“What outrageous arrogance from a neophyte. It didn't change any voter's mind? It's a contest of who's worse, and the debates showed just what a sourpuss Obama is and how much he hates being President and it shows.”
“I thought Obama's speech was really weak. By the end of the speech, which was too long, I had forgotten the main point OF the speech, if not the main points in the speech.
What was the speech supposed to accomplish? It was supposed to pave the way for finishing, and then passing, the bill on Health Care Reform.
What was the speech mostly about? Disspelling false ideas about healthcare reform, praising America's character, alternately allying with and criticizing the Republicans for their ideas, and intermittently criticizing the ways of Washington. There was a bit of everything thrown into this speech, as if every speech has to have some kind of balance or recipe.
But aren't people tired of that? Can no one in Congress or the White House focus on specifics, like everyday people have to focus every day? Why would anyone want to listen to the same battles over and over again? Problems and solutions are finite.
He's supposed to be a leader, not a coach or a messenger. Obama could become an effective President by not talking so much about greatness in the abstract, and instead stating his solutions and the cost for them, simply and clearly. He kind of did that when he mentioned the cost at the end, which I thought was the strongest moment of the night. He needs to do more of that. I believe the public wants to know the cost and the benefits, plain and simple, not all the boiler plate.”
armchairprotester on Sep 10, 2009 at 12:16:57
“Attention span of a peanut?
Turn off the TV and read a book.”
KidMohair on Sep 10, 2009 at 11:37:05
“Nice little love letter for someone with such a short attention span.”
“This is terrible news. This health plan and the Democrats have got to go down.”
CaptainVideo on Aug 23, 2009 at 11:09:06
“The good news is that this will not happen. Obama will realize in time that he cannot get anywhere making nice with the Republican and once he realizes this he will pass a strong health care package without them.
And once you actually benefit from it, you will turn out liking it.”
KayDGee on Aug 21, 2009 at 23:25:12
“Selective - You sound a like a gangbanger. If thats the best you have to show, then it's time for you to go... back to Foxblog.”
“I heartily disagree with this nonsense about the boomers not having done well. You ungrateful younger ones enjoy a whole array of lifestyle improvements which were developed during our growing years. We may have overdone a few things, but by and large, I doubt very much you would like to go back to 1964 and take it from there. And furthermore, it's our very generation that's taking the biggest hit in this downturn, which you obviously think baby boomers caused.
In addition, the planet is alive, people are alive, dreams are alive. There are many fewer dictatorships than there were even 20 years ago. Diseases are being treated like never before. The boomers didn't do all that on their own but with the older generations they helped usher in alot more democracy than ever before. You people are negative nabobs.”
“If you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen or don't apply for the chance to be in the kitchen in the first place, 'tis what I meant.
And using the expression "hold my nose" has certain connotations, I believe it may have been used in Mafia movies and what not, it's a colloquialism that isn't quite right here. He could have been his usual reserved and poker-faced self and said something like, I really found it distasteful to steal from the poor to give to the rich, but it was my job and I feverishly wanted it back in 2006.
My point is, why listen to any of these players in the political or economic theatre?”
“Actually my point was that I don't like Sanchez' looks, he's just so smug and conceited looking and acting. And, his on-air antics and overall show were exasperating to watch. I couldn't quite believe he had his own show, this was a few years ago.
Why can't they find non-haughty people to do TV journalism, why do so many of them have to project an image like they're demigods and we're mere mortals watching them? I guess Anderson Cooper would be a fair example of a non-haughty guy in my scheme.”
“Sounds like the way Democrats felt from late 2000 to 2006.
And incidentally, where were you in 2004, why did you true blue Democrats let Bush get re-elected? That was the real blow, not the 1st term, there was no reason for a Bush 2nd term if there was one for a 1st (which there wasn't IMHO). But instead of concentrating on beating Bush, you Democrats concentrated on a disastrous Democratic convention and that morose chronically semi-depressed character who ran for President. This whole economic mess and disaster was caused by a 2nd term President on cruise control, when his extremism really had a chance to take hold, but you Democrats couldn't stop it. So what makes you so great now? Just less bad than the Republicans?”
“I resent Bernanke using expressions like having to hold his nose, he's part of the system and presided during the apex of the boom. His saying that is amateurish, it's not what you say at work about the work you do. When you have to fix something, you fix it, and you don't give yourself a compliment by detracting from the messy stuff you had to fix. What a prissy dude.”
“What baloney, Sanchez is unwatchable because he's so conceited. Look at his photo, Woody Allen would perhaps say he takes handsome lessons.”
justsomeguywhocameby on Jul 26, 2009 at 22:28:34
“selective seems to believe that journalistic integrity should judged on the basis of the persons photo. In that case all the Fox women are frauds for paying to look attractive and all the Fox men are responsible reporters because they are repulsive.
“I don't believe your point, but kind of did until very recently.
There's something right and true about America that even the robber barons and the demagogues can't destroy and we are making a comeback. But the pol's are missing it, due to too much speech-making which is taking the place of their brains. The country is still here and is going on, and moving on, from where these others are still stuck.
The war to think of that's relevent here is, the American Revolution. We are in a revolution.”
“Bank of America this week was cautious about its future business...yet what was unspoken was its return to stability, as was evident in the quarterly reports of other banks as well. The key to this stability right now, has been and is, raising money and building cash reserves against losses, something many many individuals and families have been doing as well. Maybe then the tech industries will spur growth, increase productivity and gain new efficiencies and lead us out of this mess.
Just think, if the economy healed itself like this, we wouldn't have to listen to these Congresspeople and demagogues like Obama, they would be irrelevent. I think it's shameful to be arguing about health care when the very economic engine of the country is still in some doubt, it's out of perspective.”
“And just what would YOU propose we do about this economic mess we're in? Tell us WHEN if ever, you will believe in ANY positive news? Yes the unemployment rate sucks. However, unemployment is always the last thing to show signs of improvement. And yes, the greedy banks should start lending money out after all the help they got. But there are other good signs and we should not totally overlook them. Nobody could fix things any faster than those in charge now -- not Paul Krugman or even the brilliant Mr. Stiglitz. Economic currents run deep and strong. They cannot be muscled about or manipulated drastically within a handful of months. It's agony but that's how it is. Patience and not to over react.”
“What an absolute jerk. He's tinkering around with the system like a mad scientist, that quick answer "absolutely" when asked if Fannie and Freddie played a role in the financial crisis. Also when he said in previous testimony that he couldn't agree more that the financial system needed to be more regulated, said like he was discussing politics while playing poker with the guys. This guy is annoying, brilliance and knowledge isn't enough, these civil servants should do their damn jobs without grandstanding and complaining and blaming. They have a job to do, do it. But government types always want credit.”
“I can't believe all the anti-Cramer comments. I totally agree with Cramer re Obama, whom I have never supported. Cramer is alot brighter than most of these comments give him credit for. He's also a lot more talented than Obama.”
mjtaylor22 on Jun 19, 2009 at 12:48:44
“GUESS U DIDN'T BY BERAR STEARNS ON HIS RECOMMENDATION
three weeks befroe it ceased to be a company period.
how many people listened to this crook as a legitimate source of information as his show was touted and lost their life savings, education funds etc etc.
no one in their right mind wants Obama to go away, i want him to actually kick the RNC right in the teeth for them being idiots and childish and refusing to help fix the economy that ruined as they padded their own pockets.
De regulation is the republican mantra and their deregulation exercise destroyed our ecnomomy and allowed greed to run unchecked”
Lurker50 on Jun 19, 2009 at 12:35:22
“Crooks can be bright”
tbonehead on Jun 19, 2009 at 12:30:04
“the guy confessed to being a crook and market manipulation; where should he go; to jail, maybe.”
chedet on Jun 19, 2009 at 12:17:38
“what the hell??? he's more talented than obama??? in what ways???? scamming people??”
RS on Jun 19, 2009 at 12:16:24
“That's what you think selective. By any chance, you wouldn't happen to be a GE stockholder or own mutual funds that invest in companies like GE, would you? Let me remind you of what is written in the Bible: YOU CANNOT SERVE TWO MASTERS. That is you cannot serve both your fellow Americans and HUGE PILES OF $$$$.”
“Some of the bankers are pretty obnoxious, unadmirable as people, and greedy to rake in the dough. But some in the government are filled with zeal at their own power to get back at Bush and large corporations and to gain power over the future course of the country. Which is worse? I say the latter. These are lawyers, folks, who like to make laws, indict people and throw their government-paid weight around. Look at that pipsqueak Cucinich threatening Ken Lewis by asking him if he realized he may have perjured himself. Was the point of the hearing to indict Ken Lewis? No, but he and others and the press have turned it into that.”