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(Buzzfeed)   Rolling Stone writer who broke the McChrystal scandal paints a charming picture of petulant then-candidate Obama in Iraq: "(sigh) Pictures? With the troops? Again? But I already got my photo-op (pout)"   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 125
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2012-01-13 10:55:14 AM  
You mean a man who had spent almost two straight years on the campaign trail, having fought a brutal primary fight with Hillary Clinton all the way up to the convention, was a bit cranky on the campaign trail? Keep speaking truth to power subby.
 
2012-01-13 11:07:06 AM  

Mentat: You mean a man who had spent almost two straight years on the campaign trail, having fought a brutal primary fight with Hillary Clinton all the way up to the convention, was a bit cranky on the campaign trail? Keep speaking truth to power subby.


Right on. Those troops of ours are living like kings compared to the 24/7 travails of our poor, beleaguered office-seekers.
 
2012-01-13 11:16:39 AM  

Gulper Eel: Mentat: You mean a man who had spent almost two straight years on the campaign trail, having fought a brutal primary fight with Hillary Clinton all the way up to the convention, was a bit cranky on the campaign trail? Keep speaking truth to power subby.

Right on. Those troops of ours are living like kings compared to the 24/7 travails of our poor, beleaguered office-seekers.


Oh, blow it out your ass. I know you morons want to portray this as a "OMG FARTBONGO HATES TEH TROOPS" meme, but it's not going to happen. The man was exhausted, he was tired of photo ops, he got cranky, end of story.
 
2012-01-13 11:23:32 AM  
Obama has always had a strong record of supporting veterans and their families, even before he was President.

Link (new window)
There's a reason troops deployed to Iraq donated 6:1 to Obama over McCain.

And during:

VOW to Hire Veterans Act (new window)

Returning Heroes Tax Credit (new window)
Provides businesses that hire unemployed veterans a maximum credit of $5,600 per veteran.

Wounded Warriors Tax Credit (new window)
Offers businesses that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities a maximum credit of $9,600 per veteran.

Veteran Gold Card (new window)
Entitles them to enhanced services including six months of personalized case management, assessments and counseling, at the roughly 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers located across the country.

My Next Move for Veterans (new window)
A new online resource that allows veterans to enter their military occupation code and discover civilian occupations for which they are well qualified.

Veterans Job Bank (new window)
The Veterans Job Bank, at National Resource Directory, is an easy to use tool to help veterans find job postings from companies looking to hire them.

Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act (new window)
Allows Veterans Affairs to use hospitals outside of its network to treat more returning soldiers with brain injuries;
Eliminates co-payments for "catastrophically disabled" veterans; and
Increases housing and transportation assistance for veterans living far from care facilities.
Establishes a pilot child care program for veterans receiving intensive medical care; and
Expands support for homeless veterans.


The Recovery Act (new window)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides the Department of Veterans Affairs funding of $1,408,200,000 to improve its medical facilities and national cemeteries, provide grants to assist States in acquiring or constructing State nursing home and domiciliary facilities and to remodel, modify, or alter existing facilities in order to furnish care to Veterans, to hire and train temporary claims processors, to pursue needed information technology systems initiatives, to administer one-time payments of $250 to eligible Veterans and their survivors or dependents, and to oversee and audit programs, grants, and projects funded under ARRA. The ARRA also provides for an additional, estimated $700 million for the one-time $250 economic recovery payments.

And much more (new window).

Michelle has been working hard for veterans as well, much of it behind the scenes. Vets: Michelle Best-Ever First Lady (new window)
This year alone, for example, she's participated in 50 events, many out of the eye of the media, and even dedicated the White House Christmas tree to supporting veterans. "There is this sense that this is genuine," says Raezer. "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House-ever."

As hard as his critics try to paint Obama as anti- or out of touch with the military (new window), it's not (new window) sticking (new window)

Republicans are not the 'party of the military' and haven't been for a long time. No amount of FUD will change that.
 
2012-01-13 11:29:42 AM  
Wow, with ironclad sourcing like that, I can only conclude Obama is the worst President ever, hates every single American, spits on our troops, and Sarah Palin is automatically Commander in Chief.
 
2012-01-13 11:35:46 AM  

Diogenes: Wow, with ironclad sourcing like that, I can only conclude Obama is the worst President ever, hates every single American, spits on our troops, and Sarah Palin is automatically Commander in Chief.


I heard he rapes war widows just for giggles.
 
2012-01-13 11:36:31 AM  
Well, I better vote republican, then!
 
2012-01-13 11:40:21 AM  

miss diminutive: Diogenes: Wow, with ironclad sourcing like that, I can only conclude Obama is the worst President ever, hates every single American, spits on our troops, and Sarah Palin is automatically Commander in Chief.

I heard he rapes war widows just for giggles.


Hey, they're lonely!
 
2012-01-13 11:40:29 AM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: Michelle has been working hard for veterans as well, much of it behind the scenes. Vets: Michelle Best-Ever First Lady (new window)
This year alone, for example, she's participated in 50 events, many out of the eye of the media


I would roll my eyes at this shiat when Bush did it. Funny how so many of these heartwarming "out of the eye of the media" anecdotes would pop up...in the media...if it was getting a bit hot in the presidential kitchen.

As for that laundry list you presented, how much of it is unique and helpful and how much is redundant and political?
 
2012-01-13 11:52:23 AM  

Gulper Eel: As for that laundry list you presented, how much of it is unique and helpful and how much is redundant and political?


Given how terribly we treat our vets after they come home, my guess is the former.
 
2012-01-13 11:56:04 AM  

Gulper Eel: I would roll my eyes at this shiat when Bush did it. Funny how so many of these heartwarming "out of the eye of the media" anecdotes would pop up...in the media...if it was getting a bit hot in the presidential kitchen.


I wouldn't roll my eyes at the President or FL spending time with the troops, on or off camera. But go you.

Gulper Eel: As for that laundry list you presented, how much of it is unique and helpful and how much is redundant and political?


I don't agree with your false dichotomy. Everything the President does can be considered 'political', so to marry that to 'redundant' is just dishonest. I consider them unique (as in not existing before Obama signed them into law) and helpful. And until you provide evidence to the contrary, that's where I place them. Take your FUD elsewhere.
 
2012-01-13 11:57:58 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: Given how terribly we treat our vets after they come home, my guess is the former.


And what gives you such confidence that These Programs Will Be Different This Time?

Every politician trots out lists like this...they are nothing more than lists of legislation that passed, not without a thorough independent examination of whether they have achieved their stated goals.
 
2012-01-13 12:09:01 PM  

Gulper Eel: cameroncrazy1984: Given how terribly we treat our vets after they come home, my guess is the former.

And what gives you such confidence that These Programs Will Be Different This Time?

Every politician trots out lists like this...they are nothing more than lists of legislation that passed, not without a thorough independent examination of whether they have achieved their stated goals.


Okay then, how about you prove they didn't do what they were supposed to?
 
2012-01-13 12:14:53 PM  

Gulper Eel: cameroncrazy1984: Given how terribly we treat our vets after they come home, my guess is the former.

And what gives you such confidence that These Programs Will Be Different This Time?

Every politician trots out lists like this...they are nothing more than lists of legislation that passed, not without a thorough independent examination of whether they have achieved their stated goals.


Ah yes, the All Government Ever Is Bad argument.
 
2012-01-13 12:15:02 PM  
That's damning testimony from Anonymous State Department Official.
 
2012-01-13 12:15:25 PM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: I wouldn't roll my eyes at the President or FL spending time with the troops, on or off camera. But go you.


The problem, as I thought I stated pretty clearly, is how the "private" meetings convenienly go public.

I don't agree with your false dichotomy. Everything the President does can be considered 'political', so to marry that to 'redundant' is just dishonest. I consider them unique (as in not existing before Obama signed them into law) and helpful. And until you provide evidence to the contrary, that's where I place them. Take your FUD elsewhere.

The burden to prove the programs redundant is not on me, it's on the people making the claim on taxpayer dollars...but here's some anyway:

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) explained that, in fiscal year 2009, the federal government spent about $18 billion on 47 separate employment and training programs run by nine different agencies. All but three of those programs overlapped with at least one other program. Five programs that specifically targeted veterans provided seven similar types of services. As the GAO noted in its report, this overlap among programs could interfere with individuals seeking services and frustrate employers.

Additionally, most of these programs - including those serving veterans - had not completed studies to see whether positive employment outcomes result from their services, rather than from other factors. Three programs, including the Transition Assistance Program that service men and women may complete when transitioning out of the military, did not track any outcome measures.


Adding a layer to the shiat sandwich doesn't make it taste any better.
 
2012-01-13 12:16:15 PM  

James!: That's damning testimony from Anonymous State Department Official.


Anonymous sourcing: it's only okay when Seymour Hersh does it.
 
2012-01-13 12:20:44 PM  

Gulper Eel: James!: That's damning testimony from Anonymous State Department Official.

Anonymous sourcing: it's only okay when Seymour Hersh does it.


In a review of Hersh's book, Chain of Command, commentator Amir Taheri wrote, "As soon as he has made an assertion he cites a 'source' to back it. In every case this is either an un-named former official or an unidentified secret document passed to Hersh in unknown circumstances... By my count Hersh has anonymous 'sources' inside 30 foreign governments and virtually every department of the U.S. government." Link (new window)
 
2012-01-13 12:23:12 PM  
It's amazing how, since Obama rose in the primaries, they have tried so desperately to find something "scandalous" about him and the best they can come up with is always a pathetic jab at best.

The man gets cranky sometimes. Uh oh. Maybe he was running low on that fancy lettuce he eats. So on, so forth.
 
2012-01-13 12:27:04 PM  

Gulper Eel: The problem, as I thought I stated pretty clearly, is how the "private" meetings convenienly go public.


What problem? She held 50+ meetings with troops, outside the eyes of the media. The media reporting that those meetings simply occurred doesn't change a thing.

Gulper Eel: The burden to prove the programs redundant is not on me, it's on the people making the claim on taxpayer dollars...but here's some anyway:


You made the claim, you provide the proof.

Gulper Eel: Adding a layer to the shiat sandwich doesn't make it taste any better.


A Republican Senator wants to remove duplicity and overlap in some programs. Good. That doesn't invalidate the good those programs have done and are doing.

Obama has done a lot for veterans and their families. Your FUD doesn't change that, as much as you'd like it to.
 
2012-01-13 12:31:04 PM  
Sources say,
 
2012-01-13 12:40:02 PM  

Jackson Herring: Sources say,


Some ask.
 
2012-01-13 12:42:09 PM  

Diogenes: Wow, with ironclad sourcing like that


I always trust someone who says "the scales fell off my eyes" as being an honest source of information.
 
2012-01-13 12:47:34 PM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: Obama has always had a strong record of supporting veterans and their families, even before he was President.

Link (new window)
There's a reason troops deployed to Iraq donated 6:1 to Obama over McCain.


FYFA
A former West Point professor, Jason Dempsey, noted that the small set of contributions from deployed troops at this point in 2008 -- just 323 donations -- should not be extrapolated to form conclusions about military personnel overall.
 
2012-01-13 12:48:13 PM  

Jackson Herring: Sources say,


Better than that. Sources from the then-Republican administered State Department. It's like double-true now.
 
2012-01-13 12:48:19 PM  

tallguywithglasseson: Diogenes: Wow, with ironclad sourcing like that

I always trust someone who says "the scales fell off my eyes" as being an honest source of information.


Who even says that anyways? You say that in a bar around here and you are going to get a smack.
 
2012-01-13 12:53:12 PM  

ArkAngel: FYFA
A former West Point professor, Jason Dempsey, noted that the small set of contributions from deployed troops at this point in 2008 -- just 323 donations -- should not be extrapolated to form conclusions about military personnel overall.


Rodger that. 2008.

2010:

Mr. Obama last year managed to secure the biggest increase in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs in 30 years.

"The accessibility with this administration has been outstanding. They listen, they reach out to the veterans' service organizations, they see the value in communicating," Peter Gaytan, executive director of the American Legion, the nation's largest veterans' organization, with 2.5 million members.

Link (new window)
 
2012-01-13 01:22:12 PM  
Hmmmmm, I'm always suspicious about anonymous sources...
 
2012-01-13 01:22:52 PM  
I'm definitely not voting for him after this.
 
2012-01-13 01:23:45 PM  

miss diminutive: Diogenes: Wow, with ironclad sourcing like that, I can only conclude Obama is the worst President ever, hates every single American, spits on our troops, and Sarah Palin is automatically Commander in Chief.

I heard he rapes war widows just for giggles.


Not all of them...just the white ones.
 
2012-01-13 01:24:34 PM  
How long until we get "Anonymous sources told me he was annoyed about them being typical white people"
 
2012-01-13 01:25:04 PM  
Hey, did you hear his wife is an Angry Black Woman?
 
2012-01-13 01:25:24 PM  
Hmm.

Upon comparing this Administration's efforts on behalf of the military's rank and file soldiers...

And this unsubstantiated rumor by some unnamed and probably fraudulent source..

I can say that subby can EABOD.
 
2012-01-13 01:27:39 PM  

Gulper Eel: Mentat: You mean a man who had spent almost two straight years on the campaign trail, having fought a brutal primary fight with Hillary Clinton all the way up to the convention, was a bit cranky on the campaign trail? Keep speaking truth to power subby.

Right on. Those troops of ours are living like kings compared to the 24/7 travails of our poor, beleaguered office-seekers.



Remind me why the troops were there again? Because I could have sworn candidate Obama said they shouldn't be sent to war. I also remember him recently bringing them home. Maybe he'll take pictures with them now, on AMERICAN soil.
 
2012-01-13 01:27:40 PM  
Guys lemme summarize GE's position: It doesn't matter what you say, what evidence you show, or what has actually happened. It's all shallow lipservice because he hates the troops, and also America.
 
2012-01-13 01:27:52 PM  
FTFBook: Look, I was excited to meet him. I wanted to like him. Let's just say the scales fell from my eyes after I did.

You people are all missing the important point in this story: Obama can cure cataracts!
 
2012-01-13 01:28:50 PM  

Mentat: Gulper Eel: Mentat: You mean a man who had spent almost two straight years on the campaign trail, having fought a brutal primary fight with Hillary Clinton all the way up to the convention, was a bit cranky on the campaign trail? Keep speaking truth to power subby.

Right on. Those troops of ours are living like kings compared to the 24/7 travails of our poor, beleaguered office-seekers.

Oh, blow it out your ass. I know you morons want to portray this as a "OMG FARTBONGO HATES TEH TROOPS" meme, but it's not going to happen. The man was exhausted, he was tired of photo ops, he got cranky, end of story.


This. Conservatives will cling to anything. Jesus farking Christ. I'm sure if Reagan had been tired after a grueling and relentless schedule it would have been compared to God resting on the seventh day,
 
2012-01-13 01:29:04 PM  

Shaggy_C: How long until we get "Anonymous sources told me he was annoyed about them being typical white people"



I'm waiting for how he whispered to the reporter that the troops were clinging to their religion and their guns.
 
2012-01-13 01:29:15 PM  
We get it, he's blah.
 
2012-01-13 01:29:21 PM  
FTA:
"He didn't want to take pictures with any more soldiers; he was complaining about it,"

That's it? No context at all, just...this...from an anonymous source.

Clearly he is history's greatest monster.
 
2012-01-13 01:30:18 PM  
Michael Hastings' new book, The Operators, jabs at what could be a vulnerable spot for the Obama Administration, the president's relationship with the troops.

So is this the new thing they're throwing at the wall to see if it sticks? I also like how there's no direct quotes on what Obama actually said, just that "he was complaining about it".
 
2012-01-13 01:30:52 PM  

Glenford: FTA:
"He didn't want to take pictures with any more soldiers; he was complaining about it,"

That's it? No context at all, just...this...from an anonymous source.

Clearly he is history's greatest monster.


i.saucesome.net
 
2012-01-13 01:31:10 PM  
What you libtards don't realize is that there is tape of this happening, "The whiny tape" and it will be released in October...
 
2012-01-13 01:31:35 PM  

PanicMan: Michael Hastings' new book, The Operators, jabs at what could be a vulnerable spot for the Obama Administration, the president's relationship with the troops.

So is this the new thing they're throwing at the wall to see if it sticks? I also like how there's no direct quotes on what Obama actually said, just that "he was complaining about it".


He was frustrated once with photo ops, which totally counters the repeal of DADT, ending Iraq, pushing for more support programs, etc etc etc.
 
2012-01-13 01:31:38 PM  
LOL, he's the boss now. Cry harder.
 
2012-01-13 01:31:42 PM  
Hey Subby I think you're having a lot more success with the stretched-out pantyhose thread on the main page.
 
2012-01-13 01:31:59 PM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: Shaggy_C: How long until we get "Anonymous sources told me he was annoyed about them being typical white people"


I'm waiting for how he whispered to the reporter that the troops were clinging to their religion and their guns.


"something something something whitey"

-biraq Q. fartbaama, 2008
 
2012-01-13 01:33:12 PM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: ArkAngel: FYFA
A former West Point professor, Jason Dempsey, noted that the small set of contributions from deployed troops at this point in 2008 -- just 323 donations -- should not be extrapolated to form conclusions about military personnel overall.

Rodger that. 2008.

2010:

Mr. Obama last year managed to secure the biggest increase in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs in 30 years.

"The accessibility with this administration has been outstanding. They listen, they reach out to the veterans' service organizations, they see the value in communicating," Peter Gaytan, executive director of the American Legion, the nation's largest veterans' organization, with 2.5 million members.

Link (new window)


Funny, I hear Bachman and Paul Ryan crow about cutting the VA continually but somehow, Obama is the one that doesn't like the military.
 
2012-01-13 01:33:23 PM  
Oh, and did he sign the autographs and take the pictures? Did he have somewhere else scheduled to be? Was he jetlagged? It doesn't say.
 
2012-01-13 01:33:58 PM  
Never again shall I cast a vote for Senator Obama
 
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