I don’t know why they call them “Obamaphones” since he’s not paying for them

Mail Online:

Hidden camera catches wireless company employees passing out ‘Obama phones’ to people who say they’ll SELL them for drugs, shoes, handbags and spending cash

Undercover video shot in May by a conservative activist shows two corporate distributors of free cell phones handing out the mobile devices to people who have promised to sell them for drug money, to buy shoes and handbags, to pay off their bills, or just for extra spending cash.

The ‘Obama phone,’ which made its ignominious YouTube debut outside a Cleveland, Ohio presidential campaign event last September, is a project of the Federal Communications Commission’s ‘Lifeline’ program, which makes land line and mobile phones available to Americans who meet low-income requirements.

Lifeline was a $2.19 billion program in 2012.

Recipients most commonly demonstrate their need by flashing an Electronic Benefits Transfer card to verify their eligibility for welfare payments, or by bringing tax statements to a phone provider.

The phones’ legitimate purposes include poverty-level job applicants’ use as contact numbers for job interviews and emergency contacts for children of single parents.

But when James O’Keefe, whose Project Veritas is a perennial thorn in the side of progressive policymakers, sent an undercover actor into a Stand Up Wireless location in Philadelphia, the man’s stated purpose was to buy drugs.

‘Once you guys give me this phone, it’s my phone?’ he asked an employee inside a Philadelphia brick-and-mortal Stand Up Wireless location. ‘I can, like, sell it and stuff?’

‘Whatever you want to do with it,’ the worker replied.

‘So I’m [going to] get some money for heroin,’ he offered.

The employee coolly responded, ‘Hey, I don’t judge.’

I wonder why Vile Progs and other Democrats don’t care for James O’Keefe?

On the bright side, it looks like I’ll be getting a new cell phone.

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72 Responses to I don’t know why they call them “Obamaphones” since he’s not paying for them

  1. votermom says:

    slightly OT

  2. yttik says:

    Obamaphones are actually Bushphones. Bush was the one who gave everybody free phones. At the time I thought it was a huge corporate welfare scam. You get to sell every poor person in America a phone and the Gov is going to pay for it! You’ll be rich! What a deal. As to benefiting poor people, sheesh, this is like giving them penny candy. If you can’t figure out how to buy a 20 dollar phone so you can get calls from potential employers, you’re doomed.

  3. votermom says:

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  5. piper says:

    OT – not happy with Bill Clinton’s speech on Israel – make peace or disappear

    On obamaphone – who’s paying the monthly service charge?

    • wmcb says:

      I’m getting sick of this. Israel, despite having many faults and some debatable overreactions, is not the major obstacle to peace there.

      But every damn D politician is cautious and encouraging and wheedling and “understanding” when speaking to the palestinians about “peace”. When speaking to Israel about “peace” they invariably are accusatory and scolding. They NEVER take that fucking tone with the Islamists.

      Our entire foreign and domestic policy has become about appeasing bullies in some vain hope they will be satisfied, and scolding those who are civilized for not handing over their lunch money to “avoid conflict.” You are perpetuating the violence, you bastard! Hand over that lunch money and all will be well!

      • Internal Exile says:

        Uh, do the “bullies” have nukes, and other highly sophisticated weapons, in massive numbers?

        The “bullied” do.

        I can see how a neutral observer might conclude that Israel and the USA–or rather, the Malefactors Of Great Wealth who OWN the US Govt.–are more the bullies than the bullied.

        • wmcb says:

          Israelis generally don’t have their politicians and supporters broadcasting on TV that the Arabs need to be driven out of the area entirely. Don’t generally see Jews publicly carrying signs advocating slaughtering every palestinians. I see it all the time on the P side.

          Also, until the supporters of Palestine start railing at Jordan for the much larger swathes of land they “stole” from palestinians with the same invective they turn on Israel, Imma gonna call them hypocrites, mkay? Why is it that no one worries at all about the huge areas of Jordan that are not under Palestinian control? That land is jus as “stolen” as Israel is.

          It’s not about the land. It’s about the Jews even existing there. They say it OPENLY – just not in press conferences geared to the West. The entire culture is filthy with Jew-hate. It’s open, common and utterly accepted.

        • wmcb says:

          This guy pretty much sums up my feelings in I/P:

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Isn’t that sniggly little charge on our phone bills that doesn’t say Obamaphone, for the Obamaphone? Like $2/month ? Must be quite a windfall for the phone companies that donated to the OFA.

  7. Internal Exile says:

    Somebody with musical talent and skill–I have neither of those–should do a parody of this song called “Obamaphone”. :mrgreen:

  8. DeniseVB says:

    OT: So who’s following the “diplomatic” adventures of the Obamas in Ireland ? Too much fun…..


    I remember how Hillary’s new hairstyles kept the media entertained … for about 8 years….but she always looked nice and FLOTUSy. I wasn’t a big fan of her long, long hair as SoS though.

  9. votermom says:

    #CluesTheNSAsSpyingOnYou on twitter is fun

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  11. votermom says:

    Heh. I wish I could embed this

    Work for the NSA

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  13. HELENK says:


    this has to be changed. this effects the future of this country

  14. DeniseVB says:

    LOL, Ted Cruz posted this on his Facebook page :

    Anyone know if President Obama intends to perform background checks on the Syrian rebels before providing them weapons?

  15. HELENK says:


    this 7-eleven story could get a lot bigger. they are in just about every state in the union.

    since it is tinfoil hat Tuesday
    a good way to get islamic jihadist in the country

  16. swanspirit says:

    Baltimore woman hoards 30 Obamaphones !

  17. HELENK says:


    are some in congress finally getting some guts?????

    Sen Corker places hold on funding to Afghanistan

  18. votermom says:

  19. wmcb says:

    Three former NSA whistleblowers who went through proper channels back Snowden.

    For all those who keep saying “this traitor should have gone through the official process, gone to an inspector general”, well these guys did. And promptly got ignored, their complaints buried.

    I’m not saying Snowden is my hero, or some kind of saint. I’m saying that he had already seen and evaluated what happens when you try “proper channels” with a govt that is already deeply corrupt. He chose a different method for damn good reason. And yes, I think he was smart to do so. So do these former NSA whistleblowers.


  20. votermom says:

    LOL at this new hashtag game

    • wmcb says:

      You have to understand the whole victim hierarchy of the Left. One cannot champion a particular victim groups’s cause when it is in conflict with the cause of a officially-more-oppressed group.

      Not appearing to be rayciss toward drunk brown people trumps potential dead people, whose race or sex or orientation you don’t even know.

  21. votermom says:

    Sen. Mike Lee says he thinks Roberts may have been intimidated by public pressure into voting for Obamacare

    On the Glenn Beck radio program Tuesday, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) explained why he believes Roberts was intimidated into changing his vote late in the process, as laid out in his new book Why John Roberts Was Wrong About Healthcare.

    Lee’s argument is not based on the NSA or its monitoring of the nation’s communication. Rather, Lee said, there are indications that Roberts originally intended to vote against the act, but that a public “campaign of intimidation” made him change his mind.

    First, the senator claimed “the opinion was written in a way to suggest he switched his vote,” and that the dissenting opinion reads like it was originally written as the majority. He added that several news outlets reported that Roberts did change his vote, based on insider information.

    Not only that, he said, but the court performed an unusual feat of “legal gymnastics” in upholding the legislation, particularly with regard to whether the fines incurred are or are not taxes. They had to re-write sections of the the bill not once, but twice.

    Lee continued to say that he has “no evidence” that Roberts was being blackmailed, but said that doesn’t mean Roberts wasn’t under any kind of “direct pressure.”

    But even if he wasn’t, Lee reminded the Obama administration and Democratic lawmakers were open in their warnings to the court, “denigrating the authority of the house,” and saying the Supreme Court would become irrelevant if it failed to uphold ObamaCare.

  22. myiq2xu says:

    When you’ve lost the domestic terrorist vote . . .

  23. myiq2xu says:

    I was taking a nap and I was dreaming when I remembered I had something important to do so I got up to do it but now I can’t remember what it was.


    • yttik says:

      My favorite is when I walk all the way across the house, get to the farthest room possible…..and then have no idea what I was looking for. Naturally I’ll remember as soon as I walk back and sit down.

      My husband is worst, I’ll remind him why he walked out into the backyard…and he’ll deny it! No, seriously, you said you were going to mow!

      • myiq2xu says:

        My cat does it too. He’ll come in the house then look around trying to remember why he wanted to come in the house. Then he’ll meow to go out again.

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