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August 31, 2010

"Confidence and Commitment"?

"...this milestone should serve as a reminder to all Americans that the future is ours to shape if we move forward with confidence and commitment.

- Barack Obama, August 31, 2010

Does this sound like "confidence and commitment" to you? Because it sure doesn't to this Marine wife:

“I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse.”

- Senator Barack Obama responds to the State of the Union Address, January 10, 2007

"So I am going to actively oppose the president's proposal. … I think he is wrong, and I think the American people believe he's wrong"
January, 2007 again: "We cannot impose a military solution on what has effectively become a civil war," ...until we acknowledge that reality, we can send 15,000 more troops, 20,000 more troops, 30,000 more troops. I don't know any expert on the region or any military officer that I've spoken to privately that believe that that is going to make a substantial difference on the situation on the ground."
July, 2007: "Here's what we know: the surge has not worked."
January, 2008: I had no doubt -- and I said at the time, when I opposed the surge, that given how wonderfully our troops perform, if we place 30,000 more troops in there, then we would see an improvement in the security situation and we would see a reduction in the violence."
July 15, 2008: Barack Obama's aides have removed criticism of President Bush's increase of troops to Iraq from the campaign Web site, part of an effort to update the Democrat's written war plan to reflect changing conditions.

I'll say one thing for Robert Gibbs - the man earns his salary:

"Confidence and commitment": if Obama's speech writers wanted to invite a comparison between the current and former occupants of the Oval Office, they could hardly have placed their boss in a worse light. The phrase only serves to remind us of qualities George Bush possessed in abundance - and Obama does not.

Posted by Cassandra at August 31, 2010 07:44 PM

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GC handles herself very well here. Geez, that man is condescending.

Not to mention, he *really* doesn't like answering the questions he knows makes him (and his boss) look like liars and idiots.

(Ok, maybe they don't just LOOK the part.)

Posted by: Jewels at August 31, 2010 10:01 PM

What an ass....

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at August 31, 2010 10:13 PM

Compare and contrast: President Obama and Roy, in the previous post.

Posted by: htom at August 31, 2010 10:53 PM

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I loved Baghdad Bob's performances during the Iraq war. Telling how Saddam's forces were winning. Then the whine of a jet engine, a loud blast, chandeliers swinging wildly, plaster dust raining down, and all ducking for cover.
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Baghdad Bob is really proud of BELTWAY BOB GIBBS. He really admires a professional BS artist that hopelessly outclasses him.
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Rocketman
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Posted by: John Bibb at August 31, 2010 11:05 PM

Gibbs is about as sincere and honest as a 3 day out of water muskellunge.

Gretchen is a pretty good interviewer, and when she is on point, she will keep banging away until she gets an answer or an obvious lie.

Gibbs ethics must be lower than whale droppings. Right there with his transparent boss.

Posted by: kbob in katy at August 31, 2010 11:13 PM

Honestly, the surge was a battle for improving a War, not winning it. Thank God we are getting out, what a waste of our Youth and Treasury set on a bed of lies.

Posted by: Montana at August 31, 2010 11:50 PM

I can't really watch him anymore at this point, but I read the text.

My favorite was the part where we need to come together for the troops and their families. To unify under his agenda because that would honor the troops.

It is such a blatant opportunity to have soundbites for midterm and reelection ads. No truthful or respectable purpose.

Posted by: wifeunit at August 31, 2010 11:54 PM

I don't listen to Beltway Bob Gibbs at all. I also don't listen to Obama speeches. I get the text and read it closely. It's easier to catch the weasel words and non sequiturs that way.

And as for missing Dubya, I miss the heck out of him. Montana and I will just have to agree to disagree on whether the war in Iraq was a good idea or not.

Posted by: Mike Myers at September 1, 2010 12:10 AM

Honestly, the surge was a battle for improving a War, not winning it. Thank God we are getting out...

Ummmm, Montana? It was a strategy that allowed us to gain the upper hand -- and we did.

We won a long time ago -- surprised to hear that? What we've been doing since then is teach the Iraqis how we did it, so *they* can continue the fight against AQI and its subsidiaries.

Posted by: BillT at September 1, 2010 02:13 AM

Gibbs could have given Clinton lessons on how to squeeze fifteen different definitions from the word "is"...

Posted by: BillT at September 1, 2010 03:02 AM

"Barack Obama's aides have removed criticism of President Bush's increase of troops to Iraq from the campaign Web site, part of an effort to update the Democrat's written war plan to reflect changing conditions."

Too bad that website is the only source of that information. NOT!!! :-D

Posted by: camojack at September 1, 2010 03:39 AM

Gretchen should have praised Obama for stringently following GWB'S plan that he had made with the Iraqi government in withdrawing our troops on schedule,per their agreement.

Even though the withdraw was already in place before GWB left office, the O didn't muck that up as he has everything else he has touched.

Oh, the timeline line on Afghanistan that he dropped last night is all Obama and that "lack" of commitment is harmful for any future positive progress in that theater.

Posted by: Drider at September 1, 2010 06:41 AM

no wonder they fear FNC

Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 1, 2010 07:46 PM

Even though the withdraw was already in place before GWB left office, the O didn't muck that up as he has everything else he has touched.

That's cause he was AWOL on Iraq. Afghanistan. America. You name it, he was AWOL.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 1, 2010 07:46 PM

Former Miss American vs current Mr Beltway BS.
Lightning round.
Takedown, pinned, and Match to Ms Carlson. Beauty, brains, and class vs none of the above. Gotta love those midwestern girls.

Posted by: Grandpa Bluewater at September 2, 2010 12:38 PM

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