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Old 06-18-2009, 11:13 AM   #561
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As President Obama told the world during his recent speech in Cairo, the Renaissance and Enlightenment were, in fact, fueled by a brilliant Islamic culture, responsible for landmark discoveries in mathematics, science and medicine.
ZOMG!! Obama, like, repeated a historical fact that, like, didn't paint Muslims in a negative light.

He must hate America and our freedoms.
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Obama takes aim at Fox News
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From CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Obama says Fox News is 'entirely devoted' to attacking his administration.

(CNN) – Brushing off suggestions Tuesday the media is not critical enough of his administration, President Obama couldn't help but take aim at one cable news channel in particular.

"It's very hard for me to swallow that one," Obama told CNBC when asked whether he thinks the media is too easy on him. "First of all, I've got one television station entirely devoted to attacking my administration."

The interviewer quickly assumed Obama was referring to Fox News, a suggestion the president didn't disagree with.

"Well, that's a pretty big megaphone," he said. "And you'd be hard-pressed, if you watched the entire day, to find a positive story about me on that front."

"We welcome people who are asking us some, you know, tough questions," he continued. "And I think that I've been probably as accessible as any president in the first six months–press conferences, taking questions from reporters, being held accountable, being transparent about what it is that we're trying to do. I think that, actually, the reason that people have been generally positive about what we've tried to do is they feel as if I'm available and willing to answer questions, and we haven't been trying to hide them all. "

Obama struck a similar tone on the matter last month in his appearance before the White House Correspondents Dinner, during which he joked to the crowd, "Most of you covered me; all of you voted for me, apologies to the Fox table."
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June 17, 2009
Obama takes aim at Fox News
Posted: 12:34 PM ET

From CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Obama says Fox News is 'entirely devoted' to attacking his administration.

(CNN) – Brushing off suggestions Tuesday the media is not critical enough of his administration, President Obama couldn't help but take aim at one cable news channel in particular.

"It's very hard for me to swallow that one," Obama told CNBC when asked whether he thinks the media is too easy on him. "First of all, I've got one television station entirely devoted to attacking my administration."

The interviewer quickly assumed Obama was referring to Fox News, a suggestion the president didn't disagree with.

"Well, that's a pretty big megaphone," he said. "And you'd be hard-pressed, if you watched the entire day, to find a positive story about me on that front."

"We welcome people who are asking us some, you know, tough questions," he continued. "And I think that I've been probably as accessible as any president in the first six months–press conferences, taking questions from reporters, being held accountable, being transparent about what it is that we're trying to do. I think that, actually, the reason that people have been generally positive about what we've tried to do is they feel as if I'm available and willing to answer questions, and we haven't been trying to hide them all. "

Obama struck a similar tone on the matter last month in his appearance before the White House Correspondents Dinner, during which he joked to the crowd, "Most of you covered me; all of you voted for me, apologies to the Fox table."

That is one of the dumbest things I've ever read. The president is sorely mistaken and misguided if he believes this.
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June 18, 2009
Obama Poll Sees Doubt on Budget and Health Care
By JEFF ZELENY and DALIA SUSSMAN

A substantial majority of Americans say President Obama has not developed a strategy to deal with the budget deficit, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, which also found that support for his plans to overhaul health care, rescue the auto industry and close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, falls well below his job approval ratings.

A distinct gulf exists between Mr. Obama’s overall standing and how some of his key initiatives are viewed, with fewer than half of Americans saying they approve of how he has handled health care and the effort to save General Motors and Chrysler. A majority of people said his policies have had either no effect yet on improving the economy or had made it worse, underscoring how his political strength still rests on faith in his leadership rather than concrete results.

As Mr. Obama finishes his fifth month in office and assumes greater ownership of the problems he inherited, Americans are alarmed by the hundreds of billions of dollars that have been doled out to boost the economy. A majority said the government should instead focus on reducing the federal deficit.

But with a job approval rating of 63 percent, Mr. Obama has the backing of Democrats and independents alike, a standing that many presidents would envy and try to use to build support for their policies. His rating has fallen to 23 percent among Republicans, from 44 percent in February, a sign that bridging the partisan divide may remain an unaccomplished goal.

The poll was conducted after Mr. Obama completed his fourth international trip as president. He received high marks for his focus abroad, with 59 percent of those polled saying they approve of his approach to foreign policy. And after weeks of criticism from former Vice President Dick Cheney and other Republicans, 57 percent say they approve of how Mr. Obama has dealt with the threat of terrorism.

The White House is entering a critical summer with Mr. Obama pledging to push his plans to revamp health care and financial regulation through Congress and Senate hearings scheduled on his first nominee to the Supreme Court. The poll suggested Americans remain patient, even as a strong majority expressed concern that they or someone in their family could lose their jobs in the next year.

“My feeling is that Obama is just throwing money at things, but I don’t see anything being specifically targeted,” Lynn Adams, 62, a Republican from Troy, Mich., said in a follow-up interview. “But I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt because he hasn’t been in office long enough.”

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, whom Mr. Obama nominated to the Supreme Court three weeks ago, is still widely unknown to the public, the poll found. A majority of people surveyed, 53 percent, said they did not know enough about Judge Sotomayor, who would be the first Hispanic justice, to say whether she should be confirmed. But 74 percent said that it was either very or somewhat important for the Supreme Court to reflect the country’s diversity.

Before the Senate votes on her confirmation, 48 percent of people said her positions on issues like abortion and affirmative action were very important to know about.

The national telephone poll was conducted Friday through Tuesday with 895 adults, and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

The poll highlights the political and governing challenges on the horizon for Mr. Obama, including the towering federal budget deficit, which is expected to push the national debt to levels that many economists say could threaten the economy’s long-term vitality. Six in 10 people surveyed said the administration has yet to develop a clear plan for dealing with the deficit, including 65 percent of independents.

Mr. Obama, in an interview on Tuesday with CNBC and The New York Times, said the budget deficit was “something that keeps me awake at night.”

While Republicans have steadily increased their criticism of Mr. Obama, particularly on the budget deficit, the poll found that the Republican Party is viewed favorably by only 28 percent of those polled, the lowest rating ever in a New York Times/CBS News poll. In contrast, 57 percent said that they had a favorable view of the Democratic Party.

The nomination of a Supreme Court justice, as well as the fatal shooting of an abortion doctor in Kansas late last month, injected a fresh dynamic into the national abortion debate. But the poll found essentially no change in the public’s views of abortion in the last two decades, with 36 percent saying it should be generally available, 41 percent saying it should be available but under stricter limits than are now in place and 21 percent saying it should not be permitted.

The nomination of Judge Sotomayor also has renewed discussion about affirmative action. Half of those surveyed said they favored programs that make special efforts to help minorities get ahead, a number that rises among nonwhite respondents and women. Far more, 8 in 10, said they favored programs to help low-income Americans get ahead, regardless of gender or ethnicity.

The issues of abortion and affirmative action sharply divide voters in each major political party. Among Democrats, 71 percent oppose overturning Roe v. Wade, while Republicans are closely divided. And 67 percent of Democrats support affirmative action programs for minorities, while 60 percent of Republicans oppose them.

Beyond these issues, which Mr. Obama has sought to avoid becoming entangled in, he faces a divided public as he works to carry out his executive order to close the prison for terrorism suspects at Guantánamo Bay. The poll found that 8 in 10 expressed worry that detainees released to other countries might be involved in future attacks here.

Half of the poll respondents said closing the prison would have no effect on protecting the nation from terror threats, but 3 in 10 said they thought it would make the United States less safe. Many of the detainees being held at the prison have not been charged, and nearly 7 in 10 people surveyed said they would support charging them or releasing them back to the country of their capture. Just 24 percent said the detainees should continue to be held without charge for as long as the government deems necessary.

The poll found that a wide majority of those who support closing the prison said their views would not change even if detainees were sent to maximum security prisons in the United States.

“It’s a bad symbol for our country: Preach one thing and do something else,” said Roberta Hall, 73, a Democrat from Barboursville, W.Va. “We can transfer them here. We’re good at keeping prisoners. That’s what we do best.”
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The president is sorely mistaken and misguided if he believes this.
If he believes what part of what he said-everything?
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That is one of the dumbest things I've ever read. The president is sorely mistaken and misguided if he believes this.
You find a lot of "dumbest" things anytime Obama speaks, must have been a tough 8 years under Bush for you.

I'm glad that he didn't even dignify them by calling them a news station, since they aren't one.
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That is one of the dumbest things I've ever read. The president is sorely mistaken and misguided if he believes this.
This can't possible be the dumbest thing you've read, you've posted links to Limbaugh as a source before.

Seriously, what part is so dumb? It sounds like a harmless, mostly tongue in cheek nudge...

And I second anitram, you need to vary up your OMGZ Obama so dumb responses.
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That is one of the dumbest things I've ever read. The president is sorely mistaken and misguided if he believes this.


and yet ... you hold such strong opinions on the political leanings of MSNBC. are you sorely mistaken and misguided on that one?
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If he believes what part of what he said-everything?
He's inconsistent. He joked at the dinner that an overwhelming percentage of the media is in love with him and voted for him, but now he's insisting he's being treated unfairly, and to make this claim he points to one of the only outlets that dares to challenge him and question some of his policies. With the exception of Fox, almost no outlets are the least bit "criticial" of this administration.

He said "First of all, I've got one television station entirely devoted to attacking my administration." This is just not true, and it's apparent he doesn't watch the channel but rather just relies on the vague "Fox News sux" complaints of the left. Otherwise he would know that many people on Fox News are supportive of his policies. Also, when did honest questioning and skepticism of policy become "attacking?"

He also said "you'd be hard-pressed, if you watched the entire day, to find a positive story about me on that front." Again, this is just BS, and he can't back it up.

By the way, for a man who claims to be all about bi-partisanship and listening to the other side, there are many more Democrats on Fox than there are Republicans on MSNBC, which is what is viewed in the White House.

At least he recognizes Fox is "a big megaphone," and realizes it daily trounces the ratings of MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, and HLN combined.

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Is MSNBC a news station?
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PETA condemns Obama for murdering innocent fly



By Jimmy Orr | 06.18.09
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A couple days ago we mentioned that we hadn’t heard from PETA yet about President Obama’s deadly attack on an innocent housefly who set up residence in the White House.

That doesn’t mean they didn’t care. They were just slow on the draw. But don’t take that as a lack of interest. Oh, they’re interested…

Condemnation

Obama’s ninja-like moves, which resulted in the murder of said fly on Tuesday, has resulted in harsh condemnation of the president by the animal rights group.

Well, maybe not that harsh. They view Obama’s actions as perhaps more of a teachable moment.

“He isn’t the Buddha, he’s a human being, and human beings have a long way to go before they think before they act,” writes Alisa Mullins on the PETA blog.

Gift

To that end, they’re sending him a PETA-branded “Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher”. It allows you to place “the device over the bug and slowly slide its plastic trapdoor shut. The bug will step onto the trapdoor as it closes, and you can carry Katcha Bug outside, where all you need to do is slide the trap door open, allowing the bug to walk away.”

Well, that’s nice. But the use of this instrument would have resulted in a far less dramatic scene. Obama walked away from the interview looking like Chuck Norris. Who knows how high Obama’s approval rating will soar as a result of the tough-on-defense action.

Compassion

Doesn’t make any difference to PETA. They believe the president needs to show compassion regardless of high polling numbers.

“We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest and least sympathetic animals,” PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich said. “We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals.”

Until he shows more compassion, will members of PETA show up in giant fly costumes protesting the president? We’re guessing probably not.

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Yeah, that was already here Samson and thus the comment. Is your luscious flowing hair in your eyes?
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He's inconsistent. He joked at the dinner that an overwhelming percentage of the media is in love with him and voted for him, but now he's insisting he's being treated unfairly, and to make this claim he points to one of the only outlets that dares to challenge him and question some of his policies. With the exception of Fox, almost no outlets are the least bit "criticial" of this administration.

Put down the kool aid, take off the Rush tinted glasses and slowly breathe.

You've got to be kidding, right?

How is he "insisting he's being treated unfairly"?

You're just being silly.
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How is he "insisting he's being treated unfairly"?
He said "It's very hard for me to swallow that one," in reference to the idea that the media is not being tough on him. 95% of the media is in love with him, but he still always brings up Fox News as a defense to say "See! There's one group of people who doesn't lap up everything we do!" He needs to let it go. He knows the media is treating him well overall, but he has to appease his base and make Fox a villain and say false things about them.

If Fox News didn't exist, do you honestly think he would have been able to dispute an allegation of the media being overly favorable to him, like he did here? If so, you're the silly one.
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Well that surely isn't "insisting he's being treated unfairly" now is it?

Could you possibly overreact some more?

Honestly, it sounds very tongue n cheek to me, the whole "hard for me swallow" line.

You don't think Bush appealed to his base by making jabs at the media and giving favor to Fox?
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this just in from fox news:

BREAKING NEWS

North Korea is going to blow up the US ANYTIME now!!!!!!!!





the more i look at their website, the more the term "fear-mongering" comes to mind.
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Well that surely isn't "insisting he's being treated unfairly" now is it?

Could you possibly overreact some more?

Honestly, it sounds very tongue n cheek to me, the whole "hard for me swallow" line.

You don't think Bush appealed to his base by making jabs at the media and giving favor to Fox?

I'm not over-reacting. I find this funny. I just don't get how he can say with a straight face "The media is too being critical of me! Just look at Fox News, and.... and.... well look at Fox News!" I think it really gets to Obama that somewhere in this country a very popular outlet exists that actually, on occasion, challenges him and his administration.
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I think it really gets to Obama that somewhere in this country a very popular outlet exists that actually, on occasion, challenges him and his administration.

I don't think it gets to him at all. Not much seems to get to him. I'm sure his wife probably brings him down to earth/size more than Fox News ever could.
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Yeah, that was already here Samson and thus the comment. Is your luscious flowing hair in your eyes?

That damn Delilah

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I'm not over-reacting. I find this funny. I just don't get how he can say with a straight face "The media is too being critical of me! Just look at Fox News, and.... and.... well look at Fox News!" I think it really gets to Obama that somewhere in this country a very popular outlet exists that actually, on occasion, challenges him and his administration.

What's funny, is THAT'S NOT WHAT HE'S SAYING!!!

I don't get how you can post that with a straight face...

Really "get to Obama"? What a Rush thing to say, he's got you brainwashed...
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