Pop Quiz

I didn’t watch Obama’s Greatest Speech Ever Vista™ but judging from the lack of attendance at our NFL Season Opener Live-Blog some of you did, so courtesy of WaPo here is a pop quiz:

Which of the following quotes came from the 2009 speech, and which quotes came from the speech this week?

1. “More than 90 percent of these jobs will be in the private sector — jobs rebuilding our roads and bridges; constructing wind turbines and solar panels; laying broadband and expanding mass transit.”

2. “It will lead to new jobs for construction workers, teachers, veterans, first responders, young people and the long-term unemployed.”

3. “It’s a plan that won’t help speculators or that neighbor down the street who bought a house he could never hope to afford, but it will help millions of Americans who are struggling with declining home values — Americans who will now be able to take advantage of the lower interest rates that this plan has already helped bring about. In fact, the average family who refinances today can save nearly $2,000 per year on their mortgage.”

4. “We’re going to work with federal housing agencies to help more people refinance their mortgages at interest rates that are now near 4 percent — a step that can put more than $2,000 a year in a family’s pocket, and give a lift to an economy still burdened by the drop in housing prices.”

5. “Ask yourselves — where would we be right now if the people who sat here before us decided not to build our highways and our bridges; our dams and our airports? What would this country be like if we had chosen not to spend money on public high schools, or research universities, or community colleges? Millions of returning heroes, including my grandfather, had the opportunity to go to school because of the GI Bill. Where would we be if they hadn’t had that chance?”

6. “History reminds us that at every moment of economic upheaval and transformation, this nation has responded with bold action and big ideas. In the midst of civil war, we laid railroad tracks from one coast to another that spurred commerce and industry. From the turmoil of the Industrial Revolution came a system of public high schools that prepared our citizens for a new age. In the wake of war and depression, the GI Bill sent a generation to college and created the largest middle-class in history. And a twilight struggle for freedom led to a nation of highways, an American on the moon, and an explosion of technology that still shapes our world.”

7. “It also charges this Congress to come up with an additional $1.5 trillion in savings.”

8. “We have already identified $2 trillion in savings over the next decade.”

9. “The only way to fully restore America’s economic strength is to make the long-term investments that will lead to new jobs, new industries, and a renewed ability to compete with the rest of the world.”

10. “If we provide the right incentives and support — and if we make sure our trading partners play by the rules — we can be the ones to build everything from fuel-efficient cars to advanced biofuels to semiconductors that are sold all over the world.”

11. “To preserve our long-term fiscal health, we must also address the growing costs in Medicare and Social Security.”

12. “But with an aging population and rising health care costs, we are spending too fast to sustain the program. And if we don’t gradually reform the system while protecting current beneficiaries, it won’t be there when future retirees need it. We have to reform Medicare to strengthen it.”

Make the jump for the answers

(Answers: 2009 speech contained 1, 3, 6, 8, 9 and 11)

A free beer to everyone who gets a perfect score.

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34 Responses to Pop Quiz

  1. DandyTiger says:

    Obama gave a speech?

  2. DeniseVB says:

    On a related note, and if you do a 9-11 thread this weekend, do you remember where you were on 9-11 ? I sure do. And I’m old enough to remember exactly where I was when Kennedy was shot.

    Not so our Dear Leader…..he was in two different places !!!!1


    • ralphb says:

      If memory serves, I was taking a comp day off and watched 9/11 on tv at home. The memory isn’t nearly as vivid as the JFK assassination though.

    • elliesmom says:

      I was in the classroom teaching while we were scurrying in the background to make sure that none of our middle school students was going home to an empty house. I was the same age as my students were on 9/11 when Kennedy was shot.

    • soupcity says:

      I was in my kitchen drinking coffee, stunned . I later found out United 93 pretty much flew right over my house on it’s turn back toward D.C. Fought the urge to pick up my son from school, didn’t want to scare him.

    • I was home on the phone. Once I hang up, I got a call from Israel and looked out the window. I went out to vote in the mayoral primaries – there were 2 towers standing. I came out – one had fallen. I then went on my roof and saw the second one falling.

      • DeniseVB says:

        My daughter lived on Thompson St and saw the towers fall from her roof. In the meantime, I was frantically trying to reach her. 4 hours later, she answered her phone. Could have killed her, grrrrrr.

    • votermom says:

      I was in the checkout line at the grocery and the cashiers started talking about it. I rushed home to my 2 week old baby & my MIL who was visiting to help take care of the new grandkid. She was shaking & crying from the news on tv.

    • votermom says:

      Not so our Dear Leader…..he was in two different places !!!!1

      This reminds me of something I just read in Bristol Palin’s book (I saw it on the new arrivals shelf at the lib & checked it out. Good read, btw.)

      She was talking about red flags about Levi that she had ignored while they were dating. “He lied about things even when the truth would have been perfectly fine.”

      • ralphb says:

        I read her book and really enjoyed it quite a lot. She seems like a nice young lady. From the book she seems pretty well grounded.

      • Murphy says:

        We were in different bookstores today votermom! I stood at the new arrivals table and read bristols book fir at least an hour. Very charming and sincere young woman.

  3. soupcity says:

    I watched only to see if someone would heckle him and do my own heckling from home. That said, I got most of these right because he steered very clear of any “green jobs” type of talk. I wonder why?

    The saints packers game was really good.

    Go Browns!!

  4. HELENK says:

    for the last couple of days backtrack had been at -22 in the Rasmussen poll
    He pontificated from the teleprompter and now he is – 24
    must of been a hell of a speech.


    unemployment needs to start in DC asap

  5. ralphb says:

    Stalker 🙂

    AMSTERDAM — A 42-year-old woman has been charged with stalking after she allegedly called a man she claimed was her ex-boyfriend 65,000 times in the past year, according to an official.

    An average of once every eight minutes, six seconds for a year. Could be considered a bit excessive.

  6. Basically same speech, but he was yelling last night. I suspect he’ll ramp up the yelling in the campaign season to come. That’s his new mode. Yell and blame other people.

    The jobs program itself will add another $450 billion to the $2.4 trillion deficit cut target agreed with the Republicans. Remember Obama originally wanted the deficit cut to be as big as $4.0 trillion. We are doing this backwards. Washington along with Wall Street (who obsess about inflation and capital preservation) is screwing this economy which is deflating more than inflating. That’s why real Treasury yields are negative (theoretically this means the government can actually make money borrowing, crazy times), it went even lower this week. Everyone is putting their money under the proverbial mattress and the economy is stalling. Bernanke will have to make some important decisions in the coming weeks. It would also help if the EU didn’t collapse.

    • ralphb says:

      Treasury yields do bring the concentration on the deficit into question. Seems to me we would be better off worrying about it in better times. If better times come soon enough.

  7. HELENK says:


    Israeli ambassador, family, staff at Cairo airport, plan to leave after Egypt protesters break into Israel embassy

  8. DandyTiger says:

    Tweedy just went through a long list of vulnerable infrastructure targets in Virginia, complete with addresses. And that’s with the so called credible terrorist threat going on. It’s clear he was playing petty politics because the list was all from Cantor’s district, which is where I am.

    • Mary says:

      Saw a clip of Tweety saying yesterday that Social Security IS a Ponzi scheme. The Dem commentators he had on his show got very, very pale. lol

    • Mary says:

      Saw a clip of Tweety saying yesterday that Social Security IS a Ponzi scheme. The Dem commentators he had on his show got very, very pale. lol

  9. Wait a second, there were only 2 choices – watch the speech or NFL? I didn’t know that not being a football fan would put me under the suspicion of watching Teh Speech. Checking tabloids headlines today was the extent of my effort.

  10. ralphb says:

    HotAir: Video: Palin: Obama, with his non-jobs plan, ‘plays us all for fools’

    “I thought the president was very bold in his request for another blank check,” Palin said on Fox News, where she is a paid contributor. “I don’t consider it a plan at all.”

    The comments on this post are more like the normal good natured banter than any I’ve seen in a couple of months.

  11. bluestate says:

    actually you guys should watch some of that speech because this was the first time i’ve ever seen the cool president lose his cool. he was freaking out at that podium man. bags under his eyes and his voice was screamy. and everybody, his own people especially, looked tense and frowned a lot. i saw the last 15 mins or so.

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