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Did W ever attack his media critics by name*?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:01 pm - April 25, 2012.
Filed under: Divider-in-Chief,HopeAndChange

Earlier today, Jim Hoft linked this telling excerpt from the president’s recent Rolling Stone interview:

Frankly, I know that there are good, decent Republicans on Capitol Hill who, in a different environment, would welcome the capacity to work with me. But right now, in an atmosphere in which folks like Rush Limbaugh and Grover Norquist are defining what it means to be a true conservative, they are lying low. My hope is that after this next election, they’ll feel a little more liberated to go out and say, “Let’s redirect the Republican Party back to those traditions in which a Dwight Eisenhower can build an interstate highway system.”

Can you recall Mr. Obama’s immediate predecessor ever attacking his liberal critics by name, particularly, say, the folks at Moveon.org when they actively worked to frustrate and eventually succeeded at blocking the then-president’s efforts to reform Social Security?

(To name but one effort when liberal group’s worked to block that Republican’s agenda, even before the election of  a Democratic Congress in 2006.)

*or leaders of left-of-center policy groups.

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26 Comments

  1. There is no doubt in his mind that he will be re-elected. In his bizarre world, losing isn’t even a fleeting thought.

    Comment by TnnsNE1 — April 25, 2012 @ 4:56 pm - April 25, 2012

  2. And who’s Grover Norquist?

    (I mean, now I know… but I just had to look him up. Not only is Obama whining about his critics by name, he’s obsessing over relatively small fry.)

    My hope is that after this next election, [Republicans in Congress will] feel a little more liberated

    Whaddaya know… Bammy and I”hope” for the same thing. :-)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — April 25, 2012 @ 4:59 pm - April 25, 2012

  3. And:

    “Let’s redirect the Republican Party back to those traditions in which a Dwight Eisenhower can build an interstate highway system.”

    Yeah, 1950s traditions like… balanced budgets? Free(-ish) enterprise? A government that collects only 1/3 as much real revenue, and spends only 1/4 as much overall, as it does today?

    Sure Barry… let’s go back to those ‘traditions’. Please.

    Oh wait, you didn’t mean it? You really meant that you just want pliable Republicans who will shut up and cave into you continually? Natch.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — April 25, 2012 @ 5:05 pm - April 25, 2012

  4. http://www.goproud.org/page.aspx?pid=354

    Grover Norquist is one of the most important conservative leaders in the country. He is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR is a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals and businesses opposed to higher taxes at the federal, state and local levels. ATR organizes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to oppose all tax increases.
    Norquist chairs the Washington, DC – based “Wednesday Meeting,” a weekly gathering of more than 150 elected officials, political activists, and movement leaders. The meeting started in 1993 and takes place in ATR’s conference room. There are now 61 similar “center-right” meetings in 46 states.
    Mr. Norquist lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Samah and his daughters, Grace and Giselle.
    Follow Grover on Twitter @GroverNorquist

    Comment by rusty — April 25, 2012 @ 6:04 pm - April 25, 2012

  5. “Let’s redirect the Republican Party back to those traditions in which a Dwight Eisenhower can build an interstate highway system.”

    As if the Interstate highway system wouldn’t be blocked by 10,000,000 Environmentalist lawsuits if they attempted to build it today; never mind how much it would cost if they had to spend $250,000 every time they had to move a bush.

    Comment by V the K — April 25, 2012 @ 6:18 pm - April 25, 2012

  6. I’m just curious….when Republicans are elected to office in Washington, do they serve the people who elected them or do they serve Grover Norquist?

    Comment by Kevin — April 25, 2012 @ 8:23 pm - April 25, 2012

  7. The problem with W was that he NEVER responded to his critics. He let them verbally string him up, and – even worse – saved his anger for his own base. I’m convinced W’s refusal to hit back so demoralized his supporters that, by 2006, many of them decided it was no longer worth the fight for his administration.

    Comment by Larry L — April 25, 2012 @ 8:34 pm - April 25, 2012

  8. I’m just curious….when Republicans Democrats are elected to office in Washington, do they serve the people who elected them or do they serve Grover Norquist George Soros?

    Fixed it for you.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — April 25, 2012 @ 8:35 pm - April 25, 2012

  9. Here’s your basic problem, Kevin: you assume all other voters are tax-cheating welfare addicts like yourself who see government as a way to steal from others.

    Hence you will never understand how people could vote for anything other than Obama.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — April 25, 2012 @ 8:44 pm - April 25, 2012

  10. To parasites like Kevin, it’s perfectly fine for Democrats to be the absolute pawns of the public employee unions and trial lawyers, but it’s appalling that Republicans don’t want the Government to confiscate more money from people who work and produce.

    Wonder if he still thinks Republicans are plotting to exterminate him?

    Comment by V the K — April 25, 2012 @ 8:47 pm - April 25, 2012

  11. I do seem to re-call that Bush referred to a New York Times writer as an a$$hole into an open mic once. Does that count?

    9 / 10 0 Parasite? tax cheating welfare addict? Love it when people stoop to name calling when they can’t even argue reasonably.

    Comment by Kevin — April 25, 2012 @ 9:51 pm - April 25, 2012

  12. Perhaps there is a more apt word for someone who demands that the Government confiscate the wages earned by people who work harder and made better choices in life than he did so that it can be spent used to pay for his health care, or some other thing that any self-respecting man would provide for himself. And I will gladly use it if someone will suggest it.

    Comment by V the K — April 25, 2012 @ 10:06 pm - April 25, 2012

  13. Of course, those taxes that Kevin wants raised also pay for public school teachers who verbally abuse autistic children and talk openly in class about alcohol abuse and then are shipped to other schools because the rules of the Teacher’s Union (staunch Democrat supporters) won’t permit them to be fired.

    Didn’t lefties get their panties in a bunch when the Catholic church did this sort of thing? Oh, but the teacher’s unions are solid Democrat money-changers, so they are immune from rebuke.

    Comment by V the K — April 25, 2012 @ 10:21 pm - April 25, 2012

  14. Um, Kevin, he wasn’t president when he uttered that on an open mic (or was it Cheney who said it?). And the fact remains that he didn’t say that as part of his official responsibilities as president, but when he thought only one other could hear him. Not a public statement.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — April 26, 2012 @ 12:24 am - April 26, 2012

  15. tax cheating welfare addict? Love it when people stoop to name calling when they can’t even argue reasonably.

    Comment by Kevin — April 25, 2012 @ 9:51 pm – April 25, 2012

    Problem is, Kevin, you and your fellow Obama supporters ARE tax-cheating welfare addicts.

    And, given how you and your fellow liberals scream about sending black men back to the fields, hanging them, and stringing them up, let’s add “pants-pissing filthy racist” to the list of descriptors for you.

    What’s the matter, lefty? Can’t answer why you want black people murdered? Can’t answer why you don’t pay the taxes you owe? Can’t answer why you think the government should confiscate the earnings of others so you can wear a diaper, sit in a crib, and play with yourself all day?

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — April 26, 2012 @ 1:35 am - April 26, 2012

  16. “Let’s redirect the Republican Party back to those traditions in which a Dwight Eisenhower can build an interstate highway system.”

    The Interstate highway system estimated cost-to-date is somewhere in the neighborhood of $500 billion. We spent the money, and we have quite a lot to show for it. We spent nearly $1 trillion on ‘stimulus’ and we have, what? Explain that to me again, Barry.

    Comment by Blair Ivey — April 26, 2012 @ 3:47 am - April 26, 2012

  17. Another distinction, BDB, is that unlike Obama, GWB wasn’t whining publicly about how unfair Clymer was to him, or blaming him for the defeat of his agenda.

    There’s nothing wrong with confiding… man to man… what your opinion of another man is. But being a big crybaby in public is beneath the dignity of a president… and something a real man wouldn’t do.

    Comment by V the K — April 26, 2012 @ 8:03 am - April 26, 2012

  18. Oh my god, who cares? How do you force yourself to give a shit about something so irrelevant?

    You follow politics like 13 year old girls follow gossip. Great work you’re doing here!

    Comment by Levi — April 26, 2012 @ 8:46 am - April 26, 2012

  19. We-e-e-e-ll, like, Levi, I mean, your comment is so, well, you know, really, like ….. nerdy. OMG! Why do you, like, even bother? Oh, look! Did you see that? He has tat on his nose! E-e-e-e-w. Like I was saying, Nerv-i, don’t be so lee-vie! HaHaHa. That was s-o-o-o-o funny!!!!! OMG!

    Comment by heliotrope — April 26, 2012 @ 10:16 am - April 26, 2012

  20. I think Obama will lose big in 2012; he’s unraveling, going into a complete meltdown. This is another example of Obama’s thin skin at any criticism.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — April 26, 2012 @ 10:34 am - April 26, 2012

  21. aww look, our resident Truther is back.

    Care to comment on this, Levi?

    Comment by The Livewire — April 26, 2012 @ 10:45 am - April 26, 2012

  22. George W wasn’t perfect, but he was not only a much better president than Obama, he was much more of a man than Obama. Obama can’t handle criticism and opposition, the whiny man-child president

    Comment by Mark — April 26, 2012 @ 2:39 pm - April 26, 2012

  23. Oh my god, who cares? How do you force yourself to give a shit about something so irrelevant?

    Why don’t you tell this to the people obsessing over Mitt Romney’s dog, or what he said about those cookies in Pennsylvania, or about his wife, or about the Republicans’ “war on women” which is really nothing?

    Comment by Rattlesnake — April 26, 2012 @ 4:28 pm - April 26, 2012

  24. Mark — you and I are in agreement on that.

    Comment by V the K — April 26, 2012 @ 4:48 pm - April 26, 2012

  25. 14: Oh…I stand corrected then….saying things like that don’t count because he wasn’t president at the time he said it. Oh well, he said more than enough other dumb things in 8 years that made up for it.

    Comment by Kevin — April 28, 2012 @ 12:00 am - April 28, 2012

  26. #25: So, in other words, Kevin: you got nothin’ on the actualt TOPIC of the post.

    Got it…thanks for playing.

    Comment by AF_Vet — April 29, 2012 @ 12:19 am - April 29, 2012

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