Via Founding Bloggers and Big Government.
Last weekend, His Presidency Barack Obama was captured making potentially offensive comments to a group of big money donors who had paid large sums of money for special access to His Presidency.
We observed that CBS only released “selectively edited” moments from the raw tape. We know how much the mainstream media values complete and full disclosure of recordings of this nature, so we found it curious, to say the least, that there was not one drop of intellectual curiosity from these guardians of media purity regarding the content of the full recording.
Maybe CBS’s motive has nothing to do with protecting His Presidency from potential embarrassment. Perhaps, like Nixon before them, CBS accidentally erased the portions of the recording that they have not released. Anything is possible, right?
Alas, no. John Romano, Publisher of the blog “Yes, But, However!” has confirmed with CBS’s Mark Knoller (via Twitter) that CBS has decided that they are not going to release the complete recording:
@markknoller Why haven’t you released all of the audio of President Obama’s “donor meeting”? If you have please link?
@markknoller This is my third request. Why will you not release the full audio of Obama’s donor conversation?
Here’s the reference to the quote as it appeared on the CBS site:
“What’s striking when you enter into the federal government is how generally smart and dedicated people are.” He did opine that some employees “are slugs and not trying to do their job. But that’s true of any large institution.”
Newsflash, Obama: Most of the slugs are union workers.
That ‘slug’ statement was interspersed with comments about ‘antiquated’ communications technology in the White House:
“I always thought I was gonna have like really cool phones and stuff,” he said during a Q&A session with contributors to his re-election campaign.
“We can’t get our phones to work.” Acting out his exasperation, he said: “Come on, guys. I’m the president of the United States! Where’s the fancy buttons and stuff and the big screen comes up? It doesn’t happen.”
Obama made the remarks at the 2nd of 3 fund-raisers last night in Chicago. He took questions from contributors after the press pool had left and may not have realized some reporters back at the White House could still hear his comments.
I’m the smartest guy in the room! I won! Where’s my IPod?
If His Presidency of the United States referred to a group of Americans as “slugs” and it was recorded, that is news and we deserve to hear it. At least so that we might judge for ourselves just how much insight his comments provide on his assessment of the American people. For all we know, it sounds better than it reads, but it reads pretty bad.
Here is the audio of the section where the President of the Untied States laments that there is not enough revolutionary spirit in Qatar because they are too economically successful:
There’s no big move towards democracy in Qatar,” Obama said. “But you know part of the reason is that the per capita income of Qatar is 145,000 dollars a year. That will dampen a lot of conflict,” he added.
You would be forgiven for concluding that His Presidency would like to people of Qatar to suffer economic hardship, cynically, so that there would be more fertile ground for revolution. Can you imagine the headlines if President Bush had said the same thing about any one of the Socialist death camps like Cuba or Venezuela?
It’s hard to shove a class war down people’s throats when all of them belong to the same upper economic class. (http://www.heritage.org/index/Country/Qatar, https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/qa.html)
Jonah Goldberg weighs in on Obama’s self-pity party:
……the president seems eager for people to know he feels aggrieved. All of a sudden, he’s had a few “hot mic” incidents in which he “accidentally” vented his displeasure about various alleged insults. His staff let it be known that the president feels the head of China‘s one-party authoritarian regime has it better than him, because no one second-guesses Hu Jintao.
“I just miss – I miss being anonymous,” he told some magazine executives recently. “I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls . . . taking walks. I can’t take a walk.” He says the reason he plays so much golf is that it’s the only way he can get away from the “bubble” he’s in.
None of this is entirely new. The president has always had a gift for self-pity. And blame-shifting. “It’s Bush’s fault” could be the subtitle of his presidency.
Look dude, we’re hoping you fade into anonymity come 2012, so we can unchange your fuckups and relegate you to the bad memory files.
Obama has a habit of showing his arrogant, narcissistic snobbery. It must suck to know that he can’t snap his fingers and create a Bolshevik revolution wherever he sees fit. And as long as patriotic Americans have anything to say about it, it won’t happen here, either.
- Context Can Wait: CBS News Won’t Release Entire Obama ‘Hot Mic’ Recording (michellemalkin.com)
- What he didn’t say – Obama slights key Arab ally (politico.com)