‘Obama In Command’ Of a Rolling Stone Interview

Pres. Obama sat down with Rolling Stone Magazine . Here are some interesting excerpts followed by my observations:

How do you feel about the fact that day after day, there’s this really destructive attack on whatever you propose? Does that bother you? Has it shocked you?

I don’t think it’s a shock. I had served in the United States Senate; I had seen how the filibuster had become a routine tool to slow things down, as opposed to what it used to be, which was a selective tool – although often a very destructive one, because it was typically targeted at civil rights and the aspirations of African-Americans who were trying to be freed up from Jim Crow.

Yes, it was a destructive selective tool, USED BY DEMOCRATS to target civil rights. Just so we get our history lesson right there. I wonder if Rolling Stone was as bothered by the “destructive” attacks on Pres. Bush everyday by what he proposed? Probably not since they participated in them.

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What do you think the Republican Party stands for today?

Well, on the economic front, their only agenda seems to be tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Really? Because Pres. Obama is pushing right now for the extension of the Bush middle class tax cuts. How can that be if Republcians only want them for the wealthiest Americans? Bush cut everyone’s taxes across the board. So can we stop with this false narrative? Republican want tax cuts for EVERYONE.

What do you think of Fox News? Do you think it’s a good institution for America and for democracy?

[Laughs] Look, as president, I swore to uphold the Constitution, and part of that Constitution is a free press.

He goes on to say how “destructive” Fox News is. Reporting both sides, instead of just his side, is destructive to his agenda, so maybe he has a point there. Don’t you get the feeling that he WISHES he didn’t have to uphold the Constitution? But hey, he swore to it, so he can’t shut down Fox News as he would want to. His PR campaign against Fox News doesn’t seem to be working.

Speaking of legislative accomplishments Pres. Obama said this:

In the midst of all that, I ended one of those wars, at least in terms of combat operations.

That is simply not true. For Pres. Obama to claim that is disingenious. The truth is that timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops in Iraq was decided during the Bush administration with the signing of the Status of Forces Agreement by U.S. and Iraq officials on Nov. 16, 2008. This agreement set a timetable set a timetable calling for most U.S. troops to leave Iraqi by June 30, 2009, with about 50,000 troops left in place until the final withdrawal of all U.S. military forces by Dec. 31, 2011.

After listing his vast “investments” (spending), he says the following, and it should scare us all:

You look at all this, and you say, “Folks, that’s what you elected me to do.” I keep in my pocket a checklist of the promises I made during the campaign, and here I am, halfway through my first term, and we’ve probably accomplished 70 percent of the things that we said we were going to do – and by the way, I’ve got two years left to finish the rest of the list, at minimum.

We can only hope the “investment” part is done.

Again, Pres. Obama whines:

But you know what: I have to play the cards that I’m dealt. In an ideal world, I wouldn’t have inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit and the worst recession since the Great Depression. But you work with what’s before you.

So your answer to to add to that deficit? Why complain about inheriting it, if you are only going to make it worse? Why whine about a recession is all you are going to do is implement policies that make it worse?

Do you see a point at which you’re going to throw the whole weight of the presidency behind this, like you did on health care or financial reform?

Yes. Not only can I foresee it, but I am committed to making sure that we get an energy policy that makes sense for the country and that helps us grow at the same time as it deals with climate change in a serious way. I am just as committed to getting immigration reform done.

In other words, expect Cap and Trade (tax) and some sort of amnesty bill pushed down our throats with the same backroom deals and bribery that allowed the Health Care Bill to pass without the approval of the American people. What fun to look forward to.

That list in his pocket is really what this Presidency is all about. It made me think that if he can get that list accomplished he might not run again. In his mind, these were things that must be passed and it really didn’t matter if the American people wanted them or not. This is HIS list, HIS passions, and to heck with everyone else. They aren’t as smart as he is. They will just have to understand that he knows best.

This article wasn’t just spin. It was a solid belief that he thinks he knows better than the American people. It was even a diss at his own base. If you read what he said about the left being dissatisfied with him, he pretty much says, “they don’t get it.” He thinh They should be appreciative of all the liberal things he has accomplished. H seems to say that everyone, on the right and left, just can’t grasp how really wonderful he is.

There are days (and this is one of them) when I get on my knees and thank God that we live in a country where we can change our leaders every four years.

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