David Brooks: Obama knew there was no shovel ready projects

I don’t like duplicating posts in the blogosphere just to do it, and Hot Air has already covered this yesterday, but when I just listened to this for the first time, it just pissed me off royally. I am furious about this and I can’t believe what I am hearing! Not only has Obama admitting that he lied about shovel ready projects, but here is the New York Times reporter David Brooks admitting that Obama told him last year ‘off the record’ that there were no such things as shovel ready projects.

What?!?!?!?!?



Seriously, do we have a better example of arrogance? Obama figures he can admit this lie now and not be persecuted in the press over it and he largely hasn’t. And now the press is admitting they knew it and didn’t care enough to find a way to report it? I mean, seriously, do they even care about the American people who pay for their sucky newspapers? Hell no they don’t! And to listen to David Brooks just say that he likes that Obama is now admitting it – wtf? Brooks is so in the tank that he’s now become the tank! He and the others like him in the MSM are just like the corrupt politicians who care more about ‘after parties’ and cocktail parties and their own damn power than they do about doing what is right for this country! And we all know the immediate hypocrisy of this, that if it were Bush then this would be the new impeachable offense in the MSM.

Do any of us need any better reason than to vote these corrupt politicians out and stop viewing these media-hack outlets so that they go down in flames? If this doesn’t do it, then I don’t know what will.

I’ve set the video to start at 10:04. You can stop listening at the 11:00 mark:

P.S. Because I’m watching football all day I wasn’t going to post anything, but this made me so angry I had to post it. Anyway, enjoy your Sunday night!

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johnos69
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johnos69

David Brooks should be fired! How can you, as a journalist, not tell the truth? I know why. He was probably paid off. I am telling you people. Come 2012 get Christie or Palin as President to hold all and everyone that was a part of this and withheld any information as it pertains to Obama. This is corruption like this country has never seen. This is disgusting and Brooks is a piece of garbage!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

David Brooks is a commentator, not a journalist

Trudy Schoenheit
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Trudy Schoenheit

Yes. Someone give me a rigorous definition of “shove-ready”. Let me see…..
-There’s a guy standing with a Stanley brand shovel right next to a pile of dirt. His arms are tensing, ready to shovel the dirt. His eyes, darting out across the horizon awaiting the money.
-A project with a complete 22 page MS-Project plan, resources costed, leveled and risk-adjusted. Oops. Not ready

In short, what a load of crap. I take it no one at the right scoop has never had to judge, compare, evaluate or project even simple infrastructure projects. So “shovel-ready” becomes just another thing to squeal about because …well, because ignorance needs something so pick something MOST EVERYONE is ignorant about.
Good grief.

Arthur Autrey
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Arthur Autrey

“shove-ready”

nice Freudian slip there, Trudester!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

What about baseball?

PunditPawn
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PunditPawn

Baseball sucks smile

Anonymous
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Anonymous

What about baseball?

detectivedick
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detectivedick

RS, The Nation must give credit for the term “shovel ready” to Maryland’s Progressive Governor Martin O’Malley. He called the President-elect on 12/06/08 and said this: “In Maryland, like states throughout our country, we have identified millions of dollars in ‘shovel-ready’ infrastructure projects that can be started almost immediately once federal funding is approved. We understand and welcome President-Elect Obama’s call for states to ‘use or lose’ these federal funds quickly or risk losing them. As President-Elect Obama understands, not only would an infusion of funds help keep people employed and create new jobs, it would allow us to deliver infrastructure improvements that will last beyond the immediate economic crisis and benefit generations to come.” The term got traction, hence it became just another Progressive phrase like: -working families -affordable healthcare -middle class tax cuts -green jobs -moving forward you get the idea, any statement in 4 words or less.… Read more »

Trudy Schoenheit
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Trudy Schoenheit

Yes. Progressives. As in Progress.
Conservatives. As in Status Quo.
Let’s try out some of the Conservative ones.
-Less Government. Two words
-Less Taxes. Two words. Grammatically incorrect.
-Freedom. One word.
So looks like the Conservatives are even more conservative on their phrases.
Wow. I think we’re onto something majory here.

Arthur Autrey
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Arthur Autrey

those phrases actually mean what they say though.

working families = unions (only 10% of the country)
affordable healthcare

middle class tax cuts = more crap like “earned income credit” for those who pay NOTHING in taxes, and major tax hikes on those who create jobs

green jobs = more redistribution of wealth for jobs that don’t exist to fix a problem that doesn’t exist

moving forward = scrap the Constitution and bring on the NWO

Trudy Schoenheit
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Trudy Schoenheit

Let’s see. We’ve got one guy counting words. And now we’ve got another changing them and (whoa boy!) adding to them.
Kind of a perfect picture of how the Right actually thinks. I really used to think that ignoring meaning was just a cynical tactic. It looks like they’ve discovered an aphasic subspecies out there. A experiment seemingly gone terribly wrong?

detectivedick
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detectivedick

Trudy, you should listen to Rush, Hannity, Levin and watch Beck. Oh, I forgot to mention Savage. However if you insist on living the Progressive lifestyle, please move to Maryland, we are suffering from PMS…..Progressive Mind Syndrome. Have a great day.

Trudy Schoenheit
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Trudy Schoenheit

Hey, I have too little time already with keeping up with the facts. I have no time to listen to opinions/entertainment. And, of course, when I do get time for opinions, I prefer to listen to ones that are entertaining and fact-based.

grizzlybarrmomma
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grizzlybarrmomma

David just put his foot in his mouth. He knew a year ago about the lie. But that’s what he likes about this Admin. They confess their lies (once in a while).. What else isn’t the News covering like they should????? 10 more soldiers testify in hearing about FORT HOOD KILLINGS {12:00 AM CDT on Saturday, October 16, 2010 By LEE HANCOCK / The Dallas Morning News Many recalled puzzlement at what they heard shouted – the Muslim exortation “Allahu akbar” or “God is great.” “Sir, I couldn’t look away. I laid absolutely still as I could because he was shooting everything that moved,” Martin said. “I couldn’t stop watching. It was a nightmare that reoccurs every day.” Martin said a captain from her unit charged the gunman with a folding chair. “But he wasn’t fast enough,” she said, fighting tears, “and he was shot at close range.” Burnett looked… Read more »

PunditPawn
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And that was how Obama got elected. 5 decades from now, if we last that long, historians will look at the age of Obama in disgust of how the country was almost lost due to the lying liberal media thugs who intellectually steal our future through their inbred corruption and subterfuge.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Ahahahahahahahahahahahahhaha

hold on, one second

ahahahhahahahahahhahahahahaha

Okay.

Do you really think that the Obama administration is less ethical than, say…

1) The 2nd Bush Administration (Everything from Valerie Plame to the Iraq War to the PATRIOT act)
2) The Nixon Administration (for f*ck’s sake, he literally tried to usurp Democracy)
3) The Hoover Administration
4) The Polk Administration
5) The Grant Administration

And also Tom DeLay’s tenure in the house.

Like, seriously?

stillgoing
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stillgoing

But….. Mom everyone else was doing it, is that always gonna be your argument?

stillgoing
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stillgoing

But….. Mom everyone else was doing it, is that always gonna be your argument?

stillgoing
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stillgoing

But….. Mom everyone else was doing it, is that always gonna be your argument?

Lincolnsro
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Lincolnsro

The point of this piece is the WILLING DUPLICITY of the media. I do NOT concede your points about Republican Administrations, but Nixon did not have a compliant media (which, post-Watergate, lionized Woodward and Bernstein).
Bush 43 most assuredly did not in anything, let alone the Plame “scandal” (posing in a full color spread in her B’mer is not exactly deep cover).

Go back to playing Tempest, DMK.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You know, Scooter Libby was prosecuted and convicted for that “scandal.”

As for this post, David Brooks is not a reporter for the NYT, he’s a columnist – BIG difference.

The context and content of the supposed remarks has not been presented, so I think it’s pretty hasty to proclaim this a scandal, if nothing else because David Brooks is an intellectual conservative who wouldn’t let something like that slide if he thought the president was lying whole-cloth.

leel
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leel

brooks is only conservative if >>>> IF….. you compare him to pelosi and the likes

PunditPawn
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PunditPawn

Uh, do I think Pelosi and Reid jamming bills through on Christmas eve, others in the dark of night pulling every dirty trick in the book simultaneously while possessing super-majorities in both houses of Congress is unethical? You betcha.Patriot act is still in place and more profusely used than Bush did.Guantanamo is still in place.Outrageous unemployment is still in place.Bush gave Obama $350 Billion on the way out (that Bush could have spent) and congress gave him $787 Billion on top of what Pelosi and Reid have helped steal from future generations (trillions)Obama has increased the deficit more than all previous presidents before him combined.You have no idea about real history besides your lame ‘Nixon’ talking points.

Anonymous
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are. you. sh***ing. me.Ramming through legislation in the dark of night is as old as time and there is more than enough of it to go around for both parties. To be honest, that doesn’t bother me too much. Politics is, and always has been, kind of a dirty game. But it gets too dirty sometimes – which brings me to my next point:Were you even alive during the Bush administration? What about the time when, in order to pass the medicare drug plan – which was conceived behind closed doors for the drug companies – Tom DeLay kept the vote open for THREE HOURS (which has never happened before) while he walked around the house floor trying to convince members of his OWN party to switch their votes, including directly bribing a congressman by saying that he would endorse the man’s son’s political career if he would switch his… Read more »

PunditPawn
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Also, the Bush Administration’s The American People’s faulty intelligence on Iraq has cost us at least as much as the Obama administration’s faulty wisdom on the economy, no? No. Bush’s war lasted 10 years and he kept us from being attacked. Obama’s had several terrorist incidents that failed because he was lucky. Obama’s war on the American people, economy, and health care takes 10 years to just unroll and get started, then haunts them for generations. Plus, Bush’s 52 months of consecutive employment growth had pretty much been undone before Obama had stepped into office. It partially came undone due to Obama coming into office and being bad for business. Add to that the Democrat’s housing crash cluster started by Clinton and piled on by Pelosi, Reid, Waters, Boxer, and others who prevented Bush from stopping it by crying racism in 2005. As for the rest of it, Bill Clinton’s… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

And Tom DeLay/the three hour medicare vote? That’s kind of the biggest one here and you’ve completely ignored it.

And you don’t think Jimmy Carter, agree with him or not, is a genuinely decent person?

And you don’t find the hypocrisy by the Republicans during the Clinton impeachment to be despicable?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

“Also, the Bush Administration’s The American People’s faulty intelligence on Iraq has cost us at least as much as the Obama administration’s faulty wisdom on the economy, no? No. Bush’s war lasted 10 years and he kept us from being attacked. Obama’s had several terrorist incidents that failed because he was lucky. Obama’s war on the American people, economy, and health care takes 10 years to just unroll and get started, then haunts them for generations.” The Bush Administration drove home the evidence of WMDs in Iraq. They promised it would be short and decisive. It’s still going on, and has cost us almost a trillion dollars. Bush kept us safe after the biggest attack in US history happened on his watch and all signs point to the fact that they didn’t take the warnings seriously (I’m not a truther, but I know that they didn’t decide to put their… Read more »

leel
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leel

And remember BUSH did NOT have full compliance with congress when he was appointing his cabinet….it was about 30 days before the 9/11 attack that he got his Sec of State in place……….but…..then why be completely factual when he can accuse others of your fault

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Erm, Colin Powell was unanimously confirmed by the senate and took office on the first day of the Bush Administration. So, uh…

leel
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leel

YES……..dmk2113…..that is what it means….so let me spell it out for you so you don’t have a brain/strain/drain…..

O B A M A IS THEE MOST C O R R U P T PRESIDENT EVER in the USA history.

Anonymous
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Thanks for posting this. Guess I better start checking out these other sites.

Trudy Schoenheit
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Trudy Schoenheit

You could also check your OED for the canonical definition of “shovel-ready”. And you could maybe get PMP or PMI certified. And get a degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering and work a few years on infrastructure projects. Or sit on budget committees evaluating and prioritizing these.
Naw. Don’t bother. That would be like having sex instead of staying home all warm and coming and getting excited alone in front of the flat panel. Way easier and cheaper, right?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Nice talk. May God Bless you anyway though.

Trudy Schoenheit
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Trudy Schoenheit

Thank you. Anyway.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Nice talk. May God Bless you anyway though.

halfmadjesus
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halfmadjesus

It’s the New York Times – what more do you need to know?

Trudy Schoenheit
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Trudy Schoenheit

Exactly. If you want thoroughly researched, fact-checked, real reporting. All the news that’s fit to print.

Stevendufresne
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Stevendufresne

Yup Scoop its real bad. I say damaging and hope that every major GOP campaign in a tight race uses this fact to hit home that we need to throw these bums out now.

Trudy Schoenheit
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Trudy Schoenheit

Yeah. Go out there and get ’em on that “shove-ready”. It’ll hit ’em where it hurts. And while you’re at it, you can also get them on “backhoe-ready”, “dump-truck” ready, and, worst of all “Microsoft Project Ready”!

PunditPawn
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PunditPawn

Just so I’m clear… you’re defending a MASSIVE LIE and MEDIA COVERUP by a sitting President that cost the taxpayers $875 Billion and two years of high unemployment by being sarcastic?

Brooks should be fired immediately. If revealing the Pentagon papers was OK, then by that standard Brooks was obligated to breach presidential media trust and inform the American People of the President’s willful deception at a profound level.

Congress should immediately investigate what the President knew, and when he knew it.

Trudy Schoenheit
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Trudy Schoenheit

I am trying to get the truth out there. That damn Brooks and his NYT. They LEFT OFF all those other “fill-in-the-blank-READYS”.
Because they left off “Dump-Truck” ready my little son is just inconsolable!! He wants them all put in the corner FOREVER!!!

PunditPawn
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PunditPawn

OK Troll

Trudy Schoenheit
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Trudy Schoenheit

Just wanted to say, I like your comparison of the Pentagon papers (uncover the deception behinds an 8 year undeclared war costing $8T equivalent and 55k+ US lives) with use of the phrase “shovel-ready” for an $800B stimulus program that all reputable economists (conservative and liberal) agree save at least 2MM jobs and kept GDP from losing 2percentage points.
Gotta love these Conservatives for their sense of proportionality….never mind the nature of their veracity.

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