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Okay Mr. President, we can talk about the past

Okay Mr. President, we can talk about the past

After all, he asked for it. In a recent campaign appearance in Virginia, the President remarked:

Ultimately, I think, Mr. Romney is going to have to answer those questions because if he aspires to being president, one of the things you learn is you’re ultimately responsible for the conduct of your operations.

The Obama campaign has been in all out assault mode on Mitt Romney since it was discovered that Romney may not have completely severed his relationship with Bain Capital after 1999.

The precise role Romney played at the firm from 1999 to 2001 is important not only because critics have raised questions about his truthfulness, but also because Bain was sending jobs overseas during that period.

But the President has a past as well. The real question is: Is President Obama ready to finally take responsibility for the conduct of his prior operations?

1992-2008: Barack Obama has a close relationship with extremist Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jr. as evidenced by Obama’s 20 year patronage to Wright’s sermons and his officiating of Mr. Obama’s wedding to Michelle. One Obama spokesman back in 2008 even went so far as to say Obama compares Wright to “a member of his family…

1995: Despite repeated insistence by the President that controversial figure Bill Ayers is “not somebody I exchange ideas from,” it has been confirmed that it was in Ayers’ home where Barack Obama’s Illinois State Senate bid was made apparent. Although never convicted of a crime, Ayers has been linked to the radical Weather Underground Organization. On the day of attacks of 9/11, a New York Times article ran in which Ayers was quoted talking about his organization’s nefarious activities, “I don’t regret setting bombs…I feel we didn’t do enough.” Ayers had also talked previously of Weather Underground’s philosophy.

Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that’s where it’s really at.

All of this, Ayers now brushes aside as a “joke.”

1999-2002: The Ayers connection persists. Barack Obama serves on the board of the Woods Foundation with Ayers.

1999: Then State-Senator Barack Obama exploits Catholics to garner support for a universal health care bill that he co-sponsors. Illinois voters overwhelmingly reject it.

1999: Obama voted “Present” to dodge a difficult vote that could potentially have drawn a rift between him and his African-American supporters. A strategy he invoked on nearly 130 occasions during his time as an Illinois State Senator.

2001: State-Senator Barack Obama is the sole voice of opposition to an Illinois bill that would protect born-alive babies’ rights under the law when abortions failed to kill the fetus. The persuasive State-Senator, who is also a respected former law professor, quickly begins to garner support to kill the bill by saying it would undermine Roe v. Wade.

2003: Mr. Obama is now the chairman of the committee that the bill is referred to. Although nearly identical to the federal bill which passed Congress without a dissenting vote, and one Obama has said he would’ve supported had he been in the U.S. Senate at the time, the Illinois bill never makes it out of committee, falling on a 6-4 vote along party lines.

As you can see, the President has a long history of questionable relationships and conduct. Yet while President Obama was doing this, Mitt Romney was on a different path trying to save the troubled Salt Lake City Olympics, (h/t NewsMax):

Having faced a budget deficit of $379 million when he took over, Romney ended up with a surplus of $56 million. The money went to fund future Olympics.

When he took the job, Romney said he would accept the offered salary of $250,000 a year only if the Olympics made a profit. When it did, he turned his salary over to charity. In addition, he contributed $1 million to the games.

But the Obama campaign doesn’t want to talk about that. They’d rather focus on whether Bain outsourced jobs while Romney was salvaging the seemingly hopeless Salt Lake City Olympics, saving numerous domestic jobs in the process.

It’s also worth noting that unemployment was as low as 3.8% (h/t Bureau of Labor Statistics) during the time Obama accuses Bain of pioneering outsourcing, yet today Obama continues to outsource millions of tax payer dollars while unemployment remains stalled above 8%.

The President appears intent on focusing attention away from his record in the Oval Office, and on to Romney’s past. But both candidates have a past.

So which do you prefer? Past Barack Obama, or past Mitt Romney?


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Don’t forget about Obama’s past connections with Project Vote and ACORN.

Under ObamaCare…just so far…thousands of medical device jobs have been forced out of the U.S.

It WILL get worse.

Medi-cations (health care vacations) will become the only choice many Americans will have when our health care is rationed, as it must be.

Ugh, I hate this state and the idiots who 1) put up Alan Keyes to run against Obama-lama-ding-dong; and, 2) the idiots who voted him into the senate.

How do we find the information of how BO is polling among independents in IL?


    LukeHandCool in reply to herm2416. | July 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I seriously doubt he’s polling well among indies in IL.

    I saw some headline that said Jews in suburban Illinois are abandoning him, and it has nothing with his stance on Israel.

    If he’s losing them, I can’t believe he’s doing well with independents.

    But, of course, he is so darn likable!

    DINORightMarie in reply to herm2416. | July 16, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    There was a poll last week (I believe it was Gallop) that said Obama is trailing Romney with indies by 14% nationally.

    Even in blue-blue “home” state Illinois, it must be pretty bad.

    After this latest comment that small business owners (ANY business, really) do NOT have anything to do with their success – it is someone else’s success……more will fall away, IMHO.

Obama should apologize for the felon remark, thank Romney for saving the Winter Olympics, smile, move back home to Kenya and STFU!

LukeHandCool | July 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm

And let’s not forget that when it comes to likability, he has a bit of a past, too!!

Hillary is not too swift. Not too fast on her feet.

Obama served himself up as an easy pitch she could’ve knocked out of the park.

If I had been her, and that smug s.o.b. had said that, I’d have looked straight into the camera after having just said he was likable and said something like,

“Wow. Mr. Moderator. Ask me to share an occasion when I was totally wrong about something. Ask me to share about a mistake I’ve made in the past. The recent past.”

LukeHandCool (who thinks that video should be inserted into every campaign video the GOP comes up with. Hope & Change & Likable)

If the msm had any interest in discussing Obama’s past it would have already been covered and well known by the voting public. The vetting of Obama is up to the “new media”. The “other media” is part of the Obama p.r. machine.

SoCA Conservative Mom | July 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Obama needs to be hammered on these issues and so much more.

Every time any Dem asks for Romney to release his tax returns, the mantra should be, “when Obama releases his college transcripts, Romney will release his taxes.”

Tit for tat, turn around is fair play. I’m so tired of the BS that since Obama is already president, he doesn’t need to be vetted. There are too many unanswered questions.

    Right you are!

    Remember 2004? The liberals were screaming that “Bush was AWOL!” from Air National Guard Meetings.

    They demanded that Bush INSTANTLY produce log books from 30 years before. Bush had already signed a universal release form. It took a few days to unearth the log books from some dusty corner of an archive where they were stashed. So the media started screaming about “delay tactics” and “cover up” and “conspiracy.”

    Then the log books showed…nothing bad. So the whole matter was quietly dropped. And they moved on to other lies.

Romney managed to turn a failing U.S. Olympic Games around, investing a million dollars of his own money in the bargain.

Obama…in full narcissist mode…flew to Europe and FAILED to get an Olympic Games for Chicago on tax-payer expense.

Which of them is held in higher regard by the Olympic people they met with?

All good points. But if Mitt Romney or his campaign cannot make this case, if they cannot overcome the terminal aversion to confrontation endemic to the GOP (and in particular to Romney — outside of his unreservedly vicious attacks on conservatives) then it’s all moot. The fact is Obama is driving the media narrative and not taking an effective counter-attack. “I demand an apology” is an entirely pathetic response from Romney. It reeks with the need for the media to take up the cause for him, to put pressure on Obama to apologize. That is to say, it’s either deluded or cowardly.

Is Romney actually capable of fighting hard and dirty against the Left? If so, he’s never shown the skill.

I should also point out that prior to 2008, Obama was born in Kenya. Just saying that’s what his PR said.

Midwest Rhino | July 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Megan Kelly on FOX is reviewing Obama’s claim “you didn’t build that company, you didn’t build those roads, you have to pay it forward”. Dobbs is insistent that Obama has come out as an anti-capitalist.

But who did build those roads and companies? Was it the 100 million adults that don’t file tax returns? Was it the 50% of filers that pay nothing? Or was it mostly the 14 million Americans that pay 70% of the income taxes and a majority of other taxes?

Those are the ones that start and build businesses, AND pay the taxes that build the roads. Obama seems to be daring Republicans to “go there” on showing that probably 75% of the general population really don’t build any roads or grow any business. The unions get a monopoly on the road construction jobs and government union jobs, but they leach off the capitalism that drives the funding.

Class warfare is bad, but the realities of what makes an economy work need to be recognized. Does Obama want to put Maxine Waters in charge of nationalizing the oil industry? Who built the oil rigs, and who is shutting them down?

Just what does our bold new world leader have in mind?
“the word Maxine Waters was looking for there Shep was ‘nationalizing’ the oil industry”

    Ragspierre in reply to Midwest Rhino. | July 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Here’s a true fact…

    You could pass all the laws in the world to mandate building this or that, or getting kids out of the regular workforce and into schools, etc.

    Without the MARKET providing the wealth to make those notions POSSIBLE, you got a lot of crap on paper that people will burn for cooking.

We can talk about his past, but the MSM, for the most part will not. It’s well known the LA Times has a video of Obama giving a talk at a 2003 banquet where he spoke of his friendship with Rashid Khalidi, a leading Palestinian scholar and activist. They refuse to show it. The media is not interested in discussing his failings.

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Great work again, LI. This is the kind of material our grassroot can use in voter-engagement communication pieces. We’ll certainly repurpose this for my group’s digital pamphlets. Swing voters should be presented with the stark contrast between Obama’s and Romney’s professional history. An underachieving, good for nothing Marxist vs. an accomplished, created something of value, businessman.

Anybody who shows weakness to the foaming-at-the-mouth d-cRAT socialists gets devoured by them and their stooges and puppets in the socialist media. We saw that in the pathetic campaign of RINO TRAITOR AMNESTY-JOHN mccain (who wanted his pal OBOZO to win as much as OBOZO did.)

Romney must take the gloves off and call out the lying, despicable, anti-American, anti-Semitic, incompetent, destructive, hate-filled, irresponsible, chicago-thug-like actions and words of OBOZO. When OBOZO brings a knife to the fight, Romney must bring a gun; when he brings a gun, bring an AK-47 – do whatever it takes to win and always be prepared for the nuclear option*, if needed, against the socialist extremists. America, it’s values, its freedoms and its exceptionalism are all at stake in this election. Take no prisoners – fight to bitter end and to the last man standing.

*Nuclear Option = OBOZO’s 20+year mentoring by vile, racist, anti-American, anti-Semitic piece of excrement jeremiah “God Damn America” wright, OBOZO’s training by American terrorist bill ayers, OBOZO’s advanced training in racist extremism by beneath excrement Derrick Bell, OBOZO’s training in communism by lunatic-leftist Frank Marshall Davis, OBOZO’s teaching of Alinsky’s radical extremism as a community organizer, OBOZO’s membership in the radical socialist New Party, OBOZO’s dirty dealings with convicted felon Tony Rezko, The Choom Gang and OBOZO’s drug addiction, details of OBOZO’s hate-fill Black Liberation Theology, the mysterious Social Security number used by OBOZO, and on, and on, and on…

OK Bryan… Let me think a minute or two.

No question here! I’ll take the successful business guy over the community organizer any day of the week.

The electorate has a real chance to make a correction in November by soundly evicting the current regime in its entirety.

My personal eviction notice to the anointed on is ready!

you also forgot the part where Obama knew the Ayres family from before he enrolled at Harvard and it was likely the the Ayres family (Bill Ayres’ parents)that got him accepted there. And he knew Bill Ayres from that time frame as well, he was not “just some guy that lived in the neighborhood” as Obama claimed at one time.

DINORightMarie | July 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Two more additions:

1) Obama admitted to a crime by using pot and “blow”(see Choom Gang, etc., in his “composite” self-image creator-book Dreams); he committed (and admitted) a felony when he passed the a joint, shared his “blow”…… Yeah, a self-admitted felon. (h/t Rush today)

2) Two new explosive items coming out this week/this month

– first, the biography on Frank Marshall Davis (aka Frank in Dreams) called The Communist

– second, a film done by Dinesh D’Souza called 2016 exposing Obama’s past associations, his mentors, the works.

The vetting will happen, and his past is very relevant. It defines who he is and why he has done what he has done in these 3.5 years of misery and malaise.

Mark Levin (and others) are right – Romney and his PACs need to go on offense. This cannot be allowed to stand.

The felony insinuation alone (because he “can’t prove” he’s not!!) should be enough for these clowns to turn and FIGHT.

Key word: should. 🙁

“Bill Ayers is just a guy who lives on my block”

From 1995 till 1999, Obama was the Chairman of the Board of the $100 million dollar Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Bill Ayers wrote the grant application and picked a guy three years out of Law school and unemployed, Barrack Obama, to hand out that kind of bread to deserving public schools in Chicago.
When it was all said and done, the Annenberg Foundation sent their own team into Chicago to discover the results.
After the dispersal of over One Hundred Million Dollars ended in 2002, they found that there was “no discernible difference in school performance between the Annenberg schools and non Annenberg schools.”
All of this is factually described, footnoted and exposed in the brilliant book by Stanley Kurtz, Harvard PhD.
“Radical in Chief, Barrack Obama and the story of American Socialism”
It’ll make a great movie someday.

@Rave @DINORightMarie You are so right!

Go here and tell Mitt he’s got to fight back:

I hope everyone here understands that the dirty work of the Obama campaign will, as during the last campaign, be done by surrogates, and not by Obama.

Mitt Romney needs to talk about the positive things he can do for our country in the very near future, and show that there is a real theoretical economic basis, along with real experiments in our own economy, that support his plans.

The vetting should be done by the Republican Party and the rest of us. Now, if a reporter should ask Mitt what he thinks about the vetting story du jour, that’s fine. And if a talking head tells a lie, we should expose the lie.

We win, provided we split up the workload, and leave most of the positive messaging to the candidate. The economic background and various explanations about how things ought to work belongs to major supporting Republican, Independent and TEA Party politicians. Vetting is ours, with the goal of forcing the story on the prejudiced media.

Not to mention the dinner party for Obama’s PLO buddy, Rashid Khalid, of which the videotape is locked up in an LA Times security vault somewhere.

TrooperJohnSmith | July 16, 2012 at 6:22 pm

DNC Flow Chart

Obama’s past associations = racism

Romney’s whole life = relevant, vital and topical

“one of the things you learn is you’re ultimately responsible for the conduct of your operations.”


Obviously, the effort to tag Romney with leaving Bain in 2002 instead of 1999 is to further accuse him of outsourcing jobs. Why are we accepting that premise? According to the smackdown of the WaPo article, all of the companies that were identified ALREADY had overseas operations when Bain took them over BECAUSE they had clients/customers in the countries where they had foreign operations. Besides, I’d love to know what BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagon think of this line when they are doing the exact same thing- building cars in the United States because they have customers in the US. Does the Obama/Democrat argument boil down to a conviction that US companies should never grow so large as to ever have foreign customers? As for the real issue of offshoring jobs, with the highest corporate tax rate, union headaches, minimum wage restrictions and penalties assessed against companies that wish to repatriate their foreign revenues, why wouldn’t a smart corporation seek more favorable business/manufacturing climates overseas?

I have occasionally argued with one particular friend who questions the patriotism of “American” companies that move their manufacturing or headquarters overseas. In my opinion, they were “American” companies as long as the United States remained the best place in the world to do business but, at their core, they are businesses that don’t particularly have a death wish. I dearly wish for them to remain “American” companies, but we have not done much to keep them here.

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Panentheist | July 17, 2012 at 5:41 am

Many of the previous posts have brought up very relevant information that needs to come out during this campaign.

I am an old vet and probably wrong but I do believe the Romney Campaign WILL start using much of this information via Mass Media closer to the election (i.e. late Sept and October). I am currently enjoying watching the Dems (Wasserman, Reid, Big O, and others) digging a deeper hole with their current rhetoric.

I will be very dissappointed if a strong attack, using the above information and more, does NOT come out. But I believe also it would be more effective closer to Nov election date.

theyjustcantstop | July 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm

i’d like you to add to the list of o’bama’s conduct of his operations,during o’bama-care mania,rep.sustak publicly stated o’bama offered him a government job if he would’nt run against spector.
o’bama sent bill clinton to talk to sustak,then clinton stated it was’nt what it looked like,so if sustak sticks to his public statement under oath,the headlines should be.
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!o’bama felon or clinton lied!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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