The risk of appearing in the same sentence with Obama

Today gives us a precise measure of how dangerous Republicans think it could be, not just to be seen in the same room with President Barack Obama, but in the same diagrammed sentence.

This was the big news on the AP wire:

LANHAM, Md. — Promising “this is only the beginning,” President Barack Obama announced more than $8 billion in federal loan guarantees Tuesday for the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the United States in nearly three decades.

The new $8.3 billion in federal loan guarantees will go toward the construction and operation of a pair of reactors in Burke County, Ga., by Southern Co.

Obama cast his move as both economically essential and politically attractive as he sought to put more charge into his broad energy agenda. Obama called for comprehensive energy legislation that assigns a cost to the carbon pollution of fossil fuels, giving utility companies more incentive to turn to cleaner nuclear fuel.

The impact is hard to underestimate, particularly for east Georgia. U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss quickly joined the celebration with a joint statement that began thusly:

U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., today praised the administration’s approval of the first loan guarantees for the construction and operation of two new nuclear reactors at Vogtle Electric Generating plant in Waynesboro, Ga.

Just that single reference to “the administration.” The press release continues for six more paragraphs. The word “Obama” doesn’t appear in any of them.

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Raw Milk Drinker

February 16th, 2010
5:14 pm

Just shows what limp wristed pissants we have as Senators from GA!


February 16th, 2010
5:19 pm

Seriously, what kind of name is Saxby Chambliss? It sounds like a drag queen.


February 16th, 2010
5:24 pm

Good move on their part. I wouldn’t want my name sullied either. Guilt by association, birds of the feather, brand degradation, etc.

Does anyone think Obama came up with the idea of becoming less dependent on foreign energy by expanding the number of nuclear plants (besides the Obama acolytes, of course)? So just credit “the administration”.

Did he advance this idea all by himself such that he alone should be given credit? Perhaps that’s why his “work” on boosting employment has no results since he’s been working on this nuclear power thing full-time.

Is there anyone in existence who has not been saturated with media coverage of TOTUS?

From now on just call him “the administration”. It’s better than he deserves.

Audrey in Georgia

February 16th, 2010
5:28 pm

President Obama. Say it with me people: President Obama!!!! It is just so hard for the losers
to accept defeat and say President Obama.


February 16th, 2010
5:42 pm

I’ll play along:

President Obama has doubled the entire U.S. debt (from G. Washington to GW Bush) in four years and plans to quadruple it in 10.

President Obama spent $787 billion in money we do not have and, by multiple accounts, President Obama has failed to create a single job as a result.

President Obama has pushed the real unemployment rate to 18% even though President Obama said that under an Obama administration it wouldn’t go past 8%.

President Obama has nationalized the auto, mortgage, student loan, and much of the financial services industries–making President Obama’s agenda consistent with failed nations including the old Soviet Union and East Germany.

President Obama, like his colleagues in Cuba, Venezuela, China, N. Korea, et. al, sets the level of pay for many individuals in private companies–meaning that President Obama is diligently working to control the factors of production which is consistent with President Obama’s socialist designs.

President Obama has given aid and comfort to terrorists by providing them Miranda rights, by insisting they be tried in the U.S. (against citizens’ wishes), by moving to close Gitmo, and by moving terrorists to U.S. soil.

President Obama, while campaigning for the office he now holds, promised to end earmarks, govern with transparency, put pending bills on the Internet 3 days prior to a vote, and promised not to hire lobbyists to work in his administration. President Obama has not honored ANY of these pledges.

So how’s that Hope and Change working for you now–all courtesy of President Obama.


February 16th, 2010
5:54 pm

How is obama working out for you.

All I'm Saying Is...

February 16th, 2010
5:57 pm

Jim, I see this instead as symptomatic of why Bayh resigned. Here is an initiative that is good for the country, good for Georgia, and good for all Americans. It is not partisan yet some want to portray it that way. Where is the incentive to find common ground if no one wants to meet you even part of the way? I’m proud that the President didn’t let small minded antics prevent him from doing what makes sense.

[...] as Jim Galloway notes, the word “Obama” appears nowhere in the senators’ seven-paragraph, 392-word [...]


February 16th, 2010
5:59 pm

Pretty well, MD, thanks for asking.


February 16th, 2010
5:59 pm

Elected: Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ)
Elected: Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA)
Elected: Senator Scott Brown elected (R-MA)
Retirement Announced: Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT)
Retirement Announced: Congressman Marion Berry (D-AR)
Retirement Announced: Congressman Vic Snyder (D-AR)
Retirement Announced: Senator Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.)
Retirement Announced: Congressman Patrick Kenney (D-RI)
Retirement Announced: Evan Bayh (D-IN)

Your New Low-Flow Toilet Salesman

February 16th, 2010
6:02 pm

I’m waiting for someone to call Obama a socialist for backing these loans.


February 16th, 2010
6:05 pm

Let me say something about the president for a change. He speaks well when on TV, he has a good vocabulary and uses it to his advantage. The best thing about him is his clean mnd on all subjects.He keeps it this way be changing it often and every body knows that something is clean when it changed ofter,i.e. clothes


February 16th, 2010
6:05 pm

The percentage of Georgia mortgage-holders late on their payments continues to rise, reaching 8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009, the fifth-highest delinquency rate in the nation, according to a report issued Tuesday by credit bureau TransUnion.

The national average was 6.89 percent.

Georgia’s late-payment rate has risen for 12 straight quarters. The 8 percent figure compares with 5.3 percent a year earlier and 3.75 percent in 2007. The rate was even higher in metro Atlanta. (Source:

See the related story in AJC Business: “Job fairs struggle to draw employers”
(Do you mean those green jobs President Obama promised haven’t materialized yet?)


February 16th, 2010
6:39 pm

The constitution was written to prevent people like obama,pelosi,reed,frank,dodd,and others not mentioned from pushing their power grabbing agenda on the American people.That is the ones that are smart enough to step forward and put this country back on track.November will be one hell of a shake up in Washington.The free market system is what made this country and will be what turns unemployment around.


February 16th, 2010
6:40 pm



February 16th, 2010
6:42 pm

Cherokee how much was your check.

RGB is a sad wittle puppy

February 16th, 2010
6:46 pm


1. The previous administration left with a US Debt of 10T, we’re at abut 12.3T now. How is that double by your calculator? Also curious to know how Obama plans to quadruple the debt over 10 years when he’ll only be your president for 6+ more years?

2. I’m sure you understand the stimulus has not all been spent right? He hasn’t spent $787B by any measure and to think the stimulus spent so far has not created or saved any jobs is a laughable statement, makes you look like a fool.

3. Your lying with statistics to compare the purported “real unemployment %” at 18% to his projection of 8% (which was of course wrong.) The unemployment rate to compare his projection with is now 10.6%. Citing the “real rate” is a bait and switch.

4. He has not nationalized a single industry or institution. Loans have been made and these groups need to a. pay us back and b. not take baths in champagne while we are yet to be paid back.

5. If you hate “socialist” practices so much, are you going to pay back all the tax money you have siphoned from those who are more wealthy that you that have paid for you to be able to use the roads, defense, etc? Don’t kid yourself pal, you don’t pay your “fair share” by your lonesome .. you’ve been suckling at the public teat your whole life. Your own taxes paid wouldn’t cover the pavement from your house to the local quick stop. Also I assume you will be returning your medicare as well correct?

6. We’re you squawking during the last administration when Ried was read his rights? Nah, didn’t think so. More Hannibot faux outrage.

7. You are correct (there’s a first) he has not yet lived up to those promises, he has a little over a term and a half to do so.


February 16th, 2010
7:01 pm

RGB February 16th, 2010 5:42 pm
“President Obama has doubled the entire U.S. debt (from G. Washington to GW Bush) in four years and plans to quadruple it in 10.”

Wow! Apparently you are not a believer in the truth. I am. So lets share some truth.

Unfortunately for you the Federal government keeps books this way:
the president who introduces a budget for a Fiscal Year gets credit for that year. Obama’s first budget is for FY 2010 which started 10/01/2009. So Obama is 5 months into his first budget.

Fiscal Year 2002 through 2009 was the responsibility of Bush. In Feb 2001 Bush introduced the budget for FY 2002 starting 10/01/2001. The national debt on 9/30/2001 was $5,807,463,412,200. (that is trillion),
this was Clinton’s last budget. Bush’s last budget ended 9/30/2009 with the national debt at $11,909,829,003,512. (that is trillion also).

So under Obama the national debt is now $12,351,624,191,901. an increase of $442 billion is 4 1/2 months. Projections do show the national debt going up by $10 trillion during his 8 years. It may be more, it may be less. But to state that Obama ” doubled the entire U.S. debt” is totally incorrect.

Another bit of truth: when Reagan was sworn in the debt was $934 billion; after 20 years of Republican presidents & 9 years of Democratic presidents the national debt is $12.3 trillion. I believe it is called “trickle down economics”, you know, where you cut taxes and increase spending and you are supposed to have more money in the pot.

So what we have is your good buddy Obama doing the same thing as your good buddy Reagan, cutting taxes and increasing spending.

Enjoy what is left of Fat Tuesday.


February 16th, 2010
7:09 pm

“President Bush presided over a $2.5 trillion increase in the public debt through 2008. Setting aside 2009 (for which Presidents Bush and Obama share responsibility for an additional $2.6 trillion in public debt), President Obama’s budget would add $4.9 trillion in public debt from the beginning of 2010 through 2016— nearly double the amount accumulated under Pres­ident Bush over the same number of years. Overall, the public debt level would double over the next decade to $15.4 trillion ($12.5 trillion in inflation-adjusted dollars). (See Chart 1.) At 67 percent of GDP, this would constitute America’s largest debt burden since immediately following World War II.

The 2009 federal spending surge is nothing short of historic. The 25 percent spending increase repre­sents the largest non-war government expansion since the New Deal. Domestic discretionary spend­ing (including stimulus funds) has been hiked over 80 percent over 2008 levels. As a result, Washing­ton will run a budget deficit of 12.3 percent of GDP, by far the largest since World War II.” (Source:

I wouldn’t want my name associated with Obama either.

What I wonder is how Obama voters can look their out-of-work neighbors in the eye knowing that they are partially responsible?


February 16th, 2010
7:10 pm

Anyone who supports price controls is disqualified from being taken seriously in a discussion about economics, the budget, etc.


February 16th, 2010
7:29 pm

Who can blame anyone these days for not wanting to be associated in any way with The Anointed One. I would say impeach the left wing marxist president, but then we would get Biden the Moron.

And next is Pelosi, so we’re all screwed no matter what. :-(


February 16th, 2010
7:32 pm

November 9th cannot get here fast enough. At least we can get rid of some of the left wing azzholes who are destroying this country.


February 16th, 2010
7:35 pm

JimC, 1950 called and said get over it, nobody is going back.


February 16th, 2010
7:36 pm

RGB….stop doing those drugs, or get better ones. You silly “real amurikkkans” need to stop whining and accept that we aren’t going back to your “better way of life” bullsh*t.

RGB is a sad wittle puppy

February 16th, 2010
7:44 pm

Anyone who pulls numbers from the fib-tank that is Heritage is rightfully considered a child completely unable to think critically. This is the same group of liars that spread garbage about Reagan doubling revenues with tax cuts when they only increased from $600B to $900B from ‘81 – ‘88. By the way he also raised taxes 7 times in his tenure and he quadrupled the national debt over 8 years of deficit spending. Were you squawking then RGB or were you drinking kool-aid from a bottle back then? Dolt.


February 16th, 2010
7:57 pm

Obama=Barnes, Obama supports Barnes


February 16th, 2010
8:04 pm

RGB, research the number of Republicans in Congress(that’s both houses) who have announced they will not run again. Hint, it’s more than the Democrats. I know. Good Ole Rush Limbaugh is the epitome of journalistc integrity. Considering two governors being elected to lead states and one senator elected to the senate while not mentioning a Democrat taking a congressional seat(which hadn’t been held by a Democrat in decades) in New York after the Tea Party debacle up there, I would say at the national level that’s one for one. Yes the Republicans will increase their numbers in both houses in November, but they will not take control. See you again in November.


February 16th, 2010
8:11 pm

Corey, There are people like Chis Matthews saying the Republicans will take control of at least one house this year. You know it is bad when he is predicting it.

td needs to do research

February 16th, 2010
9:19 pm

td, if you hang your hat on anything pundits say in the echo chamber you should really re-think your sources of information, it’s not healthy. They are not in business to help you, period.

[...] si, comme le note un chroniqueur d’Atlanta, leur joie ne va pas jusqu’à laisser le nom de Barack Obama franchir leurs lèvres dans leurs commentaires [...]

February 16th, 2010
10:40 pm

Elected: Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ)
Elected: Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA)
Elected: Senator Scott Brown elected (R-MA)
Retirement Announced: Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT)
Retirement Announced: Congressman Marion Berry (D-AR)
Retirement Announced: Congressman Vic Snyder (D-AR)
Retirement Announced: Senator Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.)
Retirement Announced: Congressman Patrick Kenney (D-RI)
Retirement Announced: Evan Bayh (D-IN)

George LeMieux (R-Fla)
Sam Brownback (R-Kansas)
Jim Bunning (R-Kentucky)
Kit Bond (R-Missouri)
Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire)
George Voinovich (R-Ohio)

John Boozman (R-Ark)
John Shadegg (R-Ariz)
George Radanovich (R-Calif)
Michael Castle (R-Del)
Adam Putnam (R-Fla)
Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla)
Nathan Deal (R-Ga)
Steve Buyer (R-Ind)
Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)
Jerry Moran (R-Kansas)
Todd Tiahrt (R-Kansas)
Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich)
Vern Ehlers (R-Mich)
Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
Mary Fallin (R-Okla)
Henry E. Brown, Jr. (R-S.C.)
J. Gresham Barrett (R-S.C.)
Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.)

Fixed that for you, RGB!


February 16th, 2010
10:58 pm

Our senators have no class.
Obama has class and lots of it.

The Late Maynord Jackson

February 17th, 2010
4:10 am

Saxby Chambliss makes the Jackson Machine look honest.


February 17th, 2010
7:37 am

The hatred continues. Some people really have a hard time with telling the truth. Some of you want us all of us to believe that we are in this predicament because of President Obama. Some of you can’t even get past the “he isn’t an American citizen” dumb comments and you all expect people to have serious dialogue with you all. Give me a break idiots. Every president we have had has overseen a national debt out of control and literally can’t do a thing about it. The reason is that we want stand up and say no more special interest. Special interest controls this country like the mob controlling the garment and shipping industries of New York in the 70’s and 80’s. We can sit here and gripe and throw stones at President Obama all we want and it won’t do a thing. Special interest has only one race and they are called “Green Dollar Bills”. If you have them, you can play, if you don’t, you just like all the rest of us that are just trying to make it for our families and provide the best care and protection we can for them. So keep on with the hatred and party politics and I’ll see you all in 3 or 7 years after this administration and we’ll see how the other whatevers do when they are in charge.


They have all of us by the you know what.


February 17th, 2010
8:08 am

Leave it to the backwoods righties of GA to criticize the building of a power plant-even though it will create jobs. Such sad little hicks.

Toby Cash

February 17th, 2010
8:10 am

Thumbs up for our Georgia Senators.


February 17th, 2010
8:14 am

Saxby Chambliss is still against gays serving in the military. What a small minded loser!!!


February 17th, 2010
8:18 am

RGB you fail to give the credit of the building of the nuclear plant in Georgia. How is it that you have forgotten, that Your Georgia Republican legislatures approved the energy company to increase their rate to pay for the nuclear power plant. You are paying for a private entity that is not even built and you are not receiving anything for your money. But, I’m sure that you did not have a problem with it, because it was the Georgia Republican Legislature that approved it.

You are so misinformed, uninformed, and just plain ignorant, that you are willing to be brain washed by the Republican Cult. Yes, Cult because they will blindly follow their Cult leader (Limbaugh), even if they know he is wrong.

May God help you all.


February 17th, 2010
8:41 am


You forgot to mention that:
1. Wacky Bush got us into a trillion dollar debt in Iraq (a useless war).
2. The Republican party ran this country for 8 years and more
than quadrupled the nations debt.
3. Trickle down (the rich get richer policy) conomics does not work
4. U.S. corporations were allowed to move jobs overseas without penalties
5. Companies are not hiring because all the jobs are overseas due to greedy Republican trustees and CEO of corporations. Recently, President Obama removed all tax shelters for U.S. companies who only employ overseas.
6. The economy took a nose dive while Bush was in the Whitehouse (thanks to greedy Republican stock brokers and bankers).
By the way, President Obama is working hard and not guzzling beer or pretzels on a Texas ranch.
7.The government was forced to intervine to correct an economic disaster (thanks to your illustrious Republicans and Bush) or else we would be in a depression instead of a recession.

People like you do not deserve a decent President. You like corruption and deceit, which is what the Bush regime stood for. So don’t blame President Obama. He’s trying to clean up Bush’s & Cheney’s dictatorship.

By the way, what do you Republicans and Tea Party goers propose to correct the mess that Bush & Cheney got us into? WHERE WERE YOU WHEN EONOMY CRASHED IN 2008? WHAT? NOTHING TO SAY?? Shut up and stop critizing and President Obama.


February 17th, 2010
8:42 am

I will be glad when I can say Former President Obama who will go down just like Jimma Carter, as the worst Democratic president in this 21st century. The only reason this guy won is because people hated Hillary, and the Hannity express urged voters to vote for Obama, this is how he won the Democratic primary and people did not know this guy. Now they know he is left wing, liberal, marxist, and never sponsored a legislative bill. Voted present on most hard debated bills, and is a egotistical liar.


February 17th, 2010
8:43 am

The most assinine thing to me is not the reference to Obama but the time it will take to get the NRC to act on it. The release says GA +13 others have pending license requests before the NRC and it will be sometime in late 2011 or early 2012 to get the requests approved! That is a lot worse than an applicant for VA benefits has to wait but again, when you mention “Stimulus” I never realized it could mean several years from now!!! Gripes my butt that every thing the govnmt does takes forever to get accomplished. One of the TV stations did a report on the stimulus $ and found of 8-15 projects that were ready to go, could not go because they have yet to clear all the paperwork hurdles!


February 17th, 2010
8:50 am

CJ you are on meds, right. Obama in one year has surpassed Bush on the deficit. Jobs are going overseas because of cheap labor, business models and methods taught in colleges and universities, to make a profit, to please shareholders and our tax code. Democrats have been in charge of congress (senate, house) since 2007 and what happened? Recession, deficit spending by Bush and liberal democrats, energy prices through the roof because of ignorant Nancy and Harry will not allow us to use our on resources. There is a 500 year supply of oil shale in the mid west we can’t use. No drilling off of the coast, only tax, tax, tax.

If I were a millionaire, I would wait until this fool is out of office before I create any jobs, which the corporation own, now the employee.

Political Dog is another sad puppy

February 17th, 2010
9:02 am

PolDog, like RGB you should do some research before parroting talking points –

Obama legislation sponsorship in 110th Congress (55 bills) –

And to claim he was elected because people “hated Hillary” is clearly a historical re-write. He was elected over the GOP candidates because of the awful performance of the last administration as well as the prospect of a disastrous McCain / Palin administration. McCain had a shot before he brought the beauty queen on-board.

The rest of your tirade is the opinion of you and your handlers and you are all welcome to it, as skewed as it is.

Real GA

February 17th, 2010
9:02 am

Some of these comments are really sad. The president has brought change that I can believe in and I am proud to be an American. As the economy turns around in the next 12 – 24 months, please remember to give President Obama full credit for his leadership.



February 17th, 2010
9:06 am

I now understand why is Georgia is 48th in education.


February 17th, 2010
9:08 am

Born, raised and college educated in Georgia. Lived outside of GA for maybe 5 of my 48 years, but always considered GA home. For the first time I am actively looking to leave this state and stay away. The hatred, ignorance and backwardness of the population scares me. I don’t want to raise my children here. This is a cut off your nose to spite your face state…yet we wonder why we are bleeding.

Mark Ealton

February 17th, 2010
9:16 am

Chris Matthews and all the pundits told us that Hilary Clinton was going to win, didn’t they? Wasn’t her win deemed “inevitable”? Why yes it was.

Chris Matthews and the pundits also told us that John McCain”the maverick”, media darling, was also going to win. Remember he and Palin “surged” in August 2008 and got beat by 200 electoral votes in November.

You guys stand for nothing. What is your plan for the economy? What is your foreign policy? Is it more war, Iran? Really? How we going to pay for that war, the messiah Palin didn’t tell us that part. Perhaps she ran out of space on her hand.

You folks just can’t be against Obama, you have to also be for something too. What I hear and read is y’all not working with the guy even though you support what he’s doing. This memo thing is just more of the same. Denounce the stimulus in public, but go beg for goodies in private, and then take pictures posing with the goodies while claiming to be against them!

You guys aren’t going to beat President Obama, you aren’t even going to pick up seats. Yes you heard it hear. The country is going to bear witness come February 25th to just how much they don’t want to see you folks back in power.

After the health care bill passes,you guys are toast once people realize what’s in the bill and that it is paid all paid for. Run against health care..please. See how that’ll work for ya, ya betcha.

November 2008, wasn’t a fluke. Obama isn’t President Carter..or Bush I. He will go around the country retelling the story of how you guys made a mess of everything. There will be lots of pictures with soldiers returning from Iraq too. Y’all do recall that boo-boo don’t ya?

No, the election is not going to go as the pundits and…Tea Party people are now hoping. Obama is going to whip that behind again and keep majorities in both houses. The Senate will once again be filibusterer proof. You guys have done nothing, and come November 2010, you will NOT be rewarded. Sorry.

Up the middle

February 17th, 2010
9:31 am

Fact is there are more of us independents than those on the fringe right or the left. We, the moderates decide elections, not the loony left or the raging right. As an independent I see the GOP acting as a complete hindrance to the American people by stonewalling on all fronts in government. They are not participating and they are trying to feed us all garbage like death panels, socialist takeovers, and birther conspiracy theories. When the king and queen of the GOP homecoming speak (Limbaugh/Palin) it is a steady stream of divisive attacks, fabrications, political talking points and of course, more stonewalling. The GOP has very much become the party of no and we are watching.


February 17th, 2010
9:56 am

I do not lay total blame on President Obama or Bush. Our legislators are as just as much at fault and have done nothing help. They have all failed to work together for common good of Americans! With that said and without looking back to W, what has our current president and legislature done to improve your way of life? Please give one example of anything that has been done for you or anyone that you know? I mean a real tangible improvement that you have personally seen!


February 17th, 2010
10:28 am

Senator Even Bayh (D-IN) told reporters yesterday morning that, “If I could create one job in the private sector, that’s one more than Congress has done in the last six months.”