Posts tagged ‘biden’
So I have been meaning to write about all these different things but alas a sick child at home kept me from getting the full story written. So I will do a few quick synopses just to get these done with so I can stay more current.
Obama appointed Biden to administer the Stimulus Bill this week. I find this most curious since Biden is the one who said that there is a 30% chance the bill will fail. So obviously he has some doubts about this one. Part of me wonders if Biden is going to be the scape goat if it does fail. If he is the one overseeing it and it does not succeed will the blame fall more on him, or more on Obama?
Then there was the happening Address to Congress. Long – 52 minutes long. Beck had some great points to be made about saying what you mean, and meaning what you say. There are numerous instances where Obama said one thing was going to happen, yet in reality they are doing it anyway. The transparency is not there. The funding does not make any sense. Economists have been trying to crunch numbers about all these new programs that were mentioned and the costs are astronomical. Another interesting comment refers to the promise to cut the deficit in half by 2013. Stephen Moore commented in the same Beck interview shown below that, The Congressional Budget Office has also said that if nothing were done at all the deficit would fall by 70% in the same time span. But instead by spending an addition trillion dollars now, it will change to 50%. Here is the CBO estimate of the budget for 2009.
That’s all for now . . . . .
So we have listened to the media going after Palin for stuff she says, but have you ever heard of the VP candidate giving such a description of the future President. Biden gives a less than flattering description of the first six-months in office. Almost like a challenge to other countries as well as basically saying that no one will think Obama will handle it well. Talk about confidence. Talk about a reason to vote for McCain.
ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe Reports: Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., on Sunday guaranteed that if elected, Sen. Barack Obama., D-Ill., will be tested by an international crisis within his first six months in power and he will need supporters to stand by him as he makes tough, and possibly unpopular, decisions.
“Mark my words,” the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. “It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”
“I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate,” Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. “And he’s gonna need help. And the kind of help he’s gonna need is, he’s gonna need you – not financially to help him – we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.”
and this great quote too:
“Gird your loins,” Biden said. “We’re gonna win with your help, God willing, we’re going to win, but this is not going to be an easy ride. The next president, the next president is gonna be left with the most significant task. It’s like cleaning the Augean stables, man.”
The reactions on line are almost humorous. No one can believe he actually said that. Sadly though he did. There is a great compilation of responses at Choose the Hero from across the web.
On a side note, I did find this tidbit of info at Newsbusters.org
FoxNews.com reported Sunday that Obama and McCain campaign reps received national security information from the White House last week (h/t Gary Hall):
For the first time in American history, the FBI is already vetting members of the next administration in an effort to make sure that whether John McCain or Barack Obama is the next president, their staffs will be ready to handle any national security threats.
Though no specific threats are evident at this time, some members of the intelligence community say terror groups love to target countries during transition periods. Those intelligence experts point to terror attacks that came as Gordon Brown took over as Britain’s new prime minister, and the Madrid bombings of March 11, 2003, that happened just before a major election there as examples of the vulnerability of new administrations.
Just makes you feel all safe and warm doesn’t it.
Here it is just in case you want to hear him say this stuff too. – note I only used this cause it was the only one i found with the Biden’s speech. I don’t particularly prefer all the images that they used for this video. I was concerned more with the actual words spoken.
With that being said, I would ask you to relinquish some of your success to your opponent, John McCain. It is, after all, in line with your rhetoric. Though John McCain has not earned it, a number of mitigating circumstances has not allowed for him to ascend to popularity that you enjoy. By any measure you have more success than you really need, so “spreading it around” should not be a problem. I would suggest you start by having your campaign relinquish a percentage of your finances to the McCain offices. Sending money this way, as your running mate Joe Biden sees it, could even be considered patriotic. Everyone wins right?
I appreciate your consideration, and hope that you redistribute some of your wealth and success this campaign season.
Some blogging moms I know have been busy doing some research that is not covered by the media. Finding answers to questions that seem to be largely unanswered.
There is defintely some things worth finding out. And I do wonder why so little time has been spent finding out his past, his history. Yet, we know everything about Biden, McCain, and Palin. Everything is fair game.
Why is it “fair” to ask questions about everyone except Obama?
In the mean time here is McCain’s new ad. Happy viewing.
The VP debate is over. From watching the news last night and reading the news websites this morning (yes, I looked at CNN, FOX, and even MSNBC) it seems the only thing people can agree on is that Palin did better than expected.
Now, it breaks down after that point. Everyone seems to contend that her presentation and appeal was great. But then the talking points and general political preference takes over. The strategists for each party feel their candidate won. That follows the traditional pattern. They are never going to admit defeat. So looking at the polls is somewhat pointless. I find pollster, Frank Luntz to be much more effective and accurate in his polling. I found this article with a good breakdown of polling results just to show how across the board the results were.
“A focus group of independent voters gathered by the pollster Frank Luntz, whose analyses on BBC Newsnight have proved influential in British politics in recent years, called the debate in favour of Mrs Palin.”
I thought Palin handled herself well. I appreciated her candor and truly valued her stance on her beliefs. I do not feel that all she offered were talking points anymore than I think Biden did. To a certain point all they ever talk about is “talking points”. These are hot topics that each party has to drill into the public to convince them their candidate is the better choice.
Here is a list of some fact checks from each candidate last night.
I don’t even really mind. I want to know where you stand and that you are not easily swayed from those principles. I did learn one fact about Obama/Biden that I did not know and must go verify for myself. When the topic of marriage came up and Palin sincerely expressed in plain, clear, concise terms that she believes the definition of marriage as one man and one woman should be preserved, and Biden said that they agree I was most surprised.
For me, Palin “won” the debate. But what I really think she did was give McCain a boost by reaffirming that she is a knowledgeable candidate. Coming off of the Couric/Lauer interview entrapment’s she needed to show that she could handle herself. I think she did. What the critical independent voters thought is another issue. The next presidential debate should be interesting.
I thought that the moderator for this debate in the wake of concern for bias with her book about Obama coming out in January did an excellent job. She was arguably a better moderator than McCain and Obama had at their first debate. That guy was not very good.
Since I have been listening to some of the people around me at the coffee shop talking about the debate, and remember I live in a severely Democratic area, so I am probably the only Republican in the room I decided to post and then respond to a few of their absurdly biased statements.
- “sounded” smart
- wished he attacked her
- thought he answered everything to the point
- fake eye problem – thinks she wears glasses to look smarter
- wore her hair covering ears – suggested she was wearing a prompter
- think she is not smart – actually suggested she has the iq of a parrot
- thought she did not answer questions – only gave sound bytes
- one guy here actually said he is saying she is retarded, not that he has anything against retarded people (wow, how harsh is that – and tasteless)
What I find most interesting is they don’t really say that much to back up their own candidate and how much better he did. All they do is bash the other candidate. It is pretty clear that the committed Democrats don’t like Palin, will never like her – they don’t agree with her. They just repeat the same thing, all she offers is talking points, etc. That is all Biden offered as well. So then they have to attack her personally, her credibility, her family, whatever. And they attack low and hard.
So here, taken from Wikipedia is her biography. She is a real person. A smart accomplished woman. She is not perfect. But I have a news flash. Neither are you.
What’s funny is many of the people who set out to insult her in such degrading terms have far less education and accomplishments than her. How do you get to insult someone who has done more than you? Believe me I have family members who are extremely smart and own profitable companies and don’t have a high school diploma, much less a college degree. So I am not saying that you have to have a degree to be intelligent or argue your point. My beef is when you are doing it in such a low, malicious manner – tasteless and classless, much like the guy at the coffee shop. Act your age.
I loved this quote from the debate last night. I do believe McCain will challenge the status quo.
Each time Biden sought to link McCain to Bush, Palin countered by accusing him of looking backward. “For a ticket that wants to talk about change and looking into the future, there’s just too much finger-pointing backwards to ever make us believe that that’s where you’re going,” she said. “Positive change is coming, though. Reform of government is coming. We’ll learn from the past mistakes in this administration and other administrations.