In this photo, President Barack Obama attacks someone, not sure who, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. (AP)
By Barry Secrest
I have thoughtfully included the text with a spirited debate that I had concerning a liberal-in-denial I encountered on The Examiner. She took issue with both the article and the pic and if you will read carefully, you will observe how I turned the tables on this "spirituality" columnist:
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This is an insulting photo combined with a nasty article, regardless of your conservative beliefs. Have some respect, please, for our President, or at least dig down and try to dredge up some for the Office of the President. Shame on you. You can do better.
Charleston Spirituality Examiner
Respect?! I'm sorry, but I feel that respect is not a GIVEN. It is something that must be earned. And this administration has not done ANTHING to earn my respect. The "supposed honor" of any office MUST BE EARNED. IT IS NOT A GIVEN. Barry's article simply speaks the TRUTH. And it's not just opinion. It's backed up with FACTS that ANYONE can verify. And if you can look these truths in the EYE (as it were) and stand by them....well, I feel nothing but sadness for you.
Kim Stallings,Publicist, Conservative Refocus
Sorry you were offended Lori. The truth is, indeed, a painful thing. Interestingly, what is happening to America is also a very nasty thing regardless of Your Beliefs. My respect is layered within the American people and this Country. I would suggest that you stop drinking the Kool-aid and open up your eyes and mind while there is yet time.
I wonder if you,during the prior eight years, were as indignant at the reports that were leveled at another President-- that makes my article seem as cotton candy on a lovely fall day. But that was different wasn't it? Everything that you (may) have read was the truth. Thanks For reading and God Bless!
Barry Secrest, Writer
Respect for the previous administration? Well, let's see: The Bush administration left this country with mounds of debt after taking over from a surplus Clinton left; started two wars on lies - remember the nonexistant WMDs? - against the overwhelming disagreement of the UN; paid for those wars with money borrowed from China; broke the rules of the Geneva Convention (for which Cheney and Rumsfield should be tried as war criminals); alienated America from the rest of the world; and so much more. Not much to respect there. Perhaps you should do your Halloween story on that.
President Obama took on this mess in January 2009. For that alone he deserves the respect of the nation. I don't need to drink Kool-aid to have a point of view. I have voted Republican in the past. However, there is really no longer a Republican party is there? Just crazy, conservative far-right wing nuts who want to set the accomplishments this country has made back 100 years.
So, looks like the intepid "anonymous" has unwittingly backed up Mr. Secrest's response regarding respect. Remember, Bush's deficits were nowhere near Obama's GDP crippling $ 14 trillion total--less than half, but the other thing to remember is that Congress holds the purse strings and who has been in charge of Congress for the last 4 years? Bingo! The Democrats. Several possible WMD's were actually found as reported in the UK but as I recall, Congress signed off on sending the troops in--not just Bush. As a matter fo fact Kerry, Clinton and a host of other Democrats(Obama voted present) paved the way. The UN is a joke and no one violated the Geneva Convention, No terrorist organization adheres to the rules of the convention--why should then America? Alienated America? right now America's might is just above that of a can of dog food, so no help from Obama there--as a matter of fact it's worse than ever. If you did actually vote Republican, based on what you just wrote above, it must have been one of those chinese food versus japanese takeout voter choices--because you are, respectfully, a walking, talking caricature of all things liberal...nothing to be ashamed of, there is help available.
Far Right-Wing Nut
I only signed in anonymous because the web page wouldn't for some reason take my name again. It was I who wrote that. Congress only voted to go along with Bush's design because they were told by the president and his administration that there were WMDs. They believed their leader - bad move, considering the leader. Obama, as a senator, voted NO.
And you are very rude. I am not a liberal, you shouldn't make assumptions about my politics. I vote my convictions and whatever leader stands for them. I voted for Reagan and Bush Sr. I've yet, however, to find a Republican I could support since then. I don't care for right wingers or liberal loonies.
Your "Omen" photo I suppose is meant to be funny and seasonal, but however you try to explain it away, it's nasty and disrespectful.
At any rate, I think it's time to end the conversation. All the best.
Charleston Spirituality Examiner
Rude is as rude does Lori--it was you who attacked the article as being "rude" and "nasty". Then you indicated that I should feel some form of shame and remorse and went on a left-wing rant against the entire right-wing and ostensibly accused anyone who doesn't agree with you as being a "right-wing nut." --now that is rude-- but it's also typical. You are, indeed a liberal, anyone can see that just by reading what you have written. Own it. The photo depicts Obama in a robe with "The Omen" lettered underneath pointing to the "bad omen" of the Presidential seal falling off of his podium. How you choose to interpret that is of your own choosing--isn't it considered art by certain individuals when an impression invokes an emotional response to the viewer? By the way I do not consider myself to be "a nut"--just someone who is concerned with the abyss that we as a country are headed into. You are dwelling in the past--I am dwelling on the future. Fondest Regards, Barry
Anonymous Far-Right Wing Nut
The debate was contentious and free-wheeling, but O’Donnell failed to land many punches, much less a knock out, and was put on her heels several times when asked about her views on evolution and her past financial problems…
Coons declined to attack her on her financial past, calling it a “distraction.” But that prompted one of the more awkward lines of the night. O’Donnell referred to the multiple skits on “Saturday Night Live” in which she has been mocked for her comment that she “dabbled in witchcraft,” among other things.
“You’re just jealous that you weren’t on Saturday Night Live,” O’Donnell said to Coons.
Coons said he was “dying” to find out who would play him. But for much of the debate his scorn for O’Donnell was barely disguised, and he risked appearing overly negative toward his opponent.
Geraghty says that Coons was “terrible” and repeats another claim I heard a lot tonight, that the moderators — especially the local Delaware reporter — were deep, deep, deep in the tank for the Democrat. (“This was supposed to be a debate, not a show trial.”) As noted earlier, Coons currently leads her by a wide margin on the question of which candidate better understands “the needs and problems of people like you,” so maybe his aggressive jackassery this evening will cut into that. The only clear error she made that I saw righties on Twitter grumbling about was her failure to name a Supreme Court case she disagreed with (no Kelo?), which the Times is naturally framing as her “Palin moment.” It probably won’t matter given that she was otherwise smooth throughout and that economic issues dominate this year to the exclusion of almost all others, but it surely didn’t help. Exit question: Will she pick up a few points from tonight’s performance?
ABC News’ John R. Parkinson reports:
Tea Party-backed Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-MN, raised an extraordinary $5.4 million in the third quarter, possibly smashing a congressional fundraising record for a three-month period while pushing her total fundraising haul for this election cycle to almost $10 million.
Although Federal Election Commission financial disclosure reports are not due until October 15, Bachmann press secretary Sergio Gor confirmed to ABC News late Tuesday evening that Bachmann raked in the incredible loot in the months of July, August and September. Gor said he expected Bachmann to report that she has about $3.4 million cash-on-hand in her campaign war chest.
“I am so grateful to the more than 80,000 people who have contributed to my campaign this quarter,” Bachmann said in a statement Wednesday. “Their support is truly overwhelming and I am blessed to havetheir support in my campaign to represent Minnesota.”
More than 100,000 contributions were in amounts of $100 or less, giving Bachmann an average contribution of less than $50, according to Gor.
Bachmann’s challenger Tarryl Clark, a state senator from St. Cloud, has also enjoyed great success fundraising for the sixth district seat in what is likely the most expensive match-up among House races nationwide. Clark’s efforts have been bolstered by campaign events with Vice President Joe Biden and former president Bill Clinton. Another event with President Obama is planned before the November 2 midterm congressional election.
Bachmann, a two-term lawmaker from Stillwater, has worked to expose Clark’s prominent campaign surrogates in order to motivate her own supporters into donating towards the Bachmann campaign.
As of July 21, Bachmann had raised a total of $4.5 million and spent $2.1 million in the 2009-2010 election cycle. Clark has not reported her third quarter fundraising totals, but had raised about $2.4 million through July 21, with about $800,000 left in the bank.
Here is an interview George Stephanopoulos did with Bachman in July regarding unemployment benefits:
President Obama reveals in a magazine article that he is weighing what to do if Republicans win the House majority next month, and has come up with a novel approach: Make the GOP work with him.
In a seeming twist on the post-1994 midterm calculation made by President Bill Clinton -- when Republicans pummeled Democrats in the congressional election -- Obama said he thinks Republicans will have to move in his direction no matter the outcome of the Nov. 2 vote.
"It may be that regardless of what happens after this election, they feel more responsible," he is quoted saying in the Sunday edition of The New York Times Magazine, "either because they didn't do as well as they anticipated, and so the strategy of just saying no to everything and sitting on the sidelines and throwing bombs didn't work for them, or they did reasonably well, in which case the American people are going to be looking to them to offer serious proposals and work with me in a serious way."
Accusing the public of mistaking his abilities, the president also told the magazine that he's a little taken aback that voters are disappointed with the current turn of events in his administration.
"The mythology has emerged somehow that we ran this flawless campaign, I never made a mistake, that we were master communicators, everything worked in lockstep," Obama is quoted saying. "That's not how I look at stuff, because I remember what the campaign was like. And it was just as messy and just as difficult. And there were all sorts of moments when our supporters lost hope, and it looked like we weren't going to win. And we're going through that same period here."
The inside-the-White-House of trouble and turmoil in the administration comes 20 days before the midterm election and is sure to deflate Democrats reluctant to hear the president detailing mistakes from his first 20 months in office.
"It's pretty clear to me based on this interview that the president is saying, 'I've given up, You're on your own,'" said Democratic strategist Doug Schoen.
Among the regrets the president said he felt during the 111th Congress is letting Republicans make him out to be "the same old tax-and-spend liberal Democrat."
Obama said he also realized too late that "there is no such thing as shovel-ready projects," a familiar refrain made by the president when he was trying to sell the stimulus package.
"There are almost 100 shovel-ready transportation projects already approved," he said in August 2009. As recently as July of this year, he said, "Shovels will soon be moving earth and trucks will soon be pouring concrete."
"There's no postmortems that are going on here ... People are focused on what we have to do each day," he said.
But Schoen said Democrats fighting for their political lives know they have to keep a distance.
"Right now what I'm hearing from Democrats is the president is only useful for fundraising," he said.
Another regret expressed by the president was his failure to communicate effectively. Obama said he and his team took "perverse pride" in focusing only on policy while ignoring the sales pitch to the public.
He said he realizes now that "you can't be neglecting of marketing and PR and public opinion."
But former Bush White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said the message isn't the problem.
"I think he's more out of touch than anybody ever thought if he believes the problems are from marketing and not substance. Cap and trade its not a communication problem it's a substance problem," Fleischer said.
In an interview with Bloomberg News, Vice President Biden is quoted saying Democrats are not running on health care, financial regulatory reform or the stimulus because "it's just too hard to explain" to voters.
The president's comments suggest he agrees, but a Democratic official said if it's a PR campaign Obama must sell, the magazine article isn't helping get the message out for his party's candidates.
By Danny Shea
NPR has reminded its employees that they are not allowed to participate in the upcoming rallies led by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
"NPR journalists may not participate in marches and rallies involving causes or issues that NPR covers, nor should they sign petitions or otherwise lend their name to such causes, or contribute money to them," Senior Vice President for News, Ellen Weiss, wrote in a memo Wednesday morning. "This restriction applies to the upcoming John [sic] Stewart and Stephen Colbert rallies."
NPR CEO Vivian Schiller forwarded the memo, sent initially to news staff, to the entire organization, telling employees that the note applied to "digital, programming/AIR, legal and communications" employees in addition to the news staff.
"However, no matter where you work at NPR you should be very mindful that you represent the organization and its news coverage in the eyes of your friends, neighbors and others," Schiller continued. "So please think twice about the message you may be sending about our objectivity before you attend a rally or post a bumper sticker or yard sign. We are all NPR."
Stewart and Colbert will host dueling rallies in Washington, DC on October 30. Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" will go against Colbert's "March to Keep Fear Alive." The Huffington Post is sponsoring buses from New York to DC for the rallies.
Last year, a Fox News producer was "disciplined" after being caught on tape stoking a 9/12 protest rally crowd.