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Lawrence O’Donnell: What you are seeing is the most masterful rope-a-dope ever seen by a president

This made me go to bed late last night. Brilliant analysis. Whenever I find myself doubting what the president is doing, I’m always reassured by recalling how many previous times I have had those doubts only to be shown by the end that his strategy was brilliant and successful, achieving the best possible results given the situation.

The debt ceiling debate is a stunning example of this according to O’Donnell. It’s long, but it’s worth every second.

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What you are now witnessing is the most masterful rope-a-dope ever performed by a president against an opposition party in Congress.

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I am Barack Hussein Obama and I am the American Dream

I am Barack Hussein Obama and I am the American Dream

Love this. H/T Marla.

I was born in Hawaii to a single mother.
I was raised in Kansas by my two loving grandparents.
I went to Harvard Law School and became a community organizer in Chicago.

My story is one told a million times over in this country; from sea to shining sea. It is a dream shared by all who come to this country seeking opportunity and prosperity.

I am NOT RADICAL.
I am NOT SOCIALIST.
I am NOT A MUSLIM TERRORIST.
I am NOT THE ANTI-CHRIST.

I am Barack Hussein Obama and I am the American Dream.

Perfect.…

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Barack Obama -- Made in the USA

Barack Obama — Made in the USA

One thing I’ve always loved about Organizing for America (OFA) is their ability to have some fun with their fundraising. Here’s the latest: A coffee mug with the saying “Made in the USA” underneath a picture of President Obama. On the other side is a reproduction of his birth certificate.

You can get it as a t-shirt, too. Good times, kids. Good times.…

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Where are the “preemptive whingers” now that Social Security cuts are off the table?

Back in January, I wrote a piece called The very real attack on Obama’s mythical attack on Social Security where I talked about lefty pundits attacking President Obama for slashing Social Security, something he has never done and will not do. I was attacked myself in various venues for this piece. Those that I have described as “preemptive whingers” knew, just KNEW!, I tellzya, that it was going to happen. The so-called Catfood Commission was on a clear path to do so.

Turns out they were wrong.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus says he doesn’t think Congress will address Social Security as part of an effort to reduce government borrowing.…
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Obama shows his strategic brilliance – is anyone noticing?

Presented with the conundrum of whether or not to show Osama bin Laden’s death photos, the administration is telegraphing loudly and obviously the fact that they are “in discussions” and not sure it’s the right thing to do. For two days now, administration spokespersons have said, in one form or another, that they are considering releasing photos but are weighing many factors.

So, why this appearance of hemming and hawing over a decision that seems like an obvious one? It’s clear that, to passify people around the world, both Obama-haters in the USA and those who are skeptical in other countries, the administration will have to release at least one photo, perhaps more.…

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Intensity in the Situation Room

Intensity in the Situation Room

In case you thought President Obama wasn’t engaged or playing an active role in the killing of Osama bin Laden, check out this photo by White House photographer Pete Souza:

Check out President Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s faces. I can’t even imagine how tense that room must have been.

I’m just sayin’……

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Ambivalence about the killing of Osama bin Laden

Ambivalence about the killing of Osama bin Laden

Don’t get me wrong, when I saw this, I made martinis:


Photo by Anne Savage. Please do no reuse without permission.

But, I have to say, when I woke this morning and saw the mass celebrations that happened around the country, I was a bit unsettled by it. Ten years of living in fear, of constant “yellow” or “red” alert status at our nation’s airports, and the near-invasion of Pakistan all because of this one man?

Actually, not really. The bogie man we fear wasn’t just bin Laden. And all that he represents is still out there, living with seething hatred toward us and our culture, feeding on the desperate poverty that breeds hatred of the “haves”.…

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Facts???! Beck worshippers don’t need no stinkin’ facts!

There is a delivery guy where I work who spends a lot of his time driving around to deliver packages for us. He’s also our company’s taxi service and recently picked up an Aussie colleague of mine. On the trip back from the airport, Aussie asked him if he thought Obama was good for America. Aussie had no idea that he had just rung the Beck Bell since Taxi Guy is a Beck Worshipper to the nth degree.

After ranting for awhile about socialistwheresthebirthcertificateKenyanusuper, Taxi Guy then proceeded to explain to Aussie that the reason that gas prices have gone up in America is because “Obama wants gas to be expensive”.…

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New Twitter hashtag: #33seniors

New Twitter hashtag: #33seniors

Today I’m announcing a new hashtag: #33seniors. It comes from President Obama’s budget/deficit speech yesterday:

[The Republicans have] a vision that says even though America can’t afford to invest in education or clean energy; even though we can’t afford to care for seniors and poor children, we can somehow afford more than $1 trillion in new tax breaks for the wealthy. Think about it. In the last decade, the average income of the bottom 90% of all working Americans actually declined. The top 1% saw their income rise by an average of more than a quarter of a million dollars each.…
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President Obama pulls back the curtain on Republican loyalties in today’s budget speech

First of all, if you haven’t seen it already, this is worth the 44-some minutes to watch:

Transcript HERE.

President Obama didn’t pull any punches today in his speech on the nation’s budget and our path out of the massive debt and deficit we face today. Fully one-third of our budget is deficit spending yet only 12% of it is discretionary spending so, Houston, we have a problem.

Eliminating spending on war or in foreign aid or “waste” aren’t going to do it. Fundamental shifts are needed. The Republicans think it can be done on the backs of senior citizens, the poor, the middle class and other politically powerless groups while retaining the massive tax cuts that are largely responsible for the hole we’re in right now.…

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