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

Vamos, pues.  

Oh wait!  Liberals first!

Yen Cross's picture

  "Farbe fucken Knugen"?

 Oh wait, that's the Volkswagon commercial...

BigJim's picture

Banzai, that is just breathtaking.

Maybe it's time Netanyahu got a Hitler moustache? He's certainly got the combover to go with it.

robertsgt40's picture

I guess Obama wants us to see him as folksy

Loose Caboose's picture

Yes, well, that's amusing right there. 

junction's picture

Okay.  By the way, the banner headline at the Drudge Report involves Ebola.


OUTBREAK! Ebola terror: Passenger dies at London airport 'Everyone's just petrified'

Published: 45 mins ago

(MIRROR) — Airport staff tonight told of their fears of an Ebola outbreak after a passenger from Sierra Leone collapsed and died as she got off a plane at Gatwick.

Workers said they were terrified the virus could spread globally through the busy international hub from the West African country which is in the grip of the deadly epidemic.

The woman, said to be 72, became ill on the gangway after she left a Gambia Bird jet with 128 passengers on board. She died in hospital.

Read more at http://mobile.wnd.com/2014/08/ebola-terror-passenger-dies-at-london-airp...

shovel ready's picture

At the time of my reading the banner title is "EBOLA TERROR AS PASSENGER DIES AT LONDON AIRPORT"


There is no 'outbreak'.


There is no ebola. Quote from the article, "At around 11pm on Sunday, the Department of Health said that tests for the deadly Ebola virus on the woman who died at Gatwick had proved negative.


There is enough in the world to be scared about - even ebola - without sensationalising and making shit up.

Catullus's picture

It also says

"The patient was not symptomatic on the plane and therefore there is no risk of Ebola being passed on to either flight crew or other passengers.

Yet died on the jetbridge. Not symptomatic yet dies getting off the plane.

It would be highly unlikely to spread Ebola on a plane though.

Urban Redneck's picture

Sweating and vomiting at the time of collapse would be symptomatic of ebola.

The bigger issue is the fucking 45-hour press quarantine, since the victim changed planes in Gambia.

fonzannoon's picture

a fucking plane comes in from sierra leone and some woman drops dead in a pile of vomit and sweat?

That sounds pretty fuckin scary to me.

thamnosma's picture

And if it wasn't Ebola, hell, maybe it's something new!

Quus Ant's picture

That's a good story, but this one from drudge piqued my curiosity:


Someone's cleaning house! 

boattrash's picture

"The Army has close to 514,000 soldiers now, but will have to be down to 510,000 by October, shrink to 490,000 by October 2015 and be down to 450,000 by 2019"

....and in D.C.'s infinite fucking wisdom, be sure to make the big cuts in the leadership positions.

Freddie's picture

Maybe the military brass should have defended the Constitution.  Congress, the exec branch and judicial branch sure as (isra)hell has not.  The news media, TV, Hollywood have helped the police state at every step including Silicon Valley and Wall Street plus the Pentagon

Nick Jihad's picture

To my mind, that's 24000 talented, motivated individuals whose efforts will soon be devoted to productive activities, versus shooting expensive munitions at illiterate goatherds in Afghanistan.

Steroid's picture

It is starting to reveal behind the curtain.

Lost Word's picture

From Drudge Report:

Ebola scare at London airport

passenger from Africa dies with Ebola symptoms



Payne's picture

It is strange that this news appears in the UK and the US.  Kinda of like they want you to be fearful, hmm.

Rootin' for Putin's picture

i have to wonder why they are even still allowing flights from there.

The brits better be going long on Sade LP's and Batman soundtracks.

kchrisc's picture

This just in: TSA, in addition to feeling you and grandma up, is, due to Ebola, now going to require a urine, blood and a stool sample before permitting you to board a flight. They said that they would take care of the blood and stool sample themselves with a cavity search, but you will need to complete the urine sample yourself. They also said that you should drink lots of water and arrive an extra hour before the 3 hours you would normally arrive at the "Constitution-free zone," airport.



crazybob369's picture

Just curious; is there a law against urinating on a TSA agent? Just in case he asks for a urine sample.

kchrisc's picture

That would make you a "terrorist." However, thinking of it has made me realize that we, critical-thinking Americans, are all "terrorists." So pissing on a TSA would make one a doubleplusbad "terrorist."

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

It's not "Constitution-free" Zone, but "Constitution-enhanced". For your enhanced security.

Just like it's not torture, but Enhanced Interrogation".

Urban Redneck's picture

The plane landed at 8.15am SATURDAY MORNING, and this is just hitting the news now... MIDNIGHT SUNDAY.

The Ministry of Truth and #10 Downing Street need to nuked from orbit, it's the only way to be sure information is released in a timely fashion.

At least Gatwick is only the 9th busiest airport in Europe.

NYPoke's picture

Um, I was expecting a cartoon, a funny one.  I'm now bummed.

Skateboarder's picture

The word "folks" is now ruined for me.

The Shootist's picture

Nobody uses that word more than Barack the magic negro. Capiche, folks?

knukles's picture

Ah, "folks", "Homelandsecurity".....
Reminds me of the good olde days in Germany, back in the '30's, Krystalle nacht, the Wannsee dinners....

nmewn's picture


(This is an experiment)

Cathartes Aura's picture

ahh, there's nowt so queer as folk. . .

pain_and_soros's picture

Don't worry

Obama is just a folking juck

BurningFuld's picture

Theda...theda....theda.....theda...that's all folks.

gimli's picture

It seems we've all been folked

messymerry's picture

folk folkety folk folk folk - Cartman

Dre4dwolf's picture

Obama is just mad because he has to use the girly weights at the gym, so he is trying to make the world more "fair" by banning individuality and personal achievement. 


Obama's Utopia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4-hEfqpxIg

The strong wear weights, the beautiful wear masks and the intelligent wear earpieces that fire off loud noises to keep them from taking unfair advantage of their brains. It is a poetic tale of triumph and tragedy about a broken family, a brutal government, and an act of defiance that changes everything.

orangegeek's picture

which fucks are calling us folks again??

Fuku Ben's picture

Ein Folks, Ein Reich, Ein Führer

Dr. Engali's picture

Don't worry, we've been reassured that it's well contained:

Ebola terror at Gatwick as passenger collapses and dies getting off Sierra Leone flight


And all you fucks, I mean folks, who second guess what the "experts" tell us are whack jobs.

Everybodys All American's picture

Doc, The absence of common sense in dealing with this problem is shocking even by today's lower standards.

Dr. Engali's picture

It's fucking amazing to me. I was on another site where there was a thread discussing the fact that .gov was bringing it to the U.S, and I couldn't believe how many people were okay with it. They were of the opinion of "well they shouldn't have to die in that country away from their families"..... Uh hmm hello ..... They left their families to go over there in the first place.

knukles's picture

Doc?  What the hell was it, "HuffPo"?  Seriously....

thamnosma's picture

Could easily have been CNN, Washington Post, NYT, and on and on.  Americans are so dimwitted.

nmewn's picture

As opposed to RT or BBC or...

thamnosma's picture

Well, I couldn't list them all!   However, my guess is that RT posters might be a tad less sanguine.  BBC posters probably wish Britain would import some.

CoolBeans's picture

Well, it is now 5 hours from me...contained, maybe, until an accident happens.  

There is a reason the CDC wanted these subjects here...