I Take Full Responsibility — Now Leave Me Alone!

ResponsibilityNow that Benghazi is back in the news with a Senate report saying the deadly attack was “preventable” and blasting the State Department for lax security that led to four Americans being murdered, I’ve been wondering:  Where is Hillary Clinton?  Why isn’t she out there commenting on the report?  It’s like she’s disappeared.

Then it hits me how unfair I am.  Why should Hillary have to say anything about the report?  She’s already put the matter to rest. Over a year ago she told CNN she takes “full responsibility” for the security failures in Benghazi.

And then she resigned in disgrace.  Just kidding.  After taking “full responsibility” she did absolutely nothing, just like a lot of other pols who “take full responsibility” and then go about their business as if nothing happened.  Taking “full responsibility” and “suffering consequences,” apparently, have nothing to do with each other.

Of all the terms and phrases in the English language, I think, “I take full responsibility” just may be the most meaningless.

When no one could log onto the government website to sign up for ObamaCare, the president courageously took “full responsibility” for making sure the website gets fixed.  And what if it doesn’t?  What if, as some contend, the site isn’t secure and may be a goldmine for hackers? Will President Obama resign?  Just kidding.

So in the goofy world of American politics, saying “I take full responsibility” isn’t the first step to paying a price for the problem.  It’s a statement used to avoid paying a price.  Orwell must be smiling.

As the scholar Thomas Sowell put it:  “Don’t you love it when a politicians says, ‘I take full responsibility’? Translated into plain English, that says, ‘Now that I have admitted it, there is nothing more for me to do (such as resign) and nothing for anyone else to do (such as fire me).’ Saying ‘I take full responsibility” is like a get-out-of-jail-free card in the Monopoly game.’

Not always. Anthony Weiner took “full responsibility” for texting his wiener to young women, but at least he had the decency (sorry, wrong word) to resign from Congress.  And right after he resigned he announced he would run for mayor of New York City. But hey, he took “full responsibility” for what he did, right?

Back in 1993, Attorney General Janet Reno took responsibility for what some called the “federal massacre” of the Branch Davidians at Waco, Texas.

“I’m accountable. The buck stops with me,” she told Ted Koppel on Nightline.  But when Koppel told her that in many European countries a Cabinet minister would resign as a way to accept responsibility for a major failure, Reno said: “If that’s what the president wants, I’m happy to do so.”  In other words: “Let’s get something straight Bozo, I’m not going anywhere unless someone kicks me out.”

At the time, Mickey Kaus, noting how meaningless  her claim to “accountability” was, wrote this: “[S]he made a disastrous decision that resulted in the loss of more than 70 lives. Then she accepted ‘responsibility.’ In a bizarre bit of political alchemy, this somehow protected her from suffering any of the consequences that normally attend disastrously handled responsibilities. Far from restoring accountability, Reno seems to have hit on the formula for avoiding it. Make a dreadful mistake? Go immediately on Nightline. Say the buck stops with you. Recount in moving human terms the agony of your decision. And watch your polls rise.”

When Hillary announces that she’s running for president I hope some journalist reminds her that she took “full responsibility” for the “preventable” debacle in Benghazi and then asks her what consequences she’s prepared to suffer for her mistake.  Along the same lines,  I also hope I win the lottery.

I tried my best to get everything right in this column but if I didn’t, believe me, I take full responsibility.  Now get off my back.

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What does “I take full responsibility” really mean when the words come out of the mouth of a politician?  Funny replies wanted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • http://att.net/ patty

    D. Parri…thanks again for your kind words and support. I see legal eagles latest response only confirms what we “cult” members think of him. :) :) Have a good day.

  • http://att.net/ patty

    Thanks for the support D. It is always good to know that I am not the only screw up whose fingers are faster than the brain..and not to forget the mentioning of get it done before my old tired brain forgets :) I see lots of misspelled words, but I find the persons comments more important than a misspelled word or bad grammar which I am guilty of at times as I have noted many high paid journalist writing and on television.. I sometimes shake my head and wonder, huh! Where is my money/ha. Take care and please continue to support me and overlook my misspelled words along with whacko grammar..

    • D Parri

      Patty, you have what is important to these forums and I’m so glad to see it. We can all help make this a better world for one another if we just don’t sweat the small stuff.

      I actually feel bad now that I made the comment that I did, but I did not mean it to sound mean…just tryin’ to help.

      So, keep up the excellent posting and I’ll be looking forward to your comments.

  • http://att.net/ patty

    Sheila..You are one smart gal and have gotten legal eagles number and ignorance. Thanks for the heads up on my goofs. My fingers get ahead of my brain and unfortunately I don’t pay attention to the notification of errors. Need to get my comment posted before I forget what I want to say. :) Hang in there and keep giving it to the so called legal eagle.

  • http://att.net/ patty

    Appreciate your taking the time to thank me for my admiration of you and your intellect. Glad to have you on the same page as I am and your responses to “legal illegal.” I would say he should change his name to “illegal legal.” :) :) If he is an attorney, I’ll eat my hat!

  • American1969

    Elected prostitutes never take responsibility for anything. It’s always someone else’s fault. They’re as pure as the driven slush!

  • http://att.net/ patty

    @GEORGE WILLIAMS AND SHEILA..Looks like we are on the same page when it comes to “legal eagle. Dumber than a stump! I’m sick of his baseless rhetoric (sp) and it is about time he stops his name calling and give those of us who are well read, facts! Somehow or other, I don’t think he has any or what appears to be intellect to support his name calling views..

    • legal eagle

      The cultists seem to be ganging up on me….Looks like I’m responsible for uniting some of the Goldberg cultists….what a country….LOL

      • George Williams

        Why don’t you grow up? If you are a geriatric lawyer it is certainly way below your maturity to engage in the childish banter you do. Do your contemporaries know that you hang out in this blog, solely to harangue people you don’t know and could never win over to your point of view?

        • legal eagle

          Isn’t it time for the nurse to change your diaper?

  • durano

    Who took responsibility in the Bush administration for making the mistake about WMD? I don’t remember Mr. Goldberg questioning that.

  • Terence Kinnear

    High time someone drew attention to these weasel words! The only acceptable statement is: “I take full responsibility — and resign.”

  • http://att.net/ patty

    @GEORGE WILLIAMS. You are brilliant and you continue to make legal eagle look stupid and well deserved. Noted I spelled Illiterate wrong/really wrong but my fingers get ahead of my brain. Wonder what the eagles excuse is :)

    • George Williams

      Thank you.

  • http://att.net/ patty

    WHOOPS! PIERO IS BRILLIANT~!!

  • http://att.net/ patty

    @legal eagle. Bet your bippy Judge Janene Piero write what she talks about on her show! Obviously, you are not familiar with this woman..She is brillian..In the legal business for many years. As far as you being an attorney, retired or otherwise, your vernacular is closer to that of stupid, ignorance and uniformed.

  • http://att.net/ patty

    @D Parri…Absolutely no offense taken. I am aware of what the red squiggly means but many times I just blow it off and move on with my comment. I did have a good laugh at my spelling of Illiterate after hitting the send. So often my fingers move faster than my brain :) ha. At my age if I don’t hurry with my commet, I will forget what I want to say :) Thanks D. You come across as a very kind and thoughtful person. Have a happy healthy 2014. :) Patty

    • Sheila Warner

      Patty, if you hit “post” by mistake, there is an edit button underneath the comment. You can click on that and fix what you wrote, then hit “save edit.” I can’t tell you how many times that has saved some of my poorly written comments. Happy New Year, and looking forward to hearing from you on the forums in 2014. Agree or not, you have a voice we need to listen to.

      • legal eagle

        A nice welcome to a new cult member….join the Hillary Haters and Obama bashers….no brains or dues required…

        • George Williams

          You’re right, hating Hillary is a no brainer. Anyone with good sense would do the same.

      • kidwinona

        “a voice we need to listen to” What brand of computer do you have? You hear Patty’s voice? You’re joking, right?

    • Sheila Warner

      Take a look at LE’s insertion of himself in our conversation, jumping up and down and saying “Look at me! Look at me!” He’s not worth a discussion at all.

    • D Parri

      Thank you, Patty. I really do understand what you were sayin’ about the fingers workin’ faster than the brain, I do it all the time.

      I love what you said about the need to hurry up with the comment before the brain loses track of the thought. Why…I thought that was just a problem that I was experiencing–and I could think of twenty different explanations…but the results are all the same.

  • http://att.net/ patty

    @LEGAL EAGLE..You are hopeless..Be sure to read GEORGE WILLIAMS response to you. He hit the nail on the head when he called your thinking that of an ILLERATE..The man really has your number! I suggest you do some reading, research because you are talking out of the side of your mouth or the other hole in your body.

    • D Parri

      Patty, please don’t take this wrong, but a suggestion for you when you construct a comment…if you see a word with a red squiggly line underneath it, then that generally means that there is a misspelled word–or the ‘dictionary’ does not understand the word.

      In order to correct any misspelled words, just right-click on them and a list of suggested words should show up. Just click on the correct word (if the typed word is misspelled), and the ‘dictionary’ function of this site will correct it.

      I use it all the time because some words I just type in error, some I am not sure about, and some I was wrong to start with. But this function is really helpful in making the comment look better.

      This is only intended to help…not hurt. Respectfully, D Parri.

  • D Parri

    “I take full responsibility”…(pause–> silence)…”Oh, excuse me, I think that I just farted…I’m sorry.”

    (host to podium)
    “Ladies and gentlemen, the long-awaited Honest Politician!

    Applause. Thunderous Applause!

  • Tim Ned

    “What does “I take full responsibility” really mean when the words come out of the mouth of a politician?”

    Lawyers get rich!

    • legal eagle

      What’s wrong with that?…..LOL

  • Kevin Hubble

    “I did not have security relations with that embassy. Not one time. Now I need to get back to doing………”

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Limerick?
    .
    It really was all my whole fault,
    since I’m caught the behavior will halt,
    getting off scott free,
    (is what works for me),
    so I’d take sorry, with some grains of salt.

  • http://att.net/ patty

    @LEGAL EAGLE.. No, I don’t trust you! Thought I’d explained in my comment how I made my decisions and It isn’t Fox that is influencing me. It is the proof they are presenting, facts and paper tails and lies.

    • legal eagle

      You make decisions without knowing whether what you’re hearing is the truth? Ever try reading?

      • George Williams

        Did I tell you the story of the president who told his people the lie about keeping their health insurance and doctor?

    • George Williams

      Legal Eagle gets his talking points from the Daily Kos, the NYT and Huffpo, meaning that he’s illiterate.

  • McWeijun

    I think we should modify her “What Difference” quote to make it a little more accurate and use it starting tomorrow on a T.V. add. Something like:
    “Was it just a couple of guys out looking to kills some Americans, or was it a well organized attack by a radical Muslims on the anniversary of 9-11? At this point, what difference does it make?”

    • legal eagle

      Thanks for some accuracy…..A little known commodity among the right wing cultists on this site…
      Maybe you can add the question Hillary was responding to?

      • kidwinona

        I can’t believe you didn’t change the subject…….yet. But it is very interesting that you still defend what is pure incompetence. See the pattern-stirring it up in Libya Egypt Syria all with the same result-complete embarrassment. Hey, I thought Hillary and her boss Barry were against conflicts, but Barry is just like a woman-he changes his mind-just has to try and prove something with that Napoleon complex that is part of the liberals mental disorder

        • legal eagle

          So you believe that the U.S. controls what happens politically in The Middle East and that the uprisings against dictators like Mubarek and Ghaddafi are a result of Obama Administration policies? Perhaps you might do a little research?

          • kidwinona

            Re-enter the atmosphere or get with it, you’re falling behind, If they had control they wanted the Muslim Brotherhood would still be running the Egypt. See your love, Anderson Cooper, reported last year about the great peaceful uprising which must be another way to say “raping women and burning churches.” We now know where legal eagle sits.

          • legal eagle

            I think you’re suffering from dementia…What are you babbling about?

          • kidwinona

            I never knew until today that Obama is your father. I bet this is the first you heard. I can’t figure out if one or both of you should be embarrassed.

          • legal eagle

            As I’m older than Obama, white and Jewish that would be difficult….LOL

          • kidwinona

            He’s white too. Older?? Act like it! You discuss politics like a 7th grade girl

        • legal eagle

          Pure incompetence? Care to explain?

          • George Williams

            Read “The Amateur, Barack Obama in the White House” by Edward Klein, and get educated.

      • George Williams

        Yes, what difference was it if they knew it was a lie that there was a demonstration in front of the consulate and that they knew for certain at the time that it was a terrorist incident, not just unorganized riot. The difference is between honor and dishonor and lying to the American people and the relatives of the dead. Hillary knew when she was confronted by the surviving families by had the audacity to lie to them, showing her true and cynical callous unfeeling nature. And despite this, you sycophantically defend her. You’re as unethical as she.

  • BaldEagle

    Responsibility = the ability to respond. When I tell my dog to sit, he, too, has the ability to respond. But there are consequences if he doesn’t. So does this put my dog on a higher intellectual plane than politicians?

    • legal eagle

      What’s the consequence when your dog pees on your leg or craps on your carpet?….Do you shoot the dog or just keep ranting all day?

      • veeper

        why are you just sitting there while your dog pees and craps on your mama’s carpet?

      • George Williams

        That’s funny. Did I tell you the story about the president that peed on his citizens and then called it rain?

        • Ted

          Reagan’s been dead for years. Why not let him RIP?

  • marty22181

    I take fully responsibility and to borrow a famous phrase “so what difference goes it make now?”

  • Barney

    Although the dog ate my homework, I take full responsibility and I plan on getting a new dog……..some day soon.

  • Tim Ned

    Perhaps part of accepting responsibility is an apology. This hand written note was discovered in Dwight D. Eisenhower’s uniform several weeks after D-Day. He blamed no others. Even the politicians that ordered this plan.

    “Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the navy did all that bravery and devotion to duly could do. If any blame or fault is attached to the attempt it is mine alone.”

    Story taken from Stars and Stripes.

    • tim ned
    • firststater

      Aside from saying blame me, an apology is the most difinitive form of taking the blame. The buck stops here and yes of course I am responsible don’t mean anything in fact I believe they are spoken to demonstrate control and courageous action.

  • Roadmaster

    These childish people remind me of my childhood. Since my older brother & I had jobs plus other activities which diminished our home time, our younger brother was tasked with cleaning up the dog poop in our large yard. His technique? Scatter the piles around and cover them with leaves. Worked for almost two seconds after Dad came home.

    Killary scattered the “piles” and covered them with “leaves” (using pages from TIME) but they’re still there, stinking up the place. What the TIME cover should have depicted, instead of a tiny man, is dog doo, on her shoe – lots of it.

  • Florida Jim

    Quoting Thomas Sowell is always a good idea. He and I think a lot alike and he says it much better. These is a site exposing the foul mouthed Hillary as she is known by the Secret Service people who serve her “gracious Hillary” look it up.

    • legal eagle

      and what’s wrong with being “foul mouthed”?

      • HFH1

        It makes YOU foul? Poor taste? Low life? Hateful? Ridiculous?Trashy? We don’t have enough other words in the English language to cover what you’re trying to say?

        • legal eagle

          Only in your make believe Disneyland of 50’s America…the place where many older and delusional right wingers dream of recreating….

          • HFH1

            Fair enough, Friend. I’ll take my pre-Eisner Disneyland, and you keep your dank, dark,
            degraded, down and out version of America that’s sinking like a rock in a cesspool. Enjoy; if that’s the right word.

          • legal eagle

            You’re apparently stuck in an imaginary world that ceased to exist on Nov. 22, 1963. Have you seen a doctor about your condition?

          • HFH1

            That’s funny! The loony calling out the sane. Cute.

          • kidwinona

            Now that’s more like the idiot I know, changing the subject, you are all things, sometimes a lawyer, other times an empty professional, now you chose the English teacher but mostly just an idiot.

          • George Williams

            An employed lawyer wouldn’t bother spending his time in this blog assaulting the senses of those of like mind with Bernie.

          • legal eagle

            Ever hear of someone semi-retired and self employed?

          • Drew Page

            Another term for unemployed.

          • legal eagle

            Another term for someone with money in the bank……LOL

          • George Williams

            No such thing as semi-retarded. You’re either retarded or not. I suspect that former. You’re not making much money ignoring your job and your employees are pilfering the till as you waste your time in your futile infantile crusade in this blog. If your subordinates thought you had something to contribute, they’d keep you so busy that your ugly personality would be elsewhere.

          • George Williams

            For you legal eagle, it is better for all of us to emphasize the bitter memories of men with the worst imaginable lives than to have peace of mind. I suggest that you once lived an idyllic life and, sadly, overwhelmed with shouldering the burden of the worst treated, you’ve become bitter with age. I pity you. Live in your hell. You feel more comfortable there.

        • legal eagle

          Swearwords are now the most commonly used words in the English language—studies by psychologists such as Paul Cameron and Timothy Jay show that the average speaker uses expletives at least as often, if not more so, than pronouns and prepositions. In our language words like fucking, goddamn and bloody are unique in that they have a dual linguistic function. In addition to referring to specific objects and actions, they can also act as emotional intensifiers.

          • Tim Ned

            Just flagged you.

          • legal eagle

            Ouch…..Hope I didn’t upset you too much…LOL

          • Tim Ned

            No problem. I actually got a Chris Mathews tingle up my leg.

          • legal eagle

            Or a tingle between your legs?

          • tim ned

            No, too old for that!

          • legal eagle

            LOL

          • George Williams

            That’s comes from peeing in your shorts, Ted. Time for a change of underwear.

        • legal eagle

          Grow up….join the real world…

      • George Williams

        If your mother didn’t tell you then it’s too late. It’s a matter of literacy. The most common among us use it as punctuation for want of verbal skills. I can see why you approve of it.

      • Tim Ned

        I fire people who’s basic language skills incorporate these words. And I typically use these words when I fire them so they understand clearly.

  • jeromezacny

    I accept “full responsibility”, but none of the blame.
    Thank you Bernie for bringing this practice to light. I have pondered this tactic of public officials for a long time. It’s just another example of political double-speak and it seems to work just fine in most cases. In the really serious cases, appearing on Oprah, on your knees, confessing your sins in the naked light of the TV cameras seems, often times, to be sufficient atonement for the masses.
    Expanding this practice to the criminal justice system could save this country a lot of money in terms of lengthy and expensive trials and incarcerations. Criminals could plead guilty to any and all charges and defense attorneys could look at the judge and say, “Your honor, my client has plead guilty and accepts full responsibility for his actions. What more could anyone want?”.

  • 1940voter

    If, god help us she runs and is elected how could any memeber of the military take any orders she would give as serious and know that you are respected and not resign in mass? That will be the tipping point of this country. Think not? think about it before answering.

  • Anthony Pacicca

    Whenever there is a problem Hilary disappears—When the coast is clear she re appears—She could give Mandrake the Magician a few lessons.

    • legal eagle

      Hillary has disappeared?

      • Will Swoboda

        Hey legal eagle, if your handle means you actually are a lawyer, then that explains a lot.

        • legal eagle

          What does your handle mean other than ignorance is bliss?

      • George Williams

        Would that it be true. May the fires of hell lick her feet.

    • Ted

      So her concussion was faked? I have to laugh at how many conspiracists exist on the hard rt wing, a group that loves to create it’s own reality facts be damned.

      • George Williams

        Uh,yes, it likely was. She was hiding out from the media and Congress.. She’s a liar. After all, she has a reputation for not telling he truth, i.e. the video vs not the video, and the lie about having been under fire in Bosnia

        http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/03/25/campaign.wrap/index.html?iref=newssearch

        (CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton said she “misspoke” last week when she gave a dramatic description of her arrival in Bosnia 12 years ago, recounting a landing under sniper fire. Clinton was responding to a question Monday from the Philadelphia Daily News’ editorial board about video footage of the event that contradicted her assertion that her group “ran with our heads down” from the plane to avoid sniper fire at the Tuzla Air Base.. And then there was the lie about where Chelsea was in New York, when the World Trade Center went down.

        And let’s not forget her claim that she was named after Sir Edmund HIllary, refuted by Snopes, here….

        http://www.snopes.com/politics/clintons/hillary.asp

        Back to the concussion. Have we had any testimony from her doctor? No. He claim is specious and meant as a cover for running from the truth.

  • Amerigo M. Cimino

    I Take Full Responsibility — Now Leave Me Alone!
    Way to go: Hillary! You wish! YOU should be facing a firing squad! You feel, you are to be excused for that inept performance as Secretary of State; and now re qualified for the office of President? YOU are a pimple, on the ass of society!
    You should pack your belongings, and go back to Arkansas; where I’m sure you are loved! (Take Bill” wit you)!

    • legal eagle

      Great comment by another right wing ideological idiot…typical Goldberg follower

      • Will Swoboda

        Hey legal eagle, you seem to know a right wing ideological idiot real fast. Please give me the definition of a left wing ideological idiot? You can point a person, that would be just as good.

        • legal eagle

          Oliver Stone is a good example….

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            lol. So basically a liberal who criticizes Obama. That figures.

          • legal eagle

            Oliver Stone is a conspiracy theorist…Perhaps it helps him make some great movies but he is a bi-partisan critic of everything the U.S. government has done since 1945…

          • legal eagle

            As usual sticking your two cents in when you have nothing to add to the discussion…Go watch Fox News and get some new material…

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            >>As usual sticking your two cents in when you have nothing to add to the discussion

            Right, I should instead limit my replies to calling people bitter, old, white guys. As you’ve demonstrated, that REALLY adds to the discussion.

            >>Go watch Fox News and get some new material…

            Give yourself that advice and you might realize that there’s alternate analysis on news stories besides whatever Jay Carney tells you.

        • Ted

          Coming here has given him lots of practice in identifying them.

  • Jenn

    America???…what is this “America” you are speaking of???…isn’t that some sort of utopia for the LGBT sect or something???

  • RMN

    In 1985 after a deadly JAL 747 crash the company president resigned and a maintenance supervisor committed suicide as an apology to the victims and their families.

    What a contrast to the actions of Obama and Clinton.

    • George Williams

      It would be refreshing if they did the same.

    • legal eagle

      More mental masturbation from a right wing cult member……..

      • RMN

        Must be tough being a liberal these days.

        Hopefully in the near future these guys in white suits with butterfly nets will come and put you away in a rubber room.

        • legal eagle

          Only if the venue is in Hawaii..LOL

        • Ted

          What’s tough is finding anyone who admits to being a Republican anymore. You’re all “independents” or “libertarians” now. Finding one’s as hard as finding a Repub who admits to voting for Nixon, understandably.

      • Lc Goodfellow

        legalseagull

        Get stifled !

      • George Williams

        How about this mental masturbation, regarding Hillary and her callous statement on the reason why four Americans were killed in Benghazi, “What does it matter?” Use that as your mantra while you’re on the toilet.

        • legal eagle

          You cant even get the quote or the context of the quote correct…Shows how ignorant and shallow your arguments are…

          • Will Swoboda

            Hey legal eagle, your are like a true believer. The left always resort to name calling. And you wonder why nothing gets finished in congress?

          • Ted

            420 filibusters the most in our history and you say we wonder why nothing gets done in Congress? The Bagger led House passing the fewest bills ever? No, know we know why exactly and w/ an 8% Congressional approval rating, so does the American public. The good news is that the Baggers no longer have the same stranglehold on the Republicans based on the recent bi-partisan approved budget. And thank God for that as it was long overdue!

          • George Williams

            That’s 420 filibusters that have managed to kill Obama’s and the Democrats job killing and budget busting programs that contribute nothing to the welfare of the nation. Considering the outcome of Obamacare, thank God that the Republicans were in control or we’d be getting more of the same. About all Obama and the Dummies know is taxing and spending, all done without any consideration for the unintended consequences of their actions. A good case study is Obamacare. If the Republicans had been in control of the Senate, that disaster wouldn’t have happened. Democrats don’t read their bills. Say, maybe they can’t read. My bad, making fun of the illiterate and lazy. Remember, that old Democrat crone who plays one of the witches in MacBeth, au naturel, Nancy I think her name is, said she would have to pass the bill to know what’s in it. That’s one mystery gift that should have remain unwrapped. Thanks Ted and Illegal Eagle, for making it all happen. LOL!

          • Jeff Webb

            >>You cant even get the quote or the context of the quote correct…Shows how ignorant and shallow your arguments are…<<

            lol You say that as if the context of the quote favors her.

          • legal eagle

            I know you don’t like those pesky facts to get in the way of your ideological narrative…..You can keep blaming Hillary for Benghazi after she’s elected in 2016…..

          • Jeff Webb

            Riiight.
            Tell you what: first stop your incessant cliches. Second, start directly addressing the content in people’s comments, point by point in your responses.
            Third, quit avoiding questions when they become inconvenient.
            Otherwise, you’re still the same predictable bore with little interest in “those pesky facts.”

          • legal eagle

            As soon as you dot…so will I….In fact, you never deal in facts and when one is pointed out you ignore it….

          • Jeff Webb

            >>As soon as you dot…so will I….In fact, you never deal in facts and when one is pointed out you ignore it….<<

            Pally, that wasn't an actual challenge I posted. I merely pointed out the emptiness of your comment, and cited my source: YOU.

            Refreshing as it is that you're using projection this time, instead of the tattered cliches and personal attacks, what would be really refreshing is seeing you try to actually debate head-on and not distract from it.

          • Sheila Warner

            “…start directly addressing the content in people’s comments, point by point in your responses.

            Third, quit avoiding questions when they become inconvenient.”

            Sorry Jeff, but I just had to laugh very hard at the notion that LE would ever do either of those things. First of all, he obviously does not care about people’s content. He finds a word or two he can hone in on, then writes his bait-laden comment based on that. Example: I was discussing the educational system here in my home town, decrying the overspending on schools without real results. I also said our tenure reform was a benefit to NJ. I wasn’t even talking to LE, and he said to me “so now you hate teachers.”

            Secondly, I’m not sure LE has a grasp of grammar. I doubt he knows what a question mark is. He doesn’t recognize questions, and therefore can’t answer them. It’s pretty sad, actually. I’ve quit talking to him.

          • legal eagle

            Have another drink and stay calm….When you have a fact based question I’d be glad to answer….

          • Jeff Webb

            Oh, don’t get me started on LE’s defects. lol

            The dude obviously brings his little mosquito act here for his own amusement. I gotta admit, he actually amuses the heck out of me, and I’m grateful for it.

            You know as well as anyone the silliness libs will wallow in. They’re so desperate for people like Obama & Hillary to do well, so threatened by even the most well-earned criticism, they’ll even pigeonhole people like you who share more than a couple of their very own views. It’s why LE’s stereotyping cracks me up more than it annoys me. If he weren’t so intellectually dishonest and lazy, he’d realize the “bitter right-wing cultists who long for the good ol’ days” he mocks actually feel the same way he does, in ways that would just floor him.

          • Sheila Warner

            So, Jeff, check out LE’s response. I wasn’t talking to him, but because I mentioned his MO, he had to jump right in with his bait. See what I mean? This is why it is useless to talk to him. Do yourself a favor and ignore his rants.

          • legal eagle

            Whenever you’re ready to present some factual basis to your opinions I would be happy to respond…If you’d like to respond on a line by line basis that’s your choice….Let me know what questions I am avoiding…

          • Ted

            So try answering Hillary’s question? Or are you honest enough to admit the answer is,”How else does anyone think we can beat Hillary in 2016 if we don’t keep beating this dead horse”?

          • Jeff Webb

            >>So try answering Hillary’s question?<>”How else does anyone think we can beat Hillary in 2016 if we don’t keep beating this dead horse”?<<

            A more apt question: "How else do these desperate Hillary supporters think they'll preserve her electability if they can't sweep her disgraceful conduct under the rug?"

          • George Williams

            It doesn’t change the meaning. Correct me. I dare you.

          • legal eagle

            It does to rational people….Of course, that leaves you out….

      • George Williams

        What self respecting intellectual would spend all his time on an internet site bandying words with people he has nothing but contempt for? Answer: A pathetic one.

        • legal eagle

          http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/01/17/1270213/-19-things-conservatives-insist-on-comparing-to-slavery
          Here is something you can read to get some new material for your rants…

          • George Williams

            The Daily Kos is merely and inceniary mouthpiece for the new communists, also known as the Democratic Party. In fact, I suspect that you are a caricature relic of the Jewish faction that supported the communists in the 1930’s. Some people never learn the lessons of history.

            Conservatives are right on all counts. Like the communists of old you distort the position of your opposition to create a hostile populism. Let’s address these issues one by one:
            1. The national debt. “Debt is the slavery of the free.” by Publillius Syrus, not a Republican or conservative citizen of the U.S. From Wikipedia….Publilius Syrus, a Latin writer of maxims, flourished in the 1st century BC. He was a Syrian who was brought as a slave to Italy, but by his wit and talent he won the favour of his master, who freed and educated him. Publilius’ name, due to early medieval palatalization of ‘l’ between two ‘i’, is often presented by manuscripts (and some printed editions) in corrupt form as ‘Publius’. Publilius compared debt to slavery, so he must have been one of the racists Legal Eagle refers to.
            China holds a great deal of our National Debt. As the result, our foreign policy is endanger of being subject to outside political influence. We are endanger of being enslaved to their will. That should be clear, even to Legal Eagle,
            Who among us hasn’t referred to being a slave to an employer, their dog or their parents. The left’s hyperbole is meant to demonize, slander and libel their opposition, just for the same of politics.

            People like Legal Eagle and his fellow travelers like to attribute the most evil of motive to the conservatives, mainly because ad hominem attack suits their political goals. They prey on the ignorant who know nothing of the conservative context and find them useful tools.

            2. Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare. Obamacare enslaves the citizen to the politics of governing. Democrats use benefits like Obamacare to create a bond between politician, citizen and big government. Obamacare uses subsidies, a form of wealth transfer and welfare that is used a means to create a dependent class. This is indeed a form of slavery, as the citizen finds it impossible to escape. It’s like a drug addiction.
            3. Abortion! Abortion! Abortion is the butchering of babies, and is responsible for the deaths of millions of future citizens. The overwhelming number of abortions are experience by low income African Americans. Planned Parenthood was established by Margaret Sanger, a proponent of eugenics, and racist, revered by the Democrats.
            This from… http://www.toomanyaborted.com/sanger/
            “”Like the advocates of Birth Control, the eugenists, for instance, are seeking to assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit.”1 These are the words of a woman who is heralded by women’s rights groups worldwide. These are the words of Margaret Sanger, the mother of Planned Parenthood, whose beliefs were firmly rooted in the destructive pseudo-science of Negative Eugenics, a social movement that believed in selective breeding to better the human race by preventing the reproduction of the ‘unfit’.2 Professionally, Sanger was a nurse who testified before the U.S. Senate in 1916 to call for the formation of the Population Congress that would seek to employ Negative Eugenicsto separate humanity. Drastically limiting immigration of those considered ‘unfit’ was a mainstay of Sanger and her fellow eugenists. Their draconian proposals of forced segregation, for American citizens, were commonly held views among these ‘progressives’ who sought to achieve a superior and more intelligent race. ”
            The government has mandated, without any authority that would be recognized by a Constitutional lawyer, insurance companies to pay for free abortifactants and birth control pills. There has been nothing like this tyrannical dictate on the part of the federal government in the history of the government. Where does it say in the Constitution that the citizens of this country who do not support abortion should be forced to support it with their tax money or through their insurance premiums? Contrary to what people of Legal Eagles ilk say, it is impossible for insurance companies to sustain this burden without increasing premiums to all, even those who oppose it.
            2. Gay marriage No comment.
            3. Fair Housing Act. No comment.
            4. Food stamps. Don’t believe that the Democrats really care about people who need food stamps. What they need is to get as many people on dependency programs as possible, because any rational person who would point out the grave danger this poses to the National Debt is demonized. Food stamps beholden the citizen to the party that promotes them, and is used by that party to bully the other. The food stamp recipient becomes the slave to his beneficent political master.
            5. Public education. This enslaves the citizen to the idea that only the government can provide his child an education. A family cannot use money he sends to the taxman to have his child educated by alternative and perhaps superior means.
            6. Social Security. Enslaves the citizen to an unsustainable retirement system that is in effect a Ponzi scheme that pays out far more than it takes in, at least in the near term. It enslaves the citizen to the idea that only the government can be relied upon to give him a nest egg in the future. The citizen is compelled to contribute against his will. In effect, it is the progressive’s and communist’s wager that capitalism will fail. The reality is that those who’ve invested conservatively in the stock market via mutual funds have done much better, and on a fiscally sustainable basis with no threat of the need for bail outs from the National Treasury.
            7. Income tax. Permits the majority to enslave the productive minority segment of society in a false argument that the latter should pay their “fair share”, when in reality, all citizens have equal stakes in their government. The progressive income tax permit majority politicians to vote transfer of wealth from others who are more successful, so Congress might engage in establishing programs of questionable value to society, use them to buy votes, i.e. enslave their voters to their beneficence.
            8. Medicare. Enslave the citizen to paying into a system that he might find unsuitable to this needs.
            9. Contraception. See abortion, above.
            10. FEMA.
            11. Affirmative action. Punishes the “sons” for the sins of the fathers, long after equal opportunity programs have put aggrieved parties on an equal footing with all citizens. Destroy the “sons” right to equal protection under the law for the sake of social changes that in effect, made him a second class citizen. The idea that one class of people has preference over another for the purpose of employment was repugnant before the civil rights acts and is yet so. This is unquestionably a form of discrimination, very like that of the sons of slaves that it was formed to rectify.
            12. Illegal immigration. Democrats have fought just about every effort to secure our border, and have even encouraged illegal immigration by undermining our laws. The have in effect sided with the crooked employer who employs them under oppressive conditions and with low wages and no benefits. Their living conditions are not unlike that of the days of slavery.
            13. Climate change. Anthropogenic Globe Warming is the product of scientists whose theories are not proven and appear at this stage to be discredited by empirical evidence. Their motive is that they’re defending their life work and grants that scientists a specialty like climatology could never possibly see if not for this largely invented AGW hysteria. They, and their collaborators, the progressives and communists like Obama who see social injustice everywhere find their last hope of massive transfer wealth from the successful to the failed states in AGW. Progressives and communists, there difference only being a matter of degree, would enslave the individual to the will of the collective. AGW is the tie that binds all nations to these slave masters of world governance.
            14. Gun control. Gun control puts a severely politicized government in control of the very people should retain the last weapon to defend against their oppression. Guns are the equalizer against the inclinations of radical government to destroy the Constitutional government that we hold so dear, i.e. defense against enslavement.
            15. The TSA. No comment.
            16. Public employee unions. Public employee unions have corrupted government to a large degree. In exchange for political contributions, Democratic politicians in Blue States have voted pay and retirement benefits far beyond those states’ ability to sustain such obligations, enslaving the tax payer to ever increasing tax rates and the states themselves to the dangers of fiscal insolvency.
            17. Any and all Great Society programs. Destroys the initiative of the individual to change his condition and makes him dependent on the state. This is very similar to Publilius Syrus assertion on the affect of debt. The “Great Society” programs are a failure, but the left will never admit that the centerpieces of his politics are so, leaving the People enslaved to its continuity.

          • Brian Fr Langley

            As a frequent commenter of eugenics on this blog, I noticed yours as well. Like global warming eugenics was the consensus science of it’s day. Of all the ills you mentioned that the left wing has heavily bought into (eugenics was one), so too they today buy into the scientific consensus (as if science could ever be a consensus) of global warming. For real slavery check out the Kyoto protocols the left is still working hard to implement. It is control (and I mean total control) from cradle to grave. Whether breathing, eating, housing, pooping, etc. (in otherwords just living) they’ll control every second of your life. Assuming yours is worthwhile and they let you keep it. (many of these folks truly believe in a population of around 500 million for planet earth. Though they never actually say what happens to the rest, a new ethic (to replace the Judeo-Christian one) called “deep ecology” puts human life on equal value with eco systems. The implications are extra-ordinarily ominous.

        • Ted

          Someone who started out here curious as to where the rt wing extremists would go to find consensus and affirmation and play, “Ain’t it awful”.

      • jeromezacny

        You seem to be quite an authority on the practice.

    • Ted

      Too bad W and Cheney didn’t think of that after 9/11 where 3,000 died. Hmmm, 4 dead vs 3,000?

      • Jeff Webb

        My goodness, I guess letting things go just isn’t in your DNA, Ted.

      • RMN

        You mean Clinton & Gore? The 9/11 conspirators were in the country training on the Clinton & Gore watch.

        Besides didn’t Sudan offer to arrest Osama Bin Laden for us but Clinton turned them down? Hmmm, must have been too busy with Monica.

        • Ted

          Unfortunately for the W fans, 9/11 happened 8 months into W’s first year. And he was warned multiple times of bin Laden’s plans to attack. The last time on 8/6 while he was busy taking the longest vacation any first year President has ever taken. 9/11 happened on W’s watch and besides the misguided invasion of Iraq it will be his legacy.

          Re: The Sean Hannity inspired myth that the Sudanese, who we saw as a terrorist nation and w/ whom we had no diplomatic relations, offered us bin Laden was debunked by the bi-partisan 9/11 Commission’s report. Although the litmus test for is someone a hyper partisan is do they still try to insist that the facts say otherwise.

          • legal eagle

            Are you actually trying to reason with these ideologues?

          • George Williams

            illegal eagle is talking to his ideological self.

          • George Williams

            Pot talking to kettle. LOL!

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            >>Unfortunately for the W fans, 9/11 happened 8 months into W’s first year.

            Unfortunately for W fans? Tell me you’re joking. Why in the hell would W fans care?

            Who gives a damn about who was sitting in office when 9/11 happened? Bush… Gore… It doesn’t matter. 3000 people died that day, and you want to do a little victory-dance over the fact that a Republican happened to be in the White House when it went down?

            Either you’re completely sick or you’re such an utter partisan stooge that the history of the growing threat of Al Qaeda, and a culture in the federal government that prevented us from fully realizing that threat, means absolutely nothing. And that as long as a Republican was left without a chair when the music stopped, you’re warranted to bask in your own snark about the thousands of lives that were lost?

            How can you respect yourself?

          • RMN

            You’re right John!

            Need to consider the source before even making a reply.

          • George Williams

            The little worm is sick, as most of Obama’s sycophantic brigade.

      • Jeff Webb

        Ted, unless you’re privy to some intel that hasn’t become public, using President Bush to direct others from a current controversy makes you look desperate & uninformed.

        Check out the 5th paragraph:
        http://www.bernardgoldberg.com/superiority-complex/

  • veeper

    Americans have become a disgraceful and dishonorable group of people….

    there is no such thing as “responsibility” in America…..

    • George Williams

      True of many, but not all.

      • legal eagle

        Not true of an old fool like yourself….

    • brent kaufman

      Give me a break. The problem exists everywhere. Those in power, (here it’s Obama), protect their supporters and inner circle from the consequences of their actions. Don’t fool yourself to think that the country you live in is any different; leaders and citizens.

      • legal eagle

        Thank you Alfred E. Newman…What me worry?

      • veeper

        I never said it was any different…..

        it’s what america is …….

      • Mary123s

        exactly. Janet, Hilary and others would not be saying they
        were responsible if there was no one higher protecting them. That includes
        Republicans and Libertarians.

    • legal eagle

      Thank you for sharing your bitterness and cynicism…..Of course disgrace and dishonor doesn’t apply to an exceptional person like yourself…..LMFAO…

      • veeper

        Thank you for not denying that you are disgraceful and dishonorable…..

        you constant flow of childish argumentative comments gives you away….

        oh yeah…..LMFAO……

  • Jeff Webb

    Politicians mean it when they say “I take full responsibility,” they just fail to include the rest of their statement: “and put it in the shredder.”

    • legal eagle

      Maybe you can poll your fellow cult members and ask what consequences Christie or Hillary should suffer for taking responsibility?

  • TROOTH

    When there is no possible way to wrangle out of a situation one nobly accepts full responsibility and hopes the buck stops without further inquiry.

  • paperpushermj

    They get away with it because the Press doesn’t push it.

    • legal eagle

      poor baby..the Media is so unfair to the right wing cult members…

      • paperpushermj

        Why do you waste your time posting such drivel ?

        • veeper

          drivel is as drivel does……

          • paperpushermj

            My sentiments exactly

    • legal eagle

      Obviously you don’t believe Fox News or Right wing radio is part of the press?

  • Sheila Warner

    Bernie, keep an eye on what happens in NJ. Gov Christie said that he is accountable for both good and bad. Bridgegate is pretty bad, especially after the Governor mocked it. I believe the Governor, because there is still no evidence to the contrary. If it comes out that Gov Christie lied, watch accountability hit really fast. Gov Christie just might be the exception to the rule. He immediately fired Bridget Kelly, and sent his former campaign manager packing.

    • T Ko

      Keep in mind, Sheila, Christie accepted responsibility, did something about it, faced the press/public, and has not perpetrated a lie upon the American people, to date.

      Just as you said, he might be the exception to the rule. Thank goodness!

      • Sheila Warner

        Thus far I continue my support for the man. He’s not perfect, for sure. One thing that aggravates me is how he touts increased spending on education, when he was required by the courts to reinstate funding he cut to the “Dirty 30″, as I refer to them. I do like his idea of an extended school day and year, though. I wonder if he has the juice to get that done. He has been hurt by the bridge thing, and I don’t know if the Democrats will join him on this or not. I suspect no, because the NJEA is in bed with the Democrats. I’m shocked we got tenure reform.

        • brickman

          It would have been nice if Bret Shundler hadn’t screwed up getting that $400 million education grant. And then lying about it to Christie. Well, he did get fired.

          • Sheila Warner

            NJ’s education system is FUBAR, I fear.

        • legal eagle

          Glad to see you also hate teachers…

      • Sheila Warner

        Oh, and by the way, my district is one of the Abbott districts. Yet our high school remains “in need of improvement” year after year after year. We spend over $17K per pupil at the high school level. It’s preposterous. We could send every student to Catholic school and get more for our money.

      • legal eagle

        Christie did something about it? Are you kidding?

    • legal eagle

      Thank goodness. An update from our New Jersey correspondent. More great insight into the actions of Governor Lou Christie…

  • LHS

    What does “I take full responsibility” really mean when the words come out of the mouth of a politician?
    It means:
    1) “I’m sorry, you are all indoctrinated rubes and I won’t do anything about it.”
    2) “I don’t need no stinkin’ Rule of Law!”
    3) “When is my tee time/salon appointment/retirement party?”
    4) “Here, have some cake.”

    • T Ko

      Don’t forget…”Listen to me fiddle…as the country burns. Period.”

  • http://att.net/ patty

    @legal eagle. No, Bernie isn’t feeding fellow right wingers lies about Hillary Clinton. If you want to know the truth and real truth about Benghazi, you need to watch Judge Jane Piero on Fox news 1/18/14 (google) The problem is, legal eagle, people like you Zealot Liberals can’t handle the truth..Trust me, this woman has facts and paper trails with all her charges about Obama, Clinton, etc. p.s. I’m a registered Independent. I don’t need some lib or conservative doing my assessments and thinking for me. You Libs are like dumb sheep. You don’t know how to find your way home and you need a sheep herder to lead you to find your way.

    • T Ko

      You got it! Ain’t no disabled explosives in your backpack…and that is great to know.

    • legal eagle

      “trust me”? Why? Because you believe what Fox News tells you?…..LMAO

  • http://att.net/ patty

    I watch the Judge Janene Piero Show on Fox/Saturday nights. This woman remains on top of Benghazi disaster/murdering of our people and demanding answers and asking question and wanting those responsible for not responding to Ambassador Stevens pleas for help long before the attack. Google her show on Saturday 1/18/14 great. She was able to provide and back up every ounce of information regarding the negligence at the White House/Obama, Clinton, etc. step by step/ paper trails that proved how Benghazi needlessl went down as did our four American heros. She also had some FACTS ABOUT THE IRS scandal, etc.

    • legal eagle

      Do you think Jeannine Pirro writes the crap she recites on her show? You can’t be that ignorant, can you?

      • George Williams

        What’s your evidence that she doesn’t? If you have none, then it is you who are ignorant, and you just blowing smoke out of your ass.

  • nkqx57a

    A politician saying, “I take full responsibility”…means…I am sorry I got caught with my pants down; but it’s the other guy’s fault…please remember to vote for me.

  • David Gorton

    I take full responsibility:
    1} my next term and/or re-election;
    2} the sacrifice of being away from my family to do the people’s business;
    3} my new position in the administration which will give me more time with

    my family;
    4} ” . . .what difference, at this point, it could possibly make.”
    5} And I’ll take responsibility for all the derogatory things I’ve said about the

    Obama Administration when America is finally “transformed” and restored.
    6} Just kidding!

  • Seattle Sam

    A politician taking full responsibility for something egregious is akin to a husband saying “I’m sorry” for leaving the cap off the toothpaste. A) You know he’s not really all that sorry and B) You know he’s going to do it again next week.

  • legal eagle

    Bernie feeding the right wing zealots more anti-Hillary meat with hope they’ll but his next garbage book…..Send Bernie a check so he can keep his hair neat and trim…

    • hihoze

      Care to tell us what taking responsibility means counselor?

      • legal eagle

        It’s a cliché that has been used by people in authority. There is difference between responsibility and fault…

        • hihoze

          If that’s what you think then politicians are either faultless or everyone or no one is at fault and now you’re confusing the Washington DC’vers Blame Game with Responsibility, their word and words are meaningless. Isn’t it time for someone other than another DonkeyPhant Washington DC’ver?

        • Guest

          And you would explain that difference how? Taking responsibility for something that isn’t your fault is a deception. Responsibility and fault go hand in hand.

          • legal eagle

            That’s a ridiculous statement…Are you at fault for the actions of your kids, your employees or your relatives?

          • George Williams

            If the JCS started WWIII accidentally, I believe we’d blame it on the Commander In Chief for a failure to manage his people properly.

            If Hillary fostered a managerial environment that delegated everything, then she would not be responsible for anything? We could never hold her feet to the fire? I think that the American people should expect better from their government officials.

          • George Williams

            Is this a ridiculous statement? “If you like your insurance, you can keep it, period! If you like your doctor you can keep him, period. Nobody is talking about changing that.”

          • legal eagle

            I would tell you to do some research on Google but I’m not sure if you’re capable of doing anything that simple…

          • George Williams

            Research this: “If you like your insurance, you can keep it, period! If you like your doctor you can keep him, period. Nobody is talking about changing that.”

        • George Williams

          If managers cannot accept fault by way of their poor management style, then they are just rogues without accountability. Benghazi was determined to be a failure of management. If Benghazi had happened on Bush’s watch, Legal Eagle would be spewing his vile without limit. He will protect his ox regardless of her failures. That’s why this man is not worthy of listening to.

          • legal eagle

            Do us a favor and move to Japan…

          • George Williams

            I think that “us” actually means “me” = legal eagle. I believe the sentiment in this blog is overwhelmingly in my favor. Shall we poll the writers?

          • legal eagle

            That’s why you are on here…So you can find comfort with your fellow cult members…..

          • George Williams

            And you’re here to enlighten us as to the truth? So funny. Your quips are so shallow as to be unworthy of bothering.

          • legal eagle

            It’s good to see you’ve maintained your bitterness and hatred in the New Year….Maybe you can ask your nurse to get you some meds…

          • George Williams

            Not bitternest or hate, but disgust at you communists who blindly follow the Liar in Chief in his propaganda war on this country.

            Must I remind you of “If you like your insurance, you can keep it, period! If you like your doctor you can keep him, period. Nobody is talking about changing that.” If the Liar in Chief will tell such a lie to the entire country, it’s likely that he’s told many more and will lie again. I suggest that this president has divided this country like no president before and that there at least a hundred million that are disgusted by his behavior and are suffering buyers remorse. Obfuscation by spinmeisters can change that, period! The fact that you can’t see this makes you a sycophantic fool.

          • George Williams

            Since a cult is a person who lives outside of a normal social environment, I suggest that it is you who find yourself in a cult of one within this blog. If you were actually an adult, you’d spend more time with your friends at Huffpo. The fact that you are always critical and never inform us of the specifics of your position, that leaves your purpose to be a gratuitous waste of time. Your purpose is aggravating people; nothing more.

          • George Williams

            Do you find comfort in this? “If you like your insurance, you can keep it, period! If you like your doctor you can keep him, period! Nobody is talking about changing that.”

    • Guest

      That is the typical cogent analysis I expect from the left. Does the handle “legal eagle” refer to a lawyer with a bird-brain? Based on your reasoning I think I’m right.

      • T Ko

        That was fulfilling…believe me. This is what Legal Weasel thrives on, but even a weasel should get their fill sometimes.

      • brickman

        Are you related to Christopher Guest?:-)

        • legal eagle

          LOL

    • Will Swoboda

      Hey Legale, I wasn’t sure why you found it necessary to call me a “moron”. Are you an MD. as well? Then I read some of your posts and it became obvious that you are at least a democratic progressive and the left usually name call. If Jews are not a race of people what are they. Be careful now, because I have Jews in my family and will checkup. Then of course you could be an anti-Semite. I believe that progressives are allowed to be that kind of person without any criticism.

      • legal eagle

        Jews are a religion. As I am Jewish feel free to call me any garbage you’d like…I will consider the ignorance of the source…

        • George Williams

          No. Judaism is not just a religion. I’ve studied Judaism and it is also a culture far more complex than a religion. It is a way of living. You may be born a Jew, but you have abandoned your Jewishness.

          • legal eagle

            I’ll tell my Rabbi you said so…..You’ve studied Judaism? How? watching episodes of Seinfeld?

          • George Williams

            Why bother? Your Rabbi probably already knows that you are just taking up space on Saturday out of mindless obligation.

          • legal eagle

            What do you on Saturday other than watch pornography?

        • Will Swoboda

          Hey legal eagle, did your take meds? I have Jews in my family but they are not foul mouth unlike you. What makes you so angry? You don’t seem to have a civil answer to anyone.

          • legal eagle

            So you claim Jews are a race which is factually incorrect….When I point out that Jews are a religion, not a race, you say I could be an anti-Semite…..
            You don’t have to ask your family members….do some research…
            If pointing out a fact makes me uncivil, perhaps you can consult with the family Jews regarding the definition of civility….

    • George Williams

      God forbid that sacred cow should suffer from the consequences of her mistakes, especially if it means that she shouldn’t become president. Legal Eagle shows that he is pure partisan at the expense of common decency.

      • jeromezacny

        Hillary doesn’t think there should be consequences to her mistakes, because she doesn’t believe they were mistakes.

  • Esteban

    You can rearrange the letters in “I take full responsibility” to the following:

    ” I, I sensibly refit tall puke”

    Coming from a politician, both are meaningless.

  • Ronwald027

    Limerick!

    I’ve taken full responsibility, you know
    So let’s let that accountability-thing go
    What difference does it matter,
    Who we blame for a disaster,
    Since taking responsibility is only for show.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Limerick?
    .
    I’m accountable by now you should know,
    since this scandal I’ve told you just so,
    I gave sorry no pass,
    so why paddle my ass,
    especially when these scandals are faux.

    • T Ko

      The proverbial “phony scandal”. Aren’t words wonderful?!

  • beautidoc

    Hitler promised the Germans that he would “take full responsibility”

    • T Ko

      History will accommodate Obama’s desire to ‘take full responsibility’. America will need to overcome its “Lucy in the sky with Diamonds” syndrome that was self-induced simply because of the first black president coming in under a Democrat banner.

      The LSD eventually wears off and goes away.

      • legal eagle

        A John Lennon fan? Who knew?

  • Ronwald027

    When a pol says “I take full responsibility” it means: I’m full of it. – Concern, Responsibility, Accountability, and Penitance. (CRAP)

  • D Parri

    Firststater says below that the president is ultimately responsible for everything that goes on during his watch. I agree.

    Unfortunately, this president has literally made a career out of lying. First, about the legislation that was passed. Then, about the fact of beaucoup Americans losing their health insurance when he knew from the outset that it was designed to do that. Then about the Benghazi terrorist attack.

    The Obamacare bill would not have been passed without the president’s lying as to what it would do. The president lied about Americans being able to keep their health insurance…in order to be able to seek a second term. The president lied about the Benghazi terrorist attack in order to deride and debase the character of an opposing candidate that possessed far greater leadership skills and moral character than Obama has ever known.

    One of the most deceitful attacks against Mitt Romney, Obama’s statement that Romney “…likes to shoot first, and aim later”, should be revisited in the light of the Senate Investigative Committee’s finding’s that within 30 minutes of the beginning–not the end–of the Benghazi attack, the president was told by his leading top national security advisors that this was a terrorist attack–most likely from an Al Qaeda terrorist group.

    The president knew the truth and he lied to the American people about it…in order to win the presidential election. So, answer it for yourself, where do you think Obama’s priorities lie?

    • Sheila Warner

      And now we’re supposed to believe the President on changes to the NSA. Right.

      • T Ko

        Not in my book of interpretations.

        • Sheila Warner

          It’s so bad for me that I now assume the President is lying every time his lips move. Isn’t that just sad and pathetic? I want my President to be honest, I want to be able to believe him, but I just do not, anymore.

          • D Parri

            I hear you. I have not believed what he was saying for a very long time, and that does not make me happy to say it.

            I felt like it was a fairy tale that was being pushed from the outset with the Obamacare legislation. Reality is taking over and the lies he promoted for five years are now seen for what they really were–false promises.

            His narratives on so many events have been presented under deception and with the intent to deceive. This genie will never return to the vase it came from, and Obama has succeeded in totally ruining any integrity that he may have once had.

      • D Parri

        I can assure that I won’t.

        His approach to the NSA is to weave into the mix another layer of bureaucracy in order to reduce transparency of this administration.

        A “third party” will be granted untold billions of crony-dollar contracts, making some politicians very wealthy. The regulations to be written will ultimately make this a proxy agent for the government, or in effect another government agency. Funding will begin at the absurd level and then continue up from there.

        Changes to the policies affecting the privacy of the American people? None.

  • Will Swoboda

    If my history serves me right, old Julius Caesar had an ambassador killed in the north African city of Carthage. Held sailed to Carthage with ten divisions legions, killed every man of fighting age, killed all of the old, took all of the woman and children as slaves, burned the city to the ground and plowed it under and sailed back to Rome. I don’t think a Roman ambassador was ever killed again. At least not while J was alive. I believe even in war, ambassadors are exempt, as they should be.

    • D Parri

      Was that before or after the salting of their fields?

      • brickman

        Carthage was destroyed in 146 B.C. and its fields famously salted. Julius Caesar wasn’t born yet.

        • D Parri

          Yes, the salting was part of a narrative that began in the 19th century, and as you said there is no ancient source.

          From Wikipedia…
          “…Roman general Scipio Aemilianus Africanus plowed over and sowed the city of Carthage with salt after defeating it in the Third Punic War (146 BC)….”

          So, Gaius Julius Caesar (July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC) came along after the salting, and was probably dealing with an already weakened people by the time of his invasion. Carthage was also sacked and the survivors taken into slavery in 146 BC.

          • brickman

            Gaius Julius Caesar did not attack a weakened people. The Romans destroyed Carthage in 146 B.C. They later rebuilt it as a Roman city. Will Swoboda either made up or is confused about his entire story. Will he take responsibility for his error or will he say that he meant well. Isn’t it ironic?

    • brickman

      Since Carthage had been destroyed in the Third Punic War in 146 B.C. I wonder how Caesar did what you said a hundred years later. Caesar did send Curio to Utica, near Carthage, to attack Pompey’s forces led by Varro (all these forces were Roman, the wars of the First Triumvirate being a civil war) around 49 B.C. . Your story is definitely not about Caesar and Carthage. It also doesn’t jibe with the destruction of Carthage by Publius Cornelius Scipio Aemilanius in the Third Punic War. Please include links to verify. If you made up this story , shame on you.

      • Will Swoboda

        Hey Brickman,
        You sure sound a lot more educated than me. I remember reading something along these lines. The point being, that countries don’t kill other countries ambassadors and the country who’s ambassador is killed just kind of stuffs it off like it not really that important. I’m fairly sure that you know an ambassador is the person who represents a country but is suppose to be exempt from what happened to our ambassador in Bengazi. I may have my history mixed up but I doubt old “J” would have left Bengazi sat ding had his ambassador been killed like ours. I do appreciated the history lesson and stand corrected. Thank You.

        • brickman

          Don’t know if I’m more educated than you. Only have a BA. I don’t think that has anything to do about this. It’s the negligence of posting something without fact checking beforehand that bothers me. It’s not a function of level of education. Dr. Ben Carson didn’t fact check before lying about a quote he misattributed to Lenin. I tracked down your error in less than 10 minutes.I remember teaching this to 9th grade students.

          You do admit your error but you make your admission the same way the politicians do that make mistakes. You read it SOMEWHERE. You then talk about the point you were trying to make. I guess you meant well.

          • Will Swoboda

            So if Dr. Carson misquoted a something Lenin said, I consider it an honor being in the piece. I do get the feeling that you are a very angry kind of guy. Not sure what you are angry about but I will follow your advice in the future and fact check. Thanks.

          • brickman

            Thank you. I’m really a sweetheart. I do get annoyed when people are careless with facts. Opinions are one thing. Facts are different. It’s amazing that the people who consider themselves the truth tellers are so cavalier about it.

          • Will Swoboda

            Hey Brickman thanks for taking the time to go back and forth. I usually check out a site called “just facts daily”. Most politicians are lose with the facts. This site seems to be fairly well balanced and is a non-profit. Don’t know if that’s a fact though.

          • brickman

            I like the back and forth. I think these sites should be a conversation not just a statement of our opinions. I learn things all the time.If you think I’m angry, go through my post history. I don’t like to name call and I rarely do. Check out my comments and check out the responses that I get back from others. Politicians aren’t the only ones loose with facts. Since this is a right wing site, right wingers think that they won’t be called out by the people who think like them. Go on liberal sites to sharpen your skills, if you think that people are waiting in the shadows to cut you up you’ll learn to say only what you mean (I’m still working on that) and only what you can prove.

  • dhayescrna@msn.com

    Right on Will!!!

    • brickman

      You didn’t check to see if he made that whole story up. Reagan said trust but verify.

  • Will Swoboda

    Now it may also mean, “I said I’ve taken full responsibility for my actions, don’t you realize my political guidance and experience is far more important than the lives of these low level, I mean dedicated low level, I mean low level when compared to me, I, I, I mean, at this point, what difference does it make?”

    • SkyCitizen

      Will,
      You have truly grasped the essence of it. Excellent!

  • SkyCitizen

    Bernie, Does this mean that Parker Bros. will be replacing the “get out of jail” card with a “I take full responsibility” card so MONOPOLY might reflect current times?

    As a somewhat informed voter I get the implied “get off my back” part too. It means if you persist in your query for the truth I am being victimized and after years of the liberal press conditioning the public’s sensitivity to victimization well, you know, nobody likes a “bully”, another word the press has added to the political lexicon.

    The public needs to know the difference between political office and a job, With a job you might have to drill a thousand holes daily in a factory. If you’re Hillary Clinton you only have to marry one.

  • Will Swoboda

    What that statement means to liberal progressives is, “I’ve said I take full responsibility for my actions, what else am I suppose to do? You know my intentions were good.” That’s about it.

    • brickman

      Since you made up or messed up the story of Caesar and Carthage , will YOU take full responsibility for your actions?That’s what you’re supposed to do. Are you going to say that your intentions were good? I love Karma.

      • Will Swoboda

        Hey Brickman, I said I stand corrected and take responsibity for my mistake. If you notice, I use my real name, Will Swoboda. Who is Brickman? My mistake did not envolved the death of at least four people. I was trying to illustrate a point. Now if I worked in Obama administration and their minister of history I would have been promoted. That’s how the people envolved in the killing of our ambassador and three other Americans were rewarded.

        • brickman

          You’re saying you stand corrected then try to deflect attention away from yourself. The very thing you criticize politicians for. You were trying to illustrate a point. Next time do it without fabrication.

          I live in Brick, NJ, that’s where my name comes from. I’m also not an insult comic dog.

          • Sheila Warner

            My sister lived in Brick about 10 years ago. How’s the economy doing up there these days? I’m in poor Cumberland County, where things are bleak all over.

          • brickman

            It’s OK. The town is still trying to recover from Sandy. The wealthier part of the town( on the barrier island) got hit harder and is taking a long time to get back to normal. Insurance companies are not real popular right now.

          • Sheila Warner

            Vineland got spared during Sandy, but the rest of the county was slammed. I think the weather gods took pity on Vineland because we got hammered by the Derecho. Be well.

  • firststater

    In all this discussion one could easily delete Hillary and Benghazi and insert respectively George W and Iraq. Other than the difference in the sheer magnitude of the tragedies I cannot discern any difference between the two

    • David Gorton

      I can discern the tactical and strategic differences between the Benghazi “tragedy”, and Iraq. They are significant. Also, it should be noted that regime change in Iraq was a policy from the Clinton Administration. If voting people in, or out of office, were as effortless as you tend to make it sound, then American voters never would have bought this “Bill of Goods” that Obama has sold them. He loves America, but he wants to transform it; we’ll let our kids kids pay for the transformation. That’s not responsible.

      • Sheila Warner

        The Clinton Administration wanted Hussein out, but did nothing about it.

        • David Gorton

          There was a long list of grievances against Hussein that no one, not Clinton, not even the UN,[read surprise], was willing to do anything about for fear of some horrendous retaliation. He had everyone fooled. Until “W” came to town.

          • Sheila Warner

            I don’t think BIll Clinton was at all fooled. He was very reluctant to use the military overall while in office. It took him forever to get involved in Bosnia, and he did nothing about Rwanda. I’d rather have a cautious Commander in Chief. I was against the Iraq war right from the start, I was against the use of the military in Libya, and I wasn’t all that excited when the US proclaimed it wanted Mubarek ousted. Look at what a mess the Middle East is now.

          • legal eagle

            I think the people of Egypt wanted Mubarek out… I don’t think the millions who took to the street gave a daman what the U.S. wanted…

          • George Williams

            How much is a “daman” in dollars?

          • David Gorton

            Caution is a good thing. When there are lives on the line, it’s a luxury. If the Commander waits until all the conditions, all the intelligence, all the input, all the take-aways are assessed. the right time to move will never come. Caution is about whether or not to get “involved”; lives on the line is about commitment. And therein lies the difference between effective, successful Commanders and reluctant, ambiguous, ineffectual Commanders.

          • Sheila Warner

            Lives were on the line in Afghanistan. There were plenty of people aside from me who predicted the outcome in Iraq which we are now seeing. At least in Afghanistan we knew with certainty that the Taliban had training camps in order to produce terrorists who wanted to further kill innocent Americans. I never bought the intelligence put forth by Colin Powell about WMDs. Maybe that’s just me?

          • brickman

            Yeah, the Middle East was so lovely before.:-)

          • George Williams

            If the Middle East wasn’t lovely before, it’s worse now, and that’s the point. Like the physician, the politician’s credo should be “Do no harm.” Obama is an utter failure when it comes to promoting the interests of the U.S. in the world, and our county is worse for it.

          • Sheila Warner

            Which is why you don’t go rushing willy nilly into putting more gasoline onto the already burning fire. Let’s face it, thousands of years of unending conflict there ought to mean something to the West. But, apparently the people in charge either don’t know history, or really think they can change it.

          • brickman

            The answer could be both but I think it’s the latter.

          • firststater

            and where in h_ _ _ were the Iraqis??

        • firststater

          I believe President Clinton’s decision to be a wise one, then and now vs. the decision Mr. Bush made in 2003. I would not at all interpret Mr. Clinton not invading Iraq as doing nothing. I don’t believe an American invasion was ever in his thought process for toppling Hussein

      • firststater

        I don’t think Clinton, maybe Bush, had regime change in Iraq at the expense of 5,000 deaths and thousands more wounded and maimed. Bush should have told the American people the war was about changing the regime, not WMD. Had he been honest, I don’t believe the trigger would have been pulled. By no means did I intend to imply changing the executive would be effortless. I do strenuously maintain the people are responsible for who occupies the oval office. It is up to a majority of us to get a focus on what’s important and what’s not and listen carefully.

    • T Ko

      There are enormous differences…they are not comparable in any construction of the imagination.

      George Bush acted upon the advice of his most trusted people. Obama acted against the information provided by his advisors.

      Hillary acted as a pawn who merely carried out an action in support of her boss, Obama. Obama wanted to win a re-election, and the truth of the terrorist attack was in stark opposition to the narrative that he had been promoting on the campaign trail. His order to Hillarious Clinton was to not contradict Obama’s fictional narrative. She obeyed and destroyed any possibility of her being able to honestly be considered to be a leader.

      • firststater

        George Bush acted on the desire of a handful of neo cons – influential money people who helped fund his way into the office. The same set of characters worked President Clinton over in his 2nd term, but he had the wisdom and good sense not to bite. Until a majority of us start to pay attention to what’s important and what’s not e.g., traffic jam in NYC, we will continue to get the people in office we have gotten and the cast they choose to bring with them and protect.

        • David Gorton

          I voted for Clinton in his 2nd term. I liked Bob Dole very much, but not some of the people that closed ranks on him during his run in 96′. Voted for Joe Lieberman in 00′. LBJ walked away from my comrades & me while we we’re still fighting in Vietnam. Bush could have walked away in 04′, but he stayed in the fight. For that alone many of our warriors, past and present, love him for it; forever! He did some things I did not like.They all do. But, our warriors secured a staging area for allies and friendlies, a platform from which we could launch our own attacks, and counter-attacks, that could be re-supplied by air,sea and land, with enormous energy reserves. I won’t bore you with the rest, but it was a strategic & tactical bonanza. And Obama walked away. So, you go right ahead, use all your trite, threadbare neo-con language. That’s what Obama’s good at-talking, and talking………!!

          • firststater

            Understand, I have nothing but admiration for our military. I do have a major problem with ill-conceived decisions that are made as to where and when to use the force.

  • firststater

    The only meaningful accountability in the executive branch lies with the people every 4 years in November. If in the intervening time the chief executive chooses not to dismiss those that screw something up, or behave in an improper manner, it is utter futility to think they are going to go anywhere or pay any price for the screw up i.e., dismissal. This president for whatever reason has chosen not to exercise the power that is unquestionably his to decisively deal with members of his administration where and when warranted. So in fact, the chief executive is the only accountable person, and it is only the people to hold him or her accountable.

    • D Parri

      How right you are.

      Unfortunately, this president has literally made a career out of lying. First, about the legislation that was passed. Then, about the fact of beaucoup Americans losing their health insurance when he knew from the outset that it was designed to do that. Then about the Benghazi terrorist attack.

      The Obamacare bill would not have been passed without the president’s lying as to what it would do. The president lied about Americans being able to keep their health insurance…in order to be able to seek a second term. The president lied about the Benghazi terrorist attack in order to deride and debase the character of an opposing candidate that possessed far greater leadership skills and moral character than Obama has ever known.

      One of the most deceitful attacks against Mitt Romney, Obama’s statement that Romney “…likes to shoot first, and aim later”, should be revisited in the light of the Senate Investigative Committee’s finding’s that within 30 minutes of the beginning–not the end–of the Benghazi attack, the president was told by his leading top national security advisors that this was a terrorist attack–most likely from an Al Qaeda terrorist group.

      The president knew the truth and he lied to the American people about it…in order to win the presidential election. So, answer it for yourself, where do you think Obama’s priorities lie?

  • Joh

    The Dems have adopted the policy of hunkering down and waiting for every crisis to pass off the front pages. The IRS, Ben Ghazi; only the latest. The MSM allows them to dodge every scandal while focusing on such lunacy as traffic cones on the GW Bridge. They have mastered the art of waiting out the public’s 10 secone attention span

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

    When issuing from a politician’s mouth, “I take full responsibility” means “let the Deity sort it all out, and now us mortals can turn to other matters.”

  • Peter V.

    Thanks for remembering the Reno/Clinton/Waco debacle. The thought of it still haunts. Even if there were unstable, perhaps dangerous, people in that compound, there were also innocents, including children.

    • Sheila Warner

      I watched Waco unfold, live. What a travesty, such arrogance, for Reno to give the go ahead. The stalemate could have gone on for longer, there was no reason to rush in the way that they did. As usual, it was innocent children who died. Just like what happened in Philadelphia with the Move disaster, when the city dropped a bomb on the house and burnt down an entire neighborhood. No one was held accountable for that one, either.

  • Shane

    Yes, she should have resigned after admitting responsibility. If Hillary had been Japanese, she would have been expected to kill herself.

  • Concernedmimi

    Yeah, I take full responsibility, says Hillary. What do think this red stuff is on my hands? It sure ain’t paint!

  • USNMDVRET

    Ok Bernie; like when Bill got caught with Monica Lewinski and took full responsibility after he lied about it. “–did not have sex with that woman” and later commented that, “I was sure glad I didn’t have to kiss her goodnight afterwards”!

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Limerick?
    .
    To get elected Obama was trying,
    hugging Christie with FEMA funds plying,
    since out polling Hillary,
    he they now pillory,
    so bridgegate they say he’s just lying.

    • Sheila Warner

      Sensible people understood that, when the President visited NJ after the storm, of course Christie would be grateful. And, of course the President gave a hug–it’s what people do when they are expressing sorrow for a tragedy. Stupid conservatives made way too much of the post-Sandy hug, and the President’s visit altogether. I don’t think for a minute that Gov Christie’s visit with the President ensured the President’s victory. Mitt Romney lost because his campaign stunk from beginning to end. Just like John McCain’s did.

      • Brian Fr Langley

        It’s a limerick, I was trying my hand at humor (as Bernie asked for at the end of his artivcle) BUT did you not notice how infatuated the mainstream media was towards Christie PRIOR to his surpassing Lady Hillary in the polls.

        • Sheila Warner

          I didn’t mean to offend; it was a good limerick. And yes, I noticed the infatuation with Gov Christie by the press before he moved ahead of Hillary. I also noticed the infatuation of the press with Pope Francis when he criticized greed in capitalism, but totally ignored what he said about abortion.

          • Brian Fr Langley

            No offense taken, but my artistic sensibilities required assist with the poetic interpretation.

  • George Borrelli

    It means I was either asleep on the job, didn’t care, or was too stupid to realize there was a problem!

  • Ed I

    So long as 41% of the electorate are willing to accept all the lies told by the Democratic Party without question, indeed actually defending those they help elected, then we all will have to tolerate such cavalier behavior and like of maturity. Honor is just not in the present vocabulary of the Democratic Leadership. Yet some of you are saying, why it takes usually 51% to get elected, not when conservatives, independents and even some Republicans vote for third parties for national office, don’t vote at all, or even vote for a Democrat to punish which every Republican is running. Too many conservatives want perfection of thought and deed in the candidates they support. None of us are perfect!

    • Sheila Warner

      The conservatives are responsible for Mitt Romney’s candidacy in the first place, IMHO. Every time a conservative said something they didn’t like, it was on to the next one. They would not rally around one conservative and see things through. When Rick Perry lost his lead after defending in-state tuition for illegals, I knew we’d end up with Mitt. It was only a matter of time. And, of course, the liberal pundits drove the narrative about Herman Cain’s lawsuits and Newt’s marital problems. The GOP needs to be much smarter about which candidates they proffer, and the conservatives in particular need to get over it if a candidate doesn’t match every issue with perfection.

      • brickman

        Rick Perry went down the crapper because he couldn’t count to three. OOPS. Conservatives realized that he had no real conviction to eliminate 3 government agencies but was stringing them along on that subject just as both Bushes and Dole had. Conservatives are just waiting to be betrayed by Republicans. Sheila, if you have some time Google two things: the name of a Republican and the word traitor. You’ll be amazed at the length of the blog roll.

        For starters, start with the name of our temporary Senator Jeff Chiesa. You may remember him. He was a place holder between Lautenberg and Cory Booker. He served a couple of months. But oh, what a traitor. Then try John McCain and others. You may find 1 or 2 left wing sites in the listing, but you can find hundreds of right wing sites. That’s why they move on to next one as you say. Quick before he betrays us!

        • Sheila Warner

          Rick Perry’s poll numbers started dropping when he spoke of the in-state tuition. His oops! merely sealed the deal. He was out as soon as he said ‘you don’t have a heart’ and the conservatives thought he was insulting them. Ever the prickly ones, those uber conservatives. Also judgmental and self righteous.

          • brickman

            I agree.

          • brickman

            Yes. Did you try my name of republican and traitor goggle search exercise. It will open your eyes.

  • Chuck_Borealis

    I take full responsibility for not finding a credible scapegoat, instead of that obviously phony one involving that YouTube video.

  • William_F_Folger

    Mr. Goldberg, your informative article set me to thinkin’ a bit further. Let’s very
    soon ask likely future presidential contender Hillary Clinton whether SHE
    thinks certain controversial examples of President Obama’s use of Executive
    Orders are indeed abusing the correct relationship between the separate
    branches of this Republic. And if her answer is no, then EXACTLY WHY NOT? And if her response is evasive or ambiguous, let such be further pursued in the media, left and right, through this November and afterwards. But we will not accept more hand waving as part of her answers.
    .
    In one NEAR-FUTURE ARTICLE (November 2014 not being that far away) you, Bernie, could put that vital question not only to Mrs. Clinton but also to
    other democrats running again, this November. Responsible freedom here for our offspring and safety for Israel and other good nations depends on taking the
    Senate, cleaning more of the House and voting in a God-respecting President!

  • Stephanie S

    Bernie, “I take full responsibility” is a companion to “mistakes were made”; “I was not aware”; “by the time I was informed”; and “I’m calling for a full investigation”.

  • brickman

    I noticed, Bernie that all three people you criticize as “taking full responsibility” are Democrats. Couldn’t you find one Republican who’s done that? It would seem more like a reflection on the topic that way and less like a partisan hit job.

    • TheOriginalDonald

      Nice try, but think about this-if BUSH did it, do you REALLY think the press would let him get away with it?

      • brickman

        Half of the people who now say they consider Bush to be a failed president never said anything when he was still president.

        • TheOriginalDonald

          Where are you, CenturyLink Field?

          • brickman

            Where are you, at a meeting of the Taylor Swift fanclub.?

          • TheOriginalDonald

            I CAN’T HEAR YOU, I’M AT THE SEAHAWKS CELEBRATION PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • brickman

            Congrats. I think the best two teams will be coming here to New Jersey.

        • David Gorton

          History will determine success or failure. Our troops and veterans would do the same again for Bush. I don’t think the same can be said for Obama. Most especially since Iraq has become front page news-again-and for all the wrong reasons!

        • Jeff Webb

          The question was whether the PRESS would let him get away with it, not half the people.

          • brickman

            Although I supported the invasion of Iraq and I also voted for Bush in 2004, the press let him get away with anything he said and did as regards the invasion.

          • Jeff Webb

            The MSM wouldn’t have let President Bush get away with what HC and BO have with Benghazi. To be fair, that book isn’t closed yet.

            As far as your first statement to Bernie, also,to be fair, he certainly doesn’t pull punches when talking about the right.

          • legal eagle

            The media loves war. Correspondents in battle gear, morons like Geraldo in the field, fake stories about fake war heroes like in Iraq etc….The cultists on this site even believe that Bush invaded Iraq because of WMDs. However, they can’t explain why Bush didn’t invade Iran, Syria and Pakistan countries with plenty of WMDs…Bush probably believed invading Iraq was the same as Reagan’s invasion of Granada..

          • brickman

            Granada is in Spain. The last people to invade it may have been Ferdinand and Isabella. Reagan invaded Grenada. Bush certainly knew the difference although if the United States had left after Mission Accomplished the US death toll would have been only 100 more than Grenada. The military action wasn’t the problem, the nation-building was.

        • legal eagle

          Are you kidding? The only people who didn’t believe that the Bush Administration was a disaster was Fox News and Barbara Bush….LOL

    • JohnKohos

      Why is that important to you? Why do we need to find a Republican to include whenever Democrats are caught for something? Do you look for Democrats to blame when Republicans are being railed?

      • brickman

        All the people who brought up the IRS scandal already did that for me. Go into any website comment field and you’ll see. Bernie even brought it into a discussion on Bridgegate.

        • JohnKohos

          But do you?

          • brickman

            If it’s for something similar , yes. If you go into my recent post history you’ll see that I bring up a Democrat President persecuting a Republican speechwriter with IRS harassment. REAL IRS harassment. I don’t know if your pols do that in Canada.:-)

    • Paul Courtney

      Thanks for sharing this bit of your time, you must be swamped sending posts to networks, NYT asking if they can’t find example of Dem Gov bully so Christy coverage looks less like… you know.

  • joepotato

    Politicians, especially the progressive ones, have an uncanny ability to change the meaning of words… They do it all the time… This must be their cute little way of getting their way and avoiding the truth of any matter that interferes with their agenda… Nothing to see here…

    • D Parri

      Joe, I just checked out your votes/comments numbers an it is very impressive. You must have found the ‘keys to the kingdom’, so to speak.

      Just the 7,000 plus comments are something in themselves, but over 38,000 votes? What’s your secret?

      • joepotato

        Not really sure…. Thanks… gotta go….

  • Paul Courtney

    Bernie: Thanks for reminding us that Hillary “took full responsibility”. She meant this: Shut up! I took responsibility, so stop blaming me! I wish it was more funny and less true.

  • hihoze

    Ed Thorton, see below referred to Hillary Clinton as “Killory” That name should stick and making it stick is the responsible thing to do. Thank you Ed….

  • JohnKohos

    My children take responsibility for their mistakes by apologizing and making restitution when it is due. And they do so whether the other person accepts their gestures or not because my children aren’t offering them in return for a reward. They are offering them because they are owed and it is the right thing to do.

    Evidently, restitution is too much to hope for. But did Hillary even apologize?

  • Chris Matthewson

    What does “I take full responsibility” really mean when the words come out of the mouth of a politician?

    It simply means that they are not actually responsible. It means they are the victim of someone else’s incompetence or negligence–someone they are implicitly blaming for the awful mistake–and they want everyone to know they are courageously invoking President Truman’s politically popular “the buck stops here” principle of leadership.

    • JohnKohos

      We need to stop digressing into the generality of what “they” or “politicians” do, and stay focused on the specific “he” or “she” who actually did whatever it was this time.

      And it doesn’t really matter in the end whether Hillary really did “take” responsibility, if we make sure to “give” it to her. Not voting for her might be a start.

  • kidwinona

    She is so polite she will wait for the typical media distraction to never end, presently their silly attempt to put a bridge scandal as news, plus a reserve planted seed to bring up as they and Hillary will later need

  • ted

    It is a world where the diversion of traffic takes front page news while the killing of four Americans including an ambassador is cast into oblique corners. It is the Left winning.

  • ted

    The phrase: “So in the goofy world of American politics” is dead wrong. And it is what the ProgressivesLiberalDemocrats want the American people to think. It’s lightweight, it’s funny, don’t worry about it. And Bernie does what the opposition says. The truth is the world of American politics is bitter, divided and a war between the two sides. It is the Second American Civil War. And make no mistake the enemy — the ProgressivesLiberalDemocrats are winning. In part because most Republicans, conservatives and independents play on the turf ot he LEFT. The ProgressivesLiberalDemocrats include the Educational monopoly, the Entertainment industry and the Media — the organizations that are the taste-makers and opinion leaders of this country — plus their financiers in the union bosses and trial lawyers. All work together to take down the roots of our country. Free enterprise, the Rule of Law, personal responsibility, and freedom. To destroy the foundation of this country.
    So, Bernie, NO it is not a goofy world in our politics, it is winner take all and the enemy is WINNING.
    http://www.periodictablet.com

  • JohnKohos

    When one of my suppliers made a serious mistake last week at the expense of one of my customers, I told the customer that I accepted full responsibility. Then I sat up all night and fixed it at my own expense.

    It seemed like the responsible thing to do.

  • greggsan

    I take full responsibility for finding somebody else to blame.

  • Alexis Comnenus

    It is not Hillary or other deceivers who concern me, but the people of this country. Those who put them there. People as Hillary should never being put into power. They don’t give a ‘bleep’ on the American nation. All is a masquerade like BO. I will be convinced in the mid-term election in November. However Hillary should never be allowed to run.

    • Patrick

      Agree. Today, We the People don’t hold those accountable, so why should these pols voluntarily lay their head on the chopping block? Like prison is supposedly a deterrent to crime, if We the People actually took action, who knows?

    • ted

      “We The People” mostly get our information from the Far-left. Schools, film, TV and books, and “news” shows and periodicals. How do they know that a man with no experience, never touching capitalism or free enterprise, and never managing anything, how do they know he’ll make a mess of our administration? How do they know he’s hiding his anti-free-enterprise, pro-union ideology? How do they know? THEY DON’T; SO DON’T BLAME THE PEOPLE. The war has been lost.

      • Will Swoboda

        Hi Ted, when people tell me about Obama being the smartest guy in the room, I always think about the Germans before and during the WWII. At the time the Germans were considered the most intelligent people in the world. They devised a horrific method of trying on a systematic and efficiently destroy an entire race of people, the Jews.

        • legal eagle

          Jews are a not a race, nor have we been wiped out….Amazing how ignorant some people are…

        • legal eagle

          You sound about as smart as Ron Swoboda…

          • Will Swoboda

            Must run in the family. Ron’s my cousin.

          • legal eagle

            Really? Ron Swoboda is still a legend in New York…Oh for the days of the Amazin Mets….

    • hihoze

      Washington DC’vers

  • shinbone

    I take full responsibility-I have been found out as a total liar and responsible for the deaths of four people, but, I take responsibility for those needless killings. I am a liberal progressive and the media will never speak the truth about me.
    PATHETIC,incompetent Killary, will be praised by the media and will become president. What a sick society!!!!!

    • Alexis Comnenus

      I agree!

  • Drcoz

    “I take full responsibility” is a precursor to the “I want to move forward” pronouncement. It’s an Obama-proved method to change the subject and distract…and the media buys it if one is a high profile Liberal.

  • IUBBallfan

    I take full responsibility = niener niener boo boo. Now you can’t touch me.

  • delble

    “I take full responsibility” means nothing. Let’s do a full Benghazi and IRS Targeting investigation by a neutral party and see who gets the full responsibility. I have a feeling it would end in a prison sentence.

  • Phillip MacHarg

    One need only revisit William Safire’s famously prescient NY Times essay from Jan, ’96 “Blizzard of Lies” to understand Hillary Clinton’s modus operandi on all things political. That being taking the most expedient course of action no matter the legality and the consequence it has on others. I’m reminded of Clinton Whitewater partner, James McDougal’s memorable observation about Bill and Hillary upon entering prison: “…the Clinton’s are really sort of like tornadoes moving through people’s lives…I’m just one of the people.” Indeed, Susan Rice might want to take note.

  • Brian H

    “I’se a weasel. Wead my wips. Word. Now weave me awone.:

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Limerick?
    .
    The Ayatollah I gave him red line,
    those Persians though seem have some spine,
    if they get nuke,
    my allies will puke,
    but me, I’m feeling just fine.

  • Acu-Vue

    Let me start by answering your first question, “Where is Hillary?” — There was a Hillary sighting at Mayor DeBlasio’s ‘Plantation’ not too long ago. She was sitting in the audience cuddling with Bill as if they were in a cialis commercial. After I threw up, I realized she looked a bit different. She looked to me as if she had a facelift. If I am wrong, I take full responsibility!
    I will conclude with this: — America’s young generation could not care less about the entire Washington DC.soap opera from either side. If you have ever had to deal with government at any level recently, you realize very quickly how dysfunctional and ancient our system has become. They are still at the ‘Fax machine, Snail mail, etc.’ level of technology. One day we will wake up and our entire government will be shut down and taken over by the new ‘cyberspace generation’ and not one person in DC or anywhere else will be able to do anything about it. They will wipe the slate clean and all our current politicians will be on the outside looking in. —. On this Martin Luther King weekend, that is my dream! — And once again, If I am wrong, I take full responsibility!

    • Lc Goodfellow

      Martin Luther King had a dream that he was following.
      We’ve been following a nightmare.
      A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they
      imagine America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to
      themselves.

      • Acu-Vue

        And if we don’t wake up from our dreams or nightmares (as you put it), we will be defeated and the majority of the population will be stunned. ‘We The People’ have become ‘We The Zombies’!

  • JASVN67

    I can talk out of both sides of my mouth as the situation dictates. In the vernacular of an era gone by (I speak with a fork tongue). This is and has been the hallmark of the current administration from day one! The MSM spins the narratives in the venues of yellow journalism. The New York Times writing a piece on Benghazi just the other day, is a case in point. You have Holder at the DOJ, Reid as Majority Leader in the Senate and Obama in the White House. The perfect storm fundamentally changing the face of America and it’s scary.

  • Tim in California

    Listen to the great comedy bit by David Frye, in his 1973 “record” where he plays Nixon talking to the American people about Watergate…. The Nixon spoof says it perfectly… “I accept the responsibility but not the blame. Let me explain the difference. Those who are to blame lose their jobs. Those who are responsible do not.”

  • Ed Thornton

    It’s simple KILLARY IS a MURDER, This IS NOT the first time KILLARY has taken a LIFE she has KILLED before THIS IS WHY IT WAS SO EASY FOR KILLARY TO KILL AGAIN period, These men KILLARY let down had a lot of information this administration DID NOT WANT IT TO GET OUT OF LIBYA, This is why the order from KILLARY was given to (STAND DOWN) PERIOD.

    • hihoze

      Killary. That name should stick, making it stick is the responsible thing to do.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Limerick?
    .
    On Syria, I impose a red line,
    sounds really good, and has shine,
    but since that big ass,
    his people did gas,
    it’s really the world’s, and not mine.

  • trailbee

    You are correct. Whenever the prez takes full responsibility, I always wait for: “…now, get lost.” Always easier to say you’re sorry, instead of asking for permission first, knowing you might get turned down.
    Post is right on the mark. Thanks.

  • gbandy

    Than why all lies about some “despicable video” Hillary? Only the most clueless bought into that lie. Hillary just lied as Americans died.

  • rbblum

    Taking responsibility should include completely and accurately answering the questions presented by the Michael Strange Foundation . . . and being held accountable.

    Voices for Silent Heroes – The Michael Strange Foundation
    http://www.michaelstrangefoundation.org

    • legal eagle

      and who is Michael Strange?

      • George Williams

        I don’t know, but this lie by Barack Obama is strange…”If you like your insurance, you can keep it, period! If you like your doctor you can keep him, period! Nobody is talking about changing that.” “Every family save $2,500 a year on premiums.” Sycophant.

  • gerry T

    Bernie:
    I have a dumb question to ask. If Ms “Slick Willy” Clinton admits to taking full responsibility for the murder of a United States Ambassador and three brave young Americans in Benghazi why is she not being charged with murder?
    Tom T.

  • Patriot502003

    The Benghazi debacle should fall at the feet of John Brennan….period.

    • kidwinona

      Based on what???????

      • Patriot502003

        Benghazi:The Definitive Report, by Jack Murphy and Brandon Webb, plus approx. 95% of the Military Analysts on Fox, etc. Is there anything else that you need for me to answer for you or can you take it from here?

  • kayakbob

    “I take full responsibility” means:

    I have no personal obligation to accept any of the consequences. In fact, you should praise me for going on TV to take “responsibility”. I don’t understand why you people don’t get that?

    That’s what it means.

    • D Parri

      KY, I have been giving you votes, but to no avail. For some reason I seem to be locked out of that privilege…going on three weeks now.

      I still vote, but they don’t get recorded for some reason. I have also tried to vote as a ‘guest’, but it works the same way. So, if I ever get that function restored, you’ll be seeing more of my votes showing up in your box.
      BTW, why do the guilty parties of these political debacles feel like an admission of guilt and canned response, i.e., “I take…”, is good enough to absolve them of their wrongdoing?

      It doesn’t…those are just words.

      • kayakbob

        First, thanks for the vote of support (pun intended). I am sure that many, many other visitors to this site are having the same problem – they can’t get their proud & unabashed “up” vote for Kayakbob to take. I’m sure if it. :-)

        As for your last comment, some years ago I read a book written by a former political consultant from the 1970’s & 80’s. And in the book he said something very significant had changed during his 20+ years in that business. He said (I hope I am quoting properly). “it used to be that the client asked me, ‘what do I do?’ when they got in trouble. Now they just ask, ‘what do I say?’. As if saying the right thing is on par with doing the right thing.

        There seem to be constant reminders of that part of the book now, from politicians of both parties.

      • kayakbob

        been following this vote privilege saga and I must say this is quite strange. My question is this: do you know if your Nov. 2014 voting privileges are rescinded as well? Are you sureeeee?

        • D Parri

          Well, since Nov. 2014 is not yet come I cannot say with absolute sureteeey that it has or has not.

          Howsomeever, I might need to replace my voter registration photo ID. Do you think that this is a good likeness?

          • kayakbob
          • D Parri

            I like it!

          • D Parri

            I’m afraid that I may have to delete the account. Hmmmm…..thinkin’ about it.

          • kayakbob

            Yeah, just delete the account and open a new one. (You may want to loose the minuteman though. The Patriots lost last week.)

          • D Parri

            I’ll try a few other steps…this one I just did was delete my Google Toolbar. Might’ve been a mistake, but…oh well.

            Now, I gave you a vote. Did it stay?

          • kayakbob

            ……nope. sorry.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Limerick?
    .
    Will the website be up before never,
    though the supplier we know they did sever,
    yet billions in cost,
    and much coverage lost,
    And the Sebelius response is? “whatever”.

  • Sam

    I think there is a “Teflon” that comes from having the media on your side. Taking full responsibility only really works if the media likes you. For the governor of New Jersey, it doesn’t work quite so well.

  • jim g

    ok i said it…..whew! NOW let’s move on already…next question.

    please…Didn’t I say,”I take full responsibility” let’s move on…

  • Carl W.

    “I FAKE full responsibility” would be more appropriate.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Limerick?
    .
    The buck stops with me I have spake,
    Although by now, “what difference does it make”
    my purpose much higher,
    than small funeral pyre,
    They’re peons, so “let them eat cake”.

  • TED

    Marie Antoinette TOOK FULL RESPONSIBILITY.

  • Stimpy

    I take full responsibility for that stain on her dress.

    • legal eagle

      Brilliant statement….did you think that one up all by yourself?

      • Integrity

        He had the help of an intern. QED

        • legal eagle

          He couldn’t afford an intern…..

      • Brian Fr Langley

        Yeah, I know, Bill’s your hero. And let me count the ways. Lied, perjured, cheated, was plausibly accused of rape, used a position of authority to extract sexual favors, was impeached, took donations from China for favors, and now liberals want to elect their hero’s wife in hopes his “hero”ness rubbed off on her? .

        • legal eagle

          At least Bill got some from Monica…you’re just jealous…

          • Brian Fr Langley

            Since he rubbed off on her, why aren’t liberals touting her for President?

          • George Williams

            Yeah, but would Bill have done this? “If you like your insurance, you can keep it, period! If you like your doctor you can keep him, period! Nobody is talking about changing that.”

      • George Williams

        Why did Obama think of this statement? “If you like your insurance, you can keep it, period! If you like your doctor you can keep him, period! Nobody is talking about changing that.”

      • Stimpy

        Yes I did. Libs can dish it out but they can’t take it. No sense of humor. No sense of shame either.

    • Ted Crawford

      Perhaps, however you have yet to address your abuse of Cigars!

  • Mr. Common Sense

    “I take full responsibility” – Translation….I have said what I am obligated to say, now go away, I need to go back to my important office and prop up my feet so I can rule my little kingdom.

  • Nicholas344

    Hillary condescended to take full responsibility and yet you believe there should be consequences. How politically incorrect can you be? Your attitude suggests you are a misogynist. There cannot be another explanation for questioning a liberal woman in this way. If she were a conservative, of course you should question her responsibility. But she is a liberal woman and such misogynistic remarks are unacceptable.

    • legal eagle

      What consequence would you suggest Hillary face? Reading the comments of Bernie Goldberg? Being forced to watch a full day off Fox News? Your suggestions?

      • Jeff Webb

        >>What consequence would you suggest Hillary face?<<

        At the very least, the loss of her job would've been apropos.

        After Bill left the WH, with her history and degree of unethical behavior she had no business in a used moped lot, let alone any public office. Now that Benghazi is on her resume', more people will know what to expect if she's granted even more power than before. Not only will they get dishonesty, but monumental incompetence and callousness as well.

        At this point the consequence should be the end of her political career. Over that, she'd probably prefer getting mutilated by terrorists and her family being deceived by the people who failed to prevent it.

      • observer

        She should be required to read all of your drivel.

      • George Williams

        Hillary could make a public apology and tell the truth about Benghazi, for one. It might end her ambitions for the presidency, but honesty would triumph over her tendency to lie and reflect a certain amount of courage on her part. Never came to mind, did it Legal Eagle. In the world of Democratic Alinsky politics that would a truly alien concept, when ends- justifies-the-means action is de rigeueur and winning is everything. The Big Lie is always preferred. I know, you still believe that it was the video.

  • Bob Olden

    “I take full responsibility. What DIFFERENCE does it make?”

  • Larry Linn

    The United States has over 90 Embassies and Consulates in the Mid-East and Africa.A small guerrilla force of 25 willing to go on a suicide mission, with AK-47’s,RPG’s, and a few hand grenades, can take over all but a few of the Embassies and Consulates.

    • Ted Crawford

      Really?! If that’s true, The fighting ability our Military certainly has been
      greatly reduced! My, and many other, five man LRRP team overcame greater odds than that on more than one occasion, in Vietnam!
      Secondly, again if that’s true a responsible leader would simply remove such a useless force rather than simply casually throw away lives!

      • Larry Linn

        In 1968 a suicide sapper unit of 19 V.C. invaded the U. S. Embassy in Saigon, and killed five American soldiers in the process. Their weapons were RPG’s, AK-47’s, grenades and explosives. Within a few kilometers of the Embassy the U. A. had hundreds of armed soldiers, mechanized units, and
        air support from Tan Son Nhut Airbase, and still could not prevent the invasion of the Embassy.

        • Ted Crawford

          ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!?!
          That was the beginning of the 1968 TET offensive, I was there, I fought in it! They , NVA and VC, launched simultaneous attacks on EVERY major base and major population center in the pre-dawn hours of January 31!
          For the first and only time in that war, they FINALLY came out to play! Our forces were, temporarily overwhelmed due to the immense scope of the assault! NOT AT ALL THE SAME! GET A CLUE! ! !

          • Larry Linn

            I was a Paddy Stomper with the 2nd/505th, from June
            through October 1969. Most of my time was spent in the area north of the Hoc Mon Canal, between the Hoc Mon Bridge, and the Saigon River. Our mission was keep to the VC, and NVA from invading Saigon, though there was no. If they did invade Saigon, our new mission would be to go into the city and kick them out. About every third day, my platoon would pull perimeter guard at the bridge or a fire base, and we would have training and orientation on tactics to retake targets such as the embassy, the hospital, and the Tan Son Nhut Air Base if needed. In general, the tactics to retake the embassy, were similar to the VC tactics, except that we would use LAW’s rather than RPG’s, and we would have M-79’ and a couple of M-60’s.However, we succeeded in keeping the VC out of Saigon, until the 82nd was withdrawn back to the States.

            Here are some other United States Embassies and Consulates attacked by small terrorists:

            June 14, 2002, U.S. consulate in Karachi,
            Pakistan; Suicide bomber kills 12 and injures 51.

            February 20, 2003, international diplomatic
            compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Truck bomb kills 17.

            February 28, 2003, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan; Gunmen on motorcycles killed two consulate guards.

            July 30, 2004, U.S. embassy in Taskkent, Uzbekistan; Suicide bomber kills two.

            December 6, 2004, U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Militants stormed
            and occupied perimeter wall. Five killed, 10 wounded.

            March 2, 2006, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan; Suicide car bomber killed four, including a U.S. diplomate directly targeted by the assailants.

            September 12, 2006, U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria; Gunmen attacked embassy with grenades, automatic weapons, and a car bomb (though second truck bomb failed to detonate). One killed and 13 wounded.

            January 12, 2007, U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece; A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the embassy building. No one was injured.

            July 9, 2008, U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey; Armed men attacked consulate with pistols and shotguns. Three policemen killed.

            March 18, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen; Mortar attack misses embassy, hits nearby girls’ school instead.

            September 17, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen; Militants dressed as policemen attacked the embassy with RPGs, rifles, grenades and car bombs. Six Yemeni soldiers and seven civilians were killed. Sixteen more were injured.

            These incidents cannot be investigated. They
            occurred during the GOP Bush Administration.

  • nickshaw

    Did Pantsuit also take “full responsibility” for the lies she told Sean Smith’s mom at his casket ceremony?
    I can grant that she did not have direct culpability for the security arrangements in Benghazi but, she knew it was a bald faced lie to blame the attack on a video.
    To me, this was even more egregious because it is “personal”.

    “I take full responsibility” from the mouth of a politician means, “I’m done with you now! Look! A Republican closed a bridge (or choose an example as you wish)! Obviously, his career should be over! Right?”

  • docww

    Or even better: ” I will take full responsibility for my actions and work to use this as a learning experience.”

  • Bob Olden

    Well, that depends on what “responsibility” is. And what “full” is. And what “take” is. And what “I” is. And what “is” is!

    • floridahank

      I’m sure slick Billy gave her those suggestions when she’s going to be asked questions — it’s great that Gates had the courage to write his book and at least show some of Obama’s faults. I hope that the GOP somehow capitalizes on the books contents, though I think most are in Obama’s pocket and have no guts to be forthright.

      • legal eagle

        What fault did Gates point out?

        • floridahank

          While I haven’t read the book, I’ve read a number of reviews and without going into specific examples, this is the overall impression that stands out,
          “The controlling nature of the Obama WH and its determination to take credit for every good thing that happened while giving none to the people in the cabinet departments — in the trenches– who had actually done the work.— this was shared both by Mrs. Clinton and Gates who had mutual respect in many instances.
          I think many people share this type of criticism of many of Obama’s acts in different areas. He seems to try to give the impression that he’s in much greater in control than most people give him credit for. He lacks the necessary strength to be a great leader.

          • kidwinona

            He is in control, that is how he throws everyone under the bus. After all he alone is turning the country upside down. An odd duck he is. Hood winks at will, public is use to it from politicians it is so normal it has become accepted as normal therefore it’s ok. I wish they would start impeachment hearings to see him and the other frauds try to defend their evils deeds with their shallow race card especially since he is white

          • legal eagle

            So you consider this a “fault”? Your opinion is obviously biased….Who was the last great “leader” who served as POTUS?

          • floridahank

            As I said I haven’t read the book yet, but the book’s contents stating, “”The controlling nature of the Obama WH and its determination to take credit for every good thing that happened while giving none to the people in the cabinet departments — in the trenches– who had actually done the work.— this was shared both by Mrs. Clinton and Gates who had mutual respect in many instances” Yes, that’s a huge fault that he exhibits whenever he’s involved in some governmental action.
            There were similar personal thoughts expressed when the SEALS killed bin Laden as Obama showed no enthusiasm or satisfaction — part of his personality flaws when you examine his behavior over the past 4+ yrs. He truly has personality quirks that no other President has presented.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Limerick.
    I’m sorry, I’m sorry, and then,
    I’ll even put it in writing with pen,
    if that doesn’t work,
    you’re just being a jerk,
    but if you make me, I’ll say it again.

  • JDinSTL

    I take full responsibility for spelling weiner correctly – or was it weaner?:)

  • thomas1

    It’s easy to take “full responsibility” when CNN, NBC, and MSNBC don’t broadcast the that segment. For that matter, it is somewhat strategic in that most Democrats will forget it by 2016. If they don’t, they will have considered it a trivial matter–like the economy, entitlement reform, etxc.

  • http://FlourishandProsper.com/ Stan Dubin

    The Hilary-type that says, “I take full responsibility” will hopefully be asked “what does that mean?” or “what did you do?” Unfortunately most of them will have ready-made answers:

    “Well, I initiated a full investigation. I took steps internally to ensure this kind of thing would never happen again. Changes were made. Changes were made.”

    That’s the answer from the completely irresponsible politician who has “accepted” full responsibility and is then challenged on it. Of course, Willie couldn’t point to investigations or internal steps taken other than “I surely will take every effort to keep my fly closed.”

    Kidding aside, these guys are truly, truly disgusting. And they are role models for other truly, truly disgusting people. The good news? They are replaceable…we just need to wake up a few more Americans and then a few more and then a few more.

  • savage24

    The real meaning of the “I take full responsibility” is, I will be responsible for blaming others for my lack of responsibility. Those on the top are insolated from from the real world problems by virtue of their exalted positions, the glory is theirs, but the failures belong to others.

    • legal eagle

      Is that what you said to your wife when she asked why you couldn’t perform?…..LOL

      • savage24

        At my age I leave the performing to the clowns.

  • Mollywashington

    Empty words and empty promises. Makes me question the collective IQ of this nation. Why do so many continue to support these people or become so apathetic they don’t question at all?

    • legal eagle

      Think you’re adding much to the nation’s collective IQ?

    • Ted Crawford

      ” It’s difficult to free Fools from the Chains they revere!” Voltaire
      “…From that moment on, the majority will always vote for the Candidates promising the most from the Public Treasury…” Alexander Fraser Tytler

  • Rarin Togo

    As always, great article Bernie.
    Fine….Hillary takes full responsibility for the murders which were found to be completely preventable by several investigative committees. Which means she is taking personal responsibility for not doing her job and being an incompetent servant of “We the People….”
    So, If she could not prevent the preventable; why is she running for POTUS? Isn’t that irresponsible?
    How can she possibly protect us from the preventable?

  • Buzzeroo

    People died – Barry and Susie lied—Hillary did too but this is nothing new— — nobody should feel any enmity because she took responsibility.

  • FFighters of America

    Great story Bernie. Keep on her and don’t let up. We are doing it at http://freedomfightersofamerica.blogspot.com too.

  • RickonhisHarleyJohnson

    I think ‘the buck stops here’ no longer applies. It should be the ‘BUCKS’ stop here. After all, that’s what they’re really protecting; the post office opportunity for wealth. Resigning in disgrace messes that up.

  • Jarob54

    Bernie, you are referring to those in politics, not the mainstream American public. Being responsible, and taking responsibility takes on a new and different dynamic in the cesspool known as the political arena. When Bill Clinton stated it depends on the definition of “it”, all bets are off when it comes to politicians being held accountable and susequent repercussions. Could it just be that those who hold political office view theirs actions and the law differently than you and I. Could it be that the average run of the mill politician is vain and borders on narcissist behavior. Could it be that liberal politicians have the full wind of the media billowing their sails and feel that what ever they tell the American public it really doesn’t matter in the long run. And could it just be that most Americans view the entire political process as business as usual and it’s beyond their control. I say this because less registered Republicans voted for Mitt Romney than those who voted for John McCain. Apathy is disease that has helped create this current malaise known as Barack Obama.

  • k962

    There were no firings at the State Dept. No demotions, save the poor whistle blower from Tripoli that said it was a terrorist attack from the beginning! The only guy that had it right! Now we know Obama lied, Hillary lied, Susan Rice lied.
    Wouldn’t you label that a “conspiracy” Bernie?

    • nickshaw

      A conspiracy to cover for the fact that Skeeter’s (and Pantsuit’s and now Lurch’s) “foreign policy” is a joke?
      Yeah, I’ll go along with that.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Limerick?
    .
    Your plan you can keep it they say,
    and Benghazi securities okay,
    but when it goes wrong,
    I’ll apologise strong,
    as long as I don’t lose no pay.

  • gold7406

    when any politician says, “I take full responsibility,” the media should ask, ” great, exactly what are you going to do now?”

  • Thewryobservator

    It means, “Bless your heart.”

  • LastManStanding

    It means that my public relations advisors have instructed me to mouth these words because they often result in increased popularity among my moron constituents.

  • I Love Fascists

    On behalf of all liberals everywhere I personally take full responsibility for everything that is wrong with this country! Only card carrying right wingers should be allowed to vote, think, and hold office. CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, NYT should all be shut down and Fox News should be elevated to Ministry Of Information! Fascism Forever!

  • D Parri

    It’s absolute hilarious how the leftie Obama-Zombies will construct any poll data that they think will help them–in a heartbeat!
    Let’s try that same tactic…but turn it around.

    95% of registered democrats refuse to support Hillary Clinton in a 2016 election bid. Poll reveals that 98% of all voters will vote for any GOP candidate that opposes Clinton. Hillary Clinton’s approval rating has dropped to a dismal 3%, and the biggest single factor appears to be a 99% factor of distrust among the public in regards to the Benghazi scandal.

    In the latest polls it appears that the GOP will regain solid control of the full Congress, taking back the required seats in the Senate with a near sweep of the whole election, while increasing their position in the House to an almost thorough control of that body.

    Owing to the expectations of full Congressional control by the GOP, polling trends indicate a long-awaited recovery of confidence levels for the Congress, which suffered its deepest and worst decline while coming under Democrat control.

  • D Parri

    That’s the great thing about American politics, “I take full responsibility”…and everything goes away!

  • D Parri

    “I take full responsibility”. Uh…were we talking about Benghazi, or was it the Syrian “red lines”, or maybe the IRS scandal, or…oh, maybe it was the Fast and Furious scandal. My goodness, so many scandals…so little time!

  • D Parri

    Political Trends, 101

    “I take full responsibility”. Used to avoid public relations fallout using a tacit admission of guilt that diverts applications of personal responsibility through a feigned appearance of responsible behavior.

  • D Parri

    “I take full responsibility”, and just because I am a politician it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t mean anything.

  • D Parri

    “I take full responsibility”. Period. Oh, you find that funny? Then why are you all laughing?

  • D Parri

    “I take full responsibility”. Now, onto something that is relevant.

  • D Parri

    “I take full responsibility”. So what?

  • EddieD_Boston

    Liberals have the media in their back pockets so they don’t even have to try.

  • D Parri

    “I take full responsibility”. Period.

  • therealguyfaux

    “I take full responsibility” is a much nicer way of saying, “Yeah? I did it. So sue me. Tell me now– do you think you’re gonna DO anything about it? Yeah, right– thought not.”

  • D Parri

    “I take full responsibility”. Now, that should qualify me for public office under the Democrat banner. I’ve paid my dues in advance.

  • Concernedmimi

    Where is Hillary? Probably somewhere contemplating how to explain the blood on her hands!!!!

  • Skip Russo

    Yeah…ok, it was my fault…get over it! I did.

  • Jerald Preston

    I take full responsibility the dog ate my homework.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    An even bigger laugh is “I’ll tax the rich to pay their fair share” For decades now lefty leaning leaders have promised “free lunch” to all. While conservative types only offer fiscal responsibility. BUT to date, the left has actually only enriched the richest of rich to unbelievable historic proportions. Is it any wonder that so many Billionaires tout Obama style social justice. We don’t have socialism, (yet) but neither do we have capitalism. What we have, is a system where “cronies” (who by the way donate big to election campaigns) get rich, while the poor and middle class get poorer. And all the while lefties continue to trumpet ” free lunch” for all, courtesy of your friendly neighborhood billionaire. The left has learned the real truth about modern politics, you only have to say you’ll do stuff, you don’t actually have to do it.

    • legal eagle

      Same rant used by the Republicans for the past 80 years…Screw the poor, the old and the sick…Spoken like the true old bitter cynics on Social Security and Medicare… We got ours, screw the rest of them…

      • Tim Ned

        Yes, when we conservatives try to win support for school vouchers (that you lib’s shoot down) that would permit poor children the opportunity to get out of their dumpy school system, I should remember I’m just an old bitter ranting Republican.

        • legal eagle

          You want public funds for sending kids to parochial schools? Another simple solution to a highly complex problem…typical Republican response by the folks who’s kids don’t go to public schools….genius

          • tim ned

            I rest my case!

          • PolkaDot

            Money that is used for education comes from the taxes paid by the parents and non-parents alike, and is (or, at least, should) be used for education. Which translates into (try to follow me, legal eagle, I know you can if you try) money that belongs to the children that go to school (that is, are the recipients of the service called education). Which means that their (children’s) FAIR SHARE of the funds should be used for the education that THEIR PARENTS deem to be the most suitable. If the CHOICE of the family is parochial school, so be it. If the choice is a private secular school, so be it. If the choice is (as in my case) public school, so be it (yes, yes, my children go to public school – at this point in time it is the best choice for our family). This money belongs to the children, not the politicians or teachers’ unions. By the way, if you choose to respond, please attempt not to use words Republican (as in the party name), right wing etc in your response, as I have not used any description of the political preference in mine. I know you can, legal eagle.

          • legal eagle

            Something called the Constitution prohibits tax money going to parochial schools….You are right, I should refer to you as a Conservative cult member..My apologies.

          • PolkaDot

            Can you provide us,uneducated peons, with the quote from the Constitution supporting your claim? And try harder with no name calling, please…I know you can. After all, you are legal eagle, right? You should take full responsibility for such a great nickname.

          • alpha444

            “legal eagle”. Interesting user name as you do not write like someone who has had a legal education. Where did Tim mention parochial schools? Those are your words…not his. He merely said vouchers to get kids out of dumpy school systems. Yes, vouchers actually are one solution to a “highly complex problem”.
            “typical Republican response by the folks who’s kids don’t go to public schools”. “typical” is a broad brush statement as you have no idea what all Republicans would say about this. You also have no idea who’s kids do, or do not go to public schools. If you are a lawyer, which I doubt, God help your clients. Also ending with “genius” is just condescending and smug.

          • legal eagle

            and how would you would know how someone with a legal education writes? Parochial schools are part of the school choice argument…whether it was mentioned or not…I understand that the right wing cultists don’t believe in separation of church and state but it’s a constitutional issue….

          • Tim Ned

            Interesting, than Sandra Fluke has no case against Georgetown? You’re hiding behind the constitution. The vouchers go to the parents. And it’s their money.

          • legal eagle

            Sandra Fluke’s argument against Georgetown may not have had a legal basis….I don’t believe she brought legal action against the school nor do I recall that hers was a legal argument.

          • legal eagle

            “it’s their money”? I would suggest you call your Congressman and tell him/her that you’d like them to send you a check…

          • Tim Ned

            I wouldn’t call my federal representative. It’s a state issue.

          • alpha444

            I know. “whether it was mentioned or not”. another. Great defense.
            Do you actually know what the constitution says about the separation of church and state? I doubt it if you think that it had anything to do with schools.
            You continue to show your lack of reasonable thought process, and a lack of ability to stay focused. When you misspeak, you merely amend retroactively, or state that something is implied. That’s not legal writing or reasoning. Are you familiar with the “four corners of the document theory in law? I know the answer to my own question, as any good attorney does before they ask the question. Adios.

          • legal eagle

            So you differentiate between “private” schools and “parochial” schools? Thanks for sharing your ignorance…Never let the facts get in the way of your ideology…

          • alpha444

            Yes, I do, for good reason. You would be well advised to take your own advice regarding facts. Again, you’re just a condescending name-caller…casting aspersions while adding nothing. Smug remarks are your forte, but they’re meaningless.

          • alpha444

            I really don’t know why I’m wasting my time, but let me share my “ignorance ” with you. A “parochial school has a religious affiliation, while that may not be the case with a “private”. Private merely means that it is not “public”. Sorry to let my facts get in the way there.

          • legal eagle

            Aren’t all parochial schools private? You make Forrest Gump look like a genius…

          • alpha444

            yes, but all private schools are not parochial…hence the differentiation. However, I’m sure that is difficult for you to follow. Here it is again in slow motion. YES, all parochial schools are more than likely private, but NO all private schools are not parochial.
            One other thing..you should be ashamed of yourself with the words you use in your replies…condescending, caustic…no substance, and no relevance. My guess is that may be because you’re an irrelevant person.You need professional help.

          • Ted Crawford

            “seperation of Church and State but it’s a Constitutional issue…” Really, and where, I just re-read it to be certain, do you see this “Seperation of Church and State” , … I’ll help you out, you can use ANY document organic to the founding of this Nation!

          • legal eagle

            I have no idea what you are talking about but I’m sure it makes sense to you….LOL

          • legal eagle

            In the end, the constitutionality of a voucher or school choice policy depends on how well the policy is designed.
            If parents make a truly private choice as to which school their child attends, if there is no financial incentive to attend a religious school over a nonreligious school, and if a program does not allow undue government interference with religious schools, chances are the program will be looked on favorably by the courts.

          • Ted Crawford

            Nice try Comrade, however that doesn’t even begin to relate to the question I asked, even given the latitude I gave you!

          • legal eagle

            If you don’t like my answer then don’t read it….

          • D Parri

            He misspelled it…it’s Legal Weasel. Or, as he likes to point out to me, “Mr. Weasel”.

        • legal eagle

          So now you’re looking out for poor children…..now that’s funny…I’m sure your concern about poor children ranks on the same scale as your concern about animal cruelty…

          • Tim Ned

            Yup, my wife and I do every day through charities and my wife is a full time volunteer. As someone who is built my own companies, I know that getting young kids into education is their best way out of poverty. Just read what Clinton’s secretary of education said on the subject matter.

  • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

    “Well David I will be honest with you. I do want the credit without any of the blame.” – Michael Scott – The Office.

    • therealguyfaux

      That’s what SHE said!

    • D Parri

      I s’pose you can see by now that my voting privileges no longer exist. You asked me once when did I first notice it. Well, I’ve been wondering about that and I think you probably have some way of finding this out better than I can. When my privileges to comment were suspended several weeks ago, well, I don’t think that there have been any votes registered by me since then.
      If the suspension on your site was conveyed to Disqus, and the ‘lift’ of that suspension was carried out on the Disqus side, then wouldn’t all reinstatements also need to be conveyed and carried out on their side also? Somehow, there is a ‘glitch’ (I actually hate that word now) that seems to be in the nature of an Application Process Interface (API) nature.

      Any help would be appreciated.

      • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

        Okay, let me pass this info on to the webmaster, because there’s only so much I can see on my end (I’m an admin, when it comes to posts but I’m unable to dig to deeply down into the specifics). Hopefully, we’ll get this straightened out quickly. Thanks for the info.

        • D Parri

          Thanks, John, I appreciate the help.

        • D Parri

          Just curious, have you heard anything yet?

          BTW, gave you a vote…do you see it? If not then it reaffirms the fact that there is a problem.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            There’s a support issue in for it right now. The webmaster is waiting to hear back.

        • D Parri

          John, I know that you can only do so much and as Bernie once told me, most of you folks have “real” jobs…not just the monitoring and babysitting of all us who want to gain a voice somewhere and are simply looking for an affirmation that our viewpoint or opinion is correct.

          I might decide to can the D Parri account and set up another…I just hope it doesn’t turn out that I’m “not welcome” here, as Gov. Cuomo would put it.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Give it a couple more days. I have been sending emails back and forth to the webmaster about this, and we may be getting somewhere with Disqus (the service the site uses for the discussion forumn). My concern is that if the problem is tied to your IP address., closing this account and creating a new one might not fix the problem. We should know something soon.

          • D Parri

            Thanks, John.

            I have also sent emails to Disqus and I received a reply on Thurs and “Ryan” confirmed that it was a Bug of some sort and they have added my data to the case.

            It has apparently only affected a handful of users and they do not have a “concrete solution” yet. He did suggest that I might want to try creating a new account to see if that will work, but I am inclined to think that it is somehow tied to my IP address, as you mentioned.

            I appreciate your help, and I will wait. Thanks.

          • D Parri

            John, the email from Disqus product support…

            Hi D,

            We were able to look into the issue a bit further, and it seems as though this is a Bug which has been reported as only affecting a handful of users. We’ve added your data to the case, and will let you know if we find a concrete solution in the future.

            In the meantime, you may try creating a new account and seeing if the voting functions work properly on your new account.

            If you experience any additional issues, start a new case with us at http://disqus.com/support and we’ll be happy to help.

            Best,
            -Ryan Greaves
            Product Support

            ______________________________________

            So, there is a bug and this has been confirmed by Disqus. It appears that I will not be able to vote again. Thanks for trying to help.

            D Parri

          • D Parri

            JD, here goes another attempt at voting. I have been able to vote on another site today and I thought that I’d give it a try on this one again. Here goes, a thumbs up for ya’, and if it stays…then you can keep it–you earned it!

  • Tim Ned

    When I hear politicians accept responsibility it reminds me of a lecture I attended pertaining to responsibility and a story told.

    At their annual conference, the sales manager of a dog food company asked his sales team how they liked the company’s new advertising program. “Great,” they replied, “the best in the business.”

    “What do you think of the product?” the manager asked. “Fantastic,” they replied.

    “How about the sales force?” he insisted. Of course, the sales team knew they were the best so they responded enthusiastically.

    “Okay then,” the manager said, “if we have the best brand, the best packaging, the best advertising program, and the best sales force, why are we in 17th place in our industry?” After an awkward silence one of the salesmen shouted, “It’s those dogs. They just won’t eat the stuff.”

    • gold7406

      excellent story

  • legal eagle

    Goldberg once again lazily stokes the Hillary Haters with a Benghazi story…Sounds like he’s getting bored with this faux scandal…

    • Integrity

      Not my original comment, but one well worth repeating, “Phony scandals don’t come home draped in caskets.” QED

      • Integrity

        …… don’t come home in flag draped caskets. QED

        • legal eagle

          Tell that to Bush, Cheney , LBJ and Nixon….

          • Tim Ned

            And Obama!

          • legal eagle

            In legal circles that’s known as “false equivalence”…

          • Tim Ned

            Right back at ya.

          • Integrity

            How about addressing the “faux scandal”? Tossing in a red herring, such as pointing out the alleged bad behavior of previous administrations makes Benghazi no less of a scandal. QED

          • legal eagle

            Voters trust Clinton over GOP on Benghazi
            PPP’s newest national poll finds that Republicans aren’t getting much traction with their focus on Benghazi over the last week. Voters trust Hillary Clinton over Congressional Republicans on the issue of Benghazi by a 49/39 margin and Clinton’s +8 net favorability rating at 52/44 is identical to what it was on our last national poll in late March. Meanwhile Congressional Republicans remain very unpopular with a 36/57 favorability rating.
            Keep repeating Benghazi, Benghazi…..Won’t change any votes in November 2016….

          • Integrity

            All I can guarantee is that there will be at least one vote against her. I think it is beyond your ability to comprehend that what she did, and continues to do, is simply wrong. Apparently, many voters lack this ability as well. I do not need polls to substantiate my beliefs. I am a bit sad, but not surprised anymore. After all, chappaquiddick did not seem to hurt Senator Ted very much. My bad, he must have taken full responsibility for the incident. What was I thinking! QED

          • legal eagle

            I hate to disturb your ideological cult thinking but Hillary doesn’t need your vote nor would you vote for Hillary, or any other Democrat, if she was running against Nixon or Hitler….

          • Integrity

            I would prefer to vote for a Libertarian, but fat chance of that happening anytime in the near future. I have voted for a Democrat before. In all due honesty, I probably would vote for Nixon before I would Hillary. Having been to both Dachau and Auschwitz, I fully understand the difference between true evil and an immoral politician. I dislike many politicians, both R & D, but I would never compare them to Hitler. My ideology is not attached to the success of any specific political party. QED

          • JW

            Legal, my friend, the reason the polls don’t reflect the truth is that our national media is so busy shilling for Hillary in order to protect her image in the run-up to the 2016 presidential race, they flat-out refuse to report the truth. Imagine, declassified reports are released proving that Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta knew immediately that the attack leading to the death of four Americans was a terrorist attack, and yet CBS, ABC, and NBC, in deference to their allegiance to Obama, Hillary, et al, refused to even RUN THE STORY!! Are you kidding me?! The emperor is as naked as the day he was born and the media can’t stop fawning over his latest outfit.

          • CentralScruntinizer

            It’s that kind of “we’re the silent majority” thinking that had a huge chunk of conservatives settling in on Election Eve 2012 to savor a Romney landslide.

          • Jeff Webb

            Yes or no: do the polls change the fact that Hillary’s State Dept failed to prevent 4 absolutely preventable, violent deaths? Do they change the fact that Hillary stood near the victims’ coffins & lied about the attack right to their relatives’ faces?

          • legal eagle

            More victimization from the purveyors of the victimization card…

          • Jeff Webb

            A Hillary supporter incapable of answering easy questions–typical.

            Shoo, LE. This thread is above your pay grade.

          • Ted Crawford

            I neither know, nor do I care what any poll says, especially this far out! However I do understand your exuberance and optimism about Hillaries chances in 2016, assuming we have an election then!
            With the “white-board warrior” Karl Rove and the RMSP spending tens of Millions of Dollars to defeat Republicans,! Republicans, not Democrats or Progressives, but Republicans! I expect you Progressives can take that election to the Bank!

          • legal eagle

            I assume there is some deep meaning/paranoia in your phrase “assuming we have an election, then”….Did you forget to take your meds today?

          • Jeff Webb

            >>Tell that to Bush, Cheney , LBJ and Nixon<<

            Translation: SQUIRREL!

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      That’s right, folks. It’s only a “real” scandal if it involves a Republican.

      • CentralScruntinizer

        Or more accurately involves factual evidence of malfeasance.

    • gold7406

      it is an excellent article. I don’t hate hillary. we are waiting for answers and apologies [fat chance] to the families of those massacred. her “performance” at Andrews should disqualify her for any public office.
      if a criminal accepts “full responsibility” he certainly doesn’t go free.

    • Tim Ned

      “funny replies wanted”. So far this is my vote.

    • Stimpy

      Oh, seagull … and what would be a real scandal in this administration?

      • legal eagle

        Want an example of a scandal? Bob McDonnell, former Virginia governor, is currently under federal and state investigation for accepting thousands of dollars’ worth of gifts from a former chief executive of Star Scientific Inc., a dietary supplement maker.

  • Integrity

    To their cult followers it means, “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.” QED

    I’m accountable. The buck stops with me
    I’m accountable. The buck stops with me

  • Wally C

    Doubt Obama knows how to spell responsibility, much less use it. Hillary?, she is always absent until public opinion has been determined. Never in front of the people always behind where the trend is going.