Squirrel! Pundits question Obama's distraction campaign

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  • Stalwart Sentinel San Jose, CA
    May 15, 2012 6:35 p.m.

    To patriot -

    "zero opposition" - The timeline you site had the highest number of filibusters ever recorded in the more-than 200 year history of the Senate. Your party sacrificed the well-being of our entire country in order to score political points. They overtly chose party over country.

    Downgrade - S&P Global Credit Report states "[w]e lowered our long-term rating on the U.S. because we believe that the prolonged controversy over raising the statutory debt ceiling (Bachman et al refused to raise debt ceiling) and the related fiscal policy debate indicate that further near-term progress containing the growth in public spending, especially on entitlements (democrats put entitlements on the table for cuts), or on reaching an agreement on raising revenues (repubs uniformly refused to consider raising taxes) is less likely than we previously assumed and will remain a contentious and fitful process. (Captioned commentary added by me.)" So, of the 3 issues, Tea Partiers/conservatives were the problem in all 3 and dems wanted to resolve all 3.

    Budgets - The "People's Budget" blows Ryan's budget out of the water in every performance category according to every non-partisan group comparing the two.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 15, 2012 4:54 p.m.


    Obama had the House, the Senate and the White House for 2 years. Zero opposition. The man got everything he wanted. So what did the country get during those 2 years? Unemployment rose to as high as 10.2% and the US received it's first ever credit downgrade due to our gigantic debt. Obama's debt. Oh and we also got an unconstitutional health care bill rammed down our throats that even democrat's had to be "bought off" to vote for. That same Obamacare bill now has a strangle hold on corporations who won't expand or spend a dime until that insane bill is repealed. Yes OBama was so popular after 2 years that the 2010 mid term elections saw the GOP win nation wide in record numbers all due to people being fed up with Obama-nomics. Sorry Dan but the problem is not the US house - Paul Ryan continues to propose budget after budget for solving our debt crisis and during that time how many budgets has Harry Reid in the senate produced??? ZERO!!!! Who is the REAL road block Dan????

  • IDC Boise, ID
    May 15, 2012 1:56 p.m.

    Give me Romney with a republican house and senate. Then we can compare apples to apples with Obama.

    Of course Obama isn't going anywhere with a republican house, they know his policies aren't going to turn the economy around. The excitement is over, now we need someone to fix the problem.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 14, 2012 11:41 p.m.

    "He has the media on his side. "

    Not true
    According to content analysis by the Pew Research Center President Obama has gotten the most negative coverage in the press during this year’s primary so far.

    re:Redneck Lefty
    "This is a rightwing blogpost parading as a news article. Sorry, but the DN is just not a legitimate news voice any more."

    DN more and more resembles GOP TV ie Fox "News", a tabloid masquerading as a newspaper.

  • RedneckLefty St. George, UT
    May 14, 2012 11:18 p.m.

    Mark Wilson asked:

    "Where is the economic growth?"

    Go ask the auto workers in Detroit.

    "Will the United States be a better country with the new health care law?"

    Ask the college students who are now covered by their parents' insurance plans, the children with preexisting conditions who now cannot be denied coverage, and the seniors for whom the Medicare donut-hole has been closed.

    And of course, ask the GOP, who came up with the idea of the individual mandate in the first place.

  • RedneckLefty St. George, UT
    May 14, 2012 11:15 p.m.

    More trashy, partisan, non-journalistic "news about the news" from the Deseret News. Sigh. This is a rightwing blogpost parading as a news article. Sorry, but the DN is just not a legitimate news voice any more. If this were an article about the political campaigns, that would be legit, but this is an article about articles about the political campaigns, and only about certain rightwing memes in the press.

    And of course, did anybody notice that when we had several months where the unemployment rate was declining more rapidly than it is now, the Republicans were the ones frantically yelling "Squirrel?"

    Then, of course, there's the two years when Republicans could talk about nothing about the "squirrel" of Obama's birth certificate.

    And then there's the war the GOP started chasing after the "squirrel" of WMDs in Iraq...

    My, how you've declined, DN. And what short, selective memories you have, GOP.

  • Mark Wilson Provo, UT
    May 14, 2012 11:11 p.m.

    Where is the economic growth? I understand that a President must work with Congress to get certain things done... but he is supposed to be a LEADER. How has he lead America in creating jobs?

    What about health care? Will the United States be a better country with the new health care law?

    Are 4 more years of this kind of leadership what America needs? I think it's time to elect a new President.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    May 14, 2012 11:09 p.m.


    Obama came into office with an almost 70% approval rating. He is the first black President in history and had the support of the majority of Americans. He has the media on his side. He had everything going for him and he squandered it. It's not the GOPs fault, it's his economic policy. It is old and worn out and he tried to push it on the country and it hasn't worked. As Bill Clinton and Caroline Kennedy have both said, Barack Obama is an amateur.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    May 14, 2012 10:36 p.m.

    Reading some of the logic here, no wonder America'a in trouble and head south...If Obama wins, Aamerica loses.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 14, 2012 9:19 p.m.

    "Reagan wouldn’t identify with this party. There’s a streak of intolerance in the Republican Party today that scares people. Intolerance is a very dangerous thing in a society because it always leads to a tragic ending. Ronald Reagan was never driven by ideology. He was a conservative but he was a practical conservative. He wanted limited government but he used government and he used it many times. And he would work with the other party. …
    Now the Republican Party is in the hands of the right, I would say the extreme right, more than ever before. You’ve got a Republican Party that is having difficulty facing up to the fact that if you look at what happened during the first 8 years of the century, it was under Republican direction. …
    The Republican Party is dealing with this schizophrenia. It was the Republican leadership that got us into this mess. If Nixon or Eisenhower were alive today, they would be run out of the party."
    (Chuck Hagel, GOP Senator representing Nebraska 1997-2009)

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    May 14, 2012 8:55 p.m.

    His presidency is too familiar: people out of jobs, gas getting more expensive almost daily (last week it jumped 10 cents a gallon), the prevailing feeling that America is on the decline. He reminds me too much of Carter. I won't be voting for him.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 14, 2012 8:35 p.m.


    As has been pointed out many times, Obama did not have a filibuster-proof majority for 2 yrs. The reality is he only had a filibuster-proof majority for a few months, on an intermittent basis, during his first 2 yrs.

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    May 14, 2012 8:34 p.m.

    Obama has no viable credit to run on so he has to undrcut Romney any chance he gets. He talks more about Romney than he does his failing economy and what he can do to improve it, if anything. Good luck to Mitt Romney and hope no one falls for the Obama hype again like they did last election. We really need a change this time, but by someone who knows what he is doing, not Obama.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    May 14, 2012 8:27 p.m.

    lValfre: Where's the unbiased media? Certainly not in Chicago.

  • UtahCentrist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2012 8:09 p.m.

    "Give us a positive slant on Obama. Please!"

    Challenge Accepted. Simple. He's not a Republican or a Tea Party suck-up.

    Ever since Obama was elected, the right has gone in to full-tilt unhinged mode. Conspiracy theories, outright racism, all sorts of falsehoods, contempt for the demands of compromise and the general intelligence of their audience. A total lack of civility and treating their opponents with respect. They've had a chance to self-correct, but they blew it.

    Obama has many flaws, but at least he acts like a Grown-Up who wants to make things work. In contrast, the right over the past 4 years has basically acted like spoiled, entitled children who will scream and throw tantrums until they get their way. As an independent voter I can't help but look at the antics of the GOP side and think "THESE are the people who think they should be in charge?"

    Republicans haven't EARNED forgiveness from the Bush years to deserve the reins of power again. To win my vote, you have to win my respect, and I still respect Obama more than today's GOP.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    May 14, 2012 7:37 p.m.

    Obama had two years with a majority in both houses of congress. That should have been ample time to get through the bills that were supposed to stimulate this economy. The original plan was the trillion dollar stimulus that HAD to be passed so unemployment didn't go over 8%. It has never come back below 8% since.

    When the 'shovel-ready' projects didn't set the economy blazing, the mantra quickly became, "He saved us from going into a 2nd great depression." Now we are just stuck in the same place. This is the 'new normal' we are told.

    Does anyone see unemployment levels dropping back down to where they were during the Bush years? Seriously. Other than a tax policy obsessed with 'fairness' and making people 'pay their fair share', what economic plan does Obama have? There is nothing that his supporters can point to that would lead us to believe the next four years will be better.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 14, 2012 7:25 p.m.

    Patriot.... absolutely a silly question. It is like asking would I want my plumber to do my electrical work. You can be a leader in one and still not very good at the other. Business run completely different from the government. Business are all about making maximum profit from you and I. Their sole goal is to provide the least amount of benefit for the maximum price they can get. And what they have left over, they split with their share holders and provide themselves large bonuses. What part of that sounds like a constitutional government?

    This is nothing more that a very weakly written piece of political rhetoric. Of course Obama is going to run on saying there is more to this election than just the economy. Heck, it if was just the economy, we should all adopt the Chinese methodology because it is by far the fastest growing economy in the world. But it isn't just that simple. The government can afford to wage wars like a Venture Capitalist does by hoping they win more wars than they loose - bet big or go home theory. The US needs to win all wars, not just 2/3rds.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 14, 2012 6:44 p.m.


    Give us a positive slant on Obama. Please!

  • Steven11421 AUSTIN, TX
    May 14, 2012 6:37 p.m.

    Sitting in a blue city in a very red state, I get great information from both sides of the political equation. Don't believe the liberals that post here. If the election were held today the best Obama could hope for is a even split electorate vote. Obama is failing in most (but not all) swing states.

    I do hope that he keep using the squirrel campaign approach. Every day he does he looses more votes.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    May 14, 2012 6:29 p.m.

    Given that most of the people complaining about Obama here wouldn't vote for him if he were to drag their children out of a burning building, I don't think the President is worrying too much about stories like this.

    It may be hard to tell out there in Utah, but Henry Drummond is right. Look at how the individual states are polling and Obama wins easily. I don't imagining the DN pointing that out anytime soon, though.

    What's next, guys? A front-page story on how dreamy Mitt is?

  • Stalwart Sentinel San Jose, CA
    May 14, 2012 6:19 p.m.

    To Counter Intelligence - For the record, which specific bills are you referring to that require people to pay for morning after pills? And, why does society care what your or anyone's "will" is in relation to a constitutionally protected right?

    To ute alumni - No subject changing here.

    Re: Taxes - Specifically, when has Obama raised taxes? And how does that compare to the single largest tax break ever given to Americans in Obama's stimulus? The fact is, we tried tax breaks to stimulate the economy and it didn't work - it never works; neither does austerity (see UK double dipping, Greece, et al).

    Re: Spending -

    Under Obama: $5.1trillion
    Spending in place before Obama took office (ie Iraq, tax breaks, etc...): $3.6trillion (71%)
    New stimulus spending: $1.1trillion (22%)
    Non-bailout new spending: $400bil (7%)

    Under Bush: $4.9trillion
    Spending in place before Bush took office (surplus): (0%)
    New stimulus spending: $800billion (16%)
    Non-bailout new spending: $4.1trillion (84%)

    Bush's discretionary spending increased the national debt by 74%. Obama's discretionary spending increased the national debt by 4%. Romney is patently in line w/ Bush on these policies. Which "CEO's" books look better?

  • Pa. Reader Harrisburg, PA
    May 14, 2012 5:58 p.m.

    The pro-Romney bias of the Deseret News is beyond embarrassing.
    Our president is well regarded around the world and throughout the country, even by many who will ultimately not vote for him. To read your paper, however, our president seems to be a sort of evil demon.
    It is comforting to know the influence of the DN does not extend beyond the fantasyland of Utah, where the majority longs for a white president straight out of the 1960s who will make them feel safe and protected from an imaginary boogeyman.
    We have watched as many LDS have migrated back to Utah in search of an Ozzie and Harriet lifestyle. Hope they are happy in their black and white society where the powerful and privileged keep everyone else in their place.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    May 14, 2012 5:56 p.m.

    Imitation is the highest form of flattery. This is what the Republicans have been doing. The funny thing is that its working. Obama leads in swing states and if the election were held today would easily win the electoral college.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    May 14, 2012 5:28 p.m.

    DNews this is getting embarassing. The only articles published for Mitt are positive and for President Obama they have only negative slants. Please oh please tell me again about the political nuetrality of the church and paper that it owns.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 14, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    Still not voting romney.

  • UtahCentrist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    The article only quotes conservative pundits. As far as this article is concerned any moderate, centrist or liberal pundits don't matter and may as well not exist.

    Is it any surprise that the article presents a single viewpoint and has zero balance whatsoever? This is just shamefully subpar political editorializing. Why is the DN afraid of any semblance of balance?

  • UtahCentrist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2012 5:10 p.m.

    There is desperation in the air, but it's not coming from the Obama campaign.

    It should be no secret to anyone who reads it that Deseret News is in the tank for Romney. Based on the type of "headlines" that the DN has been using over the past few days, it seems that the pro-Romney editorial staff is starting to panic.

    What else can explain the laughably slanted headlines and content? The aren't even trying to hide the bias any more.

    Come on, DN. Are you a news source or a pro-Romney propaganda outfit?

  • mamiejane Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2012 5:09 p.m.

    Why is the Deseret News running a front page story, labeled as news, that rehashes the quotes of conservative media figures? That kind of thing is fine as commentary but if the newspaper is going to run a story about what commentators are saying about the President's re-election strategy, the story should quote from columnists who write from different perspectives. This story would be fine on the opinion page but it does not belong above the digital fold in the news section.

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    May 14, 2012 5:05 p.m.

    Instereo: I'm pretty sure I don't believe in the same Constitution you do. I believe in a Constitution where the rights of government are granted by the people, not the other way around.

  • Instereo Eureka, UT
    May 14, 2012 4:54 p.m.

    When I look at what the GOP has done the past two years in states like Wisconsin or Ohio, I can see why Pres. Obama is doing what he's doing. How else can all the damage done in the name of conservatism be fixed. It seems conservative believe in rights for everyone except gays, women, minorities, union members, teachers......... When I hear someone putting down Pres. Obama, I think of all the people he's standing up for and realize the person complaining doesn't believe in the same constitution I do.

  • peabody Steamboat Springs, CO
    May 14, 2012 4:19 p.m.

    Typical right-wing drivel.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    May 14, 2012 4:15 p.m.

    Funny how Obama campaigns are distractions and Romney's are okay. Anything against Obama and for Romney becomes an article in this paper. Where's the unbiased media at?

  • DanO Mission Viejo, CA
    May 14, 2012 4:09 p.m.

    toosmartforyou, Did you do know the individual mandate was the republican's compromise?

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    May 14, 2012 4:08 p.m.


    If the president can only do so much, and if it is ok for you to blame Congress for economic failures (for Republicans taking control of the House 2 years ago), then I would guess that you have no objection when people say that since the president can only do so much, then it is Congress's fault for the economic collapse because the Democrats took control of the house 2 years earlier.

    "toosmartforyou, You may want to check your calendar. The affordable healthcare act passed in 2009."

    I highly recommend that YOU check the calendar. The healthcare bill was signed into law Tuesday March 23rd, 2010 (only 2 days after it passed in the House, less than 48 hours later, despite Obama's campaign promise to post every bill he gets online and give the public 5 days to read it and tell him what they think before he signs it: YEAH RIGHT!).

    Have you noticed that Obama seems to be turning attention away from his healthcare bill as well as the economy? Two things he pretended for so long to be his biggest "successes" are really starting to hurt him.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 14, 2012 4:05 p.m.

    its funny if you actually read other news sources outside the DN, fox, and "conservative bloggers" you will see that obama has actually talked about the economy several times in the last two weeks alone.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2012 4:00 p.m.

    The distraction campaign, aided by the media, is the only strategy that will work. Obama's broken promises of 2008 are not the stuff of re-election. His sycophants in the press would rather talk abut Romney's high school activities (not forgiven by the press) rather than Obama's high school alcohol, weed and cocaine (forgiven by the press). How did Obama get into college? His transcripts and records are not available. The press seems strangely silent until they have a chance to find out that Romney messed up someone's hair in high school. And we brag about freedom of the press.

  • DanO Mission Viejo, CA
    May 14, 2012 3:55 p.m.

    Flying Finn, please tell us what the President can do on his own without Congress passing legislation. The President and Congress got a lot done in the first two years before the loons in the tri-corner hats took over (who incidentally ran on fixing the economy, yet have been promoting nothing but social issues since).

    I know Republicans like to rewrite history, but I'm amazed you'd go so far as to try and rewrite the present.

    May 14, 2012 3:50 p.m.

    yet another childish "compilation" with an even more childish headline by the DN what happened to actual news stories?

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    May 14, 2012 3:48 p.m.

    And today I'm reading where Obama conference called several of his trusted spiritual consultants only hours after making his announcement on supporting gay marriage.
    Though I doubt that reverend Wright was among them, go figure.

    They were leaders of several African American congregations, who I'm sure he was hoping would support and defend his decision.
    To their credit, they did not. Nor have their congregations.
    The days of Obama's smoke and mirrors are about to end.
    The fog is clearing and sunshine is beginning to pour in.
    His moon walking just stepped into a bear trap.
    The dance is over Obama. Time to turn in your shoes.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    May 14, 2012 3:47 p.m.

    @ DanO

    Yes, the reform in congress started in 2010. But what about the years previous when the Democrats didn't even propose a budget, let alone pass one? All they could do was sopend us trillions of dollars into debt. Does that take any kill to spend money you don't have? And now they hauled out and dusted off their rhetoric that everything wrong with the country is the fault of the Republicans. Maybe if the Democrats were reallly trying to accomplish something in a bi-partisan way they'd get some support. How much supporrt from the opposite party did Obamacare receive? (Compare it with the Civil Rights legislation of the 1960's if you dare.) And why is it likely to be found unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court? Why can't Dem's own their mistakes instead of everything being the fault of Republicans, Georgw Bush or the Tea Party? What nonsense they spew.

  • TheProudDuck Newport Beach, CA
    May 14, 2012 3:42 p.m.

    "Squirrel" -- Perfect.

    Re: Bain, their overall record is positive job creation. More than the President can boast of (he's still down over a million from when he started).

    I don't think the guys who gave Solyndra the better part of a billion dollars in federal loan guarantees the year before it went bankrupt and threw 1,100 people out of work, have much business kvetching about better men's business judgment.

  • Flying Finn Murray, UT
    May 14, 2012 3:33 p.m.

    Re: DanO Mission Viejo, CA
    "The President can only do so much on his own to create jobs."

    Bill Clinton's campaign slogan was "It's the economy stupid". Now it is the Republican's turn to use it, and excuses just aren't going to cut it with the voters this November.

    You can spin it anyway you want but the economy is in trouble and Obama just isn't up to the task he was hired to do.

  • DanO Mission Viejo, CA
    May 14, 2012 3:26 p.m.

    toosmartforyou, You may want to check your calendar. The affordable healthcare act passed in 2009. You seem to have missed there was an election in 2010 where the "tea party" took the house and took away the super majority in the senate? The House is republican controlled and the republicans constantly filibuster anything in the Senate.

  • Atikokan Sutherlin, OR
    May 14, 2012 3:14 p.m.

    Obama is as sharp as a marble.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    May 14, 2012 3:06 p.m.

    @ DanO

    The Republicans aren't in power. If they were you'd have never seen Obamacare pass. The Republicans are trying to get their power back. Now if those in power hadn't spent the country blind for generations yet unborn, I'd be more ionclined to vote for them. A by-partisan approach to healthcare was never on Obama's plate, nor was sound economic policy. For over three years every misstep was "Bush's Fault" and finally those chickens are going to come home to roost. Ask yourself this: If the Democrats were so responsible, why haven't they passed a bugdet when they owned both houses of Congress and the Whitehouse? There is no answer to that, my friend, only political excuses.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    May 14, 2012 2:59 p.m.

    The problem is that Obama's record spending on new programs really clouds his ability to be taken seriously as one who attempting to help our economy. No one would love an economic rebound more than Obama, but he wants it for the wrong reasons. So he can spend more...

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    May 14, 2012 2:58 p.m.

    Obama is strong on rhetoric and short on public policy that has anything meaningful to it regarding any class of people except those that expect the government to care for them from the cradle to the grave.

    Most voters will see past this charade come November.

  • DanO Mission Viejo, CA
    May 14, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    The President can only do so much on his own to create jobs. The failure is the inaction of Congress, specifically the House who openly said their number one priority was to keep Obama from being reelected. If you want to blame anyone, blame the Republicans for holding any real action hostage in the name of staying in power.

  • CKirkland South Jordan, UT
    May 14, 2012 2:30 p.m.

    Sure Obama's understanding or real-world economics and job creation is atrocious, but if you look at some of his successes, like for instance the time he. . . SQUIRREL!!!

  • Stalwart Sentinel San Jose, CA
    May 14, 2012 2:19 p.m.

    Since 2010, conservatives in state legislatures all across the country have literally passed and/or proposed more than 1,000 bills that curb women's health rights, the democrats address this issue head on (including Obama), and the democrats came out on top in terms of public support. High five for us liberals who secretly plotted to have conservatives pass legislation that we find repulsive just so we could play a "distraction campaign!"

    MItt Romney had previously pronounced his open support for an Amendment to the COTUS (I thought it was a state issue thing, conservatives?) to define marriage as pertaining only to one man and one woman. The Obama Administration provided a rebuttal last week to Romney's stance (ironically, Obama conceded he still thought it was a state issue). The Obama Administration seems to have won that public battle too. Bwahahah, our liberal plot of "distraction campaigning" is nearly complete!

    Wait a sec, did I just read in the NYTimes today that Obama released a new ad directly addressing Romney's job creation at Bain? Is that report directly disproving the juvenile points made in this article? Man, we liberals almost had it. If only we.. squirrel!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 14, 2012 2:16 p.m.

    here's a question - would you want Obama to run your company? Yes if today it was announced that Barack OBama would be your new CEO would you stand and cheer or start updating your resume? Obama has ZERO credibility on the economy and all his distractions are only going to cement in peoples mind the ugly truth - this man has no clue and at the end of the day people today care about their jobs - their homes and the economic future and OBama has nothing but more of the same to offer.