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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 03:47 PM
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Pat Roberts Wants Obama To Be Less 'Serious', Tells Obama To 'Take A Valium'
Edited on Tue May-25-10 03:54 PM by babylonsister
http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/20...

PAT ROBERTS WANTS OBAMA TO BE LESS 'SERIOUS'.... President Obama spoke to the Senate Republican caucus' lunch today, and by all accounts, there was no love lost. The discussion was held behind closed doors at the GOP's request, but participants later described the back and forth with words like "testy," "candid," and "frank."

Which, of course, is fine. Senate Republicans want to take the country in one direction; the president has a very different vision. The two sides disagree about practically everything. When they get together to chat about policy, it stands to reason that they would clash.

But there was one quote from a participant that stood out for me.

"The more he talked the more he got upset," Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) said. "He needs to {take} a valium before he comes in and talks to Republicans and just calm down, and don't take anything so seriously. If you disagree with someone, it doesn't mean you're attacking their motives -- and he takes it that way and tends then to lecture and then gets upset."


I haven't the foggiest idea what Pat Roberts is talking about here. He's complaining that the president cares too much about the substance of the discussion? That Obama should be less "serious"?

What?

Look, I know Pat Roberts isn't an especially profound senator, but he should at least appreciate the larger situation. President Obama is leading in a time of multiple generational crises, all of which he inherited from a failed Republican administration. While trying to clean up the mess, Senate Republicans have opposed everything -- usually just for the sake of opposing -- and taken institutional obstructionism to scandalous levels, without precedent in American history. On most of the major policy challenges, the same Senate Republican caucus has not only blocked reasonable proposals, it's also spent a fair amount of time blatantly and shamelessly lying.

No compromise, no good faith negotiations, no willingness to meet in the middle, no understanding that elections have consequences. This is the m.o. of the Senate Republican caucus for the last 16 months, no matter how much effort the White House invested in pointless "bipartisanship." I can see why Obama might feel a little aggravated when talking to a group that helped create the mess, refuses to help clean up, and spends every waking moment attacking him for the way he's tending to their mess.


So, when the president and this caucus get together for a chat, some heated exchanges are to be expected. But we can do without the frequently confused senior senator from Kansas encouraging the chief executive to "take a valium" and not take matters "so seriously."

Steve Benen
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RandomThoughts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 03:53 PM
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1. It seems many republicans want money rule.
Edited on Tue May-25-10 03:54 PM by RandomThoughts
So they either made the government incompetent, or had it do nothing when they were in the majority. And now in the minority they want to stop government from doing anything.

It is a form of sabotage when a group believes that a government for the people, by the people, should not exist, while in positions of that government.

So thinking on it, it feels like the intents of some in government is not to do the role of government, but to remove government and move to a plutocracy.

Some are on both sides, and it is up to people to make the difference, but it seems that their is little value in comments from people that think their job should be to do nothing all the time.

:)
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The Wielding Truth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 03:55 PM
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2. Someone has to take this county's problems seriously!
Pat Roberts is another Republican who cares little to nothing about solving this country's problems and more about slamming a political opponent.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 03:57 PM
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3. And if he was less serious, there would be another line of attack:
"He should take XYZ issues more seriously; there are people's lives and jobs at stake here, etc."

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CakeGrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 03:59 PM
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4. The scary black man probably made poor Pat nervous
He likes his black men laid back and funny. You know, more like Martin Lawrence or Will Smith.

:evilgrin:
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yellerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 04:01 PM
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5. Pat Robertson is toxic.
I'm sure it would suit him just fine if President Obama was another dry drunk with addiction control problems who would take a valium and just leave the whole mess to Cheney to sort out.
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Guy Whitey Corngood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 04:24 PM
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10. Similar name, different douche. nt
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 05:12 PM
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13. That's who I thought it was ..
and I had a whole rant laid out for the mofu frothing moneygrubbin' hypocrite until I double checked.
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yellerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 06:48 PM
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21. Facepalm.
:hi:
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Inuca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 04:04 PM
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6. That must have been quite some meeting
Here is another take http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37338737/ns/politics-white_... /

Obama, Corker clash in private meeting
Tenn. Republican: 'There was a degree of audacity in him even showing up'
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 04:13 PM
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7. Republican Senator Promotes Drug Use!!! /nt
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kenfrequed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 04:16 PM
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8. Crazed
I find it beyond gall that we have a president that is moving on a lot of issues at what we percieve to be a snails pace getting accused of being too serious or too aggressive or whatever other kind of nonsense by the most obstructionist political minority party in the entire history of the United States.

Relax? Senator Roberts, really? Relax??!!

Senator Roberts... Go #^@& yourself.
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KingFlorez Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 04:22 PM
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9. Encouraging pill popping?
What a Reverend he is.
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11 Bravo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 05:02 PM
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11. Tell you what, Pat. You take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut, and ...
the President of the United States will STILL ignore you, you insignificant shitstain.
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 05:04 PM
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12. Maybe Pat would have been happier with a video of Obama pretending to look
for a solution to the oil disaster under the furniture in the Oval Office. It was real knee-slapper when the last President used that gimmick.
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Nedsdag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 05:13 PM
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14. A Republican advocating drug use?
Interesting!

:sarcasm:
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DCBob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 05:19 PM
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15. Good. The GOPers deserve a good ass-kicking..
Well done Mr President!
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Hell Hath No Fury Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 05:23 PM
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16. Proof positive there is no "God" --
Pat Roberston is alive and Paul Wellstone is dead.
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ej510 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 05:50 PM
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17. Repukes never to any situation seriously. They hate America.
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 06:10 PM
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18. ....
:puke:
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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 06:22 PM
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19. Roberts can go fuck himself with a rosebush.
The position DEMANDS seriousness. He doesn't like that? Tough shit.
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Politicalboi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 06:38 PM
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20. Well here,
Lets tell the Repukes what WE want.

http://www.jabberwonk.com/flinker.cfm?cliid=tuivc

America speaking out is your chance to literally voice you opinion to these lug head Repukes.
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