Woodward's book: 5 telling moments

Sep 9, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Politico

Bob Woodward's new book will be required reading in Washington for the precise reason the New York Times review was critical: its "granular telling its almost blow-by-blow chronicle" of deficit-reduction talks during President Barack Obama's first term.

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Since: Nov 08

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#1 Sep 9, 2012
Fore score and 30 fairy tales ago.........obama had a plan......to destroy the economy and bring america to its knees.
Ex-GOP Con

San Jose, CA

#2 Sep 9, 2012
The problem with the deficit reduction talks is that Grover Norquist was in the room...in spirit....blocking any compromise.
Wisdom over Dem Stupidity

Altamonte Springs, FL

#3 Sep 9, 2012

I read the story and it's alarming that Barack Obama had No Idea what do do except try to cover his ass.

When his advisers said he couldn't Veto a last minute deal just because he didn't like the political implications to himself, he basically stamped his feet like a little child and said I don't care.

When his advisers said blocking a deal would crash the US and global economy, Obama was defiant and basically stamped his feet again said my political career is More Important.

Then it took Harry Reid's 'brain,'(adviser) not the body, to tell Obama's he's an idiot to his face to get the conversation moving again.

Bob Woodward's book is a Bombshell. It exposes Obama is totally incompetent. We're in deep trouble with the likes of that idiot behind the steering wheel.
Wisdom over Dem Stupidity

Altamonte Springs, FL

#4 Sep 9, 2012
Ex-GOP Con wrote:
The problem with the deficit reduction talks is that Grover Norquist was in the room...in spirit....blocking any compromise.


I suggest you actually READ the Story instead of making stuff up like a dam fool.

Harry Reid's adviser basically called Baraqck Obama a complete moron to his face and later, after the Schooling was done, Harry Reid himself told his adviser that Barack Obama needed that tongue lashing. His ignorance and arrogance as a person had gotten in the way in performing the duties of an executive officer.

Quite the embarrassing book if you're dumb enough to be an Obama Jock supporter.
DanielGagnon

Wayzata, MN

#5 Sep 9, 2012
Ex-GOP Con wrote:
The problem with the deficit reduction talks is that Grover Norquist was in the room...in spirit....blocking any compromise.
Yes. Compromise defined by Ex-GOP Con is tax increases with no spending increases, period.
How can there be ANY deficit reduction talks when ObamaCare is lurking around the corner waiting to blow up the budget?
Woodward is not objective to the FACT that the national debt will be over $22 trillion by Jan 2017 IF Pres Obama serves a second term.
This is unsustainable and the first steps are to repeal ObamaCare and Bush's prescription drug program. NOW.
Then pick a budget figure, no matter how low, that will start reversing the debt clock. If we can get the national debt back to a level that we had between 1996 & 2000, THEN we should start talking tax increases IF they are needed. But they won't, which is what Obama and Ex-GOP Con are afraid of.
But we need something big to happen with spending----Cut! Cut! Cut!

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#6 Sep 9, 2012
Se 2016 too. It explains all this........
At the DNC convention, language including God and Jerusalem were stricken from being mentioned in any speech. The vote to change it was a farce as democrats booed the chairman when he included them after Obama had flip flopped on the ban after he got flack from patriotic Americans.
Why don't democrats respect the rights of people that believe in God and the rights of the Jews as much as they respect the rights of any other individual?
I DIDN'T SEE ANYBODY ELSE BEING SINGLED OUT.
Should Democrat Party Members be teaching at our public schools? I don't think so. It's very disturbing.
See 2016 the Obama movie. It's very telling.
Cat74

Palatine, IL

#7 Sep 9, 2012
Obama is an immature, arrogant little man who has no experience running a government, yet he wants another 4 years. Well, why not, the golf is great, and he didn't have to spend all that much time in the Oval office. The slumlord lady did all his work for him. It was a nice cushy job, and he wants to do it again. No way.

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#8 Sep 9, 2012
To Know Obama is the Fear and Hate Obama.
2016. The movie Obama doesn't want you to see.
Go Ahead. Learn something from this blockbuster hit.
Obama better start packin.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

United States

#9 Sep 9, 2012


Bob Woodward continues to expose our presidents as either Criminals, Incompetent, and/or Liars.

In Obama's case, it's ALL 3.


How sad but it does give the American people a real look at the Kenyan clown Bill Clinton said was "Not Ready to Lead, an Incompetent amateur that doesn't know how to be president, and "who's qualifications are a Fairy Tale."


“your life is great”

Since: Aug 09

you poop in clean water

#10 Sep 9, 2012
Wisdom over Dem Stupidity wrote:
I read the story and it's alarming that Barack Obama had No Idea what do do except try to cover his ass.
When his advisers said he couldn't Veto a last minute deal just because he didn't like the political implications to himself, he basically stamped his feet like a little child and said I don't care.
When his advisers said blocking a deal would crash the US and global economy, Obama was defiant and basically stamped his feet again said my political career is More Important.
Then it took Harry Reid's 'brain,'(adviser) not the body, to tell Obama's he's an idiot to his face to get the conversation moving again.
Bob Woodward's book is a Bombshell. It exposes Obama is totally incompetent. We're in deep trouble with the likes of that idiot behind the steering wheel.
what story did you read?
I read the article, saw your comment, and read the article again.
nothing that you posted could have been ascertained from this article.
.
can you provide a link describing what you've stated?

Since: Feb 07

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#11 Sep 9, 2012
The WH has assembled his army to cover his a. they have no loyalty to this nation or its people. They thrive on chaos and after the denial of God three times at Charlotte, the die is cast.

“Happiness comes through giving”

Since: Feb 08

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#12 Sep 9, 2012
Eighthman wrote:
To Know Obama is the Fear and Hate Obama.
2016. The movie Obama doesn't want you to see.
Go Ahead. Learn something from this blockbuster hit.
Obama better start packin.
Why? You've learned nothing from this hyper-partisan cinematic smear campaign.

“Happiness comes through giving”

Since: Feb 08

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#14 Sep 9, 2012
These "telling moments" do nothing to detract from Obama's skilled, practical approach to problems.
Razors Edge

Oak Lawn, IL

#15 Sep 9, 2012
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 19: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks prior to signing the Executive Order on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics during an East Room event at the White House October 19, 2010 in Washington, DC. The executive order placed a high priority on issues ranging from early childhood learning to higher education for the Hispanic community.(Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)Executive Order 13489 -- Presidential Records | The White House

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Ex...

This is what Obama was busy working on and pushed through on his first day in Office, January 21, 2009.

The hypocrisy of him and his talking heads distracting the public (VOTERS) by demanding his formidable opponent release even more records of tax returns after the said opponent released tax records demanded he make public at the onset of this incumbent's dirty campaign bent on destroying ( "Kill Mitt Romney") is beyond mind boggling. THE AUDACITY of Obama's Lies, Offensives, Radical Attack, Bash, Trash and Smear tactics with no factual basis - The AUDACITY OF OBAMA'S DECEIT and HYPOCRISY. It is incomprehensible. The Character of the man in the position to Lead this Country is and should always be of paramount priority in even considering his eligibility to run. And run, he has, from all the trivial "Leading" he's opted out of, then surfacing from behind when the smoke has cleared, to declare ( deceitfully ) his accomplishment, if the outcome was favorable, or blame and accuse others for his failure to make decisions.

This Executive Order, which violates, or wipes out all precedent laws to it's contrary, is an order that takes a pre-emptive strike against the future crimes This Usurper, Traitor, and American Hater planned to commit and/or was already in the process of committing... This E.O. is clear in its intention to protect all presidential records changing the entire infrastructure of CHECKS AND BALANCES in this Country. The very foundation our Founding Fathers worked so hard to implement to protect the biggest threat to The United States of America, an Enemy Within. HE HAS ARRIVED. His intentions are clear in the abysmal results. No further proof is necessary as to this Traitor / Dictator wanna be's intentions and plans for an Agenda that is and has been devastating to The American People and The United States. ON DAY ONE he was busy with concern for Covering his own Ass, not the economy, national security, or job creation, but his own selfish protection for the OUTRAGEOUS actions he was on his way to evoke against this country. WE KNOW WHAT HE'S DONE, and this Executive Order might have seemed innocuous at the time, but nothing screams traitorous criminal louder than this.

Obama sets a precedent with this EO,Why,This is
not the normal Act,that most sign upon taking
Office!! Why??????????

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

United States

#16 Sep 9, 2012


Obama's real grade: On the economy, he fails

When it comes to rating his own performance, President Obama grades on a steep curve.

A Sunday New York Times story on Obama’s competitive nature featured many examples of the President’s tendency to claim that he is “outstanding”— or even the best — at any given task. Wrote The Times:“But even those loyal to Mr. Obama say that his quest for excellence can bleed into cockiness and that he tends to overestimate his capabilities.”

In an interview aired over the weekend, a Colorado reporter asked Obama,“your party says you inherited a bad situation — you’ve had three-and-a-half years to fix it — what grade would you give yourself so far for doing that?”

His reply was characteristic:“You know, I would say incomplete.”

The 23 million unemployed Americans might not be so charitable. The President is reaching the end of his fourth year in office, and the unemployment rate has remained above 8 percent during every full month of his tenure. As much as he talks about the middle class, he certainly is not helping it. A new study by the National Employment Law Project concludes that:

1) low-paying jobs (wages between 7.69 to $13.83 an hour) make up 58 percent of the new jobs created since the recession ended in late 2009.

2) Higher-paying jobs (wages above $21.13 an hour) make up only 19 percent of the job growth in that time.

3) On Obama’s watch, the middle class continues to shrink.

4) After one Obama term, not only are Americans earning less, but they are burdened with an additional $5 trillion in federal debt to boot.

Obama’s scheme of borrowing trillions of dollars and spending them on “green energy” and “stimulus” and other of his personal pet projects is an utter failure. It deserves an “F,” not an “incomplete.” His winning charm and fine oratory cannot change that.


http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120905/O...

Since: Dec 07

Murchison, TX

#17 Sep 9, 2012
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
These "telling moments" do nothing to detract from Obama's skilled, practical approach to problems.
WHAT???

Shovel ready, cash for clunkers fiasco's, bankrupt green energy projects, al queda taking over Syria, Egypt in turmoil, no drilling, keeping Bush agenda's that he campaigned against.........

oh yeah, bozo. A real problem solver!! LMAO
Wisdom over Dem Stupidity

Altamonte Springs, FL

#18 Sep 9, 2012
anneutral wrote:
<quoted text>
what story did you read?
I read the article, saw your comment, and read the article again.
nothing that you posted could have been ascertained from this article.
.
can you provide a link describing what you've stated?
I'll do better. Here's the story...


Inside story of Obama’s struggle to keep Congress from controlling outcome of debt ceiling crisis


By Bob Woodward, Published: September 8

President Obama summoned the top four congressional leaders to the White House on Saturday morning, July 23, 2011. The night before, House Speaker John A. Boehner had withdrawn from negotiations to raise the $14 trillion federal debt limit and save the government from a catastrophic default.“Nobody wanted to be there,” Boehner later recalled.“The president’s still pissed.”

They had about 10 days left before the government would run out of money. Given the global importance of U.S. Treasury securities, failing to extend the debt limit could trigger a worldwide economic meltdown.

Boehner said he believed that he and the others — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — had a plan. He told Obama: We think we can work this out. Give us a little more time. We’ll come back to you. We are not going to negotiate this with you.

Obama objected, saying that he couldn’t be left out of the process.“I’ve got to sign this bill,” he reminded the leaders as they sat in the Cabinet Room off the Oval Office.

“Mr. President,” Boehner challenged,“as I read the Constitution, the Congress writes the laws. You get to decide if you want to sign them.”

Reid, the most powerful Democrat on Capitol Hill, spoke up. The congressional leaders want to speak privately, he said. Give us some time.

“I’m not concerned about protocol,” Obama said. His concern was “an end run around the White House.”

I am not going to sign a bill that requires me to deal with the debt ceiling a second time before the election, the president told him. He was furious.

The speaker recalled,“He was moaning and groaning and whining and demanding ... threatening..&#8201;.& #8201;. He was pretty desperate.” Obama again said he would veto such a bill.

The problem was that they did not have a Plan B.

It was increasingly clear that no one was running Washington. That was trouble for everyone, but especially for Obama. Although running things is a joint venture between the president and Congress, a president has to dominate Congress — or at least be seen as dominating Congress. The last president to fold was George H.W. Bush, who gave in to Democrats’ demands that income taxes be raised in a 1990 budget deal. And Bush had been a one-term president.

When Obama learned that the deal negotiated among the congressional leaders would require a two-step increase in the debt limit, he told Rob Nabors, the White House director of legislative affairs,“The one thing I said I actually needed, they didn’t get,” referring to Reid and Pelosi.“I needed this to go past the election, and they didn’t get it for me. This can’t work.”

Reid began to lay out the two-step $2.7 -trillion debt limit extension, then stopped. He was not a details guy.“Well, let David just tell you what it is,” he said. Krone either would not or could not conceal his anger.

“Mr. President, I am sorry — with all due respect — that we are in this situation that we’re in, but we got handed this football on Friday night. And I didn’t create this situation. The first thing that baffles me is, from my private-sector experience, the first rule that I’ve always been taught is to have a Plan B. And it is really disheartening that you, that this White House did not have a Plan B.”

Several jaws dropped as the Hill staffer blasted the president to his face.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-pres...
Wisdom over Dem Stupidity

Altamonte Springs, FL

#19 Sep 9, 2012
“That is a horrible position that we’re in,” Krone said.“And so this may not be the perfect deal, but it’s the only deal that we have on the table right now in the situation that we find ourselves.”v

After the meeting, Obama made a beeline for Krone. The others stepped back so the two could talk, but they still overheard the president’s words.

“I’m sorry,” Obama said, putting an arm around Krone’s shoulder.“You didn’t deserve that. I know how hard you’re working, and I know we wouldn’t even have a chance without you.”

Reid gave Krone a ride back to the Capitol. The majority leader was almost like a father to him.

“You stood up to him,” Reid said.“He needed to hear it, and nobody was telling him.”


WOW!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-pres...
kia soul

Fishers, IN

#20 Sep 9, 2012
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>Why? You've learned nothing from this hyper-partisan cinematic smear campaign.

U ask 8boy to learn frum DCpost? the watergay boys!! don't let mi day U get a copy;-0000
Wisdom over Dem Stupidity

Altamonte Springs, FL

#21 Sep 9, 2012
“It would have massive effects,” Geithner said. Treasury had to conduct a bond auction in the open market in about five days, the regular Tuesday auction, with settlement on Thursday. That first auction could be a kind of tripwire, setting off a chain reaction. The federal government couldn’t pay its bills.“Why would anyone buy U.S. bonds if it’s an open question whether we are going to have the authority to pay for them?”

Another possible outcome, Geithner said, was perhaps worse.“Suppose we have an auction and no one shows up?”

So, no, Obama said, he was not going to cave. Period. He said good night, got up and left. He was very agitated.

He was worried how he's "Look!"

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