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On the campaign trail today in Decatur, President Barack Obama continued to dial-up the heat on both critics within his own party and on his Republican rivals. Speaking at an SEIU / Teamster’s rally this afternoon along side James Hoffa. President Obama was unusually animated. He began by attacking naysayers on the left.
“Some say my words the other night addressing the Congressional Black Caucus were ‘curious’,” the President said, referring to Congresswoman Maxine Waters‘ characterization of his speech last Saturday evening. “Well, I’ll say it again, the folks of the CBC, and I don’t limit this to the CBC by any means, but these folks are nothing but a bunch of slipper-wearing sissies.” The President continued to drop his g’s in his address today as he had in his address previously to the CBC. Notably, the President’s “Town Hall” meeting yesterday with Silicon Valley‘s Linked-In organization exhibited none of the g-dropping.
“I just don’t care what those folks have to say about my choice of words,” the President continued. “If I’m too tough well, too bad. This tough love is for their own good and for the good of the Democratic Party. If they think I’m tough, just wait until they get a good look at Rick Perry. His state’s burning to the ground and he doesn’t believe in global warming. He’s executing folks right and left. Folks down there in Texas think he’s lost his mind.”
President Obama then went on to savage the Republican Party, saying, “The GOP has plans to eviscerate you, then tear out your still-beating heart and stomp it into the ground along with your guts. Does this sound ‘curious’ to you? I don’t think folks understand what’s at stake here. Did you see those debates last week? And did you hear that audience cheering for executions and rooting for that poor guy with no insurance to go ahead and die? These guys are scary. I wouldn’t trust any of them. Can you imagine running up on these guys in a dark alley at night?”
“One of them wants to do away with Social Security. Another one wants to do away with the EPA, the Department of Education, and Medicare. Another one wants to eliminate taxes for their wealthy friends. Another one doesn’t care if Iran has a nuclear bomb or not. No other word for it, these guys are either dangerous or just plain nuts.”
The President did not take questions after the address but, Dreadmonger reporters were able to catch up backstage with David Axelrod, senior campaign advisor for the Obama 2012 presidential bid.
Dreadmonger reporters questioned Mr. Axelrod about the tone of the President’s address. Mr. Axelrod replied, “Well, we are doing our utmost to keep the discourse civil but sometimes the President just gets ‘fired up, ready to go!’. We are just starting to get revved up here. I can imagine that, 12 or 13 months from now when we’re in the final stretch, we may see things really start to heat up.”
Dreadmonger will provide updates as they become available.
- Rep Maxine Waters: Obama’s Comments ‘A Bit Curious’ (bilerico.com)
- President Obama Scolds the CBC & Black Community: “Stop Complaining, Stop Grumbling & Stop Crying” (themoderatevoice.com)
- Obama’s Message to Black Leaders: “Stop Complaining” (swampland.time.com)
- It’s Begins. AP Charged with Racism for Accurate Transcription of Obama’s Speech.[ArthurK] (minx.cc)
At the White House Press Briefing today, Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary, took the unusual step of announcing that the White House will endorse Michelle Bachmann as the Republican nominee for President in 2012.
“On the strength of the straw vote in Iowa, coupled with her strong performance at the Iowa State Fair, we think that Ms. Bachmann is clearly the front-runner for the Republican Party. We really like her as the 2012 Republican nominee for President.”
“There is no other candidate,” Carney went on to say, “that has the energy and momentum that we see coming from Ms. Bachmann’s campaign. She has ignited a real spark out there and she has captured the imagination of the voters in Iowa. We see this as carrying through nicely all the way through to the election next year.”
Jake Tapper of ABC News pressed Carney about the viability of Ms. Bachmann as compared to some of the other Republican candidates in the running, notably Mitt Romney and Texas Governer Rick Perry. Carney went on to say, “There’s not much comparison, really. We see those two as virtually unelectable. ‘Individual Mandate’ Romney and ‘George W’ Perry simply don’t have the staying power or gravitas that we see in Ms. Bachmann’s campaign. There’s too much old baggage there. We just don’t see how that would make sense for the Republicans.”
When reporters from Dreadmonger inquired as to the widely reported possibility that Sarah Palin might enter the race, Carney replied, “We think Ms. Palin would compliment Ms. Bachmann well. We see her as a key potential for energizing the ticket. Bachmann / Palin in 2012? Sounds like a powerful combination to us.”
Anonymous sources at the White House told Dreadmonger that senior campaign strategist David Axelrod will meet later today with reporters from the New York Times and MSNBC to further discuss how to best promote Bachmann / Palin for the upcoming 2012 Presidential race and to explore ideas on how they might be able to tie Christine O’Donnell to the ticket.
Dreadmonger will provide updates as the story develops.
- VIDEO: Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll (bbc.co.uk)
- US election 2012: Michele Bachmann snubs Rick Perry at Iowa Republican dinner (telegraph.co.uk)
- Bachmann’s Iowa Triumph (thedailybeast.com)
Debt ceiling talks between President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner broke down today signaling the end of life on planet earth as we now know it. President Obama identified Boehner as the ” anti-Christ” and the Republican party as a whole as “less than human troglodytes”. For his part, Speaker Boehner responded by labeling President Obama “the Lord Voldemort of our time, economically speaking”. Boehner went on to praise the new Harry Potter movie and began to tear up as he reminded reporters once again that he has “every first edition of every Harry Potter book” in his home library.
Asked to comment on the debt ceiling crisis, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi cursed, spat, and sputtered in indignation while making crazy eyes at cell phone cameras around the room.
Meanwhile in the Senate, Minority leader Mitch McConnell continued his game of pinocle with Senate majority leader Harry Reid. Reid mumbled something that reporters could not understand and raised his silver-handled cane in defiance as journalists pressed him for a response.
Unconfirmed rumors circulated within the beltway today that former President Jimmy Carter was being called in to negotiate a truce between the two hostile camps. Reached for comment at his Georgia farm, former President Carter smiled broadly and said that the peanut crop this year was below par but he was confident that next year’s crop would be “a good ‘un”.
- U.S. government talks acrimoniously end to raise federal debt ceiling (theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com)
- Obama, Boehner Agree: Debt Ceiling Will Be Raised (blogs.wsj.com)
- US’s Reid: Obama, Boehner Are Negotiating Debt Ceiling Deal (forexlive.com)