How to get an Obamaphone

Where do “Obama phones” come from?

This video of an Obama supporter bragging about having an “Obama phone” has gone viral on the web, but where do these “free cell phones” come from?

The program is called Lifeline, established in 1984 was originally created to subsidize landline phone service for low income Americans, funded by government-collected telecommunication fees, paid by consumers.

In 2008, the program was expanded to support cell phones which quickly escalated the cost of the program. In 2008 the program cost $772 million, but by 2011 it cost $1.6 billion.

A 2011 audit found that 269,000 wireless Lifeline subscribers were receiving free phones and monthly service from two or more carriers. Several websites have been created to promote “free” government cell phones, including the”The Obama Cell Phone” website at

I want an Obamacar filled with Obamagas. And an Obamalaptop, an Obamaplasmatv, and an Obamablu-rayplayer. But I ain’t drinking any of that nasty Obamabeer.

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70 Responses to How to get an Obamaphone

  1. myiq2xu says:

    Vile Prog logic:

    OK, but is the video just blatant racism?

    Romney was not the originator of the 47 percent meme; like several other talking points he’s used this election, he appears to have picked it up from conservative blogs. But as “inelegant” as Romney says his comments were, they’re measured, thoughtful, and considerate compared to where they came from. For example, the racists over at Stormfront just love this story. One reader posted the video under the headline “Negro Obama Voter Says ‘Vote for Obama because he gives a free Phone,'” and added, just in case the subtext wasn’t obvious, “First I thought this was a joke but it’s real. Racial inferiority on display.” The aggressively racist responses have included, “The media tries not to show scum like this because then it would be easier to see what non-whites are really like” and “what does this talking baboon mean by free? When I pay my taxes it sure as hell ain’t free.” So, yes, it’s totally and obviously racist according to some racists who rushed to a “White Pride” Internet forum as soon as they heard about it on Rush Limbaugh’s show. To any conservatives offended at being associated with such vile people, let us say it for you: Using one mockable person you found on the Internet to make generalizations about half the country is lazy and stupid.

    Uh-huh. Only about 12% of the country is black. So they must be talking about more white people than black people.

    BTW – If it wasn’t for the Vile Progs I wouldn’t know what the people at Stormfront think.

    • Lulu says:

      Another Obama theme against Romney bites the dust. Obama campaign tried mightily to paint Romney as an angry extremist but the American public keeps agreeing with Romney.

      “According to a new FOX News poll released on Thursday, 79% of Americans, including 85% of Republicans, 83% of independents, and 71% of Democrats, surveyed believe everyone should pay something in income taxes, even if it’s as low as 1%.

      In addition, 63% feel Romney’s comments about dependence on government, which were secretly captured on video, are mostly (36 percent) or somewhat true (27 percent).

      The poll found that 76 percent of Americans think the “average American” is somewhat dependent on government.

    • yttik says:

      I’m surprised they were able to find examples of racism on a flipping Stormfront website! Like, duh, people! If you go to the website of a bunch of mentally disturbed white people on meth, it’s quite possible you’ll find some racism. Probably some other nutty ideas as well.

      “Using one mockable person you found on the Internet to make generalizations about half the country is lazy and stupid.”

      Uh, yeah. Project much?

  2. votermom says:

    I can understand the logic of helping someone on welfare have a phone because without a phone it’s damn hard to get a call-back for a job interview.
    But giving someone something for free means they never value it. A family should have access to a phone; but I don’t think that means taxpayers should pay for cell phones for every adult in that household. What’s wrong with limiting it to landlines?

    • Lulu says:

      There have been programs for poor people with medical problems all of my adult life. It can be a matter of life or death for them and I fully support those with either land or cell phones. But phones are not as important as internet access currently in looking for a job. You can borrow a phone or have a message number. My local library has a free internet access for ANYONE, even those without library cards, looking for work. I should know as I contributed (with a lot of other people locally) to five new desktops with access to a jazzy printer with free ink and paper and a fax line. I am told it is used extensively by job seekers.

    • I agree that landlines make sense. You need to be able to get call backs & have basic access to 911. BUT, there is no way in hell that anyone has a right to a CELL phone. And you don’t NEED one either. Neither myself or my husband has a cell phone, because we can’t afford it, the same for internet access at home. I’m starting to understand why conservatives are getting so p’od with these govt programs. I hope someone runs that Romney comment about how politicians will just give you and promise you free stuff to get your vote. Meanwhile, those same pols will NOT provide you the leg up you really need to sustain yourself — a job.

    • I have yet to see the biggest issue with this program voiced yet. This bill, from 1984 onward, awards corporations the power to tax people and award welfare benefits. That’s what is amounts to. You pay a fee for your service and the company uses it to provide service to someone else. We didn’t hear about when it was in the “chump-change” millions, but now that it’s over a billion, includes cell phones, and we know, maybe we should say something about it.

      Here’s another side issue. The Obama campaign now accepts donations via texting. All you have to do is text to a certain number and the amount is either added to your bill if you have a contract service, or the minutes are deducted from your plan in the case of the pay-as–you-go plans because they have now found a way to monetize cell phone minutes. So does that mean some of these welfare phones are now being used to finance the Obama campaign?

  3. wmcb says:

    It’s the same twisted logic they always use. It is impermissible to show or speak of any black person doing something venal or stupid, because some toothless racist no one listens to *might* view it as proof that all black people are venal and stupid.

    But that’s true of any group. Showing a dumb white hillbilly being dumb invariably results in some people crowing that all poor southern whites are that way. So?

    NEWSFLASH: Every race, group, subset, and culture has its flaming morons, as well as its scholars and sensible folks. Laughing at the morons is not race-selective.

    • HELENK says:

      want a list of the Irish drunk jokes, or the lace curtain Irish jokes?

      ever see the signs help wanted… Irish need apply

      want a list of polish jokes

  4. votermom says:

  5. wmcb says:

    Oh, and he’s an idiot. Stormfronters don’t mostly listen to Rush. They listen to Alex Jones and things even several notches further the crazy scale than that.

    But even if they heard it on Rush, SO? If someone on a crypto anarchist bombmaking forum mentions they heard a news story on Maddow, that totally means Rachel sent them there, and incited them to their insanity, right?

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  7. votermom says:

    Sign of the apocalypse

  8. yttik says:

    Uh oh. Obamateam disowns crazy cell phone lady.

    TruthTeam2012 ‏@truthteam2012
    FACT: Discounted phone services are provided through telecom companies, the President has nothing to do with it.

  9. Just an FYI — Look out for the Dems’ new meme. They’re trying to reclaim Romney’s claim about Obama Admin being like the “replacement refs”. I’ve received about 10 emails this morning telling me that the Republicans are the replacement ref team. sheesh — the desperation just reeks now. IDK how I’m going to make it these next 6 weeks.

    • indigogrrl1 says:

      I know how I’m going to make it thru…it involves sweet tea vodka.

    • yttik says:

      To get through the next six weeks I’ve started focusing on how I’ve already won. I really have already won. Sarah Palin taught me about having the courage to stand up for your convictions and to go rogue if necessary. Mitt Romney is teaching me about abundance, rather then the message of scarcity that Obama has been sending the last four years.

      It’s really true, if you focus on scarcity, on how the rich are hoarding all the money, you just create more poverty. If you focus on abundance and truly believe in your heart that there is more than enough to go around, you create more prosperity. Romney has the Midas touch because he believes there is enough prosperity for everyone. So do I.

      So, no matter what happens in the next election, I’m going to be in better shape than ever before. The rest of the country has to chose their own path, but mine is now set in stone. I’m choosing abundance and the courage to go rogue.

  10. wmcb says:

  11. Mary says:

    OT: Good News!

    Gateway Pundit reporting that in the new Bloomberg National Poll, Romney now LEADS Obama 48-42 on the question of which candidate would be tougher on terrorism.

    Direct result, of course, of Obama’s mendacity re Libya and the death of our ambassador there.

    Ruh roh!!

  12. tommy says:

    Fareed Zakaria sounds pretty confident that Captain Dick is a shoo-in for preezy. He stated that barring some external incident like an eurozone meltdown or an Israeli-Iranian showdown that may cause gas prices to skyrocket, Captain Dick has got it in the bag. And according to the dude, the debates don’t really matter. Whoever is ahead at the polls leading upto the debates usually wins on election day (the last 6 preezy elections).

    • wmcb says:

      He’s wrong about those polls.

    • yttik says:

      Yes, polls. Well, like Mary posted above, Romney now LEADS Obama 48-42 on which candidate would be tougher on terrorism in the Bloomberg poll. Rasmussen has Obama only up by 1 with a margin of error of 3.0, so it’s a statistical tie. Rasmussen also has Obama favorability at -3, which is now a decline.

      So who’s “winning” in the polls? We can’t really tell, but it’s actually leaning Romney. When you’re already in office and a poll shows 46% support you, you’re in trouble. You need a majority to be winning. Until we see numbers over 50, Obama’s in big trouble.

    • angienc says:

      And yet, Obama’s going to lose anyway (h/t to Days).

  13. wmcb says:

  14. mcnorman says:

    Reblogged this on Mcnorman's Weblog and commented:
    Are you surprised?

  15. angienc says:

    The Other McCain posted this video from the Romney rally in Toledo, Ohio yesterday:

    • Oh no, wait until we hear how there is a new klan at the rallies because of the white rain ponchos. Someone alert Toure that #whiterainponchos are not the same as #KKKhoods.

      Aside from that, the line wraps all the way around the block. incredible.

  16. angienc says:

    This is from inside (very end of speech for those who are claiming Romney’s “not passionate enough”):

  17. Pat Caddell speaks at Accuracy in Media conference: “I think we’re at the most dangerous time in our political history in terms of the balance of power in the role that the media plays in whether or not we maintain a free democracy.”

    • angienc says:

      Hey! I posted the same thing as you did! 🙂

      • LOL. Ya know, like minds and all.

        • angienc says:

          He’s wrong about the Romney campaign though — I’m not saying they’ve been perfect, but they don’t deserve the ire he gives them. If Romney had pushed back against the press the way he *says* they should, he would have been attacked as a whiner — we saw that happen when Romney said in very strong terms that Obama allowing his people to assert he was a “felon” was beneath the office of the presidency, they should be fired & he was owed an apology — EVERYBODY on BOTH sides were screaming at what a WATB Romney was. Furthermore, Romney has been the one keeping the Libya story alive — in the MSM & in stump speeches — forcing the press to cover it — in a polite but assertive way, not in a screaming “in your face” Newt way — but make no mistake, if it wasn’t for Romney pushing the story, we would not be at the point now of the Obama administration admitting it was a terrorist attack. Pat needs to lay off the caffeine.

  18. angienc says:

    Dayum! I didn’t know former Dem pollster Pat Cadell went Breitbart! This is worth the 26 minutes when you have the time:

  19. driguana says:

    Things are so screwed up that they should probably give out Obama condoms, too.

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