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Presidential Press Conference Parsed

Here are excerpts from president Obama’s September 10 press conference with my comment after each:

 

Obama’s opening statement: As I said in Cleveland on Wednesday, I ran for President because I believed the policies of the previous decade had left our economy weaker and our middle class struggling.  Comment: Well, nothing has changed – he’s blaming Bush right at the start in the first sentence.

 

Obama: Instead of tax breaks that encourage corporations to create jobs overseas, we believe in tax breaks for companies that create jobs right here in the United States of America. Comment: Nonsense. Companies move overseas because of four forces coming from the Democrats – labor union agitation, high taxes, excessive government regulation, and rabid environmental regs.

 

Obama: This is a bill that does two main things:  It gives small business owners tax cuts, and it helps them get loans.  It will eliminate capital gains taxes for key investments in 1 million small businesses.  It will provide incentives to invest and create jobs for 4 million small  businesses. Comment: Obama is suddenly talking like Ronald Reagan now that the elections are coming. Sorry, Barack, too little too late. You should have done this from the start.

 

Obama: And finally, tomorrow we will commemorate not only the heartbreak of September 11th, but also the enduring values and resilient spirit of America.  …  I’ll have further remarks tomorrow, but for now let me just note that tomorrow is a National Day of Service and Remembrance… Comment: ‘National Day of Service’ is every day for most taxpayers. They work for somebody else – the freeloaders in America like the idle handout poor and the government-employee unions who both are living high off the hog while the taxpayer is hounded for every penny.

 

Obama: As I just indicated, middle-class families had been struggling for a decade, before I came into office. Comment: He blames Bush again for the second time in the first few minutes of the press conference.

 

Obama:  We lost 4 million jobs in the six months before I was sworn in… Comment: Three times.

 

Obama: And I ran precisely because I did not think middle-class families in this country were getting a fair shake. Comment: Yes, you’re right. They are not. The Democrats have been taxing them to death for decades.

 

Obama: I have said that middle-class families need tax relief right now.  And I’m prepared to work on a bill and sign a bill this month that would ensure that middle-class families get tax relief. Comment: This is a classic Democrat charade. Democrats are raising taxes ten different ways, so Obama might cut them in one way. So families lose out nine times more than they win.

 

Obama: If you want the same kinds of skewed policies that led us to this crisis, then the Republicans are ready to offer that.  Comment: Four times… And how about the trillions in bad loans guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and covered up by Democrats like Barney Frank? Was that a skewed policy?

  

Obama:  But setting that aside, we’ve got an area of agreement, which is, let’s help families out there who are having a tough time.  Comment: Yes, let’s create some real long-term jobs instead of Obama’s short-term government jobs like the census.

 

Obama: Well, let me — let me go back to when I first came into office.  We had an immediate task, which was to rescue an economy that was tipping over a cliff.  And we put in place an economic plan that 95 percent of economists say substantially helped us avoid a depression.  Comment: Fifth attack on Bush…

 

Obama: A third of those were tax cuts, by the way.  A third of that economic plan was tax cuts for individuals and for small businesses.  Comment: All of a sudden this guy is obsessed with tax cuts. Because he knows deep inside that they work. If they only could save his party by November 2.

 

Obama: On infrastructure, we’ve got a highway bill that traditionally is done every six years.  And what we’re saying is let’s ramp up what we’re doing, let’s beef it up a little bit — because we’ve got this infrastructure all across the country that everybody from governors to mayors to economists to engineers of all political stripes have said is holding us back in terms of our long-term competitiveness… Comment: So why didn’t you direct the first stimulus at that critical infrastructure instead of bailing out public school teachers and giving money to college professors to study improvised music?

 

Obama:  Here’s how I would — there is no doubt that everything we’ve been trying to do — everything we’ve been trying to do is designed to stimulate growth and additional jobs in the economy.  I mean, that’s our entire agenda. So I have no problem with people saying the President is trying to stimulate growth and hiring.  Isn’t that what I should be doing?  I would assume that’s what the Republicans think we should do, to stimulate growth and jobs.  And I will keep on trying to stimulate growth and jobs for as long as I’m President of the United States. Comment: Z-z-z-z-z-… Just keep talking in circles, Barack. Nobody is listening.

 

Obama:  Now there’s going to be some oversight in terms of how mortgages are shaped, and people are going to actually have to know what they’re getting and what they’re buying into.  Comment: Yes, it used to be called “20% downpayment for a home loan” until Democrats demolished that old capitalist safeguard and gave loans to everyone.

 

Obama:  Well, I’ll tell you how we’ve changed Washington.  Prior to us getting here, as I indicated before, you had a set of policies that were skewed toward special interests, skewed towards the most powerful, and ordinary families out there were being left behind.  Comment: Six attacks on Bush…

 

Obama: And since we’ve gotten here, whether it’s making sure that folks who can’t get health insurance because of preexisting condition can now get health insurance… whether it’s making sure that credit card companies have to actually post in understandable ways what your credit card rates are… Comment: While Democrats pass 2,000 page health-care bills that nobody understands and Democrats have not read.

 

Reporter’s question:  Nine years after the September 11th attacks, why do you think it is that we are now seeing such an increase in suspicion and outright resentment of Islam… Obama:  I think that at a time when the country is anxious generally and going through a tough time, then fears can surface, suspicions, divisions can surface in a society. And so I think that plays a role in it. Comment: Yes, fears over terrorist attacks that could take down skyscrapers or kill people on military bases or blow up Times Square.

 

Obama: One of the things that I most admired about President Bush was after 9/11, him being crystal-clear about the fact that we were not at war with Islam.  We were at war with terrorists and murderers…  Comment: There’s one compliment for Bush that Obama is using only because it is pro-Islam. And if “we are at war with terrorists and murderers”, why have you stopped calling it the War on Terror?

 

Obama: And I will do everything that I can as long as I am President of the United States to remind the American people that we are one nation under God, and we may call that God different names but we remain one nation.  And as somebody who relies heavily on my Christian faith in my job, I understand the passions that religious faith can raise.  Comment: Yeah, sure, your so-called “Christian faith” developed over years listening to a racist radical Jeremiah Wright whose only reference to God we ever saw was “God damn America!”

 

Obama:  With respect to the individual down in Florida, let me just say — let me repeat what I said a couple of days ago.  The idea that we would burn the sacred texts of someone else’s religion is contrary to what this country stands for. Comment: It’s free speech, sir. No person is being harmed, nor is individual property being destroyed as it was at Sarah Palin’s church when an arsonist hit it in December 2008, and about which no Ancient Media outlets have made any big issue. That arson was strongly suspected of being a political hit job.

 

Obama:  It took us decades to get into a position where our health care costs were going up 6, 7, 10 percent a year.  And so our goal is to slowly bring down those costs. Comment: In the 1990s, we began using a managed-care system that brought costs down substantially. But Democrats screamed like stuck pigs and it was abandoned. That is why costs are now out of control  

 

Obama: With respect to the history of fighting poverty, I got my start in public service as a community organizer working in the shadow steel plants that had been closed in some of the poorest neighborhoods on the South Side of Chicago.  Comment: Those plants closed because Democrat-supported labor unions drove the steel industry out with unsustainable wage demands and ridiculous work rules. And the people are still poor after you got done with them. But one thing has changed. They are more violent than ever.

 

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