Rep. Joe Walsh

Rep. Joe Walsh: Media Will Protect Obama In 2012 Because He Is Black

Joe Walsh is such an asshole…

Think Progress

Media hound Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) has harsh praise for the company he seeks — particularly when it comes to coverage of President Obama. He is a firm believer in the idea that the media and liberals’ collective “white guilt” rocketed an “articulate” black man to the presidency. Now, Walsh is convinced the media will go to great lengths to protect their chosen black hero.

In an interview with Walsh yesterday, the right-wing Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell insisted that the president is “playing class warfare and race warfare games” and asked Walsh why the media are “aiding and abetting” this onslaught. Walsh surmised the because the media “are so vested in our first black president not being a failure,” they will go to great lengths — including calling his detractors “racist” — to “protect him”:

BOZELL: [Y]ou see this administration playing class warfare and race warfare games. Now, that’s their problem. But what does it say about the national media that they are aiding and abetting this by not exposing the dishonesty here?

WALSH: Reagan was beautiful because Reagan simplified everything, so let’s simplify it. This guy pushed every one of the media’s buttons. He was liberal, he was different, he was new, he was black. Oh my God, it was the potpourri of everything. They are so vested in our first black president not being a failure that it’s going to be amazing to watch the lengths they go to protect him. They [the media], I believe, will spout this racist line if some of their colleagues up here aren’t doing it aggressively enough. There is going to be a real desperation.

Watch it:

Walsh has made more TV appearances than any other House freshman. Perhaps he’s just desperate to shift media focus away from his persistent refusal to pay child support for his three children. Perhaps he thinks lobbing race-based attacks at the media is the only way to do it. Regardless of his reasons, he’s liable to repeat it over and over again. “And there’s nothing racist about this,” he has said of the attack. “It is what it is.”

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West Wing Week: 9/9/11 or “American Jobs Act”

The White House

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President visited New Jersey communities recovering from Hurricane Irene, celebrated Labor Day in Detroit, welcomed NASCAR Champions to the White House, and unveiled the American Jobs Act before a Joint Session of Congress. That’s September 2nd to September 8th or “American Jobs Act”

Michele Bachmann · President Obama's Jobs Proposal

Michele Bachmann: Obama ‘Insulted’ Congress By Calling It A Political Circus

Pardon me, but this from the woman who called Obama’s administration gangster government? That insult was definitely dog whistle code

Talking Points Memo

You can say what you want about Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) — but she won’t stand for anyone talking smack about her legislative body.

Bachmann gave an unsanctioned rebuttal to President Obama’s job speech in a Capitol Hill TV studio Thursday night in which she dismissed the address as so much warmed-over Obama rhetoric with little or no chance of success. She called it “just a retread of everything he’s put forward before that’s failed.”

But what really grinds her gears was what she called his blatant “insulting of Members of Congress” that came “almost right out of the gate” in his speech.

Obama said this (from the prepared text):

The people of this country work hard to meet their responsibilities. The question tonight is whether we’ll meet ours. The question is whether, in the face of an ongoing national crisis, we can stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy; whether we can restore some of the fairness and security that has defined this nation since our beginning.

Did you catch it? Bachmann said contained in that early paragraph was a direct attack on the fine men and women of the House.

“It was interesting to me that if you look at the president’s remarks, almost out of the gate, the president began by insulting members of Congress,” she said. “He invited them to be a part of this address this evening…And yet he began with an insult — for a circus tent.”

“That isn’t what this is. I don’t consider the greatest, most deliberative body in the United States, the House of Representatives, a circus, a political circus,” Bachmann continued. “It isn’t at all.”

It’s worth noting at this point that past Obama addresses to joint sessions of Congress have included House members shouting “you lie!” at him; unbelievably long and drawn out public discussions about who will sit next to whompublic whining about the date and time of an address; and finally, Republicans deciding not to show up out of spite (and calling Obama “idiotic” for having the speech in the first place.)

Nevertheless, Bachmann says, the “circus” line was too far — and, she said, a sign that the President is not serious about changing the rhetoric in Washington and getting some jobs legislation passed.

Bachmann declined to take any questions about her flagging presidential campaign, saying she was giving the speech as a Representative from Minnesota’s 6th District, not a presidential candidate. She ignored a question about her candidacy from TPM after the press conference was over, with her staff directing all questions about her presidential bid to the campaign.

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Obama’s Jobs Speech To Congress – Full Video

The American Jobs Act

President Obama tells a joint session of Congress that it is time to end the political circus and pass the “American Jobs Act”.

“Those of us here tonight can’t solve all of our nation’s woes. Ultimately, our recovery will be driven not by Washington, but by our businesses and our workers. But we can help. We can make a difference. There are steps we can take right now to improve people’s lives.

“I am sending this Congress a plan that you should pass right away. It’s called the American Jobs Act. There should be nothing controversial about this piece of legislation. Everything in here is the kind of proposal that’s been supported by both Democrats and Republicans — including many who sit here tonight. And everything in this bill will be paid for. Everything.

“The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: to put more people back to work and more money in the pockets of those who are working. It will create more jobs for construction workers, more jobs for teachers, more jobs for veterans, and more jobs for the long-term unemployed. It will provide a tax break for companies who hire new workers, and it will cut payroll taxes in half for every working American and every small business. It will provide a jolt to an economy that has stalled, and give companies confidence that if they invest and hire, there will be customers for their products and services. You should pass this jobs plan right away. ”

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Martin Bashir Calls Out Rep. Joe Walsh On His Disrespect To President Obama!

I wanted to share this video with TFC readers…

Marin Bashir confronts Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Illinois) for calling President Obama a liar, an idiot, saying he was elected because he was black & skipping the President’s speech on jobs.

H/t: Democratic Underground

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Michele Bachmann: Obama’s Trying To Keep America’s Eyes Off Us With Jobs Speech

What?  Why aren’t any of the candidates talking about jobs?


Michele Bachmann says President Obama scheduled his job speech on the same night as one of three nationally televised Republican presidential debates in the month of September because he wants to prevent Americans from seeing the group of Republicans who may face him next fall.

Earlier Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) called on Obama to move the speech, citing the time needed “for a security sweep of the House Chamber before receiving a President.”

Bachmann supports Boehner’s move, and said “clearly the administration has a great deal of insecurity about their job plan and the lack of it.”

Speaking to Fox News on Wednesday, Bachmann argued, “Boehner is saying… rather than the president hiding his speech, and trying to divert the American people away from hearing from the presidential candidates on their assessment of his job that he failed to do for the economy.”

She continued, “John Boehner is rightly saying, let’s have the American people watch you.”

Other GOP 2012 candidates also reacted to the fracas. Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul told TPM:

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