Obama’s Weekly Address: “Oh, I Almost Forgot, Have A Nice 4th Of July”

The conversation for NMP Obama’s Weekly Address probably went something like

O.: I want to yammer on about corporate jets

Staff: OK, that’s good, because Americans are really concerned about them. You should probably mention Independence Day

O.: You mean that right wingnut holiday? Is that this weekend? What’s it about?

S.: It’s Monday, Mr. President. Same day as your daughters birthday. And means a lot to the flag lovers

O.: Really? Oh, well, stick it on the ‘prompter

And we get

Right now, there are a lot of folks who are still struggling with the effects of the recession.  They’re wondering how they’d deal with an unexpected expense if their car breaks down.  They’re worried about layoffs. They’re not sure if they can help their kids pay for college. And for many families, these challenges were around long before the recession hit in 2007.

Like, always, but, obviously, this is an attempt to offset the Right side point about Democrats taking over Congress in 2007, and blaming Bush and the GOP.

I ran for President because I believed in an America where ordinary folks could get ahead; where if you worked hard, you could have a better life.  That’s been my focus since I came into office, and that has to be our focus now.  It’s one of the reasons why we’re working to reduce our nation’s deficit.  Government has to start living within its means, just like families do.  We have to cut the spending we can’t afford so we can put the economy on sounder footing, and give our businesses the confidence they need to grow and create jobs.

All About O. Yet, perhaps he has learned something, and that government has to “start living within its means.”

The good news is, Democrats and Republicans agree on the need to solve the problem.  And over the last few weeks, the Vice President and I have gotten both parties to identify more than $1 trillion in spending cuts.  That’s trillion with a ‘t.’  But after a decade in which Washington ran up the country’s credit card, we’ve got to find more savings to get out of the red.  That means looking at every program and tax break in the budget – every single one – to find places to cut waste and save money.  It means we’ll have to make tough decisions and scale back worthy programs.  And nothing can be off limits, including spending in the tax code, particularly the loopholes that benefit very few individuals and corporations.

Face palm. “Spending in the tax code.” That means tax hikes. But, I sort of agree: let’s look at every tax break. How about looking at some of those tax free funds that benefit millionaires? We should look at those, too.

Now, it would be nice if we could keep every tax break, but we can’t afford them.  Because if we choose to keep those tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, or for hedge fund managers and corporate jet owners, or for oil and gas companies pulling in huge profits without our help – then we’ll have to make even deeper cuts somewhere else.  We’ve got to say to a student, ‘You don’t get a college scholarship.’  We have to say to a medical researcher, ‘You can’t do that cancer research.’ We might have to tell seniors, ‘You have to pay more for Medicare.’

Yes, he is going to yammer about this for quite some time, apparently. Much like his slurpee and driving into a ditch points, he seems to love the corporate jet thing. Good thing Obama doesn’t receive all sorts of tax free perks, like a private chef, a country vacations estate, use of jumbo jets, a rent free McMansion, and a $50,000 entertainment budget. Taxpayer funded, and tax free, trips around the world. People in the private sector have to pay tax on the value of private jet trips. I’m not saying Obama should pay a tax on them, he won the job of POTUS, even if he doesn’t act like one, but, it is rather hypocritical of him to complain when he jumps on AF1 to make a quick jaunt to a fundraiser.

On Monday, we celebrate Independence Day, the day we declared a new nation, based on revolutionary idea: that people ought to determine their own destiny; that freedom and self-governance weren’t gifts handed to us by kings or emperors, but the rights of every human being.  We’ve learned in the years since that democracy isn’t always pretty.  We have arguments.  We disagree.  But time and again we’ve proven that we could come together to solve problems.  We remember that while we may not see eye-to-eye on everything, we share a love for this country and a faith in its future.  That’s the spirit we need to harness now.  That’s how we’ll meet this challenge and reach a brighter day.  Thanks for listening, and have a wonderful fourth of July.

So good of him to finally mention Independence Day….wait, what was that thing about people determining their own destiny? Freedom and self-governance? How does that jibe with ObamaCare and the individual mandate? And corporate jets? Raising taxes? Hey, wasn’t part of the Declaration of Independence about taxes?

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent


We also have the requisite photo of Obama looking snooty, which comes from the video.

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5 Responses to “Obama’s Weekly Address: “Oh, I Almost Forgot, Have A Nice 4th Of July””

  1. Word says:

    The Fourth of July may be just a holiday for fireworks to some people. But it was a momentous day for the history of this country and the history of the world.

    Not only did July 4, 1776 mark American independence from England, it marked a radically different kind of government from the governments that prevailed around the world at the time — and the kinds of governments that had prevailed for thousands of years before.

    The American Revolution was not simply a rebellion against the King of England, it was a rebellion against being ruled by kings in general. That is why the opening salvo of the American Revolution was called “the shot heard round the world.” Thomas Sowell……..

    In order to dilute the specialness of America we fail to teach history and what history is now taught in schools RUN BY PROGRESSIVE UNIONS……is history edited and changed and distorted.

    Remember the words from the editor of the Progressive Magazine last year about the 4th of July::

    It’s July 4th, my least favorite holiday.

    And I’m not referring to the bugs, or the crowds, or the traffic on the highways.

    I’m talking about the mindless patriotic bubble bath we’re all supposed to soak in all weekend long.

    Well, not me.

    My heart does not beat faster at the strains of the Star Spangled Banner, much less at the sight of F-16s flying overhead to kick off the show.

    You see, I don’t believe in patriotism.

    America is not special and we will teach them they are not in schools run by PROGRESSIVE UNIONS>…………so you see……As Sowell says above the 4th of July was a shot heard round the world and the progressives have been putting ear muffs on our children for a century now.

    and that is my word of the day.

  2. captainfish says:


    hahahaahahaha.. so, wait. a tax code write-off is….. “spending”????

    So, I wonder what he and his socialists brethren call the homeowner’s deduction, the child deduction, the daycare deduction, the school loan or investor’s deductions, the Earned Income Credit REFUND, the “making work pay” REFUND, the ….etc

    If you want to get petty and start poking around the tax code NMP.. there does seem to be lots of room there.

    Hey, how about starting with the perks Congress gets…. since you seem to think they are evil and have done everything against your deficit-hawk wishes.

  3. Thanks, Pat. Linked ya back this morning in the Patriotic Pinup

  4. captainfish says:


    cross-linking. Wait, doesn’t that destroy the DNA chain or something?

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