Monday, September 20, 2010

Nice Speech, Obama -- NOT

This comment from Obama was all over the web this weekend. I commented about it over on AMERICAblog, but did not have time to blog about it here.

There's a debate going on as to whether President Obama's recent comments at a fundraiser - where he seemed to criticize liberals - are worthy of note, or simply the standard fare for political fundraiser. Here, first, are the President's comments:

Democrats, just congenitally, tend to get — to see the glass as half empty. (Laughter.) If we get an historic health care bill passed - oh, well, the public option wasn't there. If you get the financial reform bill passed — then, well, I don't know about this particular derivatives rule, I'm not sure that I'm satisfied with that. And gosh, we haven't yet brought about world peace and — (laughter.) I thought that was going to happen quicker. (Laughter.) You know who you are. (Laughter.) We have had the most productive, progressive legislative session in at least a generation.

Now, I don't know about you, but these comments made me furious, and sort of reminded me of another president making fun of WMD at a press dinner of sorts.

Check out all the comments (and there are plenty, let me tell you that much) over at John's blog.

I, for one, have been banging this drum for a while, that Obama is a backstabbing corporate centrist piece of shit, and I hope he turns out to be a one-term president. And to help that along, I'm not voting this year (I don't care if the marijuana initiative is on the ballot here in California). It is no longer in my temperament to support Democrats (or Republicans or any other group out there) when all they do is just get to Washington and act like we, the progressive liberals that got them elected, are their batshit crazy relatives they have to pretend they don't know.

Obama says we progressives and liberals see the glass as half empty? Who the fuck is he to say that? I'm not a pessimist, and never have been. I'm the one in my group they always growl about for being way too optimistic, and I sure as hell am a person that always sees the glass half full. Just because I find fault with the president who has failed to fulfill his promises he made on the campaign, for which we gave him millions of dollars to help him do the things he said he was going to do, does NOT make us see the glass as half empty.

And the comment about world peace just burns me up. He never said he'd do that, and we never asked him to. But let's not forget he did get a Nobel Peace award, so ...

I'm not staying out of politics, but I am sitting out this election. At least when it was a Bush administration, you knew you were getting fucked. Obama thinks he's pretty funny pulling one over on us ... we shall see who is laughing in 2012.


Arno said...

I have found myself in this conundrum before many times, and have still voted. My state allows write-ins, so sometimes I voted for a good friend or neighbor, and once, my dog. Other times I have voted Green. It doesn't matter, we have a winner-take-all election, but I get some personal satisfaction knowing that I've done my civic duty. I held my nose and voted for Kerry and Obama the last two elections, the only times I have ever voted for either major party's presidential candidate. (Thus is the stench of Bush) But I'm thinking about sitting out this one. On one hand, if we progressives sit this out, the Christine O'Donnells and Rand Pauls are in the corridors of power...on the other hand, well...uh...we get...uh...
I'm pretty much torn.

Carrie said...

I am not 100% sure that even if the Dems/Progressive/Greens/Liberals don't vote, or even if the Dems just don't vote (or people like me, not affiliated with any party, but lean very much to the left, don't vote) that the Republican party will take over. Those nutjobs from the teabagger part of the Republican party are more divisive within their party then we as liberals are with respect to the Dems. That's why I don't feel to messed up about not voting. I wasn't going to vote in 2008, but hey, come on, who couldn't jump on the "let's elect the first African American president" bandwagon, right?

I swear, seriously, if I had any forethought that Obama would turn out to be the wimp he is, I would have voted for Hillary, maybe even registered as a Dem just to be able to vote in the primary (although I am still confused about California's alleged cross-over primaries -- I need to check that out more) for Hillary. And I would have joined the many people that were Hillary supporters. The one thing I agree with most that are bashing Obama is that Hillary would not have allowed the "party of no" to control what her agenda was. Yeah, she's a Clinton, but she's not fucking Bill (ok, I mean that literally and figuratively LOL).