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My wife repeatedly promises to stop cursing at the television.

Completely unrelated to that, we didn’t watch the Obama press conference today.

Via Common Cents, you can watch it for me:

Mark Levin apparently watched it.  Protein Wisdom has the transcript of Levin’s comments.  Here’s the video:

Related: Mark Levin is right: Obama is an imperial president.


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“My wife repeatedly promises to stop cursing at the television.”

DO NOT hold her to that, Prof.

She needs to have an outlet. Think of her rumblings like the jiggling of those little weight things on our old pressure-cooker.

I didn’t watch the doofus, either. Four tubes here, don’t watch any of ’em.

Spend most of the day, working at nufin’ and when Three Jimmy’s opens. (itsa’ tav..umm restaura..ok ok..BAR! (but it do gots food)

Reason? The Mrs, is doing a fine job. She has a friend on the interwebby’s 🙂

Mark spoke for me. I truly felt like I had been teleported to Venezuela as I watched this.

I didn’t fall for the offer, Professor. My wife and I absolutely cannot bear watching Obama and so we never do. Mostly, I think, we object to his lying which comes as naturally to him as breathing. We feel insulted by his prevarications and his constant habit of speaking in language appropriate to 6th graders without appropriate nuance or cautions. In a way, Bush was similar as he was plain-spoken, but I did not believe that every word he spoke was a lie. Lying did not come naturally to him. Clinton was more difficult: he mixed enough truth in his BS as to make it interesting and worthy of dissection.

This is just the pre-inauguration.

Bam Bam will go full totalitarian after the inauguration.

Thanks low-information parasites!

2nd Ammendment Mother | January 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm

We’ve got a mute rule in the office for Obama pressers/speeches….. it’s saved us a great deal of cash on purchasing new monitors. Outside of the pandering and lying, my personal objection is that he is such a poor public speaker. It’s just too painful to watch most days.

    I cancelled the satellite TV 10 years ago, refuse to get cable and don’t watch broadcast television. The only time I have to hear his petulant whining is if I choose to listen. Other than the debates, I haven’t voluntarily heard him speak in the last 3 years.

    It definitely increases our quality of life.

you can watch it for me

No, thanks. I just ate.

We wouldn’t be in this position if:
1- supposedly grown men and women in the media did so willingly have relegated themselves to the job of wiping the boy-president’s bottom when he soils himself; or
2- a supposedly grown man currently cowering in fear, drinking himself numb, wasn’t re-elected by the opposition party as a Squeaker of the House.

We CAN change number 2.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to | January 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Fine – as you seem to be a devoted Boehnor pursuant., I shall ask you a troubling question on the Speakers ‘s role.

    Just when & why did that position become the leader of the HOuse of Reps with the power to negotiate independently with the President?

    I know a few governing systems around but that is a first. he Speaker is usually just that – one who controls the business of voting not to be THe vote.


      Thank you for the softball. I shall appropriately smack it out of the park.

      A party’s Whip (GOP: Eric Cantor; Democrat: Steny Hoyer) does the vote-getting. The House Speaker is, well — even
      Wikipedia knows what I’m talking about:

      The speaker is second in the United States presidential line of succession, after the Vice President and ahead of the President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate.[2] Unlike some Westminster system parliaments, in which the office of speaker is considered non-partisan, in the United States the speakership of the House is a leadership position in the majority party and the office-holder actively works to set that party’s legislative agenda; the office is therefore endowed with considerable political power. The Speaker does not usually personally preside over debates, instead delegating the duty to freshman members of the House from the majority party.

      Aside from duties relating to heading the House and the majority political party, the Speaker also performs administrative and procedural functions, and represents his or her congressional district.

        BannedbytheGuardian in reply to | January 15, 2013 at 2:54 am

        I still don’t like the negotiation thing. Our guy just sits with a hammer & refs the arguing & gets to warn & then eject. He can suspend MPs & declare lunch.

Perhaps some progress:

GOP congressman (Rep. Steve Stockman) threatens impeachment if Obama uses executive action for gun control:

Obama knows he would have lost the election against competent opposition—and he knows he won. Vae victis.

He goes on TV and talks trash. Conservatives/Republicans, portrayed to the public by the MSM as crazy, go berserk and put the focus on Obama instead of their own deficiencies.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Why should Obama change what works for him?

    gs in reply to gs. | January 14, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Oh, and conservative “thought leaders” in the MSM know they’ll lose viewers, listeners, and readers if they express the uncomfortable truths which are prerequisites to our becoming nationally competitive again. So they’re happy to compete with each other in out-criticizing Obama, while the nation’s political center continues to drift left.

      gs in reply to gs. | January 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      In other words, maybe the worm has turned: maybe, in its present form, conservative success at talk radio has begun to work against us.

      It’s said that Ruper Murdoch came to America and noticed an under-served niche market: half the country. Maybe there’s an open role today awaiting somebody like a conservative Alan Alda.

    Why? Push-back. It makes for great change.

    Look what push-back did for the 2010 mid term elections.

    Now, look what pull-back did for the 2012 elections.

      Afaic the 2010 elections were due to the Tea Party grassroots and to administration mistakes, not to GOP counterplay.

      Now the Tea Party is having difficulty, not entirely of its own making, playing coalition politics. Hopefully just a learning phase.

      As for pushing back, Congressional Republicans don’t have much credibility with the voters. I won’t be shocked to see Republicans lose the House; I won’t be shocked if Boehner follows Tom Foley as a Speaker defeated for reelection; but Boehner is between a rock and a hard place.

      Newt speaks:

      And– and I think this is– this is much more than Mitt Romney. We didn’t blow it because of Mitt Romney. We blew it because of a party which has refused to engage the reality of American life and refused to take– to think through what the average American needs for a better future.

      But it’s so much easier to demonize Romney or Boehner or whomever than to heed Newt.

        I beg to differ. It’s easy to ‘demonize’ Romney and Boehner (insofar as their culpability for losing the election):
        1-Romney campaigned with one hand behind his back for whatever stupid reason he thought that was proper; and
        2-Squeaker Boehner DID NOT CAMPAIGN FOR ROMNEY — NOT EVEN FOR A MINUTE. He didn’t even respond to Obama’s recent attack on the GOP — except to release a letter!

        Come on — what are you thinking?

    Ragspierre in reply to gs. | January 14, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Even when it doesn’t work for him, he can’t change.

    He is the poor, pathological child he was raised to be.

Obama must be watching the Tudors. He thinks he is Henry VIII.

“Watch it for me”


nordic_prince | January 14, 2013 at 7:54 pm

I can’t stomach listening to the Liar-in-Chief. When the evening news ran the clips of his so-called press conference, I told the kids to switch the TV to the rerun channel. It’s better for them, and for my sanity, to watch old episodes of The Rifleman than listen to that two-bit, lying dictator wanna-be.

Henry Hawkins | January 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm

There is little point in listening to an Obama speech or presser – every one of us knows what he’s going to say before he says it. With only minor differences in details, it’s always demagoguery, blame-casting, deflections, and outright lies.

Anyone know what’s up with Dan Riehl? His blog is dark…

    There’s a duplicate message below where I forgot to hit the reply button. I believe Dan Rhiel is seriously ill. Saw something on Instapundit some time back. I am not a follower but have obviously heard of him.

    He had respiratory failure in late 2012, but I saw where he is on Twitter in 2013 so he must have recovered. He had respiratory failure and at one point early on the odds of recovery were 50-50.

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to gasper. | January 15, 2013 at 3:04 am

      Well if you went by Smitty it sounded like a suicide attempt. but maybe that’s just Gonzo,Style Hospital Visiting.

      Rather dark.

I can relate to your wife’s plight. There are few shows, fictional and journalistic, which do not inspire contempt for lies of commission, omission, and simple deception. Not even the common weather report can be presented without distortion with the intent to manipulate perception. This is indeed interesting times for individuals with a conscience.

I’m not even sorry.
I will not watch Obama drivel on for you.
You are on your own.

Thanks but I already have a stomach virus and barf time is over and I don’t want it to return in any form.

I believe he is seriously ill. Saw something on Instapundit some time back. I am not a follower but had obviously heard of him.

Low Information Bozos == LIBerals.

Barack Obama is like a petulant child, with a low threshold for bratty behavior when he doesn’t immediately get his way.

His idea of budgeting is similar to that of a teen-ager who is given a credit card that mommy pays every month for him.

He is exhibit A for the truth that when small men cast big shadows that means the sun is about to set.

He is so over-matched by the office he needs a ladder to get into the chair behind his desk.

Even worse, the dysfunctioning electorate who would choose such an ill-qualified and poorly equipped man to lead us is reason enough to question the future of our nation. Either disenfranchise the ignorant and clueless or prepare for a Mad Max style battle for personal survival as our government lurches from one near-wipeout to another like a drunk in an 18 wheeler.

This is why we need guns.
Thanks for the blog of the day designation, professor.

average josephine | January 15, 2013 at 1:18 am

When Obama used the word “hostage”, I got a cold feeling in my stomach.

When I saw the O’Connell/Boehner replies accusing Obama of “unseriousness”, I felt ill.

You know what, Mr. O’Connell and Mr. Boehner? It is fundamentally unserious to respond to the word “hostage” with the word “unserious”. That’s like…

bringing a Slurpee to a knife fight.

Take the word “hostage” away from Obama. Use the word “hostage” against Obama. Obama held the middle class tax cuts hostage to tax rises on the rich. Now he’s going to try to hold Social Security checks hostage to a debt ceiling rise.

    No one with any understanding of how to get a message out uses “unserious” as a word as Boehner did. It is one of those terms that slows down enthusiasm and sucks from the room any hope of getting a point across.

    Accuse your opponent of mocking the American people, remind he who claims that the people agree with him that the people also elected a Republican controlled House that doesn’t agree with him. Get in his face….but please no such terms as “unserious.” Boehner might as well have suggested that Obama’s rhetoric was “not optimal.” It means nothing and is a rhetorical placeholder, waiting for something substantive to come along and fill in the blank.

    It is ever so disturbing that the GOP raises to the level of leadership those whose qualification is knowing how to work the club rules to be appointed grand poobah. The GOP is more a club than a political party nationally.

    I would think that defeating someone who appoints Joe “Abby Normal” Biden as head of his gun control brain trust would be possible. Apparently not.

We have a sleep walker in McConnell. But we have an idiot in Boehner — truly.

Umm, say Professor WJ, something tells me that your lovely other half, has just arrived on the national stage.

Posted at 11:22 pm

My wife repeatedly promises to stop cursing at the television.”

First The Governorship-Then The White House

Great bumper sticker, eh?

OH, will you head her campaigns? 🙂

G. de La Hoya | January 15, 2013 at 7:28 am

Have been without a TV since 1996. Stresses of life are easier to handle without worrying about all the heart-string-tugging stories of the MSM. On the upside, they always ended their ‘People’ magazine style newscast with an uplifting story like the 3 legged and blind dog that walked back home 15,000 miles to give little Timmy a blood transfusion.

On a serious note, each and every one of the elected Republicans needs to individually call press conferences to announce something “big”. Retirement? Indiscretions? No, the President, his administration, the Democratic Party, and the MSM need to be satirically mocked for the words they use and for their actions. Republicans must refuse to answer questions from the press and if they answer, only answer in a mocking fashion with prepared notes. Is this below adults? Yes, but I believe it will make a point to uninformed voters that need this type of ‘Tina Fey’ style education. Use and abuse the MSM, that is what they are there for.

I knew the end was nigh when my husband began swearing at the tv after the election. THAT’S usually my thing. Not my husband who had little interest in politics up until this last election. What I can’t stand about listening to an Obama presser isn’t so much the lying, but the way he gives such rambling answers without saying much of anything. He routinely ignores the actual question and reporters seldom follow up to force him into answering the question they put forth. They’re punks that way and I have a burning hatred for most of these court jesters.

Dr. J I avoid that problem by hittng the mute and flipping the channel whenever I see the Imperial President show up. I can read about it elswehere and get a better context by following online.

The internet is a gift.

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We just turn to another station or view a TV program off the internet when Obama speaks. It’s really that bad. Even when I hear 30 second snippets, virtually every time he is either outright lying, blame shifting via projection or demonizing someone in his signature condescending self moralizing fashion. Virtually every assertion this man makes is exactly the opposite of reality. Obama is either lying or hopelessly out of touch with reality.

There are few people I find more loathsome than someone who is self righteously moralizing and Obama exhibits the worst kind – faux self righteousness. A righteousness with no moral underpinning or compass other than the sophist expediency of the moment. Even in his own liberalism he is a hypocrite as said by none other than Noam Chomsky.