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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Blame - And Debate Review - Obama vs Romney

Let's cut to the chase, I expected Barack Obama and the Democratic Party faithful to blame George W. Bush for the president's abysmal performance in the first 2012 Presidential Debate. That's about the only excuse I haven't heard and it gives me pause. Maybe he's saving that excuse for the next debate.

They are blaming hypoxia, claiming that Obama's brain was starved for oxygen and that's why it didn't work right and he screwed the pooch in front of the entire world. Really? That's the excuse?

Obama was peevish and petulant. He looked and sounded unprepared, listless, way out of Romney's league. What has he been doing at that Vegas resort for the past four days? Likely golfing and basking in the glow of his adoring Hollywood crowd, counting the campaign donations.
Without a teleprompter feeding him lines, Obama lacked specifics, dissembled, at one point pleading with a deferential moderator Jim Lehrer to change the topic, as if Obama owned the debate. The president, who got four more minutes of speaking time from Lehrer than did Romney, spent much of the debate looking down at the podium, not addressing his challenger. 
Devout Democrat James Carville observed, "The president didn't bring his A-game." A-game? He didn't bring his M-game. It wasn't quite an empty chair, but.... 
When Obama, who doesn't bother with many full Cabinet meetings, began touting generalized training for jobs of the future, it was Romney the well-briefed, no-nonsense, rational business executive who pointed out: "But our training programs right now, we got 47 of them housed in the federal government, reporting to eight different agencies. Overhead is overwhelming." 
At the start Obama looked shocked that Romney spoke to him so directly. Commentator David Gergen, who's worked in White Houses under both parties, noted that first-term staffs are packed with sycophants. He speculated that no one inside the presidential bubble has talked to Obama that way in years. (IBD)
Barack Obama prepares for the next debate...

This is how it played in Asia:

At a Denver rally Thursday afternoon complete with teleprompters, Obama ripped into Romney as he tried to brush himself off and reassure supporters. (Fox News) He does work a lot better when he has handlers telling him what to say and nobody calls him on the string of lies that he blasts out.


TodayVice President Joe Biden vowed to raise a trillion dollars in taxes to punish the rich. That's going to create lots of jobs... maybe shovel ready government jobs. Maybe not.

Last word - From Ronald Reagan

AARP - After the First Presidential Debate

Michelle Malkin suggests that we should have an 'empty podium day' but then again we've had one of those for the past four years. Just as we've had an empty chair day. NEVER in the past four years has it been so blatantly obvious as it was during the debate last night.

I have a few take aways to share. I'm sure you have a few of your own.

AARP - American Association of Retired Persons

Photo: ABC News
For the past four years, AARP has been much like the mainstream media in that they've behaved like a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party. President Obama cited AARP's support for him as one of his key talking points during the debate as he mumbled, bumbled and scowled (occasionally smirking) his way through the painful ninety minutes while Governor Romney took him to school.

Last night, after the debate, AARP released this statement:
"While we respect the rights of each campaign to make its case to voters, AARP has never consented to the use of its name by any candidate or political campaign. AARP is a nonpartisan organization and we do not endorse political candidates nor coordinate with any candidate or political party." (AARP)
AARP is many things but "nonpartisan" is not one of them. And last night the Obama tingle was apparently not running up the leg of AARP Senior Vice President John Hishta. For many Americans, age 50 and over (AARP's constituents), AARP has become one and the same with the ObamaNation in their slavish support for the President's ObamaCare program. You remember that program, right? That's the:  
"Healthcare plan we are forced to purchase, and fined if we don’t, which puportedly covers at least 10 million more people, without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a congress that didn’t read it but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a president who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, for which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has already bankrupted social security and medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese and financed by a country that’s broke." (Dr. Barbara Bellar, MD
Maybe AARP should buy President Obama a teleprompter for the debates so that his handlers can tell him how to respond to Governor Romney in debates #2 and #3 -- and maybe buy one for Vice President Biden's upcoming debate. Otherwise, it's likely that their candidate(s) will continue to cite them as prime movers in ObamaCare, which they clearly were.

I had an impression of AARP before the Obama Administration took office. Based on their actions, that opinion changed. A friend asked me about my opinion of AARP the other day and I responded that in my opinion, they are an enemy of the republic. Senior citizens join their organization believing that AARP has their best interests at heart, but AARP has demonstrated just the opposite in their support for ObamaCare, which does NOT serve the interests of America's senior citizens. The $716 billion that Obama removed from Medicare only will serve to hasten its demise at the expense of the very people that it's supposed to protect.

AARP knows this and they want to distance their organization from this 'inconvenient truth'.

Nobody wants to see healthcare rationed, particularly to the elderly, who are among the weakest among us. Many definitions have been used, and most talk blandly about such things as the allocation of scarce resources, or the fair distribution of available benefits or goods or commodities. In fact, some experts reject the term “rationing” altogether (in favor of something more insipid, like “resource allocation”), because it has such negative connotations. A failed economy such as we are experiencing will lead to this horrible possibility and I think that AARP finally gets it. But irrespective of their present back-peddling, I don't trust AARP at all. They picked their champion in President Obama. Now they have to live with that decision.