Thursday, March 26, 2009

Kids Say the Darndest Things

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has a clip of a precociously exploited eight year old expounding on Afghanistan at the behest of her dad. Ed transcribes part of the video:

Dad: Well, let me ask you this. Some people think we should send a lot of soldiers there [to Afghanistan]. Do you think that would help them [the people of Afghanistan]?

Daughter: N - O.

Dad: Why would, uh, why would sending soldiers to them not help?

Daughter: Because, if you think about it, our last president, who made a big mess. I feel so bad for Obama cleaning up that mess. You know, he made a big mess, and so he has this, like, charm. So when he sends troops, he tells the people, “Oh, they’re going to go get food for them,” and all that. But they’re actually going to go and kill them.

Dad: Kill them?

Daughter: Yeah.

Dad: Jiminy Cricket, that’s terrible. So you think that’s what soldiers do?

Daughter: Um, think about it! Soldiers have very big guns, marching like this. Oh, you think they go to Army School just so they can go there? No. They go there to kill people.

Egads. But Ed stopped short of the most ignominious part, starting at 2:57:

Dad: So what kind of people ... would you want to send some kind of people to Afghanistan?

Daughter: I would bring people ... some who kind of cares ... so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there...

Seriously, where do these people get these ideas?

Oooops. That last part wasn't this little girl or her father, nor was it actually on this video. I regret the misattribution.

It was Obama.

I guess that answers that question.

I hope he's proud of himself.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Verbal Bombs Away

Obama at a town hall in California on Wednesday:

"Here's the problem," Mr. Obama said, "It's almost like they've got -- they've got a bomb strapped to them and they've got their hand on the trigger. You don't want them to blow up. But you've got to kind of talk them, ease that finger off the trigger."

Obama on the Jay Leno show on Thursday:

When you buy a toaster, if it explodes in your face there's a law that says your toasters need to be safe. But when you get a credit card, or you get a mortgage, there's no law on the books that says if that explodes in your face financially, somehow you're going to be protected.

We're not sure what triggered this launch of weaponized discourse, but it hits one fairly concussively. I'm sure it was just an improvised explosive rhetorical devise, but Obama should probably defuse the words in his arsenal little bit.

Because we're sure he's not a verbal terrorist and doesn't want to come across that way.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Shameful Smearing

Candidate Obama, October 2, 2007:

But these last few years we've seen an unacceptable abuse of power at home. ... We get secret task forces, secret budgeting, slanted intelligence, and the shameful smearing of people who speak out against the President's policies.

President Obama's Administration, 2009:

  • Rush

  • Santelli

  • Cramer

  • Ahem. Here we go again...

    We may one day tire of saying "I Told You So", but today is not that day.

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    Thursday, March 12, 2009

    We Cannot Afford More of the Same Failed Policies

    Obama, Geithner Get Low Grades From Economists

    U.S. President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner received failing grades for their efforts to revive the economy from participants in the latest Wall Street Journal forecasting survey.

    The economists' assessment stands in stark contrast with Mr. Obama's popularity with the public, with a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll giving him a 60% approval rating. A majority of the 49 economists polled said they were dissatisfied with the administration's economic policies.

    On average, they gave the president a grade of 59 out of 100, and although there was a broad range of marks, 42% of respondents rated Mr. Obama below 60.

    A grade of 59? Yikes.

    And this MSNBC online poll (via Instapundit):

    61% of those who took the poll gave Obama a D or an F? Sounds like a strong, though not scientifically accurate, consensus.

    Well, that leave us with only one thought.

    Paraphrasing Obama: "America cannot afford four more years of the same failed policies of the past eight years weeks!"

    Oh, and one more note from the article:

    ...economists' main criticism of the Obama team centered on delays in enacting key parts of plans to rescue banks. "They overpromised and underdelivered," said Stephen Stanley of RBS Greenwich Capital. "Secretary Geithner scheduled a big speech and came out with just a vague blueprint. The uncertainty is hanging over everyone's head."

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