A Community Organizer in Way Over His Head

VALet’s see if I have this right: President Obama is constantly in the cross-hairs of hyper-partisan, cheap-shot Republicans who turn everything they can get their hands on into a “scandal” – which are really “phony scandals” as far as President Obama and his acolytes are concerned.

But rest assured the president was mad as hell about all of those scandals, right up until the moment he realized they were only “phony scandals” concocted by the GOP.

On May 13, 2013, the president was outraged to learn that the IRS may have targeted conservatives. Outraged! “I’ve got no patience with it, I will not tolerate it, and we’ll make sure that we find out exactly what happened.”

Two days later, he said, “It’s inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it.”

Then it became a “phony scandal” and, oops, he wasn’t all that angry anymore and so he lost all interest in finding out exactly what happened.

Then on October 21, 2013, when the president learned about the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare, he was downright furious. “Nobody’s madder than me about the fact that the website isn’t working,” he said. Good to know, Mr. President.

Back in 2011, on October 18, when news about Fast and Furious reached the Oval Office, the president said, “It’s very upsetting to me that somebody showed such bad judgment, that they would allow something like that to happen.” The “something” he was talking about was the discovery that guns supplied by the U.S. government wound up in the hands of Mexican drug thugs and one of those guns was used to kill a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

I’m sure he was also furious that our ambassador and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi. I know this because the president vowed to get those responsible for the deaths.

Despite his anger, he hasn’t brought anyone to justice. Maybe that’s because Benghazi became one of those “phony scandals,” at least according to the president’s Baghdad Bob, Jay Carney.

Now Mr. Obama is mad yet again — this time about the scandal at the Veterans Administration, which he claims to have learned about from a story on CNN. Actually, he’s not just mad. He is, according to his chief of staff, “madder than hell.”

“If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable,” he said. “If there is misconduct, it will be punished.”

Whatever you say, Mr. President.

But this time, things may be different. He can’t call this one a “phony scandal” – not when wounded warriors are involved. And he can’t count on support from his fellow Democrats or his pals in the media.

Reporters covered the IRS mess the way the president wanted it covered. Barely. And they downplayed Benghazi and Fast and Furious, too. As for his fellow Democrats, they have repeatedly said Republicans were on a witch-hunting spree, just trying to make the president look bad.

But now we’re talking about Americans who put their lives on the line for their country – vets who can’t get in to see a doctor at more than a few VA hospitals around the country; and some 40 vets actually died in Phoenix alone while waiting for an appointment.

Most Democrats won’t take a bullet for the president on this one. Supporting a politician over wounded and otherwise ill veterans is not a winning strategy. (But Nancy Pelosi has already been out there blaming President Bush for getting us into two wars, which produced lots of wounded vets and overloaded the system.)

And reporters know that they can’t put lipstick on this pig – not without losing what (very) little trust the American people still have for them.

Here’s one example of how tough some reporters have been in covering the VA scandal, albeit it’s an example involving Jake Tapper of CNN, a journalist who is no pushover.  He recently grilled White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough about the president’s role in the VA scandal.

“How many stories like this, how many letters like this, how many dead veterans do you need before somebody asks the question within the White House, maybe this guy [VA chief Eric Shinseki] isn’t the best steward of these veterans?” Tapper asked.

“The question, Jake, is, are we doing everything we can every day to get the veterans the care and the opportunities that they deserve?” McDonough answered.

“But you are not,” Tapper shot back. “This letter [from House Veteran Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, a Republican from Florida alerting the president of a problem] was sent a year ago. And you guys ignored it.”

With no cover from the press, or even from most Democrats, Mr. Obama may really be in trouble this time. If things get bad enough, he’ll throw Shinseki over the side. And that may be enough for low-information voters too dense to understand what’s really going on. Stay tuned.

But whether he gets away with this one like he’s (so far) gotten away with all the other scandals, there is an underlying truth about this president that is inescapable. Peter Wehner put it elegantly the other day in Commentary magazine: “We’ve learned the hard way that Mr. Obama’s skill sets are far more oriented toward community organizing than they are to governing. On every front, he is overmatched by events. It’s painful to watch a man who is so obviously in over his head. And more and more Americans are suffering because of it.”

 

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  • Rog Potter

    Bernard an excellent piece – I also watch and see that there is no action other than when Barry says that he is also mad. Of course when your a liberal you just say something and scoff it off – I went to school with these people who were taught by lib profs.

  • Lc Goodfellow

    Hey,TB Black,

    — President Obama, interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” recorded on Sept. 12, 2012, and aired on Sept. 23
    “It was no surprise, because the senator from Kentucky, who just spoke, announced at the beginning, four years ago, exactly what his strategy would be. He said, his number-one goal was to make sure that Barack Obama was a one-term president.”

    McConnell made his remarks in an interview that appeared in the National Journal on Oct. 23, 2010 — nearly two years after Obama was elected president. The interview took place on the eve the of the midterm elections. The interview is relatively short, so we will print it in its entirety, with key portions highlighted.
    McConnell: We need to be honest with the public. This election is about them, not us. And we need to treat this election as the first step in retaking the government. We need to say to everyone on Election Day, “Those of you who helped make this a good day, you need to go out and help us finish the job.”
    NJ: What’s the job?
    McConnell: The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.
    NJ: Does that mean endless, or at least frequent, confrontation with the president?
    McConnell: If President Obama does a Clintonian backflip, if he’s willing to meet us halfway on some of the biggest issues, it’s not inappropriate for us to do business with him.
    NJ: What are the big issues?
    McConnell: It is possible the president’s advisers will tell him he has to do something to get right with the public on his levels of spending and [on] lowering the national debt. If he were to heed that advice, he would, I imagine, find more support among our conference than he would among some in the Senate in his own party. I don’t want the president to fail; I want him to change. So, we’ll see. The next move is going to be up to him.

    There is no doubt that McConnell said he wanted to make Obama a one-term president. But he did not say it at the start of Obama’s term; instead, he made his comments at the midpoint, after Obama had enacted many of his preferred policies.
    Perhaps, in Obama’s memory, McConnell was always uncooperative. But that does not give him and other Democrats the license to rearrange the chronology to suit the party’s talking points.

    • Despiser_of_Libs

      You Libidiots are too stupid to even realize McConnell was on your side..

      • Lc Goodfellow

        It’s nice you have caught up.

        “As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.”
        The Baltimore Evening Sun, 26 July 1920.

  • CQ

    The situation with Obama as I see it: the Reader’s Digest published an article in the 1990s, probably inspired by his autobiography of 1995, in which it was proposed that he was a future candidate for president. I don’t remember if this was before or after his 1997 win to the Illinois state senate, but I thought it highly presumptuous that someone with so little background was being championed for president.

    This would have been before his reputation for being a great public speaker, so I would guess this was some one or group that was planning to create a future president who had some unusual qualities that would be marketable down the road a ways. It would appear that Obama was a manufactured product, or as some have put it, a “Manchurian Candidate” of sorts.

    It is looking more and more like the product was not ready for market.

    • Tim Bertram Black

      I’m comfortable as heck that a smart man in at the helm. A smart man surrounding himself with smart people. Trying to do the best that he can. No president wants to destroy america as you people seem to think.
      When Dubya was in charge, I hoped for the very best — but worried that because he was such an admitted dullard, that he would be manipulated by those around him… which of course, he was.
      Obama reads. He’s intellectually curious. Am I happy with him? Heck no… I expected a liberal president… he’s right of REAGAN. But he is certainly better than McCain would have been. McCain would already have us in libya, egypt, back in iraq, iran, and syria… which would be very very bad…
      Manchurian candidate? O brother — always conspiracies and wheels within wheels with you nutcases.

      • Jeff Webb

        Wow. I recommend you print up your comment and bring it with you to your next therapy appointment.
        The electrodes might scare you, but they’re only for your own good.

        • Tim Bertram Black

          You aren’t really offering anything to the conversation. The conversation has moved so far to the right that Obama is considered a liberal… ridiculous. If you look at his policies, it’s just more of the same– except for things like health care — but everyone knew SOMETHING, ANYTHING had to make it through… something had to be done… 100% agreement on that. Getting it through would be a miracle — but it made it… the logjam broke… now it will be easier to get healthcare bills through. Bills that make ACA better and stronger… the republicans should have said: “Oh yeah! ACA is horrible, and these are our suggestions for making it better”… instead they’ve wasted their political capital trying to repeal it 50 odd times. Boehner said on TV that he literally didn’t know what the word “compromise” even meant… America can’t have a polemic as speaker… that’s not what the speaker does. Get it?
          Who prays for the president to fail??? Republicans do. That’s bad for america. You know it.

          • Jeff Webb

            Tim, you not only said Obama isn’t liberal, you actually said he’s to the right of Reagan. Saying something so divorced from reality indicates either A) you like to throw a wrench into the discussion, or B) you are hopelessly irrational. Whichever it is, you’ve got issues.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            Reagan couldn’t be elected dog catcher in the republican party environment of today. Bill-o, another of the right-wing centerfolds you folks rub it to, would call him a “left wing loon”.

          • Jeff Webb

            You think Bill O’Reilly is a right-winger? Like I said, issues.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            He is. Just because he believes in certain restrictions on guns doesn’t make him a lefty… 95% of americans believe in some sort of restrictions.
            Reagan couldn’t get nominated in today’s republican environment.

        • Christopher Matthews

          That’s a good one Tim
          But i talked to the Doctor and he said he needs a lobotomies ,Because this is the only way we can help him , because he obviously fried the one he has . I have made appointment for him @ John Hopkins Hospital 10am 6/16/2014
          Tim Black make sure your on time we are sending a car for you @ 9:15 am
          Have a nice day.;)

      • gongdark

        What am I bid for this man’s brain. Any takers? Almost brand new, hardly ever used. Come on folks a chance to bid on an unused brain.

  • Jeff Metz

    This president resents the very values these troops have fought and been wounded for! How can he honestly care about them? He set out, and has largely succeeded, in changing the very fabric of America. The America many men and women have died for. This is another “blip” on the radar and within weeks, Jay Carney will be blaming Fox for another story “blown out of proportion.” I have wavered back and forth wonder whether this president is attempting to destroy our nation or if he is just incompetent. It looks like alot of both. http://www.thepoliticalspectator.org

    • Dan River

      Wavering back and forth? Very scientific. Glad you didn’t just jump to conclusions.

      This should answer many (though not all) Gowdy’s questions. It highlights the following:

      Intelligence failures grossly overestimating the good will accrued in the overthrow of Khadafy.

      Too much focus on Al Queda and AQIM and not enough on local radical Islamists.

      Misplaced faith that pro-US Libyans would protect the embassy or at least provide sufficient advance warning of any attack for our military to defend it.

      Errors in judgment in overestimating the ability of the CIA compound to defend the embassy.

      The role that the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film (as well as a rumor that Libyans who were merely protesting were killed by guards in the embassy) did in fact play as the catalyst for the attack, the swiftness with which the attack was ignited and reached critical mass, and that Libyans thought to be US allies turned non-cooperative or even hostile.

      http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/benghazi/?action=click&module=Search&region=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Ar&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry837%23%2Fbenghazi%2Ffrom20131201to20140228%2F#/?chapt=0

      • Christopher Matthews

        And your using the NY Time for real facts , you got to be kidding
        Only use the Time’s for is lies, Untruths,leftist news of Alice and the looking glass, That you Jeff and most of the Dem’s ,Progressives, Leftest, Marxest,Communist, have gone through to many times and are stuck on the other side of alternate world..

        • Jeff Webb

          Christopher, there are 2 Jeff’s here, myself and Metz, and neither one of us is liberal. Check the comments.

    • Christopher Matthews

      you are right its both

  • Tim Ned

    “Obama’s deputy chief of staff, Rob Nabors, will head to Phoenix on Wednesday night to interview the VA office’s interim director and visit the facility”. Quote from CNN, May 23, 2014.

    “The Deputy Chief of Staff usually has an office in the West Wing and is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the White House bureaucracy”. Quote from Wikipedia.

    Doesn’t sound like this president is that mad!

  • daniel

    Another thing Bernie. Don’t forget, this guy has punished more people with early retirement with full pay and benefits than anyone>:)

  • daniel

    Oh, if it were only so Bernie! The problem is, the majority of Americans, the ones that elected this guy twice, consider our vets to be war criminals and probably deserve to die on a waiting list. It’s just those old chickens coming home to roost. In a year it we be “Dude, that was so long ago.” The progressives have taught us an important lesson. What you express outrage over In public and what you laugh your ass off about in private can be one and the same. Look away people. Nothing to see here.

    • Tim Bertram Black

      No we don’t. And I never considered the vets returning from Vietnam that way either. They deserve everything for what they’ve done for us. EVERYTHING. Education, counseling, second chances, third chances… they are the best of us.
      You have a picture in your head that has nothing to do with reality.
      It’s a shame some of them had to fight an elective war in iraq that only destabilized the region. But it was Wolfowitz… he had major guilt over what he and Bush Sr. did to the Kurds in the First Gulf War… Wolfie said the entire iraqi campaign would cost $7 billion….but we’ve paid trillions. plus he certainly wasn’t thinking of our men and women having to live with the injuries and brutalities of war for the next 60 year.

      • albertking901

        What puzzles me the most is why we got involved in Iraq in the first place. I predicted that the situation would devolve in that country within six months after we pulled out troops out. And just look at it. Tribal warfare much the same as it has been for centuries. Sad we lost so many to death and injury for a people who have no concept of democracy.

        • Tim Bertram Black

          Hubris on the part of neocons.
          They felt real real bad for what they did to the Kurds in the first gulf war. Odd, I know — republicans with a conscience.
          The neocons drove the discussions to Iraq… and looked for any reason to get back in there to liberate the people (actual cheney term)…
          So they lied… and they lied… and they lied…
          The worst part about it was that they were so confident in their “liberator” theology, that they didn’t have even a basic plan for how things would work… “wars are messy” was Rummie’s excuse.
          It quickly escalated into a civil war with the messiness therein.
          Despite the cost in human lives, the trillions of dollars we wasted there is sickening beyond description.
          They bet the farm — and they lost.
          But never admitted any sort of wrongdoing… the hallmark of republicans: The buck always stops with someone else.

          • Lc Goodfellow

            Nothing about B.O. his life before or after he became a US Senator of Illinois, except that he set a record for voting “Present” while setting another record for being “Absent”.

            If you’re hungry enough, road kill will make for a king’s feast. Liberals were so hungry for someone like Obama, he seemed like so much more than he really was. Or is!

            It’s not about winning politically, it’s about the destruction of anyone who disagrees with you.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            I’m a liberal, so I’m no big fan of Barack Obama.
            I never wanted Dub-ya to fail… if I was a prayin’ man I would have prayed until my teeth gnashed for him to be successful… it just wasn’t to be… Dub-ya has some sort of a curse on him to fail at every endeavor he tries. Including painting — but he’s still learning, so maybe he’ll come around on that one.
            Republicans said their mission was to make certain Obama failed. They didn’t do that — but what kind of people would hope for the worst for America?
            We needed healthcare reform… we got it… it sucks and isn’t what anyone wants… SO make it better … your turn — humiliate Obama by making ACA 1000 times better… instead they’ve tried to repeal it 50 times.
            At least the logjam has broken on healthcare reform…. just too bad the rubs are having tantrums instead of doing anything to make it better.

          • Lc Goodfellow

            The more educated you are, the harder it is to see the simple truths that are staring at you in the face.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            But the easier it is to see irrelevant prepositions — “staring at you in the face”.
            Further, what you say is a non-sequitur. You are inferring that I “lack common sense” — which is a pretty “common” jab.
            I try to view everything sans (without) the satisfying and comforting filter of idealogy.
            All the right ideas lie to the left — but Obama is left only because the discourse in America has shifted so far to the extreme right; even things Reagan offered up are now considered “radical” and “socialist” today.
            Bernie Sanders? Now that’s my kind of guy.

          • Lc Goodfellow

            Down here on the ‘Border’ you would be one of the,
            “crazy as a s*** house rat ” type.
            Why are so many of today’s followers’
            “…. educated beyond their intelligences … ” ?
            Your degree was, “…. in Bovine Scatology …. ?”

      • Lc Goodfellow

        When Bush came into office, he caught the tail-end of the “dot.com bubble bust.” He and the country endured a devastating attack on 9/11 perhaps caused in part by the do-nothing attitude of Clinton. He took us to war legally, with the consent of Congress, based on intel gathered and spouted under the Clinton administration. Even his later denouncers approved. Also, until a Democratic Congress took over during the Bush years, the economy was perking along nicely and unemployment was at a spectacular low (around 4% or so). The Dems then began really pushing their agenda, including the bank loans to unqualified home purchasers. At the end, all economic h*ll broke loose.
        To equate Bush with Obama is silly and ill-informed.

        “If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost.” – Barack Obama
        Can we at least elect someone as President in 2016 who cares about the United States – is that asking too much?

  • Ed I

    While to majority of House Demos bailed on Obama this week the Democratic Majority in the Senate decided their election coffers were more important. The House bill, 3 pages long, would have given Shinseki the ability to fire administrators for not doing their job or otherwise screwing up. What most folks really don’t appreciate is it is damned hard if not impossible to get fired from the federal government. Once someone is off the initial probation then they have basically life tenure. The only thing the House did wrong in the bill is not include ALL federal agencies. Remember in equivalent positions a federal employee (v the private sector) has a higher salary, substantially better benefits, and one heck of a retirement program. They are protected both by Civil Service rules and union contracts. Someone tell me why we, the taxpayer, should pay for high level federal workers to do nothing but union work and not their job. It certainly cost less for the union. So union dues go to the union, positions are paid for by the taxpayer, and then the unions fund Democratic candidates. Heck of a do-loop.

    • Bob Olden

      It gets worse. When one of the do-nothing union protected civil servants screws up so badly that a lawsuit results, the taxpayers are left holding that bag, too. VA doctors don’t even carry malpractice insurance, I understand. No wonder the government needs more money.

      • Drew Page

        The government doesn’t NEED more money; the government WANTS more money.

  • http://theromancatholicvote.com/ catholicvoter

    Why don’t the vets get the same medical benefits government workers get, like Pelosi and Reid? I have retired relatives (retired in their 40s) who have excellent health benefits and they are secretaries and maintenance workers. It makes no sense at all that veterans get worse medical treatment than people who have jobs that are plush compared to fighting wars.

    • legal eagle

      Who would provide these services and who would pay for them?

      • Tim Ned

        Shocking! You of all people is asking who should pay for this?

        • Tim Bertram Black

          You recall that the Walter Reed scandal erupted under your centerfold poster child: Dubya himself.
          The problems with the VA are generational — and everyone is to blame… now quit pointing fingers and fix it for these Americans… who love their country so much that they were willing to die for it.
          VA has had and continues to have trouble adjusting to the new generation of vets whenever they are made… they need to be pro-active… they needed to see that Bush’s elective war (that Wolfowitz said would cost $7 billion) was going to cost TRILLIONS of dollars… not counting the continued care of the brave men and women who served in that misguided endeavor. Republicans love to spend (MEDICARE PART D), but they hate to pay (GETTING RID OF PAY AS YOU GO– which was a Bush Sr initialive).

          • Jeff Webb

            Obama campaigned on fixing the VA, so it ain’t finger-pointing, it’s holding him to his words.

            Speaking of PAYGO:
            http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/32921.html

            Forgot it was also an Obama initiative, did ya?

          • Tim Bertram Black

            I say — QUIT pointing fingers and get it fixed. Everyone runs on veteran’s issues.
            It’s awesome that O tried to get back Daddy-Bush’s PAYGO… One of dubya’s worst mistakes was getting rid of it.

          • Jeff Webb

            >>I say — QUIT pointing fingers and get it fixed.<>Everyone runs on veteran’s issues.<>It’s awesome that O tried to get back Daddy-Bush’s PAYGO<<

            The law passed, so what do you mean by "tried"? Next question: if PAYGO is a good law, why would you say Obama hasn't obeyed it?

      • http://theromancatholicvote.com/ catholicvoter

        The same people paying for the lousy services they are getting now. Here’s an idea: Let Reid and the rest of them in DC buy their own insurance rather than have the taxpayers foot the bill, and we can provide services for vets.
        Happy Memorial Day, Legal!

    • Drew Page

      Because unlike the people in Congress, veterans can’t vote themselves the same kind of medical benefits ( or salaries, or pension benefits) the way those in Congress can. Members of the Armed Services can’t vote to become unionized either, the way many federal employees can.

    • Harvey Melton

      the entirety of our military is sent to war,conflicts,and brush fires across the globe by the executive branch, therefore the vets should get the very same medical and benefits that the executive branches get, more so.and the the VA isn’t the only govt.agency that is systemic with corruption, the whole body is riddled with cancer.so the solution is smaller govt, along with elimination of certain red tape laden departments,which ones you ask? im glad you asked, first for starters, the IRS.then, EPA, the dept.of education,the many ”czars” that have been put in place by Obama.no life time appointments on any level,term limits all around,the total dissolution of govt ran healthcare ,the aca type that pelosi touted to be the best invention since the wheel.keep in mind we are not the world police force, people,races, and wild eyed adherents of murderous religions have been killing each other for centuries,and our intervention will only makes things worse for us and them.impeachment reform needs to happen that would support the good of the country set forth by the original law of this land -the constitution.when it becomes evident that our commander in chief is willfully undermining our sovereignty,our military strength,thus security against our known and unknown enemies foreign and domestic,using govt. agencies as control and punishment platforms against imagined enemies and desenters on a national domestic level,is inept in true leadership practices and standards because of inexperience,personal ideological beliefs that run contrary to what this country was founded upon,one who spends the desire of a combined ten million junkies of the hardest most addictable drugs known to man,someone who is almost on a daily basis, according to video evidence is a accomplished prolific liar,a empty suit, a straw man, a fear tactic scarecrow,a copycat implementer of past failed dictatorial plans and schemes(of which often resulted in the death of millions) a implementer of more punitive measures than positive ones, someone who shouts from the roof top of diversity that the people should sacrifice but then doesn’t hold to this same standard, then in my opinion should be relieved from office thus avoiding further damage to this republic and people.but this is my opinion, of which there is yet more, but enough said.

  • Coming Apart

    “If things get bad enough, he’ll throw Shinseki over the side” Oh… so that is why POTUS has not gotten rid of Shinseki, for POTUS knows this SCANDAL is going to heat up, and that is when he will get rid of Shinseki! It is all a matter of timing! Thank you Bernard!

    • Drew Page

      If the President fires Shinseki, it will be the same as admitting there is a scandal. If no one gets fired, it can’t be a scandal.

  • veeper

    Florida Senator Bill Nelson was at the VA hospital in Gainesville for an “investigation”.

    He notified several TV stations to meet there…..

    He “investigated” the Hospital from the front steps talking with TV reporters.

    then did an “in-depth” investigation shaking hands and saying hello to the people at the main entrance front desk……

    When on camera to say he found no violations……

    • FlaVet

      Nelson is as stupid as DWS…and he wears her panties too.

  • Integrity

    Bernie, Great article as usual. I guess if I have to be a blind cult follower, you can’t do much better than Bernie. :) I have some crazy ideas that might help fix two of our failing Government agencies, to wit: the IRS and Veteran’s Administration. First, I would pass legislation that waives for ten years all the MSPB, FLRA and EEOC protections of all employees working for those two agencies. Second, I would pass legislation that makes all federal employees who are compensated above the GS-11 step 10 rate “at will” employees for the federal Government. QED

  • veeper

    When explaining obama it is really quite simple…..

    He’s a LIAR and a colossal failure….

    Explaining the damage he has done to the country and the american people is quite a more difficult thing……

    The actions of a FOOL harms everyone……

    • legal eagle

      “The actions of a FOOL harms everyone……”

      You must be very “harmful” to your friends and family…LOL

      • David

        You are NOT a “legal eagle.” Your a “dirty bird.” You should get a job in the Obama Administration. It is said that somewhere in the world the worst lawyer is practicing law. I think we have just found him!

        • Deborah G

          do you know what the difference there is between a dead snake in the road and a dead lawyer in the road? the snake has break marks in front of it

      • veeper

        poor lil child looking for some love….

        I really feel sorry for you…

        .must be hard for your parents having to endure the embarrassment you cause them.

  • FloridaJim

    Many of us tried to warn the country about the risk involved in electing a “community organizer” to the Presidency. We were correct and those who voted for Obama have not only made a gigantic blunder they have put our country in jeopardy. People mocked Sarah Palin but she was correct on this. If we don’t oust this dunce and his disgusting administration America is doomed, I fear. The 60′s radicals have infected everything they touch from education to media to legal system to healthcare to politics to the indoctrination of generations of children at every level since the 1960′s and now their foul offspring have picked up the baton. 2014 will determine our future and the world’s future.

    • legal eagle

      The only thing infected is your mental capacity…..Have you been checked for VD?

      • FlaVet

        Is you glory hole chapped again today?

      • FlaVet

        Maybe your mother gave it to him..or your wife?

  • Dan Dean

    Excellent, excellent article Bernie. Much appreciated!

  • legal eagle

    So this is a new scandal according to the right wing cult members?
    “Former Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a Fox News military analyst, offered a surprising defense of President Obama and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki tonight, after previously defending Shinseki as the media’s “whipping boy” over a long-troubled VA. He told Megyn Kelly that blaming Shinseki and booting him out would be like a patient blaming the doctor for their cancer; he’s just one administrator overseeing the problem, and even if he is at fault, he’s hardly the first VA Secretary who hasn’t done a bang-up job at the position.

    Peters was bothered by how everyone calling for Shinseki’s head (including a Democrat here and there) has not gone further to make any concrete suggestions or name any names for who could replace him. He said a lot of the outrage is likely “mock” because people have known about this for years.

    American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger argued that Shinseki is at fault because he was supposed to be different and fix the problems, but he didn’t and needs to be held accountable. Shinseki agreed Shinseki hasn’t been perfect, but found it remarkable how this has “suddenly” become a crisis.

    “Where was the outrage during the Bush years? I’m not a defender of President Obama by any means, but this is a long-standing problem.”

    • AtlHarleyDave

      So it’s George Bush’s fault? Wow. He’s had HIS 6 years to fix it. Progs hate the military. barry hates the USA.

      • veeper

        lack of character leads to lack of accepting responsibility…..

        to perpetual failure……everything is always some one else fault….

      • legal eagle

        No “progs” just hate idiots like you..

    • worker1950

      Seriously, You are not a defender of the President???? Be honest how much are you paid to post “defend Obama” comments on EVERY article written buy Mr. Goldberg.

      The ONLY “long-standing problem” for the last 5 1/2 years is that Obama gives the speeches while Valerie Jarrett is the de-facto President. She even has Secret Service security! Why??

      • Ryan Nichols

        He does it for free lol He didn’t realize others get paid.

        • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

          Doing it pro bono makes him feel like a real lawyer.

          • legal eagle

            Feel better ganging up on someone you disagree with? You’re still being a bully just like you were as a kid….

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            lol. Legal Eagle accusing someone of being a bully. Priceless.

          • legal eagle

            You’re a dick…

          • FlaVet

            And you’re sick. What a waste of time and carbon you are. GFU. I’d wish you’d win millions in a lottery and have to spend it all on doctors while you’re hospitalized for the rest of your sh!!ty life.

          • legal eagle

            Go to the VA and tell them to get you back on the anti-psychotic medicine before you shoot up the neighborhood…

          • FlaVet

            Where’s you neighborhood sonny…maybe we could clean up yours as a public service. No ROE’s this time either weenie.

          • veeper

            you’re still a lil kid….

          • legal eagle

            and you’re still a moron…

          • FlaVet

            And you’ll always be a corksucker and peter puffer.

          • Dildog

            Blow me you bloviating blowhard

          • legal eagle

            My bank account makes me feel like a real lawyer….LOL
            What’s your excuse………. loser?

          • FlaVet

            Taking money from pedophiles and gang bangers are ya?

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Your ALLEGED bank account, just like your ALLEGED career as a lawyer, anonymous one.

    • Roadmaster

      MAKE $$$ WORKING AT HOME!!! If you have a computer, are sneering,
      filled with hatred, dripping with snark, surly, and stupid, Georgey
      Soros will pay you to camp out on websites and take up space in the
      comments section with dismissive, insulting and contrary remarks.
      “Onesies” and black rimmed eye glasses optional.

    • veeper

      obama’s Jihad against american military Veterans…..

    • Ryan Nichols

      Typical liberal, find any way, find anyone to blame but the left. Fact is, Obama is President. This was his ball that was dropped.

      • legal eagle

        Stop playing with your balls…

        • FlaVet

          Why cause you want them in your mouth to bag?

        • Ryan Nichols

          Now I’ll take you seriously. You’re clearly someone who cares deeply about my balls.

          • FlaVet

            Go “T Bag” him Ryan…he’d love it. God knows he talks and dreams about it enough.

          • legal eagle

            You should be concerned about your lack of them….LOL

          • Ryan Nichols

            Says the guy who talks trash on the Internet lol

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Internet trolls are always tough guys behind their screen names and their keyboards.

      • legal eagle

        You dropped you balls on the internet?….LOL

      • legal eagle

        Typical dumbass Southerner…

        • AtlHarleyDave

          Typical prog, when it can’t argue the merit if its point, it resorts to name-calling.

        • Ryan Nichols

          What’s wrong? You throwing a tantrum because you’ve been exposed for what and who you really are. . Nobody takes you serious or gives any credence to what you say..
          You crumbling under the pressure you created on a website says all anyone needs to know about you. I don’t have to insult you. You’re insulting yourself, you’re here representing your progressive views. And with your fondness of changing the subjects and marginalizing (in your own mind). Along with the refusal to see Americans as individuals capable of thinking for themselves. I’d say you’re representing the progressive movement accurately.

    • Drew Page

      So failure by previous administrators is an excuse that should be accepted for continual failure? Shinseki, from all accounts was a very good military man and a decent person. That doesn’t necessarily make him a good administrator.

      Fair or unfair, in most organizations the person at the top has to take responsibility for the performance of his team.

      LIke many other problems, eventually they reach critical mass and somebody goes to the press with them. At that time, TSHTF and it becomes”a crisis”. At first, it was only a problem with an Arizona VA hospital where, according to surviving family members of veterans who dies while waiting for treatment at that institution. It started when one doctor who worked there came forward with information about separate waiting lists. Then there were additional doctors coming out with the same information and at different VA hospitals in a number of different states. I’m sure there were the same problems at the VA under prior administrations going back years. But what good does it do to make that point?

      Looking back, I don’t recall charges of 40 vets dying while waiting for treatment at any VA hospital, or that any VA hospital maintained two sets of waiting lists, switching patients from one to another to make it look like they were being treated in a timely fashion, nor do I ever recall hearing that VA administrations were paid bonuses for meeting or exceeding “standards”. Now that doesn’t mean these things weren’t going on previously. What it means is that it never got the kind of attention it is getting now.

      Those reacting to criticism of the current administration by holding it up in comparison of the previous administration do no one any favors. If something was wrong then, it’s wrong now. You can’t go back and change the past, but you can change things now if you try.

      • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

        I like how legal considers Ralph Peters to be a loon until he defends the administration. Then, he’s suddenly a rational thinker. lol.

        • legal eagle

          Ralph Peters made a statement….Can’t deal with it because it disagrees with your moronic rants?

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            I like Ralph Peters. I think he consistently makes a lot of sense. You’re the one who calls him a lunatic… until he defends the administration, which suddenly changes him into a voice of reason in your eyes. lol.

          • legal eagle

            You like Ralph Peters because he earns his paycheck from Fox News by calling Obama a wimp….this appeals to simpletons like yourself and your fellow cultists who have no ability to think for themselves…

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Uh, you’re the one declaring that Peters is now the voice of reason. Explain yourself.

          • Ryan Nichols

            Legal, did you erase all your adolescent comments? Were you ashamed?

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            I erased all of the junior-high bathroom nonsense by him and others. When legal eagle is forced to go off script, he often resorts to writing about penises. Very odd behavior which doesn’t have a place here.

          • Johnny Cumquickly

            And you who resorts to writing about bending over and taking it? Why didn’t you delete that?

          • legal eagle

            John Daly probably made a wonderful hall monitor in elementary school…..LOL

          • Legal Zoom

            Yeah some sheriff. He tells you to bend over and take it and then whines about bathroom nonsense. Who is monitoring him?
            If you don’t mind me asking, what was your major at CCNY? (I also went to CCNY, graduated in ’74)

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Sometimes you’re forced to be a hall monitor when you find yourself dealing with children.

          • Foo You Too

            Petulant littlebitch aren’t you?

      • legal eagle

        The point is there are always “problems” in every healthcare system?
        Your statement that 40 vets died while waiting for treatment is not necessarily factual….Your statement that bonuses to VA administrators is something new is not necessarily factual….
        The only scandal I have heard of is VA administrators “cooking the books” in order to get bonuses…If that proves true then they should be terminated and prosecuted if any laws were broken…
        Don’t you think the facts should be determined before action or prosecutions are taken?

        • Drew Page

          I didn’t say that 40 vets died waiting for treatment.

          I said, “Looking back, I don’t recall charges of 40 vets dying while waiting for treatment at any VA hospital, or that any VA hospital maintained two sets of waiting lists, switching patients from one to another to make it look like they were being treated in a timely fashion…”. And that is the truth. I do not recall ever hearing charges like these previously. Further, I never said that VA administrators getting bonuses is something new. What I said was, “…nor do I ever recall hearing that VA administrations were paid bonuses for meeting or exceeding standards.” In my following sentence I went on to say, “Now this doesn’t mean these things weren’t going on previously.”

          Reviewing my comments in the post to which you are responding, I call for no prosecutions. I do agree with you that prosecutions should be based on facts. Let’s hope the facts can be found. Normally that takes investigation. But there seems to be a lot of reluctance to such investigations of government entities by this administration. From the tone of a number of your recent posts, you seem to think such investigations are pointless and purely political theater. Kind of hard to get the “facts” without investigations, wouldn’t you say?

          • legal eagle

            I think Congressional investigations that lead to legislative proposals are a good idea…I think others, like Benghazi, are pure political theatre…
            The VA situation should be investigated…on that we agree….

      • legal eagle

        The VA is a failure? A little hyperbolic don’t you think?

        • Drew Page

          I’ve come to the conclusion that you can’t read.

          I didn’t say the VA was a failure. What I did ask was “So failure by previous administrators is an excuse

          that should be accepted for continual failure?” You have commented that these problems with the VA have been long standing, asking “Where was the outrage during the Bush years?” Perhaps if there were charges made by VA doctors of veterans being shuffled from one waiting list to another, there would have been outrage. My point is bad behavior by predecessors does not excuse continued bad behavior.

          Failure is where you find it. I never said that the whole Veterans Administration was a failure. But I do believe that administrators within the Va can fail to do the right thing, that doesn’t mean each and every one of them are failures, or that each and every one of them cook the books in order to look good. Serious charges have been made by doctors who work on the inside of some VA hospitals and these charges deserve to be investigated. If the charges are proven to be true, disciplinary actions should be taken. Or is that too hyperbolic for you?

          • legal eagle

            I guess I’m confused between your use of the term “failure” and the term “problem” or “screw up”….LOL
            There was a problem which must be addressed and fixed…We agree on that…..Firing people, without due process, is not a solution, it’s a band aid.

        • Ryan Nichols

          Depends. If it was your father, brother, or mother who died while waiting months for care. Then the VA indeed failed.

          • legal eagle

            If my father, brother or mother, needed care I would get then to a doctor….If I couldn’t get them into the VA I would take them to another doctor….wouldn’t you?

    • Integrity

      When President Obama appointed Shinseki, I agreed with him and thought it was a good choice. Apparently, both of us were wrong. I agree with Daniel Dellinger’s position. Shinseki, similar to an unnamed politician (intentionally omitted due to fear of being labeled a racist), was supposed to be different and fix the problems. They weren’t, they didn’t and they should now be held accountable. You were doing great here until your last sentence, where you immediately lost all credibility. QED

      • legal eagle

        What exactly is the “problem” you think can be “fixed”? If it’s wait times what would you call an acceptable solution?

        • Jeff Webb

          Ask Obama–he pledged to fix the VA.

          Seriously now: if Obama cared enough about poor performance at the VA to talk about it in his 2008 campaign, and pledged to fix it, should he really get a pass for having no idea what was going on at the VA?

          • legal eagle

            As usual…no answers, just bitching about problems….
            BTW…are you a Chargers fan?…LOL

          • FlaVet

            Nah…but I bet you like Rams?

          • Jeff Webb

            >>As usual…no answers,<>just bitching about problems<>BTW…are you a Chargers fan?…LOL<<

            Very much so. Unfortunately, ever since they retired Junior's number, I cannot think of anything that would make me want to shell out a pile of dough to watch them in person. It'd be cheaper to buy embarrassing photos of Dean Spanos on the black market.

          • legal eagle

            It is a pain in the butt going to Chargers games but I still go to a few each season…

        • Integrity

          How about firing the VA employees responsible for intentionally distorting the truth by submitting bogus wait time reports? I guess a mitigating factor would be the leadership example they have been provided by this current administration. It is 10 times the Benghazi faux scandal in Phoenix alone. How about a POTUS doing more than making campaign statements?

          “I’m not a defender of President Obama by any means, but this is a long-standing problem.”

          Do you work for the VA? QED

          • legal eagle

            I agree…How would you go about it? Find out the facts or just fire whomever you think might be guilty?

            What could Obama possible do to satisfy those who are hypercritical? They can’t be satisfied because they are more interested in criticism than solutions…

          • Legal Zoom

            The answer is simple and is the same right wing answer as for everything else. Namely that since genetically superior individuals gravitate to the right wing simply put a right winger in charge and get out of the way. And if that doesn’t solve the problem? Well, if a right winger can’t do it then it simply cannot be done

          • legal eagle

            Well said….It’s not a solution right wingers are looking for…it’s a right winger to propose it….

          • Ryan Nichols

            How in the world would you know what right wingers” are looking for? You spend your life finding anything to be critical or attack them for. And then out the other side of your mouth accuse the right of doing what you do everyday.

          • Integrity

            Obviously I would wait on the facts before I did anything. Will we get them? I doubt it. It may come as a surprise to some, but there are many federal employees who are very dedicated and conscientious. Regardless, here is a prime opportunity for President Obama to show he is a leader after all. As with President Bush, there isn’t much President Obama can do that will satisfy those who are hypercritical. Therefore, he should stop campaigning, deflecting blame and finally focus on doing what is the best for our country. QED

    • Homer

      It might be a long standing problem, but the fact is that Obama knew about the problem and did not fix it. He probably never even tried, since he learned about it from CNN.
      So, what’s your take: incompetent, a liar or both?

      • legal eagle

        Fix what?

        • soundnfury

          Are you just that slow? Do you not read the news? Did you write this off as another “phony” scandal because the story was broken by CNN? Do you still maintain that he didn’t know about these problems when it has been revealed that he was notified of these problems in 2008? http://www.washingtontimes.com/video/staff-exclusives/white-house-admits-obama-knew-of-va-problems-in/

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            He only reads the DNC emails that show up in his inbox each morning. That should pretty much answer all of your questions.

      • mplo

        “Obama’s incompetent, a liar, or both?”

        Probably both, imho.

        I also might add, however, that, while I’m not a fan of Obama, the problem of the lousy treatment of Veterans in the VA system here in the United States overall, did not start with Obama. It had been going on well before our present wars, and under other Administrations. It wasn’t until our Viet Nam war that more people began to be aware of problems with the VA system, which have continued to this day.

    • Integrity

      The VA is a long-standing problem and yet ACA is, and will continue to be, an overwhelming success. LOL

      • legal eagle

        The VA has problems as do all large organizations…The VA is not a long standing problem..

        • Kevin Hubble

          You say the VA has problems as do all large organizations. The problems at the VA are massive, pervasive, intractable and sadly fatal for too many of the veterans who have received, and do receive, “care” at these hospitals. Obamacare (National Health Care) is a large organization of such size, scope and range as to make the VA look like a local AM/PM clinic. The “large organization” that is the VA medical system covers only veterans and their families. Obamacare covers every man, woman, and child (including veterans) whose foot trods the face of this blessed land without respect to race, color, creed, nationality (or citizenship) or gender (or combination/identify thereof). Having a “problem” with one “large” government organization (like getting your driver’s license, building permit or passport) is a drag but, a problem with the government getting you a kidney transplant, cancer treatments, or an MRI for your child is not something most people are willing to accept as just a price we all get to pay for the privilege of sharing in each other’s sufferings. When you think of Obamacare and the other problems that all “large organizations” have: Think Enron, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Tyco, Bear Stearns, on and on and on. Add all of these up, multiply them by 7 or 8, now square them; now square them again. That’s the sense you get of how this “large organization” that is one-seventh of the economy just might have on the rest of us. I think that’s a long-standing problem.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    The modus operandi of this POTUS and his puppeteers is to stall, wait it out, and finally the reporters figure the story is old and they go on to other things. The reason he never fires anyone is because he believes it’s proof he knows nothing of management and personnel selection, which, of course, he doesn’t.

    • Drew Page

      I believe the reason he doesn’t fire anyone is because he is afraid of what they will say about him, such as what he knew and when he knew it.

      • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

        I believe that as well.

  • Tim ned

    I’m madder than hell! Now what do I do?

    • legal eagle

      Take a few drinks and talk to your dog….He’ll listen to your rant..

  • firststater

    It still amazes me how this man achieved the presidency. This was the equivalent of a financial planning analyst in corporate America achieving the CEO job in a couple years following hire. Let this be a lesson to all voters including low info ones, in how to elect someone to the highest office in the land and what the qualifications should and need be. On another point in Bernie’s column i.e., Nancy Pelosi’s comment regarding GW Bush. While it is no excuse or rationale for what is happening now with vets, it is indeed a relevant and salient point to be made. Barak Obama should be no more than 1 click below GW Bush on the list of most ineffective leaders of the country and both should be at or near the top of the list

    • joepotato

      Ever hear of the Bilderbergs…?

  • TransplantedTexan

    Bernie, as a former liberal, may have come over from the dark side, but he still doesn’t get it as far as Obama is concerned. Obama is disinterested in these scandals because they aren’t part of his agenda to destroy the United States culturally and economically, and turn it into a Third World nation that is part of the New World Order that is subservient to the United Nations. If you don’t believe this is true, please name a single objective fact that contradicts this thesis.

  • docww

    Bernie–You are so cruel!!! And so right.

  • thomas1

    I work with someone who is a Democrat. He simultaneously blames both parties for the “living disaster”, but yet Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and the IRS scandals aren’t worthy of investigations.

    This Obama mindset is a living, contagious idiocy.

    • Deborah G

      There is a whole lot of stupid going around.Since when is 4 dead AMericans left to die Wthout our services lifting a finger and told to stand down AMERICan?Obama has made us the laughing stock of the world.Can you imagine Reagan or either of the Bushes NOT going in like the super power we used to be thought of and feared? never?These desert rats wouldn’t be
      Running around free.The fact is we can take out a terrorist from a hanger in California

      • Ron F

        Yes. My favorite President, Ronald Reagan, did not do anything in retaliation for the Beirut, Lebanon bombing which killed 241 American servicemen. We indicted one terrorist 2 years later but we never captured him. He was killed 16 or 17 years later in a car bomb. There was a bombing by a group that supported the United States several years later that killed approximately 80 people. Pundits at the time criticized President Reagan’s lack of response as emboldened terrorist organizations.

        • legal eagle

          Don’t complicate things by stating the facts…..Right wingers don’t care or want to know anything about reality. Facts interfere with their hatred for Obama…

          • wildjew

            Facts don’t complicate things for me. Like many past presidents Reagan stumbled badly in the Middle East. Had Reagan allowed Israel to finish the job in Lebanon, we might not have lost 241 U.S. Marines that he sent in to help stabilize things and help the PLO and Yasser Arafat exit Beirut for Tunis.

          • Drew Page

            As one who despises Obama’s policies, I can honestly say I don’t hate the man. If he was just another man with a family, I wouldn’t give him a second thought. I wouldn’t care at all about his politics or his views. He seems to be a good husband and father and as far as I know has never kicked his dog.

            As a president, it is clear to me that he is in over his head. He can’t lead and he won’t follow. That makes him an obstacle. He has no sense of personal responsibility. He blames everything that goes wrong on someone else, usually Bush or the Republicans.

            He has no prior experience in governing. He has no prior military experience. He has no prior foreign policy experience. He has no prior business experience. He has had no training in economics, or in the field of health care, or in environment science, or even in management. Yet he sets policy in all these areas and doesn’t seem to have the slightest idea of what goes on in the departments of those he is responsible for managing. I believe the man weighs the political impact of every action he takes (or doesn’t take ) before doing so, including what to have for breakfast. As a result of his inexperience he failing the people of the United States. He doesn’t mean to do it, he just can’t help it. Why can’t you accept those facts?

            It’s like trying to deal with the only repair man in town who keeps screwing up everything he touches. You can’t fire him and you’re forced to pay him. He might be the nicest guy in the world, but you hate what he does. If that repairman happened to be black, would you say that criticism of his work was only due to racism?

          • legal eagle

            You “despised” Obama before he was elected…..Claiming you don’t “hate” someone is a distinction without a difference…

          • Drew Page

            I hope for the sake of your clients that you read documents pertinent to their affairs with greater diligence than you read mine. I never said I despised Obama’s policies before he was elected. I didn’t know what his policies would be before he was elected.

            You also know perfectly well that despising (or hating) what someone does is not the same as hating the person who does it. There is a difference in that distinction, whether you choose to accept that or not. I took pains in my post to explain that.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            >>I hope for the sake of your clients that you read documents pertinent to their affairs with greater diligence than you read mine.

            I think you’re being very charitable by assuming that he really is a lawyer. I have yet to see anything that suggests that, other than him being a liberal.

          • Drew Page

            John, sparring with eagle does test my patience from time to time. I think he knows better, but enjoys pulling our chains. I choose to respond not so much for his benefit for for those who think no further than eagle’s snarky posts. I have to say that it bothers me a bit when he resorts to name calling.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            I hear you. Just removed several such posts from him and others. Trolling is one thing. Just slinging vulgarities back and forth is another.

          • FlaVet

            Sorry…I fight back and I have zero patience.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            No prob. Just keep it clean. ;)

          • legal eagle

            Great to see you’re empathizing with your fellow cult members….

          • legal eagle

            What would you like to see…

          • legal eagle

            So you only despise the fact that Obama is President and you are critical of every action he takes? I will withdraw my conclusion that you despise Obama personally….LOL

          • Drew Page

            Again, you are deliberately misconstruing my statements and frankly I’m getting tired of it. I never said I hated the fact that Obama was president. I said I despised his policies. Would I be delighted had he lost re-election to Romney? You bet.

            Thank you for withdrawing your conclusion that I despise Obama personally.

        • Drew Page

          Dig up the man and impeach him then.

          I remember Reagan as the president who defeated the Soviet UNnon without firing a shot. I remember Gadafi dropping his nuclear weapons program after Reagan put a a cruise missile in his bedroom window. I remember our hostages in Iran being set free as soon as he took office. Maybe that had something to do with a statement he made to the press when asked if thought the Ayatollah was was reluctant to deal with him. Reagan replied, “I don’t know why he would be afraid to deal with me. I’M NOT AFRAID TO DEAL WITH HIM.”

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Yes, but because of President Obama, “Al Qaeda is on the run.” Oh wait…

          • Ron F

            And George Bush said mission accomplished. What does what President Obama said about Al Qadea being on the run have to do with the VA or how Presidents have responded to crisis.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            George Bush said no such thing, Ron. And the banner message was to thank military personnel on board a specific aircraft carrier, after their 10-month deployment. The notion that it was a declaration of victory in Iraq was a media concoction.

            Maybe you would like to offer a counter-argument that President Obama’s statements that Al Qaeda was “on the run” were actually referring to a ‘field day’ event somewhere in Pakistan?

          • Ron F

            “America sent you on a mission to remove a grave threat and to liberate an oppressed people, and that mission has been accomplished.” George Bush, June 5, 2003. In addition, when you stand under a sign that states “mission accomplished” while giving a speech, it can be assumed that you agree with the message.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            As you very well know since you copied that line from a Wikipedia page, Bush was speaking to troops in Afghanistan – not Iraq. And your whole “assumption” remark would only hold water if you weren’t purposely ignoring its context, which is exactly what you’re doing.

            Nice try Ron, but you lose.

          • Ron F

            Drew, as I said, he is my favorite President. I just responded to her about imagining Reagan or either Bush not going in like a super power. Ronald Reagan did not after the Beirut bombing.

          • Drew Page

            Reagan was my favorite president too. I can’t dispute what Reagan did or didn’t do following the Beirut bombing of the Marine base. I do believe that during Reagan’s presidency our allies trusted us and our enemies feared us.

            Reagan never apologized to the world for America being “dismissive or derisive” of other countries, never saw him bow to foreign leaders or middle-eastern royalty and never heard him say, or even imply, that America was just another country. I remember that the Republican Reagan had the ability and the wisdom to maintain a friendship and working relationship with the Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neil, even though O’Neil was the most powerful Democrat at the time.

          • legal eagle

            You’ve got to be kidding about the Iranian hostages….Have you never read about the illegal arms for hostages Reagan traded or the fact that Reagan made a deal so that the hostages would not be released till after the 1980 election?

    • legal eagle

      Haven’t these 3 “scandals” been investigated?

      • AtlHarleyDave

        You can’t say they’re investigated when it takes YEARS to get copies of emails, and/or they’re investigated by barry’s IG,s, stalled, facts are ignored, on and on. For a “legal eagle” you’re quite easy to convince otherwise.

      • Drew Page

        Your use of quotation marks around the word scandals imply you don’t believe they are scandals. In any case, you ask if they have been investigated. Yes, they have been and continue to be investigated. The reason they continue to be investigated is because investigators are being stonewalled by the Department of Justice, the IRS, the State department and the White House. Requested documents and e-mails have a way of not being found for months and even years (sometimes never).

        Many times tens of thousands of pages of documents were sent to investigations that had nothing to do with the information requested, requiring months to figure this out. Many times documents finally submitted to investigators were redacted so heavily that they were rendered meaningless. And when those involved were called before the House Oversight Committee, they came down with amnesia or took the Fifth Amendment for fear of self incrimination.

        But you know all this.

        • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

          Drew, It’s only a scandal if Jay Carney says it’s a scandal.

        • legal eagle

          So under that theory there will always be need to further investigate because there “may be” more documents or testimony?
          So here is the question…What would cause the investigation to come to a conclusion? What would satisfy the investigators?

          • Drew Page

            Ask Daryl Issa, or Trey Gowdy.

          • legal eagle

            Didn’t think you had an answer….LOL

          • Drew Page

            You asked “what would satisfy the investigators?” Not being one of the investigators, I can’t answer what would satisfy them. If you want to know what would satisfy me, you should have asked that question.

          • legal eagle

            Fair enough…….. what would satisfy you?

          • Drew Page

            OK, I’ll give it a shot.

            1. In the case of Fast & Furious, the president claimed Executive Privilege and refused to provide e-mails between he and Eric Holder on the issue of Fast & Furious. It would satisfy me if he turned those e-mails over to investigators.

            2. In the case of IRS targeting, it would satisfy me if the president would give Louis Lerner immunity from prosecution on the condition she answer any and all questions fully and honestly posed by investigators and that the IRS turn over every document requested by investigators, in unredacted form, within 10 days of the date of request.

            3. In the case of Benghazi, three pieces of information would satisfy me:
            a) What is the name of the top PERSON (not the department, or agency, but the top person) who denied the additional security requested by by Ambassador Stevens?
            b) What is the name of the top PERSON who issued the order to “stand down” to our troops in Tripoli that were about to board a military transport to render help to those under attack in Benghazi (not the department, or agency, or the functionary in the chain of command, but the top person)?
            c) Release from the non-disclosure agreements those returning from Benghazi were required to sign prohibiting them from answering questions of any investigating committees.

            4. In the case of the VA complaints, what would satisfy me would be for Harry Reid to get off his ass and and call for a vote in the Senate of a recent bill introduced that would give Shinseki, or his replacement, the power to fire anyone participating in keeping and maintaining separate patient waiting lists and transferring patients from one list to another to make it appear that veterans needing medical treatment are being seen in a timely basis.

          • legal eagle

            Thanks for your response-

            1) Interesting concept but waiver of executive privilege would set a precedent which I don’t believe any POTUS would find acceptable.

            Also, who would decide which correspondence, if it exists, is relevant?

            2) The POTUS does not have the legal authority to grant immunity….

            3) I believe 3a and 3b were covered in the Senate Report. I’m not familiar with 3(c).

            http://www.intelligence.senate.gov/benghazi2014/benghazi.pdf

            4) I believe a bill will be passed…(as per the article below)
            http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/sen-sanders-preparing-bills-to-address-va-issues/

    • AtlHarleyDave

      That’s because progressivism is a mental illness. How could it NOT be?

    • Drew Page

      Those who love Obama, or expect to get something from him, will deny or deflect anything critical of the man.

  • gbauti

    I think the American people no longer pay attention of what’s going on to this country. Time passes so quickly, and afterwards, we may have a new president. The unresolved issues would be carried-over by the next president. Who’s the best person to run this country?

    Obama is simultaneously appointing incompetent people? Obama is almost done with his work in 2016, and like other presidents, they were sitting lame duck. He’s just waiting to finish his term, and the rest would be history.

    During the time of Nixon, most of the journalists, they took their job so seriously. However, at present, this extreme media is trying to protect their turf, especially the White House instead of letting out the real story so the American people should know. People are no longer interested as most of them would think whoever assailed the president they consider them “racists.” What’s the point of all of this?

    • Deborah G

      There is no one running this country that we have any access to.Valerie Jarred is the front man for the powers that be.Obama is only too willing to let any responsibility be someone else’s worry.He’s probably looking like the lazy person he truly is to taking the lifetime paycheck and benefits hanging on the beach and blowing a few jays when no one is looking. All he’ll have to contend with is his ugly,fat,screaming wife.That he can can rid himself of by simply sending her on Safaris with the mother in law and kids. Hems bored,too much work and responsibility and NO one told him he’d actually get Criticized !Heaven forbid ! when the affirmative action poster child took office he really believed he was what everyone said he was…..special. well he isn’t…Just a special kind of stupid and inserting moron Acorn people into every aspect of our lives. YUCK!!!!!!!!!

  • Pat A

    Excellent article Bernie.

  • rbblum

    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends – Martin Luther King, Jr . . . . just saying/because it is worth saying

  • justlittleoldme

    As usual, you are right on Bernie!

  • DonG

    Being someone who grew up having run to the nuclear bomb shelter, I can’t help but laugh at how Putin laughs at the supposed leader of the free world. If you voted for this sham, you should be embarrassed.

    • Trivium

      Someone who was always running to hide from a nuclear blast should be embarrassed for still listening to the same talking heads.

      • DonG

        Listen you neutered pos, I was in grade school and we had drills to hide. It was called the 60′s. Go do some brain drills and get your iq above 30

      • chuck.tatum

        The absolute dumbest Senator, Patti Murray (D-Wash.) still believes hiding under a desk as protection from a nuclear blast is sound instruction.

        • FlaVet

          Actually for her and 400 other of our illustrious POS…having their heads up their asses is safer for us.

          • legal eagle

            Having your finger up your butt is better?

          • veeper

            try taking yours out some time…..

      • Deborah G

        you are an idiot,what the man was saying is that at his time there were real threats regarding nuclear attacks.As kids we just did what the adults told us to do.This man is a danger to our country,nuclear attacks are a real danger now thanks to his moronic,lack of foreign policy and the coward Kerry,dumbutt Hagel and the REAL generals he’s scared of so he replaces them with android metro sexual incompetents.Hems more concerned Gays get ahead than the safety of our nation.A cosmic Joke.

        • legal eagle

          Amazing example of a sick mind…….

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Yes, you are.

          • legal eagle

            Are you related to Forest Gump?

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Stay on script, legal. You stink at comebacks.

    • Deborah G

      the scary parties the have not ash red of common sense and they are not embarrasses,the are too stupid to be

  • RoscoeBonifitucci

    This incompetent Enemy of the Nation, Marxist Occupier in the White House has no less than Five (5) MAJOR Scandals that would have driven a normal President out of the White House. He should be Impeached for his Lies, Crimes against the American People, Destruction of our economy and murder of citizens.
    1. Fast & Furious
    2. Benghazi
    3. Obamacare
    4. IRS Political Targeting
    5. VA Murders
    …it is time to Impeach this Fraud known as Obama and lock him in Federal Prison where he can do no more harm to the Nation.

    • joepotato

      You forgot treason re arming AQ and Ansar al-Sharia in the Libya adventure (not to mention Syria)… but that’s OK … Your point is more than adequate… Have a GR8 weekend!

    • Randy James

      The pandemic national personality disorder, Ideological Narcissism (aka: liberalism) continues to devour the body politic like gangrene, and we’re approaching the point where amputations of the most infectious limbs (public employee unions, obamacare, and the government controlled monopoly/racket known as Wall Street) would likely kill the country anyway.

      What we have learned by electing a Narcissistic Pontifficator as President, is that the national media is populated almost entirely by liberal sycophants, and the critical mass of voters who have a financial stake in one or another of the byzantine array of government entitlements, is tipping precariously towards a permanent majority. Bottom-line, this is how powerful, overly successful empires fail: by devouring themselves from within. And given our insouciant self-satisfied national media, and a morbidly obese & obtuse electorate, no wonder Vladimir Putin is in no big hurry to recover the soviet empire. He’s watching Obama do to the USA exactly what Gorbachev did to the USSR.

  • kayakbob

    My annoyance with Mr. Obama used to be that he often spoke like a person I know. This guy often doesn’t get the joke that everyone else gets. He gets it 30 minutes later and immediately proceeds to explain it to everyone else – as if he was the only person that got it.

    Now my annoyance with Mr. Obama is that he too often speaks as if someone else has been President for the past 6 year.

    • joepotato

      Well, there is Valerie Jarrett… and Soros…. Obunga is just a “Resident”…

  • Roadmaster

    Need to go to the VA in Tucson for an ophthalmology exam. I could go downtown and pay full price to a civilian doctor but this country owes me and I intend to collect – even with my 50-80% co-pay VA is much cheaper. Since I haven’t been there since ’06, they’re going to make me sign up all over again. Oh goody! Hope that nice looking female PA is still there to do my physical, but I digress.

    “Preezy” being “really mad” should have them on their toes. We’ll see. The Tucson facility used to be one of, if not the best in the system – my opinion as well as friends & relatives. One uncle used to drive past several other VA hospitals in NM to specifically to get treatment here.

    The best thing about this scandal, no one including Obama can afford to be perceived as not caring about our vets, although most in Dee Cee, elected or otherwise don’t care a whit about veterans Sean Smith, Glen Doherty & Tyrone Woods. They died “waiting” on the gubmint, too.

    • Deborah G

      40-60 percent co-pay? that is benefits?time to haul very last illegal to the border that is getting FREE Medicaid or Cal care or whatever the f they call it in those liberals states and kick their axes out including the pregnant women and kids.TISl is ann outrage.God Bless you for your service. I think the sleeping giant of. Americaj is awakening and you KNOw IF a conservative bunch get in THEY as kid does most of America love our Troops.

    • legal eagle

      Go get medical insurance like everyone else and stop whining….

      • Roadmaster

        MAKE $$$ WORKING AT HOME!!! If you have a computer, are sneering, filled with hatred, dripping with snark, surly, and stupid, Georgey Soros will pay you to camp out on websites and take up space in the comments section with dismissive, insulting and contrary remarks. “Onesies” and black rimmed eye glasses optional.

  • Steve Bryant

    How much more painful is anything to watch than the day Carney was tasked with explaining that Obama “misspoke” when he denied ever meeting his uncle who is an illegal immigrant from Africa, living in this country? Was it more painful than the silence that followed Carney’s acknowledgement that Obama had actually shared an home with the man while he was in college? Well?!

  • Steve Bryant

    Why the uproar? This country elected a man as POTUS who purposely, and publicly, took legal action to hide his past from the electorate, including his college grade point average. You know, the same statistic that all of the other presidential aspirants brag about as a reason to vote for them.
    So, where’s the beef?

    • legal eagle

      Like GWB hiding his DUI?

      • chuck.tatum

        “Hiding his DUI?” The Democrats held that little piece of information back just before the election. Now, were demtards really concerned about the DUI, or winning an election? No matter, they failed on both quests.

        • Deborah G

          don’t even bother responding to that troll.He’s a complete moron. he’ll starve from lack of attention.a teenager living in his Mommie’s basement.

          • legal eagle

            Your hate is showing…….must be difficult for you to deal with?

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            I bet your friends think you’re a real gas. I’m sure your incessant repeating of Jay Carney talking points puts you on their short list of fun people to hang out with. lol.

      • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

        Hiding it? As in failing to bring it up?

      • Tim Ned

        Amazing how the GWB info gets leaked but never the BHO info. Dare I say perhaps it’s because of Bias?

        What do you think legal? Was BHO so unique is college that he never did drugs, etc?

        • legal eagle

          It’s always because of bias….everyone you don’t agree with is biased against you…..

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            They’re biased against Ted? Do yourself a favor and look up what bias means. Better yet, have someone read the book Bias to you.

        • Kitcrsn

          It’s called GWB derangement syndrome. It’s either Bush’s fault or when all else fails liberals shout RACIST, hoping to silence any opposition.

      • Steve Bryant

        If Bush hid anything, legal eagle, then how did you find out about it?

    • joepotato

      Obunga didn’t hide his fake LFBC or bogus Selective Service card… and they’re both such piss poor forgeries…. There’s something stinking real bad in DC….

    • legal eagle

      “Former Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a Fox News military analyst, offered a surprising defense of President Obama and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki tonight, after previously defending Shinseki as the media’s “whipping boy” over a long-troubled VA. He told Megyn Kelly that blaming Shinseki and booting him out would be like a patient blaming the doctor for their cancer; he’s just one administrator overseeing the problem, and even if he is at fault, he’s hardly the first VA Secretary who hasn’t done a bang-up job at the position.”

      “Where was the outrage during the Bush years? I’m not a defender of President Obama by any means, but this is a long-standing problem.”

      • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

        When Ralph Peters criticizes the administration, he’s a right-wing, vile loon. When he defends the administration, he’s a rational thinker. lol.

      • Steve Bryant

        Oh, so now you’re OK with letting Col Ralph Peters describe the situation, legal?

      • Geoffrey

        Of course you ARE a defender of Obama. All of posts are nothing more than a defense of Obama and the dummycrat, liberal agenda.

  • micky d.

    In over his head I agree, but this man is doing what he said he was going to do. Transform America. The thing of value Obama has is his skin color and his bosses the ones who put him in the Oval Office give him his progressive marching orders in-order to transform America. Obama is mentally ill and if the Republicans had any guts they would start asking questions about Obama presidency and his lack of any competence for the job.

    • Randy James

      The guy is a classic narcissist (clinical term NPD, aka:megalomania), and as such incapable of admitting error, accepting criticism, or negotiating policy matters with political peers (because, you see, narcissists do not recognize anyone as their peer). However, in a country run by talking points, substance is irrelevant. Instead we have ‘Obamaspeak’…

      “The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind
      simultaneously, and accepting both of them… To tell deliberate lies
      while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become
      inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back
      from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence
      of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality
      which one denies – all this is indispensably necessary.”

      We have become a country defined by profligacy, obesity, greed, and self-delusion. We are long past our “peter-point”, surviving solely because we control the world’s reserve currency, the same currency upon which legions of other corrupt governments depend. Eventually it will end, and the end will come swiftly and painfully for everyone except those who have nurtured this disaster.

    • El_Tigre_Loco

      Transform America is the only promise BHO has kept.

  • Drew Page

    President Obama won’t have to declare the V.A. a phony scandal, he can have Harry Reid do it. Harry is good at that sort of thing. He can go down to the well of the Senate and from his perch he can say Mitt Romney didn’t pay his taxes for ten years; he can call those who complained about losing their health insurance liars; he can call those who protested BLM’s tactics of sending armed agents with attack dogs to seize the cattle of rancher Cliven Bundy domestic terrorists; and he cal call those who support Tea Party goals “un-American. And he can get away with it, not because it’s true, but because whatever he says in the Senate can’t be used against him.

    The president also has former speaker Pelosi to lead the cheer, “Two-four-six-eight what is it we really hate? All the phony GOP scandals. Yea.”

    It is obvious that President Obama wants no part of governing. He has never done it before and doesn’t know how. He appoints people who think like he does. He turns these appointees loose to do his bidding which is conveyed to them through channels, never directly. These appointees become his buffers. (The family has a lot of buffers Senator.) These buffers provide Obama what he most wants, ‘plausible deniability’ if anything goes wrong. With all the advisers, communication directors and the office of the Press Secretary Obama has, does it sound reasonable for him to say you only learned of the problems of the V.A. or the IRS, in yesterdays paper or last night’s CNN news report? The president greets every problem as though he has just returned after a year long vacation in outer space.

    • legal eagle

      Why is this an Obama scandal? Do you think the White House manages the VA? Do you think that everything that occurs in the bureaucracy is the fault of the White House?

      • Voice of America

        HARRY TRUMAN said THE BUCK STOPS HERE. Every president since, in my lifetime, has taken responsibility for what happens on his watch. After all the warnings Obama has had about the VA troubles, YES this IS an OBAMA SCANDAL. Get your head out of your tin foil hat!

      • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

        Good point. Because Obama claims responsibility for nothing, nothing can be his fault.

      • Jeff Webb

        >>Do you think the White House manages the VA?<<

        Obama said he planned to fix the VA's problems when he was running for the White House, did he not?

        • legal eagle

          “He planned to fix the problems of the VA”…a noble goal don’t you think?

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Not if you were lying about it being a goal.

        • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

          Shhhh. We’re not supposed to hold Obama accountable for what he says. Doing so would make us racist.

      • Drew Page

        I didn’t say it was an “Obama scandal”, I simply said Obama won’t have to declare the malfeasance at the V.A, a “phony” scandal, like he did with F& F: IRS targeting; Benghazi; and his Attorney General being held in contempt of Congress. To quote Hillary, “what difference, at this point does it make” if I, or anyone else, think these episodes are scandals? They are all still “under investigation” and even thought they are still being “investigated”, we have been assured by the president himself that there isn’t a ‘smidgen’ of corruption at the IRS.

        You asked if I think the White House manages the V.A. My answer to that is no. I don’t believe the White House manages any of its agencies, as it is quite apparent the White House and its principal occupant know nothing about what goes on within the agencies, departments and offices. They claim this regularly. You ask if I think that everything that occurs in the bureaucracy is the fault of the White House. Again, I would have to say no, because once again, the president has assured us that nothing that goes wrong is his fault.

        Did President Obama write a letter telling Louis Lerner to refuse to grant conservative groups tax exempt status? No. Did he tell Kathleen Sebelius how to set up a website? No. Did he pull the trigger killing Brian Terry, the border patrol agent killed in the F&F gun smuggling operation? No, of course not. Did he kill the four Americans who died in Benghazi? Of course not. Is any one of these events a scandal? I guess it all depends on what your definition of “is” is.

        Did the president personally kill bin Laden? I notice that he claimed credit for that.

        There is a difference between personally taking (or not taking) action yourself, and being responsible for it. Any coach will tell you that, as will the CEO of any company. However, if the team doesn’t perform, the team doesn’t get fired, the man in charge does – in the real world.

        • legal eagle

          With all due respect,,,Do you see many CEO’s get “fired”? J.P. Morgan Chase has paid hundreds of millions in fines over the past few years for violations of securities laws….Jamie Dimon is still CEO…..I can cite you many more examples….

    • El_Tigre_Loco

      If he wouldn’t sleep through his daily briefings…

    • legal eagle

      It’s a “scandal”? Why is that? Because some administrators gamed the system? That’s a political scandal?

      • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

        It’s not a scandal unless Jay Carney says it’s a scandal!

  • gonaes

    There’s only one answer at this point. impeachment, Impeachment and again Impeachment

  • Gloria

    If a child misbehaves and suffers no consequences for the misbehaving, he continues to do so. Pretty simple. This poor excuse for a ‘commander in chief’ plays the blame game, takes no leadership responsibility, pits one American against the other, circumvents the U.S. Constitution – unfettered, without media scrutiny and apparently no constraints. Therefore he continues to do so. This was his quest – to fundamentally change America and no one gets in HIS way!
    A shame, because I liked the country pretty much as it was before he got his grubby paws on it.

    • legal eagle

      You liked the country until they let a black guy be the CEO….LOL

      • chuck.tatum

        Aww. Did you really need to bring race into this? You sound like Bill Maher. The more he tries to sound like he’s for blacks and gays the more he reveals his own prejudices against the very same groups. For instance, to make fun of Lindsey Graham, he joked that Lindsey told John McCain to warm up the car while Lindsey grabbed his purse. Was Maher making fun Graham at the expense of gays? Or when Maher wants to threaten a conservative he’ll imagine them being thrust into a black neighborhood at night. Why does Maher think nighttime in a black neighborhood would be dangerous? Careful legal, your racism is showing.

        • legal eagle

          Yes he was making fun of the fact that Graham is gay…It’s called humor….

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            And since you hate gays, I’m sure you found it particularly funny.

      • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

        In other words, you can’t disagree with what she wrote, so you’ll go ahead and call her a racist. Atta boy.

      • El_Tigre_Loco

        BHO isn’t black. He is as much white, 50%. And he certainly isn’t an African American, because he didn’t grow up in the ghetto, he grew up in Indonesia! so he only identifies with African Americans at voting time.

        • FlaVet

          He is?

      • El_Tigre_Loco

        If you are so happy with a black running things why don’t you move to Africa, any country south of the Sahara will do.
        Herman Cain would have done so much better.

      • Jeff Webb

        Obama is white, LE.

      • Geoffrey

        Typical liberal response. When you cannot deny the facts, blame racism!

  • American1969

    Once again, Bernie, you nail it!

  • Richard Schwartz

    Bernie, O’Reilly, Limbaugh, Hannity and others, have exposed
    the scandals, one after the other, for the terms of this administration. Most
    discussions are based on evidence, which, of course, is the truth. Yet the
    administration and the media, from their bully pulpits, downplay each and every
    scandal, eclipsing and then reinventing the truth to the administration’s
    advantage. There is no accountability and no one is held responsible. Life goes
    on with a charismatic president who is insulated from reality and is still
    viewed as the messiah by many.

    The question I have is, are there a sufficient number of voters
    who will not be hornswoggled into voting for another charismatic,
    inexperienced, empty shirt, or are there too many low-information, dumbed-down
    voters to put America back on the right path?

    • gonaes

      I agree with your last paragraph in which you posed that question. I think there are too many low-information, dumbed-down voters to put America back on the right path.

    • chuck.tatum

      Would a candidate Dr.. Ben Carson be “voting for another charismatic, inexperienced, empty shirt?”
      Don’t get me wrong. I think Dr. Carson is very intelligent on many issues. And, like Obama, it would be to his advantage not to have a deep voting record. The second best part would be the Republican Party grabbing the flag of having the first 100% black man elected president. The best part would be Hillary losing ONE MORE TIME to a black man. Something tells me a Carson / Rice ticket (first all black presidential ticket) wouldn’t get the black vote or Bill Maher’s. That could mean 8 years of calling Bill and blacks racists. What fun!

      • legal eagle

        Dr. Carson is a well meaning neophyte who the Republicans have propped up as their new alternative to Colin Powell….no experience in government or in politics but a guy who can make news by making outrageous comments…Perfect for the GOP..

        • chuck.tatum

          I can’t fight you legal. You’re too darn smart. Ooops! There I go making another outrageously stupid comment.

        • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

          In other words, you view him as a traitor to his race because he’s an independent-minded conservative who says things that you don’t like. Got it.

          • legal eagle

            I view him as a neophyte who understands that in order for a minority to be heard in the Republican Party you have to be a “bomb thrower”…

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            So when members of the Congressional Black Caucus say things FAR more provocative than what Carson does (which they routinely do), who are they trying to impress? Are they just trying to be heard within their party?

          • Ron F

            John, I disagree with almost everything legal says but where did he say that he was “a traitor to his race”? FlaVet is the one who called the President the “Black Messiah”.

          • FlaVet

            And he’s not? He’ll lower the oceans, change the climate…and on and..”We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”. Black Messiah is just as “onerous” as one mentioning the Black Madonna.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Legal has claimed this in past comments. I’m just holding him to what he has said before.

          • legal eagle

            I didn’t, but Daly doesn’t really deal in reality…

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Remind how many times you’ve called Ben Carson an Uncle Tom, legal?

        • FlaVet

          And the Black Messiah? Hope and Change? You ignorant kumquat.

      • El_Tigre_Loco

        BHO has a voting record, of being anti-life. He certainly is following that.

    • Randy James

      The only hope we have is that the under-40 crowd figures out that it’s their future which is circling the bowl, and ejects the liberal detritus (like “legal eagle” for example) from the game.

      • FlaVet

        Have you ever watched Leno’s man on the street or O’Reilly’s Waters World? These people…”voters” too… are dumber than a pile of mud or a latte. Especially the under 40 idiots. Who should be made to take a citizenship test in order to retain their right to vote?

    • El_Tigre_Loco

      Why do we have such wusses in congress?

  • JASVN67

    The phony President is what resides at 1600 Pennsylvania ave. Hard to accept he will be in the White House for two more years. Can We the People endure him that long? Who has been held accountable for the not so phony scandals? Who was it that ordered automatic weapons be shipped south of the border?
    Who was it that ordered the IRS to silence the Tea Party? Who was it that ordered True the Vote should be harrassed and marginalized? Who was it that allowed four Americans to parish at the Embassy in Benghazi without any attempt to come to their aid? Who is accountable for the V.A. debacle doing great harm to the Nation’s veterans?
    He is not a problem solver but a problem creator. He is not a uniter but a divider. He is one who is always leading from behind. He draws red lines to be crossed and draws another when they are. Yes, phony scandals all, for the phony President to solve.

    • legal eagle

      You don’t have to endure anything…Drink a glass of wine and take an Ambien and when you wake up Hillary will be the POTUS…

      • JASVN67

        In your dreams…….perhaps so.

      • chuck.tatum

        President Hillary? Send in the Clowntons. And super-glue down the lamps, it’s gonna get Billy tonight.

      • chuck.tatum

        President Hillary! The first feminist enabler of a rapist. You Democrats are always first in everything.

        • legal eagle

          Keep up the hate….Maybe some sex might help calm you down?

      • chuck.tatum

        President Hillary? The first time everyone would be wishing for an empty pantsuit.

      • chuck.tatum

        President Hillary? Yes We Canckle!

      • Seven

        I’d be surprised if she runs. Too much baggage.

      • FlaVet

        And you…keep drinking the Drano.

      • Integrity

        Yes indeedy. You have to really admire and respect a strong woman who can set aside her dignity, self-respect and principles for the sake of her political party and her future political ambitions. Perhaps a Native-American Senator from MA would be a better choice? LOL

    • micky d.

      Obama has not a SMIGGEN of intelligence to be a dog catcher.

      • JASVN67

        Way to kind…my friend!

  • stmichrick

    The VA was never on the social justice or environment agenda; something they could blame Bush for. His condescending finessing of the issue at the press conference made it clear that he’s not that interested.

    • Deborah G

      community racist organizers. Like Obama,Sharpton,JessieJackson are all the same.Street pimps,druggies,agitators and affirmative action queens. certainly not suitable to try and run the greatest country in the world.Just change the pimp suit,the drug of choice, and the incredible lies and they are one and the same.guess old Harry Reid Lis ruling his statement about Obama bringing an ,”acceptable” black guy into the mix.

      • El_Tigre_Loco

        BHO is just a figurehead. People like Buffet and Soros run things.

        • Deborah G

          ya think? Lol But we have morons who voted for the guy simply because he was a homie.No one looked past his promises of eternal care,ice cream and a monthly check for all their victim hood.

    • El_Tigre_Loco

      It’s Ronald Reagan’s fault!

  • Buzzeroo

    Not one of his foul balls-from Gov’t sanctioned guns to Mexico to the IRS disgrace to the NSA problems to the Benghazi undefended, unavenged, falsely blamed massacre have gone away…they have just been deflected and the appearance of any undeniable proof of administration culpability or lying will blow him and his administration sky high just as Watergate destroyed Nixon–who had a hell of a lot more pluses to his presidency when his exploded than Obama could even think possible………..Now there is a very real beauty in the mill. It has been stipulated that the president was NOT in the situation room in the White House while the attack was going on………..and it has yet to be determined just where he was and what he was paying attention to. It has been confirmed that the White House was lobbying YOU TUBE onto the vaunted ‘video’ at the precise time that the attack was in progress. IF it turns out that the President was busy directing his bullshit factory instead of our armed forces while our ambassador and 4 brave guys were being massacred…HE’s DONE!!! and no amount of racial bias accusations will save him. He’ll become radioactive just as Nixon did and, in that weakened state he and his cronies will be unable to continue covering for him on the myriad of other crimes that his administration is guilty of and be forced to join in the trials against him just as the big shot republican former Nixon supporters wound up doing against him.

    • http://batman-news.com 1940voter

      Watch the rat faced Jarrett ride to the rescue. Obama and his skill sets border on criminal and the people who elected him border on morons with single digit IQ’s. The country will take decades to recover from Obama and the dems who have blindly led this country down a path of destruction. Maybe Reggie LoveBoy can show he was there with a deck of cards getting ready to fly off to a fund raiser the next day while Americans died and the lies unfolded.Hillary should be tried and sent to prison for dereliction of duty

      • legal eagle

        Rat Faced Jarrett…..spoken like a true old white hater…

        • http://batman-news.com 1940voter

          Tell that to families of the dead Americans–As for hate, wrong just absolute distaste for liars especially when the chief liar is the President

          • legal eagle

            Stop being so melodramatic….it only sells on Fox News…

          • http://batman-news.com 1940voter

            You wouldn’t know melodrama if it hit you in the face–your to busy sitting in the outhouse with the other dems ——————————————–

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Good point. Bend over and take it, like legal eagle does. Submitting to your employees is what makes you a man. lol.

          • legal eagle

            You’d like to bend over and take it….but then you’d cry…

          • Donald T. Rump

            That’s DISGUSTING!!! I am going to report you to Sheriff Daly!!!

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Hey look! More homophobia from our favorite left-wing homophobe, legal eagle.

          • Ron F

            John, you were the one who first said “bend over and take it”. Is it homophobia on your part?

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Give me a break.

            “Bend over and take it” is a widely recognized idiom. It means to allow an authority figure to reprimand you without you fighting back.

            Using homosexuality or homosexual acts as an aspersion (which a surprising number of liberals do, considering they’re supposed to be for gay rights) is something entirely different.

            You’re welcome for the lesson.

          • Dildog

            Do you have any original thoughts? Or do you just regurgitate everything that has ever been directed at you?

          • legal eagle

            If Valarie Jarett is rat faced what does that make your ugly puss?…..LOL

          • http://batman-news.com 1940voter

            your comments only show your ignorance ——————————————–

          • legal eagle

            Here we go…When in doubt use the victims families..

          • http://batman-news.com 1940voter

            Correct and we now know that during the attack ,while it was going on the WH was looking at youtube for the video.So your liar in chief is your hero? ——————————————–

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Like telling the victims’ families that a video was to blame for their deaths?

        • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

          Why would you think of a black person when you think of a rat? Sounds pretty racist to me.

    • stmichrick

      None of this matters; he’s the First Black President and he got the holy grail of the left, nationalized health insurance.

      • legal eagle

        The U.S. has nationalized health insurance? Since when? Did I miss something or does it only exists in your fantasy world?

        • stmichrick

          Haven’t you read about new federal ‘standards’ in your plan? Massive new monthly increases and deductibles?
          Ok legal. play dumb. It fits.

          • legal eagle

            You’re screen name is misspelled …It should read Dumbschmuck…

          • stmichrick

            …so you’ve come to the bottom line of leftist discourse, legal. An insult in response to reality.

      • Steve Bryant

        What if Jackie Robinson has batted .192?

  • Ted

    As a Illininois senator Obama often voted “present”. Now he stands “oblivious”.

    • Stimpy

      When it comes to executive decision making and action … Obama is still ‘present’ … and not doing a whole lot. He is the lamebrain-in-chief.

  • Ted

    And people lost their lives in these scandals. So I suppose the IRS scandal is not a problem becsuse alledgedly no lives have been lost (so far as we know now), just the scandals that got people killed.

    • El_Tigre_Loco

      How about the IRS sending 23,000 refund checks to the same address?

  • SkyCitizen

    The Obama Presidential Library will be the first one installed at a golf course snack bar.

    • http://batman-news.com 1940voter

      No put it on a barge in the middle of Lake Michigan and sink it on opening day with all the dems onboard

  • justintime

    Barry O. sold Americans a bill of goods, and they swallowed it hook, line and sinker. One of the greatest frauds perpetrated on the American people.

    • http://batman-news.com 1940voter

      And the msm was right there licking his tingles

    • Deborah G

      I couldn’t agree more.We had a racist vote for the rabble uniformed takers of society.A community agitator the like of Al Sharpton in a nicer suit.Period.Hopefully these same voters won’t get off the couch for a free beer and lunch for a skanky old white . southern woman carpetbagger.The next batch of morons we have to deal with are the stupid white women who can’t see past another woman running promising them unlimited chances to kill babies and support the lgbt cause.This country is run by the moron’s, teaching our kids to be homosexuals and deviants as good and never teaching them about .the government .IF we do not get all e houses back look out

      • El_Tigre_Loco

        Voting for a person because he is a certain race is just as racist as not voting for a person because of his race.

        • legal eagle

          Who said that, Confucius or Donald Sterling?….LOL

  • not_fooled

    Bernie: Why is everyone getting their shorts in a knot. Mr. Obama did say he would “fundamentally change American” He’s trying his best to do so. In some cases he has succeeded. How many more months before he’s gone? By the way what’s that line the people deserve the government they vote for. Hope I got that right.

    • legal eagle

      If you’d take your hands out of your shorts you wouldn’t have a knot in them…LOL

      • FlaVet

        You’d know, wouldn’t you. Master baiter.

  • Jarob54

    It boils down to leadership. There are those who make excuses and there are those who lead. You can decide which side the bread is buttered on this one. But what I find to be just unbelievable is this administration only discovers problems when they see it on the news or read about it in the newspaper. Pitiful!

    • Deborah G

      the only thing Barry can lead to is following the big butt of Moochelle the skank and where his next adoration speech can bem made.He is the worst empty suit white President we ever had.

    • El_Tigre_Loco

      There was an essay going around some time ago comparing a “Leader” to a “Boss.”

  • Johnny Deadline

    Excellent column, Bernie! In over his head is stating it politely. Owebama is to governing what Tienanmen Square is to the right to assemble, Al Qaeda is to women’s rights and Iran is to the freedom to worship. Barry’s governing style reminds me of a guy standing under a Mai Tai umbrella in the middle of a tsunami reporting there is a smidgen’s chance of precipitation.

  • Tova Feinman

    Obama’s presidency: “I’m mad”, “I’m really mad”, “I’m really really mad”. “Hey, is there a camera around to capture just how mad I really am?”, “Will a ‘selfie’ for ‘twitter’ due?”, “be sure to get my good side as I’m being really, really, really mad”, “good, my work is done, can we go play golf now?”

  • justintime

    I knew there was going to be a problem as soon as I heard Obama say, “I’m madder than hell.” Because when he gets “madder than hell” nothing gets done. Can America survive this man another 3 years? He must go – NOW.

  • joepotato

    Hey Bernie; are you starting to detect a pattern here…? Obunga is not just a community organizer anymore…. that’s for sure… He’s more like the teflon man of 1000 alibis and excuses… I’m shocked… shocked I tell ya… However, what can anyone expect from a Marxist Muslim Indonesian bath house boy using fake ID? Not much… The scandal ridden regime is probably even starting to embarrass the Bilderpukes who selected “Dingle” Barry over Killery in the beginning… Their annual meeting is coming up… Maybe they will allow their Indonesian candidate to resign… but we all know despots never do, even when they’re puppets … What will the hero of the new Fascism do?

    • FlaVet

      “Maybe they will allow their Indonesian candidate to resign..”

      Come on…he’s black…the ultimate pass for incompetence, right?

      • joepotato

        My guess is that he’s actually Indonesian or camel jockey with very little black…. That’s another part of the fraud IMHO… but I get your point… He’s been given the Teflon Card of Excuses by the presstitutes, but it may be expiring soon… One can only hope…

        • FlaVet

          If any of the lefty pols have any common sense and guts…or may have served themselves ( which is rare ), I’d think this is one they can’t ignore.

        • Deborah G

          my guess is if you did a DNA on the man you’d find he was black. Arab Muslim

          • joepotato

            Like I said … possible “camel jockey”… {:-)>

          • FlaVet

            Hussein Ali butthead? ?

          • Deborah G

            Hussein Ali Commie

  • FlaVet

    “Most Democrats won’t take a bullet for the president on this one.”

    Except for one POS named Bernie Sanders…the commie from the People’s Republic of Vermont….The only member of Congress to call himself a Democratic Socialist. The rest either are commies or “progs”.

  • justintime

    While Rome burns, the Emperor plays golf, shoots hoops, entertains pro-athletes and hollywood-types at the White House, while the White House (the peoples’ house) was closed to the people, and visits the Baseball Hall of Fame. I’m a 64 year old, Vietnam Veteran with a Purple Heart. I have my own horror stories to tell about the VA. When is brain-dead America going to wake up and see this president for the fraud that he is? I hope soon; probably never.

    • FlaVet

      Thanks for your service. My VA medical benefits were denied. Must be cause they’re more worried about the health care the terrorists in Gitmo receive than our vets…or because the $600,000,000 they squandered on VA office furniture instead of medical care for those 40 dead vets?

      • http://batman-news.com 1940voter

        Mobilize the vets in this country and Obama and the dems who have licked his tingles are toast, no matter how many blacks voted for him

        • FlaVet

          I think this latest slap in the faced is the catalyst we needed.

          • http://batman-news.com 1940voter

            Well it seems they found a judge to let Conyer’s n the ballet–Typical rigging the system When it comes to blacks expect anything ——————————————–

          • FlaVet

            Of course…the mighty frauds in black robes. Bet it was a woman too? AA must continue at any cost.

          • http://batman-news.com 1940voter

            His wife was convicted of embezzling city funds in Detroit and he knew nothing–Another clueless democrat–they stretch the rubber so far it’s invisible–Time for more depends ——————————————–

      • AnMar22

        Justintime & FlaVet, thanks for your service. I hope you get the med. care you deserve. You and your buddies deserve the best. God bless you.

        • FlaVet

          Thanks you for the kind words and sentiments.

          God Bless you too.

  • gerald

    Bernie:
    Your column is spot on. While the VA scandal has reached a boiling point
    our esteemed POTUS is out fund raising and arranging photo-ops with sports figures and then visits Cooperstown. VA scandal be damned. At best he is a charlatan squeezing his millionaire and billionaire lefty friends for more dough.
    The man has no conscience. He has a certain arrogant mentality.

  • Tim Bertram Black

    Conservatives absolutely HATE paying taxes… so of course you should investigate every last one of those freeloaders. They SHOULD target you folks who are always looking for a free ride… you love roads as long as you don’t have to pay one thin dime to create them.
    Remember how much time and energy was wasted investigating Clinton’s lying about a BJ???

    • FlaVet

      You mean a former POTUS defiling the Oval Office with a sexual gratification from a young, star struck intern? Or the same man being disbarred and impeached for being a lying, duplicitous, disingenuous low life?

      • Tim Bertram Black

        Many POTUS have “defiled” the oval office … there just wasn’t an opposition that was obsessed with the details of that stuff because it just doesn’t matter. Many, many, many men and women get caught up in their lust. Does that make it right? No… but does it mean we have to learn all the lurid details of each and every one? No… what percentage would lie? I don’t know, but if the question wasn’t any of their business and had no relevance whatsoever to Planet Earth… then let it go.
        Read Pillow Talk if you like that sort of stuff…
        It happens all the time… look at Larry Craig? Your boy wasn’t into jelly, though… he was into giving “RJ’s” to anonymous men in public restrooms. Its like bj’s but with rim instead. That was sort of interesting just for the sheer weirdness of it. but still. Don’t spend my money investigating it… just vote him out.
        “defiling”… moral indignation is just jealously with a halo.

    • Deborah G

      you are a disgrace to the USA. Conservatives are the most taxed folks in the nation,paying more then 80 percent of ALL the taxes while your corporate lubbers like. Gates and his pals take their corporations overseas and skip paying income taxes in the way they pay. you are a moron
      When a sitting president defiles the office with cheap affair he hasn,t got the sense,morals,or control to avoid what does that tell us about his judgement?

      now we have a total failure affirmative action big mouth who does zero and blames everyone else for his abject. Inability to make anyone responsible for anything and refuses to govern. you are BOTH morons

      • legal eagle

        Those affirmative action black SOB’s……hang em..

        • FlaVet

          No..give them jobs, kumquat. Not preference or pity.

    • http://batman-news.com 1940voter

      I guess the office of the Presidency can be disgraced by a democrat who is nothing more then a serial predator?

      • sailor sk

        Numerous terrorists warning prior to 9-11 and Mr. Bush, Cheney, and all oblivious. WMD, really. Thousands of American die and are gravely wounded in Iraq. Thousands overload the VA. AND Conservatives say nothing. 241 Marines die in Beirut, 1983 after significant warnings and no Democrat investigation. Teflon Ronnie. VA has had problems for decades. Republicans have voted against helping vets. Problems now that Obama should fix. But holier than thou and hypocritical Republicans shut the f**k up.

        • FlaVet

          You need a history lesson geezer:

          Democrat WarMongers

          • Started the Civil War when democrats refused to free their slaves – Jefferson Davis, Democrat (620,000 Americans killed)
          • Got us into World War I – Woodrow Wilson, Democrat (120,000 Americans killed)
          • Got us into World War II – Franklin Roosevelt, Democrat (500,000 Americans killed)
          • Democrats were the racist war criminals that locked up all Japanese Americans in the U.S., for no reason other than their race – Franklin Roosevelt, Democrat
          • Democrats are the only group in history to use Atomic Bomb weapon of mass destruction on mankind (two civilian only cities) – Harry Truman, Democrat (340,00 Innocent Civilians killed)
          • Started the Korean War – Harry Truman, Democrat (50,000 Americans killed)
          • Started the Vietnam War – Lyndon Johnson, Democrat (58,000 Americans killed)
          • Bosnian War – Proved to be one of the worst foreign policy debacles in American history – Bill Clinton, Democrat
          • Obama called Afghanistan the “good war” and is now responsible for 90% of all the spending in Afghanistan and also 85% of all U.S. military fatalities have occurred since May 15, 2009, when the first wave of his troop surge arrived in Afghanistan.
          • Started the Drone War on “Suspected” terrorists and civilians – Barack Obama, Democrat (over 3,000 “Suspected” terrorists, innocent civilians and at least 150 known children slaughtered so far). Blown to pieces because they were “S-u-s-p-e-c-t-e-d” of wrong doing.
          • Attacked Somalia without Congressional Approval – Barack Obama, Democrat
          • Attacked Libya without Congressional Approval – Barack Obama, Democrat
          • Attacked Yemen without Congressional Approval – Barack Obama, Democrat
          • Will attack Syria with or without Congressional Approval – Barack Obama, Democrat
          • Supplying Arms and aiding al Qaeda
          • Reignites Cold War with Russia after 25 years of Peace – Barack Obama, Democrat

          “shut the f**k up….what were you saying you silly shutin?

        • http://batman-news.com 1940voter

          Whose Navy were you in?
          ——————————————–

        • http://batman-news.com 1940voter

          Get your facts and timeline correct–Clinton the serial predator was to busy stroking his cigar to go after Bin Laden. Lets go back to FDR if you want lies and accountability or have you forgotten Pearl Harbor? He knew and did squat ——————————————–

    • Barancy Peloma

      no tim, you are flat -out wrong. the thing is, according even to scumbag eric holder, between 60-90 billion a year is wasted in medicare in fraud alone. he also estimated that number was at least as bad for medicaid. so, for 2 govt. run programs, you are looking at somewhere between 120-180 billion getting thrown away each year. it isn’t just the paying of taxes, it is the fact that each and every year so much is wasted and year after year, nothing ever gets done to fix it. liberals love to brag about how proud they are to pay taxes yet i’d bet non liberals are the ones who actually pay for most of the taxes. non liberals are sick of getting taxed knowing so many billions each year get wasted.
      if we actually got around the stopping the hemorrhaging of money, we could actually LOWER taxes. but as long as the govt. runs programs it has no business running, nothing will change since they don’t have to run a fiscally sound operation. those massive debts are just numbers on a computer screen to them. there is no motivation to ever get things straightened out.

      • Tim Bertram Black

        You are concerned about waste? O well, brother, we’re on the same page — ACA was a feeble attempt to get ANYTHING passed to deal with the healthcare crisis… and finally it got through…
        Cue the republicans to suggest something else or amend it to make it better… but instead? 50 votes to repeal it altogether… no votes to chisel it into something better.
        We needed single payer, but the repub-nuts wouldn’t even conceive of that… so we’s gots what we’s gots… NOW MAKE IT BETTER!
        I’m a Truman Democrat! So waste is my ultimate concern (did we need a new department of Homeland security??? couldn’t the alphabet soup of other agencies have handled? O well… another republican sow we’ll have to feed FOREVER).
        You are lost.

    • Ron F

      Who is getting a free ride? Have you ever looked to see who is paying the majority of taxes in this country?

    • Jeff Webb

      Let’s hope you’re nowhere near San Diego, at least until the wildfires no longer pose a danger to your strawman.

      • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

        Ha!

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      Serious question, Tim: Have you ever actually met a conservative before? Reading your posts is like listening to some nut trying to describe a run-in with Big Foot.

    • Geoffrey

      The time and energy “wasted ” investigating Clinton’s lying was required precisely because he LIED about it. Had he been honest, tax dollars would not have been spent uncovering his lies. Same holds true for Benghazi, IRS, Fast and Furious, NSA and VA. Had the Obama administration been honest and forthcoming about the facts in each case, much time, energy and money would have been saved.

      • Tim Bertram Black

        I would have lied, too. Many suspected Eleanor Roosevelt might be gay — they never reported on it… because it was none of their business and had no place in the business of government. Clinton’s bj wasn’t germain then; and still isn’t. It was republican Buffoonery of the highest order.
        At least we got to see Larry Craig berating the president on tv… years before he was caught with his “wide stance” … you should hear what Larry liked to do to those people, too… it wasn’t a BJ… it was an RJ… to anonymous men.

        • Geoffrey

          Tim Bertram Black: As you are a self-admitted liar (“I would have lied too…”) We can only attribute your response to ignorance. It was not Clinton’s BJ that resulted in his impeachment. It was his perjury, UNDER OATH, in testimony before a Federal Judge that resulted in his impeachment. Your attempt to conflate Larry Craig with Clinton is distinguishable because Clinton was under oath to tell the TRUTH. Truth is expected from all who TESTIFY in Court. A President is not exempt.

          As regards your lame example of Eleanor Roosevelt, she never testified under oath regarding her sexual proclivity. Further, she was not the President, engaging in illicit sex while on the taxpayers dime. You are a typical dummycrap apologist.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            None of their effing business… history agrees with me. That went way way too far… It is none of our business it isn’t germain… they went way too far.
            We live in a different age, true … but I don’t need to know or want to know what crap they are doing in the sack. Think of all the people you know who’ve risked it all for a little jelly? Larry wasn’t looking for jelly…. you don’t want to know what he was after.
            That urge affects us all — and many many men have done the wrong thing… that doesn’t make it our business.
            If it had happened to W, I’d say the same thing — and I’d be absolutely ashamed of democrats if they pushed the issue because it is irrelevant.
            Of course the “right” has to pillory anyone caught in the act because they have the emotional intelligences of 14 year olds — the religious stuff. They gotta Kow-tow to the prudes… I get it…
            But it ultimately makes and made the right look horrendously out of touch and foolish.
            Okay — now call me a “dummycrat” again.

          • Geoffrey

            You deflect the fact that Clinton was impeached for perjury, not his sexual dalliance. History, the Federal Court and the Arkansas Bar Association do NOT agree with you. So, O.K., you’re a dummycrap!

          • Tim Bertram Black

            No I didn’t. It was a witchhunt. I don’t know that I would have lied — but I can’t judge him because I wasn’t in his position– but maybe I would because it was so outlandishly ridiculous. The question never should have been asked. It was a waste of time… and history already sees it as Buffoonery of the Highest Order.
            I’m not deflecting anything… I just don’t think that it served any purpose beyond scoring points for the religious right. And they ultimately just looked liked Buffoons… Ahh, Henry Hyde carrying the articles of impeachment across the capitol… what a ridiculous spectacle.
            Here’s an oldie… The clinton’s had Vince Foster murdered. Discuss my dear friend. O, please, discuss.
            You live in a world of myths and conspiracies… what do I expect coming to the Bernster’s site.

          • Geoffrey

            You have already conceded, in your previous post, that you are a liar. (I would have lied too…”) Your attempt to disavow your proclivity to lie, ” maybe I would have lied…” is a weak attempt to “walk back” your previous admission.
            Once again, you attempt to deflect the fact that Clinton was impeached for LYING under oath, a practice you endorse, and not for sexual dalliance. Raising the Vince Foster matter is irrelevant to the issue of Clinton’s impeachment and is simply, another attempt to deflect.

            Your inability to confront the reason for Clinton’s impeachment, PERJURY, is glaring. Instead of disputing the issue of perjury, (a practice you admit to endorse), you, in typical liberal form, attack the messenger.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            I probably would have lied … but that is beside the point.
            He was impeached for lying. No deflection. No inability. Reread my posts — there may be words you have trouble with — but that’s what google is for.
            Now YOU have to live with the result of the Buffoonery. Be very very proud my tiny little friend.
            Vince Foster wasn’t a deflection — I presumed you’d take that one to the goal because of your … funniness. Let’s just call it funniness.

          • Jeff Webb

            Would you have sexually harassed a woman, and then when she sued you, committed perjury and obstruction to avoid responsibility?

          • Tim Bertram Black

            Of course not… But I would never in a billion years sexually harass anyone.
            These were consenting adults… the question never should have been asked. They were trying to humiliate him and they certainly did that — he did it to himself actually. In order to avoid a sideshow of Buffoonery mostly — and responsibility maybe… he was already known as a lothario.
            But the Buffoonery came on Cue… Linda Tripp, stained dresses, LARRY CRAIG (the r-job king) calling Clinton a naughty dirty filthy little boy, etc.
            In retrospect, the image of Henry Hyde carrying the “articles of impeachment” to the senate was a new low… salaciousness cloaked in pomp and circumstance.
            Why ask? There are some things you don’t want to know… Then Linda Tripp… I mean the oafish buffoonery of the entire scene (clinton included) was outlandish…
            Did you really need your kids to read about this stuff in their history books? Huh? Made no sense at all. Complete and utter waste of time and money…
            Dubya can’t even leave the country without the possibility of being arrested for war crimes. We didn’t impeach him? He used depleted uranium on the Iraqis… signed unfunded med part d… deleted pay as you go… said the lesson of vietnam was “if you quit you lose”… huh? Clinton was just randy.

          • Geoffrey

            That you are a self-admitted liar is now firmly established. (“I probably would have lied…”) You now concede that Clinton was impeached for lying. Perjury is a felony. It is a “high crime and misdemeanor” as contemplated by the Constitution. His impeachment, that which you deride as “buffoonery”, was constitutionally sanctioned.

            I have no trouble understanding your limited skills of expression. Your use of the word “funniness”, a word of your own creation, confirms that limitation.

            Of course your reference to Vince Foster was an attempt at deflection. It has absolutely no bearing on the Clinton impeachment. You resorted to Foster when your argument that Clinton was impeached for a BJ was decimated. A fact that you now, reluctantly, concede.

            Lastly, in true liberal form, when you cannot attack the message, you attack the messenger. Be advised that I am neither tiny nor little and I am certainly not your friend . No “funniness”, just TRUTH and CLARITY. Two qualities you demonstrably lack. .

          • Tim Bertram Black

            16 years and you are still this bitter? Don’t you think it would have been better had the question not been asked at all? They were consenting adults… everyone knew he was and probably still is a hound dog for the hair jelly? Do you like thinking your children and grandchildren will have to read about this in their history books? They’ll have a hard time understanding why something so benign had to become The Parade of Buffoons it became (Clinton included).

          • Geoffrey

            The lesson our children and grandchildren wii learn from this history is two-fold: First, that truthfulness is expected of all, including a President. (A lesson from which you might benefit.) Second that consequences result from intentional lying.

            Once again, you confuse the charge upon which Clinton’s impeachment was based. It was NOT his “benign” sexual dalliance. It was his PERJURY, a high crime and misdemeanor”, that resulted in impeachment.

  • Jon

    What is Obama mad at when these scandals come up? Is he mad he got caught reacting politically to an event that needed leadership? Is he mad that anyone might question his superiority in any situation? Is he mad because as any liberal knows if people disagree with you it is because of race, gender or sexual preference? God knows they are so intellectually superior that their position can’t be wrong.

    So Bernie, could you ask your media buds to find out what is Obama mad about when these scandals come up?

    • Stimpy

      He’s angry that he can only pretend to be angry. The only thing he truly gets angry at are “the enemy” — those nasty Republicans and the evil Fox news network. Just the old community organizer “us vs them” mentality.

  • SkyCitizen

    Bernie, In defense of the President, and his incompetence, he is nor more culpable than little people are for their height. If the press would only do their job and treat ALL politicians like Islamists treat women, incompetence would be a artifact of the past.

  • Lou

    Some years ago we had the Teflon Don now we have the teflon Pres. Well they finally caught up with the Don. maybe we will get lucky and they will catch up with the Teflon pres.

  • Craggy old conservative

    The political will to impeach Obama is weak although the charges against him are numerous. No one in either party will try to impeach a black man and the first black president.

    • begbie

      RACISM!! Impeachment wouldn’t help us now anyway. Clinton’s impeachment only cemented his cool factor and made the man a legend with the left.

      • Craggy old conservative

        Wrong. Impeachment brings justice. No one controls the consequences. Clinton was rightfully impeached regardless of his polularity.

        • begbie

          Just kidding about the racism bit…….Agreed, he was rightfully impeached. But what justice can you really expect? Do you really expect Obama to be convicted, chained, then excommunicated from the public mind and American history? Impeachment feels good but accomplishes little.

          Let’s get real. The Senate needs to be won along with the Presidency. Secure the Supreme Court before it gets worse. Then change this craphole for the better.

          • Craggy old conservative

            Agreed. The senate and the Presidency are important.
            In reality Obama will never be impeached. Should he be in my opinion. Unequivocally yes.

        • legal eagle

          You forgot to use the word “bitter” in your screen name….

          • FlaVet

            Look whos calling the kettle black. You’re destined to be one yourself.

    • AnMar22

      But it will be historical….maybe even hysterical.

    • legal eagle

      What are the charges Mr. Craggy?

      • Craggy old conservative

        Oh my! These are many charges one does not where to start.
        I give you here just one refernce to sink your teeth in.

        http://andrewcmccarthy.com

        • legal eagle

          Your reference is a craggy old man like Andrew McCarthy? Birds of a feather….LOL

    • Jeff Webb

      Just a little correction, Craggs: Obama is white. Make it a point to enlighten (pardon the expression) liberals with that fact whenever the opportunity presents. : )>

  • Joh

    I watched Obama’s last press conference, when he addressed the VA investigation/scandal and was amazed that this man, who considers himself the smartest man in the room, has recycled the same speech over and over again. You could just take “VA” and insert “IRS”, “Ben Ghazi” or any of the other “phony scandals” he has pooh pooh’ed and not miss a beat.
    I am a conservative and not must admit that I cringed whenever George Bush got in front of a microphone because you knew he was going to stumble over his words. How can liberals not feel the same way every time Obama starts into his “phony” outrage and starts pinning his troubles on Bush or Fox News?

    • begbie

      “They will be PUNISHED!!” Not fired, just PUNISHED!!

  • FareedAnsari

    George Washington was a community organizer.

    • begbie

      LOL! Hardly. Washington was a soldier. He risked his life and fortune for revolution. Washington could have been King, but turned it down thank god. He wasn’t perfect, but he certainly was much more than a community organizer.

      • EddieD_Boston

        King George said of Washington upon the end of the war that if he didn’t impose himself as an emperor he’d be the greatest leader whom ever lived. Some idiots just don’t get it.

        • Ted Crawford

          Exactly!!
          He was such a humble man, in spite of his obvious ability to lead, it was only through the force of Washingtons character that a military revolt was prevented following the Revolutionary War, that he refused to serve a third term!

    • Craggy old conservative

      Dumb comment. Next.

    • begbie

      NO. But Hitler was.

    • Ted Crawford

      Not much on History we see! George Washington was a Planter and a Soldier! In other words he understood Economics, personally, not just academically! He knew about Productivity and he was Intimately aware of the need and the costs, monetary and human, of National Defense! Obama possess NONE of these qualities, and with rare exceptions, neither do most of his Cabinet or Advisors!

    • Deborah G

      you need to study American history and not what your Muslim schools teach you.

    • FareedAnsari

      George Washington brought together different, religious, political, civil, industrial, educational, and other communities who quite often didn’t see eye to eye, and single handedly formed a Nation. “By the end of his first term, Washington had succeeded in establishing three administrative departments: State, Treasury, and War, and had secured executive control of appointments to their top posts. A customs and internal revenue agency was in operation; national credit had been put on a stable basis; an effective army had been organized; a vigorous diplomatic service was stationed abroad; postal service extended to the farthest reaches of the republic; a federal judiciary enforced its decisions throughout the country.” This organization known as the United States of America has been tested by war foreign and domestic, economic depression, revolutions, social strife, ignorance, and intolerance has managed to endure because of the work of Washington’s community organization through leadership and example.

  • Pete Peterson

    Hope this reaches Bernard. I love reading your essays when large portions of them are not covered up by ads for “Lower My Bills.Com. Get rid of that trash or include a way that the reader can get rid of it.

  • EddieD_Boston

    I don’t blame Obama at all. I blame the fools who voted for him. What the heck were you thinking voting for a man in his late 40′s who never really accomplished anything in his adult life? Also, he voted present most of the time as a senator, both in Illinois and DC, which proves he is lazy and couldn’t be bothered. He was and is an empty suit. But it made you liberals feel good, which is much more important.
    My theory on Obama: All the liberals who educated him from prep school through law school wanted to prove their liberal bona-fides but fawning over him. He was graded and assessed by liberals who wanted him to be brilliant in the worst way. Because of this he actually believes he’s smarter than everyone else. But Obama isn’t and he doesn’t have the intellectual capacity to understand and solve problems.
    All you need to understand about education in America is my govenor Deval Patrick went to a $40,000 a year prep school, Harvard College and then Harvard Law School and it took him 3 tries to pass the Mass Bar Exam. Fact.

    • legal eagle

      Those black guys are too dumb to pass the bar exam on the first try….LOL

      • begbie

        That’s pretty harsh, legal. You don’t currently own a basketball team do you? Better apologize quick.

        • legal eagle

          Getting ready to put in my bid for the Clippers….LOL

          • FlaVet

            Get some ear plugs and blinders too.

      • EddieD_Boston

        Not what I said idiot.

        • legal eagle

          What did you say?

      • EddieD_Boston

        Read it again. He took it 3 times…and he went to Harvard!!!
        Has any Harvard grad ever needed 3 tries to pass the Bar Exam? Doubt it. That was my point. You must not have the ability to read. Don’t be so smug because each week you post some very foolish replies and your act is lame.

        • legal eagle

          “Has any Harvard grad ever needed 3 tries to pass the Bar Exam? Doubt it.”
          How would you know the factual answer to your question? I know plenty of people who didn’t pass the bar exam on the first or second try….The reason is usually because they didn’t study before the test..

          • Kevin Hubble

            How many times did it take you?

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            You’re assuming he’s actually a lawyer?

          • FlaVet

            You mean…they have to study? Holy sheet bat man…they didn’t tell them that part.

      • Craggy old conservative

        You make a good point.

        “Those black guys are to dumb to pass the bar exam on the first try”

        Cudos

  • lark2

    Mr. Obama has NEVER had a job. He has NEVER had to set his alarm to get to work on time. Other than getting elected, he has NEVER accomplished anything. He doesn’t attend 7 am National Security Briefings because he prefers not to get up that early … unless he has an early tee time. He has NEVER “managed” anything or been responsible for anything. He is thought to be an “academic” however, I can’t figure out how people reach that conclusion. Does teaching a couple of classes as a part timer, make one an “Academic” ? They say he was a “Community Organizer” however, they never say what he actually did. What were is accomplishments as a Community Organizer? … no one knows. They say he grew up in poverty, yet he attended the most exclusive and expensive private school in Hawaii, followed by Occidental College in Los Angeles and then the “Ivy League” … the most expensive education imaginable … all without financial aid and without a job. Wow! It is abundantly clear he is the greatest fraud in the history of the world … better even than Bernie Madoff! Incredibly, he was elected and re-elected by those who thought a being Black was a qualification and by Liberal Democrat “intellectuals” who are smarter than the rest of us.

    • legal eagle

      That lazy black fraudster……impeach the SOB…LOL

  • The Master Chief

    Live this Nightmare as we speak.And like years gone by,nothing will happen. Veterans are disposable we bore the Brunt of safeguarding Liberty,Old News.Until the next emergency,Then the same rotten process takes over. Nuff Said.

  • MontanaMade

    The ONE reason this one just might stick, and it’s not directly about wounded vets- it’s because it’s the precursor to the Much Loved by ALL Americans by a WIDE margin: OBAMACARE (please note the sarcasm…)!!! People in America are going to figure out rather quickly that the VA Care the vets are experiencing is the exact same care everyone else will be experiencing in the upcoming years! Once that realization sets in- the peeps will not stand for it.

    It’s okay for the “other guy” to have it. It’s only barely tolerable to have the vets have it- but to Joe and Jill American- THIS WILL NOT STAND!!! The you know what will hit the fan and Barry will have to answer (FINALLY!!!) for it!

  • Ryan Nichols

    I really don’t think Obama really cares about anything but his own agenda. He ran for President solely so he could push his policies, not for all the responsibility of actually running the country.

    • legal eagle

      Must have been Obama signing up those vets for VA coverage….LOL

      • Ryan Nichols

        Oh. Lol. Right. .. its the vet’s fault. .

      • Geezer

        You laugh too much, Eagle.

        • legal eagle

          Opposing counsel told me that recently….I told him that his client’s position was funny…..

          • FlaVet

            Where was that…traffic court? Or were you repping a pedophile?

        • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

          It’s easier for him to type racist rhetoric if he ends it with a LOL. That way, he can claim he was joking later. Sometimes the habit carries over to his non-racist stuff.

  • savage24

    The reason we have this guy as president comes from the fact that the people of this country have had it pounded into their heads that they have the right to vote, but not the responsibility of the vote.
    Every time Obama gets mad he heads for the golf course, and when he’s not mad he heads for the golf course, now that’s management. I don’t care if he goes to the golf course, but I do mind that he says he’s “mad as hell” and that this or that is unacceptable and I’m going to get to the bottom of it and then goes to the golf course and nothing is done until the next time. He talks the talk, but never walks the walk. He is never held responsible for anything, it’s always somebody else’s fault.

    • legal eagle

      Sort of like Ike..

      • savage24

        What the hell does Ike have to do with what is going on in the VA today? Are you liberals planning to blame him for Obama’s ineptitude too? Take a look in the mirror once in a while, you might see where the problem really is.

        • legal eagle

          The reference was to golf…

    • legal eagle

      The right to vote should be limited to landowners like the Founding Fathers wanted it….That would keep those poor whites and minorities from sticking their nose into subjects they are too dumb to understand…LOL

      • Kevin Hubble

        That would leave out a lot of those Democrat-voting women who wouldn’t be able to vote because the property they live in would more than likely be held in the husband’s name. That’s sure going to exclude a lot of blacks, hispanics, other immigrants and more of “those people” from voting since many of them may only rent or lease. It will leave out all of those poor people who feed at the government teet and vote for the party of big government and who “own” only the land their cardboard box rests on. Let’s also exclude those who live in government-subsidized housing since they do not own the land. We’ll also have to exclude the “Hey, Dude!” generation since they own neither land nor an IQ. I’m sure there are other Democrat voting blocs we can exclude but, this is a start. LE, I think we’ve found something we can agree on. I think you’ve help to create a permanent 75% Republican Party congressional majority in this country. I like the way you think.

  • Kit Carson

    Barry O, should do us all a favor and step down for the good of America. This latest put down of our veterans is a total disgrace.

  • legal eagle

    Bernie’s lack of new material is an indication of how lazy he’s become in his quest to keep his angry old haters properly angry….Keep feeding the beast ….

    • newsjoc2004

      I’m sure Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and Al Sharpton have something new and pithy to say. You’re more than welcome to visit their shows or blogs. Otherwise stay at the children’s table and let the adults solve the world’s problems.

      • legal eagle

        What solutions do the right wingers offer other than more moaning and groaning?

        • geezer

          Eagle, if you ever saw the inside of a law school they must have specialized in argumentum ad homimem.

          • legal eagle

            They do…they teach you to argue using facts , unlike right wingers, who generally don’t care about the facts..

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            It’s only a fact once Jay Carney says it. Gotcha.

          • legal eagle

            Take your finger out of your butt and come up with some new material…

        • Kevin Hubble

          There’s gonna be plenty of slander and race-baiting, too. We’ve picked those up from left-winger Harry Reid. I hope we can remember the cross-burning solution we got from left-winger Robert Byrd and the How-To-Drown-Your-Secret-Ho-In-The-Backseat-Of-Your-Car-And-Get-Away-With-It solution we learned from left-winger Ted Kennedy.

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      Legal eagle accusing someone of lacking new material. Now that’s hilarious.

  • Kit Carson

    Barry O hasn’t as much ran a lemonade stand in his life. Now that O’s boat is falling apart at the seams and sinking, his liberal boot-lickers in the media are playing the old worn race-card canard with reckless abandon. Questioning Barry O’s failed policies and scandals will be met with loud shouts of RACIST, hoping to silence any opposition.

    • legal eagle

      Those black guys should be limited to playing basketball, football or rapping..

      • Kevin Hubble

        Legal: Would you favor an Affirmative Action system in which players in the NBA, NFL and the rap music industry be subjected to an Affirmative Action system like what you want in business. Do you believe the racial makeup of NBA teams should reflect the racial makeup of society at large? Of NFL teams? Should white basketball players be given preference on NBA rosters in order that those rosters more accurately reflect the racial makeup of society at large? If the CEO’s and Boards of Directors should show Racial/Ethnic/Religious/Sexual/Gender diversity in which minorities are favored over whites in order to correct perceived imbalances, do you support such policies in the NFL, NBA and rap music or are you a hypocrite?

        • legal eagle

          Affirmative action in sports is still an issue in the coaching and GM ranks…Players don’t need a level playing field..

          • Kevin Hubble

            Why not? Players are employees just as are lawyers (How does your office stack up by the way?), police officers, firemen, public employees and football coaches. If black coaches have been held back because of a racist view that they are inferior to white coaches because of their color why can it not also be true that white players have been historically held back because of a hidden racist view that blacks are superior to whites athletically and so have not been permitted the same opportunities to prove themselves at the highest levels in sports? To correct this clear historical discrepancy, the only remedy is an affirmative action program that will be monitored by me (and me alone) which will continue until I say it can stop. How does that sound?

          • legal eagle

            Affirmative action is policy affecting government contracts etc. not private business….Interesting discussion but not applicable unless a government entity buys a franchise..

    • begbie

      You called it, Kit. Legal: “RACIST!”

  • begbie

    Why actually govern when you can campaign out of every scandal?

  • sean1

    Here’s the sad truth: Obama and his people will say it takes time to get to the bottom of things. Then nothing will happen Then anyone else who brings up the story again will be the victim of eye rolls. Then the country will forget, vets will continue to suffer, and the President will continue on his merry way.

    It’s sad to have to write those words – but they’re the truth.

  • Dennis

    I am seeing and hearing more and more people, especially kool aid loving, leg tingling Barack lovers starting to admit they are disappointed with him. Every time I hear this I want to ask them: why? Why are you surprised? I am not. I made a rational, reasoned, objective analysis of this man in ’08 and saw clearly nothing there.
    No job experience except he was cool; no management experience except he was cool; no administrative experience except he was cool; no leadership experience or ability of any kind except he was cool; nothing of substance of any kind except he was cool. It has taken this long for some of the starry-eyed useful idiots to finally realize the depth of his total lack of any ability or experience to vote for him to be President? Now you are finally getting what the rest of us have known all along. Seriously? Why? Did I mention he is really, really cool?

  • SkyCitizen

    Bernie, Obama subscribes to the political school of Santa Claus. As long as he shows up on December 25th each year nothing else matters. Children don’t care if Santa stole the gifts as long as the gifts show up on time. The VA scandal is different from all other scandals in that Christmas has been canceled for Vets of all political stripes. The kids are very upset.

  • Seattle Sam

    Six years ago we tried to get the world to see Obama for what he really was — a radical ideologue, an academic with no real world skills, a man for whom a good speech was an acceptable substitute for effective action. But journalists covered their eyes and proclaimed him the One We Have Been Waiting For. Just like they assured us that Mao was an “agrarian reformer”.

    • legal eagle

      So the “media” elected Obama twice? Did they do the same for GWB?

  • Ksp48

    1. I am deeply concerned.
    2. We will get to the bottom of this and hold those responsible accountable.
    3. I will appoint _____ to make a report
    4. Nothing happens
    5. Move on.
    6. Phony scandal
    7. What difference does it make?
    8. Dude , that was two years ago.
    9. Rinse. Repeat.

    • EddieD_Boston

      Pretty much sums it up.

  • Jenn

    Resident obummer is only mad as hell because people are seeing him for who he really is…and he certainly is not fit to even have the title of president…he is a disgrace!!!

    • legal eagle

      Impeach the black SOB!!!

      • begbie

        But….but….but…RACISM!

      • Ryan Nichols

        He the should lose his job. He’s supposed to represent all of America. He clearly doesn’t. He’s also clearly an incompetent administrator. I know legal, you’ve been directed to claim racism at the first sign of criticism. You ignore any and all incompetence. Why is it that progressive Americans are so fixated on color? Why is a person’s race so important? Why is it the first thing you notice?

        • legal eagle

          He should lose his job? Why, because you don’t support democracy or because the guy you voted for didn’t win?

          • Ryan Nichols

            Umm. Because he’s incompetent. And he lied to the American public. Also he benefited from the crimes committed within the IRS. And now he and his loyal subjects aren’t cooperating in any investigations. The list could literally go on for pages. But the #1 reason is he’s in over his head. He’s so fixated on politics he’s overseeing a government that makes absolutely no progress. And one where failure is an option. Incompetence is ignored, and division not only acceptable, but seems to be policy. Bottom line this nation is going backwards. I personally at this point wouldn’t care if this administration was replaced by another democrat one. As long as it was one who had this nations best interest first and foremost. It would be difficult for the left to find anyone more incompetent than this current cast of race swindlers.

          • legal eagle

            The only thing that’s going backwards is your ability to think or make a living….

          • Ryan Nichols

            This is proof of how ignorant you are. You have no valid retort, so you just choose to not think and just be childish. It’s not my fault you have no money. It’s not the rights fault you’re uneducated. Take some responsibility for yourself, stop blaming for your laziness and mistakes. You can’t play the victim and expect success.

            I’ve worked hard to get where I am. I had to go through hard times, and take chances. Nobody gave me anything. So I have little sympathy for those who don’t even try.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Ryan, I think you’re grossly underestimating the commitment it takes to earn the rank of Internet Troll. Legal Eagle’s put a lot time into it.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            You see, Ryan… You’re only a success in life when you blindly and anonymously parrot everything Jay Carney says.

      • Craggy old conservative

        Agreed

    • FlaVet

      Ya gotta admit..he does look good on the lawn though doesn’t he?

  • Ksp48

    Your problem Bernie, is that you have a brain. When Obama claims that he “just read” about something in the papers you remember that he talked about that very thing incessantly 5 years ago, and 4 years ago and 3 years ago etc. When he claims that it was “phony” you remember that he was “deeply concerned” and “outraged” and vowed to “get to the bottom” of it just months ago. When absolutely no one is held responsible you remember how he vowed to “hold those responsible”. When some jerk like Pelosi or Reed says anything at all you remember how they said exactly the opposite last year or last administration. When Obama says anything, you remember that he voted just the opposite when he was a senator (if he bothered to vote at all). Having a brain is such an inconvenience these days. It prevents you for Loving Big Brother as you should. Remember: we have always been at war with Eurasia.

  • Seattle Sam

    For the President “angry” is merely a word — like “hope” and “change. ” Full of sound and fury, but signifying nothing.

    • JanelleHumbert

      Sam, certainly Shakespeare and Samuel Clemens both spoke volumes in few words. He doesn’t – I loved the reference.

  • DaveW

    Obama has clearly demonstrated that he is incompetent in the role of President. He lacks both the skills and the interest in managing and his direction on and implementation of foreign policy are tragic for the US. It has become another reminder that electing representatives based on image and like-ability rather than proven competence has serious consequences. What is particularly frustrating is how Obama tries to cover up, deny and otherwise search for ways to put favorable political spin on all of these mistakes.

  • Brian Stover

    Let’s ignore politics for a second, and realize that the place for philosophers and orators is the Senate.
    The Presidency requires strong management skills. Without them, all Hell breaks loose and our country suffers.

  • smorkingapple

    So he’s in over his head huh? OK. What would you say about him if the following occurred under his watch?

    9/11
    Abu Ghraib
    Torture
    Katrina
    Economic meltdown
    No WMD’s
    Scooter Libby

    Kinda kills you these “scandals” don’t really compare to, you know, actual scandals, doesn’t it? Where people actually died in far greater numbers than this. And that was all under the “MBA” president and a VP who had decades of actual Washington experience.

    And as for all this concern over the vets. Spare me. Please. Go watch any highway exit ramp for an hour. See how concerned America is for its vets.

    And where is the outrage that vets are killing themselves? The VA has been an absolute feces show for decades now, why is it now all of a sudden a scandal?

    • Integrity

      And yet, you would probably argue that Government run healthcare is a good thing. How does any of the “scandals” you listed exonerate the current president from his? Some of your Bush “scandals” have merit; some of the others are just partisanship. By the way, you forgot TARP. Our Government is failing, regardless of which party is in power. I was not aware that there was a body count competition to see which party should not be blamed. Finally, in full disclosure, I have been lucky because my experiences dealing with the VA have been good. I care about the vets. QED

      • smorkingapple

        I’m just pointing out the fake outrage while most of you were quiet when real outrages were occurring under Bush.

        Glad to hear your VA experience is good. It is a scandal what’s happening in the VA I just cringe at the blatant attempts to lay it at Obama’s feet as if:

        - these problems didn’t exist already before he got to town

        - he has no other focus on anything besides this
        - America itself doesn’t have a complicated relationship with those who fight on its behalf.

        Look, I think what’s happening in the VA is atrocious. Although I’m not part of the lets break out the pom poms for the military crowd, I acknowledge they deserve that much for their sacrifice, But this country loves to cheer its vets on, yet do nothing for them beyond the cheers.

        Those suicide rates are a symptom of people who come home broken, expect something for that, and get nothing. All the divorce rates, abuse cases, etc that are spiking? The soldier who just shot up Ft Hood? All of that is the same thing, we propagandize military life to death but a lot of these guys get nothing when they come back because it’s a video game to most of America.

        • JanelleHumbert

          Apple, why do you or anybody else feel compelled to defend any pol? There are two sides to a quarter, but it is still a quarter.

        • Integrity

          Apple, It is quite obvious that we will disagree on many things. That being said, you do have some valid points. I applaud you for honestly trying to engage in a discussion and not just poking people who disagree with you in the eye. I think we can both agree that our Government fails quite often, regardless of which party is in office. QED

      • legal eagle

        Medicare works quite well but let me not divert you from your negativity…

        • Craggy old conservative

          Medicare works well at enormous cost to the taxpayer.
          I guess you haven’t heard recently that big entitlements are unfunded and increasing the debt exponentially?

          • legal eagle

            Medicare is funded…check the facts..

    • Jeff Webb

      >>So he’s in over his head huh?<> What would you say about him if the following occurred under his watch?<>Kinda kills you these “scandals” don’t really compare to, you know,
      actual scandals, doesn’t it? Where people actually died in far greater
      numbers than this.<>And that was all under the “MBA” president and a VP who had decades of actual Washington experience.<>And as for all this concern over the vets. Spare me. Please. Go watch any highway exit ramp for an hour. See how concerned America is for its vets.<>And where is the outrage that vets are killing themselves?<<

      I found it. It's in the toolbox of hacks who question the motives of the current administration's critics. Check under the deck of race cards.

      • smorkingapple

        >>Fine, let’s indulge your distractions for a moment.
        9/11 was an act of war by foreign terrorists, not a “scandal”; if you’re referring to the claim President Bush could’ve prevented it, that’s a long-debunked myth. Three words: do some research.<>Abu Ghraib, the meltdown, failing to find the WMD’s, and Libby didn’t cause deaths.<<

        This cat seriously said Abu GHraib didnt cause deaths. The holocaust didn't either. That's essentially what you just said.

        Ask Bernie Madoff's victims and his own family members if meltdown didn't cause deaths.

        We went to war on WMD's. People died in that war and it was on false pretenses.

        Not distractions at all. You don't get to say someone is in over their head when you praised a guy who by your standards was not only in over his head, he went thru the sinkhole at the bottom so much so that after 8 years you cats didn't even want him at your convention.

        • newsjoc2004

          Actually, Mrs. Clinton was warned by Ambassador Hicks that an attack could be coming. He asked for more security, and was denied. Period.

          • legal eagle

            How about Bush…wasn’t he warned about imminent attack? Republicans didn’t have too much problem with Bush and Rice ignoring warnings did they?

          • rdgeorge

            Yes he was warned but they didn’t know where an attack was imminent.
            Not sending extra security into Benghazi in retrospect was a bad judgement call but not a scandal.
            The blaming of the video and the continuation of that clear deceit is where the scandalous behaviour took place.

          • newsjoc2004

            That’s exactly right. The President and everyone else in the food chain lied about really happened for political purposes, PERIOD. And they continue to lie, about their lying!

          • legal eagle

            So…..are you shocked that the government lies or did you just graduate from kindergarten?

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            You see newsjoc2004, lying is only acceptable when you’re a liberal. When a liberal does it, it’s for your own damn good!

          • legal eagle

            Like “Mission Accomplished”?……LOL

          • begbie

            I’ll agree with that. It was a purely political stunt and shouldn’t have been done. I cringed when I saw that. I cringe when I see anything that is more pep-rally than substance.

            And Obama is the master of the pep-rally. Every speech is a campaign event. Every news conference is damage control. It’s getting very old.

          • legal eagle

            It’s called politics…..If it’s getting old, don’t watch it… It’s done for media coverage just like it’s always been done….

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            You see begbie. When you’re a conservative politician, it’s a “lie” and an “outrage.” When you’re a liberal, it’s “meh, just politics.”

          • nickshaw

            I don’t know, RD.
            Ignoring requests for security, what with two previous incidents at that compound and what was going on in Benghazi at the time is pretty dang scandalous to me!
            There was a reason Stevens was put in that situation with no overt military presence for his protection.
            Only Skeeter or Pantsuit can tell us why.

          • begbie

            But…but….but….BUSH!

          • nickshaw

            You people keep throwing up this clown show example.
            What did you expect Bush to do based on that intelligence? Intelligence based on a logical assumption, by the way.
            Planes had been hijacked and bombed by suicide terrorists many times previous to 9/11. Is it such a stretch that they might do it again?
            Shut down all air traffic in the US until he got to the bottom of it?
            Sure, that would have gone over well.
            I’m willing to hear what your enlightened response would have been to such a threat.

          • legal eagle

            Read the 9/11 report…The “intelligence’ was far more exhaustive than that and Bush did nothing before 9/11…Read the book by Richard Clarke…

          • nickshaw

            Hindsight is always 20/20.
            Except for climate change, I guess.

          • legal eagle

            Where had planes been hijacked prior to 9/11?

          • nickshaw

            Seriously?

          • Kevin Hubble

            Never. 9/11 was the first airplane hijacking in the history of aviation. Never before had an airplane been hijacked. You’re right. We’re sorry we brought it up. It was George Bush’s fault.

          • legal eagle

            There had not been a hijacking in years and there was no hijacking, that I am aware of, where a plane was used as a weapon…….Am I mistaken?

          • legal eagle

            Assuming she was warned why was Smith having meetings in Benghazi instead of Tripoli….Did Hillary make him schedule meetings there?

          • newsjoc2004

            You have a question that hasn’t been answered. I thought ALL the questions about Benghazi have been answered. At least that’s what the president, his spokesman and defenders keep telling us.

          • legal eagle

            You want an investigation because “every” question has not been answered? As Chris Smith cannot answer it’s going to be a little difficult, don’t you think?

        • Jeff Webb

          Again, do some research. Benghazi was a very specific location with multiple warnings–how specific was the intel Bush had?

          Abu Ghraib was embarrassing mistreatment of prisoners, which isn’t lethal. You comparing that to the holocaust & attributing it to me? Pathetic.

          The economic meltdown=Madoff? First, that’s a reach, second, Madoff was not the responsibility of the WH.

          Once again, failing to find WMD’s wasn’t lethal. Going to war was not a scandal. EVERYONE was convinced the intel was good, not just Bush.

          Yes, distractions. Every time you bring up Bush, it takes focus away from Obama’s issues. You ain’t kidding anyone except yourself.

          • legal eagle

            It’s strange how you are so predictable….Republicans are good, Dems are bad….How boring….
            It would appear you are no more than an ideologue who has chosen a team to root for and doesn’t care how crappy they play…
            At least Goldberg makes money keeping his fans riled up…What’s your excuse?

          • rdgeorge

            I’m afraid that’s projection on your part.
            That’s not my view.
            The treatment of poor performance, the scrutiny and analysis that arises as a result is very different and the Democrats are treated far more favourably.
            The fact both are flawed and incompetent on occasions’ is without dispute, at least from me.
            I think you are very much more partisan that you care to admit.

          • legal eagle

            If you like Obama bashing you have many media outlets including Fox News and talk radio….Are you saying that you not every media outlet is equally critical? I agree, but so what? You can get your news or opinion from whatever media you’d like…That’s what makes the USA a great country…

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            >>It’s strange how you are so predictable

            Legal Eagle calling someone “predictable.” Priceless.

          • Jeff Webb

            >>It’s strange how you are so predictable….Republicans are good, Dems are bad…How boring<>It would appear you are no more than an ideologue who has chosen a team to root for and doesn’t care how crappy they play<>At least Goldberg makes money keeping his fans riled up…What’s your excuse?<<

            Free coffee and access to the stamp machine.

          • smorkingapple

            OK so this post essentially says that while all that happened under Bush, he had no direct responsibility for it.

            But Obama does for the stuff that happens under him, no matter how tangential.

            Got it.

            As for the Benghazi warnings? This came from the Senate Select committee. Bipartisan.

            >>There was no singular “tactical warning” in the intelligence reporting leading up to the events on September 11, 2012, predicting an attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi on the 9/11 anniversary, although State and the CIA both sent general warning notices to facilities worldwide noting the potential security concerns associated with the anniversary. Such a specific warning should not have been expected, however, given the limited intelligence collection of the Benghazi area at the time.

            To date, the Committee has not identified any intelligence or other information received prior to September 11, 2012, by the IC or State Department indicating specific terrorist planning to attack the U.S. facilities in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.

            Although it did not reach the U.S. Intelligence Community until after the attacks, it is important to note that a former Transitional National Council (TNC) security official in Benghazi, had received information of a possible imminent attack against the Mission facility in advance. The official said that approximately four hours prior to the attack, he attempted to notify the Libyan Intelligence Service (LIS) that an attack was expected, but he was unable to reach two contacts he had in the LIS as they were out of the country<<

            Dude just turn off right wing radio. It's cigarettes for your brain

          • Jeff Webb

            This is the last time I’m indulging you; next time you want any attention focused on President Bush, I’m willing if he’s the topic of the column.

            >>OK so this post essentially says that while all that happened under Bush, he had no direct responsibility for it.<<

            No, I was saying your argument was based on faulty reasoning. You need to meet three standards if you're going to cite, going by your words, scandals of the Bush administration where people died:

            A) they have to be actual scandals, not just accusations or events you argue to be offensive,
            B) they're due to abject recklessness, crookedness, irresponsibility, or a personal appointment by President Bush, and

            C) they directly, causally involved senseless deaths.

            -Libby: you could argue A, but no way on B or C.
            -Abu Ghraib: obviously A, no on B, no on C (unless humiliation, physical abuse, and murder are interchangeable).

            -9/11: I'm familiar with what info Bush was provided regarding an AQ attack. Either you also know about it and your Bush-hatred has eroded your ability to reason, or you have no idea what you're talking about. No on A, B, and C.
            -WMD: again, no on all three. If you're gonna try the "Bush lied" crap, save it. He and Congress had the exact same intel, made the same assessments, and didn't have any reason to be skeptical.

            -economic meltdown: you'll need to deal with your problem of confusing it with a mass-swindling by a crooked investment advisor before I get into it.

            As for your Benghazi argument, seems you missed Ambassador Stevens' reports to DC about suspicious activity near the consulate and his requests for more security.

            I'm guessing you're unfazed by the administration's repeated lies about the YouTube video. Either that or you're trying to come up with another distraction.

          • smorkingapple

            Hold up, now there are 3 prereqs needed to lay any scandal at Bush’s feet? How many exist for Obama?

            Libby – you tell me how the RW media would be handling something similar under Obama. Would we be parsing it as you are?

            Abu Ghraib – champ, people died. Early. Read. Please. http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/30/world/meast/iraq-prison-abuse-scandal-fast-facts/

            9/11 – almost 3k die under Obama’s watch. After he receives some sort of warning something was going to happen. You giving him a pass? You guys want blood over how they handled the aftermath of Benghazi, imagine if he PERSONALLY had some indication before hand an attack was imminent.

            WMD – no reason to be skeptical lol. I did. Obama did. Many others, not blinded by jingoism and a thirst for revenge against arabs, did. Sorry you want to lump yourself in with those on wrong side of history(yes, I include Kerry and Hillary).

            Economic meltdown – uhhhh, there was a mass swindling by crooked investment advisors whether Ibanks, asset managers, etc. Madoff was most blatant and obvious. And I blame Obama for not crushing Wall St when he had the people behind him. My biggest criticism of him. Wall St should be as sexy as your local utility because it’s that vital to the functioning of society. He lost chance to make it so.

            On Benghazi, you’re misleading at best which means you just read or heard something in RW media and didn’t do your HW. Stevens did ask for more security. He also did this:

            “After reading the cable, Gen. Carter F. Ham, then the commander of the United States Africa Command, called Mr. Stevens to ask if the embassy in Tripoli needed additional military personnel, potentially for use in Benghazi, “but Stevens told Ham it did not,” the report said. A short time later, General Ham reiterated the offer at a meeting in Germany, and “Stevens again declined,” the report said.”

            Stevens, to his credit, believed in spreading American Democracy thru personal persuasion and local relationships, not with guns and bullet proof vests. Misguided but admirable. He had as much to do with his own death as anyone else.

            As for the “lies” about a video. Three points:
            1) Obama was winning re-election anyway, even if people thought his foreign policy was the cause of the incident. Look at the raw election numbers, the demographics alone ensured his re-election. It’s a myth that he was so desperate to cover this up because he feared losing re-election. Even if that were true, the 47% comment by Romney destroyed that chance.
            2) Go back and look at all the bad info that came out right after 9/11. Not surprising without knowing exactly what happened did the video get blamed.
            3) The video did play a part in some of the turmoil, combined with 9/11 anniversary.

            Benghazi is a nothingburger with cheese on it. You guys are fundraising off of it which is a disgrace. You’re tossing up hail mary’s hoping something sticks to Hillary so you can derail that train for 2016 as you know it’s a done deal. It’s so transparent to everyone, but media has to act impartial so they give it airtime when it should be laughed off as a disgraceful political stunt. But this is what you guys do. I’m just mad that since we’re entertaining the clowns, we’re now part of the circus.

          • Jeff Webb

            Governor Romney made an accurate statement that your side spun against him. Mrs. Clinton was responsible for the security of the four slain Americans, whose deaths she lied about right to their relative’s faces by the deceased caskets, and you think it’s inconsequential.

            >>You’re tossing up hail mary’s hoping something sticks to Hillary so you can derail that train for 2016 as you know it’s a done deal.<<

            Actually, you're desperately hoping you can separate it from her, and the media is about as interested in acting impartial as being chased by hungry cheetahs. The woman is a walking pile of ruthlessness, incapable of even a tenth of Governor Romney's ethics.

          • smorkingapple

            Cool, Obama’s “they cling to guns and religion” was accurate too. We’re even. Too bad Romney’s statement pretty much guaranteed it would be the landslide it was. Obama’s didn’t even cost him the primary.

            Mrs Clinton was responsible for the security of 4 slain Americans, not the Ambassador on the ground who denied the extra coverage Generals were offering him.

            Nice.

            I’m desperately hoping to separate it from her? Actually, I pray you clowns do make this the focus of your campaign against her. If you’re seriously that stupid to believe that will derail the first woman President which follows the first African American President, I can only root you on. The margin of victory is even worse than it will be normally.

            Romney? not ruthless? Like seriously? I mean, seriously? Ask Gingrich. Ask Santorum. Ask Perry. Hell, go ask McCain and Giuliani. The dude was a walking sack of ruthlessness and I thought that’s how you Republicans liked your business leaders?

          • Jeff Webb

            >>Mrs Clinton was responsible for the security of 4 slain Americans, not the Ambassador on the ground who denied the extra coverage Generals were offering him.<> If you’re seriously that stupid to believe that will derail the first woman President which follows the first African American President, I can only root you on.<>Romney? not ruthless? Like seriously? I mean, seriously? Ask Gingrich. Ask Santorum. Ask Perry. Hell, go ask McCain and Giuliani.<>The dude was a walking sack of ruthlessness<>and I thought that’s how you Republicans liked your business leaders?<<

            And I thought you libs were open-minded & tolerant.

          • smorkingapple

            Ahhh the ole “we didn’t have the authority” angle.

            Same angle Bush pulled as to why he couldn’t send in troops on Katrina.

            Like I said, keep up the Benghazi stuff as if you have a real story here. No one cares outside the bubble you live in. You are attempting to lay blame at Clinton’s feet as if she made the calls as if she made all the decisions that led up to the deaths. You keep trying that as the first woman President is elected. And re-elected 4 years after. You guys never learned from Vince Foster, or Whitewater, or Lewinsky. The Clintons can’t be beat, except by that black guy.

            You already reached the expiration date on this. You seriously want to try to stretch this out another two years hoping something sticks?

            I feel like playing your game tonight. Reagan was responsible for over 240 deaths in Beirut. On top of that he cut and ran after like a straight wuss. Now before you go and caveat that situation to death, imagine if the same happened under Pres Obama. You would give him no quarter, you would offer no excuses, no caveats and all blame.

            >>You got it, champ, right after you ask them whether or not he’s more fit to be president than Obama, and what they think of Mrs. Clinton’s character.<<

            These guys all envy Obama. There's a black man in the job they all wanted. He goes down in history. No one remembers those clowns in 25 years. Look at Romney and his wife on election night. You'da thought their first born died. Dude is still scarred for life. McCain has never recovered.

            That burns real deep for those guys. As it does for you.

          • Jeff Webb

            >>Ahhh the ole “we didn’t have the authority” angle.<>Same angle Bush pulled as to why he couldn’t send in troops on Katrina.<>Like I said, keep up the Benghazi stuff as if you have a real story here. No one cares outside the bubble you live in.<>You are attempting to lay blame at Clinton’s feet as if she made the calls as if she made all the decisions that led up to the deaths.<>You keep trying that as the first woman President is elected ” “…

            …The Clintons can’t be beat, except by that black guy.<>You already reached the expiration date on this. You seriously want to try to stretch this out another two years hoping something sticks?<>I feel like playing your game tonight. Reagan was responsible…..<>These guys all envy Obama. There’s a black man in the job they all wanted.<>Look at Romney and his wife on election night. You’da thought their first born died. Dude is still scarred for life.McCain has never recovered.<<

            Now you're just being pathetic.

        • rdgeorge

          Your post is ludicrous.
          Bush was held ‘accountable’ for everything under his watch by the media if nothing else.
          There is a significant difference in the cover being run for Mr Obama.
          9/11 was a warning of something big .. there was no definition of the specific point of concern.
          It was a general threat.
          The original bad decision regards Benghazi was regards not sending more security when it was requested by Ambassador Stevens, or his staff, and the British had evacuated their staff due to the imminent specific threat.
          I’m not of the opinion that a bad decision was a scandal.
          The scandal is the covering up of the decision making process and the obfuscation, actually downright disgusting lies, that were told afterwards regards blaming the video.
          That is the scandal.
          I don’t remember Abu Ghraib causing deaths directly but do you mean that behaviour inflamed passions in Iraq?
          I also thought that those responsible were punished.
          Again this is a contrast with the Obama administration in that there don’t seem to ever be consequences for unacceptable behaviour.
          Failing to find WMD’s was a result of incorrect intelligence that all politicians across parties believed to be correct at the time.
          I’m British and our intelligence services also believed it.
          The post event dissection revealed that Sadam cultivated the lie because he wanted everyone, including Iran, to believe he had these weapons to give him ‘strength’ in the region.
          What was known was that he’d used chemical weapons on Iran and his own citizens.
          What wasn’t know beforehand was how effectively prolonged sanctions had damaged his capability to manufacture and develop weapons.
          The financial collapse had its routes in activity that began in the early 90′s and was turbo charged with the repeal of the Glass-Steagal Act, which happened under the Clinton Administration, although to be fair it was because Wall Street was losing so much market share to London because our swivel eyed lunatic of a Chancellor had changed the regulatory structure which had stood firm for centuries.
          Our Chancellor was a Labour Party Chancellor – the closest equivalent to your Democratic Party.
          There was plenty of blame to go around on that one across the UK and US for nearly two decades of stupidity.
          Bush, and the Republicans, paid the electoral price for it happening on their watch.
          As they should because that’s the job.
          President Obama is quite the most ridiculous example of buffoonery in high office.
          He simply does not process the fact that because he ahs aspired to the job he therefore is the person responsible.
          Standing at a lectern and being mad at everyone else is quite frankly pathetic.
          He has very little idea what a managerial / leadership / administrative job actually entails.
          Its all posturing, deflection and pontificating.
          Bush was flawed, everyone is, but he took it on the chin and was not given a pass by anyone.
          Obama has so far escaped the consequences of his own ineptitude and that is very, very sad from my viewpoint as a great admirer and supporter of the USA.

    • Ksp48

      Your post seems to prove just the opposite of what you intend. Unlike the incompetence of the Obama Admin, 9/11 was an attack from outside. Bush will be remembered in history for his response. As for the rest of your Gibberish, Scooter Libby? Obviously you are one f those very low information types that the current admin counts on. Scooter Libby?

      • smorkingapple

        Bush will be remembered for his response. It won’t be good.

        So Libya attack was from inside? LOL…

    • Dennis

      Why is that supporters of this grossly failed president always do this? Whenever anyone points out his impressively bad job performance you always try to change the subject or deflect the criticism by pointing at someone or something else. Why can’t this president stand on his own and take any responsibility for what has gone wrong on his watch? You cannot defend him and make the argument that he is doing a good job. No, because that would look silly and even you know it.
      Any day now I expect to hear one of you dreamy-eyed, kool-aid drinkers say, in his defense: “At least he’s better than Millard Fillmore”. At one time I would have thought so too but now, I’m not so sure.

      • begbie

        Right. It’s the attempt to deflect that bothers me too. I would rather here the reasons why someone would believe Obama is doing a great job.

    • begbie

      Not that I would defend everything Bush did, but what does Bush have to do with this President? Your comment is off topic. I would rather you attempt to defend our current President and counter Bernie’s assertion that Obama is wildly incompetent and unqualified for the job.

      • legal eagle

        It point out your hypocrisy….You are only complaining because Obama won two elections and you’re a sore loser….

        • begbie

          Not at all. I didn’t run for President so how can I be a sore loser? I disagree with those voters but I’d rather look at the record. The record is bad. Defend the record, I’ll listen.

          • legal eagle

            Stock market doubled, no wars, unemployment way down, budget deficit way down etc etc etc..

          • sherlock1234

            1) Stok market is doing great. I thought Obama said he was for ‘Main Street’ not Wall Street.

            2) No wars? Obama more than doubled the troops in Afghanistan and tripled the deaths and loss of limb. The bulk of spending in Afghanistan has occurred under Obama’s watch.

            He joined NATO in attacking Libya. Over 30,000 dead and 50,000 injured in Libya since NATO’s attack. The country is ravaged by militias. Gadafi’s weapons were not secured and have made their way into the hands of militias in 14 different countries.

            Unemployment is improving at a glacial pace. Deficit down depends on baseline.

            **** I was no fan of Bush. I am not a fan of Obama.
            I will say Obama is light years better than McCain would have been.

          • legal eagle

            1) Do you really take campaign slogans seriously? Obama has been very kind to Wall Street. And, it’s restored millions of Americans 401k losses they suffered under Bush..
            2) No wars….Obama ended Iraq and started no new wars…
            3) Unemployment his improved dramatically…
            You don’t have to be a fan to acknowledge that all Administrations have their positives and negatives…I would rate Obama as a net positive…

          • Kevin Hubble

            By Campaign “slogans” you mean like: “I will cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term.” Slogans like: “Lobbyists will have no place in my Administration” or “This will be the most transparent administration in history.” or, that silliness about bills being posted on the internet, the earth healing, the oceans receding, the lion laying down with the lamb yada yada yada. Are those the slogans you were talking about?

          • legal eagle

            Yep…

          • Craggy old conservative

            1. Sock market is up because of fed pumping not because of growth. Stock market has little or no effect on the larger economy.

            2. Unemployment is up considerably when you include
            The labor participation rate.
            http://tinyurl.com/oru79t4

            3. The deficit measures annual rev and expense. Can we meet our bills this year. The national debt is more significant at 17 t and counting.

          • legal eagle

            We can meet our bills every year…check the facts…
            What’s a sock market?

          • Craggy old conservative

            You are an arrogant prik who refuses to see the truth in anything regarding your god Obama. Your blind loyalty to him and your leftist ideology places you in a class of fools destined for oblivion in political history.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            How dare you use context!!! How dare you!!!

        • EddieD_Boston

          So all the liberals kicking and screaming about the Patriot Act and are now giving Obama a free pass on going way beyond what Bush did aren’t hypocrites? Try thinking before you post. You won’t sound so foolish.

    • Darren

      Holy crap! No matter how much evidence of Obama’s incompetence piles up, the standard liberal response is to sputter, “but… but… but Bush!!!”

      Newsflash sunshine: WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT BUSH! I DON’T CARE about Bush. I wasn’t a fan of Bush. And what George W. Bush did or didn’t do, or what he may have tried to do and screwed up is 100% irrelevant to the VA scandal, or Benghazi, or most of Obama’s f@%# ups since he came into office.

      What you are doing is throwing out a red herring to get us off the subject of what a colossal f@%#ing failure Obama has turned out to be, and at how very, very many times he’s now given this “I’m outraged” speech, followed by promises (never kept) to hold people accountable, followed by dismissals that the whole thing is a “phony scandal.”

      Well, the scandals aren’t phony, and Obama IS a screw up with no competence at actually leading. He merely talks a good game, and manages to placate enough people with oily speeches and false promises, and thereby drag things out long enough the public loses interest, and he gets off the hook. And this would still be true of him had George W. Bush never existed.

    • EddieD_Boston

      What’s the scandal regarding torturing terrorists? Most people I know believe it’s necessary and helps keep innocents safer. Did Bush cause a hurricane? Did he cause the 9th Ward to be below sea level. Did you happen to hear Syria used chemical weapons recently and that credible evidence links them to Iraq. Intelligence reports claim they were sold off to the highest bidder as Saddam was about to be ousted. 9/11? So you’re one of those loonies who blame our government for killing 3,000+ people?
      What day is it in your little world? Bernie is correct, Obama is in so far over his head that even some liberals see it too.

    • sherlock1234

      1) 9-11 may have prevented if information agencies and law enforcement had shared information. They set up a wall. So says the 9-11 commission.

      2)Abu Ghraib was done by rogue operators. It was bad. During Obama’s watch, a rogue group (the kill team) were prosecuted for pilling dead bodies and cutting off their fingers in Afghanistan. The difference was Abu Ghraib got non-stop media coverage with the pictures to cement the horror. The media gave little coverage to the kill team. Pictures of the kill team were in European papers.

      3) Three mass murderers were water boarded. Obama has droned US citizens without judicial oversight.

      4) Katrina. We saw the people stranded at the Dome. Where were the Red Cross or Salvation Army? They are usually the first responders. Fact is,they had caravans of aid supplies lined up to go. They stopped because media falsely reported that sniper fire was taking place. Rooftop evacuation was successful for stranded people.

      5)Economic meltdown can be traced to both parties pushing for home ownership. Watch PBS FRONTLINE show called “THE WARNING.’ It shows Greenspan,Summers and others arguing that mortgage bundled derivatives were safe during Clinton’s administration.

      6) No WMDs. Big mistake,but most felt Saddam had them. I still would not have attacked Iraq.

      7) Scooter Libby—you do know that Richard Armitage(Deputy Sec. for Colin Powell) admitted he leaked the name of Valerie Plame. Robert Novak testified that Armitage was the leaker. Prosecutor Fitzgerald knew of Armitage’s confession. Lastly, Colin Powell said he knew Armitage was the leaker.

  • RickonhisHarleyJohnson

    Nothing will be done about the latest mess from this administration. And, guess what? – the low information voter won’t even know anything happened with the VA. Our culture is looking more and more like it is in decline and it scares me.

    • Ron F

      And what was done about it by the last administration or all of the administrations going back to President Kennedy. Where was the outcry about the poor medical care received by veterans under previous administrations. And what does this have to do with the so called low information voter. Who gets to decide what level of knowledge is required for a voter to be medium information or high information? Is it how many talk shows you listen to or how many blogs you read? Do youj have to listen for a certain number of hours? Do you have to listen to FNC and analysis by pundits?

      • RickonhisHarleyJohnson

        I’ve been upset about it for years and have told more than a few politicos. The “word on the street” back in the 70′s was only go to the VA if you have no other choice. This president campaigned on it (one of many failed promises) and it kind of puts him on the hook.

        Maybe you and I have a different understanding of low information voters. I think that they do not pay attention and this then, is one more issue they know nothing about.

        By the way, talking circles around your point doesn’t make your point very well.

        • Ron F

          I am not sure I talked circles around the point. The point was about the outcry about VA hospitals treatment of veterans. So called low information voters have nothing to do with the issue. For the most part, only the people directly affected by it were talking about it. As far as I know, none of the politicians who are criticizing the President did anything about it and most of the pundits were silent. Nevertheless, the President said he was going to do something about it and it seems to have gotten worse under his watch. I believe wait times have been steadily increasing since 1999. As for so-called “low information voters” I think it is primarily a way to criticize people we disagree with. People on the left say we conservatives do not understand and have even been compared to flat earthers and holocaust deniers and conservatives criticize people on the left and especially people who voted for the President as low information voters. I have rarely heard the term used in a non-partisan manner.

          • RickonhisHarleyJohnson

            Au contraire. Low info voters, to me, are the people who vote (and proud of it) but haven’t a clue of any issues. They will not even know there is a problem with the VA hospitals – regardless of who is to blame. But, by golly, they’ll brag about the fact that they vote. This group appears to be growing and that’s the problem I see with a declining culture. How can you know who to vote for, if you don’t know the issues.

          • Ron F

            But you of course have sufficient information to vote. And who are these people who are proud of voting who haven’t a clue about the issues?

          • RickonhisHarleyJohnson

            Who are these people? I suggest you stop people on election day that are wearing their “I voted” stickers and ask them about Benghazi, or Fast and Furious, or what’s going on in the Ukraine. Since you don’t know who these the people are that are proud of voting, but don’t know what’s going on; you’ll probably be shocked at their answers.

            Quick story. Ran into a young man at a local watering hole of mine. He had one of Obama’s books. Asked him if he thought Bill Ayres was the ghostwriter. He didn’t know who Bill Ayres is. Said he always voted, though. Huh?

    • legal eagle

      What would you propose be done?

      • RickonhisHarleyJohnson

        Simpler than you might think. Don’t vote for Democrats.

        • legal eagle

          Figured you’d have no “solutions”…Keep bitching and moaning..

      • RickonhisHarleyJohnson

        Sorry your response to mine was deleted. But it really is a solution; whether you like it, or agree with it.

  • Ron F

    How many Republicans complained that George Bush did not ever find Osama Bin Laden. We do not know if this administration will catch the Benghazi terrorists. The VA hospitals have been a mess forever. The time for claims processing increased dramatically during the Bush administration and I believe the Bush administration also under reported casualties. I do not remember Republicans or conservatives complaining about the treatment of veterans by the VA during his administration. The problem with this administration is that they pledged to do something about the VA and the backlog. They seem to think the President being angry about it and good intentions are a substitute for doing something. Michelle Obama tweeting a picture of herself with a sign saying bring our girls home did not accomplish anything other than making her feel better. Boko Haram still has the girls and how many people has the group killed since the picture was posted?

    • Walter Peck

      “They seem to think the President being angry about it and good intentions are a substitute for doing something.”

      I doubt they believed it will help anything other than Obama’s popularity, but that’s enough for them.

      As for the Republicans, this strikes to the core of the biggest problem in the US today: We have two big-government parties. Neither of them want to hold the Lovecraftian bureaucracy accountable unless it helps them politically. That might limit their own power when they hold the reigns. That’s how we end up with a VA that has been notoriously dreadful for DECADES.

      • legal eagle

        The VA is notoriously bad? Says who?

        • Walter Peck

          It’s been mired in scandals for decades. Are you going to argue that’s not bad?

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Let him check his DNC emails and he’ll get back to you on that.

    • legal eagle

      Do you believe every problem has an acceptable solution? What would you propose being done that hasn’t been done or that doesn’t involve a massive increase in the VA budget?

      • Kevin Hubble

        I think we should put “Plugs” Biden, Tom Cruise, Michael Moore, Woody Allen, Jack Nicholson and Dr. Oz in charge of solving this problem. I think this bunch is as good as the group he picked the first time around.

        • legal eagle

          As usual….When asked for a proposed solution you come back with stupidity…Again, what’s your solution to the “problem” at the VA?

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Good point. He should have gone the productive, mature route of telling people they’re old, white, bitter, and off their meds.

          • Kevin Hubble

            My solution for government run healthcare (i.e. Obamacare and the VA) is the same solution as it is for government schools and the post office. These veterans should be given vouchers in which they can seek out the doctors/hospitals/clinics/specialists of their choosing that meet the needs as they and their families see those needs to be. Should the veteran choose to do so, he may use his voucher at any hospital in the country. Healthcare in the US is the best in the world except in those areas in which it is managed and controlled by the federal government. Similarly, the education of children is best managed when done so by parents and not governments. Did you attend a law school operated and staffed with faculty from a private university or did you received your law degree from a government school? If choice in law schools is good enough for Eagle, why shouldn’t choice of hospitals and doctors be good enough for American heroes? In this new world of competition, government-run hospitals (VA) will have to compete and succeed or fail just like any other business. The constitution does not mention that the government is required to operate hospitals.

          • legal eagle

            And who determines the cost of the procedure ie. what would be the cost of hip replacement by a private doctor vs. the VA? How about medication/ Should those who use the VA have access to any drug a doctor prescribes regardless of the cost?
            Your solution is interesting but simplistic…Do you know anyone who uses the VA exclusively? I don’t, as the VA was not established to provide basic medical care or emergency room services…
            The government is not a business and is not run to make a profit….but you know that don’t you?

          • CQ

            Legal, your attitude towards the ideas of others is disturbing. Don’t you understand the concept of “voucher?” That determines how much the VA thinks the procedure ought to cost, the patient making up any difference either with secondary insurance or out of his pocket.

  • gold7406

    Some many of the dems are like little children. Regardless of the result, in spite of the overcome, still won’t admit any mistakes.
    Biden calling solyndra and the expansion of food stamps as a dem success.

  • mikecowan424

    The Obama Model: Tax increases solve all problems.

    • gold7406

      Dem model, create a larger bureaucracy, doesn’t alleviate the problem,but those complaining now have a job.