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Wed Mar 7, 2012, 08:29 AM

Obama Drops Ceremonial Pen, Angering GOP



Obama Drops Ceremonial Pen, Angering GOP

* By Humberto Sanchez
* Roll Call Staff
* March 7, 2012, Midnight


Senate Republicans are bristling that the president has cut down on one of his ceremonial duties: signing bills in public.

Most Republicans suspect the dearth of signing ceremonies is an election-year strategy in the mold of President Harry Truman's method of running against a "do-nothing" Congress. To trumpet legislative successes would run counter to the narrative of a hamstrung president, Senate Republicans say.

"I think that's his strategy," Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said, adding that Senate Democratic leaders are helping President Barack Obama by focusing on partisan legislation that they know Republicans won't support.

Coburn called it a "shame" that the White House would take the approach that "'the only way I can win is to make someone else look bad, rather than win on my accomplishments and my leadership.' That is a tragedy."

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http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_105/Obama-Drops-Ceremonial-Pen-Angering-GOP-212927-1.html?pos=htmbtxt

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Reply Obama Drops Ceremonial Pen, Angering GOP (Original post)
babylonsister Mar 2012 OP
billybob537 Mar 2012 #1
Scuba Mar 2012 #2
SwampG8r Mar 2012 #38
Scuba Mar 2012 #39
SwampG8r Mar 2012 #40
caraher Mar 2012 #3
kag Mar 2012 #8
Proud Liberal Dem Mar 2012 #13
tanyev Mar 2012 #4
Renew Deal Mar 2012 #5
Arkansas Granny Mar 2012 #6
Historic NY Mar 2012 #7
Proud Liberal Dem Mar 2012 #14
freshwest Mar 2012 #9
Demeter Mar 2012 #10
Lil Missy Mar 2012 #11
rurallib Mar 2012 #15
VWolf Mar 2012 #26
LynnTTT Mar 2012 #18
Cosmocat Mar 2012 #27
madrchsod Mar 2012 #12
sofa king Mar 2012 #16
leftyohiolib Mar 2012 #17
Skinner Mar 2012 #19
hobbit709 Mar 2012 #20
emulatorloo Mar 2012 #37
yellerpup Mar 2012 #21
Harriety Mar 2012 #22
AlbertCat Mar 2012 #23
krispos42 Mar 2012 #24
malthaussen Mar 2012 #25
a2liberal Mar 2012 #28
liberal N proud Mar 2012 #29
Drunken Irishman Mar 2012 #30
Ishoutandscream2 Mar 2012 #31
and-justice-for-all Mar 2012 #32
DFW Mar 2012 #33
NICO9000 Mar 2012 #34
vercetti2021 Mar 2012 #35
jmowreader Mar 2012 #36
yellowcanine Mar 2012 #41

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 08:40 AM

1. Pass the smelling salts

I've got the vapors!!
Yet another case of pot calling the kettle black.
This is exactly what the House Republicans have been doing for two years.
Thanks for the training.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 08:43 AM

2. I'm waiting for them to come right out with it ....

... and admit that they just can't stand the idea of a black man in the White House.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 09:34 AM

38. i dont know that the idea of a black man in the white house

is as disturbing to them as the fact that he isnt "their kind" of black man
herman cain would have been ok because he knows how to apply the proper amount of coonery to be unthreatening
they object to a well educated well spoken black man who speaks his own mind


for the jury...the term coonery is one popularized by spike lee to define use of sterotyped behaviour by black people to achieve personal gains

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Response to SwampG8r (Reply #38)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 09:40 AM

39. I won't alert on this use of a "c-word", and although I like Spike, it makes me uncomfortable...

My first experience with black Americans was in the US military in 1970. Many could not believe that I came from Coon Valley, Wisconsin, and were offended by the town's name. I could not disagree.

Coon Creek runs right through Coon Valley, and is a prized trout stream, fished by anglers and racoons alike.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #39)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 12:13 AM

40. i appreciate your feelings and

i agree that it is not a "comfortable" term
sadly in this instance it does fit

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 08:45 AM

3. You can be sure that if he were doing a lot of signing ceremonies...

they'd complain that he was grandstanding and hogging credit for Republican legislative leadership.

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Response to caraher (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 08:58 AM

8. Yup. No doubt!

Besides, if you go nothin' to sign...!

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Response to kag (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 09:14 AM

13. Yeah, really

How many things have NOT been filibustered to death in the Senate since last year? Republican "complaints" about President Obama have become so petty it's become little more than background noise to me. Maybe the Republicans should start thinking about actually working with President Obama and the Democrats to pass some things that he might actually sign. They can't just propose a bunch of extremist OTT legislation and then somehow expect the President and Democrats in Congress to just adopt it and, based on their track record, even he were to embrace their ideas, they'd turn against it in a heartbeat anyway.

Actually, you know, maybe.....................

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 08:46 AM

4. Holy crap. Thought for sure this was going to be a satire article.

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Response to tanyev (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 08:54 AM

5. Me too

And Coburn shows that he's irony deficient.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 08:55 AM

6. Oh, FFS! They just have to have something to complain about.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 08:55 AM

7. Coburn must be self medicating.........

Coburn called it a "shame" that the White House would take the approach that "'the only way I can win is to make someone else look bad, rather than win on my accomplishments and my leadership.' That is a tragedy."


Isn't that the GOP game plan....???

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 09:17 AM

14. Yup

That has been the basic GOP strategy proposed by (unofficial) Republican leader Rush Limbaugh and enthusiastically adopted by the rest of the party.



BTW nobody can "make" people look bad who really ARE bad.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 09:05 AM

9. Oh, the poutrage!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 09:09 AM

10. Call the Whaammbulance

and tell them to bring the guys in white coats with the straitjackets.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 09:10 AM

11. Is this the onion?

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Response to Lil Missy (Reply #11)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 09:34 AM

15. same thought I had

Surprised they haven't blamed their shitty pres. candidates on Obama somehow.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #15)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 01:31 PM

26. Ironically, that may be something they CAN blame on Pres Obama

If, for the sake of argument, there exists a qualified republican candidate, do you think s/he would even consider running this time around? Better to wait until 2016, when Obama is gone.

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Response to Lil Missy (Reply #11)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 09:45 AM

18. That's what I thought at first.

had to read the article to make sure it wasn't a joke.

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Response to Lil Missy (Reply #11)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 02:18 PM

27. They are RELENTLESS

with their counter intuitive BS ...

My mind literally can not even work in a manner to think of the way they twist crape ...

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 09:12 AM

12. pathetic...

i guess some people have`t grown up.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 09:34 AM

16. That aint' quite like losing Osama bin Laden, is it?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 09:41 AM

17. headline should read "gop babies wetting their pants and crying"

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 09:52 AM

19. Oh the irony...

Coburn called it a "shame" that the White House would take the approach that "'the only way I can win is to make someone else look bad, rather than win on my accomplishments and my leadership.' That is a tragedy."

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Response to Skinner (Reply #19)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 10:05 AM

20. You have to remember that whenever they go on about something, they're projecting.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #20)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 08:34 AM

37. Projection is the first topic in "Republican 101"

It really is their bread and butter tactic.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 10:15 AM

21. Coburn needs briefing on the meaning of tragedy.

Let's start with global warming.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 11:27 AM

22. What a crock coming from the repubstructionsts!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 12:40 PM

23. "'the only way I can win is to make someone else look bad, rather than win on my accomplishments...

... and my leadership.' That is a tragedy."

No.

It's a projection.


Really guys, stop assuming everyone does what you do yourselves.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 12:44 PM

24. Okay, Tom, list your legislatives accomplishments n/t

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 12:53 PM

25. And furthermore, I don't like his ties!

What will these fools come up with next?

-- Mal

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 02:27 PM

28. wow

Projection much? Silly Republicans

>"the only way I can win is to make someone else look bad, rather than win on my accomplishments and my leadership."

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 02:54 PM

29. He should have a Ceremonial NON-Signing Statement

He could hold the photo-op with an empty desk and no pens, highlighting the do-nothing obstructionist Congress.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 02:57 PM

30. Are you fucking kidding me?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 03:15 PM

31. Man, they are really reaching!

What next, he doesn't like apple pie?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 03:39 PM

32. There are more important matters at hand...

leave it to repukes to make something out of nothing.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 03:49 PM

33. Republicans don't need Obama's help to look bad

They are doing an excellent job of that all on their own.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2012, 03:50 PM

34. Oh fer crissakes!

WTF is wrong with these people?

Oh wait...

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 12:15 AM

35. Ha

OMG cry more repugs, getting more and more sad each day.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 02:27 AM

36. He HAS to sign these things behind closed doors...

If the American public knew the only thing the Repuke-infested House and the Democratic-controlled Senate could agree on long enough to get a bill through Congress is post office naming, they'd be calling mortar missions against the House Chamber.

And since the Republicans are Second Amendment Absolutists, and the Second Amendment starts "a well-regulated militia being necessary," one would think mortars are just the weapons that need to be in the hands of the general public.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 10:40 PM

41. This will get as much sympathy as Newt whining about having to use the back door of AF 1.



Proving once again that the Republicans are a bunch of crybabies. But unlike babies, they aren't cute and cuddly.

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