Obama Minus Teleprompter: Making Joe Biden Sound Good


We’ve all seen it before: Take away Barack Obama’s teleprompter and it’s not long before Joe Biden starts sounding pretty impressive as a public speaker. 

Another such moment occurred earlier this week at a town meeting in Nashua, NH. But the real story is not so much in what he said, but the supreme irony of how POTUS managed to stuff so many feet into his mouth at once. 

Supreme Irony 

Obama was trying to convince those in attendance that in tough economic times, it’s important to cut back on wasteful spending.  As he spoke those words, I couldn’t help but wonder how many in the crowd appreciated the supreme irony and utter hubris: the American taxpayers, backbone of the United States (and source of all money being wasted by the federal government) were being lectured about wasteful spending by the man: 

  • Who just submitted a federal budget that is the highest in history – at a time when America can least afford increases in government spending
  • Who signed the most pork-filled and irresponsible stimulus package legislation without even bothering to read it — or allow us, the taxpayers, time to read it  — before  he signed it
  • Who is bound and determined to pass an equally mysterious health care reform bill that will, in all likelihood, put the final nail into the coffin of our economy (while killing what has been the world’s premiere medical system including research for breakthroughs in numerous diseases)

The hubris was staggering… but wait! 

As embarrassingly bad as that was, it was about to get a lot worse. Obama stopped just long enough to switch feet in his mouth. 

In an attempt to explain the need for fiscal conservatism (something that Obama clearly knows nothing about), he decided to forgo TOTUS and test the waters of Ad-lib Bay… only to get sucked out to sea by the undertow of Stubris as he pontificated: 

“When times are tough, you tighten your belts,” said Obama . “You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.” 

The president’s comments come nearly a year after he criticized companies that received federal money for taking corporate junkets to Las Vegas. His comment back then: 

“You can’t go take that trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on taxpayers’ dime.” 

Keep those words in mind for a moment. We’ll get right back to them. 

Las Vegas business leaders said Nevada tourism suffered last year in part because companies canceled trips to Las Vegas in the wake of the president’s comments. The sting had only started to fade, but Las Vegas continues to suffer more than most cities in this recession. 

Let The Bashing Begin 

The backlash from Harry Reid’s state was instantaneous. From the AP

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said during a hastily called news conference that Obama is no friend to Las Vegas and would not be welcomed here if he visits. 

“I’ll do everything I can to give him the boot,” Goodman said. “This president is a real slow learner.”… 

Nevada’s tourism has been hit hard during the past two years as consumers everywhere tighten leisure spending and companies spend less on meetings and conventions. 

Reid, one of Obama’s closest allies, issued a statement headlined “Reid to Obama: ‘Lay off Las Vegas”‘ and was unusually blunt in his reaction. 

“The President needs to lay off Las Vegas and stop making it the poster child for where people shouldn’t be spending their money,” Reid said. “I would much rather tourists and business travelers spend their money in Las Vegas than spend it overseas.” 

Perhaps… just perhaps… if we could all take a step back and look at the big picture, we could see that this is also what Obama is doing to the entire United States economy… not just Las Vegas. It is unfortunate that the city was singled out, but Obama’s words and actions since taking office are doing to the US economy what his latest hoof-in-mouth disease incident has done directly to Vegas for a second time. 

In response to the all the outrage, Obama dutifully dashed off a letter of pseudo-apology to Harry Reid: 

Click to read President's Apology

From Stubris back to Hubris 

Nowhere in this letter will you find an actual apology,  for to do so would be an acknowledgement of having made a mistake. And Obama still believes he is never wrong. 

And back to Stubris Once More 

What he should be doing is writing a much longer apology to the citizens of the United States for the way he is trashing what is left of our economy with his reckless spending. But the chances of that are… well, you don’t need the boys in Vegas to give you the odds on that. 

Read the President’s letter and he implies he’s looking forward to his “next visit to Las Vegas in about two weeks.  Wanna bet he  takes that trip to Las Vegas or goes down to the Super Bowl on taxpayers’ dime?” 

After this latest verbal gaffe-cum-teaching opportunity, you just know that somewhere Dan Quayle and Joe Biden are having a toast, shouting out, “We’re finally off the hook!” 

Gerry Ashley


3 Responses to Obama Minus Teleprompter: Making Joe Biden Sound Good

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  2. Adele Ebbing says:

    The GOP which professes to be a “big tent” party despite apparently contrary evidence is seeking to co-opt the tea party for its own political reward. You observe Michael Steele’s comment that (paraphrase) “we have to operate together to defeat Obama’s agenda.” Where are the proactive statements? How do you scale down the deficit by cutting taxes? How do you fix the health care issue? While I am very outraged at dems in congress and, to a certain extent Obama and his advisors, for not being more aggressive in getting the facts out, I also think that while the repubs have won momentum by broad resistance the tide is about to turn. You have to further ideas supported by empiric data that are good for the land

    • Gerry Ashley says:

      Hi Adele,
      Thank you for your comments. Let me see if I can address them for you. First, I have to mention a couple of key items for you that will, hopefully, add some additional perspective:

      1.) I am not a Republican. I left the party when they left me. I am registered as an Independant, however, I nearly always VOTE Republican. While that might sound like a cop-out to some, it’s a matter of principal with me. I simply do not believe the Republican party is, at this point, what it was meant to be. I could return to those principles. and I would be glad to help. But until such time as the party acknowledges its’ straying and returns to where it should be, I wish to officially withdraw my endorsement.

      2.) You ask where are the proactive statements? If you read Grand Rants on a more regular basis, you will find we both criticize and make suggestions where BOTH the Democrats & Republicans are concerned. We’ve been critical about George Bush on issues where he deserved criticism. It’s just that the Obama administration has been so rife with hacks and radicals, it’s hard to know where to begin. In point of fact, it may be safer for the country to monitor his every move and make sure he knows he’s being watched.

      As for your other questions:

      1.) “How do you scale down the deficit by cutting taxes?”

      My response: Cutting taxes is not an action taken to directly impact the deficit, so if you limit your question on those terms you’re bound to come up empty.

      What cutting taxes does INDIRECTLY however is enormously helpful to the ECONOMY which, in turn, reduced the need for borrowing. For example: We’re in the middle of a long-term recession. Yet, if we lower taxes, companies can expand and hire more people. Also, if you reduce the income tax, there’s more money for us to put out into the economy by purchasing more everyday necessities. People can afford to buy more products and that, in turn helps the economy. WHen the economy is healthy, we don’t need to borrow from China or whomever we turn to.
      By the way, this plan worked wonders during the Reagan Administration.

      2.)”How do you fix the health care issue?”

      First of all, a couple of facts:
      a.) NOWHERE in the Constitution does it stipulate that we have a RIGHT to healthcare. That said, we ALL have the right to work, and save our money to buy into a health care plan. Most larger businesses have health insurace packages. Veterans have their local VA clinic. But if people choose to NOT buy a health insurance policy, shame on them when the time comes and they become a burden to the rest of us taxpayers.

      Currently, Hospitals are NOT allowed to refuse treatment for the sick and injured eho have no insurance.

      But it’s NOT just a matter of how do we fix health care. It’s WHEN. The cost to implement such a program is going to be collossal. We don’t have the money for it right now and we are teetering so close to financial armaggeddon at this moment that to try to undertake such a monstrous expense would be economic suicide. The mainstream media and the Obama administration are only NOW discovering this. Grand Rants has been SHOUTING this for over a year. The numbers just don’t add up to anything but fiscal end-of-days.

      So I guess that in the end, the answer to your question is this: Health care reform as YOU want it, is simply not affordable at this point in time.

      And if you want a proactive statement on that, please read the following articles that have been posted on Grand Rants:

      1.) https://grandrants.wordpress.com/2008/11/08/the-economy-obama-and-the-facts-no-one-dares-to-tell-you/

      2.) https://grandrants.wordpress.com/2009/11/21/societe-generale-and-global-collapse/

      3.) https://grandrants.wordpress.com/2009/07/01/financial-speech-for-the-ages-uh-oh/

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