Did you catch that on Friday?
A member of the White House Press Corps. who I know only as “Zach” asked Carney why President Obama did not use the leverage he had with that FAA bill to advocate for the Head Start kids and the seniors.
Below are relevant portions of the press conference transcript.
“Q” is Zach.
“Mr. Carney” is Obama’s press secretary [sometimes referred to as simply “Jay”]
Q Jay, it’s true that many Americans are affected by the flight delays. It seems that people of means — businessmen, members of Congress — will be most affected, traveling all the time. So what I don’t understand is why the President didn’t say, okay, Republicans are agreeing to this, but you’re going to have to do something for the very poor being affected by the sequester. If you’re going to fix this for people who fly, we’re going to demand that something be done for Head Start, for seniors, for — something for the most vulnerable who are affected, too.
MR. CARNEY: The President does insist that Congress take action to eliminate the harm by the sequester. And the harm — so you’re suggesting we should hold hostage American travelers to Congress’s refusal to act?
Q Well, I want to know why you’re not using that leverage.
Then Carney answers with a rambling avoidance of Zach’s question that boils down to “well Congress needs to take care of this and we know that what we passed is a band-aid solution”.
Then Zach pushes again:
Q Why not wait a week or two more and see — and say to Congress, we’re not going to sign this bill unless you do something that really protects the most vulnerable ones in society and then we can deal with people who are —
MR. CARNEY: We’re calling on Congress to do that. We’re not going to — I think you’re imagining leverage here, Zach, that is about political gamesmanship. We’re about trying to get stuff — getting things done here on behalf of the American people.
Political gamesmanship is THE game practiced in DC.
Why the incredulity?
Moral of this story: When it’s Congressmen’s planes that need to get somewhere, Congress will work really fast to help itself. And Obama? Not gonna obstruct that.
When it’s the poor and the regular Joes that are clamoring because their kids are kicked out of Head Start or their unemployment checks are shrinking or their housing help is shutting down, Congress will say “Don’t call us. We’ll call you.” (Probably closer to election time.) And Obama? Not gonna obstruct that either.
I know this really is different day same shit news I’m pronouncing, BUT it’s not every day somebody forces Carney’s dog ‘n’ pony show to spell it out plain (Thanks Zach).
Moving Right Along….
And then all the political junkie attention went straight to the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner cuzzzz they (we) are a moth to the flames of celebs and “Nerd Prom”. I’m not immune. We all can sneer at it, but franky you know that’s the place where you’re going to see some live Obama stand-up comedy – and who knows what that’s going to entail. (Not to mention Conan was there).
Obama opened up with the rap song “All I do is win” by DJ Khaled and said this:
Thank you. (Applause.)
Thank you, everybody. (Laughter.)
How do you like my new entrance music? (Applause.)
Rush Limbaugh warned you about this — second term, baby. (Laughter and applause.)
We’re changing things around here a little bit. (Laughter.)
It’s a good joke and it’s a sad joke. I mean, some of us held out a glimmer of hope he WOULD shake things up in that 2nd term.
Assuming we were listening to Rush Limbaugh to get our 2012 election coverage [insert laughter] we would be learning that Obama might sweep away all debt in the 2nd term!:
There are some people speculating that in a second term, Obama would simply cancel all American debt. Just cancel it! And in the process, totally destroy the value of the US dollar. Just cancel it. You’re asking, “How does he do that?” Well, you work with the Federal Reserve and you just cancel the debt. – Oct 22, 2012
And if we were paying attention, we would have heard a Rush Limbaugh lighter on the race-baiting this round. It was in 2008 that he said Obama was “not black. … He’s Arab. You know, he’s from Africa, he’s from Arab parts of Africa.” – 9/22/08
It was in 2007 and 2008 that Rush was playing “Barack the Magic Negro”.
In 2012 Rush got smarter and used coded language like “welfare”:
Which reminds me of something else Obama said at the dinner:
These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be. (Laughter.) Time passes. You get a little gray. (Laughter.)
Another fantastic sad joke.
If he IS a socialist, he is the shittiest socialist this world has ever seen.
Obama And That Rap
At first I thought Obama played a little of “My President (Is Black)” at the correspondents dinner.
The lyrics of this song ain’t all clean, folks and they aren’t all clever or meaningful. But the occasion the song marked was very much so.
Some of the lyrics are worth repeating here – and yes, this too is sad. But not funny.
My President – excerpt from the NAS lyrics
“When thousands of peoples is riled up to see you
That can arouse ya ego, we got mouths to feed so
Gotta stay true to who you are and where you came from
Cause at the top will be the same place you hang from
No matter how big you can ever be
For whatever fee or publicity, never lose your integrity”
And Jay-Z remixed that.
Some of this lyrics:
“Rosa Parks sat
So Martin Luther could walk
Martin Luther walked
So Barack Obama could run
Barack Obama ran
So all the children could fly”
*For the record, the source on Rush’s wipe-out-the-debt story was fabricated.
Breitbart alleges that AP did not repeat the “muslim” word in Obama’s joke in all its reports.