Obama – Voters are stupid

Via Hot Air:

Depending on how you phrase the question — if you said to the American people, “Is it a good idea for the United States not to pay its bills and potentially create another recession that could throw millions of more people out of work,” I feel pretty confident I could get a majority on my side.

I’m not surprised he feels pretty confident. Three years ago he convinced people he was qualified to be President.

But that statement sure is unintentionally revealing – he has nothing but contempt for the voters. He thinks they are stupid and can easily be manipulated.

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58 Responses to Obama – Voters are stupid

  1. angienc says:

    The title should read:

    Obama-voters are stupid”

  2. WMCB says:

    Crawdad, that part you quoted wasn’t the most arrogant part. The sentences before it were this:

    Well, let me distinguish between professional politicians and the public at large. The public is not paying close attention to the ins and outs of how a Treasury option goes. They shouldn’t. They’re worrying about their family; they’re worrying about their jobs; they’re worrying about their neighborhood. They’ve got a lot of other things on their plate. We’re paid to worry about it.

    This is a repeat of Plouffe’s earlier gaffe. It seems he really does think it’s a good idea to keep telling the American people that what happens to THEIR nation’s economy is complicated, and they can in no way understand. As a matter of fact, not only are they too dumb to understand, but they are even too dumb to figure out if “some voices” are lying to them.

    So they need to sit back and shut up and let the elite professional politicians make the decisions for them. It’s patronizing in the extreme.

  3. WMCB says:

    Oh, and another thing. Whichever very important and doubtlessly well-educated creative-class staffer did the transcription for Whitehouse.gov, which is where every article is pulling the Q and A from?

    He’s a fucking economic imbecile, who doesn’t even recognize basic economic terminology.

    Obama did not say “Treasury option” (which makes no sense whatsoever), he said Treasury AUCTION”.

    And this sloped-forehead, high-school dropout, later GED, and vocational nursing degree-toting member of the ignorant voting public picked up on that right away.

    • ralphb says:

      This sloped-forehead redneck believes there may be a bond sale tomorrow and is interested in how it comes out. Let’s face it the only debt ceiling that really matters is will creditors still buy our bonds or not?

      I don’t believe for a minute that they can’t pull some chicanery with the Fed to keep the bills paid even without a statutory debt ceiling increase. I mean these people make Enron look like choir boys.

      • WMCB says:

        Yep. They have to offload a lot of bonds in the next few weeks and months, and I for one will be watching closely to see if Kos’ Happy Chinese with Ponies are as anxious to buy our debt as he claims. If the Fed has to buy the lion’s share again, it will show up in the numbers.

        But what do I know, other than recognizing the phrase “treasury auction” when i hear it, which Obama’s own staffers evidently do not?

      • 1539days says:

        Those evil hedge fund guys are buying an assload of treasuries now in anticipation of the interest rate going up.

        • Three Wickets says:

          More likely buying options to short treasuries when rates go up.

        • 1539days says:

          You only short something if you bet on it going down. Treasuries are actually in demand because you could turn a 4% yield into a 6% yield if things go south.

        • Three Wickets says:

          Rates go up, prices go down. That’s why Bill Gross has already dumped all his treasuries, he thinks rates are going up. Krugman would say in this economy, rates will stay low for a very long time, as they did in Japan. If anyone including economists could say for sure, they would be rich, and most economists aren’t rich…probably says something about value of their forecasting.

      • myiq2xu says:

        I need new reading glasses. I misread your comment – for a second I thought you wrote “blond sale.”

    • Dario says:

      Treasury Auction is correct.

      What happens is that the treasury puts U.S. Treasuries, let’s say a 10 year Treasury that has a 2 percent interest. But let’s say that those who are willing to buy the Treasuries, are not willing to take 2 percent because the interest is too low based on certain economic expectations, e.g. inflation. The buyers will discount the Treasury and give the government $9,950 for a $10 K U.S. Treasury. It’s an auction, and the price can go the other way. This the process that the U.S. Treasury uses to sell its bonds, auctions.

  4. I have nothing but contempt for Dick!

  5. ralphb says:

    lambert says Obama’s so out of touch he thinks catfood is made out of peas.

  6. Lola-at-Large says:

    The only thing missing is the “jack.” As in, That’s the fact, jack.” Woulda been so perfect. Dick & a Jack. What else d’ya need?

  7. swanspirit says:

    I liked the part where he said he would wait til 2012 or 2013 to raise taxes .. he might as well have said I will wait til i am re- elected to raise taxes …

  8. ralphb says:

    This could be kind of politically brilliant. Obama is fighting with himself.

    “Republicans Say They’ve Already Agreed To A Concession In Debt Fight: Raising The Debt Limit”


    • Lola-at-Large says:

      They are not fools. When he put SS and the medi-complex on the table, Boehner went, “Oooooh, it’s THAT kind of poker game.” And then he doubled down.

    • WMCB says:

      That’s actually correct. The R’s do not want to raise the debt limit (neither does 69% of the country).

      So to say “you are asking for cuts, and you are giving us nothing in return” is total BS by the Dems. They ARE getting something in return – a raise in the debt ceiling.

    • Three Wickets says:

      The immediate pressure to lift the debt ceiling probably comes from having to pay for the two-year tax cuts/extensions passed at the end of last year. Ultimately they will lift the ceiling, but plenty of kabuki in the meantime. As for this high stakes game of chicken from both sides on who can ask for the bigger cuts to medicare and social security, they’ll back down and likely kick the debate to next year.

  9. WMCB says:

    Zerohedge pulls no punches on either R’s or D’s, and I always love reading their commenters liveblog. They are raunchy and crude and awful and sometimes wrong, but they can be funny as hell:

    Austerity Bitchez!!!

    “Eat our peas” bitches!

    I had no idea these jet owners were the cause of all the problems facing the country. This guy sounds like a broken record.

    The left’s corollary to the Cadillac-driving welfare queen.

    We shouldn’t pay attention to what the Treasury is doing? And let the “Professional Politicians” take care of it? Are you kidding me? Did Mr. O just say that for real?

    Yeah that’s for reals shrtnotgold. Apparently we here at ZH should be worried about “other stuff” in our daily lives….

    Hear that, he says average citizen does want to know shit about treasury destroying your wealth.

    When do we get a camera angle from behind the podium to see just how many hands this sock puppet has up its ass?


    • Lola-at-Large says:

      LMAO! Ooooh, those are good. I took your advice and sauntered over. Lost it over this:

      by Cognitive Dissonance
      on Mon, 07/11/2011 – 11:11

      Christ, even my proctologist isn’t running this late by 11AM.

      And he’s up to his elbows in assholes.

      by augie
      on Mon, 07/11/2011 – 11:15

      i am speaking from ignorance here as i have no need of a proctologist yet, but from what i have heard, the doctor is only suppose to use one finger, the whole arm seems a bit excessive. Perhaps it’s time for a new doctor?

      by Cognitive Dissonance
      on Mon, 07/11/2011 – 11:20

      I’m an American. So the Hershey highway has been steadily widened by the Fed since 1913. You do the math. 🙂

      CD is always funny, but this is the best.

      • WMCB says:

        The “rich fat cat jetowners” being the left’s corollary for the “welfare queen” was dead on. It has no bearing on the majority of rich/poor people, it’s merely a hate-object.

  10. WMCB says:

    Oh, last week’s Bloomberg report came out, and S&P insider selling vs. insider buying is now at a ratio of 3,700 to 1.

    What that means is that the big traders who know stuff are getting out of the US stock market just as fast as they can. Selling off everything they can sell.

    But according to Ploofy, we peons out here don’t read Bloomberg articles around our kitchen tables, we are too busy worrying about how we FEEL, like dumb sheep. So ignore this, ok?

    • Three Wickets says:

      Wow scary. Some of that may skew sell side because insiders are exercising options and restricted stocks since that’s how the bonus class gets paid. But still, not a good sign.

      • WMCB says:

        Yeah, some of it may be options, but it still is not a healthy indicator. That is WAY skewed.

  11. Karma says:

    h/t Hot Air – a capella

    “Ex-Rezko partner’s sentencing delayed.”


    “I was on the phone, making a phone call to Tony Rezko,” Frawley says, according to the transcript. “I had a luncheon engagement with him. George was outside of the room where I was making the telephone call, and the purpose of the call was for me to keep my luncheon engagement with Tony Rezko and to go over and to record Tony Rezko.

    “George saw and heard me on the phone, came running in and went like this [demonstrating]: Cut it,” drawing his hand across his throat.

    Later in the deposition, Weaver’s lawyer, Daniel F. Konicek, asks Frawley about what specific information Weaver is supposed to have told Frawley to withhold from federal authorities.

    “I’m assuming the information is about the payments made by Rezko to Obama, so we know we’re talking about the right conversation, right?” Konicek asks Frawley.

    Frawley doesn’t answer. So Konicek presses him: “Am I correct it was about Obama being paid by Rezko?”

    Frawley replies: “I’m not answering that question, based upon my attorney’s instructions.”

    • djmm says:

      Thank you — very interesting!


      • Karma says:

        Here is another Rezko connection with ex-Blago co-defendant, William Cellini, that seems to be the next trial to check in on. Stumbled across this a while back, where he describes Blago as a pimple compared to the volcano that is Cellini. Peaked my interest to say the least….lots more at the link but…

        John Kass writes

        The antics of Gov. Dead Meat have been quite entertaining, and though he had the grand title in the Illinois political landscape, the man was a mere pimple.

        But Bill Cellini is Mount Etna.

        His crime…

        In 2008, Cellini was indicted on federal charges that he conspired with convicted influence peddler Tony Rezko and others to shake down Hollywood movie producer Thomas Rosenberg for $1.5 million in campaign cash for Blagojevich.


  12. Three Wickets says:

    Deluded but happy commenter on Joe Conason thread:

    If you didn’t catch The Last Word today, O’Donnell outlines how Obama has just finessed the most artful rope-a-dope on the Republicans, ever. Better even that the ones that Clinton accomplished with his own Republican obstructionists.

  13. yttik says:

    Did anybody else get completely lost trying to follow Obama’s imagery? Something about eat your peas, pull off the band aid, and let’s all jump in the boat at the same time.

    I was thinking, okay, we could all probably play the Hokey Pokey too, but I’m not sure that would help our economy.

    • WMCB says:

      It was a word fog of disjointed metaphors. He’s losing it, and so is his team.

    • WMCB says:

      I said long ago that the only thing Obama was ever eloquent in speaking about was himself. His story. His dream of being president. Of getting there. He could be genuinely stirring on that one topic.

      When he has to speak about things other than his awesome self, he has always been a stuttering mess. Always.

    • votermom says:

      yttik, thanks for making me lol literally.

  14. Three Wickets says:

    Here’s Joan Walsh losing it some more.

    Is President Obama proving his political genius by floating a plan for a $4 trillion deficit cut deal to lift the debt ceiling, offering entitlement cuts that will enrage parts of his base knowing he’ll never face their wrath, because far-right Republicans will never take the deal? It could be.

    • angienc says:

      I would say “whatever helps you sleep at night, Joan.” But these asshats’ delusions are fucking it all up for the rest of us.

    • Karma says:

      She spends a lot of time trying to convince herself he is a ‘genius’ and not ‘craven’. With all kinds of hopeful scenarios that are negated by Obama’s usual M.O. …like his inability to negotiate to the benefit of the masses.

    • Karma says:

      Oops….she might have stumbled into some truth here. Too bad she can’t take it to the logical conclusion.

      It wasn’t long ago Democrats were talking about actually lowering the age. Medicare provides health care for seniors much more cheaply than the private market.

  15. Michael A. Gabel, CPA says:

    President Obama is living proof that the voters are stupid.

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