Simply Irresistible

Courtesy of Perfunction. We all misspeak and say stupid things, sometimes, but after 8 years of the press and Dems making sure we saw every possible Bushian mistalkeration, I rather enjoyed this one:

Also, Obama spent some time talking to the GOP today. Instapundit has a few links about it. Basically, if the freaking GOP would just understand his greatness, stop being so stupid and just fall in line, then America can be saved, and stuff. That’s tongue in cheek, of course. I do agree, and appreciate, Obama’s admission that nothing can get done because demonization has become the political norm, in America. Now, if he could also pledge to stop demonizing, himself, maybe we could get somewhere?

I mean, I’m trying to understand why Obama will bash lobbyists before the whole nation one night and the next day meet with them. It’s just plain confusing.

William A. Jacobson says Obama should appoint a special counsel as to foreign contributions:

. . .if Obama really is concerned about foreign campaign donations, then Obama should request that Attorney General Eric Holder (or an Acting Attorney General since Holder likely has a conflict) appoint a special counsel with the power to investigate, and if justified, prosecute violations of the laws, and conspiracies to violate the laws, forbidding foreign contributions.

And the place the special counsel can start is with Obama’s 2008 campaign, which disabled security features in its credit card web portal so as to allow donors to evade restrictions on numerous aspects of the federal campaign laws, including the prohibition on foreign contributions:

Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor’s identity, campaign officials confirmed….
The problem with such cards, campaign finance lawyers said, is that they make it impossible to tell whether foreign nationals, donors who have exceeded the limits, government contractors or others who are barred from giving to a federal campaign are making contributions.

That the Obama campaign received foreign donations as a result of this scheme may be the only thing agreed-upon by both Pamela Geller and Charles Johnson. Indeed, Obama for America has admitted receiving foreign contributions. The fact that the Federal Election Commission is not investigating the allegations necessitates a special counsel.

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  • jh

    Well to be fair I see over at the Corner there was some positive Conservative reaction to it.

    Itis a start and the interesting side item of how they are mad Pelosi (who Obama appears to have installed as Co Prime Minister with Reid or more to the point abidicated too) was very much aired.

    So it is a start.

    People on both sides have got to vent and get their frustrations out.

    So we shall see

    [I was positive, myself. I think he is correct that the demonizing has got to stop, on both sides. But as the Italians like to say, "the fish stinks from the head down." Obama needs to lead, here, by example. -admin]

  • Susan

    Dear Anchoress,

    You wrote: “I’m trying to understand why Obama will bash lobbyists before the whole nation one night and the next day meet with them. It’s just plain confusing.”

    Do you remember the movie Gaslight with Ingrid Bergman? I bring this up because when I listen to Obama and try to make sense of out the incongruity of his words and actions, the only thing I can think of is that I am being gaslighted by a charming con. I googled the term and strangely enough, gaslighting is a common technique used by narcissists. Ok.. it may seem extreme, but that’s how I felt after listening to the SOTU and then the meeting with the GOP in Baltimore. He denies and twists so many things that it’s hard to keep up with him.

    P.S. Gaslighting: covert manipulation used to cause another into believing something other than the truth; psychological abuse in which false information is presented to the victim, making them doubt their own memory and perception; psychological techniques used to vex and disorient a target.

  • Patrick

    As much as I detest Obama, as a thinking person (that’s why I read this blog), I really don’t think that clips like this add anything to the debate. Let’s all try not to be as “small” as the lefties.

  • Jeanne

    He bashed lobbyists in public and cozies up to them in private because lobbyists are now the popular villain. Very few ‘regular folks’ understand exactly what lobbyists do so vilifying them in public is an easy way to score a few popularity points.

  • tim maguire

    “The Middle East is an issue that has plagued the area for centuries.” Sounds roughly accurate to me, what’s the problem? Is there any meaningful stretch in there where the Middle East didn’t plague the area?

  • soup

    When he has lots of pauses and ‘uuhhs’ it’s hard to get how bad this sounds. When I read it, it leap out at me. Maybe that’s why he talks so slow.

  • AyUaxe

    The demonizing can stop, when there’s no more demons. So long as Obaminable, his cabinet, his czars and advisors are there, demonizing is just a synonym for truth. Obaminable’s rhetoric in his “discussion” with GOP officials was a textbook case of obfuscation and “hiding in plain sight.” Lawyers, especially litigators, are trained to do this–use your opponents’ words against them, raise their questions first and give the answer you want the jury to hear. That’s why he referred to a Bolshevik Revolution and “demonizing”. You cannot accord this administration any benign intent–call them what they are–lying, evil, authoritarian communists.

  • Myssi

    President Obama could pledge to stop demonizing people and I would yawn. IF, however, he simply stopped doing it, I would fall on my face and praise Holy G-d. I really would. I pray for our leaders from all political views to stop behaving like my teenagers and LEAD.

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