Kasim Reed: Democrats shouldn’t ask Obama to fight ‘with one hand behind his back’

On NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, the decision by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign to focus on Republican Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital past was again an issue.

But Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, unlike Newark, N.J., Cory Booker, made no apologies. In fact, he criticized Democrats – former President Bill Clinton implicit among them – who are demanding that Obama “fight with one hand tied behind his back.” Watch here:

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Reed sent out advance notice of his appearance last night to fellow Democrats, with this closing message that indicates he may be about to take a larger role in state party doings:

”My goal is to represent your voice — Georgia Democrats — as we head toward victory in November together.”

Kerwin Swint, the political scientist over at Kennesaw State University, today posted his observations on Reed as an emerging national figure, but closes with this bit of criticism:

The Atlanta Airport has a 30-year plus history of sweetheart deals and so called “pay-to-play” contracting. Kasim Reed didn’t create that environment of course, but he is now knee-deep in it, with an opportunity to do something about it. But unlike his Newark, NJ counterpart Cory Booker, who instituted pay-to-play reform in his city, Reed hasn’t even tried to reform city procurement. He sees no need. And to hear him tell it, he sees no problems.

That’s a pretty big blind spot for an emerging national political player.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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100 comments Add your comment

Double Zero Eight

June 3rd, 2012
5:17 pm

Reed has secured a position in Obama’s cabinet,
in the event he is re-elected.

LeRoy

June 3rd, 2012
6:14 pm

Obama has been the most partisan, most divisive president in my lifetime. What is Reed smoking?

muddy waters

June 3rd, 2012
6:21 pm

The seeming improprieties — or the appearance of improprieties — and his repeated tone-deafness throughout the airport contract process were enough for me to hop off the Kasim bus. What a profound disappointment. “More of the same” is not what I was hoping for from him.

zeke

June 3rd, 2012
6:55 pm

well leroy, having mcconnell and cantor/crybaby on the other side would make anyone partisan

Don't Tread

June 3rd, 2012
6:55 pm

Democrat mayors (and presidents) do have this habit of smoking illegal substances, don’t they?

rick

June 3rd, 2012
6:56 pm

Reed is political hack!

DannyX

June 3rd, 2012
7:09 pm

I’m sure all of Georgia was waiting for Reed’s announcement. Now we know who we should support.

bruce

June 3rd, 2012
7:10 pm

when he first took office, i was impressed, but he has turned out to be a-typical atl. mayor His brother ,contracts at the airport, trips on the tax payer dime. so why would he not carry water for b. o.

say what?

June 3rd, 2012
7:21 pm

Regardless of your personal opinion of the POTUS or the mayor, listen to the message. We can all learn instead of being so divisive.

In other news, partisian to one, is another person’s “forcing Congress to grow up and do their job” view.

GaBlue

June 3rd, 2012
7:32 pm

Why not? Every time the President tries to reach across the aisle, the congressional goppers bite a finger off, and then shriek that he refuses to compromise with them. He needs to save at least one of his middle fingers.

Courtney

June 3rd, 2012
7:37 pm

Reed & Obama are both morons. They have no idea what they are doing and get mad when questioned about their poor decisions.

Kris

June 3rd, 2012
7:46 pm

The only way Mayor Reed would get a cabinet job is that President Obama give it to him. Wonder if the Washington airport needs renovating, Reed is da man to do it.

td

June 3rd, 2012
8:23 pm

GaBlue

June 3rd, 2012
7:32 pm

Why not? Every time the President tries to reach across the aisle, the congressional goppers bite a finger off, and then shriek that he refuses to compromise with them.

And what has Obama done to reach across the aisle? Show us some evidence of any compromise on paper her has made?

It is all political spin. Obama has been trying to use this “its all Congresses fault to get re elected and it is not working, except for the true believers who also thought Obama was going to pay their car note for them with “Obama money”.

Centrist

June 3rd, 2012
8:29 pm

@ GaBlue – When did Obama ever reach across the isle? He went out of his way shove the partisan and about to be unconstitutional Obamacare down our throats, is using a partisan Justice Department to fight multiple states over trying to protect their borders from ILLEGAL immigration and voter fraud via LEGAL voter ID.

Mayor Reed, like so many before him, is up to his armpits in graft. His only limit is not to go over his head like Mayor Campbell. We named the airport after one of the biggest crooks.

Kris

June 3rd, 2012
8:39 pm

And they wonder why nothing gets done…? The Republican leadership is to blame.
Re-Elect Obama-Biden, 2012!

The Kid

June 3rd, 2012
8:39 pm

Leroy and Courtney;… it’s Repubs like you that screw up the counrty. You got Blubberring Boehner, Sickning Cantor, and Gooffy McConnell all leading the charge to go against anything Obama does; so go figure. They even oppose bills that they initially propose, if Obama is for it. These clowns make a mockery of democracy, and just because Obama has an African father you people stand by and let America be destroyed in a way that will have telling consequences down the road. You bring to mind lemmings that follow each other over cliffs and drown.

Raquel Morris

June 3rd, 2012
8:40 pm

I find it dizzingly hilarious that Mayor Reed criticizes Romney for his Bain experience when Reed’s first Atlanta CFO, Peter Anan, headed Bain’s Atlanta office.

DannyX

June 3rd, 2012
8:42 pm

Mayor Reed had a chance to be a leader, instead he decided to play the same corrupt games.

All is not lost for Reed however. If he changes party’s and becomes a Republican he has an excellent shot at becoming the next governor of Georgia. Republican voters in this state love corrupt politicians! Richardson, Sonny, Oxendine, Reed, Schrenko, Balfour, Deal, Ralston, Rogers and Graves!

Become a Republican Mayor Reed, you’ll fit right in.

td

June 3rd, 2012
8:49 pm

Kris

June 3rd, 2012
8:39 pm

And they wonder why nothing gets done…? The Republican leadership is to blame.

And who do you blame for the first 2 years in office?

td

June 3rd, 2012
8:55 pm

The Kid

June 3rd, 2012
8:39 pm

Total BS. Obama had two years of more control then any other President since FDR. Why did he not get his agenda passed then? There are 13 or 14 jobs bills passed by the Republican controlled house that are sitting in the Democratic controlled Senate that Obama has Harry Reid to bury.

Where is Obama’s leadership? He has to be the worst leader this country has had in my lifetime (including Carter). Nice man but he is in way over his head with no answers.

Suzanne Bredlau Turgeon

June 3rd, 2012
9:01 pm

Reed is pointing in the correct direction to lay blame. More hard copy and airtime should be concentrated on Congress’s blatant stonewalling of Pres. Obama’s attempts to make needed major changes in legislation and policies that would help our country. Is the media afraid to expose the closet racism of a greedy cabal of Republican country-club idiots who cannot stand the fact that a man of color is occupying the White House? Those cronies only care about themselves, not the American people, and are going to sink our country out of sheer spite.

Elias Denny

June 3rd, 2012
9:03 pm

Evidently many people forget the two wars that Bush put you and my children in and no republican ever said anything about paying for them or any deficit spending. Now the only purpose of the GOP in the past threew years is to defeat our president rather than helping our country

td

June 3rd, 2012
9:07 pm

Suzanne Bredlau Turgeon

June 3rd, 2012
9:01 pm

Yes, you get the prize for pulling out the old race card!!! Ding, Ding, Ding, DONG.

Kris

June 3rd, 2012
9:10 pm

td!

And who do you blame for the first 2 years in office?

President Obama was cleaning up Bush’s mess. Leave it to the GOP to make a mess and let the Democrats clean it up.

td

June 3rd, 2012
9:11 pm

Elias Denny

June 3rd, 2012
9:03 pm

Bogus argument considering that the Dems had total control of the Congress for two of the three years. What did Obama do for those first two years to pull us out of this mess? Has it worked? If those wars were so bad then why has not the commander and chief pulled them out in the last three years? Why did he double the troops size in Afghanistan?

The Kid

June 3rd, 2012
9:12 pm

If McConnell says that Repubs number one job is to make sure Obama is a one term pres.; what does that say for someone who’s number one job should be to serve the people of the U.S. The people elected the pres.; not congress, so it’s the people’s will. Just because there’s a majority in the senate means nothing td. Have you heard of the infamous filibuster so often exercised by your brave leaders on the Repub. side. If I’m correct; it’s been used more times since Obama came into office than ever before.

Ed Coles

June 3rd, 2012
9:14 pm

What would be wrong with having Kasim Reed on Obama’s team??? It would simply be another Obama staffer that knows nothing about the economy , and or how it actually works. Kasim is a puppet for the Obama administraion . Much like every other mayor of a large metro. area city with a large minority population Reed is simply a mouth peice for Obama to secure the poor abused minority middle class vote for “Hope, change ” and now” Fairness”

Ask the middle class …..the last three , and a half years have been less that hopefull , and sure as hell haven’t been fair. Cory Booker seemed as though he was man enough to speak his mind on the issue !!!! to only have Obama have him look meek , and demorilized on you tube backing down !!

No Kasim would dare speak out againt Obama ,,,,,,,,,,,,he dosen’t have the nerve !! besides as long as he is mayor he gets and unlimited amount of tax payer $$ to pocket !!

Wake up Dorothy ………….Those monkeys really don’t fly !!!

td

June 3rd, 2012
9:14 pm

Kris

June 3rd, 2012
9:10 pm

td!

And who do you blame for the first 2 years in office?

President Obama was cleaning up Bush’s mess. Leave it to the GOP to make a mess and let the Democrats clean it up.

If you are going to blame Bush for one thing then you have to give him credit for changing the intelligence agencies and special forces that found and killed Osama. You have to give Bush credit for bailing out the banks and having them pay back all the bailout money.

Bottom line the person in office has to work with what is handed to him. Do you blame Bush for creating Katrina?

td

June 3rd, 2012
9:21 pm

The Kid

June 3rd, 2012
9:12 pm

“If McConnell says that Repubs number one job is to make sure Obama is a one term pres.;”

Are you seriously trying to say that this is the only time in history that the leader of the opposite party has tried to block legislation of the President? Are you that naive?

“Have you heard of the infamous filibuster so often exercised by your brave leaders on the Repub. side”

Yes, and Obama had a filibuster proof Senate for 18 months and what did he get passed? Tell us the last Republican President that had a filibuster proof Senate. Why is it that Harry Reid (Democratic majority leader of the Senate) not allow the 13 or 14 job growth bills passed by the house in the last 18 months even come to the floor of the Senate and be assigned to committees? Why is it that the Democratic Senate has not had a budget in 40 months?

TruthBe

June 3rd, 2012
9:32 pm

Mayor Kasim Reed is just like most big city Black Democrat Mayors they are corrupt and race pimps.
Mayor Reed used his office to protect his DUI Brother. The Atlanta Police Department was ORDERED not to arrest his brother. Mayor Reed is owned by Delta Airlines just like his old boss Shirley Franklin is. Remember Reed was Franklin’s campaign manager. All the department heads in downtown Atlanta are black accept for one. Almost all employees are black at city hall. If the colors were revised the ajc and the rest of the media would be crying flaw. Where is the Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, NAACP, SPLC, and the ACLU? The only white department head is the airport director Lewis. He was only the second choice. Because Reed’s first choice Dr.Clark who is Black couldn’t pass security background checks because he has charges against him back in his home state. Blacks vote only for Democrat Blacks in Atlanta. Why just this week in Atlanta Georgia Mayor Reed hosted the Black Mayors Conference. That’s racism. Just like the Black Congressional Caucus is. Eric Holder AG, IRS Commissioner, ACLU Lawyers, NAACP, and the Black Congressional Caucus held a closed door meeting with the Nations biggest and oldest Black Churches and their Pastors to devise a plan to get President Obama re-elected. And to campaign from the church podium without risk to their 501c tax exemptions. As the attorney general Eric Holder said after dropping all charges against the New Black Panthers, ” I will not prosecute my People”. Reed and Obama both of them are Muslims and black racist. They are hand and foot.

Kris

June 3rd, 2012
9:37 pm

td…

“Do you blame Bush for creating Katrina?”

Do you have any proof Bush did not create Katrina?

Niff said

TruthBe

June 3rd, 2012
9:39 pm

Suzanne Bredlau Turgeon

June 3rd, 2012
9:01 pm
Reed is pointing in the correct direction to lay blame. More hard copy and airtime should be concentrated on Congress’s blatant stonewalling of Pres. Obama’s attempts to make needed major changes in legislation and policies that would help our country. Is the media afraid to expose the closet racism of a greedy cabal of Republican country-club idiots who cannot stand the fact that a man of color is occupying the White House? Those cronies only care about themselves, not the American people, and are going to sink our country out of sheer spite

CAUTION Angry Negro Syndrome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TruthBe

June 3rd, 2012
9:41 pm

Kris, Man cannot create storms like Katrina and you know this. It’s not Bush’s fault or Obama’s it was Nature’s fault period. Move on.

Centrist

June 3rd, 2012
9:42 pm

Not only did Obama have an extremely rare filibuster proof Democrat Senate and Democrat House, but he halted Gulf of Mexico drilling, stopped the Keystone pipleline, and reneged on a spending cut/ tax increase “Grand Bargain” agreement that Speaker Boehner stuck his neck out with Tea party Republicans. Socialists simply ignore all of this because they want things to keep going left. At least that has been halted with the now Republican House and loss of a filibuster proof Senate.

DoseofTruth

June 3rd, 2012
9:47 pm

Kerwin Swint is not just a political scientist, he is a republican consultant and advisor. Sometimes the ajc mentions him as one or the other. Jim Galloway should acknowledge as much. I also didn’t hear Swint or his cronies at Common Cause make any statements about the actual real corruption charges and even a guilty plea in Gwinnett County. #hypocrisy

double

June 3rd, 2012
9:49 pm

Kasim was taken to the woodshed by Ralston.Then to DC by Deal.Now if that is not enough to rub off on another.Caution Mr Obama…

td

June 3rd, 2012
9:53 pm

DoseofTruth

June 3rd, 2012
9:47 pm

Kerwin Swint is not just a political scientist, he is a republican consultant and advisor.

Anyone in Georgia that wants to make money is a Republican consultant. The Dems in Georgia barely have enough money to keep the lights on.

DoseofTruth

June 3rd, 2012
9:54 pm

No one on this blog wants to have an honest conversation about corruption because while Mayor Reed performs honorably, cronies in Gwinnett are on the wrong sides of federal indictments. #hypocrisy

DoseofTruth

June 3rd, 2012
9:57 pm

@td that may be true, but honest journalism requires you to mention who he actually is so the reader can contextualize the statement of the source for what it is: a partisan attack on a democratic mayor.

td

June 3rd, 2012
10:03 pm

DoseofTruth

June 3rd, 2012
9:54 pm

No one on this blog wants to have an honest conversation about corruption because while Mayor Reed performs honorably, cronies in Gwinnett are on the wrong sides of federal indictments. #hypocrisy

If the politicians in Gwinn are guilty of a crime then they need to serve the maximun amount of time as possible.

td

June 3rd, 2012
10:05 pm

DoseofTruth

June 3rd, 2012
9:57 pm

@td that may be true, but honest journalism requires you to mention who he actually is so the reader can contextualize the statement of the source for what it is: a partisan attack on a democratic mayor.

Sort of like how Jim, Jay and 90% of all journalist should disclose that they are diehard libs and are in the bag for Obama?

DoseofTruth

June 3rd, 2012
10:07 pm

Thanks @td. You are right. They were wiling to sell their office. Swint and Common Cause have ot really challenged them either. http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2012/06/01/gwinnett-county-and-its-culture-of-corruption/

Hot Dog

June 3rd, 2012
10:13 pm

For those of you who think or president had a fool proof congress when he took office is MISTAKEN! Do you research! Joe Lieberman switched parties and WAS AN INDEPENDENT. By the way, he VOTED 100% OF THE TIME WITH THE TEAPUBLICANS. Since when did that give the president a ruling majority in congress?

td

June 3rd, 2012
10:19 pm

Hot Dog

June 3rd, 2012
10:13 pm

For those of you who think or president had a fool proof congress when he took office is MISTAKEN! Do you research! Joe Lieberman switched parties and WAS AN INDEPENDENT. By the way, he VOTED 100% OF THE TIME WITH THE TEAPUBLICANS. Since when did that give the president a ruling majority in congress?

Proof please. If I am not mistaken Joe voted for Obamacare and the stimulus so 100% of the time is pure BS.

Got anymore untruths to part on us tonight?

Wow

June 3rd, 2012
10:30 pm

Wow TD and Centrist must be paid by the Replublican party! I have never read such continous nonsense. So now it takes 2 yrs to get out of a severe recession. Plus 2 unpaid for wars….Are u serious?

Hot Dog

June 3rd, 2012
10:30 pm

Corruption.. Look at the the Georgia state house starting with…

1. Nathan Deal… left congress under a cloud to become Governor of Georgia,

2. Chip Rodgers…The Crook…Rogers’ job before politics — selling information gamblers could use to bet on sports games.
“My friends, if you want to win and you want to win big, I’ve got information about all of my lineups for today,” Rogers said on a television show in 2000.

3. David Balfour..Balfour is in a league of his own. For instance, lobbyists reported giving House Speaker David Ralston, no shrinking violet when it comes to freebies, tickets to 13 events in 2010 and 2011. They reported giving Balfour tickets to 45.

4. David Ralston..House Speaker and his family spent part of Thanksgiving week in Europe on a $17,000 economic development mission paid for by lobbyists interested in building a high-speed train line between Atlanta and Chattanooga.

And you wonder why Georgia is at the bottom of the list when it comes to enforcement of corruption laws!

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 3rd, 2012
10:33 pm

Mayor Reed again comported himself on “Meet the Press” in a thoughtful, measured, statesmanlike manner: making every true Atlantan proud.

It is appropriate that the finest city in the world has a leader who can tell the truth, with only slight nuance, on the greatest evil ever to beset any society in history, without becoming shrill.

The president is indeed fortunate to have Atlanta’s Mayor helping him in this most difficult time for America.

Thank G-d, alone, we live in or around Atlanta, the future of Our Nation.

Hot Dog

June 3rd, 2012
10:35 pm

TD Go and do your research before you start running your mouth. I think you will find Joe’s record very interesting. Until then, keep your mouth shut. For someone like you that supported Newt for president, your comments are not relevant to the conversation.

Slice of Atl

June 3rd, 2012
10:36 pm

Mayor Reed represented the City of Atlanta well today. He’s been asked to be on Meet The Press several times because of the results he’s brought to the city and because he’s well-spoken and insightful. I’m proud of our mayor.

td

June 3rd, 2012
10:42 pm

Hot Dog

June 3rd, 2012
10:30 pm

Change the subject when you are called out. LOL

Deal: No proof and no Democratic controlled justice department investigation so we know this is bogus.

Rogers: Where is the proof?

Balfour: Needs primary opposition.

Ralston: No corruption as long as it is reported. It is up to the voters in his district to decide if it was the right thing to do.