‘The only negativity about Barack Obama is . . .” (video)

Good grief:

Look, I understand there are millions of Americans who believe Barack Obama has been a good president. (That is, I understand this is a fact; I cannot say I understand their perspective.) But, as Piers Morgan summarizes Davis Guggenheim’s position, to the filmmaker’s approval,  “the only negativity about Barack Obama is there are too many positives”? Seriously?

It’s almost enough to ruin “Waiting for Superman” for me. At least, I guess, it reveals how uber-liberal the opponents of school choice must be, if even a guy like Guggenheim supports it.

Oh, and lest I bury the local lede: I guess we now know who’s been writing on this blog under the alias “Bart Abel.”

I kid, I kid!

(H/t: Ed Morrisey at Hot Air)

– By Kyle Wingfield

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RAMBLE ON!!!

March 9th, 2012
1:10 pm

Makes it easy to understand how Jim Jones happened, doesn’t it?

Chip

March 9th, 2012
1:12 pm

I used to waste a lot of time applying logic to the words and deeds of liberals and coming up short on explanations… until I finally realized that liberals, at best, suffer from extreme narcissistic personality disorder due to failure parents… or more likely, are outright mentally ill.

Then suddenly it all made sense.

carlosgvv

March 9th, 2012
1:15 pm

It’s not so much that millions of Americans believe Obama has been a good president. It is rather that they think Romney or Gingrich or Santorum would be even worse than Obama.

Hillbilly D

March 9th, 2012
1:19 pm

Anybody know what Piers Morgan does for a living? (I’ve never even heard of Davis Guggenheim but in fairness, he’s probably never heard of me, either.)

Time to get back to my rat-killing.

Brosephus

March 9th, 2012
1:33 pm

Anybody know what Piers Morgan does for a living?

Flap his gums???

that's goofy

March 9th, 2012
1:41 pm

I think Obama has been a good President… not a great one. I don’t think he is any better or worse than Clinton or W. We are getting out of wars, there isn’t a Monica “issue”, the economy is improving (slowly).

that's goofy

March 9th, 2012
1:44 pm

“At least, I guess, it reveals how uber-liberal the opponents of school choice must be,”

Or they understand that education is not a business. The worst thing to happen to education is that it became a political football.

A Different Chong of Cheech and Chong Fame

March 9th, 2012
1:53 pm

For someone who spends his day trashing everything Obama says and does, it is no surprise that superlatives hurled his way are unintelligible and overwrought.

I agree.

However, I also found the fierce defense from the right of everything W uttered, stuttered, and stood for during his days in office was equally as galling. Amidst an obviously deteriorating set of circumstances in 2007 and 2008, the overwhelming battle cry from conservatives was, “shut up, quit yer bitchin’, we’re at war and you don’t dare criticize the Commander in Chief”.

So spare me the faux indignation.

Do what??????

March 9th, 2012
1:54 pm

“Anybody know what Piers Morgan does for a living?”

He finishes dead last in the cable news ratings behind Ed Schmuck.

Do what??????

March 9th, 2012
1:54 pm

“I guess we now know who’s been writing on this blog under the alias “Bart Abel.”

Bart must be pretty popular.

Jimmy62

March 9th, 2012
1:55 pm

A big part of the problem is that no matter who is elected as President or Congresspeople, there’s still hundreds of years of outdated regulations they have to deal with that rule 70% or more of the budget. I think the best way to fix the country is to get rid of everything but the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and then extrapolate from there based on today’s technology and society.

Did you know that there were no legal slaves in America till a black man went to court in Virginia in the late 1600’s to have another black man legally declared his slave. Weird, huh? A little bit of history you won’t see discussed during Black History Month…

Jimmy62

March 9th, 2012
1:58 pm

“A Different Chong” I don’t know which conservatives you were following during the Bush era, but I know for a fact that myself and tons of other libertarians and conservatives were up in arms against the Medicare drug thing and the bailouts that happened while Bush was still in office. That’s just off the top of my head.

Don't Judge Obama Against God...Judge Him Against His Predecessor

March 9th, 2012
1:59 pm

“Look, I understand there are millions of Americans who believe Barack Obama has been a good president. (That is, I understand this is a fact; I cannot say I understand their perspective.)”

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Don’t JUDGE Obama against GOD, JUDGE him against his PREDECESSOR. :)

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Misty Fyed

March 9th, 2012
2:03 pm

No..Judge Obama by the success or failure of HIS programs….

Bart Abel

March 9th, 2012
2:03 pm

Oh, and lest I bury the local lede: I guess we now know who’s been writing on this blog under the alias “Bart Abel.”

That would be hilarious if it even remotely had any truth to it.

But while I complain about misinformation, lack of context in your posts, I’ve complained on progressive blogs about Obama’s lack of support for the public option, his Republican-lite rhetoric about government tightening its belt when businesses and families are tightening theirs (actually we needed the opposite), his efforts to strike a grand bargain during the debt ceiling negotiations that would have been to the right of Simpson-Bowles, the fact that the original stimulus was too small and contained components that were less effective than others that were left out, his rhetorical and financial support for nuclear energy despite the inability to store nuclear waste safely and the fact that such efforts encourages rogue nations to develop their own nuclear programs, his deficiencies in making appointments to the Fed in a timely manner…and on and on and on. In summary, President is governing too far to the right for me and many other progressives, which partially explains the poor turnout among the left for the 2010 elections.

When your criticism of President Obama goes beyond complaints about the Republican-initiated health care mandate, falsehoods about how the health care law affects the deficit, complaints about Republican-initiated cap-and-trade, complaints about too much regulation of those poor Wall Street firms, job-creators being overtaxed, fake cries of uncertainty causing unemployment, over-hyping Fannie and Freddie’s roles in the financial crisis, teleprompters, taxing the rich too much, the myth of double taxation, and gets into the areas where we can agree…well…I can criticize President Obama with the rest of them.

Actually, Kyle, I found the guy in the video as disturbing as you did. He reminds me of the all the blind support of Bush by conservatives throughout his reign of terror (read Jim Wooten’s archives and threads for evidence). The truth is that, overall, Obama has presided to the right of Bill Clinton. However, from the perspective of Tea Party conservatives such as yourself, the center is so far away that you can’t see it with a telescope.

Jefferson

March 9th, 2012
2:04 pm

I feel for the scared Americans that somehow think their country is somehow been taken from them. Insecurity is a bad feeling, mostly brought on by the fear mongers with agendas.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

March 9th, 2012
2:05 pm

This is a perfect example of the cluelessness of the Hollywood mindset.

Misty Fyed

March 9th, 2012
2:06 pm

I feel for the scared Americans who think their security and well being comes from Government.

Don't Judge Obama Against God...Judge Him Against His Predecessor

March 9th, 2012
2:06 pm

@Chip

March 9th, 2012
1:12 pm
I used to waste a lot of time applying logic to the words and deeds of liberals and coming up short on explanations… until I finally realized that liberals, at best, suffer from extreme narcissistic personality disorder due to failure parents… or more likely, are outright mentally ill.

Then suddenly it all made sense.
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At least our parents were educated, could speak correct english, did not have to constantly spit in a tin can, had all of their teeth, did not have to watch out for Uncle Joe around the cat, they did not call everybody a good ol’ boy and they did not think that living in a trailer was MIDDLE CLASS..

Jefferson

March 9th, 2012
2:07 pm

Misty Fyed

March 9th, 2012
2:08 pm

What’s funny about Don’t Judge’s comment is that he thinks he won a point when he did nothing but validate Chip’s post…

Jefferson

March 9th, 2012
2:09 pm

t- it takes an elistist to know an elitest.

Jimmy62

March 9th, 2012
2:11 pm

Bart Abel: What is so far right about wanting the country to spend less than it takes in? That seems to be the main thing Tea Party conservatives care about. Does that mean that if you have a sensible personal budget you are a conservative, and if you don’t you are a left winger?

Let me remind you, you specifically mentioned Tea Party conservatives, which is not the same as the ‘religious right.’ For the most part the Tea Party has stayed away from social issues, though that hasn’t stopped the left from trying to paint us all as homophobes and such, despite that being absolute nonsense.

Anyway, if wanting a sensible budget and wanting to fix entitlements that even liberal economists admit are going to blow up eventually without changes makes a person really far right, then the people in the center and left must have completely left reality.

Don't Judge Obama Against God...Judge Him Against His Predecessor

March 9th, 2012
2:13 pm

@Bart Abel

March 9th, 2012
2:03 pm
Oh, and lest I bury the local lede: I guess we now know who’s been writing on this blog under the alias “Bart Abel.”

That would be hilarious if it even remotely had any truth to it.

The truth is that, overall, Obama has presided to the right of Bill Clinton. However, from the

perspective of Tea Party conservatives such as yourself, the center is so far away that you can’t

see it with a TELESCOPE.
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TOUCHE’ Monsieur Bart. :)

Jefferson

March 9th, 2012
2:15 pm

Jim, if they are going to spend soo much, they will have to take in more. Taking in less only has made the problem worse. Spend less, yep they have a super committe to do that, yea right. They can’t/won’t cut some spending if their life depended on it, but it does get the blood boiling.

Don't Judge Obama Against God...Judge Him Against His Predecessor

March 9th, 2012
2:17 pm

@Misty Fyed

March 9th, 2012
2:08 pm
What’s funny about Don’t Judge’s comment is that he thinks he won a point when he did nothing but validate Chip’s post…
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Thank you for VALIDATING MY point.

getalife

March 9th, 2012
2:17 pm

Our President will win again so lets stop the con lies and show him the respect your showed your hero w.

Lets act like Americans cons.

Do what??????

March 9th, 2012
2:25 pm

“Lets act like Americans cons.”

Two words: Remedial english.

getalife

March 9th, 2012
2:27 pm

Hillbilly,

piers is involved in murdoch’s hacking and was a judge on a talent show.

He was hired to replace Larry King but doubt he will be at cnn much longer.

As Good a Place as Any

March 9th, 2012
2:28 pm

So in all these attacks on Rush and the Catholic Church and stuff, I keep wondering, why is everyone ignoring the one thing that really inhibits the price and availability of contraceptives, which is making a prescription required.

Medically there’s no reason to require a prescription. All it does is turn doctors into a gatekeeper/rentseeker situation. Make it over the counter and suddenly it’s so cheap and easy to get if you want it that who cares if your insurance doesn’t cover it? No more need to push your beliefs on the Catholic Church.

So please, explain to me some legit reasons why birth control is prescription only, and why people think attacking the Catholic Church will help anything at all in comparison to making it over the counter. Because it seems like it’s become a lot more about forcing religions to act how the left wants than about making birth control accessible to those who want it or need it.

Kyle Wingfield

March 9th, 2012
2:31 pm

Bart @ 2:03: “The truth is that, overall, Obama has presided to the right of Bill Clinton.”

Good to have you back, Mr. Guggenheim.

Bart Abel

March 9th, 2012
2:31 pm

What is so far right about wanting the country to spend less than it takes in? That seems to be the main thing Tea Party conservatives care about.

“Huge tax cuts in the budget plans of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum would produce the kinds of trillion-dollar-plus deficits that the GOP candidates are blaming on President Barack Obama…

The study also says the more modest tax and spending plans of Mitt Romney wouldn’t make a dent in deficits that are on track to average $800 billion or so a year over the coming decade under current trends and policies — and could add to them considerably.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57384341/group-santorum-gingrich-plans-have-big-deficits/

getalife

March 9th, 2012
2:32 pm

“The truth is that, overall, Obama has presided to the right of Bill Clinton.”

True.

Bart Abel

March 9th, 2012
2:42 pm

The other day, Kyle endorsed Newt Gingrich. One of the reasons he gave was that Gingrich has the best tax plan of the Republican candidates…

“Gingrich’s plan would add $7 trillion to the nation’s debt over the coming nine years — almost doubling the deficits that would be recorded if the government basically ran on autopilot. Santorum’s plan would add $4.5 trillion over the period, or about $500 billion to the deficit every year on average.

By contrast, Romney’s proposal would add $250 billion to the deficit over nine years, though that estimate was generated before he unveiled a new tax plan this week that could add considerably to the deficit”

Actions speak louder than words, and conservative voters have demonstrated with their votes that they don’t care about deficits. They didn’t care when Reagan and Bush 41 exploded the deficits. They didn’t care when Cheney claimed that “deficits don’t matter” and George W. Bush turned surpluses into deficits. And they don’t care when the candidates they support make proposals that turn deficits into bigger deficits.

Complaints about deficits and debt are simply manufactured outrage in an effort to gin up anger against a Democratic president and regain the White House. Such concerns would disappear, yet again, the very moment that a Republican won the election.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57384341/group-santorum-gingrich-plans-have-big-deficits/

Jimmy62

March 9th, 2012
2:45 pm

Bart: So now you are saying that Gingrich and Santorum and Romney are the Tea Party? And what is it about those numbers you list that makes them so far right? You have plenty of ground to criticize each of them. But that’s irrelevant to our discussion.

David Patton

March 9th, 2012
2:54 pm

Just remember Kyle – being a liberal means you never have to say you’re sorry.

Gm

March 9th, 2012
2:55 pm

Hey Sean Hannity, that video was so scary of the President Obama in college, now lets find a video of you in college, oh, I forgot you dropped out 3 times.
How can this man have so many nuts watch his show? wow, that Obama is such a radical thats why all races were standing with him protesting, I wonder what the idiot Hannity would have said if that audience was all black?

That Sean is a real American, he dedicates 1 hour of trying to destroy the image and the character of the President, please tell me what is the difference between him and the terrorist?

Welcome home troops

March 9th, 2012
2:57 pm

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

March 9th, 2012
3:06 pm

“Actions speak louder than words, and conservative voters have demonstrated with their votes that they don’t care about deficits. They didn’t care when Reagan and Bush 41 exploded the deficits. They didn’t care when Cheney claimed that “deficits don’t matter” and George W. Bush turned surpluses into deficits.”

Bart, as usual you only have part of the equation correct. While historically voters didn’t care about deficits, that was when they were much smaller. Like everything in life, things change. Now that debt and deficits are far larger than any time in history, people ARE paying attention to them and will be voting accordingly, right after jobs and the economy.

If you have an abysmal record of jobs, no plan for the economy, and are running up deficits and debt with no plan to pay for them, you’ve got an uphill battle in this election year. That’s why this election will be so close once it gets to October and November.

Jefferson

March 9th, 2012
3:13 pm

So now you can believe the GOP because they had to change ? Not buying in on it T…

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

March 9th, 2012
3:18 pm

Jefferson, I will once again remind you that you may not speak for what I believe in. I have not stated that I believe the GOP will accomplish what they say they’re going to do. I have merely stated my opinion that voters actually do care about debt and deficits far more than Bart Abel states.

However, I believe that the GOP is the only hope for lower debt and deficits moving forward. Whether they accomplish that in the face of the Democrat extremists in the House and Senate remains to be seen.

carlosgvv

March 9th, 2012
3:22 pm

Jimmy 62 – 1:55

Acutally, by 1650 Africans were being brought to the English colonies as slaves.

JV

March 9th, 2012
3:30 pm

A good President? What about these quotes?

“I promise 100% transparency in my administration.”
“I promise NO NEW TAXES on a family making less than $250K a year.”
“I will allow 5 days of public comment before I sign any bills.”
“I will remove earmarks from PORK projects before I sign any bill.”
“I will end Income Tax for seniors making less than $50K a year.”
“I’ll put the Health Care negotiations on CSPAN so everyone can see who is at the table!” “I’ll have no lobbyists in my administration.”
“I’ll close Guantanamo.”
“I’ll resign if I don’t cut the deficit in half by the end of four years.”
“I’ll unite the people of this great country.”

JF McNamara

March 9th, 2012
3:32 pm

He hasn’t been perfect, but he has been very good. There really aren’t a lot of negatives if you look at it in the context of the environment. His “abysmal” record on jobs was because we had a banking and housing crises. That’s not his fault, but he did pick up the pieces. We’re growing and a lot better off than Europe. The stock market is way up.

On every other occasion, he’s been proven right. Bailing out the banks and autos was right. Handling Libya the way he did was right. Getting out of Iraq was right. Economist of all political background agree the stimulus was right. Even when he “lost”, like with the debt ceiling, he won. They raised the debt ceiling and haven’t cut anything. They raised it again in January and the Republicans said nothing. Iran wants to talk and North Korea is giving up Nukes for food.

The only real controversial thing that he has done is healthcare, and he could be proven right on that as well. Time will tell.

All in all, I think he’s done a much better job than McCain would have, and a much, much, much better job than Bush who ran up the debt, completely mangled our foreign policy, and let Wall Street wreck the economy by failing to regulate CDOs.

If Obama Walked on Water Republicans Would Say He Could Not SWIM

March 9th, 2012
3:35 pm

“the only negativity about Barack Obama is there are too many positives”? Seriously?

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YEAH……….compared to the former President.

Do what??????

March 9th, 2012
3:41 pm

“YEAH……….compared to the former President.”

Higher unemployment, higher gas prices, higher deficit, still in the same wars….

Yep, that sounds about right.

Do what??????

March 9th, 2012
3:41 pm

“by 1650 Africans were being brought to the English colonies as slaves.”

And they were sold by their own people.

Grasshopper

March 9th, 2012
3:42 pm

Such luscious hair! I wonder if Mr. Guggenheim uses Prell? That would at least be informative.

Do what??????

March 9th, 2012
3:43 pm

“Bailing out the banks and autos was right”

HAHAHAAHA!!!!!!!!!!

“Handling Libya the way he did was right.”

HAHAHAAHAHAHA

“Getting out of Iraq was right. ”

We’re still there.

“Economist of all political background agree the stimulus was right.”

HAHAHAAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is just too damn funny!!!!