Reflects On His “Wartime President” Status

President Barack Obama accepted his Nobel Prize early this morning, our time, in Norway.

The President acknowledged that in comparison to pasts recipients of the Peace Prize, his accomplishments were far less impressive.    Critics  felt the President should have refused the award since he has escalated the conflict in Afghanistan, which indicate to some that his actions contradict what the Prize stands for.

Think Progress:

In his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech this morning, President Obama called his own accomplishments “slight” in comparison to past winners and spoke at length about the irony of winning the award as a wartime president. He evoked the concept of “just war” to argue for the use of force that is “necessary” and “morally justified.”

There’s an interesting thread on David Sorota’s piece on the progressive blog Open Left

 Sarota expressed his opinion, which basically states that having escalated the war in Afghanistan, Obama should not have recieved the award:

By that I mean, you can be a genuine progressive interested in peace and think this award is a travesty on progressive grounds, and also not think that the Rush Limbaugh/GOP attacks about this award from the right are valid at all. Likewise, you can think this award is a travesty and simultaneously hope that one day President Obama truly ends up building a record deserving of such an award. You can even think this award is a travesty and think Obama is on the way to building up such a record, but is undeserving of the award because he’s only been president for 9 months and hasn’t yet proven himself a Nobel-level peacemaker.

A commenter on the blog responds to someone who said the Nobel Prize is worthless:

King gave a lifetime and a life for his work on equality. Mandela spent 27 years in Jail fighting Appartied. Obama spent 12 days in office before being nominated. This award is worthless!!!

You flaming hypocrite! As if you give a DAMN about the standards of the Nobel Committee! You just want an excuse to attack somebody you don’t like. Period.

That’s all the right-wing is. Hypocrites and liars. They’ve got nothing to bitch about except they hate Obama and can’t stand it that he won something. So, they invent reasons to complain!

It’s interesting to contrast these reactions with that in other countries:

The self-centered view most Americans, especially conservatives, have in relations to the rest of the world is the main culprit as to why most Americans feel Obama is undeserving of this great honor, when in fact, he definitely is worthy of it.The total lack of dignity and respect in the Bush Administration’s unilateral approach to “diplomacy” towards other nations severely undermined any efforts by the global community presenting a cooperative approach combating global warming, nuclear proliferation, territorial disputes, terrorism, human rights, etc.

With the election of Obama as President, his immediate implementation of a foreign policy centered on respecting and listening to other nations was a major achievement in itself.

Since then, Iran has agreed to talks with the US, Russia announced it will not deploy Iktar missles, US-Cuban relations have improved dramatically, the Iraq War will be over by 2010 and the United States has already begun troop withdrawals.

While their are others that deserved as much consideration for the Nobel Peace Prize, who else has done as much in a short amount of time? The Nobel Committee did not give this award as a token. Obama has ALREADY accomplished enough to deserve it.

The commenter succinctly expresses my own sentiment about the issue.

Huffington Post has a full text of the speech here.

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MediaMatters4America: Week in Review: December 4, 2009

Ya gotta love the way the right wing media stick to their talking points en masse.   These people really DO want President Obama to fail.  They whine and moan about everything he does. 

Media Matters:

President Obama never had a chance …

It didn’t matter what decision he came to regarding troop levels in Afghanistan, or what he said about the ongoing conflict there, because Fox News and the rest of the conservative media had already reached two conclusions. First, he took too long. Second, he was wrong.

Since the Bush administration stuck him with the untended-to mess in Afghanistan, Obama had to make a choice — more troops, fewer troops, withdrawal. When Obama signaled that he actually wanted to consider his options before making a decision, the Fox News followed the lead of Dick Cheney — one of the primary authors of the Afghanistan debacle — in accusing the president of “dithering” and “inaction.” Glenn Beck, never one to be subtle or reasonable, accused the president of “letting our troops literally bleed and die” and said Obama would “pay for it” in the hereafter.  

Much more here.

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Time’s Joe Klein: The Tsunami of Obama Criticism

I just received my weekly copy of  Time magazine.  The article by Joe Klein caught my attention immediately.  Klein has been a luke warm supporter of President Obama, so I wanted to read what he had to say. Klein makes this assessment:

Over the past few weeks, Barack Obama has been criticized for the following:

He didn’t go to Berlin for the 20th anniversary of the Wall’s coming down.

He didn’t make a forceful enough statement on the 30th anniversary of the U.S. diplomats’ being taken hostage in Iran.

He didn’t show sufficient mournfulness, at first, when the Fort Hood shootings took place, and he was namby-pamby about the possibility that the shootings were an act of jihad.

He has spent too little time focusing on unemployment.

He bowed too deeply before the Japanese Emperor.

He allowed the Chinese to block the broadcast of his Shanghai town-hall meeting.

He allowed the Chinese President to bar questions at their joint press conference (a moment memorably satirized by Saturday Night Live).

 He didn’t come back with any diplomatic victories from Asia.

He allowed Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other 9/11 plotters to be tried in the U.S. criminal-justice system rather than by the military.

He has dithered too long on Afghanistan.

He has devoted too much attention to — and given congressional Democrats too much control over — health care reform, an issue that is peripheral to a majority of Americans.

Klein then goes on to give his take on the piled on criticism of Barack H. Obama:

As a fully licensed pundit, I have the authority to weigh in here … but I demur. Oh, I could sling opinions about every one of the events cited above — some were unfortunate — but it would matter only if I could discern a pattern that illuminates Obama’s presidency. The most obvious pattern, however, is the media’s tendency to get overwrought about almost anything. Why, for example, is the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall demolition so crucial that it requires a President’s presence? Which recent U.S. President has gotten the Chinese to agree to anything big? (In fact, Obama has secured significant diplomatic coöperation from the Chinese on North Korea, Afghanistan and Pakistan.) Was his deep bow indicative of anything other than his physical fitness? (My midsection, sadly, prevents the appearance of obsequiousness in such circumstances.)

(Snip)

So it is way too early to make pronouncements on Obama’s fate. One pattern that can be limned from the recent overseas controversies is that this President has a tendency to err in the direction of respect toward other countries. This is a witting reaction to the Bush Administration’s tendency to diss our allies and insult — or invade — our enemies. It is a long game, which will yield results, or not, over time. After a first year spent demonstrating a new comity, Obama has gained the global credibility to get tough — on Iran, for example — in his second year. But the real evaluation of Obama’s debut must wait for the results of the two biggest problems he’s tackling: his decision on Afghanistan and the congressional attempt to pass health care reform

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1942832,00.html#ixzz0YBhItpPI

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