Obama in Savannah: ‘It’s hard to import windows from China’

Updated at 12:52 a.m. And it’s over. A 16-minute speech, by the clock. I’ll generate more details on the speech itself in a bit.

Updated at 12:40 p.m.: President Barack Obama was bang on time. He waited through a small portion of the crowd – then singled out Gov. Sonny Perdue, who is a Republican, and Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson, who is not.

No mention of the Senate filibuster, and he’s deep into energy details, so it won’t happen here. On why energy refurbishing of homes is a good area for producing jobs: “It’s very hard to ship windows from China,” Obama said.

Obama noted that Georgia’s 10 percent unemployment rate doesn’t include those who have been reduced to part-time jobs.

The most ironic note so far: Obama noted that he’s sending a record amount of federal cash to community colleges, such as Savannah Tech. But up in Atlanta, lawmakers are about to slash spending at the same Georgia institutions.

Updated at 12:05 p.m.: We are in a quiet mode. Unusual for a crowd of 300. The only thing to be heard is Doug Richards doing his noon stand-up.

We’ve been told that President Obama might address the one-man filibuster being conducted by U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky. That’s a “might.” Not a certainty.

If Obama does, he’ll get a good reaction from the crowd, which is mostly a hand-picked collection of Democrats.

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston so far is the most prominent Republican at the Obama event. He’s at the other side of the room, so I haven’t been able to reach him. Just got a call from U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson’s office. They want us to know that Johnson flew down on the plane with Obama.

Competition to get in here was fierce. State Sen. Lester Jackson of Savannah, a Democrat, said he submitted a list of 47 for invitations. Only four received them. And he was one of the four.

Just spotted House Democratic Leader DuBose Porter of Dublin, the only candidate for governor here that I’ve seen. The mayor of Savannah just walked in, too. So Obama is close.

Savannah – Just got checked in and seated for the noon appearance of President Barack Obama at Savannah Tech. One magnometer, 500 or so VIPs, a boatload of press, and ran. Not a good situation.

The president is presumably on the ground, or at least that’s what AP reports, but there’s no sense of urgency at this invitation-only event. Not exactly a town hall situation. It’s a quiet place, no waiting music. And that’s a good thing.

Outside, Obama has brought everyone together: Nuclear protestors and NRA demonstrators, tea partiers and health care reform boosters. But the first sign was I saw had to do with none of these: “Tobacco or higher education? Which do you support?”

That’s a state budget issue.

At least two members of Congress are here – John Barrow of Savannah and Sanford Bishop of Albany, both Democrats. U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, we’re told, will be here as well. Gov. Sonny Perdue is to meet Obama at the nearby air base.

On the state level, Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond and Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin are to be here, too.

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Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle because he is drinking, again and because he is a racist

March 2nd, 2010
12:09 pm

Obama should stop wasting our money on jet fuel, go back to DC and cut the stinking budget. I am convinced that Obama is completely tone deaf. He doesn’t care for anything but his agenda and the fact that the American people have rejected his change doesn’t phase him. Obama is a huge disappointment. I bet you a wooden nickle he attack Sen. Bunning. The dirty little secret is that most of Bunnings constituents agree with him. Obama needs a boogie man, he will play the class card and race card, i’m sure. You know the standard lib line, “Minorities, women and children hit hardest.” Whatever. Same old democrat playbook. Meet the new boss, same a the old boss. Jumbo G, will you please post the race /class comments once Obama reads them from the playbook/teleprompter? Thanks. I love being right.

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle because he is drinking, again and because he is a racist

March 2nd, 2010
12:12 pm

ps: here is a little preview of the presidents remarks or the commentary afterward:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/01/27/msnbcs_matthews_on_obama_i_forgot_he_was_black_tonight.html

Warren

March 2nd, 2010
12:33 pm

Great to see President Obama in Georgia.

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle because he is drinking, again and because he is a racist

March 2nd, 2010
12:37 pm

I love OBAMA, he is my favorite President of all time.. Bush was so bad.. I love OBAMA.

Rafe Hollister

March 2nd, 2010
12:49 pm

Sounds like the carnival stopped in Savannah, hurry, hurry, get yo tickets, see the Miracle Man. Witness Hope and Change before your eyes. Hurry, Hurry, you will be amazed. Come one, come all, change your life. See the show. Hurry, Hurry, OBAMA, the great.

Savannah

March 2nd, 2010
1:31 pm

Take him back. We don’t want him here!

JD in Marietta

March 2nd, 2010
1:36 pm

The former ACORN Community Organizer and constitutional law professor is obviously in over his head and unqualified for the job. God help this country!

The Cynical White Boy

March 2nd, 2010
1:45 pm

Mr. President, be sure to come back down in April and visit our lovely festival in Atlanta that we call…

“FREAKNIK”

wondering

March 2nd, 2010
1:54 pm

If we could give him a chance, maybe he would fail maybe he would succeed but this blocking everything he tries to do and automatically saying no is, well, kindergarden playground behavior. It is silly and we elected these folks.

Solid

March 2nd, 2010
1:56 pm

“Chris Matthews”
Yeah, ’cause Bush 2.0 always listened to the people. Never did his own thing…

Democratic playbook=same as the old boss? George?

Playbook/teleprompter? Would you rather he write down the talking points on his hand?

Ding, frys are done. Get back to work “Chris”.

Shirley

March 2nd, 2010
1:57 pm

It is a shame that Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond was in Savannah and did not show up at the GA dept. of Labor. WOW

lmno

March 2nd, 2010
2:10 pm

No comments on the proposal. Just senseless ramblings by people whose minds cannot be changed.

Its a great idea to give tax incentives for home improvements. This will generate jobs!

C3ATL

March 2nd, 2010
2:32 pm

I just love how Galloway says that there was no mention of Georgia Schools losing money. That’s because Republicans are responsible for the disaster since they filled the Legislature with their ilk and ire, went on to slash corporate taxes, ran off GM and FORD from manufacturing cars after nearly 100 years of doing business here… IF you want to sit there and sneer at our President, you better check your backyard first. The Republicans have all out destroyed this state and all anyone can do is blame Obama after only 1 year as President? Get on a better acid trip, because the one you’re having is off the rails.

CrazyInGA

March 2nd, 2010
2:34 pm

Shirley, Governor Purdue was in Savannah. Shouldn’t he be at the office, as well. I mean, it’s not like he’s done anything the last few years.

C3ATL

March 2nd, 2010
2:36 pm

SHELDON

March 2nd, 2010
2:43 pm

OK OK. I wish everyone will be civilized here. We need to look at the entire picture. The hatred that lurks within some of us stems from the fact that he is an African American. President Obama knew and we knew that this job as President was going to be a rough one. I am not saying that I agree with Pres. Obama all the time. Nobody is going to agree all the time with anybody’s policies. Please understand that Pres.Obama is presiding over a country that hatred and racism is apart of our history. There are a lot of people that can’t stand him due to his race. It’s obvious. Maybe one day when I am gone, the world will change it’s racist ways. If anyone else were President and had the same views, there would be a lot less resistance from people. How is it that on the day after the election, elementery, and middle school caucasian kids came to school saying: “We hate our new president”. “We dont want a black man as president”. “We hope someone kill his black a**”. “Blacks dont need to be in the white house”. “I dont want to be your friend because my daddy says you are black”. The list of comments I have heard goes on and on. Remember, these are children. What are the parents telling them. After election, my place of employment was quiet as a mouse. Caucasians did not want to talk to ANY blacks, dirty looks, nasty little comments, and a obvious hate cloud lurked everywhere. One of my colleague said, ” I wish I was not here in america. I want get a boat and sail away cause I hate what just happened”. So, it is apparent that these thoughts are felt around the world. Remember that God made us all and he is watching. It’s not our place to judge. Work hard and save your money. Dont worry about Wall street, work to keep your house on Your street. Times are tough but with PRAYER, LOVE, HARDWORK, FAITH,AND COMMONSENSE, we shall get pass our ungodly ways. I pray every night that blacks and white get along. I pray racism sieze to exist. I pray that the racist hatred in the world, especiaaly in the south, will disappear. But some of us just wont change. It is going to have to die out of our existence. I LOVE EVERYONE. DO YOU?

Cutty

March 2nd, 2010
2:44 pm

Sooooo “Chris Matthews”, I didn’t hear Bunning’s name uttered once in Obama’s speech. Nor, did I hear the word minority either. Care to recant you “bet you a wooden NICKEL” statement? Or will you say, well ‘he was thinking it.’ Go back to school and learn how to spell nickel before you continue any political commentary. Sure, you were typing too fast. You betcha!

Obama da Man

March 2nd, 2010
2:50 pm

As only Obama Mania could see it……. FREAKNIK (pause pause pause turn head slowly pause) I predict (pause pause pause look to front) wil be the salvation of our nation (pause pasue pasue) because I said it would be and I am the Prez for change. (grin grin grin waveand leave the stage)…..

SHELDON

March 2nd, 2010
2:56 pm

Please let’s stop knit-picking each and everything the President does. My God we are acting like children. He is my President and he is yours. So, Shut up, work hard, stop spending more than you make, stop acting big shot, budget your money, cut up ur credit cards, and think before you spend. If you make 35,000.00 per year, why the hell would you FINANCE a 27,000.00 car. That’s just DUMB. Then, you want someone to help you. B.S. Obama is doing what is needed. Think about it: when you are cleaning your house, it is going to look like a hurricaine went thru it. But in the end, it looks good. Give him a chance.

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle because he is drinking, again and because he is a racist

March 2nd, 2010
3:00 pm

Cutty, go outside with your snarky self and go play a little game of hide and go F*ck yourself. I stand corrected he did not mention Bunning. He did not mention the “women, minorities and children” hurt hardest by his policies, either. I was wrong. There. As for your lecture, you lib hack, Yes I do type fast. So I messed up spelling. Big deal. I didn’t hear you get your socialist panties in a wad when Obama pronounced corps, corpes? Did I miss you then? How ’bout the other day when he said axe instead of ask? By your measure Obama, should go back to school and leave the politics jazz. On that we can agree. Happy Thoughts!!!!!

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/01/27/msnbcs_matthews_on_obama_i_forgot_he_was_black_tonight.html

Cutty

March 2nd, 2010
3:03 pm

“We got an issue in America. Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYNs aren’t able to practice their love, with women all across the country.” – You Know Who

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle because he is drinking, again and because he is a racist

March 2nd, 2010
3:14 pm

So what, Cutty, you hack. It is true. My father was an OB\GYN he delivered babies for over 35 years and recently dropped the OB ins coverage because of cost. He practiced in a rural area for most of those years and provided excellent health care to our town. Wanna know why he dropped the OB side of the practice? Beacuse of the slip and fall plaintiff’s attorneys and their democrat supporters in DC. That’s why. Bush may have not put it eloquently, but he was right. Obama and leftists scat, like you, may say everything perfectly but you’re always wrong. I’ll take the former you keep the latter and the change, sucker.

JD in Marietta

March 2nd, 2010
3:14 pm

Sheldon, nobody except YOU is focusing on his race. I could give 2 Shi_s that he’s black. What I give a damn about is his welfare mentality and cradle to grave govt solutions that is ingrained in his psyche. I voted for Herman Cain for US Senator and he’s black and a conservative. So quit with the Race baiting you moron. He’s had 1 year to put us deeper in debt and has this F—ed up philosophy that spending more on govt jobs will somehow boost the economy. The only growth in the US economy last year was in govt jobs whose salary increased by an average of 24%; that does not dig a country out of a recession, period.

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle because he is drinking, again and because he is a racist

March 2nd, 2010
3:19 pm

Don’t you have some government check to cash, cutty. Save the planet and turn off your computer and consider how much of a redctioun of a carbon foot print you could muster if you kept still and sat in the dark. I like that idea. You know, libs powering down, getting back to basics and the like. You could start a movement. Maybe Keith Overbite or that nice Maddow fella could come interview you whilst being illuminated by soft flicker of a organic candle.

Raw Milk Drinker

March 2nd, 2010
3:22 pm

There is a reason that republicans didn’t control the statehouse for 137 years after Reconstruction. Reconstruction II is working about like Reconstruction I did. The exception is that this time the carpetbaggers who are raping the state of it’s resources, financial and human, live on Sea Island, Lake Oconee, and in Buckhead instead of Boston, Cincinatti, and New York. Also, after the “warh”, Republicans were once mostly all very darkly tanned.

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle because he is drinking, again and because he is a racist

March 2nd, 2010
3:23 pm

JD, all the libs have left is the race card. So, just to go on the record now, I will predict that when the democrat party gets skunked in Nov., it will be because the country is racist, somehow. Anyway, happy hunting and tally-ho!

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle because he is drinking, again and because he is a racist

March 2nd, 2010
3:27 pm

See, Raw Milk just played the race card. I wanna a tax cut every time a lefty plays the race card. Think they’ll agree to that?

Wanna see a democrat racist. Watch this guy. He gets paid millions for say crap like this. To quote John Lebowitz. “Chirs Matthews is one scotch away from becomming Ron Burgandy.”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/01/27/msnbcs_matthews_on_obama_i_forgot_he_was_black_tonight.html

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle because he is drinking, again and because he is a racist

March 2nd, 2010
3:51 pm

After the Georgia Legislature changed the medical tort law, insurance companies kept up raising my father’s liability insurance rates. The truth is that the GOP is controled by the insurance companies. I hate insurance companies as much as I love OBAMA.

We all lose!

March 2nd, 2010
4:14 pm

Gotta love an invitation-only “Main Street” tour. There’s not much union in Savannah, but he sure figured out where it was. Wonder why he didn’t peddle his snake oil at any of the local military bases or Gulfstream?

Cutty

March 2nd, 2010
4:20 pm

Government check, lol. The facts of the matter are: 1- You made a statement in which you were completely wrong, and rather admit it, you just make other comments to try and make people forget you said something that was not true. 2- Judging by the history of this blog, YOU played the ‘race card’ first. But don’t let facts get in the way. But hey, I’m just collecting my government check.

JD in Marietta

March 2nd, 2010
4:23 pm

I agree, we’re all racists because we dont like his policies. What a load of crap! As long as Presbo continues his runaway spending on bogus Stimulus bills, and rams healthcare down the throats of Americans to insure 15 million illegal aliens, I ain’t buying what he’s selling, no matter what color he is. I couldn’t stand Clinton either, but my disgust for him was based on his behavior, not his policies, which I could tolerate. Obama is the cubic zirconia of Presidents;once you take it out of the box you realize you’ve been sold a fake.

RGB

March 2nd, 2010
4:24 pm

“It’s very hard to ship windows from China,” Obama said.

Has this man ever lived in the real world? Why is it hard to ship windows from China?

We import sheet rock from China. Dog food from China.

Heck, even many of Obama’s own policies come from China.

JD in Marietta

March 2nd, 2010
4:25 pm

I wonder if the liberal Chris Matthews still gets a tingling sensation up his leg over Obama now?

Rafe Hollister

March 2nd, 2010
4:28 pm

All of you libs that keep saying that we should give Barry a chance and pull for him and never say a bad word about our President were the first to accuse GWB of lying and not caring for minorities even tho there has never been one piece of evidence to support those charges. He was a lousy president but never deserved the vitriol that the libs unleased on him. Turnabout?

Cutty

March 2nd, 2010
4:31 pm

Based on conservative thinking, tort reform brings down insurance premiums. Right? Ask “Chris Matthews” dad.

JD in Marietta

March 2nd, 2010
4:33 pm

RGB, what he really meant by that statement was that as long as there are unions in the US willing to make the same window at 3 times the cost(not to mention an inferior product), windows are hard to ship from China. Yes, another incorrect statement. We even import steel weights from China and its still more cost effective than having them made here. Obviously the man has no knowledge of the mfrg process, along with the concept of “buy vs build”. I hope all the independents out there who put this amateur in office are having a serious case of buyers remorse right about now. Don’t worry, we can return the product in 2012 for a more reliable model.

Sheldon, supper's ready.

March 2nd, 2010
4:36 pm

Haven’t hear from Sheldon since 2:45. I forgot that school gets out at 3:15. He’s probably on the bus right now.

White Conservative Turned Blue

March 2nd, 2010
4:40 pm

What a bunch of dumb nuts in Savannah… thats how it appears…. This is the President of the United States for God’s sake (and a damn good one) At least he is intelligent and trying to make some good… and all the back lash just shows the redneck cracker in all that speak against. Too bad you are too dumb to even notice. Go get your tea bags and do what you do best, be lazy at and bitch and do nothing. that is your best.

Cutty

March 2nd, 2010
4:40 pm

Both Bushes and Ronald Reagan were ‘Socialists’ by current conservative measures.

Cutty, you're up.

March 2nd, 2010
4:44 pm

Looking forward to your explanation of how Reagan and both Bushes were Socialists.

White Conservative Turned Blue

March 2nd, 2010
4:46 pm

Great to see the President in Savannah. Thank you Mr. President for stopping in and Thank for doing a Great Job. Give these old Re-pubics something to complain about!

Cutty, you're up.

March 2nd, 2010
4:47 pm

Enter your comments here

Yeah right

March 2nd, 2010
4:49 pm

Whitey turned Blue, just like I asked Cutty to do, can you expand upon your definition of a “great job”.

White Conservative Turned Blue

March 2nd, 2010
4:54 pm

A Great Job is making a difference, but as i said you can’t understand it so no need to explain. Now if I had said ‘hand job’, you would smile and go back to wanking your friend, as in ‘what you do best’.

Yeah right

March 2nd, 2010
5:03 pm

Just what I thought, a typical liberal posing as a conservative. And to back up my assumptions you have no coherent reasonable response: you should stay off your parents computer little boy

Cutty

March 2nd, 2010
5:15 pm

Bush I raised taxes, Bush II passed Medicare Part D, Reagan tripled the deficit. Anything else?

cutty you"re up

March 2nd, 2010
5:22 pm

Reagan spent money on the arms race with Russia which eventually bankrupted them and brought them to their knees as a super power:if this tripled the deficit, it in turn wiped out a certain nuclear threat. Bush I did raise taxes but that doesn’t quite meet the definition of socialism which essentially means that the govt runs every aspect of private enterprise, ala nationalization of the banks, auto industry, soon to be newspapers,etc… Nice try but you need to study up on your history son. Try Googling Socialism alongside those 3 ex Pres then do the same thing with Barry O and the answer will be obvious.

RGB

March 2nd, 2010
5:25 pm

Thanks for smoking out the faux conservative.

Not only are they wrong but they are also crude.

Ever notice how the liberati are ultra-familiar with all sorts of terms related to odd or deviant sexual behavior? The attempted disparagement of Tea Party attendees is just one example.

Also, they have at their ready a list of racial slurs–when all the time crying “racism, racism” against those of us who don’t want the country to continue to go down the tube.

Wonder what the leftists have to say about the strong support (and adoration, frankly) of Herman Cain? [Oh, that's right. That's when they bring out "Uncle Tom".]

I’d vote for Mr. Cain for President over anybody who sought the office last time–anybody.

Cutty

March 2nd, 2010
5:30 pm

Reagan cut taxes and increased spending. Some of the money from his budget went to by arms down in S. America (Iran Contra). And you must give credit to Presidents prior to Reagan. The fall of the Soviet Union came on his watch, but he received more credit than deserved. Even Gorbachev has said such, maybe you should Google that.

Its ironic that you left out Bush II in your response. He cut taxes, increased spending a la Reagan, wiretapped conversations of Americans, and I could go on.

My original comment said ‘based on current conservative measures’ as well. If Obama even hints at raising taxes, he’s called a Socialist. Yet, the facts are he’s reduced taxes for most Americans, and I would challenge you to argue different. Those complain about the stimulus package, but just asked the Georgia General Assembly how difficult it is to balance a budget without it. Of course, they took the $1 billion last year, while saying how much they were against it. Now they’re just obliterating the University System, instead of ‘conservative’ measures such as taking Sonny’s horse barn down in Houston County. But I digress.

Cutty

March 2nd, 2010
5:32 pm

RGB- I consider myself a liberal, have yet to bring up race (unlike yourself), and actually like Herman Cain. But to be honest, he wouldn’t get elected because conservatives won’t vote for him (See: Cain Senate run).