Monthly Archives: August 2010

Gretchen Carlson vs. Robert Gibbs (A most Unbelievable Interview)

The entire transcript is loaded, so you can see that Gibbs was inaccurate when he accused Carlson of asking the same question two or three times in a row, which set off his string of sarcastic remarks.

GRETCHEN CARLSON: Welcome back, everyone. Well, tonight is the big night. President Obama expected to announce the formal end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq. How will this change our mission there, and is Iraq stable enough to stand alone on its own. Joining me now, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. Good morning to you, Mr. Gibbs.

ROBERT GIBBS: Good morning, how are you?

CARLSON: I’m doing just fine. So the big question today is, why now? Why not wait until Iraq is a bit more stable. Why tonight?

GIBBS: Well, look, I think Iraq is very stable right now. We have — despite the fact that there is still violence in Iraq, and there certainly will continue to be — as General Ray Odierno told the President in the Situation Room a few weeks ago, it’s among the lowest in measurable violence that we’ve seen in the seven and a half years that American troops have been in Iraq. There’s no doubt that we’re still in the midst of government formation, but the Iraqi security forces provided the security for that election. And I think what’s important today is that as we transition out of our combat role to assisting the Iraqis, the future and the history of Iraq will be written by and be responsible — the Iraqis will be responsible for writing that.

CARLSON: Will President Obama recognize the success of the surge put in place by President Bush tonight?

GIBBS: Well, look — there’s any doubt that first and foremost that the men and women in our uniform and the sacrifices that I think we are all in awe of and the President will laud today both at Fort Bliss when he stops there as well as in his speech. I don’t think there’s any doubt as candidate Obama said that adding 20,000 men and women into Iraq would improve the security situation. I think along with —

CARLSON: Candidate Obama said that? No, wait, excuse me, back in 2007 he said he was against the surge.

GIBBS: No, he said he was against the surge. He said there was no doubt that adding 20,000 men and women would improve the security situation. But as we know, our efforts in Iraq weren’t going to be done simple militarily, Gretchen. There had to be a political accommodation. We had sectarian violence between Sunni, Shia and Kurd and, quite frankly, the Sunni and the Shia and the Kurd had to decide they were going to live and work together for an iraq that met their future needs and not fight each other. I think that’s why we’re at this moment and that’s what the President is going —

CARLSON: So that will be the way in which the President will address his flip-flop on the issue tonight?

GIBBS: Gretchen, I’m happy to spend a lot of time looking back at decisions four years ago or even seven and a half years ago. I think what’s important, while you guys play political games, is the President to laud our men and women and to mark the end of our combat mission.

CARLSON: No political games here. I think a lot of people in the American public are wanting to know what the President will say and how he’ll rectify what he said back in 2007. Let me ask you this-

GIBBS: Let’s just be very clear-

CARLSON: Word on the street is the President is going to call President Bush today. What will he say when he calls President Bush?

GIBBS: Well, I think the President will talk about the situation in Iraq. Thank the President for his service, for his love of country. And I think they’ll have a nice private, quiet conversation about what’s going on in the world.

CARLSON: Will the President, will President Obama credit President Bush tonight in his speech for the success in Iraq?

GIBBS: Again, Gretchen, I think you’ve asked me this question twice and I’ve given you an answer.

CARLSON: No, this is the first time I’ve asked you the question.

GIBBS: Okay, maybe I’m having a hard time counting to three

CARLSON: Will President Obama thank President Bush tonight during his speech for the success of the surge?

GIBBS: No, that’s actually now the fourth time you’ve asked me that question.

CARLSON: Well, you haven’t answered it. Will he credit President Bush tonight for the success of the surge?

GIBBS: That’s number five. Let me give you the same answer I gave you the first time.

CARLSON: In baseball you get three strikes and you’re out. You’ve had five chances to answer the question. Will he credit President Bush tonight?

GIBBS: Gretchen, I don’t know whether this is you actually interviewing me or just a tape of you looping the same question over and over again. There is no doubt and the President will mention that adding men and women into Iraq improved the security situation. There’s no doubt about that. But I think we would all recognize, Gretchen, if you’ll take a moment to understand that we wouldn’t be where we are in Iraq without the political accommodation. We wouldn’t be where we are in Iraq today without the Sunni tribes deciding instead of fighting with al Qaeda, they were going to fight against al Qaeda. There were a whole series of factors that went into marking where we are today.

I have one question for you, Gretchen, do you support the fact that the President is pulling out more than 90,000 troops today and ending our combat mission there?

CARLSON: Well, this is not an interview of Gretchen Carlson. This is an interview with the spokesman of President Obama on one of the most important issues facing the American public today.

GIBBS: That’s my one question for you, and I can even ask it five more times.

CARLSON: Well, that would be very cute, I guess. Let’s go back to why tonight, because you have Michael O’Hanlon, who’s from the Brookings Institute, saying this is not the right time for a victory lap. If I were him — speaking to the President — I would wait until they have a government and do it with Iraqis together. How would you respond to Mr. O’Hanlon on that?

GIBBS: Well, look, Gretchen, I’ve said this before. This is not a victory lap. You’re not going to see any ‘Mission Accomplished’ banners that will be unfurled and you won’t hear the President say the words ‘mission accomplished.’ We understand that violence will still continue. We understand we still have troops there. But it’s important to transition our role out of Iraq and put the Iraqis in control and make sure that the Iraqis are responsible for the decisions that have to govern that country.

That’s also a reason why we’re marking this transition today is we put pressure on the Iraqis to come up with decisions and accommodations that they could live with themselves rather than fighting each other because we told them we weren’t going to be there forever and that at a certain point, we were going to transition out. It’s their responsibility. The Vice President is over there now. I don’t think there’s any doubt that we will very soon have a government in place, the last election it took six months to form a government. This election was certified in June, and I think we’re making progress toward that end.

CARLSON: And undoubtedly, your boss, the President, will thank the troops tonight during his speech as well.

GIBBS: You know, the president will start today, Gretchen, at Fort Bliss which saw some of the heaviest combat fighting at the very beginning of this war and they had troops that were — that have served there continuously. Some have served two, three and four times. You know, Gretchen, whether you agree that we should have gone or not, whether you agree on the certain tactics, I think we can all agree that the men and women of our uniform — the men and women in uniform and those that provide our safety and security and sacrifice and the families that they have that sacrifice so much are a group of people that we are forever indebted to.

CARLSON: All right. Very well said. Robert Gibbs, spokesperson to the President. We will all watch tonight, 8pm Eastern time. Thanks for your time this morning.

GIBBS: Thank you.

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Audio: A Pep Talk From Mark Levin

Audio: A Pep Talk From Mark Levin.

Making Leftists’ Heads Explode II: Martin Luther King’s Niece Addresses Glenn Beck Rally at Lincoln Memorial – Big Journalism

Making Leftists’ Heads Explode II: Martin Luther King’s Niece Addresses Glenn Beck Rally at Lincoln Memorial – Big Journalism.

On Glenn Beck’s Event – 8/28/10

Glenn Beck’s event at the Lincoln Memorial was totally resonating with many, many americans. Estimates of attendees are 300-500,000 and viewers on Facebook approx. 150,000 and double that on C-Span. I don’t have an account on other radio stations that broadcasted it, but I think that altogether we can say viewership was about 1 million.

For anyone who watched I can say that the event was quite inclusive, sincere and remarkable in how peaceful and organized it was.

There is magic on Glenn and one must wander what is it that makes him connect with people. There is no denying that our America is at a crossroads and we are in grave danger of losing our identity because the party in power and followers are on a stubborn transformational journey of social justice and reparations that goes against all of the principles and legacy left by our forefathers.

Glenn Beck’s message was one of EQUAL Justice for all and INDIVIDUAL responsibility and that is why it connects with many americans. It is time to regain our country from the abyss where it highjacked by liberals with a socialist agenda that caused a left turn on our destiny.

For those of you who are against our core values, let me advise you that there is a great re-awakening and everything under our power will be done to change the course of our destiny and get back on track.

For you see, we are very patient because we know the greatness of this country, but there comes a point where we will intercede and stop any currents that want to change our country away from our core values.

Liberals, socialists, marxists, that have taken control, we warn you that you will be thoroughly rejected and in a peaceful way, with the power of our vote.

Glenn has taken us on a true journey of the real HOPE and CHANGE that we expected and we never received.

Mr. Obama needs to start focusing on getting another job, because come Nov. 2012 he will be fired. And his political life will be totally miserable come Nov. 2010 when he will lose control of Congress.

Mr. Obama needs to learn a lesson that social justice and black liberation theology DOES NOT work in this country. This is nothing more than a perversion of our values and indeed it was not the message that Martin Luther King spoke so valiantly about.

We are getting back to valuing individual freedoms and responsibilities. For it is the individual who controls their destiny in this country and not the social collectivity as believed by Obama and all his socialist followers. That experiment has failed and we are about to change course.

Let’s prepare for our peaceful revolution through the power of our vote!

(Comment – Washington Post)

YouTube – Restoring Honor Rally see the crowd

Charles Krauthammer – The last refuge of a liberal

The Democrats are going to get beaten badly in November. Not just because the economy is ailing. And not just because Obama over-read his mandate in governing too far left. But because a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites whose undisguised contempt for the great unwashed prevents them from conceding a modicum of serious thought to those who dare oppose them.

Don’t miss this article written by the brilliant Charles Krauthammer – The last refuge of a liberal.

Obama Amnesty is Here | Judicial Watch

The Department of Homeland Security is systematically reviewing thousands of pending immigration cases and moving to dismiss those filed against suspected illegal immigrants who have no serious criminal records, according to several sources familiar with the efforts.

Culling the immigration court system dockets of noncriminals started in earnest in Houston about a month ago and has stunned local immigration attorneys, who have reported coming to court anticipating clients’ deportations only to learn that the government was dismissing their cases.

Read more via Obama Amnesty is Here | Judicial Watch.

Little-known fact: Obama’s failed stimulus program cost more than the Iraq war | Washington Examiner

Little-known fact: Obama’s failed stimulus program cost more than the Iraq war

By: Mark Tapscott

Editorial Page Editor

08/23/10 11:32 AM EDT

Expect to hear a lot about how much the Iraq war cost in the days ahead from Democrats worried about voter wrath against their unprecedented spending excesses.

The meme is simple: The economy is in a shambles because of Bush’s economic policies and his war in Iraq. As American Thinker’s Randall Hoven points out, that’s the message being peddled by lefties as diverse as former Clinton political strategist James Carville, economist Joseph Stiglitz, and The Nation’s Washington editor, Christopher Hayes.

The key point in the mantra is an alleged $3 trillion cost for the war. Well, it was expensive to be sure, in both blood and treasure, but, as Hoven notes, the CBO puts the total cost at $709 billion.

via Little-known fact: Obama’s failed stimulus program cost more than the Iraq war | Washington Examiner.

Bill O’Reilly: Fox News is not lying, the left is just failing | Washington Examiner

Bill O’Reilly: Fox News is not lying, the left is just failing

By: Bill O’Reilly

Examiner Columnist

August 9, 2010

David Letterman is a liberal kind of guy, and like many on the left, old Dave is kind of frustrated these days. A new Gallup poll has President Obama’s job approval rating at just 41 percent, with 53 percent disapproving. Those are the lowest numbers Gallup has posted since Obama was inaugurated more than a year and a half ago.

So Dave is seeking answers to the president’s diminishing popularity, and that kind of conversation usually involves the Fox News Channel, which is considered by the left to be all anti-Obama, all the time. Since I work at FNC, I dispute that perception. But there is no doubt that Fox News is the most skeptical TV news organization when it comes to analyzing the president.

Consider this: If Obama was being worked over the way President Bush was by the establishment media, his job approval rating would probably be in the 20 percent range. Remember the brutal media beating Bush took? Today, the mainstream press is largely neutral or positive on Obama, even as many Americans are having doubts about him.

via Bill O’Reilly: Fox News is not lying, the left is just failing | Washington Examiner.

Obama arouses sleeping nation

Thank you, Barack H. Obama, for awakening this country. You’re the best thing that has ever happened to Americans. Now they understand how liberalism has affected our society and raised political and social activism to levels not seen in this country for generations.

Pushing our national debt to bankruptcy levels, government-controlled health care despite citizen resistance, bailouts and stimulus spending with no results, deplorable long-term unemployment levels and swelling entitlements have infuriated voters.

Your agenda, Mr. President, has revealed the effects of creeping liberalism that have taken over our lives. Immigration laws are ignored, welfare policies encourage dependency, political patronage bailouts, schools aren’t globally competitive, taxes are burdensome and punitive, criminals are pampered, judges ignore the Constitution and lawyers benefit from frivolous lawsuits.

Imagine Black Panthers have intimidated voters without prosecution, and ACORN worked for the census after scandalous behavior of members. A communist became a paid presidential adviser and unions were rewarded by the government takeover of GM while bond holders lost their investment. Terrorists got Miranda rights and free lawyers. Americans were silent and tolerated these outrages. Now they’re fuming.

Americans have reached their limit. They’re getting involved and talking about different priorities to get America back on the right track. Thank you, Barack H. Obama, for your “change” agenda that has aroused a sleeping nation.


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