Fox News Finds Hidden Messages in Obama’s Iraq Speech


On Fox and Friends this morning the panel claimed that President Obama’s Iraq speech contained hidden messages about a second stimulus and cap and trade, and that using the term “middle class” was a buzz word. Eric Bolling said, “We must jump start industries, sounds to me like stimulus, and end our dependence on foreign oil, sounds to me like cap and trade.”

Here is the video from Media Matters:


Brian Kilmeade started the paranoia out by asking, “Why would you bring up the economy when you are talking about ending a war? Because he wanted to draw it all together and talk about how we can maybe focus more at home, and many have theorized and who can argue that this president prefers to look at the domestic agenda, that he looks at the two wars we are in, foreign policy challenges as distraction to get his eye off the ball, and this helps us get his eye on the ball, and also focused more at home, and if you read the Sunday New York Times where they did an extensive look at the president’s relationship with the military, you know that he has basically given Secretary Gates carte blanche to represent him in many areas, lead him on many policies. For example, he has been to the Pentagon just one time during this time. He’s made really very little effort it appears to bond personally with his commanders. Many of which might explain why someone like General Conway Commandant of the Marine Corps, would speak out and say, oh by the way, you the president putting a timeline of Afghanistan, you know, our withdrawal has helped theTaliban to the point where we have intercepted some of their communications where they say, we’re just going to wait the Americans out.”

Eric Bolling talked about the secret messages in the Obama Iraq speech, “Real quick, I was listening to it. I was waiting for talking points, I guess the talking points for me that really jumped out, fourteen minutes after the hour when he says we must jump start industries, sounds to me like stimulus, and end our dependence on foreign oil, sounds to me like cap and trade, very, very scary because it looks like he is setting the agenda, going forward I guess into November, and then plowing on towards 2012 watch for those two to jump out. Gretchen Carlson then claimed that the term middle class is a buzz word, “He also said middle class several times, which to me was a buzz word for people who were watching that speech.”

In a whole twenty minute address about Iraq, the Fox and Friends crew seized on the one paragraph of Obama’s speech that was not about Iraq, “Our most urgent task is to restore our economy, and put the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs back to work. To strengthen our middle class, we must give all our children the education they deserve, and all our workers the skills that they need to compete in a global economy. We must jump start industries that create jobs, and end our dependence on foreign oil. We must unleash the innovation that allows new products to roll off our assembly lines, and nurture the ideas that spring from our entrepreneurs. This will be difficult. But in the days to come, it must be our central mission as a people, and my central responsibility as President.”

What Fox News left out was the statement that followed it, “Part of that responsibility is making sure that we honor our commitments to those who have served our country with such valor. As long as I am President, we will maintain the finest fighting force that the world has ever known, and do whatever it takes to serve our veterans as well as they have served us. This is a sacred trust.” Obama was talking about our responsibility to provide our returning veterans with an opportunity to have a good life by getting the economy going.”

There were no references to stimulus packages or cap and trade. This was simply an attempt to distort facts to audience which for the most part probably didn’t bother to watch the speech. The hidden messages that Bolling was pushing was nothing more than an attempt to spread fear made obvious by him coming out and telling viewers that this was, “very, very scary.” Could a fear campaign be more bluntly labeled? By the way, someone needs to tell Gretchen Carlson that if middle class is a buzz word, Republicans better stop using it to push for everything from corporate tax cuts to the privatization of Social Security.

Brian Kilmeade really tried to do a hatchet job on Obama as weak on foreign policy, but his portrayal of George W. Bush as hanging out at the Pentagon was completely false. Bush had nothing to do with the Pentagon unless it was related to 9/11. He visited the Pentagon on September 17, 2001, and he dedicated the Pentagon’s 9/11 memorial on September 11, 2008. It is rare for presidents to go to the Pentagon. The president doesn’t go to the Pentagon. The Pentagon comes to their Commander in Chief. Apparently Kilmeade has forgotten about how George W. Bush frequently claimed that he leaned on his commanders and trusted David Petraeus.

There isn’t a better barometer of how well done Obama’s speech was than the fact that Fox News can’t think of anything in the Iraq speech to criticize the President for, so they are reduced to spreading fear about his domestic agenda. There were no secret messages in Obama’s speech, but there was one loud and clear overt one. As Commander in Chief, Barack Obama ended combat operations in Iraq. This is another major success for Obama that not even the propaganda machine of Fox News can spin into failure.

20 Replies to “Fox News Finds Hidden Messages in Obama’s Iraq Speech”

  1. He cleaned up their mess and they don’t have the character or the grace or the courage to own up to it, let alone acknowledge it.

    Pretending to find hidden messages in an address to the nation? These people are whacked out on their own failure and now they’ve jumped the shark of sanity. So pathetic.

  2. I would add that they are desperately trying to find hidden message in Obama’s speech. I don’t think they are just pretending. They are hoping beyond hope that those messages are there, or else they may have to admit to themselves, but never to the audience, that Barack Obama is not the devil.

  3. Hidden messages and agenda in President Obama’s speech are NEWS? Oh wait, we’re talking FAUX “news.” I get it now!

  4. What is it going to take to shut down Faux news once and for all?

    Jason, I really enjoy all of your posts and agree with you 100 percent of the time.

  5. Thanks Janet, that is very kind of you to say. My opinion is that the goal should not be to shut down Fox. They do have a right to express their opinions, but perhaps we should look at debunking the notion that Fox News is a news organization in any way, shape, or form. They should be treated like a Republican entertainment network, not a legitimate source for information.

    Thank you for reading us.

  6. Kilmeade isnt aware that they have telephones in Washington.
    The real hidden message in his speech was telling Iran to attack Israel and alaska every time he said cap n trade cap n trade.

    Kilmeade is to reality what doocey is to honesty. a big zero

  7. Great post, Jason.

    FOX’s level of analysis can be summed up nicely by the following:

    Eric Bolling: “I was waiting for talking points.”

    Of course you were, Eric, because that’s all FOX News viewers understand.

    Must be frustrating and bewildering to the FOX “analysts” that PO is not much given to spouting “talking points,” but actually has intelligent, well-differentiated statements about the issue at hand.

    Talking points are for the likes of squawking jackdaws like Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, and their functionally illiterate viewers.

  8. The big difference I see between F’d News and the so-called “liberal media” (most often MSNBC) is the level of fact checking and accountability. On Fox, opinion becomes fact and is repeated numerous times. If the opinion-becomes-fact is discredited, the repetition stops, but there is VERY rarely a retraction and almost never an apology. I have seen many such retractions by Maddow and Olbermann, often accompanied by a very contrite regret for the error. If enough people voice their fear of an invasion from Mars, some media outlets will eventually report this, even though proof of a space program by Martians is currently lacking.

  9. Wait Wait Wait just a darn moment.
    What in the world is wrong with you LEFTIES do you really reside here in America? Do you not see the federal government just continuing to expand and spend our hard earned dollars like drunken sailors? Do you really believe that it is OK, for people who do not work nor have any plans to start working collecting welfare but yet sell and push drugs have a cell phone drive a nice vehicle wear $1000’s of bling. And laugh all the way to the polling places knowing that if they can get their guy elected the Federal government will just give them more and more like free health care and homes. ARE THESE THNGS really OK with you? Do you not believe in America anymore? The country everyone around the world hopes they can make it to because they know this is truly the last bastion of freedom, a place where the sky is the limit. I know and frequently talk with many legal immigrants and they say this country is on the wrong track and are afraid that if we do not change soon it will be as bad as where they came from. NEXT. The only time I ever hear anything about racism comes from your lips not ours. I am so tired of being called racist I work with more Black and Latino Americans then I do with white. Yes I am white. As a matter of fact my office is located in a predominately black area just outside of DC. I only recognize one race and that is HUMAN! Is it wrong for me to want the government to stop the flow of illegal immigrants? These people cause nothing but a burden on our society that is why we have an immigration dept so they can make sure as an immigrant you will contribute to our society not just siphon from it! When your illegal you do not pay taxes but are afforded all of services those of us that do pay taxes. Please tell your radio show hosts to stop spewing such vulgar hatred and hype! This does nothing but drive a wedge between all of us. They always refer to all conservatives when they disagree with what one of them might have said. When I here our conservative radio hosts speak they focus on one person at time. They never just call all liberal progressives, liars, cheats and racist. We understand that you have just been misinformed. Why do you not question what is being told to you by the broadcast networks find out if what they are saying is true? I DO! I never believe anything astonishingly without doing my own research. Don’t just believe everything these people say. STOP BEING DRONES!!!!
    One more thing for you LEFTIES to contemplate THE MOSQUE…Just because you have the right to do something does not mean it is right to do it!!!!! A mosque in the middle of downtown Manhattan “a business district”… how does that make sense???

  10. Sorry, its not a mosque. Its a community center with aprayer room, a Culinary school, a neighborhood swimming pool and offices for rent.

    Great talking points. I can see the swartz is strong with you.

  11. Brian Kilmeade started the paranoia out by asking, “Why would you bring up the economy when you are talking about ending a war?

    …I forgot that these people think that wars don’t cost money.

  12. To be fair, he probably did mean exactly what they say he did, that “jump start industries” = stimulus and “end our dependence on foreign oil” = cap and trade. I mean, Obama has made it fairly clear that those are things he supports if he sees them as necessary. I suppose the “end dependence on oil” part could also be talking about further investing federal money in green jobs as well.

  13. First, there is already a Mosque in downtown Manhattan, two in fact.
    Second, it is the right thing to do, to allow muslims to build we show the rest of world a path to peace and the extreme radical muslims that they cannot scare us no matter how they try. I cannot believe how cowardly the right has become.
    Lastly, your are a complete moron, much like fucknews you have no clue. Please do some research before you comment, at leaste try to know what you are talking about. you rant against those on welfare and the illegals in this country are far from the truth.

  14. Eric Bolling said, “We must jump start industries, sounds to me like stimulus, and end our dependence on foreign oil, sounds to me like cap and trade.”

    Yet if a Republican were to say this line, it would be about helping the middle class and boosting American oil and natural gas production.

  15. Apparently, they are incapable of connecting the dots in order to see that there is no way to rationally discuss the state of the economy without also discussing the wars that are bleeding the country of money as well as lives.

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