Obama's "Folks"

Tyler Durden's picture

When President Obama explained so eloquently on Friday that the US "tortured some folks," we got an eery sense of deja vu about his phrasing. Sure enough, as The Washington Post reports, it was very much not the first time that he'd used the word "folks."


March 2014. Folks discussed: Hardworking folks, folks cooking meals for the troops, folks at the top, chairless folks, folks who need a raise.

Talking to an audience in Connecticut, Obama discussed income inequality -- "there are folks at the top who are doing better than ever" -- but "we understand that some folks are going to earn more than others." But he was fighting to give "hardworking folks" a pay increase. Folks like the "folks who are cooking the meals of our troops, or washing their dishes, or cleaning their clothes."

He also apologized because he knew "the folks here don't have chairs."


February 2014. Folks discussed: Folks who worked at Costco, folks who earned tips, folks with pockets.

This one is pretty easy to piece together.


October 2012. Folks discussed: Rich folks, middle class folks, Chinese folks, gangbanger folks, folks who mess with Americans.

During a presidential debate, Obama says that Mitt Romney wants "to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules." He, on the other hand wants "give middle-class families and folks who are striving to get into the middle-class some relief." Different folks.

He later accuses Romney of investing in companies that "are building surveillance equipment for China to spy on its own folks." And he makes his case on immigration: "What I've also said is if we're going to go after folks who are here illegally, we should do it smartly and go after folks who are criminals, gang bangers."

On Benghazi, he reminded Americans of his longstanding plan. "[O]ne of the things that I've said throughout my presidency is when folks mess with Americans, we go after them."


August 2011. Folks discussed: Korean folks, folks outside machine shops, non-farm folks.

Obama's weekly address was about putting Americans (American folks) back to work. He wanted to "see folks in Korea driving Fords, Chevys and Chryslers," he said. He wanted folks in Washington to put country before party, lessons he learned from having "shaken hands with folks outside machine shops and churches, corner stores and farms." (Folks who are outside of farms are not farmers, for the record.)


August 2011. Folks discussed: Folks who clean our water, folks in hats, folks who don't talk about patent reform, anxious folks, folks familiar with corn-based ethanol, folks in Washington.

A town hall in Minnesota. The president, kicking into reelection mode defends government workers, the FEMA folks, "the folks who keep our water clean and our air clean to breathe ... And when you go to a national park, and those folks in the hats."

Folks in Minnesota, he knew, were familiar with ethanol additives, but maybe those folks weren't as familiar with patent reform. Anyway, folks were "feeling a little anxious and distressed" about the economy, and he would fix it (was his argument).


August 2009. Folks discussed: Folks being crushed, critical folks, folks with signs, folks who created a mess.

Campaigning in Virginia, Obama rails against the folks, critics, who say the economy is a mess. He doesn't want to hear the "folks who created the mess do a lot of the talking." He also notes that sometimes there are folks outside with signs. Meanwhile, Virginia folks are being crushed by health premiums. What a world!


But no folks have been discussed by Obama as much or with as much derision as the folks in Washington, the folks across the aisle, the folks in Congress. Those folks are the folks that make folks in Minnesota so anxious, was what he hoped to get across.

Anyway, the point is: Folks contain multitudes.

Source: The Washington Post

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We are all Obama's "folks" now...

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DoChenRollingBearing's picture

W liked using the term "folks" as well.  

Maybe we should ban the word.

Emergency Ward's picture

The new GM Obama Volt will be nicknamed the FolksWagon.

knukles's picture

Fuck "folks"....  What's this "we" shit, Kenyamosabe?

Deathrips's picture

Yeah..fuck WE.


We didnt build those torture machines.


Remember that at Nuremberg 2.0 traitor.



Liberal's picture

As a staunch liberal, I was outraged when Bush tortured people. But I'm perfectly okay when Obama does it. Hell, I think he ought to kill some more folks with his drones!

Because Obama.

NoDebt's picture

If the days of Fonestar were the "good old days" y'all need a serious perspective readjustment.  It sucked then, bringing it back won't make it suck any less.  And that wasn't even all that long ago.  Snap out of it.  You're still vertical and above ground.  Try to make the most of it.


playnstocks's picture

He's searching the world for the real Nakamoto!

fonzannoon's picture

Ha, I totally forgot about that guy

Here's to you if you are out there Fonestar


gh0atrider's picture

gh0atrider was virtually reincarnated from the spirit of fonestar.  Bitcoin is fine now.  Satoshi rules supreme!

Keyser's picture

trolls never die, they are just reincarnated with a new NIC... Easy to spot though...

jeff montanye's picture

wm. banzai's keaneing of the fuehrer really says it all.

for those with exceptionally strong stomachs and/or very low blood pressure, there is this:


an "of the cuff" interview with british media about africa, a continent he has savaged perhaps more than leopold of belgium and certainly with less to show for it. the interview is the best part of an hour but i didn't get past his use of transparency, the rule of law and respect for property rights before the dry heaves started, about two minutes in.
omniversling's picture

"off the cuff' answers being conveyed thru earpiece. The rythym, hesitation and meter are same as a real-time translator. Sock POTUS.

nmewn's picture

His BitVisa got maxed out? ;-)

Leonardo Fibonacci2's picture

The Mulatto Messiah can be trusted

DoChenRollingBearing's picture


Was his name Francis_Sawyer (although I liked him)?  Almost everybody did.



Johnny Bravo?


There were some EPIC trolls around in the "old days".

We had guys like dumpster and akak to clean 'em out...  Both greatly missed.

fonzannoon's picture

I miss Akak. He was really funny. 

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

I miss akak too. He emailed me a good bye which was very kind. I think I will make an attempt to coax him back this fall knowing he is very busy during the summer. But he did emphasize he was done with everything and he seem like the kind of guy when the portcullis comes crashing down, it's final.


fonzannoon's picture

Miffed fwiw I'd let him be. If I were you I would try to keep in touch with him on a personal level. But there is a lot of living to be done if you can unglue yourself from here.

Just my 2 cents.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

I understand your point fully. This is why I have hesitated. He told me he had also ended participation on other blogs as well so I don't think ZH is entirely the reason. He mentioned he was " done with all of it". I, myself, am questioning this too. Mr and a few others here I communicate with off line are urging me to reevaluate my presence here. They feel I am too emotionally involved. I can see the truth in this. I am often fighting depression and losing balance in my life. Can an alcoholic get by with only a sip vs a bottle? I don't know the answer. Or maybe I'm too cowardly to face it.


fonzannoon's picture

wow that is some deep stuff. again just my 2 cents but if those close to you are encouraging you to "re-evaluate your presence" here i'd heed that advice. i keep in touch with a few people offline in the event i decide to permanently break from here or am shown the door.

I fully believe that being on here has been a massive benefit to me in many ways and a curse as well. but if i had to lean in a direction i'd lean towards a total break. there has got to be a lot of other productive things to do out there than continually rehashing the same debates while we wait for......?

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

A lot of it is simply time. I work full time, have other interests, a 2 hr daily commute and a husband that likes my presence not attached to a keyboard. I am trying to please everyone which is impossible. I may consider a temp hiatus and see where it leads.

I am indebted to ZH in many ways and I do form strong loyalty naturally. That's why I was so shitty in investing. Married my positions. But I do love life, nature and friends. ZH can really bring one down at times and I tend to run on the overly sensitive side. Thanks for your perspective.


knukles's picture

I'm in the same spot, Miffed.
If I simply admit the obvious, am honest through the denial, I've become addicted at the expense of alternative intellectual pursuits. Nothing bad about The Hedge, but is my own fascination.
It's either write those articles, the research on some of which has been done and get along with it or take the 12 step way put.
After all, it is Fight Club.... Me and my ego... And he's burning a lot of "my" time.

Adahy's picture

Moderation in ALL things, even ZH.  Set a 15 min. timer next to the computer.  When it goes off, you're done for the day; off to other projects and adventures.
There's too much to do to spend more than a trivial amount of time on the computer.

ebear's picture

Fading in and out like the Cheshire Cat works for me!

Porky says, find the exact frequency that works for you!



Xandrino's picture

Once you take the red pill there's no going back...

I recognize the personal struggles one faces when the pill's digested.

It's like when you look outside it's a movie playing and you're not in it...

Muh Raf's picture

Let's all be honest here @Xandrino - who wants to go back? Like the guy in the Matrix, send me back and make me a rich rockstar. Better to know the truth than be a dupe. The truth is for the long haul too, all those who say they've had enough might take a breather, but there is nowhere else to go. This is a war of attrition, so don't let the b*st*rds grind you down. I don't care how ugly the images of Palestine are right now, I search them out every day because this is not the time to turn your back on the people without a voice. ZH has done it's fair share to challange the MSM and act as a conduit for opinion i.e. it's a democratic platform. You people are needed by those other people of the world without a voice and if it gets tough and wearisome on here, remember what those suffering are going through at the hands of the bankster morons and how much they need you and your voice. No retreat, no surrender.

StychoKiller's picture

You can only stare into the abyss for so long...find some hobbies that get you away from the keyboard for awhile.

nmewn's picture

Akak is a good man and he is missed here.

Sometimes the stupidity gets too much for someone (and I understand that) but he brought the bar up on pointing out the absolute ignorance levels so we're not having to deal with the completely asinine as much anymore.

For that, we are grateful.

Yen Cross's picture

Where's AKAK  Fonz.   He wasn't deposed by Tyler. If he's out there reading Z/H in his Siberian cave?

   Phone Home AKAK! You're missed!

fonzannoon's picture

He went out in a blaze of glory in some red team blue team thread a while back. It was on of those Putin/Palin threads if I remember. I think both Akak and Lter were so frustrated they just wanted to get knocked out. I guess Akak showed himself the door. 

He was on here a long time. I equate his ability to cut out of here cold turkey like that to this.


Yen Cross's picture

     Sad! AKAK had the unequivocal abilty to destroy "Chinisms" instantly/

A Nanny Moose's picture

Funny how that works. The good ol' days are often filled with many things we detest, until they are gone. That which comes after seems do be comprise of more bad, and less good than the good ol' days...until it too is gone.

StychoKiller's picture

So, you're waxing nostalgic for Johnny Bravo then?

vincent's picture

Fonestar's around.

He posted something over at sgtreport not long ago.

Perhaps he's embarrassed cause his bitcoin account got drained.

gh0atrider's picture

fonestar was banned.  So he reincarnated virtually as gh0atrider.

chunga's picture

akak and slewie phone home! U2 trav777!

Emergency Ward's picture

He made a billion-dollar profit with BC, cashed it in for US dollars and retired from ZH.

Or maybe he is selling BitCoin t-shirts on eBay.

omniversling's picture

Guess he is fonestar. uses same 3rd person grammar and gave the link himself to his 'altered-ego' in this reference with Youtube clip:



Fone Star

"According to the pagan calender, July 20th marks the beginning of the "abduction ceremonies" and then the victim is sacrificed 7 days later.  Abduction?  As in abduct people's bank accounts?  Issue a new currency 7 days later worth 50, 60, 70% less??"


Offered as an example of net traceability...As NSA has already headfaked us: be careful of online footprints...

oklaboy's picture

Kenyamasabe!! love it!!!

knukles's picture

Oh that's so... well... Folksy!
he's just like one of us.
Rolls up his sleeves, opens the collar, tie pulled down.
Golfs a lot.
Goes everywhere on vacation.
Makes lots of tough... um.... decisions?
Or excuses.
Or, uh...
Speeches, makes lots of speeches.
Just like us.
I lecture Mrs K, the kids, my neighbors and uh...
Just like us  



Escrava Isaura's picture

“He who sees with his eyes is blind. The Republic that people senses to be good and real, are living pitifully in a den of evil and ignorance.” -- Socrates

disabledvet's picture

500 Majors not 5000, my bad.

Also "the Russians don't make anything" and "the Chinese only back down when you hit them with something concrete." I don't think that means actual concrete but right now it's hard to tell.

For the record Gerald Ford fell down a lot too.

thamnosma's picture

Only when he chewed gum, DV