Obama Gives Stern Lecture to … Democrats


I had to share this.

From the AP, Obama: Democratic voter apathy ‘inexcusable’:

WASHINGTON – Admonishing his own party, President Barack Obama says it would be “inexcusable” and “irresponsible” for unenthusiastic Democratic voters to sit out the midterm elections, warning that the consequences could be a squandered agenda for years.

“People need to shake off this lethargy. People need to buck up,” Obama told Rolling Stone in an interview to be published Friday. The president told Democrats that making change happen is hard and “if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.”

Anyone who says Obama’s peeps don’t read Daily Kos?  Ahem.

Now I just know that this stern lecture will bring out the vote.

After all, it’s the fault of the voters.  We need to buck up!

I’d laugh, but I’m too apathetic and lethargic.  Sorry.


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  1. Do you hear me???  Hard work!

    Lord have mercy.

  2. yes and somebody posted a diary at GOS.  Its excerpted from the Oct 15 Rolling Stone interview… oy vey.

    [Signaled by his aides, the president brings the interview to a close and leaves the Oval Office. A moment later, however, he returns to the office and says that he has one more thing to add. He speaks with intensity and passion, repeatedly stabbing the air with his finger.]

    One closing remark that I want to make: It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election. There may be complaints about us not having gotten certain things done, not fast enough, making certain legislative compromises. But right now, we’ve got a choice between a Republican Party that has moved to the right of George Bush and is looking to lock in the same policies that got us into these disasters in the first place, versus an administration that, with some admitted warts, has been the most successful administration in a generation in moving progressive agendas forward.

    The idea that we’ve got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands complaining, is just irresponsible.

    Everybody out there has to be thinking about what’s at stake in this election and if they want to move forward over the next two years or six years or 10 years on key issues like climate change, key issues like how we restore a sense of equity and optimism to middle-class families who have seen their incomes decline by five percent over the last decade. If we want the kind of country that respects civil rights and civil liberties, we’d better fight in this election. And right now, we are getting outspent eight to one by these 527s that the Roberts court says can spend with impunity without disclosing where their money’s coming from. In every single one of these congressional districts, you are seeing these independent organizations outspend political parties and the candidates by, as I said, factors of four to one, five to one, eight to one, 10 to one.

    We have to get folks off the sidelines. People need to shake off this lethargy, people need to buck up. Bringing about change is hard – that’s what I said during the campaign. It has been hard, and we’ve got some lumps to show for it. But if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.

    If you’re serious, now’s exactly the time that people have to step up.

    Bolded sentenced mine. WTF…. “werent serious in the first place”? good lord

  3. It worked so well for Harriet Miers.

    • Edger on September 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/9/28/10131/0045, by me…

  4. Heh.

    • ANKOSS on September 28, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Instead of making concessions of error and token gestures of reform, Obama is telling progressives to shut up and sit down. This spells the end of his presidency, as far as I am concerned. There is no excuse for his sinister perpetuation of the Bush regime’s secrecy, torture, and murder policies. No. Excuse. Whatever.

    This shameless opportunist is the hand-puppet of the American war machine and the national security state that sustains it. He promised peace, yet he engages in endless war. He promised transparency, yet he expands state secrecy powers. He promised change, yet he reinforces the worst principles of Bush-era unaccountable Presidential power.

    No votes for Obama and his craven and treacherous Democratic party!

    • Robyn on September 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    The “farce advocate” ought to know.

  5. Shucks, nobody was serious about ending the unending wars–

    And the people who couldn’t afford thousands of dollars for

    medical insurance before they could treat their and their family’s suffering were just joking and are now happily waiting 4 years for that wonderful piece of legislative


    Oh ya, and I’m thrilled with yesterday’s bully pulpit advocacy of extending the school year forever and getting rid of those shitty teachers, what balls! But most of all, he’s right about hard work. It’s extremely difficult for him to say something in simple language when he’s obliged by the nuanced, deal making requirements of real politik.

    Those back room dealings are real taxing. And keeping tabs of terrorists under every bed is even harder than tracking down all them commies during the cold war; where’s good old Joe Mac when you need him?

  6. Now I’m a seasick sailor

    On a ship of noise

    I got my maps all backwards

    And my instincts crossed…

    • Eddie C on September 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    They can just go back to their “So the voters are not good enough for this president” story. They used to pull out the rug from Jimmy Carter after the “Crisis of Confidence” speech that they framed as the malaise speech. The Democrats sat on their hands through that speech about the nation turning adult getting twisted into anti-progress propaganda and history indicates that they would do the same here.

    Really all Obama need at this point is a killer rabbit and a replay of 1978 when a really powerful Democrat accused Carter of “failure of leadership.”

    July: Senator Kennedy visits Carter at the White House in a last-ditch effort to resolve their differences over national health insurance. Carter wants to phase the program in and make it contingent on the budget. The meeting goes badly and Kennedy accuses the president of a “failure of leadership.”

    Democrats. love them or leave them.  

  7. meh

    • Mu on September 28, 2010 at 8:32 pm


     . . . one of Nightprowlkitty’s.

     What nerve.  No, not Npk’s, but Obama’s.  What friggin’ gall.

     I’ll be back, later in the day afternoon or evening.  


  8. reactions to this. Greenwald is just beside himself…lol.

    This may be one of the most audaciously hilarious political statements I’ve read in quite some time. The Holder Justice Department’s record on domestic civil rights enforcement is actually one of the few areas where there has been substantial improvement — and that’s a perfectly legitimate argument to make — but for Barack Obama to cite “civil liberties” as a reason why Democratic apathy is “just irresponsible,” and to claim with a straight face that this election will determine whether we’re “the kind of country that respects” them, is so detached from basic reality that I actually had to read this three or four times to make certain I hadn’t misunderstood it.

    • Xanthe on September 29, 2010 at 1:05 am

    tonight and said (and I paraphrase)

    What is wrong with these people?  There isn’t anyone else in the Democratic Party who has done what he has done for the country.  There isn’t anyone else who could even win a dog catcher election.

    When I wonder will that sensation down his leg give up already.  It’s wearying me.  

    • sharon on September 29, 2010 at 4:09 am

    one of the reasons i’d like this position is that this company – which builds green and affordable housing – is doing more for environmental and social justice than i can expect my government to accomplish in my life time.  i have lost total confidence in my government.

    • sharon on September 29, 2010 at 4:09 am
  9. http://www.bartcop.com/Obama-D

  10. he’ll collapse a lung.

    His Out-of-touchness is staggering, staggering to behold.

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