A Quick, Reasonably Accurate Summary Of Obama’s Press Conference

Here is, more or less, a quick summary of President Obama’s presser today:

  • The NSA intelligence gathering program is not about spying on you, worried Americans, but the President suggests that it can be made a little more transparent and less worrisome. So, don’t worry, all you worried Americans.
  • Oh, in case you didn’t know, Edward Snowden, the leaker of classified information who is charged with three felonies, is not a patriot. If Snowden thinks he is a genuine whistleblower, as opposed to a felon, he can stop using authoritarian-polluted Russian air to blow in his whistle and come back here and face justice.
  • Vladimir Putin and the President have a pretty good personal rapport, except when they don’t. And Americans will go to the Winter Olympics, if only so our gay and lesbian athletes can kick Ruskie butt.


  • Obama wouldn’t have to unilaterally delay the ACA’s employer mandate, if there were normal Republican leaders in Washington who would work with him. Having found no “normal” Republican leaders, the President implied, he had to act on his own.
  • The immigration bill that passed the Senate would pass the House, again, if only there were “normal” Republican leaders.
  • The President reminded folks that it took him longer than 11 months to send Osama bin Laden on a deep-sea snipe hunt and that those responsible for killing four Americans in Benghazi will hopefully one day have a date with the bottom of the ocean, or another form of justice.
  • Republicans have made Kill ObamaCare their “holy grail,” and they have been lying about the Affordable Care Act, and they don’t have a plan to replace it, and there is something wrong with a party that would sabotage the country in order to keep 30 million Americans from getting affordable health care. The President’s remarks on right-wing efforts to threaten the country with even more dysfunction amounted to a spinning headlock elbow drop on the GOP.

Have a happy and well-deserved vacation, Mr. President.

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  1. Jane Reaction

     /  August 9, 2013

    Jane stayed awake one whole hour, right in the middle of nap time, to listen to the president. Basically, you hit the highlights Duane.

    He lead in with lies. “We are a nation of laws. America is not interested in spying on ordinary people”, then switched to the Fed chief vacancy saying that the “main criteria” for the job is that they “understand the dual mandate” of low inflation and full employment, both of which are going just swimmingly now.

    Obama did say that the old terrorist groups have grown into other groups, and that the al Queda that attacked the US on 9/11 is “very weak”, but there are splinter groups (which we can use).

    The unifying principal of the Republican party right now is making sure 30 million people don’t get healthcare.


  2. What you said, and Jane too. Good jobs.


  3. Anonymous

     /  August 11, 2013

    I read an interesting rationalization of the ACA acceptance in Idaho. It was in the USA Today paper this week. The article mentions more than once how Idahoans do not trust the federal government. So they are taking the ACA money just so the distrusted feds cannot set up their healthcare markets, the state will now do it. They saved their residents from the evil feds by taking gobs of money from them! Sound familiar?



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