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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 02:58 AM
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Rachel Maddow: What I Wish President's Oval Office Address Had Been
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MSNBC The Rachel Maddow Show - 16 June 2010: Rachel gives the version of President Obama's oval office address on the Gulf disaster that she wishes she had heard.

http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/06/16/4519408-fake-president-maddows-oval-office-in-her-own-head-address

Fake President Maddow's Oval-Office-in-her-own-head address
Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:41 PM EDT
By The Rachel Maddow Show

While there is often online demand for individual TRMS clips, tonight's fake presidential address drew a lot of requests for the transcript. So below is a rushed, possibly-not-quite-exactly-every-single-word-in-the-right-order transcript of tonight's speech that is at least close enough for reference purposes:


Good evening.

I'm here to announce three major developments in the response to the BP Oil Disaster that continues, right now, to ravage the beloved Gulf Coast of the United States of America.

I wish I could tell you that the first development is that BP has capped the well, stopped the leak. They haven't. They can't. They don't know how. And no one else does either. Their best hope is a relief well, which poses its own risks and challenges, and which even in a best case scenario, affords no relief until August.

All the might of this, the mightiest nation on earth, and the combined expertise of the richest, most technologically ambitious corporations the world has ever seen, cannot, it turns out, cap an oil well when it breaks five thousand feet-deep in the ocean. It is something that mankind does not yet have the technological capability to fix.

And that brings us to the first development in this disaster that I am announcing tonight: Never again, will any company, anyone, be allowed to drill in a location where they are incapable of dealing with the potential consequences of that drilling.

When the benefits of drilling accrue to a private company, but the risks of that drilling accrue to we the American people, whose waters and shoreline are savaged when things go wrong, I as Fake President stand on the side of the American people, and say to the industry: From this day forward, if you cannot handle the risk, you no longer will take chances with our fate, to reap your rewards.

Our nation's regulatory oversight of the oil industry has been a joke in many ways, for decades -- from the revolving door of industry apparatchiks taking supposed "oversight" jobs in government, in which they just rubberstamped the desires of the industry to which they were loyal -- to energy industry lobbyists, themselves being allowed, in secret meetings, to write our nation's energy policies.

In light of the state of the Gulf right now, my fellow Americans, the details of how industry has infiltrated and infected the government that was supposed to be a watchdog protecting the American public from them -- those details are enough to turn your stomach. But no detail tells you more about the corroding power of the industry against the interests of the American people than the simple fact that they have been allowed to drill in American waters, without being forced to first prove that drilling is safe.

That will never happen again, as long as I am Fake President.

When I announced in March, that my administration's energy policy would include expanded offshore drilling, that policy change was premised on our acceptance of the oil industry's assurances that they knew how to do such drilling safely. They were lying. It cannot be done safely -- not when no technology exists to cap a blowout on the sea floor.

Offshore drilling will not be expanded in American waters, the moratorium will be held firm and in place, unless and until the industry conclusively demonstrates major advances in safety. Oil industry jobs are important, and I will work with industry to mitigate the impact on American families who survive on oil company paychecks -- but in the 21st century, and in the name of the 11 workers who were killed when the Deepwater Horizon rig blew out, we will not play Russian Roulette with workers' lives, and we will not play Russian Roulette with irreversible, national, environmental disaster for the sake of short-term income.

The second major development I'm announcing tonight, my fellow Americans, concerns another oil industry assurance that we can no longer believe. The industry, has long assured us that they were capable of handling spilled oil. In BP's own disaster response plan for the Gulf of Mexico, they claimed they were perfectly capable of containing, and cleaning-up, up to 250,000 barrels of oil a day. That no significant amount of an oil spill of even that size would get to shore, foul beaches, kill wildlife, or destroy wetlands. They were lying.

And the industry is lying when it says it takes seriously its responsibilities to contain and clean-up disasters they cause. The same low-tech, inffective equipment and techniques are being used to respond to this oil disaster today, as were used in the 1960s and '70s to respond to spills back then. That's because the industry hasn't invested in any new containment and cleanup technology in all of these decades. Because they haven't cared too much about it, as an issue.

And it shows. It shows both in the inept technology that we have to deploy, to contain and clean-up a spill like this, and in the lackadaisical, uncoordinated, unprofessional way this inept technology has been deployed by BP.

Beaches have been fouled and wetlands destroyed and wildlife killed that should have been saved. Pensacola Bay in Florida, if properly boomed, should never have been breached by oil. Perdido Pass at Orange Beach, Alabama, should never have been breached by oil. Queen Bess Island, the pelican nesting ground in Barataria Bay in Louisiana, Barataria Bay itself, none of these areas should have been breached by oil -- even given the sad state of existing technology to stop it -- but the fact that those areas were breached is BP's human error.

And tonight, as Fake President, I'm announcing a new federal command specifically for containment and cleanup of oil that has already entered the Gulf of Mexico, with a priority on protecting shoreline that can still be saved; shoreline that is vulnerable to oil that has not yet been hit. I have asked the Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, to assist me in the diplomatic side of this -- in soliciting, greenlighting and expediting all international offers of help from experts in booming and skimming from all over the world. We will bring in the best experts and the best equipment from anywhere on Earth, to dramatically increase our efforts to get the oil out of the water, and off of the coast.

Oil industry workers are often trained in booming and skimming. I am hereby directing BP to fund booming-and-skimming crash academies for all available oil industry personnel, anywhere in the world, to radically overhaul what has been a haphazard, half-hearted, totally unacceptable protection effort. Starting immediately. No expense will be spared and no excuses will be brooked. Even if the oil leak is capped today, the oil in the water will continue to surge toward shore for weeks if not months. As Fake President, I will personally issue a public update on cleanup and containment efforts every single day until this disaster is under control.

And finally, the third development I have to announce to you tonight in the response to this oil disaster is about how we got here, and how that will change. Every president in the modern era has complained that America must get off oil. Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush -- and now I, Fake President Obama -- have all intoned, solemnly, that we must get off oil.

Now that we have, at the hands of the oil industry, experienced the worst environmental disaster in American history, the time for talk is over. The world is different now. Our country is different now. The scales have fallen from our eyes. People say we're not ready? They're right. We're not ready. We also weren't ready to fight in World War 2 before Pearl Harbor, but events forced that upon us, and events have forced this fight upon us now. I no longer say that we must get off oil like every president before me has said too. I no longer say that we must get off oil. We will get off oil and here's how:

The United States Senate will pass an energy bill. This year. The Senate version of the bill will not expand offshore drilling. The earlier targets in that bill for energy efficiency and for renewable energy-sources will be doubled or tripled.

If Senators use the filibuster to stop the bill, we will pass it by reconciliation, which still ensures a majority vote. If there are elements of the bill that cannot procedurally be passed by reconciliation, if those elements can be instituted by executive order, I will institute them by executive order.

The political cowardice that has kept politicians from doing right by this country, finally, on energy, and standing up to the oil industry -- that cowardice has been drowned; drowned in oil on Queen Bess Island. There is a new reality in this country that has been forced on us by this disaster.

As Fake President, I pledge to you that the land and sea and livelihood and lives of the American people will be put first. As we do everything that is humanly possible to stop this disaster. We will never again let the oil industry put America at this kind of risk. We will save what can still be saved that is directly at risk from the oil in the Gulf. And we will free ourselves, as a nation, once and for all, from the grip of this industry that's lied to us as much as it has exploited us, as much as it has befouled us with its toxic effluent.

The oil age, America, is over. If you are with me, let your Senator know it.

I'll next speak to you about the BP oil disaster tomorrow, with my first public update on the cleanup effort in the Gulf.

God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

Oh, and also -- I've decided I'm not a White Sox fan anymore. I'm a Red Sox fan. And I'm closing Guantanamo. KTHXBAI
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 03:18 AM
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1.  Wow. And I am sorry to say there is no reason that speech could NOT Have been given.
Rachel for President.
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breadandwine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 08:01 AM
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18. There was only one single mistake Rachel made.
Edited on Thu Jun-17-10 08:25 AM by breadandwine
The FAKE president is the one living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

I have never seen a Democratic president give such a worthless, wimpy speech, afraid of his own shadow, afraid of what the GOP would say etc., etc. If I hear one more word about the stupid commission he's appointing to STUDY the oil leak instead of DOING something about it, I'm going to puke.

Here's what. Mr. Presdient, if you don't WANT to be president, why don't you and Biden resign right now? Pelosi would be next in line of succession and she could take over immediately. If she didn't want the job, she could stay on long enough to appoint a vice president like Al Gore, another Nobel laureate who won on the environment and he could take over when she resigns and goes back to Capitol Hill. It could be done.

Mr. President, you are not the legislator in chief. Being president is about more than passing legislation. That's Pelosi's job. YOUR job is to be the chief executive and RUN things. If you don't WANT to be president, you can always go back to the Senate or go back to Chicago and sing around the campfire. You don't HAVE to crack the whip. You don't HAVE to kick ass. You can go back to Chicago and sing kumbaya.

It's obvious you're lost in the White House and haven't figured out yet that the American people elected a DEMOCRAT. Let someone else have your job.

Here's how it could work. Key Democrats on Capitol Hill would begin by TAKING THE WALK. They would walk over to the White House and tell the President that if he doesn't want to kick ass and fix the leak, if he is only interested in the distant future, that he has lost the confidence of Democrats on Capitol Hill and should resign. Biden should resign. Pelosi becomes president either for the duration or long enough to select a replacement, her choice.

Now, Mr. President, I can appreciate what a lousy job the presidency is. What with all the chauffeurs, butlers, security, Air Force One, Chopper One, chefs, free food cooked just the way you like it, maids and valets and FOUR MILLION UNDERLINGS in the Federal Government that you can order to do things for you instead of telling everyone you're all butter fingers. You don't HAVE to be president. I know that there are days when you wake up thinking, "I'm SICK of this lousy job! I want to go back to Chicago and sing around the campfire!" Wonderful. Mr. President, you do that. You don't HAVE to be president. If Al Capone got nailed on tax evasion, there are surely ways of screwing BP given all the laws and regulations that could be thrown at them. BP is a good for nothing bunch of lazy assholes who do EVERYTHING in a half-baked way. They won't get this right until you confront them with the CRACK OF DOOM for their corporation and SCARE THE LIVING SH*T OUT OF THEM. They won't do a THING right until you point a gun at their feet and make them dance instead of being all palsy-walsy with them and calling them "our partner." But, Mr. President, if you don't WANT to be president, let a DEMOCRAT have the job......




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pundaint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 09:59 AM
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27. Let's let Joe drive for a while until Barry gets the idea.
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pezDispenser Donating Member (443 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 11:12 PM
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84. +1
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Patchuli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 12:06 PM
Response to Reply #18
46. I wish I could rec your response.
:thumbsup:
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MissDeeds Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 02:19 PM
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55. Kudos, breadandwine
Excellent post. Timidity, indecisiveness, and wimping out are not characteristics a president should possess. Obama is indeed "lost in the White House". And for those who say that he has been handed a mess - he knew that going in, and still he ran for office. The excuses are running thin, and patience is running out. Lead or get out of the way.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 03:58 AM
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2. This is exactly what Obama should have said
How sad that he chose not to.
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 02:36 PM
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59. exactly Rachel said everything we are thinking and saying.
why can't he? being President is a bitch.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 04:19 AM
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3. K&R.
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mfcorey1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 04:26 AM
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4. Now, let us, in unison, rip her speech apart for some of the things she said.
One point is you trusted the oil industry and you found out they were lying. Well. Madame Fake President, a true leader would not have left it only in their hands. That makes it sound like a cheap relationship where you find out the person you love has been cheating. There is more but I will let others handle it.
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 04:40 AM
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5. Bravo !!
and agreed, no one likes a "blotchy President" XD
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zenprole Donating Member (288 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 04:58 AM
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6. Outstanding
With minor variations, this speech is what sane Americans expected out of a responsible White House. What we've gotten instead for almost 60 days is a George W. Bush disaster response. From the far margin on this side of the aisle, I'm duty bound to ask where the "Yes, We Can" crowd is these days? Rachel's speech is vintage FDR and we won't soon get that from Obama, whose servile climbing is deeply ingrained.

Once again, watch Press Secretary Gibbs because he shows you what Obama won't - arrogant parsed responses and thin legal manoeuvers, all in the name of technocratic glory and a snazzy resume. This situation will get far worse before it gets better. Meanwhile...

Batten down the hatches!
Prep this thread for a DLC counterattack!
How dare anyone question corporate rule!
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t0dd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 05:23 AM
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7. +1.. well said
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stlsaxman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 05:53 AM
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8. K&R x 100,000,000 if only i could...
if ONLY the President had given this speech.

:cry:
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democrank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 06:14 AM
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9. K & R
Bravo, Rachel!
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Howler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 06:46 AM
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10. I would so vote for her!!!!! n/t
n/t
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Loge23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 06:53 AM
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11. Why did he not give this speech?
I can't help but wonder why Obama did not take a golden opportunity to forever change his legacy by making a speech similar to Rachel's. Had he done so, it would have been a watershed moment for his presidency. As it stands now, Charlie Crist has exhitibited more courage on progressive matters - and that says a lot!
Perhaps I was too anxious for the speech the other night - I really thought that it would have been one of his best.
Is Obama just mailing in the rest of his term?
Hard to argue otherwise with the lack of any apparent enthusiasm for the job.
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pundaint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 09:55 AM
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25. He did not give that speech because that is not the person he is. He is a campaigner and
an administrator of mediocre talent. As his chorus sings "you weren't listening during the campaign," I think some may not have been paying attention to his actions since the election.
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gorfle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 07:07 AM
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12. I wish she was president. n/t
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suzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 08:34 AM
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22. Let's see, GREAT SPEECH, Rachael. $20 billion for the people along the Gulf, thanks Obama.
Uhhm, I think I'll take Obama over someone who talks for a living.
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keepCAblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 11:19 AM
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37. Yeah that $20 Billion is really gonna help stop the mass die-offs of wildlife.
Not.

Some things, money can't buy.

Throwing money at the problem is such a corporatist thing to do. It might help sustain the economy of those humans living in the affected area but will do nothing toward ending the death and suffering of the birds, sea life, reefs and vegetation that has already occurred.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 11:41 AM
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40. Too many errors of omission were made in the 2 weeks after the leak that wildlife are now paying for
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suzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 06:11 AM
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97. Yeah, I'll bet Rachel Maddow doesn't worry about her mortgage and business loans
and how she's gonna feed her children next year, since her livelihood is gone.

Nothing is going to stop the massive loss of wildlife, but if you think someone who makes their living in a TV studio is more aware of that than people whose business is fishing or scuba diving, well good on ya.

Me, I'm somewhat happy that the President got BP to escrow money to make it easier for those folks. You and Rachel can rant on about what should have been TALKED ABOUT. What SHOULD HAVE BEEN SAID.

And pardon me really, but I never thought that being a Democrat meant "having absolutely no sympathy for working folk".

So,"corporatist, are you really that uncaring about other people?



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booley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 12:30 PM
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50. Talk to me when they get the money
I seem to recall a huge amount of money that was supposed to go to the victims of the exxon valdez.

In the end they never saw the money.

So until that money is in the victim's hands and being used to clean up that mess, it doesn't mean anything.

And how will that money help with the next huge oil spill that will inevitably happen?
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Loge23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 03:05 PM
Response to Reply #22
66. It's not the money...
...it's the change that's missing.
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Stuart G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 07:11 AM
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13. K and R..This is Proof that Olbermann what correct in his criticism..
Edited on Thu Jun-17-10 07:11 AM by Stuart G
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RBInMaine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 07:28 AM
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14. He hit all those themes. Count your blessings and be glad we have Obama and not McSAME.
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demwing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 07:45 AM
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16. FAIL answer
"Count your blessings we could have had McSame?" Will every fuck up by a Democrat be met with this TIRED excuse?

I would rather have Obama the Candidate in Office, and be saying "Count your blessings that Obama wasn't a corporate sponsored, standard political beast, and he actually MEANT what he said about Change and Hope."

But I can't say that, because it isn't true.
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kenfrequed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 07:58 AM
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17. We hold our leaders to a higher standard.
I'm sorry but this tired 'would you rather have/do you think it would be better with' 'Palin/McLame' meme. I write letters and call my congressmen all the time and occasionally even send an email to the white house. When we talk about the issues and policies we want enacted here or when we talk about what we want our leaders to be supporting we are engaging in Democracy.
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AngryOldDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 10:24 AM
Response to Reply #14
32. No he didn't.
And if he did, please enlighten the rest of us.

This was definitely the speech that should have been given Tuesday night.
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 02:38 PM
Response to Reply #14
61. or that blasted Palin.
this is georgie's and dick's doing. oil men period.
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 07:33 AM
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15. If only Obama - or ANY politician - had that much courage.
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1monster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 10:28 AM
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33. We do have two. Dennis Kucinich and Alan Grayson... We've seen how the media
and even many on THIS board denigrate him. Grayson seems great, thus far.

Wonder if there are any others in all of the Legislative Branch?
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 11:40 AM
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39. Henry Waxman and Markey also. nt
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swilton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 08:14 AM
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19. Obama's lost golden opportunity
The recognition that this is an international disaster and summoning the international resources to address same.

Obama's fatal flaws of the lost opportunity

1. Trusting the usual inside the beltway culprits - i.e., BP and continued reliance on BP as well as Ken Salazar

2. Waiting until two months post-disaster for the oval office moment

3. Not summoning international resources

4. Not recognizing that this disaster is a threat to national security analogous to a foreign military attack on our shores and raising the stakes appropriate to such

5. Talking down (religious pandering) to the American public and not enabling them by asking them to rise to the occasion
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Patchuli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 12:04 PM
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44. I agree with all your points but the last
We need a lot of hope and prayer. I think the President has the right to express his belief in a higher source as do I.

For those who do not believe, please disregard the last point obviously.
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 02:41 PM
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62. I think that "higher source" is pretty well pissed with us all right now.
killing his creatures.
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 04:19 PM
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71. the President has the right to express his belief in a higher source
But not to tell us to depend on his belief.... or give it any authority.
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Greyhound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 02:36 AM
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92. Forgot the word 'latest'. n/t
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 02:44 AM
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94. Very good points.
He doesn't even need to "summon" internation aid - he just has to allow it to make itself available.
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kenfrequed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 08:19 AM
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20. Thank you Rachel Maddow!
A president should say things like this and should promise and follow through on it. Are we that afraid of the petrol industry that we can't speak out against them directly? I think most people still respect frankness in speech and boldness in leadership.

I mean, we know that the oil companies will be throwing tons of money at re-pug-nik candidates, why mitigate it at all? Use it as a brand or a weapon. "'Republican x' accepts money from the Chamber of Commerce which takes its money from the oil industry."

Flash images of the gulf and point out the bills they fought. The harder President Obama and the democrats stand against the oil industry the better this kind of commercial works. The other option is weak leadership and weak congressional Democrats who cannot use the issue and will still get outspent by the lobby groups of the oil industry anyhow.
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kenfrequed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 09:52 AM
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24. Oh and bonus round
You get to dump slimy oil on those slimey bastards in the US Chamber of Commerce, who have never, ever, been a reliable friend to the Democratic party. Why wouldn't you crush the chamber of commerce if you were given half a chance.
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 08:29 AM
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21. K&R! Fabulous! //nt
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spiritual_gunfighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 09:17 AM
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23. Uh how about
Rachel Maddow 2012.
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MikeMc Donating Member (636 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 09:55 AM
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26. Beautiful. Go, Pres. Maddow!
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tomm2thumbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 10:04 AM
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28. Rachel out-Obama'd the President on this one - I'm pretty shocked. And, lo, there was substance!

It goes to show you how quick a bubble forms over the Presidency - ANY Presidency - because this is truly the speech the President WOULD have given a month into office, but it is no where near the speech he will ever give again.

I guess it was election foreshadowing when he said that folks wanting him to serve longer in Washington ahead of running for office were simply trying to 'stew him until they boiled the hope out of him'.

Mission accomplished.




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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 10:15 AM
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29. yes
nt
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1monster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 10:18 AM
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30. Has anyone sent this to Obama? He needs, really, truly needs to see this.
It was what this country demands; that, and the follow through to make it happen.

Of the candidates running for the Democratic Presidential nomination, Obama was my last choice. Which is what I usually get in Democratic Presidential primaries.

I'd vote for Rachel any day.
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LiberalLovinLug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 10:22 AM
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31. Bravo Ms. Fake President
Now lets see you do good on your fake pledges!

Its really getting to be a joke. I sometimes ask myself if Hillary wouldn't have been a better choice now. Obama was the better campaigner for office hands down. But a great campaigner does not a great President make. Where are his fiery bluster, the stirring call to arms? The cocky dusting of his shoulders at critics? Most of all where is the bravery?
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Bette Noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 12:10 PM
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47. The correct form would be, "Brava, Madame Fake President."
We should practice, for when we get to use the form for real.
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Fearless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 10:47 AM
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34. Maddow, 2012... for any position anywhere... n/t
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 10:47 AM
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35. Yes, Rachel, run baby, run!
We need you. She will make an excellent Fearless Leader with maximum power to punish corporate persons! Somebody get her monocle and riding crop. Stat!
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 10:56 AM
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36. Thanks So So So MUCH For Posting This!!!!
I'm here in Texas at my annual sister reunion and THIS sister is the only Repuke in the family! I can't watch MSNBC and I decided to latch onto a computer that belongs to one of her kids!

Haven't heard much of ANYTHING about anything since 6-8-10 and since I live in Florida I'm only getting updates from home on occasion!!

And this PC keeps shutting me down for some reason, so I'll just say I'm FURIOUS and have NEVER felt more BETRAYED by the WH and all that goes with DC in my entire LIFE!!

Out for now!
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 11:22 AM
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38. what can you say, except...
Rachel for President !

She could have easily made the same speech about the Wall Street Banks.
.
.
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bvar22
Starving for Leadership

"If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for,
at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them."

--- Paul Wellstone


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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 11:44 AM
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41. Gotta rec simply because she's now a Red Sox fan!
Actually, I'll rec for EVERYTHING she said!
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Larkspur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 11:51 AM
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42. Rachel Maddow for Prez speech writer!!!!!
Rachel could be our generation's Bill Moyers.

I loved Rachel's speech and it is exactly what Obama should have given Tuesday night. The only thing I'd have added to her speech was having the government take over the clean-up so that the workers can be properly protected with haz mat gear.
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GOTV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 12:03 PM
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43. Better than the speech we got
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Bette Noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 12:06 PM
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45. I'd vote for her.
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DirkGently Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 12:12 PM
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48. Loved it, especially
Edited on Thu Jun-17-10 12:13 PM by DirkGently
This bit:

When I announced in March, that my administration's energy policy would include expanded offshore drilling, that policy change was premised on our acceptance of the oil industry's assurances that they knew how to do such drilling safely. They were lying. It cannot be done safely -- not when no technology exists to cap a blowout on the sea floor


Plus, chuckles aside, it was an effective way to demonstrate what else progressives would like to see from Obama, without simply codemning or cheerleading. I'd like to see her use this bit again.
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Ignis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 07:36 PM
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75. +1 for that part.
Edited on Thu Jun-17-10 07:37 PM by Ignis
Can you imagine the exploding pundits' heads if the POTUS called BP liars? :rofl:
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 12:21 PM
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49. This is just Awesome...
I really Hope Obama takes notes.
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Mendocino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 12:35 PM
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51. I'll appoint a commission, is the political
equivalent of rounding up twice the amount of usual suspects.
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ellenfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 12:49 PM
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52. that's the speech he should have given AFTER the
Edited on Thu Jun-17-10 12:49 PM by ellenfl
$20bn commitment. it's too bad that he doesn't have a senate (or house?) that will back him up so he could have given that speech.

she did a great job, though.

ellen fl
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dbonds Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 01:25 PM
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53. Maddow for President 2014
Edited on Thu Jun-17-10 01:25 PM by dbonds
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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 01:12 AM
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88. UH...we don't elect a president that year.
Otherwise, I'd be with you.
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 02:43 AM
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93. Oh heck, I'll take her whenever we can get her.
Edited on Fri Jun-18-10 02:43 AM by truedelphi
Or maybe the poster is scared Palin will win in 2012, in which case (Based on Palin's track record as Alaska's governor) we could see that 2014 will be another changing of the guard.
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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 02:58 AM
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95. OK, if the poster is thinking that Rachel will go to the mountains and form a guerrilla army in '14
I'd be glad to join. We'll sure as hell need one.
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dbonds Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 10:23 AM
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98. No, me - the poster just had a brain fart - sux getting old. 2012 ftw
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 04:21 PM
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101. Totally understand. As far as getting older, sometimes it's a pain, other days
It is a blessing.

I am sure as heck am not wanting to be on this particular planet in like 2035.
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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 05:04 PM
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102. Still...a silkscreen of Rachel in a beret would be cool, no?
n/t.
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FailureToCommunicate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 02:16 PM
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54. Headline: "Obama Now Heads Red Sox Nation"
Great, Rachel! You're such a tonic in these troubled times.
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MissDeeds Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 02:22 PM
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56. Now that's presidential
K&R

:kick:
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 02:33 PM
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57. she was brilliant last night yea, is what Pres. Obama should have
said. Love Rachel.
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 02:35 PM
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58. Wow I missed this
He needs to use Rachel as an adviser.

excellent!
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 02:37 PM
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60. Maddow for President.
Edited on Thu Jun-17-10 02:38 PM by JDPriestly
I hope she runs in 2012.

Or, as an alternative, if she really doesn't want to be drafted, Obama should hire Rachel as his press spokesperson and chief of staff. Replace both Gibbs and Rahm Emmanuel with Rachel. Rachel is a woman, a strong woman. She could do the work of those two men with no problem.
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karmkay Donating Member (88 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 02:54 PM
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64. I think
I'm in love with her.
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 07:49 PM
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76. Scott Brown is already campaigning against her in Mass
for the 2012 Senate seat.

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liquid diamond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 11:55 PM
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85. Like this country would elect a gay woman. In most states gays can't even marry.
You people have your heads in the sand.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 01:33 AM
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89. My head is not in the sand. I'm just dreaming.
Dreaming of a world in which people are judged not by the color of their skin or their gender or their gender preference but by their ability. Nothing wrong with dreaming. Dreams can be made real. It's just a matter of getting enough people to dream along.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 02:50 PM
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63. WOW!!! IF ONLY HE SAID THAT!!! nt
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zalinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 03:00 PM
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65. This is the President I wanted
Unfortunately, she wasn't running. But, I did pay attention to Obama's campaign, and am not surprised at all, on what he has done in the White House. I'm not disappointed because I never expected him to do much of anything, and unfortunately, I was right. He had his opportunity for greatness, and let it pass him by.

zalinda
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mikelgb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 03:10 PM
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67. invigorating and depressing
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 03:32 PM
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68. Fantastic speech.
:applause:
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Oceansaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 03:54 PM
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69. K&R...n/t
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 04:00 PM
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70. Rachel Maddow as FDR is a great improvement. It is really sad that Obama couldn't
bring himself to be a real leader.

This is the blueprint to follow, Barack. Get with it.
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 04:44 PM
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72. K&R. The 100th rec. I loved this. As I posted last night, I hope Obama listened to it.
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davidwparker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 04:52 PM
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73. Game. Set. Match.
Love ya, Rachel!
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mhatrw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 05:34 PM
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74. How hard is that? n/t
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tomp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 12:57 AM
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87. apparently, very. nt
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 08:28 PM
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77. Let us all get down on our knees and pray for guidance.
Edited on Thu Jun-17-10 08:40 PM by ooglymoogly
I puke with embarrassment. Go preach in a church, but not in the whitehouse. Being excepted by the pugs is not in the cards for you, so give it up; The fact that you need this acceptance so badly that you will cave on everything and anything of substance and become a step'nfetchit, for the pugs is downright scary. You need to take off the pug controlled, krypton scram device and LEAD!!!
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 08:49 PM
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78. Thank you , Rachel. Recommend. nt
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 08:51 PM
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79. Bravo Rachel! you hit the nail right into BO's brain where it needed to go.
His chance at greatness is slipping away into less than mediocrity. Perhaps this will be his clarion call; That peoples lives and well being which he has sworn to protect, are more important than the enrichment of ones self.
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snailly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 09:06 PM
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80. Thank you, thank you, thank you, future President Maddow!
When the hell are we going to have a leader who speaks for US, the American people?!? Every president, senator or rep in my lifetime has been somehow in the pocket of some corporation and I have had enough!

Please run, Rachel!
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eagertolearn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 09:34 PM
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81. This is so funny...I kind of watched this late last night on the internet
and was so tired I was falling a sleep while watching this. All day I was thinking how excited I was that Rachel was taking over the job of stopping the oil leak and heading the effort to clean up and prevent further damage. Now I realized it was her pretending....I was so sure she could do it!
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november3rd Donating Member (653 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 11:00 PM
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82. Thanks, Rachel
Loved the backdrop. The speech was even better. We need you coming back with the daily updates, too. God bless you and God bless the USA.
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 11:10 PM
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83. K&R!!!
Rachel is wonderful.

- That's all I have to say.
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grahamhgreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 12:44 AM
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86. The president needs to consult with her - ID vote for her in a heartbeat!
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AllyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 02:24 AM
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90. Bookmarking for later :)
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Greyhound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 02:32 AM
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91. Now I see what has the bogs panties all twisted up. Thanks.
:kick: & R


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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 04:50 AM
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96. Rachel gets my vote.
We can dream can't we...even during the nightmare that was 2000-2008 we could still dream.
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BanTheGOP Donating Member (596 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 04:07 PM
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99. It is amazing...Rachel gave the speech that I predicted OBAMA would give!
I predicted that Obama would have used his speech to shut down the oil industry, and he didn't.

REFERENCE: http://journals.democraticunderground.com/BanTheGOP/78

Instead, we get a relatively insipid speech by Obama, who is OBVIOUSLY being cowtowed by the republicanists.

Rachel gave the speech that I had predicted, almost word for word.

This is unbelievable. Why hasn't the republican party and the energy industry been banned already???
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