Obama Rips Republicans While Calling Out Their Lies And Total Denial Of Reality

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“Why are all these Republican politicians so down on America?” President Barack Obama asked during a fundraiser for Senator Patty Murray’s (D-WA) reelection campaign at the Seattle Westin hotel.

Obama said listening to Republicans is really depressing and it doesn’t match up with the truth. After listing a lot of positive changes including cutting our deficits by 2/3s, Obama proceeded to bust Republicans on their denial of reality. Saying of the Bush years, “To hear them tell it, those were the good old days. The golden years.” The President grinned as the audience laughed. “And then me and Patty, we messed it up.”

The audience went wild as that line settled in.

This is a must-watch if you like watching President Obama bust Republicans:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smlJPRIeIUU

“Which makes you wonder– why are all these Republican politicians so down on America?”

“I mean, I know it’s political season, but listening to them is really depressing. And it kind of doesn’t match up with the truth. In the reality that they create, everything was terrific in 2008 — in the middle of the worst recession in our lifetimes,” Obama said. The President reminded everyone of the reality, “Unemployment, uninsured rates going up; we were in two wars, hopelessly addicted to foreign oil, bin Laden still at large. To hear them tell it, those were the good old days. The golden years. And then me and Patty, we messed it up.”

The President acknowledged that people are still struggling, “But this is important because folks are — look, folks are struggling in communities around the country sometimes; they are trying to figure out how they can see their wages go up, and they’re still struggling to afford a college education. So there are reasons why people want to see more improvement.”

But then brought it back to the historical reality, “But they don’t remember where we were.”

Obama busted Republicans for trolling despair, “And sometimes they may feel like there’s no hope. And that’s what the other side is counting on — is folks forgetting what happened the last time they were in charge.”

“You’ve got to give them credit for chutzpah,” Obama said. “You’ve got to feel bad for the fact-checkers who just cannot keep up with some of the stuff they say.” (The audience loved this.)

“They’re saying, wait, wait, wait, what he just said about climate change — that’s not true. But before that’s happened, suddenly they’re saying something else about immigration that’s not true. Or they’re saying something about the deficit that’s not true.”

Why are they denying reality? Because, as I write often in these pages, they have nothing else – or as the President put it, “Now, part of the reason that they have to do this is because they keep running on the so many policies that caused so many problems in the first place.”

This is what happens when a party refuses to admit its mistakes and adapt its policies according to historical realities. They are left denying reality and selling lies.

A gander at the list of failed policies Republicans continue to run on, courtesy of the President, “More tax breaks for folks at the very top. Cutting investments in things like education. Repealing the Affordable Care Act and kicking millions off health insurance. Gutting Wall Street reform, risking another crisis by letting the biggest banks run wild. Denying that our planet is getting warmer, and thereby unraveling new rules on power plants to protect the air our kids breathe.”

Yep. Nothing to see here.

And on a sobering note, the President said, “We know we’ve got to do something to prevent the kind of massacres we saw last week, and two months before that and two months before that, — and two months before that…It’s not normal. It is not inevitable. It doesn’t just happen.” This got a passionate round of applause that continued through the next paragraph.

“It is a choice that we make, and it is a choice that we can change,” Obama said, calling out the “politics of fear” used by politicians who refuse to do anything to pass reasonable gun safety laws. “There are ways to protect our children and protect our rights. Don’t pretend that they’re aren’t.”

“And, look, it’s comfortable to just say Washington doesn’t work anymore, everything is dysfunctional, just to turn away. Or to start looking for false prophets who spout things that, under examination, don’t really make any sense, but feed your biases and your fears. But we can’t afford that. We’ve got too much work to do,” Obama said, reminding Democrats that our government is part of us and that all citizens need to be engaged in order to enact change.

The fundraising event drew a crowd of about 1,450 people and raised more than $500,000 for Murray’s campaign according to a pool report.

24 Replies to “Obama Rips Republicans While Calling Out Their Lies And Total Denial Of Reality”

  1. I want to see someone with passion head the DNC. Debbie Wasserman Schultz does not have the fire. It could be a big mistake if she is not replaced in the next couple of months.

  2. The republicans and the ignorant are brilliantly cunning at s!eight of mouth.

    They love to lie and say President Obama hate America when they are the ones who can’t find a single positive thing to say about America and collectively, consistently insist the sky is in a perpetual state of free fall.

  3. Oh definitely! The Bush Years were the “Good Old Days”! Enron and 9/ll and the War on Iraq. Super nice for civilians everywhere, even America!

  4. Chris Hayes last night basically told that horrible man Grayson that he was A) a liar B) delusional C) insane.

    I think he is all three.

    Larry Sabado (and many others) has called him the Akin of the Dems because the Republicans are paying for him to run against DeSantis their man.

    Patrick Murphy all the way for Florida Senate. I have his pamphlets and hand them out and the dem clubs are behind him.

  5. Since 2009, 95% of the US created wealth of $31 trillion went to the 1%, which has increased poverty to well over 222 million, 22% of our children or 31 million now live in poverty, and 7.4 million in extreme poverty living on less than $2.00 a day. And worse yet homelessness doubled since 2008 to over 1.36 million children. It is unconstitutional and illegal for elected officials to give away trillions to the rich, corporations, and bankers prior to serving the needs of the people and the children.
    Links:
    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Poverty is easily eradicated. The Basic Affordability of Basic Income http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-santens/the-economist-just-came-o_b_7447312.html
    222 million US citizens living in poverty. http://daviddegraw.org/peak-inequality-the-01-and-the-impoverishment-of-society/
    Time for The Nuclear Option: Raining Money On Main Street https://www.popularresistance.org/time-for-the-nuclear-option-raining-money-on-main-street/

  6. brodie – what are you talking about?

    Tim Kaine, Howard Dean, Terry McAuliff, Joe Andrew, Ed Rendell, etc. It is not a cheerleading position. It is a management position dealing mostly with fundraising and rules committees. Very boring stuff, actually.

    There is nothing wrong with her or with the DNC. I have no idea where this idea started but it didn’t start with Dems.

    The debate bullchit and attacking the party, mostly O’Malley – FCS, stiring up absolute lies and garbage and threats towards the DNC.

    The days off the campaign trail for the candidates add up. Three days times 6 debates is 18 days off the road in prep for each person. During 08 it was equal to 140 candidate days when they weren’t out with voters.

  7. And of course, the DNC must remain neutral until the General.

    As soon as there is a presumed nominee they will be active and after Philly they will be all out and gung ho, as always.

  8. Sarah Jones please correct the grammatical error, “Don’t pretend that they’re aren’t.” That should be, “Don’t pretend that there aren’t.”

  9. I have been on this planet since 1938. Since I know a little history and economics, this is how would rank the presidents of my lifetime, “worst first”:
    1 St. Ronnie – Demonized not Canonized
    2 The Shrub – St. Ronnie reincarnated
    3 Tricky Dicky – Paranoia personified
    4. Pappy Bush – Faithful companion to St. Ronnie
    5. JFK – Too much sabre rattling
    6. Gerry Ford – Caretaker only but did fairly good job
    7. Jimmy Carter – Inherited Tricky’s and Kissinger’s inflation
    8 Ike – Only because he kept taxes high on the rich
    9. Slick Willie – Signed away Glass-Steagall
    10. Barrie Baby – Doing good job in spite of GOP/TP
    11. LBJ – Should have canned JFK war hawks
    12. FDR – Biggest mistake was less spending in 37 and 38.
    13. HST – We lucked out with “Give them hell Harry”

  10. Second Try. First didn’t post.

    I have been on this planet since 1938. Since I know a little history and economics, this is how would rank the presidents of my lifetime, “worst listed first”:
    1 St. Ronnie – Demonized not Canonized
    2 The Shrub – St. Ronnie reincarnated
    3 Tricky Dicky – Paranoia personified
    4. Pappy Bush – Faithful companion to St. Ronnie
    5. JFK – Too much sabre rattling
    6. Gerry Ford – Caretaker only but did fairly good job
    7. Jimmy Carter – Inherited Tricky’s and Kissinger’s inflation
    8 Ike – Only because he kept taxes high on the rich
    9. Slick Willie – Signed away Glass-Steagall
    10. Barrie Baby – Doing good job in spite of GOP/TP
    11. LBJ – Should have canned JFK war hawks
    12. FDR – Biggest mistake was less spending in 37 and 38.
    13. HST – We lucked out with “Give them hell Harry”

  11. My disappointment with Wasserman Schultz comes from her vote against the Iran agreement. My own Senator Schumer voted against it and I am displeased with him as well. He should not be made leader of Democrats in the Senate.

  12. I love this President. He is so cool and so rational and so intelligent. He has done an amazing job in office despite the obstructions put up by the GOPers. Patty Murray will win without his help but it’s always good to see President Obama take on the Republicans in his calm and bemused way. I’m sure it makes them crazy and that’s a good thing.

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