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Heard Obama Say “Bipartisan” Lately?

March 26, 2009

There was a time, a long long time ago, and in a land far away, that Barack Obama spoke about “bipartisanship.”

He never really gave it a chance and didn’t seem to get the hang of it though.  But that could be because he wasn’t a senator long enough to get the hang of it and his Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, is about as bipartisan as Attila the Hun.

After the words “I won” and “never let a good crisis go to waste” were uttered, well, it has been “all Obama all the time.”

Just recently its been Obama on Leno, Obama on “60 Minutes,” Obama in a press conference of dubious value, and today, Obama on the Internet which looked like just an opportunity for the president to get away from real work and campaign — which he is very good at and has a tireless yen for….

So, with Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, who needs those other guys?

Well, lets hope there are no further crises in the future because the bipartisanship we have seen so far won’t buy much……

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In the 1970s when I came to Congress as a staffer, my elected boss used to say, “If I’m going to be one of the fathers of this legislation I’d like to be in the room at the time of conception and not just at the birth…”

That’s bipartisanship: in on the ground floor, opinions heard and incorporated, and sleeves rlled up for real work.

A book on how to achieve good legislation through bipartisanship would have to feature how NOT to to go about it the Obama, Pelosi, Reid way….and then use the New York Times, an appearance on Leno, “60 Minutes,” and the Internet to get the word out…. to spin a feeling that bipartisanship was tried and the Republicans rejected the offer….

The president’s “outrach” of bipartisanship is like purchased sex with a working girl; it is sleezy and meaningless.  Maybe he needs some chachki toys or aluminum key chains with little hand painted “Air Force One” or “White House” creations to hand out to Republicans…..  Or maybe a little yellow tractor from Caterpillar on a key chain….Or Abe Lincoln to remind one of two great presidents….

Early on the president hosted a cocktail party at the White House and a Super Bowl party in the name of bipartisanship: now I think the free peanuts for Republicans are off the table….

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It seems to us at Peace and Freedom that the president and TheNew York Times don’t know what “bipartisansip” means.

We went to a congressional staff in the early 1970s and learned back then that bipartisanship means:

(1)   At the start of every piece of legislation, both parties meet to discuss, share ideas and formulate, at least conceptually, new law.

(2) That both parties treat the other side with dignity and respect, sharing ideas in order to get the best for the American people.

(3)  Both sides tell the truth and neither tries to seize the high ground and gloat over the other before the media.

In the case of this stimulus, President Obama talked a good game of bipartisanship but he was clueless on how to achieve it.

His Williamsburg, Va., spa speech and his evening press conference in the White House were both partisan speeches….which included ugly distortions and lies.

Nancy Pelosi shut out Republican input at the start of the process to build the stimulus bill and minutes before voting on final passage there were still complaints that the bill had been “hidden” from lawmakers and the American people intentioanlly by the Democratic side.

Mr. Obama’s personal “bipartisan outreach” consisted of:

–“I won.”

–Efforts to give “goodies” to Republicans like a Super Bowl party, rides on Air Force One and a cocktail party at the White House as if they could be bought like children at Christams.

–“Cram this down throats” at the spa in Williamsburg.

–Campaign-style events at Peoria, Fort Myers, and Elkhart…

–Photo op sessions with Republicans in the House and then the Senate.

–Not one “roll up the sleeves” and negotiate session with both parties at the White House. The pseudo president in the movie “Dave” did a better job of this that Mr. Obama…..

–A big lie at Peoria: “Yesterday, Jim [Owens], the head of Caterpillar, said that if Congress passes our plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off,” Obama said in Peoria.

But when asked if the stimulus could do that, Owens said, “I think, realistically, no. The honest reality is we’re probably going to have more layoffs before we start hiring again.”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/26/he-asked-for-it-he-got-it/

What do I tell my legal immigrant family and friends?

March 25, 2009

I was going to stay out of the immigration debate but we are headlong quickly toward a cliff so here goes.

I have many family members and friends that came to the United States legally and went through the system.

Many waited six, seven or more years to become citizens.  All are legal — many with their own businesses and I don’t know one that has become a burden upon the taxpayers.

Most of these people are Asians: Vietnamese-Americans, Chinese-Americans and Korean-Americans.

My wife came here the hard way: after war and communism and prison in Vietnam she fled by boat: facing death by starvation, pirates, rape and other criminal activity.  Add to that the environment: the sun and the sea.  Four people died in her boat.

She came here and waited, and waited and waited to become a citizen.  She learned English and worked at minimum wage jobs.  She now has her own business and is hanging on by a thread due to the bad economy.

She never complains.

She never even complains when we see hundreds of people — daily — that are here illegally and demanding work and money and benefits.

They aren’t learning English and are not awaiting the system: they are waiting for Nancy Pelosi’s revolution.

They are waiting for the “system’ to adapt to them: and with the Speaker of the House telling them that officers sworn to defend the law are un-American — what should I tell my Vietnamese-American family about America, justice and the rule of law?

See Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/25/guess-who-else-thinks-ice-ag
ents-are-unpatriotic/

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La Raza has a new best friend at Justice

ACORN Protesters At Homes of AIG Execs Similar To Lawlessness For UK Bank Exec?

March 25, 2009

Politics is one thing.  But sending people to protest at people’s homes seems an invitation to lawless behavior to many…

When ACORN funded protests at the homes of AIG executives last weekend, most of the mainstream media was silent.  Those that reported on the protests didn’t mention ACORN at all.

And certain congressmen fueled these protests: asking for the names and addresses of AIG workers.

For what purpose?

Paying protesters can only lead to trouble.  Sending protesters to private homes can only make homeowers and neighbors fearful which could mean the police get involved and confrontations occur.

We condemn such conduct: no matter how much we seem to think someone has wronged us; sending protesters to his house is out of bounds and invites trouble….

Related:
Did ACORN Organize Protests At Homes of AIG Execs?

 Protesters At Homes Of AIG Execs (Organized by ACORN?)

See Michelle Malkin:

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/25/the-rule-of-the-mob/

ACORN at the homes of AIG execs….

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The Times (UK)

An anti-capitalist vigilante group calling itself Bank Bosses Are Criminals has claimed responsibility for an attack on the home and car of Sir Fred Goodwin, the former chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The ex-banker’s £3 million Edinburgh house was targeted in the early hours, with at least four ground-floor windows smashed and a black Mercedes vandalised. Police were called at around 4.15am to Morningside, a leafy suburb of the Scottish capital lined with substantial, stone-built homes.

A storm of controversy has engulfed Sir Fred over the £16.9 million pension he negotiated as he was made to leave RBS last October for his part in bringing the bank to its knees. The 50-year-old financier has already started to collect an annual pension of around £700,000, and refused invitations to hand it back..

Less than an hour after the attack, an e-mail was sent to local media outlets, signed by Moira McLeod, claiming responsibility and threatening further vigilante assaults. The e-mail account used to send the warning was named “Bank Bosses Are Criminals”.

Read the rest:
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol
/business/industry_sectors/bankin
g_and_finance/article5974253.ece

http://nicedeb.wordpress.com/2
009/03/21/acorn-aig-protest-fail/

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Pelosi’s Lawlessness

And then we have Nancy Pelosi, the third in line to the presidency, virtually telling illegal immigrants to violate the law: that the law is “Un-American.”

Well, here’s more “anything to win” — changing law by illegal acts and shenanigans.

If Nancy wants to make good law; she is in the catbird seat to do so.  The Speaker of the House knows how to make good law and how to defeat those that stand in her way too….

Pelosi made the stimulus bill and Obama has already offered her the health care revolution.  But she’s not satisfied yet: now she’ll rewrite immigration law by not picking up a pen: she’ll use the microphone.

Obama, Pelosi: Anything to Win

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When I wrote last week’s column, before the AIG fury erupted, I argued that we in Washington should dial back our rhetoric because public passions were already dangerously high — and we have so many hard decisions in probably hard times ahead of us that we need to face as a united people. Little did I expect that within hours of my writing those words, congressmen would be calling for the names and addresses of AIG employees to be made public — even though the congressmen had been told that the lives of the employees’ children had been threatened as a result of the uproar. Congressmen who would risk the lives of innocent children to save their own political skins are not likely to provide noble leadership in the months and years to come.

By Tony Blankley
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_conte
nt/political_commentary/commentary_by_ton
y_blankley/the_most_dangerous_city_in_the_world

http://lewlew.wordpress.com/200
9/03/25/a-big-stick-but-no-carrot/

President, Congress, Media “Vacant” in Time of Crisis

March 25, 2009

We live in interesting time and cripples are running the nation.

“What kind of politician brings a teleprompter to a news conference? asked the Associated Press’ Ron Fournier.

Well, what kind of lawmaker enacts a law by voting for it even though he or she never read it?  Our Congress on the stimulus.

Then they threw a fit because AIG paid bonuses: which were protected in the stimulus legislation they voted for…

In one of the nations’ biggest crisis since World War II, our leadership is, well, found wanting….

Reading the teleprompter instead of reading the legislation.  This is the White House and Congress of no work, TV appearances and Nancy Pelosi’s cats on YouTube.

This is the media found wanting presidency too.

The president’s  only flash of emotion  came in last night’s news conference when pressed by CNN’s Ed Henry about his slowness in decrying the AIG bonuses.

“It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak,” he replied.

And write remarks and get them into the teleprompter.  Roosevelt responded to Pearl Harbor faster…..

Said Andrew Kohut of the non-partisan Pew Research Center, “In so many of these cases, he has to say, “Yes, but …’ ”

We want our leaders to think.  Not just make appearances.
Less than one month ago, while President Barack Obama was still making his own budget with his own numbers (and everything was rosy) he assured reporters that he likes being president.

“And it turns out I’m very good at it,” he said.

One month later, nobody can be sure that the president is good at anything.

President Barack Obama's TelePrompTer is seen before a news ...

President Barack Obama’s TelePrompTer is seen before a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2009.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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See USA Today:
http://www.dailyrecord.com/articl
e/20090325/UPDATES01/903250419

 Obama Throws In The Towel

 After Leno, Laughter on “60 Minutes,” Boredom From “No Drama” Obama

Obama Wants To Take Over Companies; Complains Congress Might Take Too Long

March 24, 2009

President Barack Obama says he hopes “it doesn’t take too long” for Congress to approve new authority to oversee financial firms — and even take them over by the Federal Government if they are in economic trouble.

The president made the remark in the Oval office Tuesday afternoon, March 24, 2009.

The administration is pushing the idea of an overarching regulator, such as the Federal Reserve, to have the ability to take over nonbank financial entities whose failure could topple the entire financial system.

Congress has gotten us into trouble recently by rushing through important legislation or hearings.

The congress held no hearing on the president’s stimulus spending measure — with many member saying they didn’t have time to read it.

The stimulus assured AIG that it had the authority to pay bonuses.

Then the House last week rushed to vote a 90% tax on those same bonuses….an idea that could be unconstitutional…. and is certainly questionable….

Most fast legislation is very bad legislation, in our experience….

 Geithner Wants To Seize Troubled Businesses: “By What Authority in the Constitution?”

Obama “Strongly Approve” Number from 42% to 36% in Last 60 Days; Geithner 24% Or Less

See Michelle:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/24/the-sen
ate-shows-a-little-sense-confiscatory-republica
ns-show-no-shame/

Related:
http://www.frugal-cafe.com/public_html/frugal-
blog/frugal-cafe-blogzone/2009/03/21/wait-ha
ste-made-the-mess-sen-kyl-blocks-aig-punish
ment-bill-to-allow-level-headed-review/

US President Barack Obama (R) speaks with Australian Prime Minister ... 
US President Barack Obama (R) speaks with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. Obama said Tuesday he hoped to partner with Rudd for “years to come” after forging a “meeting of the minds” in their first White House talks.  During this meeting, Obama told reporters, he hopes “it doesn’t take too long” for Congress to approve new authority to oversee financial firms .(AFP/Jim Watson)

House of Representatives Could Undo Obama (At This Rate)

March 24, 2009

Why are Democrats undermining President Obama? It’s easy to understand why Rush Limbaugh is hoping Obama will fail. From his perspective, Obama’s energy, labor and health care policies (among others) will yank the country hard to the left, weakening our capitalist economy and ushering in failed socialist policies. But why is his own party running so scared?

From the moment Nancy Pelosi instituted crassly partisan procedural rules on the opening day of the 111th Congress, mocking Obama’s promised new bipartisan era, Democrats in the House and Senate have done their utmost to discredit the president.
From wresting control of the Stimulus bill to packing that dismal piece of legislation with pork and an uncomfortable violation of NAFTA to the latest witch hunt over AIG bonuses, Congressional Democrats have worked to weaken the president and his deputies — most especially his beleaguered Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner. What gives?

It is possible that my brain does not contain enough dark eddies to comprehend the devious calculations that have led to these maneuvers.

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If Congress continues to waver in its support of Obama’s agenda, the result may be even more internecine warfare and a watered-down list of programs. It will be a sad outcome for the party that has finally won control of the White House and Congress.

Read it all:
http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.co
m/2009/03/24/peek_obama_democrats/

Obama Believers Thought They’d Hear More On Immigration By Now

March 23, 2009

Obama is willing to spend.  He’s working on the econoy.  And in every second breathe he mentions health care, education, energy and climate change.

What happened to immigration reform?

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Gregory Rodriguez
Los Angeles Times
March 23, 2009

Ithought U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. was a little over the top last month when he called us “a nation of cowards” for our collective failure to adequately discuss our troubled racial past.

Less than a month later, officials at his Justice Department are believed to have pulled the plug on the nomination of Thomas Saenz, chief counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, to head the department’s civil rights division. Why? Apparently because of Saenz’s past advocacy on behalf of immigrant rights.

You read that correctly. Saenz’s past professional civil rights activism has evidently disqualified him from being the nation’s top civil rights enforcer. If it’s true, it’s a decision that may be a troubling sign for those hoping President Obama is committed to comprehensive immigration reform.

Don’t go looking for public griping from Latino members of Congress on the Saenz incident. On Wednesday, in what from all accounts was a love-fest between Obama and the entire Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the president reaffirmed his commitment to … comprehensive immigration reform. In a breathless news release, Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) cooed that “the American people are fortunate to have a president ready and willing to tackle the big issues of the day.” In a telephone media briefing, leaders from some of the nation’s most prominent immigrant rights organizations practically held hands and sang “Our Guy.”

But just below the buzz of news releases and sound bites, some officials and advocates who care most about immigration reform are worried. True to form, irascible Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina was the only high-profile elected official to speak out. She was quoted as saying Saenz had been offered the nomination and accepted it. That the administration canceled the deal, she told the blog of the Legal Times, “speaks volumes of the lack of courage of the administration.” Ouch. Several other activists expressed their own concerns to me off the record.

Read the rest:
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/c
ommentary/la-oe-rodriguez23-2009ma
r23,0,1356.column

Related:
 Immigration embers could turn into political fire for Obama

La Raza has a new best friend at Justice

President, Congress Preach More Spending While Kitchen Table Voters Try To Save Responsibly

March 20, 2009

The clear message from this president and this congress is that we can spend our way out of the recession.

The president, a master campaigner, has also volunteered to be a master spender on health care, the environment, education, energy and more.

He has already just about guaranteed that the congress — a pack of spending campaigners — will assist him as enablers.

Just as congress assisted Mr. Obama on the stimulus.

So the president is asking for campaign-style signature pledges from voters to support his spending ideas.  That’s why he went to California.  The Jay Leno fiasco was unnecessary entirely  — and off message entirely.

The president is intent upon showing that the future of America is all about what we spend now.

The message from Washington is spending: even as the voter at home is seeking fiscal responsibility for every member of the family.

And the president  even wants those at home to spend more at WalMart and Target to help the economy along.

He’s urging fiscal irresponsibility upon voters and congress.

But this is counter-intuitive to a voter who lost a job and faces forclosure or other economic calamity.

Around the kitchen table, voters are trying to figure out how to limit their spending.

And the prsident who talked so mush about crisis and catastrophe is now saying the economy is not so bad and we should have confidence.

Too late.

US President Barack Obama, seen here on January 29, 2009, sits ... 
US President Barack Obama, seen here on January 29, 2009, sits alongside Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

Confidence is draining from the American voter faster that the president can patch the leaks.  Going after the AIG bonuses is understandable and right; but that is only a slight drip and not even a trickle.

The deluge in spending from the stimulus and the omnibus: to the tune of $1 billion per hour in this president’s first 50 days, is staggering, along with the interest payments and national debt.

But it isn’t  deluge of water.  It is a deluge of money and confidence and political capital: the lifeblood of a president.

And Obama’s cohorts in all this excite no confidence at all: Geithner, Pelosi, Dodd, Barney Frank, Harry Reid and the rest.

Related:
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World Gasps In Horror as U.S. Stumbles, Fumbles Over $165 Million

President’s Economic Team in Trouble: Especially Geithner

March 20, 2009

Last November, all we heard about was the “brilliant,” “sharp,” “energetic,” and “visionary” economic team of Barack Obama.

We had hope.

But then the president himself exhibeted a loss of hope or no hope.  We needed the stimulus and we needed it now.  No need to read it “lawmakers,” we’ll get what’s needed in there.

And apparently, Tim Geithner’s Treasury got what it wanted into the stimulus: including the AIG bonus green light.

We had hope again, and trust.

The president said congress needed to pass the stimulus or face “catastrophe.”

Well, now we have the stimulus and the congress is a catastrophe.  And the economy is only holding on to life — despite the stimulus.

Now all that has crashed to earth.

Now, suddenly, the president is saying “It’s not so bad; have confidene.”

Well, in what should we have confidence, exactly?  In whom?

The president has lost control of the message and the agenda.  He went on Jay Leno last night and looked like a wash out from the Special Olympics.  But he did display loyalty, especially to Tim Geithner.

This is sounding like, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”

Where did the “brilliant,” “sharp,” “energetic,” and “visionary” go?  Down the drain with the hope, apparently.

Fire Geithner, Mister President, and re-focus on the economy.

In the Clinton years we said, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

That could still work….

The president has scheduled a major address for next Tuesday.  That will be about not the “State of the Union” but the state of March Madness.

And that doesn’t mean basketball….
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http://alaskakid.wordpress.com/200
8/11/24/for-the-record-and-to-be-
fair-praise-pours-in-for-obama-eco
nomic-team/

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Michelle Malkin Says Geithner Can’t Get It Right
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/20/
geithner-cant-get-taxes-straight-cant-get-dates-straight/

On Geithner: there is a growing sound of voices calling for his resignation, yet at Treasury there are still something like 17 top positions vacant.  Last night on the Fox News Channel, Hannity interviewed Fred Thompson who had doubts that the president could find someone with the far left pedigre the president wants, the financial skills reuired and a person with the willingness to serve as Treasury Secretary in this tough environment…..

Thompson seemed to think we were “stuck” with Geithner.  But we think the president has to get rid of geithner the tar babby before the president himself starts to suffer lower poll numbers from this appointment …..
Confidence is draining from the American voter faster that the president can patch the leaks.  Going after the AIG bonuses is understandable and right; but that is only a slight drip and not even a trickle.

The deluge in spending from the stimulus and the omnibus: to the tune of $1 billion per hour in this president’s first 50 days, is staggering, along with the interest payments and national debt.

But it isn’t  deluge of water.  It is a deluge of money and confidence and political capital: the lifeblood of a president.

And Obama’s cohorts in all this excite no confidence at all: Geithner, Pelosi, Dodd, Barney Frank, Harry Reid and the rest.

The only one the president can fire is Geithner….

And that may be enough to boost confidence if he has the right replacement….

Defining Moment for Obama’s Treasury Secretary

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Many People in Government Knew About AIG Bonuses Weeks Ago

By EDMUND L. ANDREWS and JACKIE CALMES
The New York Times

The question was direct and prescient. Representative Joseph Crowley, Democrat of New York, asked the Treasury secretary in an open hearing what could be done to stop American International Group from paying $165 million in bonuses to hundreds of employees in the very unit that had nearly destroyed the company.

Timothy F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary, responded by saying that executive pay in the financial industry had gotten “out of whack” in recent years, and pledged to crack down on exorbitant pay at companies like A.I.G. that were being bailed out with billons of taxpayer dollars.

The exchange took place before the House Ways and Means Committee on March 3 — one week before Mr. Geithner claims he first learned that the failed insurance company was about to pay a round of bonuses that have since caused a political uproar.

A Treasury spokesman, Isaac Baker, said in a statement on Thursday night, “Although Congressman Crowley raised the issue of the bonuses two weeks ago, Secretary Geithner was not aware of the timing or full extent of the contractual retention payments or the other bonus programs until his staff brought them to his attention on March 10.”

Mr. Baker said that after Mr. Geithner had been briefed on the bonuses, he called Edward M. Liddy, the chief executive of A.I.G., and “insisted that they be renegotiated and restructured, in light of the extraordinary assistance being provided by taxpayers.”

Mr. Baker added that Mr. Geithner “takes full responsibility for not being aware of these programs before last week.”

Interviews with senior Federal Reserve and Treasury officials, as well as members of Congress, leave little doubt that the bonus program was a disaster hiding in plain sight. Mr. Geithner is not the only one who appears not to have understood the populist fury the bonuses would set off.

Career staff officials at the Treasury, Fed and Federal Reserve Bank of New York exchanged e-mail messages about the A.I.G. bonus program as early as late February, according to a person familiar with the matter. A.I.G. itself revealed the bonus plan in regulatory filings last September.

Read the rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/0
3/20/business/20bonus.html?_r=1&hp

Barack Academy Announces Plan for “American Values, Truth, Honesty, Competence”

March 20, 2009

President Obama has already made this the “Education Presidency,” by offering a complete overhaul of the educations system in the United States.

Unlike the stimulus and health care plans he has proposed, which he left to the thoughtful Nancy Pelosi for the legislative drafting, the new education proposal will be created by Himself and the White House which is not at all challenged by the task.

And now an important new teachers’ union has come forward to assist Rahm Emanuel and the others in the White House team to create the new educations system.

“Patriotic Americans for Sensible Intelligence” (PATSI) president Susan Malarky has come forward to say, “To make sure this is a lot better than the special olympics type bill created by congress, we’ve dedicated ourselves to helping the White House.”

“Besides, without a lot of input from the teachers, the money the president proposes to spend might not all end up with union teachers where it belongs.”

PATSI also has asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chistopher Dodd to start the project to write the next generation of student textbooks.

PATSI says Dodd and Pelosi will lead a team which will write the text on “American Values, Law, Truth and Honesty.”

Vice President Joe Biden said, “Give me a f *&$%# ing break.”

Keep your sense of humor!

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/
28/introducing-barack-obama-academy/

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