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Submitted by Peter Tchir of TF Market Advisor

Nero's Fiddle And Obama's Golfclubs

I'm not sure what was going through Nero's mind at the time, but for posterity he is known as the leader who played a fiddle while the city he was responsible for crumbled all around him.  I have no clue what Obama's legacy will be, but his decision to remain on spring break with his family while the world is in crisis seems questionable.  Yes, I know its hard to cancel even a 'working' vacation with the kids, but in these turbulent times, we need more than pictures of him working in his 'mobile command centers'.  Maybe being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize based on some campaign promises has skewed his view of what he needs to do?  Maybe he defines success as the level of the S&P 500 so all is good in the world?  The reality is that the world is experiencing more problems than at any time in recent memory.

MENA alone deserves full and undivided attention.  We are now at war with Libya.  We have chosen to fight on behalf of the rebels - whoever they are.  We have issued a letter on behalf of Israel in response to the bombing in Jerusalem yesterday.  I'm not sure what group that is willing to bomb innocent people is going to be particularly intimidated by a letter, but guess someone felt that made sense.  Somehow we seem to be able to avoid Bahrain, no war, no letters, just a little wink-wink that its different there.  Yemen?  I think everyone is still trying to find it on a map and any reason we should care.  To me, it seems that we are reacting and are not proactive, and our policy is at best unclear across the region, and at worst hypocritical. 

Then there is our own economic situation.  In spite of QE2, tax cuts, etc., the data is starting to show signs that the spurt in growth is over.  Housing remains a mess.  Jobs aren't getting worse, but do not seem to be matching the expectations that were hyped late last year.  Inflation is starting to rear its ugly head.  If you believe CPI is an accurate reflection of what the average person spends money on, then we have no inflation.  If you believe the average person is having to spend more for less, then there is inflation.  If you believe company after company that is warning of margin pressure, then there is inflation.  CPI seriously misrepresents inflation.  It is accurate in what it calculates, but its basket of goods, does not reflect what we spend money on.  Housing is way too big of a portion, and basics are too little.  They also seem quick to give benefits to improvements in products (cars and tech) but slow on the other side (have you noticed restaurant portions getting much smaller).  The situation in Wisconsin seems relatively small, and at times almost comical, yet its real.  It might be the first of many attempts to cut back on expenditures.  That has to be done carefully as it will hurt the American consumer.  The demonstrations and rallies were peaceful and non violent, but my guess is they always start that way.  If what is going on in Wisconsin is reflective of the undercurrent of emotion in the country, the president needs to be addressing it.  This is the one thing he is supposed to be excellent at anyways!  There are rumors of an oil slick in the gulf.  Is it real?  Is it just silt?  In an era where we can know what Charlie Sheen had for breakfast before he knows what he's having, its hard to believe that 5 days later there is still very little information on this.  Is it because we just re-opened drilling in the gulf and he would look like an idiot or the puppet of the oil companies that we cannot get a quick, simple, definitive answer, to a pretty straightforward question.  In short, the domestic situation is as tricky as its been since last summer when double dip worries first flared up.  Where is he on these issues?  How long has the government been running with temporary extensions to the debt ceiling?  That doesn't seem to be a way to run the world's largest economy.  Even the optimists recognize that the debt burden is becoming worrisome and needs to be addressed.  More press conferences touting the good news, downplaying bad news, and finger pointing is just not enough.

Then we have Europe.  Its painfully clear that a number of countries borrowed too much and just cannot generate the income to repay that debt.  Various plans to hide the problems have only made them more intractable (Ireland is poster child for a bad plan to save the banks gone worse).  This is not the case of fearful investors being too scared to risk capital.  Maybe that was the case a year ago.  This is the result of diligent analysis and the realization that these countries are in unsustainable situations.  I'm not even sure what these bailouts are meant to accomplish anymore.  Who wants even wants the bailouts?   the citizens in Germany and France and America (via IMF) who are supplying the money? um, no. The citizens in the countries receiving them who will have to deal with austerity measures and where the vast majority would not be particularly harmed by default?  um, no. A few bankers and senior politicians who are too scared to let a corrective process take place?  um, now that sounds likely.  Its been like a black hole.  No country that enters bailout land has shown any ability to get out.  Countries (Iceland) that sucked it up and dealt with it are moving forward.  Where is the leadership from America on this?  Are we too scared of losses from defaults of the PIGS countries or are we scared to say too much about unsustainable debt because we don't want Germany and China giving us the 'takes one to know one' response? 

Japan is continuing to battle the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami.  It seems clear that they are struggling with the nuclear reactors in Fukushima.  I'm not sure what we can be doing other than offering as much expertise and equipment as possible.  We should also be doing all we can to ensure accurate information is there for the public, both about the situation in Japan and the current state of nuclear affairs here.  In Japan, its either under control and getting better (in spite of irradiated water in Tokyo), or its already worse than Chernobyl, depending on who you listen to.  We run the risk of hurting our own nuclear plans by allowing fringe elements to overstate the risks.  To the extent that the situation in Japan is worse than is being presented by the media, we also risk a backlash from not being more up-front about the current status (and if the U.S. government can't get accurate information and disseminate it, who can?).         

So with real problems in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and domestically, our leader isn't in the capitol?  Hopefully the events play out well and he won't go down in history with Nero and his fiddle.  If nothing else, so far stocks are telling him he's doing a great job and the administration seems to view stocks as their key measure of success, so all is good, but I for one, am very concerned about this state of affairs.


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Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:25 | 1095000 TradingJoe
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Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:30 | 1095028 Conrad Murray
Conrad Murray's picture  <---Link on the right, "Find your lawmakers, tell them what you think"

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:43 | 1095077 chumbawamba
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I'm going to put up a website with a list of links that, instead of allowing you to contact your so-called representative it shoots a .50 caliber bullet at their office.  Enough presses of the button and eventually one of them will hit their target.  I just need some assistance in mounting the rifle from a high vantage point in DC.  Perhaps the Washington memorial?

Translation: please stop suggesting we go to websites to "tell our lawmakers what we think".  Can you suggest something even more useless and time-wasting, please?  I don't think I'm annoyed enough.

I am Chumbawamba.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:44 | 1095101 johnQpublic
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theres an app for that

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:42 | 1095346 BigJim
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Am I the only person who finds it ironic that a broadly anti-government website is posting an article calling for our beloved POTUS to engage in our lives more?

It seems to me that the longer O'Scama, Congressmen and Senators spend off the job, the better it will be for the rest of us.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 12:13 | 1095559 piceridu
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+ we need a Belgium type non gov

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 14:38 | 1096219 object_orient
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Maybe the catchy title was a sticking point, and the article was deformed because of it. Complaining about idle presidents is fun (extended Bush vacations in Crawford, anyone?), but the implication that they should be working more cannot be avoided.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:48 | 1095108 johnQpublic
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but i just watched an unbelievable commercial that i actually had to un-mute the tv for

you can now have ADT security mount a camera inside your home to have them monitor whats going on inside your house for your 'peace of mind and security'

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 13:32 | 1095934 NidStyles
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So when I get the urge to walk around nude they can see me in all of my glory? Sound's like a deal for me.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:48 | 1095118 velobabe
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i can only do visual combat, chumba. i never learned how to fire a gun nor shot at a target. i lived under my cinderella laws. i will have a man do this for me. fck man, he is worthless. cowards, great whitey is a niggar.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:53 | 1095154 Conrad Murray
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Nah, I'd rather get you internet tough guys all riled up.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 12:34 | 1095665 Djirk
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Best article on this site I have read in a while.

"A few bankers and senior politicians who are too scared to let a corrective process take place?"     says it all....we need a managed cleansing or it will be a catastrophic. Or a looooooonnnng painful time of real growth stagnation.


Thu, 03/24/2011 - 13:17 | 1095849 greased up deaf guy
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interesting.  that was the one question that got me wound up because it didn't say enough.  the bankers aren't scared at all.  yes, they have the most to lose because they lent money they didn't have and they stand to lose it all if free market forces were allowed to commence without government bailouts.  the fact is they have the politicians "scared", but more importantly, they have them in their collective pocket.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:42 | 1095429 Cindy_Dies_In_T...
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TYLER--you promised you would delete comments like Chumba's. I mean, REALLY people, come on!

Chumba--you know better than this. Like you don't have enough problems already!

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:50 | 1095470 baby_BLYTHE
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The very reason ZH has gained immense popularity over the past few years, is the very same thing you are advocating Tyler to remove.

Free speech! Let them all speak! We have a junk button for those that take offense.

Welcome to Fight Club

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 12:16 | 1095573 krispkritter
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+1(st Amendment)

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:34 | 1095045 greyghost
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daddy was a marxist....mommy was a marxist..... granddaddy was a marxist.....grandmommy was a marxist....obama is a ?????????

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:38 | 1095069 Spastica Rex
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Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:41 | 1095083 Careless Whisper
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he cut his vacation short without asking permission from the u.n., isn't that an impeachable offense?


Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:54 | 1095161 Arch Duke Ferdinand
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""he cut his vacation short without asking permission from the u.n., isn't that an impeachable offense?""

Speaking of impeachable offenses

Emporer Nero/President Obama...


Wrong Side Up....OT comedy ...2 min vid...

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:05 | 1095239 Arch Duke Ferdinand
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Must Read

Congress vs Big Banks....Which is to Blame?....3/Revolution/Starve the Govenrment

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:49 | 1095121 Crassus
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Absolutely. By all tests a neocon.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:00 | 1095217 francis_sawyer
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Thu, 03/24/2011 - 13:13 | 1095831 divide_by_zero
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From his crappy books you can glean that he considers himself a post-colonial revolutionary Marxist, which puts him even to the left of true neocons. True to his roots, he apparently likes wars just as much.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:01 | 1095199 Thorny Xi
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"Look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you." Warren Buffet.  Obama's what a lot of my younger friends call a "divorce kid."  Deferential to authority but often passive aggressive, goes along to get along, looks out for number one but pragmatic, using the shades of gray to avoid black or white decisions.

Anyone can grow up to be this way, but America's raised two generations of them now... he's their president. 

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:48 | 1095457 sunkeye
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@thornyxi  t/y for this ... interesting ... 

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 12:17 | 1095575 Eagle1
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See my post as well

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:45 | 1095436 malikai
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Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:41 | 1095080 Temporis
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Darth Vader Clone?

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:26 | 1095357 BigJim
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daddy was a marxist....mommy was a marxist..... granddaddy was a marxist.....grandmommy was a marxist....obama is a ?????????

...puppet who does whatever he's told?

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 12:37 | 1095682 Djirk
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patsy for the thieves

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 14:46 | 1096248 SilverBaron
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Man of peace.  <sarc>

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:50 | 1095117 D.M.
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Guys leave obama alone. Im sure him and the Bernank are discussing (via facetime on his new iPad 2) how to fix this mess.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:10 | 1095283 eddiebe
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I don't think he's talking to the Bernank, they probably despise each other. No, Obama playing golf in S. America just gives me further proof that Obama is just another figure head dancing to the music written by composers that were of the same ilk as those composing Nero's ditty.

 If Obama had anything to say or do about anything, he'd be far more engaged with what's going on. Why shouldn't he go play golf or whatever else? He has nothing to do with government, other than being a lightning rod. How sad, and how sad to know that so  many good folks still believe the whole 'change you can believe in' bullshit.

 No, those of you who haven't figured out the scam yet: We got fooled again! How many more times will you go to the polls thinking this time your man will come through for you??? Hahahahaha

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:58 | 1095187 Blano
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Ne(g)ro fiddles while Rome burns.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:13 | 1095293 lynnybee
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Who is OBAMA ?   I'll tell you who he is !   He's a damn C.I.A. guy & his mother & father were C.I.A. assets !   That's who he is !    He's an agent of JPMORGANCHASE & JAMIE DIMON is his boss !    We are being taken over by damn bankers !   ........ calling for revolution, please !   I can't do this alone !  .......... the other night at dinner I said these same things to my dinner companions & they rolled in the aisle with laughter at me !    I sat at the dinner table stunned by the stupidity.    ....... unless someone out there in ZEROHEDGE LAND would like to set me straight ..... I'm glad for the education.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 12:25 | 1095548 baby_BLYTHE
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I am actually starting to believe this conspiracy...

Want to know why Turbo-Timmy was hired and never fired?

His father, Peter F. Geithner, was the director of the Asia program at the Ford Foundation in New York in the 1990s. During the early 1980s, Peter Geithner oversaw the Ford Foundation's microfinance programs in Indonesia being developed by Ann Dunham Soetoro, President Barack Obama's mother, and they met in person at least once.

So yes, Barry Soetoro is his real name. He is at the very least a Dual-Citizen, which I believe he was only able to acquire based upon CIA/Intergovernmental ops he and his mother did for the Government.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 13:54 | 1096052 Bicycle Repairman
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"microfinance programs in Indonesia"


Thu, 03/24/2011 - 12:48 | 1095716 pods
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Lynny, best way you can do that is to refuse to go into debt for anything.  Do not buy anything on credit.  That is the lifeblood of the banks.  And when you refuse to go into debt, you will accelerate the natural end of any fiat system that issues credit at interest.

Best thing you can do, and it will not put you on any list!


Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:25 | 1095001 Arthor Bearing
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I would rather have the 100-year decomposed corpse of Teddy Roosevelt as my president

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:30 | 1095018 jus_lite_reading
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Ding ding ding! Correct!

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:35 | 1095024 jus_lite_reading
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Markets up. Obamie did his (blow)job.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:37 | 1095063 Pants McPants
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Um, not me.

TR for Obama is merely switching one imperialist for another.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:47 | 1095115 Ident 7777 economy
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Respect for America notwithstanding ...

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:25 | 1095004 docj
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Just let the man eat his waffles, OK?

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:26 | 1095006 The Axe
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My father use to say" take care of you and your own" fuck Obama!!

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:31 | 1095020 Gene Parmesan
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Obama says we have to take care of ourselves, our own, and the half of the population that isn't paying taxes. And the Libyan rebels. And the Brazillian oil companies.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:45 | 1095096 shushup
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Yes - It's disgusting!

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:44 | 1095099 shushup
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Yes - It's disgusting!

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:28 | 1095007 Infinite QE
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Without doubt or question, the worst President in American history.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:31 | 1095033 Conrad Murray
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Lincoln still holds that title. Barry is working diligently towards it however.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:49 | 1095134 Mae Kadoodie
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Many were saying Bush Jr. was the worst President in history.  But at least with Bush you knew what you were in for.  Not so much with Barry.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:51 | 1095139 kaiserhoff
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Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:31 | 1095379 Ahmeexnal
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Bubba Clinton would be up there tied for that spot with Mr. Obama.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:31 | 1095026 bob_dabolina
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I'm not sure what was going through Nero's mind at the time,

Nero let Rome burn so he could rebuild it in his image so if we juxtapose Nero with Nero-lite one could come to some fairly reasonable conclusions particularly as it relates to policies he has enacted.

It's been a change you can believe in.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 14:06 | 1096105 polibios
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And one family (un)resemblance more: Ahenobarbus was

was beloved in provinces, even if not so much in Rome & Italy. There was no other caesar who had more impostors than Nero...

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:35 | 1095042 vxpatel
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The brave american sheeple elect the leaders they deserve.

Drill baby drill...

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:35 | 1095043 Cookie
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the Indians surround us and outnumber us, and we are listening to the band playing on

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:39 | 1095066 Mercury
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Now that is mixing metaphors...

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:41 | 1095071 Mercury
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Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:36 | 1095048 Eagle1
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Obama adheres to the Saul Alinksy Rules for Radicals method of politics, which teaches the dark art of destroying political adversaries. However, that text reveals only one front in the radical left's war against America. The Cloward/Piven Strategy is another method employed by the radical Left to create and manage crisis. This strategy explains Rahm Emanuel's ominous statement, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste."


The Cloward/Piven Strategy is named after Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. Their goal is to overthrow capitalism by overwhelming the government bureaucracy with entitlement demands. The created crisis provides the impetus to bring about radical political change.


Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:45 | 1095106 shushup
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So True

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:16 | 1095308 MachoMan
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Yes, massive entitlements will cause governmental change...  the problem is that the change may be an expansion or contraction of the size and scope of the government...  in other words, outright socialism (full retard) or robber barrons and whips (massah) at either end of the spectrum.  Desiring change in and of itself isn't necessarily a good plan...  but, it's how obama got elected... 

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:38 | 1095053 Azannoth
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Obama is working on his legacy, how would a retired President with a golf handicap of 18+ look like? He'd be ashamed if it wasn't at a minimum of 15

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:57 | 1095193 Rogerwilco
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Hope and change writ large.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 12:21 | 1095603 Eagle1
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My father and uncle were scratch golfers when I was a kid. They would have referred to him as a "duffer" with that handicap. I took up skeet and trap when in the Air Force. Much better hobby.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:35 | 1095054 MsCreant
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If the aliens landed and said "We can solve your problems, take me to your leader," I would personally be clueless where to guide them to. But I would have had the same problem before Obama. I do not defend him, rather, he is irrelevant.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:47 | 1095109 RockyRacoon
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Ah, a voice of sanity.  The cognitive problems people are having with Obama are legendary.   The guy is incompetent, stupid, etc., etc.   Yet he is expected to do something about anything?   You are correct, he is irrelevant, except for the fact that he can do damage.   Leaders are supposed to do exactly that -- lead.   Let's have a little leadership.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:19 | 1095322 MachoMan
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Same old problem...  failing company hires high profile, "leader" CEO to rally the troops...  only to find it really needed a "manager" instead...

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:39 | 1095417 cswjr
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There's an official UN designee for that (seriously).  Some woman in Indonesia.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 12:25 | 1095613 krispkritter
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+1 MsCreant, -1 Leader

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:35 | 1095056 Mercury
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No, leave Obama the fuck in Brazil thanks.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:57 | 1095174 Zina
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Obama is not here in Brazil. He left Brazil in the last Monday morning.

Monday. Now it's Thursday. Didn't he arrived in the US yet? What means of transportation is he using? A sailboat?

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:02 | 1095219 hedgeless_horseman
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It is harder for non-citizens to get back in the US these days.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:34 | 1095384 lance_manion
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Nicely played!

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:55 | 1095486 sunkeye
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@hedghors  okay im not sayin' i agree w/ you but i do have to say that WAS funny


Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:22 | 1095338 redpill
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He's stuck in the TSA line while his girls get felt up by snickering "security" officers.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:56 | 1095495 sunkeye
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@redpil  come to zh for the econ skinny stay for the funny t/y for another lol

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:58 | 1095502 Ahmeexnal
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Last I heard he was in Chile.

The bulls who believe Japan's deathwound is good for the economy base their views on what happened in Chile after the Feb. 27 2010 8.8 magnitude quake.

What they fail to disclose is the fact that Chilean "recovery" is based on massive debt and a real estate bubble about to burst.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:39 | 1095058 johnnymustardseed
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Let see Bush spent 487 days at Camp David and 490 days at the Crawford Ranch.....Maybe he could have found those WMD's if he wasn't fucking off for almost three years

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:48 | 1095455 malikai
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...Maybe he could have found those WMDs if they actully existed.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:39 | 1095065 dbTX
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and to think, through it all Obama can keep a straight face

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:42 | 1095073 Yardfarmer
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As the country drifts like a rudderless ship to the shoals of inevitable catastrophe and economic ruin, it is time that thinking Americans themselves reach the unavoidable and inevitable conclusion that their president, Barack Hussein Obama, either by neglect or design, and in collusion with the predators of the major financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, J.P Morgan Chase, who have engineered a war of financial attrition against the American people and who have directly financed and subsidized his regime, is:
1.Pursuing unjust and unlawful wars of aggression across the world, resulting in the deaths not only of thousands of American citizens and countless foreign civilians especially in the Middle East but also the ongoing destabilization and outright occupation of sovereign nations in the name of globalist and corporate entities whose interests are inimical and even treasonous to the Constitution of the United States, resulting in the criminal deprivation of American citizens of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" through the misappropriation, squandering and misallocation of funds essential to the national welfare in the prosecution of these wars
2.Enacting domestic and economic policies through coercive and draconian legislation which seeks to curtail and eliminate God given rights of free expression and dissent as guaranteed by the Constitution such as the Patriot Act, the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Affordable Health Care Act and numerous other pieces of legislation crafted and designed by the same corporate entities, national security, intelligence and military agencies who are the direct beneficiaries of income extorted and illegally confiscated from the citizens of the United States for the benefit of the private banks operating under the illegal extra-judicial and extra-legislative fiscal and monetary policies of the Federal Reserve.
3.Implementing policies of extra-judicial assassination, illegal surveillance and torture, searches and seizures, against not only foreign nationals but American citizens in the name of extraordinary and redundant National Security apparatuses, the establishment of an unprecedented militarization of domestic police agencies and the direct violation of the Posse Comitatus Law by the deployment of Army brigades in the continental US under the aegis of the Department of Homeland Security.
4.Allowing the ongoing poisoning of the food supply by the rampant introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms into the crops of the American heartland at the behest of Monsanto Corporation, the poisoning of the air with the regular aerosol spraying of barium and aluminum compounds into the upper atmosphere to facilitate military experiments with scalar weaponry and over the horizon radar, the unprecedented pollution of US territorial and international waters and the US mainland by a foreign national corporation British Petroleum due to the lack of regulatory oversight, and vested financial interests including his own personal investments.
5.Supporting and subsidizing the genocidal murder of millions of unborn children under the auspices of the multi-billion dollar abortion industry known as the International Planned Parenthood Federation. 6. Forget about Khadaffi, OBAMA MUST GO!
nota bene: there are 8,290,000 entries for Google: Obama must go!


Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:45 | 1095102 Snidley Whipsnae
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If Obama goes what sock puppet replaces him?

Unless vetted by Wall St no one replaces Obama... Meaning more of the same bs...

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:53 | 1095152 Yardfarmer
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Thu, 03/24/2011 - 14:00 | 1096073 Bicycle Repairman
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"If Obama goes what sock puppet replaces him?"

Palin.  Have a nice day.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 15:29 | 1096383 Kobe Beef
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you betcha. It's coming soon..


Thu, 03/24/2011 - 23:08 | 1098199 Sheriff Douchen...
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whomever Buffett and Imelt think will serve them obidiently...

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:14 | 1095304 lynnybee
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DITTO !  What YARDFARMER says goes for me, too !   I second that motion ! ....... thank god for this website.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:37 | 1095401 ceilidh_trail
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  "Coercive and draconian" indeed. The census people (under the oboy) conducted the census and have released data. By law, you had to give them the asked for data. I had one show up at my home (prior to the written form deadline passing). I cooperated with them, giving all the legally required data as per the written form. Guess what? Several months after the at home interview, I received a letter from them stating they needed further details about my life because I indicated that my highest education level obtained was an MBA. The letter stated that this was voluntary. Since then, I continue to get letters and now, phone calls that they need "further information". These phone calls come on weekends, during the week, and the other night I received one at 8:58pm. I am not a paranoid guy, nor particularly irritable,but enough is enough with these SOBs. How dare they harass the very people they work for? Or, do I have this backwards? Maybe I am just a selfish guy for not wanting to talk to them more than legally obligated. Maybe I should let them know every intimate detail of my life... Nah, I think I would like to keep mine and my family's life private- and not have anything I give them used against me in the future.  Now, am I a marked man for not wanting to cooperate???  In the other previous censuses that I've completed, under other presidential administrations, this NEVER happened. I have had my MBA  for 20+ years. The only difference that I see is the bastards in power... 

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 15:43 | 1096461 Kobe Beef
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Dear Yardfarmer,

I would love to see many of the items you've listed struck from the Agenda. However,

Obama did not come up with this agenda on his own. Nor did Bush Jr. create the agenda previously. Nor Clinton before him.

At the risk of oversimplifying: The US President is a salesman. His job is to deliver the audience to the Agenda. The presidential campaign allows the public to select the salesman they want to see.

Once the Salesman has lost credibility with the audience, he will be replaced by a newer, shinier, more popular salesman every 4-8 years.

The Agenda does not change. The marketing does.

The public cannot affect the Agenda via voting because the people who manage the State & the people who own it do not run in popularity contests.

Obama is only relevant in delivering the audience. If he fails that, he will be replaced.

We must commit to a different path of action.



Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:41 | 1095085 Shoegazer
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I'm pretty sure we'd all be better off if Obama and congress went on vacation and didn't come back.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:44 | 1095097 EZYJET PILOT
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What a stupid article, can't believe that somebody still thinks that a US president gives a shit about the American people. I thought everyone knew by now that he is just a puppet for the satanic global elite bankers.

I can't understand how so called intelligent people fall for such a tried and tested con trick. Why do so many of us debate economics, politics, socioeconomic issues as if they were legitimate. I'm really getting tired of all this, so many actors on a stage; so many faces of questionable ethics, not least of all Obummer!

Please, whoever wrote this, wake the fuck up! 

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:58 | 1095198 i-dog
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Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:17 | 1095323 eddiebe
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++, Nice to know there are some people out there with more than non sense.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:47 | 1095100 samsara
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 I have no clue what Obama's legacy will be, but his decision to remain on spring break with his family while the world is in crisis seems questionable.

What if he knows that this is the 'Calm' before the storm and getting his vacation out of the way before the REAL SHIT hits the fan.

Then it would be 'what does he know that we don't?'


Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:50 | 1095132 Snidley Whipsnae
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Maybe he is buying up land in South America and isn't planning to come back? We can hope.

I wish he would take Wall St and DC to South America... and, lose them.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:45 | 1095107 sschu
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Many of the problems described here are not of Bamster's doing.  Events are driving him right now and he appears incompetent and worst of all unwilling to address/propose potential solutions.

In short, the article is correct, Bam has abrogated any responsibility to the people and his office.  The problem is, this was all so predictable.

Recall in the spring of 2008 we had a gas/oil price shock that was the impetus for the Sept/2008 financial meltdown.  We have wasted 3 years where the money spent propping up insolvent financial institutions and corporations could have been spent on structural issues.   

My fear is the opportunity has passed us by, even if we decided today to tackle our core issues, not sure we have the resources or the time to fix them in any meaningful manner.  This leads to a reset which will be very painful and destructive, potentially catastrophically so.


Thu, 03/24/2011 - 12:26 | 1095623 Republican Lackey
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I think your gripe is with the filibuster not Obama.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 13:05 | 1095789 sschu
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I think your gripe is with the filibuster not Obama.

Not so, my gripe is with the politicians irrespective of party affiliation.  We are not focused on solutions, but only gaining short term political advantage.

Bam could have taken the "high" road, cast aside some of his more absurd political philosophies and made some serious progress on issues.  For example, if he made the case that we need to wean ourselves off of foreign oil, but had been aggressively supporting our own energy resource development as well as alternatives and conservation, there would have been broad based support.  As it is we have made no progress on this core issue and we can lay the blame right at his feet.

Events provided Bam with great opportunities, he has wasted them and become a laughingstock.


Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:47 | 1095112 Free_french
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"I'm not sure what was going through Nero's mind at the time, but for posterity he is known as the leader who played a fiddle while the city he was responsible for crumbled all around him."


Very strange for me than in english you say 'to play fiddle while Rome burns' as Nero was playing lyre...

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:50 | 1095147 Snidley Whipsnae
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Like it really makes a difference what musical instrument Nero was playing?

Get real.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:03 | 1095225 Blano
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Oh geez who cares.  Go back to waving white flags.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:08 | 1095272 francis_sawyer
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Well we all know they're good at playing "lyres" (LIARS)...

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:46 | 1095114 ExploitTheMarket
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"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure...we depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better." ~Senator Barack Hussein Obama (after voting against debt limit increases)...

Oh yeah, wasn't he supposed to end the wars or something like that? He wasn't supposed to do the opposite of everything he promised was he? Oh wait, he is a politician... how naive of us to expect change we could believe in....

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:50 | 1095128 Dr_Dazed
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I have to say that although I'm very concerned about all the problems listed in the post, there's always going to be crises that we think the President ought to be "giving his full attention to".  Any President, even GWB, works his tail off.  Just look at the way they age in office.  Cut the guy some slack.  Even the "masters of the universe" on Wall St. get their downtime, no?

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:50 | 1095149 shushup
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I would agree with you if the guy worked more than he plays. But it is the opposite.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:57 | 1095130 Aknownymouse
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Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:51 | 1095137 baby_BLYTHE
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President on training wheels.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:30 | 1095372 Vashta Nerada
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True, but based on his ability, he won't learn anything in the 21 months he has left.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:49 | 1095138 shushup
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Obama really is the poster child for "absolutely anyone can be president of the US" no matter how inexperience, socialist, incompetent or irresponsible.

Let him stay on vacation and play golf. At least then he is not creating more bills that will bankrupt the country. He does more harm than good the 10% of the time that he's working.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:21 | 1095334 sschu
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So true.

His legacy will be one of lost opportunities to do some really big things and indifference while the world burned.

He could have done something to earn that Nobel Peace Prize, instead it is just a trophy in his bookcase.



Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:36 | 1095398 InconvenientCou...
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"Absolutely anyone can be president of the United States."

Maybe not, but a lot of dim bulbs are right at home on this blog.

ZH readers plumb the depths of the human denominator every day. Better than a big gulp of isotope infused cool-aid.

please carry on with your charmed delusions and animal spirits. quite a show


Thu, 03/24/2011 - 13:18 | 1095865 Problem Is
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"Obama really is the poster child for 'absolutely anyone can be president of the US'..."

Attention Tyler: shushup has The Quote of the Day...

Still laughing...

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:50 | 1095140 MichaelNY
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I fail to understand why Barack Obama is not given his due.  Of the three options available (McCain, Obama, and Clinton) it was clear to their owners that one would perform better than the other.  That's why Mr. Obama was chosen.  (It was just a bit of luck and whimsey - according to Brzezinski - that he's half-black.)  And all in all their pick Obama is doing a great job.  Presiding over the current version of Ordo ab Chao, and this chaos is going to be a doozey.  I think they chose - from their perspective - very well.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:18 | 1095317 johnQpublic
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there were other choices

cynthia mckinney for one

read what she had to say

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:51 | 1095144 Fred123
Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:56 | 1095180 kaiserhoff
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Libya is not a war.  Presumably, this is because we have no coherent mission, and a constantly changing cast of clowns, er, allies.  OK, who else can Obummer bomb the hell out of with NO CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT, just because he wants to?  Canada, Israel, the UK?  Why or why not?  This way lies madness.

Arrest the Soviet Central Planner.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:00 | 1095181 kaiserhoff
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Libya is not a war.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:30 | 1095365 trav7777
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uh, yes it is.  Bombing a sovereign nation is considered an Act of War under any interpretation of the phrase.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 13:16 | 1095840 Problem Is
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"Libya is not a war."

Never a War to the Bomber, Only the Bomb-ee
It is only a war when your neighbors, citizens, civilians one and all are getting bombed. It is never a war to the Imperial Bomber...

It is "peace keeping" with Piece Keepers armed with the latest anti-personnel (aka civilians) weapons...

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:58 | 1095204 apberusdisvet
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Be careful of Anonymous folks.  Too many Marxist undertones.  Notice that they want to destroy the corrupting power of corporation lobbying and funds,  but omit any mention of union power in the same process.  I see a psyops program here to either 1)aggregate, at a minumum, a list of soldiers or opinion makers and 2)more likely a movement headed by Trumka and Stern to overthrow the existing system.

While we all would gladly hang every member of Congress, and guillotine every bankster, the eventual outcome should be more freedom, not less.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:04 | 1095246 Blano
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Don't forget the health care as a human right bullshit too.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:10 | 1095286 chrisd
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Because clearly if you are born with CF or develop renal cancer, you should be put to death.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:59 | 1095210 velobabe
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i can't believe the fucker hasn't been shot yet. i think that should be his god damn legacy.

R.I.P. you sorry ass†

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:08 | 1095275 chrisd
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Your comment is revolting.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:01 | 1095211 johnQpublic
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if he was literally playing the fiddle, what do you suggest the tune would be?


my vote....'the needle and the damage done' by neil young

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 13:34 | 1095940 Problem Is
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Amerika's Favorite Fiddle tunes:

  1. Devil Went Down to Georgia
  2. Cold, Cold Heart
  3. Turkey in the Straw
  4. Blackberry Blossom
Thu, 03/24/2011 - 14:57 | 1096285 snowball777
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One day about twenty-five years from now,
When we've all grown old from a-wondering how,
Oh we'll all sit down at the city dump,
And talk about the Goodle Days.

Oh you'll pass the joint and I'll pass the wine,
And anything good from a-down the line.
A lot of good things went down one time,
Back in the Goodle Days.

And the Good Old Days are past and gone.
A lot of good people have done gone on.
That's my life when I sing this song about
Back in the Goodle Days

Sometimes I get to thinkin' that we're almost done,
And there ain't nothin' left that we can figure out.
And I guess it must have seemed a lot more like that
Back in the Goodle Days,
But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go.
There's always somebody don'tcha know,
A-hangin' round a-sayin' "Well I told you so",

Back in the Goodle Days.

Oh we'll all join hands and we'll gather round,

When that old guitar starts to make that sound.
A lot of good things went down downtown,
Back in the Goodle Days.
Squeezin' love with the people that we hadn't even met,
Out for anything that we could get.
Oh we did it then and we'll do it yet,
Back in the Goodle Days.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:02 | 1095215 SuperRay
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Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:09 | 1095280 pazmaker
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I don't know ....I bet there are times Obama wishes he could go back in time and never be president...I bet he wishes he could disapear to HI and never look back.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:13 | 1095292 SuperRay
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yes, cheney's people (also known as the ruling oligarchs) love this pretty boy. The only reason why he hasn't been shot yet is because he hasn't done anything.  Learned his place pretty quick.  

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 12:19 | 1095578 Republican Lackey
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You get it. Obama may be getting more flack for doing nothing than any President in history.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:15 | 1095309 luk427
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Until the Federal Reserve is abolished the President is just a puppet. They found a good one this time. Where have all the celibrities like Maddona gone. They were backing him big time because he wasn't a war monger. 

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:32 | 1095371 eddiebe
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To think he got the Nobel peace price. Hahahaha good one! Obama is in it for himself just like Madonna is. The new tower of babel is getting higher and higher. The human race is suffering from a serious immune deficiency bug, that looks like it will end up decimating it, so the planet can repair it's self. If we don't turn it's surface into a giant ball of glass, that is.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 12:14 | 1095555 Republican Lackey
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Tower of Babel? LOL. When is the anti-christ supposedly going to appear?

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:32 | 1095382 Fix It Again Timmy
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What can you expect from a Teleprompter Titan?

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 12:15 | 1095562 Republican Lackey
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That was so 2010. Teleprompter? 

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:44 | 1095440 trav7777
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there is something really rather unseemly about committing armed forces to war without a national address and from the golf course.  I can't imagine previous Presidents having done such a thing as if it is a trifling matter.  Nevermind not seeking any type of Congressional approval.  Even Congress is pissed over this, though they have utterly abrogated their war power authority anyhow.  Even so, not even asking them for a vote is a slap in the face.  Pretending that some letter from the SoH constitutes Authorization is utterly asinine.

And don't tell me we're not in a war; one of our planes went down and our pilots had to be rescued.  Neither the French or British were flying F15s.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 12:12 | 1095550 Republican Lackey
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Totally disingenuous. But you do bring up a good point that it is Congress that can do something about all this BS going on in the world. The new Congress has done nothing but try and stop gay marriage.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 15:43 | 1096462 SilverFiend
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Don't forget that they tried to repeal the worst piece of legislation in history,  the health care bill.  And to reply to your defense of said bill pre-emptively,  if it is such a good bill why are there hundreds of exemptions being handed the president's cronies?

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 16:39 | 1096777 mkkby
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Put 2 and 2 together, Trav. The UN voted for it and the US enforces. (A few other nation states send a token plane or two to make it look like a concensus).  This is the NWO.  Congress has intentionally abrogated.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 17:02 | 1096884 trav7777
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?  The UN didn't "vote" for it...France wanted it and the US and UK went along and because we have Arab League approval to knock KDaf off the russians and chinese abstained.

I'm fully aware of why congress doesn't exercise its Constitutional obligation WRT war powers.  I just mark this engagement as a new low in the situation.  To commit any kind of armed forces to a conflict without even consulting the branch empowered to declare these things, plus with no national address, and essentially from a fucking golf is that about?

Busch was a miserable President but at least he appeared to take SOMETHING seriously. 

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 13:09 | 1095802 Problem Is
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Is that Bankster-Puppet-Teleprompter-in-Bitch... I mean in-Chief, hiding out in South America with his family where the radioactive Japanese trade winds don't blow?

BTW: Uber-Tight-Face-Lift Pelosi is currently in Italy...

Just a coincidence... nothing to see here but a totally incompetent, corrupt political class... just move along...

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 13:39 | 1095961 Uncle Henry
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Reminds me of Hurricane Katrina. George Bush was photographed playing the guitar while New Orleans was ethnically cleansed. No accident, that: Nero and his fiddle. Those who run the show were shoving it in your face.

Obama's a placeholder, a Harvard-trained rubber stamp. He's vacationing because he's not needed. The machine goes of itself. He's the moved, not the mover, just a pretty face to make us feel good about "how far we've come". Now, in the 21 century, even a (half) black man can become president and betray the principles of our country just like all the (full) white men before him.

I do wonder if our constitutional law expert in Rio had a pinge of conscience when the military commenced the war against a sovereign nation of 40 years standing, and yet Congress stood by and did nothing. I suspect he's too far gone. The constitution is a dead letter, Congress is impotent, the president is a tool. The situation is dire for  moral, law-abiding citizens, especially those of us who were naive enough to stay in paper.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 17:03 | 1096900 trav7777
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WTF...NO was ethnically cleansed?  By what, a hurricane???

BTW, at what point will blacks actually be responsible for the acts they commit, instead of it being everybody else's fault?

Everywhere NO refugees went, crime spiked is not the fault of ANYONE who doesn't want to be around these people or who flees them.

You wanna live in a black country or black city, have at it.  Detroit is calling you, as is Sierra Leone.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 13:45 | 1096005 onlooker
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IMHO Rasmussen is one of the most accurate pollsters. Daily reading show that Obama today is down 4% of total approve and total disapprove. It has been as low as 10% in the last ten days. Given the events of the last week at home and in the World and Obama being out of Dodge------ these poll numbers seem to indicate that the majority of Americans do not approve of the President. BUT, the numbers do not seem to fit the ZH participators opinions.


Either we have a bunch of grumpy discontents at ZH or we have a population that is inattentive or dullards or don’t pay attention. There is the possibility that they don’t care. All of the above may be true to some extent. However, it is hard to believe that continued high unemployment, a collapse of home ownership and values, a collapse of the US Dollar (as seen by not only ZH but World financials), two wars that appear to be unwinnable and now the start of a third war that is even more insane, along with the fall of the US as a financial super power.


For the ruling elite, it may be disconcerting that the masses are becoming aware due to and via internet information dissemination. For the thinking citizen, it may be disconcerting that the masses are inactive in letting this Nation go to hell in a hand bag and letting the elite spin the information systems to control the thinking.


A clean sweep of Washington is the only workable answer. Then sweep it again. We need to follow the money and destroy the process that lets the big money rule the citizens of the US. This is the time to look harder at MLK, Gandhi, and Mandela tactics interwoven with today’s technology.

My warning is this, leadership can mask itself to appear to be the salvation and end up being a Castro, Hamas or ---- well I will not take the risk of saying it.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 14:40 | 1096226 GFORCE
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Obama's not the one pulling the strings so it doesn't really matter where he is.

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 14:42 | 1096232 GFORCE
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Obama's not the one pulling the strings so it doesn't really matter where he is.

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