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If Bush had uttered just one of these phrases it would have been Quayle all over again

The rules are simple. I will give you a quote and you have to guess what great American said it. Your three choices are President Barack Obama, former Vice President Dan Quayle or former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Good Luck

1) "Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel 's."

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin

2) "I've now been in 57 states I think one left to go."

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin

3) "On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes and I see many of them in the audience here today."

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin

4) "What they'll say is, 'Well it costs too much money,' but you know what?
It would cost, about. It it it would cost about the same as what we would spend. It. Over the course of 10 years it would cost what it would costs us.
(nervous laugh) All right. Okay. We're going to. It. It would cost us about the same as it would cost for about hold on one second. I can't hear myself. But I'm glad you're fired up, though. I'm glad."

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin

5) "The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system."

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin

6) "I bowled a 129. It's like - it was like the Special Olympics, or something."

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin

7) "Of the many responsibilities granted to a president by our Constitution, few are more serious or more consequential than selecting a Supreme Court justice. The members of our highest court are granted life tenure, often serving long after the presidents who appointed them.
  And  they are charged with the vital task of applying principles put to paper more than 20 centuries ago to some of the most difficult questions of our time."

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin

8) "Everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma, they end up taking up a hospital bed, it costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early and they got some treatment, and a, a breathalyzer, or inhalator, not a breathalyzer. I haven't had much sleep in the last 48 hours."

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin

9) "It was . interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There's a lot of I don't know what the term is in Austrian wheeling and dealing."

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin

10) "I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future."

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin

I'm sorry. This was a trick quiz. All of the correct answers are the same person. Each of these quotes are from President Barack Obama. And now you know why he brings his teleprompter with him everywhere he goes...even when talking to a 6th grade class!!!

How many of these quotes did you read about or hear from the mainstream media? Do you think the mainstream media might have given more coverage to these statements had they been made by Sarah Palin?

The leader of the free world was elected because he reads well.
The man is an idi

38 comments:

LiberalGunner said...

Did any of those start a war?

Anonymous said...

Should we compile a list of Sarah Palin's statements and misstatements? I'm pretty sure that she has the President beat, despite the fact that he's been on the scene longer and makes far more speeches and press appearances.

"I've now been in 57 states I think one left to go."

Clearly meant as a joke, as anyone who has seen the clip of him saying it will realize.

And now you know why he brings his teleprompter with him everywhere he goes...even when talking to a 6th grade class!!!

Except no. The famous picture of him using the teleprompter in a classroom is taken out of context. He didn't use the teleprompter to speak to the class, he used it to make a televised speech. He then spoke to the students off the cuff. Fail again, wingnuts.

I'm really wondering how they cling to this teleprompter thing so tightly. Saint Ronnie was the king of the telprompter and they never say a word about it. W was the court jester of the teleprompter, a man who was stilted and uneasy even when reading a prepared speech, something he did as often as Obama. At least Obama can use the teleprompter well.

Anonymous said...

The leader of the free world was elected because he reads well.

Yup, that's what it was. It wasn't the economy which the Republicans drove off a cliff. It wasn't the long and unpopular wars. It wasn't his long and successful campaign. It wasn't his campaign promises to address things like health care and infrastructure. Nope, it must have been because "he reads well".

Assholes.

Anonymous said...

Do you think the mainstream media might have given more coverage to these statements had they been made by Sarah Palin?

Probably, because Sarah Palin would have wanted it that way. Palin doesn't get to complain about news coverage when her #1 goal in life is to be in the news.

Anonymous said...

I figured it was all the same guy after the '57 states' comment.

Mr. Obama is a Cypher, an empty suit. Mr. Obama is a great campaigner, true. A true leader with clear-eyed conviction, cut from a cloth that any american can identify with? No. All of our past presidents had some american story that the electorate could identify with. Not this guy.
He is, by far,the most disconnected American president we have seen. Case in point:Review his NASA speech from last year. BHO couldn't state "I remember" the moon landing in 1969. WHY? Little Barry was asleep. The landing for him was 11:30 pm, Jakarta time. So for one of the greatest American Achievements in the last 50 years Barry wasn't even awake.(it was 1-2pm Houston time.)
BTW: this is my own thought. I did it all by myself without the help of a Right Wing Think Tank (RWTT).

Anonymous said...

All of our past presidents had some american story that the electorate could identify with.Not this guy.

Being born into a broken home, pulling himself up by his bootstraps, putting himself through school, finding Christianity, falling in love with and marrying his wife, raising 2 children, becoming involved in politics and working for the betterment of his country and fellow citizens...

You're right, nothing at all American about that story.

So for one of the greatest American Achievements in the last 50 years Barry wasn't even awake.

He was 7 years old at the time. I'm sure if he had realized that the only way to appeal to idiots like you as President would be to watch the feed live and document his every reaction for posterity, he would have convinced his mom to let him stay up.

Jesus tapdancing Christ, are you fucking serious!?! He doesn't pass the test for you because he was just a kid and was asleep when the moon landing happened?

Anonymous said...

All of our past presidents had some american story that the electorate could identify with

Lord knows I found so much common ground with W. I remember being born into a world of privilege and power, getting everything I ever wanted handed to me because my daddy was President. Getting out of Vietnam because of my political connections, and then going AWOL without repercussions. Drinking like a fish and snorting coke without consequences until I was 40. Being handed millions of dollars by my daddy's rich friends then running for president because my last name was "Bush". Having my Dads friends on Scotus appoint me to the Presidency.

Yup, a story we can all relate to.

Anonymous said...

“If Bush had uttered just one of these phrases it would have been Quayle all over again”


I find it amusing that anyone could come to the conclusion that Bush could even attempt to make a speech.
You don’t have to take Bushes statements out of context to show his inability at speaking with or without a teleprompter.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... Teddy Roos and FDR were from wealth too. Ford was adopted, Andrew Jackson was a bastard child, Washington married for money.Citing how unique our past presidents were misses my point.
The Point I was making is he doesn't relate because he can't relate. I cited one tiny EXAMPLE, but a telling one. Geez, he freakin' stood in front of PAD 39A at the Cape that launched the Moonshot and he gave us no clue how awesome it was to be a witness to the culmination of such an event. In order to relate to the american people, he, not you, needs to at least attempt to relate to what it is to be an American. It would not have been a stretch for him to have weaved a personal narrative in that speech at that setting. Get the point now?

Anonymous said...

Get the point now?

The only "point" you're making is that you are so desperate to de-legitimize Obama that you'll grasp at the weakest possible straws. The guy didn't gush all over himself during one speech, therefore he's not American? Weak fucking sauce.

You also contradicted yourself. You said he was a good speaker and good campaigner. Then you turn around and say that he can't relate to Americans because... he can't give a good speech? He can't play on some cliche nostalgia in order to make it easier for idiots like you to "relate" to him?

Did he ever say that he wasn't proud of the moonshot? Did he ever say that he wasn't in awe of what NASA and America were able to accomplish? I highly doubt he has no feelings about one of the great accomplishments in human history.

Anonymous said...

"Get the point now?"

republican troll can't relate to democratic president, therefore president can't "relate to what it is to be an American". got it.

ferschitz said...

Congratulations to Anon-conservative who thought about the plight of little Barry who was 7 years old in Jakarta and made the *cardinal sin* of not watching the moon landing. I do believe you that you thought of that all by yourself without help from a RWTT.

But seriously? THAT's your big *insight* to how Obama isn't "American" enough for you?? Words fail me.

Hey: as a far-leftie, I no longer have much time for Obama, but I doubt my reasons for disliking Obama have much to do with why conservatives don't like Obama.

That said, getting your knickers in a wad bc "little Barry" didn't watch the moon landing is a really useless reason to find fault with anyone.

Have a look at the man's record as an *adult,* and then get back to me with some real reasons for disliking and/or distrusting the Pres of the USA. I'd be seriously willing to have a discussion about that. But being *distracted* by nonsense like whether a child watched the moon landing or not is (quite honestly) a waste of your valuable time and thought.

Try again.

Hooray4US said...

A LOT of conservatives "liked" Bush bc they were told by Rush Limbaugh that Bush would "great" to have a beer with. So, conservatives "liked" W bc they "could relate" to him as a fellow American.

Wake up.

Legacy silver-spoon W Bush would've no more spent time drinking beer with conservative voters, than he'd spent time snorting coke with crack-heads. Get a clue.

Plus W Bush was allegedly off the sauce when he ran for Pres, so even bringing up the beer-swilling buddy analogy was faulty logic in the extreme.

I don't vote for someone bc I think s/he'd make a good drinking buddy and/or bc I think that I could "relate" to them in some way.

I vote for people who I *think/hope* will do the *best* job in office for all concerned. Ya know: how will this person be as a leader??? I may end up being proven wrong, once that person gets in office, but that is the reasoning I employ when I vote.

I don't give a frack whether I could "relate" to them or have a good time "partying" with them.

Doi!

Anonymous said...

From the Pointer:

Apparently the above statements uttered by this prez (and I do accept that he is my president) proves he owns a certain detachment as to what it means to be an American. If that is laudable trait you admire, perhaps you should take his example and not call your fellow countrymen 'trolls.'

Valeyard said...

Geez, he freakin' stood in front of PAD 39A[...] and he gave us no clue how awesome it was

From the NASA press release:
'Standing in front of one of the space shuttle main engines that launched former U.S. Senator and astronaut John Glenn into orbit, President Obama said, "It was from here that men and women, propelled by sheer nerve and talent, set about pushing the boundaries of humanity's reach."'

I'm sorry he didn't give you a tour of the building during his speech.

Valeyard said...

Apparently the above statements uttered by this prez [...] proves he owns a certain detachment as to what it means to be an American.

If you can "prove" that the President of the United States hates being American, you'd better be able to do better than "apparently."

Anonymous said...

Ferschitz-
What a person learns and sees as a child influences his behavior and opinions as an adult.

Anonymous said...

Apparently the above statements uttered by this prez (and I do accept that he is my president) proves he owns a certain detachment as to what it means to be an American

What? Seriously, that's your argument? The man had a few verbal gaffes, usually inserting one word instead of another, and this makes hiim "detached" from being American? What the fuck?!?!

Even if these flubs were some kind of deep character flaw, are you saying that no other American ever misspeaks? Really? Find me a President who never mangled a word or two (perhaps Coolidge, but the guy was a robot who never spoke).

If this is your attitude, what the hell did you think about W, who was a walking gaffe machine? If Biden was to replace Obama as President, would his gaffes make him "detached" and unworthy of the Presidency?

You're not even grasping at straws anymore. The straws have blown away.

Anonymous said...

What a person learns and sees as a child influences his behavior and opinions as an adult.

So because he was 7 and couldn't stay up late to watch the moon landing, he's not a real American.

Got it.

So I guess no one born after 1969 will ever be "American" enough to be President. This is gonna get tricky down the road...

Anonymous said...

Fine:

Let me paraphrase our prez in the last 2 weeks with Lybia:

"We would really like it if the current leader in your wonderful country would refrain from bombing the peace-loving freedom fighters who are just looking to free temselves from you. And just to make sure you know we mean business, we will keep any military action on a table somewhere soon. And BTW, did we also say we don't want your oil?"
Yep, that's a leader with a real "gift" for wordsmithing.
His gaffs are his gaffs, he owns them, just like he owns his failed foreign and domestic policies.

Valeyard said...

Boy, Obama sure sounds like a dummy when he said all those words you put in his mouth!

Anonymous said...

"We would really like it if the current leader in your wonderful country would refrain from bombing the peace-loving freedom fighters who are just looking to free temselves from you. And just to make sure you know we mean business, we will keep any military action on a table somewhere soon.

And what exactly is the alternative? We go in, guns blazing, into another land war? With what assets, exactly? We just declare that whatever we say goes, and that we'll bomb anyone and everyone who gets in our way?

The President has been working with other nations, NATO and the UN to try and figure this thing out, but its not a fucking video game where you can just flip a switch and drop the Contra commandos in and kill all the bad guys. Despite what Neocons may think, the world doesn't work like that.

I also know that if the President had authorized whatever military fantasy you are dreaming up, Republicans would have changed their tune and railed on him for that. Kinda like how they railed on Clinton for his bombing in the Balkans. Heads I win, tails you lose, same as it ever was.

And BTW, did we also say we don't want your oil?"

Sounds a lot like W, vintage 2003.

Yep, that's a leader with a real "gift" for wordsmithing.

So you make up a false quote by the President and then hold it up as proof of his weakness? Nice use of a strawman there.

Maybe you prefer a leader like Reagan, who illegally sold weapons to our enemies and was happy to cut and run following terrorist attacks? A true leader, that Saint Ronnie!

His gaffs are his gaffs, he owns them,

Ok... and? He makes gaffes, like all of us. Are you no longer saying this makes him "unamerican"? I guess that's a step in the right direction.

just like he owns his failed foreign and domestic policies.

Lowering taxes, saving the economy, saving the car industry, repeal of DADT, passing health insurance reform, financial services reform, etc etc etc

And doing all this with Republicans fighting him like hateful little babies 100% of the way. Ya, he owns it, and he should be proud.

ferschitz said...

"Ferschitz-
What a person learns and sees as a child influences his behavior and opinions as an adult."

Your only example of influences on Obama as child is that Obama didn't watch the moon landing "live" as it happened when he was 7.

If that one event in Obama's life is the "big ticket" for why you find Obama "not American enough" for you, then I respectfully (really) suggest you do a bit more research and soul searching... and I get back to my point: look more at what Obama has done as an adult, rather than focusing on one tiny event from his childhood.

Anonymous said...

I must be really pissing you guys off. I almost wish this was the Democratic Apologist Blog.
Lowering taxes-no, not true
Saving the Auto companies? Ford, Honda, Toyota, and BMW all with plants in the US are doing fine. (remeber, I'm the guy who opposes bailouts)
And Ferschitz: Young BOH must have really been upset at listening to stories of how his grandfather was mistreated at the hands of British jailers in the 1952-59 Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya. So it was rational that as an adult, BHO's first order of business was to remove the bust of Sir Winston Churchill from the White House, the same Churchill that supplied troops to put down the rebellion in the, at the time, Kenyan colony.

Yeah, things you see and learn in childhood do affect adult behavior.

Anonymous said...

Lowering taxes-no, not true

Except that it is. A third of the Stimulus package was direct tax cuts to working Americans, the President just passed an additional 2 year tax cut for all Americans, and the federal tax burden is at its lowest level in 50 years. So yes, true. You are entitled to your own opinion, but no your own facts.

Saving the Auto companies? Ford, Honda, Toyota, and BMW all with plants in the US are doing fine. (remeber, I'm the guy who opposes bailouts)

And how does this contradict the fact that GM is now productive and profitable again for the first time in years, as a direct result of Obama's decision to intervene? How does one fact contradict the other?

So it was rational that as an adult, BHO's first order of business was to remove the bust of Sir Winston Churchill from the White House, the same Churchill that supplied troops to put down the rebellion in the, at the time, Kenyan colony.

Except that the bust wasn't returned at Obama's request. It was loaned to the United States for a set period, and when that period expired it was sent back to the UK. This isn't some big conspiracy or controversy, its a simple thing which happens all the time in governments and museums all over the world. The term of lending was up, so it was sent back. Pretty simple, no insult whatsoever.

Even if we ignore your lies and accept the fact that Obama was so terrorized by the events of the Mau Mau revolution on his grandfather (who he never met!), how is this some deep character flaw? Would it not be normal to bear some resentment against a person who harmed your family? Do Americans not feel things like that?

Lord knows real, true Americans would have no sympathy for people who fought for years to rid themselves of British colonial rule...

Anonymous said...

Oops! Read it for yourself:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/4623148/Barack-Obama-sends-bust-of-Winston-Churchill-on-its-way-back-to-Britain.html

Anonymous said...

And another small detail about GM: profitable? right!, it has yet to pay back the 40+billion

Look here:http://reason.com/archives/2010/04/27/gms-phony-bailout-payback

Anonymous said...

From the Article:

A British Embassy spokesman said: "The bust of Sir Winston Churchill by Sir Jacob Epstein was uniquely lent to a foreign head of state, President George W Bush, from the Government Art Collection in the wake of 9/11 as a signal of the strong transatlantic relationship.

"It was lent for the first term of office of President Bush. When the President was elected for his second and final term, the loan was extended until January 2009.


From a related article about Obama's redecorating:

Some Britons took offense when Winston Churchill's bust was replaced with King's. But the decision to return the Churchill bust to the British - it had been presented by former Prime Minister Tony Blair to Bush on loan - had been made before Obama even arrived.

"It was already scheduled to go back," Allman said.


Again, grasping at the weakest of straws in order to prove some impossible point. Truly pathetic.

Anonymous said...

Nothing like a year old article from a rag like Reason to make you look like a conservative troll.

The fact is that since that article was published billions have been paid back into the treasury by GM. Just last month the company posted its first profitable quarter in years, and each of the UAW workers who bought into the company received profit sharing checks of about 4 grand. The payback continues to this day.

Snarla said...

Anonymous, please choose a name.

gruaud said...

This is a silly forward.

For every misstatement that Obama has made, I can list hundreds by GOP pols and pundits.

So what?

But then you also get statements from GOP pols or pundits that are nasty, petulant, mendacious, and just plain old batshit insane.

I remember a time when Republican party wasn't crazy; now you guys pander to it because you desperately need all the wack-jobs to shore up your tent.

Face it, Obama is going to destroy whatever sorry shitsack you nominate.

ferschitz said...

Anon-conservative: first, agree with Snarla, it would be helpful if you chose a "handle" or name.

Secondly, I thought you said you weren't influenced by RWTT's?? And you quote *verbatim* total bull hockey from a RRWT about Obama allegedly being so incredibly "upset" by tales of his grandfather's victimization during the Mau Mau revolution.

That blather came straight from the mouth of Mike Huckabee. I utterly grant you that Huckabee isn't a RWTT, but clearly you didn't "come up" with nonsense on your own:

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/joan_walsh/politics/2011/03/02/mike_huckabee_mau_mau_fantasies

http://mediamatters.org/blog/201103030017

http://www.thenation.com/blog/159059/huckabee-replaces-n-word-mau-mau

Influenced much by incendiary rightwing talk??

Do you even know anything at all about the Mau Mau revolution in Kenya??

And how does purportedly being opposed to a very oppressive British colonial regime in Kenya somehow translate into being "Anti-American" or whatever other POV you're trying push??

Just btw, the USA fought off a very oppressive British colonial regime to become - news flash!- the USA. Seems to me that, even IF Obama was somehow "influenced" by what allegedly happened to his grandfather in Kenya... it might make Obama even closer to the ideals that formed this country.

And, hey, by the way, WHY is it that conservatives obssess about Obama's Kenyan father but say next to nothing about his WHITE American mother???

Riddle me that one, would ya?

So busted...

ferschitz said...

P.S. I also don't "get" why conservatives would be "upset" that BHO returned a bust of Churchill to the British. What difference does that make, and what does it prove?

Bupkiss. Really grasping at straws.

Marc with a C said...

"He is, by far,the most disconnected American president we have seen."

I dunno. Was this the same guy that decided not to cut his vacation short until day 3 of Katrina?

Food for thought,

gruaud said...

The Churchill bust was on loan to Dubya from Tony Blair.

Which makes everyone clutching their pearls and fainting over it even sillier. But I guess they do it because some people will believe anything they're told.

Reminder: these same people hemorrhaged over Obama's choice in mustard.

Silly and venal.

Bebe 99 said...

I think this thread and the RWAnon comments prove that no 'infraction' by Pres. Obama is too small to be ignored. But in the end it makes the right look small and petty, and lacking in anything constructive or concrete to whine about. To summarize, I'll quote Dick Cheney "SO?"

katz said...

I move that we name this troll after the mythical country of "Lybia."

ferschitz said...

To Katz: lolzer

PS I enjoy your droll (note: not troll) comments. thx

 
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