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Barack Obama’s ’60 Minutes’ Interview Has Me Screaming at My TV Again

Posted on | December 12, 2011 | 85 Comments

Today on Morning Joe, they were playing clips of Steve Kroft’s 60 Minutes interview with President Obama, and I literally started screaming. There is only so much of this bulls–t I can endure without talking back to my TV:

OBAMA: If I can’t get Republicans to move, partly because they’ve made a political, strategic decision that says, “Anything Obama’s for, we’re against, because that’s our best chance of winning an election,” I don’t think the American people would see that as a failure on my part. My preference is that they’d have a different attitude. You know, I’ve been joking with my staff lately that I think in my next speech, I am gonna say, “I am adamantly opposed to investing in education and putting teachers in the classroom. I’m adamantly opposed to rebuilding America and putting construction workers back to work.” And I’m thinking maybe suddenly Republicans might be for it. But, you know, keep in mind, I’m talking about Republican members of Congress. I’m not talking about Republicans around the country.
KROFT: They don’t like you much better. It’s only 7% approval rating.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Yeah, no, I understand. But I think that they like the ideas that we put forward. I mean, the interesting thing is the majority of Republicans actually think we should have a balanced approach to deficit reduction, including tax increases for the wealthy. The majority of Republicans do think that we should make investments in roads and bridges and improving our airports and investing in basic research and medical research.
So if you take my name out of it and just look at the ideas that we’ve been presenting, these are common sense, mainstream ideas that …


 Obama thinks he can just rattle of a laundry list of spending projects, call them “common sense, mainstream ideas” and — POOF! — the money magically appears to pay for this stuff.

And something else: He loves to talk about infrastructure — “investments in road and bridges” — as if that was the majority of what he’s spending money on, when in fact, infrastructure projects were less than 5% of the stimulus bill. It’s like me sprinkling a turd with sugar and asking you to eat it and when you refuse, I accuse you of disliking sugar. Here’s another idiotic assertion:

KROFT: [Republicans] say it’s your insistence on raising the taxes to the wealthiest Americans, that you’re fixated on that. And that there are other ways to raise revenue.
OBAMA: Steve, the math is the math. You can’t lower rates and raise revenue, unless you’re getting revenue from someplace else. Now, either it’s coming from middle-class families or poor families or it’s coming from folks like you and me that can afford to pay a little more. I mean, I think the average American understands that.


Obamanomics is simply ignorance as the basis of policy. The more you know, the less you like it, and his only hope of re-election is to promulgate counterfactual ideas and persuade voters that they must choose between two lies: His dishonest characterizations of his own policies and his dishonest characterizations of Republican policies.

I hope he fails, because my blood-pressure can’t take another four years of listening to this guy lie.

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  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    That’s PAY, not “lay”.


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  • Steve in TN

    Yeah, my sons are Cowboys fans.

    So, you have indeed given your children over to the Evil Empire.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Yeah, because revenue never went up at all during the Reagan Administration or during W’s administration.  For the record, President Kennedy proposed cutting taxes to get the economy going in 1961.  Why do you hate President Kennedy?

  • Anonymous

    Correct. Revenue didn’t go up during Reagan. The deficit exploded under Reagan. It was in all the papers and all the news except Faux News. That’s probably why you didn’t know.

    Turn off Fox and pick up a history book.

  • Carlito

    Stacy, that is good news.

    You’ll be dead [as you already should have been] and the world will be better off.

    Good deal, I’ll take it.

    Seig heil for now.

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  • Anonymous

    “We can’t afford,” McCain? Who is this WE of whom you speak? Are you unemployed, used up all your savings to pay bills, in foreclosure, on line at food pantries?

  • Bob Belvedere

    This post is now a Memeorandum thread!

  • Zilla of the Resistance

    Every time he shows up on my TV flappin his yap, I flip him the bird and shut the TV. Sadly, all too often when a long while has passed and I turn the TV back on, he is STILL THERE, he never fucking shuts the fuck up!
    Another Silent Cal President would be a Godsend at this point. Just shut the hell up and do your fucking job or get the hell out of office. Obama has got diarrhea mouth and it never stops spewing out foul runny crap. SO SICK OF HIM!

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  • Tennwriter


    There is a difference between the deficit and revenue.  It is possible that revenue goes down, and expenditure stays the same, and the deficit goes up.

    Which is, I guess what you are alleging.

    However, what happened was taxes went down, and revenue went up, but expenditures went way up.  Reagan had to spend to avoid Global Thermonuclear War and End the Tyranny of Soviet Communism.  And the Congress went and spent like madmen on all sorts of junk.

  • Teri Pittman

    My boyfriend still supports him and decided to listen to it. He had to turn it off because I was yelling at the tv! And since he does agree with me that we need the Keystone pipeline, he didn’t really have a comeback for all those jobs we could have if O would get out of the way.

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  • rosalie

    I have no problem either.  I never listen to him.  I simply read what my favorite bloggers write about him.   

  • rosalie

    The mute button just isn’t good enough.  That still allows me to see him.  I turn the channel instead.

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  • Garym

    Didn’t hear about Austin’s comments till now and i’m a fan of Romo’s. That one pass, if had been completed, would have iced the game.
        The defense could not get the big stop when needed.

  • Anonymous

    RSM,  You give Comrade Zero too little credit methinks.  He may be a communist hack muddling through empty, troll-written, teleprompted speeches.  Another possibility is he may be a died-in-the-wool Alinskyite, cognizant of Art Laffer, and earnestly, willingly and conscientiously trying to bankrupt us.  I cant rationalize another explanation for the spending explosion.  Unabashed marxists faced with less crushing forecasts are cutting spending/regs. austerely in places like Spain, Greece and New York.   As you might say, “any idiot could see . . . ”  If Comrade Zero is not an idiot (admittedly unproven), neednt we countenance something more sinister?  Seriously. . . .  

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  • Garym

    To the morons who segue into a Giants-Dallas game: “please go back to the playroom and your video games”. 

    But first you will blow me.

     This site likes to add a little humor to these turbulent times. I knew that his (Stacy’s) kids were Cowboys fans and I was trying to lighten his mood.

  • Proof

    “You can’t lower rates and raise revenue” Glad no one told JFK that!

  • David R. Graham

    Anyone comment on the irrational, hateful exposition of Christianity in that interview?  I never watch the liar and try not to listen, but I read reports and quote of the exposition of Christianity is a howler and worse.  I haven’t seen comment  or posts mentioning that.

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  • Anonymous

    Well, I’m glad you didn’t shoot the TV.  My dad did that, and it really rankled teh mom. I can only imagine what Mrs. Other McCain’s reaction would be!

  • Michael Zorn

    “… approach to deficit reduction, including tax increases for the wealthy…”

    Who already foot over 40% of the Federal bill.  Somebody should tell Obama about the goose that laid the golden egg.

    “…”You can’t lower rates and raise revenue, unless you’re getting revenue from someplace else.”

    Let’s put on our thinking caps, now.  Suppose we lower spending?  Suppose we take fewer trips to Hawaii?  Suppose we cut down to a mere 25 Christmas trees in the White House?

  • Anonymous

    Steve Kroft was in my high school class.

    If he had Blackie Barlow he should get the math.

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  • Bob Belvedere

    My wife has the same problem too; I tell her to look away and I’ll let her know when it’s safe.

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  • Arturo1929

    It’s called sophistry: The ability to make foolishness sound like wisdom.

  • Anonymous

    And Reagan vetoed all those spending bills. Opps, no he didn’t.

    Whatever the excuse is that you are making for Reagan (end of communism, in  a war) I’ll bet you don’t offer excuses for Obama.  He had TWO wars to fight, a disintegrating banking system and recession.

    Yet I hear no Republican making excuses for him.  Odd, huh?

    Opps again. No, it’s not odd.

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