Democratic Convention 2012

Obama Verdict: More Fizzle Than Sizzle

It wasn't a disaster, but even his allies say, "meh"


A surprisingly long parade of Democrats and media commentators who didn't think much of the speech described it less as a failure than a fizzle—an oddly missed opportunity to frame his presidency or the nation's choice in a fresh or inspirational light.

Even those who liked the speech generally went no further than saying that Obama was effective in doing a job that needed to be done, in a tough-minded if prosaic style.

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  1. War mongering Mitt Romney – A dangerous alternative.

    With Citizens United and Voter Suppression looming large over this election I am really concerned the GOP with their Billionaire donors and Billionaire Super Pacs will STEAL this 2012 November 6th election like they did in 2000 and Bush changed the course of HISTORY for American politics by starting two wars: One warranted in Afganistan and another un-warranted in Iraq because he was predisposed to Neo-Cons.

    With a great DNC speeches by Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama, I am hoping for some changing of INDEPENDENT minds and some bump in the Gallup Poll for the Democrats moving the needle in this election!

    If the Billionaire SUPER PACS have their way of propagating the Romney-Ryan-GOP LIES and they stick with the low information FOX NEWS (noise) voter then we are in trouble.

    CLEAR PRESENT DANGER: Romney may get elected by hook or by crook like the ambitious NIXON “I am not a CROOK” did. Then guess what ‘President Romney’ will instigate a war with Iran even though we have yet to conclude our longest war in Afganistan.

    ‘President Romney’ may even start a war in Syria with China Russia on the other side of this ‘proxy’ war, creating another “potential VIETNAM”.

    After loosing the proxy war in Libya Russia will surely rebuff an arrogant (citation: recent Romney remarks on Russia in his acceptance speech) and mis-calculating ‘President Romney’

  2. Two-Faced Willard Mitt Romney (Mitt the Twit)

    “I was not responsible for what happened at Bain Capital” – Mitt Romney
    “I was the Sole shareholder, Sole director, Chief executive officer and President of Bain” – Mitt Romney

    “The Arizona immigration policy is a good model” ? Mitt Romney
    “I didn’t really support the Arizona immigration policy” ? Mitt Romney

    “The Massachusetts healthcare plan should be a model for the nation” ? Mitt Romney
    “Healthcare reform should be left to the states” ? Mitt Romney

    “Let Detroit go bankrupt” -Mitt Romney
    “I’ll take a lot of credit for saving the auto industry” -Mitt Romney

    “I believe Roe v Wade has gone too far.” ? Mitt Romney
    “Roe v Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.” ? Mitt Romney

    “I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.” ? Mitt Romney
    “I never really called myself pro-choice.” ? Mitt Romney

    “It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.” ? Mitt Romney
    “I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and represent our country there.” ? Mitt Romney

    “I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.” ? Mitt Romney
    “Ronald Reagan is? my hero.” ? Mitt Romney

    “I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation.” ? Mitt Romney
    “There’s no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs.” ? Mitt Romney

  3. “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” ? Mitt Romney
    “I did not see it with my own eyes.” ? Mitt Romney

    “I would like to have campaign spending limits.” ? Mitt Romney
    “The American people should be free to advocate for their candidates without burdensome limitations.” ? Mitt Romney

    “I supported the assault weapon ban.” ? Mitt Romney
    “I don’t support any gun control legislation.” ? Mitt Romney

  4. Bill Clinton full DNC Speech 2012:…..ure=colike

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  5. Michelle Obama DNC Speech 2012: “How hard you work” More Important than INCOME!…..ure=colike

    Elizabeth Warren’s Remarks at the 2012 DNC…..ure=colike

  6. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro DNC Speech “It starts with education”…..ure=colike

    Gov. Deval Patrick’s DNC Speech…..ure=colike

  7. Mayor Cory Booker DNC Speech…..ure=colike

    Sandra Fluke – DNC SPEECH…..ure=colike

  8. Mayor Rahm Emanuel: We Have a ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime President’…..ure=colike

    Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards DNC Speech…..ure=colike

  9. Sister Simone Campbell DNC Speech (Nun on the bus)…..ure=colike

    Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) DNC Speech…..ure=colike

  10. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid DNC Speech 2012…..ure=colike

  11. Mitt Romney and his flip-flops over the years:


    From The New York Times:

    OPINIONATOR: The Crackpot Caucus

    It’s not just Todd Akin. Many Republicans cling to ignorance that would get their ears boxed even in a medieval classroom.

  12. Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

    Read more:…..z25RlctWxY

    The author of the above article, Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone. He’s the author of five books, most recently The Great Derangement and Griftopia, and a winner of the National Magazine Award for commentary.

    On Mitt Romney, Bain Capital and Private Equity

    Read more:…..z25SACRhBz

  13. “Given the precedent set by past seven Presidents and Presidential candidates of releasing multi-year tax returns why is Romney making an exception?” Because he has a lot to hide, apparently.

    He’s the only one that knows what’s in there, and apparently he’s made the judgement that he’s better off having us suspect the worst, rather than us knowing what’s in there, which apparently in his mind is worse than anything we’re likely to imagine.

    Possibilities include:

    (1) He ended up with 120 million in his 401K by the trick of agreeing with Bain to grossly undervalue the market value of his stock, then a few years later have the stock get unvalued to the stratosphere.

    (2) He participated in the tax avoidance amnesty program of a few years back, avoiding major tax penalties or prosecution.

    (3) Any one or more of the other borderl ine legal but very bad smelling tax dodges– “in-kind” trades, “no-risk” trades, no-risk write-offs, the list is almost endless.

    And BTW he HASn’t even released all of his 2010 return, he very conveniently left off the foreign investments and deposits form. Very convenient.

    And his argument that it would be “bothersome” to collect the tax data is a crock too– he supposedly collected 23 years of the stuff to show to McCain in 2008.

  14. On Friday the 13th Mitt Romney gives very defensive interviews to FIVE networks on a single day!! Just a few days ago Mitt Romney said to FOX News that explaining means that you are WEAK. So his five interviews explaining his time at Bain were signs of his weakness!!

    Presidential Candidate Mr. Mitt Romney is clearly feeling the heat on his role in BAIN Capital which was supposed to be his sole criteria for creating jobs and running for the American Presidency!

    When SEC documents show Mitt Romney as CEO, President and Chairman of Bain Capital in 2001 and 2002 then LEGALLY speaking Mitt Romney is responsible to all that goes on under the banner of Bain Capital. Mitt Romney can not just share the good like job creation and leave the ugly like Bankruptcies and layoffs behind as if he had nothing to do about them.

    If he really wanted to disassociate himself from Bain Capital he could have resigned and sold all his shares in Bain Capital in February 1999 then it would have been a different matter but to share in the glory of Bain’s job creation accept a salary of $100,000 or MORE (where are the Tax Returns?) for three years and only to refuse to take the responsibility of Bankruptcies and layoffs on his WATCH (1999-2002) is trying to have it both ways and then complaining of playing politics having been caught with his hand in the proverbial Cookie Jar that is the very essence of an ACTIVE LEGAL ROLE in Bain Capital till 2002!!

  15. Mitt Romney will have to face the consequences of this lie that Mitt Romney has brought on upon himself. If we keep reminding the Romney campaign of Bain and its ill effects on workers robbing them of their hard earned salaries and life long benefits all the way to November then today, 7/13/2012 (FRIDAY the 13th) will go down as the turning point of the 2012 Presidential election!


    Ryan can grandstand about the debt all he wants, but at the end of the day, Ryan is a root cause of many of the financial issues our country faces today.

    From supporting two unfunded wars, to dumping millions of senior citizens into the Medicare Part D ‘donut hole’ while tying the hands of the government to negotiate prescription drug prices, and from fighting for subsidies for Big Oil that his family personally benefits from, to supporting the unfunded Bush tax cuts for the rich, Ryan’s hypocrisy is astounding.

    Ryan has been a steady voter for unwise bailouts of big banks, unfunded mandates and unnecessary wars. Few members of Congress have run up such very big tabs while doing so little to figure out how to pay the piper.

    For all of Ryan’s bluster, he is anything but a consistent advocate for fiscal responsibility and balanced budgets. He is, in fact, a liar and a hypocrite.…..0-852.html…..icit-hawk/


    There is no daylight at all between Todd Akin’s position on abortion and the GOP’s official position on abortion.

    It would be bad enough if Republicans merely wanted to overturn Roe v. Wade, stripping women of their reproductive rights and bringing back the era of back alley abortions, but they also want to force victims of rape or incest to deliver their attacker’s child. They even want to force women whose live’s are at risk to continue their pregnancies.

    Despite the GOP’s attempts to distance itself from what Todd Akin said about rape and pregnancy, this is exactly what Akin was arguing for. He might be apologizing for the way he offered his argument, but he has not changed his position?not one little bit.

    But it’s not just about Todd Akin. This is also Paul Ryan’s position. For the past five years, it’s been Mitt Romney’s position too. And now, it is once again going to be the position of the Republican Party.



    The GM Plant closed December 2008, two months BEFORE Obama became president. An eight year old with a computer can find that out, but Paul Ryan can’t?

  19. A few of Congressman Paul Ryan’s biggest lies:

    On his district: Congressman Paul Ryan blamed President Obama for an auto plant that closed in his district?but the truth is the plant had shut down in 2008, when George W. Bush was president.

    On Medicare: Congressman Paul Ryan said that he and Romney would save Medicare for future generations. Their plan would actually replace Medicare as we know it with a voucher system?raising costs for seniors by $6400 per person.

    On the deficit: Congressman Paul Ryan said, “President Obama has added more debt than any other president before him.” False.

    On the middle class: Congressman Paul Ryan called for “the strong to protect the weak.” But the Romney-Ryan plan would ask for nothing from the wealthiest Americans?instead their plan would raise taxes on middle-class families, and strip key programs like Pell Grants and Medicare, just to provide more tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.

  20. Wassermann Schultz, who serves with Congressman Paul Ryan on the House Budget Committee, said, “To suggest that Congressman Paul Ryan is fiscally responsible is ludicrous, because his record doesn’t even remotely reflect that.” Just take his claim that President Obama failed to advance a deficit reduction plan. What Congressman Paul Ryan neglected to mention was that as a member of the Simpson-Bowles commission, Congressman Paul Ryan voted against the plan.

    “On August 29th in his acceptance RNC speech, Congressman Paul Ryan lied. Repeatedly, knowingly, and brazenly, reciting charges that have been universally dismissed as false by news organizations. Republicans just don’t care. And they’ve said so: Two days ago, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney said they’re not going to be beholden to fact checks. And boy, did they prove that last night on August 29th 2012.”

  21. Here are the most glaring 6 lies from Congressman Paul Ryan’s RNC acceptance speech:

    1. “A downgraded America.” Congressman Paul Ryan blamed the president for the nation’s credit downgrade in August 2011 after Republicans threatened to allow the government to default on its debt for the first time in history. But the ratings agency explicitly blamed “Republicans saying that they refuse to accept any tax increases as part of a larger deal.”

    2. “More debt than any other president before him, and more than all the troubled governments of Europe combined.” Romney has made the almost identical claim, that Obama has amassed more debt “as almost all of the other presidents combined.” But their math doesn’t add up: when Obama took office, the national debt was $10.626 trillion. It has increased to slightly above $15 trillion.

  22. 3. Shuttered General Motors plant is “one more broken promise.” Congressman Paul Ryan described a GM plant that closed down in his hometown, Janesville, Wisconsin, and blamed Obama for breaking his promise to keep the plant open when he visited during his campaign. But Obama never made that promise, and the plant shut down in December 2008, before Obama even took office.

    4. Obama “did exactly nothing” on Bowles-Simpson. Congressman Paul Ryan said, “He created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.” In fact, Congressman Paul Ryan was instrumental in sabotaging the commission, leading the other House Republicans in voting against the plan.

    5. “$716 billion, funneled out of Medicare by President Obama.” Congressman Paul Ryan’s favorite lie is a deliberate distortion of Obamacare’s savings from eliminating inefficiencies. Furthermore, Ryan’s own plan for Medicare includes these savings. Romney has vowed to restore these cuts, which would render the trust fund insolvent 8 years ahead of schedule.

  23. 6. “The greatest of all responsibilities is that of the strong to protect the weak.” Congressman Paul Ryan closed the speech with an invocation of social responsibility, saying, “The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves.” However, numerous clergy members have condemned Ryan’s budget plan as “cruel,” and “an immoral disaster” because of its devastating cuts in social programs the poor and sick rely on. Meanwhile, Ryan would give ultra-rich individuals and corporations $3 trillion in tax breaks.

  24. Here are the top 10 comments about Bain from Romney’s Republican rivals Perry Newt:

    1. “The idea that you’ve got private equity companies that come in and take companies apart so they can make profits and have people lose their jobs, that’s not what the Republican Party’s about.” ? Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/12/12].

    2. “The Bain model is to go in at a very low price, borrow an immense amount of money, pay Bain an immense amount of money and leave. I’ll let you decide if that’s really good capitalism. I think that’s exploitation.” ? Newt Gingrich [New York Times, 1/17/12].

    3. “Instead of trying to work with them to try to find a way to keep the jobs and to get them back on their feet, it’s all about how much money can we make, how quick can we make it, and then get out of town and find the next carcass to feed upon” ? Ric k Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12].

    4. “We find it pretty hard to justify rich people figuring out clever legal ways to loot a company, leaving behind 1,700 families without a job.” ? Newt Gingrich [Globe and Mail, 1/9/12].

    5. “Now, I have no doubt Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips ? whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out because his company, Bain Capital, of all the jobs that they killed” ? Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/9/12].

  25. 6) “He claims he created 100,000 jobs. The Washington Post, two days ago, reported in their fact check column that he gets three Pinocchios. Now, a Pinocchio is what you get from The Post if you’re not telling the truth.” ? Newt Gingrich [1/13/12, NBC News].

    7. “There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business, and I happen to think that’s indefensible” ? Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12].

    8. “If Governor Romney would like to give back all the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years, then I would be glad to then listen to him” ? Newt Gingrich [Mediaite, 12/14/11].

    9. “If you’re a victim of Bain Capital’s downsizing, it’s the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he feels your pain, because he caused it.” ? Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/8/12].

    10. “They’re vultures that sitting out there on the tree limb waiting for the company to get sick and then they swoop in, they eat the carcass. They leave with that and they leave the skeleton” ? Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12].

    Just last night, Newt Gingrich defended his attacks, saying “I think there are things you can legitimately look at in Bain Capital. I think there are things you can legitimately look at in anybody’s record, including Mitt Romney’s record.”.

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