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Stimulus Proves Obama (And The NYT) Have No Idea What “Bipartisanship” Means; Or Could Care Less

February 14, 2009

Either the President of the United States and the New York Times have no clue how lawmakers have defined “bipartisanship” for decades, which is possible givebn their youth and inexperience; or the president and the NYT really believe that bipartisanship is all talk and photo ops after the legislation was concieved by one party alone.  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…”

The NYT is obviously biased on this and has no idea what bipartisanship is or is just lying to its readers….

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 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….

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By Peter Baker
The New York Times

On the day before the big vote, President Obama took a freshman Republican member of Congress aboard Air Force One to visit Illinois. Before an audience in Representative Aaron Schock’s district, Mr. Obama praised him as “a very talented young man” and expressed “great confidence in him to do the right thing for the people of Peoria.”

But when Mr. Schock stood up on the House floor on Friday, less than 24 hours later, his view of the right thing for the people of Peoria was to vote against the most important initiative of Mr. Obama’s young presidency.

“They know that this bill is not stimulus,” Mr. Schock, 27, said of his constituents. “They know that this bill will not do anything to create long-term, sustained economic growth.”

Whatever it will do for the economy, the legislation that passed Friday will clearly not do anything to create long-term, sustained bipartisan reconciliation. Not one Republican voted for Mr. Obama’s plan in the House and just three voted for it in the Senate as it headed to final passage on Friday night. The party-line schism, coupled with the withdrawal on Thursday of a Republican senator, Judd Gregg , as a nominee to Mr. Obama’s cabinet, made clear the futility so far of the president’s effort to move Washington toward post-partisanship.

Their unrequited overtures to Republicans over the past several weeks taught Mr. Obama and his aides some hard lessons. Advisers concluded that they allowed the measure of bipartisanship to be defined as winning Republican votes rather than bringing civility to the debate, distracting attention from what have otherwise been major legislative victories. Although Mr. Obama vowed to keep reaching out to Republicans, advisers now believe the environment will probably not change in coming months.

Read the rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/1
4/us/politics/14obama.html?_r=1&hp

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It seems to us at Peace and Freedom that the New York Times doesn’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.”

Related:
Obama Dead Wrong On Stimulus in Peoria, Caterpillar Remarks

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“Mr. Obama’s victory feels more than a bit like defeat. The stimulus bill looks helpful but inadequate, especially when combined with a disappointing plan for rescuing the banks. And the politics of the stimulus fight have made nonsense of Mr. Obama’s postpartisan dreams.”

That’s from Paul Krugman of the New York Times, a big Obama believer and one who would have like a much bigger stimulus.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/0
2/13/opinion/13krugman.html?_r=1

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Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said, “Obama contradicted everything he said he stood for” during the process of making the stimulus.

“He did not work toward bipartianship and got not one conservative Republican vote.”

Krauthammer said “the president showed he would enact legislation by ramming it down throats,” a reference to the language President Obama used at last Monday’s press conference.

Related:
Stimulus: “Obama is popular but has no clout”

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“The longer a piece of garbage lays out in the sun the worse it stinks,” said Republican Representative John Culberson (R-TX), refeering to the Obama stimulus.  “That’s why the bill was hidden and  kept off the Internet.”

“This is a crime of deceit put upon the American people,” he said.

“This bill was intentionally hidden from lawmakers and the public.”

“This is one of the largest outrages ever committed,” said.

“Nobody read this bill before it was passed,” he said.

GOP Rep Says Stimulus is Garbage, Details “Intentionally Hidden from Lawmakers, American Voters”

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Bill Sammon, a frequent talking head on Fox News, said that the Democrats and their drive for overspending and the president’s constant foot on the feel good accelerator “has unwittingly given the Republicans their mojo back.”

Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire abruptly withdrew his nomination as commerce secretary Thursday, citing “irresolvable conflicts” with President Barack Obama’s handling of the economic stimulus and 2010 census.

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And, I find it difficult to swallow the president’s constant snuggling with Abraham Lincoln.  I just don’t buy it and here’s why.

During his Monday evening news conference didn’t President Obama characterize the stimulus debate as a talk between those who had a solution (Democrats) and those who had no solution (Republicans)?

I think so.  He threw bipartisanship and unity away.  There was never much of an effort to seek Republican input and the president’s own words show us that….

Then today he urged all Americans to unite as Lincoln would have us do.  Forgive and forget.  We all serve under one flag.

You know what?  I gagged.

The president and his pals want to run the census, spend all the money in the treasury, and change the course of America in the direction of socialism.

And they have made it pretty clear they don’t want to hear from the “Republicans who got us into this.”

“I won” a few weeks ago is now, today, on Lincoln’t Birthday, “Why can’t you guys unite behind me?” 

U.S. President Barack Obama waves from Air Force One in Springfield, ...

The shrinking president…

President Barack Obama addresses employees at the Caterpillar ... 
President Barack Obama addresses employees at the Caterpillar plant in East Peoria, Ill., Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Leadership, bipartisanship, honesty, integrity and clout?  Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/13/the-
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http://righttruth.typepad.com/right_tr
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Obama’s Pyrrhic Victory: Hope, Promise, Bipartisanship Lost

February 7, 2009

What do you say to disillusioned people?

“No Drama Obama” was a phoney.  The man with hope, an MLK like dreamy quality, and a kinship for Abraham Lincoln quickly offered us catastrophe.

He created catastrophe.  Manufactured it.  And Thurday night at a Spa, in a room reserved for Democrats only, he blamed it all on Republicans, during an off the telepromter gloat that will haunt him forever.

What do you say to people that gave their trust and hope; who believed the message, just a few weeks ago,  was honest?

What do you tell people who thought their vote might help heal America and bring this Great Nation to a better place, when they are already expressing dismay?

Gail Collins wrote in the New York Times about Daschle’s loss and the stimulus.

“I dropped out of school for a semester to campaign for Barack Obama. And now I’m asking myself whether I spent four months living with my aunt and going door to door in Dayton, Ohio, just so we could have a stimulus plan written by a bunch of moderate Republicans and conservative Democrats in the Senate,” Ms. Collins wrote.

Honesty, credibility, believebility, faith and hope make small presidents great.

Barack Obama was never small.  But he grew to epic, even Messianic proportions fueled by adoring crowds and a fawning media. 

Now maybe he has crashed to earth.

Because he sure squandered a lot of  “political capital.”

John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapal, Virginia

Michelle:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/0
6/the-compromise-is-a-crock-of-
you-know-what/

 

Americans Resent Obama’s Tone, Stimulus Bloat, Tax Cheats and Lobbyists

February 6, 2009

I’ve been participating in the public discussion for more than ten years, and I have never before seen the American people go so quickly from favoring a politician, to questioning and even hating, and in such numbers, as this.

Barack Obama’s “Rant At The Spa” last night before an all Democrat partisan crown did nothing to help him pass the stimulus and gain the faith and confidence of the American people.

If our email, phone and other comment indicators are any indication, well more than 60% of the population has turned against this president since his inauguration on January 20.

Rasmussen, Gallup and other poll groups say somewhere near 50% of American voters now worry about or disapprove of the way Obama is going.

Bill Sammon, formerly of The Washington Times and now the Washington Examiner and a Fox News contributor said today after the Robert Gibbs White House news conference, “Americans are growing to resent Barack Obama for the way he has handle this stimulus.”

The stimulus has not, unfortuanately, been the president’s only black eye.  His nomination of tax scofflaws and lobbyists to top positions is now a fequent theme of those sending us comments.

Polls show the American people expressing disgust and dismay.  And they have less and less confidence in the president and their lawmakers.

President Obama did not let up in his use of ugly languange and efforts to get the stimulus passed in the Senate on Friday.

“These numbers demand action. It is inexcusable and irresponsible for any of us to get bogged down in distraction, delay or politics as usual while millions of Americans are being put out of work,” Obama said bluntly. “Now is the time for Congress to act.”

Related:
http://righttruth.typepad.com/right_truth/20
09/02/jobs-for-citizens-imagine-that.html

Dems, Obama Retreat at Spa for a Partisan Love Fest

February 6, 2009

A fired-up Barack Obama ditched his TelePrompter to rally House Democrats and rip Republican opponents of his recovery package Thursday night – at one point openly mocking the GOP for failing to follow through on promises of bipartisanship.

In what was the most pointedly partisan speech of his young presidency, Obama rejected Republican arguments that massive spending in the $819 billion stimulus bill that passed the House should be replaced by a new round of massive tax cuts.

By Glenn Thrush, Patrick O’Connor
Politico

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the House Democratic Issues ... 
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia February 5, 2009. Israel will go along with Obama’s Iran diplomacy, but try to shorten the deadline for results by signalling its willingness to attack Iranian nuclear sites if need be.REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

“I welcome this debate, but we are not going to get relief by turning back to the same policies that for the last eight years doubled the national debt and threw our economy into a tailspin,” said President Obama – sounding more like Candidate Obama than at any time since he took the oath of office less than a month ago.

Obama, speaking to about 200 House Democrats at their annual retreat at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa, dismissed Republican attacks against the massive spending in the stimulus.

“What do you think a stimulus is?” Obama asked incredulously. “It’s spending — that’s the whole point! Seriously.”

Stabbing hard at Republicans who once aligned themselves with his predecessor, Obama made it clear that the problems he seeks to address with his recovery plan weren’t ones of his making.

“When you start hearing arguments, on the cable chatter, just understand a couple of things,” he said. “No. 1, when they say, ‘Well, why are we spending $800 billion [when] we’ve got this huge deficit?’ – first of all, I found this deficit when I showed up, No. 1.

“I found this national debt, doubled, wrapped in a big bow waiting for me as I stepped into the Oval Office.”

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/
20090206/pl_politico/18482

Related:
 Obama, Dems Go To a Spa After Tough First Weeks But No Stimulus

President Catastrophe: Listen to FDR, JFK

February 6, 2009

“We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

That was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 

After the attack on Pearl Harbor he called the day of the attack  “A day that will live in infamy.”

There was no “catastrophe.”

After John Kennedy’s PT boat was cut in half by a much larger enemy warship, he gathered together his stranded crew and swam with them — carried some — to an island and safety. 
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Then he walked out on to a coral reef and swam into the sea lanes, night after night, to flag down a passing friendly ship and rescue.

He even carved a message on a coconut.

No wringing of the hands and no “catastrophe.”

And while president, JFK said, “Ask not, what your country can do for you.  Ask what you an do for your country.”

FDR also faced the most severe depression in American history and he created a string of jobs programs and “stimulative work,” the WPA, CCC and a bunch of other programs.  None of that eneded the depression.  World War II ended the depression.

But FDR never declared a “catastrophe.”

Obama: where’s the hope?  When will you roll your sleeves up and go to work with Republicans on the stimulus?

Speaking to a room full of Democrats at a Spa last night was a great photo op, I guess,  of President Catastrophe.  Because the catastrophe is maybe Mr. Obama thinks he doesn’t need to work with Republicans because “I won.”

I know what FDR might say about Obama’s trip to the Spa yesterday.  “If a President of the United States goes to a Spa and he doesn’t have polio he had better have a good excuse. And he had better have all the more important work done.”

“The world doesn’t stop to let presidents’ learn,” said historian and former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on NBC’s Today Show this morning.

Sadly, there is some obvious learning that needs to be faced — here and now.

John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

Obama, Dems Go To a Spa After Tough First Weeks But No Stimulus

February 5, 2009

Air Force One took The New President of the United States to a Spa tonight — on a taxpayer funded trip to a resort and a meeting of high rolling Democratic lawmakers.

We use the term “lawmaker” loosley as the stimulus, still, is not a law but a wish list of pork-laden spending.

President Obama is expected to rally his troops tonight after a tough week over his nominations of high-powered lobbyists and tax scofflaws while congressional interia set in and bipartisanship evaporated faster than spilt beer on an Arizona afternoon.

Related:
 “Stonewall” Obama: Republicans Now Face Accepting Whatever the President Wants

Even “Republican in Name Only” Senator Susan Collins said, “I can not vote for the stimulus package the House passed.”

The President  Obama Fan Club is at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Williamsburg, Virginia tonight.

The first trip of any president aboard Air Force One is considered historic, significant and special.

Obama has gone to a Spa.


Photo for illustration only….

“Well, I’d — you know, I’d — Williamsburg is — has a lofty place in our country’s history,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, when asked if there was any special significance to the president’s choice. “I don’t know that there’s any great symbolism in this one in particular.”

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Joseph Curl of The Washington Times had the best take on the president’s first few pre-spa weeks:
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Democrats will ride together to the resort on a chartered Amtrak train at a cost to taxpayers of about $70,000, the Hill reported. Taxpayers will also foot the bill for security helicopters to fly above the train. The caucus will spend thousands: In 2003, for example, they spent $11,200 on food and $6,900 on entertainment, the paper said.

The trip comes after several Democratic lawmakers criticized American International Group Inc. executives for spending nearly $500,000 at a company retreat in California just days after the federal government bailed the company out with $85 billion in taxpayer funds. In addition, Wells Fargo & Co., which received $25 billion in taxpayer bailout money and recently announced a $2.3 billion loss for the last quarter of 2008, canceled its planned 12-night junket to expensive hotels in Las Vegas for events that included a luxurious four-day employee sales conference.

Mr. Gibbs said the Vegas trip “didn’t happen because of the diligent work of many in the reporting of these and the outcry that ensued.” But no one in the briefing room Wednesday asked about the expensive Democratic retreat.

Meanwhile, Mr. Daschle’s politics of mirage emerged as he fades into the shadows from whence he came.

“Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter,” he said in 1998 during a debate on a bill reforming the Internal Revenue Service.

Mr. Obama’s nominee to head the HHS said he thought a chauffeured limousine provided by a wealthy Democratic donor was a free ride and simply didn’t know that the limo should have been considered “imputed income.” Even though he paid nearly $140,000 to the IRS, he could not survive the political heat that followed.

Just Tuesday, the president made the rounds on every TV network to apologize for abandoning what he called the highest ethical standards ever enacted in any administration. But living up to that pledge has been trying from the start, and the White House said on Wednesday that it fully expects to fail in the future to meet that threshold.

“I don’t doubt that there are times that we might not live up to those lofty standards,” Mr. Gibbs said, licking his upper lip. “I think that’s safe to say. … He asks us every day to meet them. There are days that we won’t.”

“Are there lessons learned here?” a reporter asked the spokesman Wednesday.

“Well, as I said – I mean, you know, we – the president didn’t think that we were going to come in here and change everything about the way Washington worked in such a short period of time. You can rest assured that we understand that we’ve not yet marked off all of our to-dos.”

Read it all:
http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/
feb/05/apologies-no-more-obama-in-com
bat-mode/

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/0
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