Obama: I had to negotiate with those”hostage takers” … aka: Republicans

Obama’s most incredible statement comes in response to a question by NBC’s Chuck Todd who asks the President to respond to the Democrat Progressive wing that finds the Obama compromise outrageous, among other things. The President’s weak response is hardly Presidential, but then that should not surprise you. The only thing missing here is “The devil made me do it.”

Our little clip begins with Todd’s question and the money line comes right at the top. But make sure you listen through because it is full of distortions. The Republicans have always wanted to the middle class tax rates to continue, and those for upper income. Republicans are, after all, the party of tax cuts. But then he thinks he can actually persuade Democrats by ensuring them that he will fight any more extensions when these rates expire in two years. Any lefty that believes that deserves this guy. He campaigned on eliminating the Bush tax rates in 2008 and then refused to fight in 2010.

Question … does anyone believe him that he will fight an extension of the tax rates in 2012 if the economy is still on the rocks? As for Republicans, likening them to hostage takers, one day after the great compromise, is probably not a smart political move either.


AP at Hot Air has perhaps the line of the night on this.

Note to The One: Probably not a good idea for America’s top law enforcement officer and military commander-in-chief to broadcast the fact that he’ll come to the table only if you play rough enough with him.

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  1. GdavidH on December 7, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    "I hadda do what the bully said so's I could help y'all".

      In the immortal words of Adam Sandler…."Bagga doooosha"

  2. ErnieDuran on December 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Hey Jim, looks like the President misspoke when comparing Republicans to hostage takers.  The President always speaks clearly when speaking of families suffering (campaign mode), but when discussing dealing with Republicans in January and knowing that the American people are watching him it shows.  He starts to fumble.  During those thee minutes he "Uhm"ed at least 12 times.  Finally, please Mr. President if i"m ever taken hostage don't start negotiations after I've been harmed.  That usually means I'm a goner.

  3. JollyRoger on December 7, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    The Media faulted Bush 43 that he was supposed to be a uniter- not a divider; as if progressive democrats are willing to budge on any issues (see video).  Will the media fault Barry that he was supposed to be "No Drama Obama"? Asking people to be quiet, to ride in the back of the bus, hostage takers, bring a gun to a knife fight, get in their faces, punish enemies…  How ironic he can't call a terrorist and terrorist- but he'll use such dehumanizing invective on his only real enemies- folks who don't support Obama!  The media will never scrutinize Obama- and he will bail them out at our expense.  Welcome to the USSA Comrades!

  4. Lynn on December 8, 2010 at 2:43 am

    I can't believe it, I was almost going to say that I thought President Obama got it citing the polls and acknowledging the hurt. He must have hypnotized me. Then I read the comments, you guys are hysterical! I'm definitely losing it.

  5. concernedat18 on December 8, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Shouldn't this scare us when it comes to terrorists, that he negotiates with hostage takers.

  6. Dimsdale on December 8, 2010 at 5:59 am

    I am unclear on how the Republican's strategy was any different from the Democrat's.  They both held this legislation up to get what they want, and the Dems were even more disingenuous by not passing it before the election when they had insurmountable majorities in both houses.


    At least the real terrorists get to have their say in a friendly court…

  7. weregettinghosed on December 8, 2010 at 6:17 am

    We have long known what he thinks of us, he is now so angry with our total persistence of keeping our freedom that he is showing clearly in public what he has thought privately. When any 'being' feels trapped and cornered they begin to lash outward with no regard to thought or plan; a desperate attempt to save what is lost. Do not feel confident, history shows us, many a life and battle lost during the ending of a war, when the enemy fights back in desperation without strategy.

    Let us go forward with great thought and with careful steps.

  8. sammy22 on December 8, 2010 at 8:41 am

    All the fiscal conservatives on this blog do not mind adding aother $900B to the debt?? I mind a lot, and my kids (and yours) will pay. I know, I know, in a few years the tax revenues will increase (I heartd his too many times already).

  9. GdavidH on December 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm


     The only way this adds 900 billion to the debt is if the current budget, which does not exist, INCLUDES the revenue brought in by the tax INCREASE.


    FACT: The tax rates were due to revert to Clinton era rates according to the legislation enacted in 2001 and 2003. There are no tax cuts involved here.

    FACT: To save the Democrat party in the mid-term, no budget was written or agreed upon.

    FACT: If there is no budget and the tax rates are extended through 2011-2012, the debt cannot increase unless a budget is passed based on incorrect tax revenues, based on incorrect tax rates. Or, of course, spending based on borrowing.

     So who exactly should be responsible for the deficit increase created by a budget that was not written and passed by the deadline instituted by the Dem congress???? Write the budget NOW according to the real tax rates and SUCK IT UP democrats. If you had bravely passed a budget based on the expiring tax rates you might have a leg to lean on. You could have said the repubs were undermining the budget by extending the rates, but your guys punted on the budget. TOO FRIGGIN LATE.

  10. Lynn on December 9, 2010 at 1:43 am

    WOW, GdavidH, exactly. I'll put this in terms President Obama will understand slam dunk and hole-in-one.

  11. sammy22 on December 9, 2010 at 4:25 am

    I didn't do it! Our representatives did yours and mine!!

  12. GdavidH on December 9, 2010 at 11:47 am

    The difference is that I didn’t vote for them. You can say they are OUR representatives but I’m not claiming my prize. I’m not defending them, especially Obama.

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