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13 July 2010

Libtalker Bill Press Blames 'Spoiled Americans' For Obama's Poll Collapse

IT'S YOUR FAULT

Lefty Meltdown Over WaPo Poll, Libtalker Lashes Out








Are you ready to accept your share of the blame for Obama's collapsing poll numbers? If only "spoiled Americans" would stop nitpicking his amazingly successful run as president, our country would be less child-like, or something like that.

In the face of ominous poll data splashed on the front page of today's Washington Post, libtalkers were in a tough position today. But only ultra-partisan Democratic Party crony Bill Press could manage to blame voters for Obama's failure to thrive.

Here's the former CNN host during today's syndicated radio program:





BILL PRESS (32:49): I think this says more about the American people than it does about President Obama. I think it just shows once again that the American people are spoiled. Basically, spoiled-- as a people, we are too critical. We are quick to rush to judgment, we are too negative, we are too impatient. Especially impatient. We want it all solved yesterday, and if you don't, I don't care who you are -- get out of the way.

And again, basically spoiled. To the point where it makes me wonder if it's even possible to govern today. I gotta tell you, I don't think Abraham Lincoln -- who certainly didn't get everything right the first time -- could govern today. I'm not sure Franklin Roosevelt could govern today, the way we are again. Just about like spoiled children. And it's Americans, and it's the media, and if we don't get instant gratification, then screw you is basically our attitude.

A few more rants like this one could wipe out Bill's party for years to come.

54 Comments:

  • Every time I see Bill Press, I am reminded of a Crossfire show that he was on during the Lewinsky scandal. "Where," he thundered, "is that infamous blue dress we've all heard so much about?"
    About a week later, the blue dress showed up, exposing Clinton as a liar and Press as a hopeless party flack.
    Who the hell cares what he thinks?

    By Blogger Wright, at 14 July, 2010 07:53  

  • Ah yes, that whole "The American people are too spoiled to be governed" trope.

    What he's actually saying is that the American people should shut up and take what their betters give them, just as Europeans do.

    By Blogger Patrick, at 14 July, 2010 07:57  

  • Mr. Press is truly representing the worst of modern leftist attitude.. the American people, to the extent that they've been made into quickly reactive creatures by the 24/7 press cycle, are VICTIMS of media types LIKE HIM. The media has always sought to shift, shape, manipulate our views and understandings of political matters, and now they are too many, their efforts too competitive... the sense of trumping each other and out-urgenting each other has brought about a hypersensitivity to 'significance of change' in the audience. He blames us for being stupid, but it is the work of people like him who have caused this condition he deplores in us.

    I have NO SYMPATHY for Mr. Press. when the leftist media sets out to alter Americans' view of things, it succeeds, sometimes beyond its own vision (which was and is blinkered by leftism). You reap what you sow, idiot.

    Big Dave in Dallas

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2010 08:14  

  • It always seems that whenever the President is a Democrat, and runs headlong into public opposition to his policies (Carter, Clinton's Hillarycare debacle, and now Obama), the press starts the same drumbeat:

    America is ungovernable.

    Funny, they never seem to say that sort of thing when Republican president has difficulties. Then, the line is just that the troglodyte executive is a doofus.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2010 08:27  

  • OMG!

    What color is the sky on Bill Press' planet?

    The man's rant is so full of factless whines that it reminds me of Keith OverlyDouched...

    By Blogger juandos, at 14 July, 2010 08:27  

  • "And again, basically spoiled. To the point where it makes me wonder if it's even possible to govern today."

    The last time I heard this type of comment was back when Jimmy Carter was President. And then Ronald Reagan came along and put an end to this type of whining.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2010 08:39  

  • Press is a certified moron. I was listening one day as he hung up on a caller who was asking about the 21.3% cut in Medicare that's coming down the pike. Press knew nothing of it, and it confused him. If, as he claims, he's ab accurate source for political information, then his listeners are living in an intellectual Siberia.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2010 08:43  

  • Go, Bill, Go! Preach it at us!

    By Anonymous Sam L., at 14 July, 2010 08:46  

  • "'screw you'" is basically our attitude."

    Can't argue with that. That's exactly my attitude towards a Congress that has bankrupted the country, towards an Administration that bows to our enemies, and towards an intelligensia that keeps trying to piss on my leg and tell me it's raining.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2010 08:46  

  • did Bill Press think Americans were spoiled when Obama was elected? Or is it only when Obama is screwing things up that we are spoiled?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2010 09:01  

  • So funny, reading right-wing partisans whining about Press's left-wing partisanship.

    He's pretty much right. None of you would be satisfied with anything Obama did. If you think you're any different than the idiots who paraded around with Bush/Hitler puppets, you're deluded.

    By Blogger darrell, at 14 July, 2010 09:01  

  • To paraphrase the immortal words of Spinal Tap: The people who support the President are becoming a more select group.

    By Blogger LakeLevel, at 14 July, 2010 09:09  

  • The only problem is....Obama's poll numbers are not crashing. They have remained relatively unchanged for six months now.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2010 09:25  

  • Every time one of these Leftards calls normal Americans who don't support socialist policies "racists" or "spoiled", they create another couple thousand votes for the Republicans.
    Keep it up, spread the word, make the headlines, I say.

    By Anonymous Diggs, at 14 July, 2010 09:25  

  • If Bill Press's opinions are (or if his meltdown is) taken to their/its logical conclusion…

    http://no-pasaran.blogspot.com/2010/07/obamas-falling-poll-numbers-logical.html

    …then Barack Obama should be allowed to dictate his policies to the nation (the nation of clueless clods that are preventing him from carrying those dashing avant-garde ideas through to completion)

    …then Americans should go through reeducation centers to be made to understand the good they are being bestowed, and to be made to refrain from criticizing (at least, not too much) the Spiritual Guide who is benevolently bestowing them upon us;

    …in fact, then democracy should be curtailed and elections banned, at least temporarily, so that the benevolent Great Helmsman can implement his policies in the absence of obstacles from clueless idiots— be they common citizens or the unpatriotic naysayers in the opposition.

    Of course, Bill Press is not saying this — he might even deny, quite sincerely, saying anything to that effect if he were told so in those exact words; still, this is inescapably the end result if his "viewpoints" are taken to their logical conclusion…

    (And liberals, leftists, and statists wonder why, and think we are exaggerating when, we warn about paths to tyranny?!)

    By Blogger Erik, at 14 July, 2010 09:30  

  • Bill Press is so very, very correct: the brilliant Presidency of Barack Obama is wasted on us ingrates. He truly deserves better. Perhaps one day, an electorate of sufficient character may support fully a potentate of Obama's calibre. Sadly, that day is not today, and the globe sheds bitter tears at our shortcomings before one of such majesty.

    Obama shall surely move on to bigger and better things after he wraps this podunck gig as President of the United States. Like, I dunno ... Prime Minister of the Netherlands? The Dutch are fine people, certainly a more suitable match for our illustrious and disgruntled President.

    By Anonymous Bob Scrivens, at 14 July, 2010 09:31  

  • I certainly hope Franklin Roosevelt wouldn't be allowed to set foot in the White House today - didn't we learn our lesson?

    FDR extended the Great Depression and made everyone miserable. We now know that 21's his lucky number, which is what he used to set the price of gold after seizing it. Did I mention he lied to the American people that their SS taxes would go into a separate, special Social Security fund. Ha ha, very funny, Mr. President.

    He did do one thing correctly, which was to help rid the free world of Hitler. Too bad Stalin killed 40 million people in the gulag, but that's Marxism for ya (did I mention there's a communist living in the White House?).

    Signed, Mama Grizzly.

    P.S. If you wonder why I call myself that, it's because demand choice in my child's health care and I reject "leaders with plans" making health decisions for me. Repeal Obamacare.

    By Blogger Jane, at 14 July, 2010 09:41  

  • Press is right about one thing: America is becoming increasingly ungovernable. What he fails to realize is that it's primarily due to the Left's love of centralized power and decision-making that is causing it. With every additional power grab by Congress, the American people are forced onto the Procrustean bed of a distant, disconnected and largely unaccountable bureaucracy whose rules make no sense to anything outside the beltway.

    Want to make America governable again, Bill? Have the federal government stick to the things it was charged with doing, Constitutionally.

    By Anonymous Jeffersonian, at 14 July, 2010 09:47  

  • If you mean that the American people used to have jobs as being spoiled I agree. They don't have jobs today and will not have them tomorrow or the day after.That is because government has regulated them out of work.

    By Anonymous savage24, at 14 July, 2010 09:52  

  • I agree with him about FDR. That guy wouldn’t have been reelected once much less three times had he been forced to deal with the alternative media of today. Then again, he wouldn’t have been elected a first time since dude was in a wheelchair.

    As far as the spoiled remark, Press sounds like he’s channeling Carter. I think we are spoiled to an extent as a nation. But that’s not why Americans are turning on Obama. First of all, when you run on a platform of being able to turn back the tides and the media builds you up as being the smartest guy ever who’s going to magically fix everything, then yeah, you can hardly blame people for being disappointed when he doesn’t come close to measuring up to expectations.

    Secondly, the reason so many have been protesting the guy for well over a year now is because we’re not the uneducated rubes the media and politicians seem to take us for. We know when you spend trillions of dollars we don’t have(and are already on the hook for $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities), at some point the bill will arrive in the mail and we won’t be able to come close to covering it. It’s simple arithmetic which I assume is still being taught even in public schools. When that day arrives, we’ll long for the days when we could consider ourselves “spoiled”.

    By Anonymous Adam_ME, at 14 July, 2010 09:52  

  • we've all heard so much about?"
    About a week later, the blue dress showed up, exposing Clinton as a liar and Press as a hopeless party flack.

    By Anonymous What's New Today, at 14 July, 2010 10:00  

  • Just the usual smart when voting Dem and dumb when voting GOP.

    By OpenID Skipper50, at 14 July, 2010 10:06  

  • "Great" analysis, darrell. Nice try at changing what Press specifically said then claiming that "He's pretty much right."

    Press is claiming that it's the whole country (i.e., the American people), not just conservatives, that are opposing Obama simply because "we are quick to rush to judgment, we are too negative, we are too impatient." He didn't say anything about it being just conservatives opposing Obama based on partisanship. That's because according to opinion polls, moderate Republicans and Democrats are also opposing Obama and his policies. Nonetheless, you turned Press' comments into solely a criticism of conservatives and tried to imply that the opposition to Obama and his policies is solely or primarily due to irrational, partisan conservatives. As you wrote, "None of you would be satisfied with anything Obama did." This is hyperbole since conservative opposition would be much less vigorous if Obama were governing as a moderate, like he campaigned on.

    See, the problem with Press' comments is that the American people haven't changed since Bush were POTUS, yet unlike now, Press & Co. never thought it was anything more than Bush and his policies being opposed when Bush's job approval ratings went south in his second term. It's the hypocrisy and whining of Press and his fellow liberals that conservatives are criticizing here more than anything else. You are no better since you have criticized conservatives here for simply opposing a POTUS whose governing from the extreme left then claiming conservatives here are no different "than the idiots who paraded around with Bush/Hitler puppets." Your lack of critical thinking skills and your reliance on overgeneralizations and blanket statements are duly noted.

    By Anonymous Slappy, at 14 July, 2010 10:17  

  • By 1945, when the war was lost who did Hitler blame? The German people, of course.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2010 10:19  

  • Bill Press? Isn't he the former Clinton apologizer? I am surprised anyone would give him airtime. He has no credibility, just as Barack Obama has no credibility on so many scales.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2010 10:26  

  • Yes, we are spoiled. We expect too much from our government, thanks to the Republicans.

    Shame on the Republicans for making us accustomed to a 4.3% unemployment rate! We should be thankful for the 10% unemployment rate we're under now.

    /sarcasm off

    By Anonymous ynot4tony2, at 14 July, 2010 10:38  

  • FDR? Really? I stopped reading after that comment....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2010 10:38  

  • A few more rants like this one could wipe out Bill's party for years to come.

    That can't come soon enough.

    By Anonymous Blacque Jacques Shellacque, at 14 July, 2010 11:06  

  • Obama should tell Americans that if his rating doesn't go up, he will 'give us something to cry about'. I'm sure that will make us all straighten up and fly right.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2010 11:14  

  • Bill Press is delusional. "Positive job growth"? Has he seen the unemployment numbers lately? Any job growth is due merely to people no longer looking for work. Obama "delivered on health care"? Gimme a break. The majority of Americans didn't WANT him to deliver on health care. What did he deliver? A deeply unpopular bill. Obama has been a disaster from start to finish.

    By Anonymous debiesam, at 14 July, 2010 11:14  

  • We are the ingrates we've been waiting for?

    By Blogger Brian J. Dunn, at 14 July, 2010 11:16  

  • This reminds me of a quote from Bertolt Brecht - he wrote this after German workers rose up against Stalinist rule in the DDR and were machine gunned by the communist thugs:

    "“After the uprising on June 17th The Secretary of the Writers Union Had flyers distributed in Stalin Way that said That the People had frivolously Thrown away the Government's Confidence And that they could only regain it Through Redoubled Work. But wouldn't it be Simpler if the Government Simply dissolved the People And elected another?“

    By Blogger Hyphenated American, at 14 July, 2010 11:37  

  • Remember, this, Mr. Press?
    I knew it was crap when I heard it, and I knew there would be fools like you who would lap it up.

    "America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.

    "The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment—this was the time—when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals."

    --Barrack Obama 06/03/08

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2010 12:19  

  • Bill, Bill, Bill. America IS governable. But you have to have someone who is ABLE to govern. Obama is not, has never been, and WILL NEVER BE up to the job. But don't you worry that empty little head of yours. The children will soon be run out of office; The new congress that will be elected in November will at least put a stop to his foolishness and the new CONSERVATIVE president we elect to power in 2012 will GOVERN.

    By Blogger Robin, at 14 July, 2010 13:09  

  • Yes, we are ungovernable, from Washington that is. That is why we have federalism and are suppose to govern ourselves from the local level.

    Obama and company need to shut up, get out of the way and/or stick to their constitutional duties.

    By Blogger roger, at 14 July, 2010 13:21  

  • Wasn't Bush excoriated by Press and his ilk for "jobless recovery" numbers of 200,000+ new jobs per month? So now Obama's 40,000 per month is "positive growth"?

    Really, do Lefties get whacked upside the temporal bone with a large wooden mallet on a regular basis, or were they just born like that?

    By Blogger JorgXMcKie, at 14 July, 2010 13:52  

  • Press can pout and call us "spoiled" if he likes.

    I suggest Americans are simply unwilling to accept the weakened, impoverished America that liberals like him and Obama desire. A powerful, influential, wealthy America embarrasses them for reasons I don't understand.

    By Anonymous kcs, at 14 July, 2010 14:05  

  • Bill Press is...dePressing. What an educated idiot he is. It's enough to make Barney Frank gag...& that's saying ahelluva alot !

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2010 14:09  

  • It's enough to make Barney Frank gag...were it possible.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2010 14:12  

  • Bill Press should be Horse Whipped!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2010 14:19  

  • Press is just continuing the theme that prevailed during Obama's 2008 campaign: the implied question back then wasn't whether he was up to the job, but rather whether the American People were worthy of him.

    The problem for Bill Press is that, as one of the Naked Emperor's bodyguards, he's being slowly but steadily overwhelmed by the number of people who realize that no, it's not a "fashion accessory" swinging between the emperor's legs. He can't drag away everyone who now believe their lying eyes, so his final resort is to just start shouting, "Silence!" at them.

    By Blogger HarmonyCRH, at 14 July, 2010 14:43  

  • ``By 1945, when the war was lost who did Hitler blame? The German people, of course.''

    Actually, he blamed the Jews. Seriously.

    By Blogger Anne B., at 14 July, 2010 15:37  

  • Yeah, Press is right. We don't deserve geniuses like Obama and him. I think they should both emigrate somewhere where their talents will be appreciated. I don't give a damn where.

    By Anonymous Burn Baby, Burn, at 14 July, 2010 16:15  

  • The phar (R)Republican't factions are so impatient that they expect The Door of Opportunity to be opened by an electric eye.

    But everyone knows that the Door of Opportunity for repugnant Republicans is opened by the twin doormen of nepotism & cronyism.
    Bootstraps my ass!

    It's the same pusillanimous way the GOP chicken hawks escaped going to VietNam.
    Unless of course, you were a willfully ill informed, authoritarian dupe like Dick Cheney, who got 5 deferments, or the useful, but moronic idiot that votes against the people's best self interests, because his dad is G.H.W. Bu$h. That special appointment to the Champagne Wing of the Air Force wasn't cutting it, so his AWOL that turned into desertion, goes unpunished.

    You cretins are happy as a hog in crap, shilling for your corporatist masters. The GOP has always been for Wall St. & BP, et cetera, etc., while the Democratic Party tries to protect the people from the predations of the banksters & their cabal of plutocrats & fascists, like your twin cult-heroines, Dubya Bu$h & Ronnie Ray-Gun.
    They were both demented, which made it even easier for the corporatists
    /fascists to deregulate industry & then place the genuflecting political appointees into leadership roles of the government regulatory agencies, so lax oversight can be ensured.

    An extension of unemployment insurance checks for $300.00/wk.,is shot down by Republican't Party, who make $800,000./yr., by sucking on the governments teat.

    Conservatives have one definite advantage though. You MoFos never have to trouble your conscience about selling out; a conservative is a sell-out from the git-go, an ass kisser & a power-sycophant by definition.

    Not all idiots are Republican, but all Republicans are idiots.

    By Blogger Tabula rasta, at 14 July, 2010 16:21  

  • The phar (R)Republican't factions are so impatient that they expect The Door of Opportunity to be opened by an electric eye.

    But everyone knows that the Door of Opportunity for repugnant Republicans is opened by the twin doormen of nepotism & cronyism.
    Bootstraps my ass!

    It's the same pusillanimous way the GOP chicken hawks escaped going to VietNam.
    Unless of course, you were a willfully ill informed, authoritarian dupe like Dick Cheney, who got 5 deferments, or the useful, but moronic idiot that votes against the people's best self interests, because his dad is G.H.W. Bu$h. That special appointment to the Champagne Wing of the Air Force wasn't cutting it, so his AWOL that turned into desertion, goes unpunished.

    You cretins are happy as a hog in crap, shilling for your corporatist masters. The GOP has always been for Wall St. & BP, et cetera, etc., while the Democratic Party tries to protect the people from the predations of the banksters & their cabal of plutocrats & fascists, like your twin cult-heroines, Dubya Bu$h & Ronnie Ray-Gun.
    They were both demented, which made it even easier for the corporatists
    /fascists to deregulate industry & then place the genuflecting political appointees into leadership roles of the government regulatory agencies, so lax oversight can be ensured.

    An extension of unemployment insurance checks for $300.00/wk.,is shot down by Republican't Party, who make $800,000./yr., by sucking on the governments teat.

    Conservatives have one definite advantage though. You MoFos never have to trouble your conscience about selling out; a conservative is a sell-out from the git-go, an ass kisser & a power-sycophant by definition.

    Not all idiots are Republican, but all Republicans are idiots.

    By Blogger Tabula rasta, at 14 July, 2010 16:23  

  • Well, yes, we Americans are impatient and pushy and obstreperous. What people like Bill Press don't get is, that's the secret of our success. And when we are saddled with a leader (whom we did not all fall in love with from the getgo, FYI) who does not deliver what he promised, and in fact, shows the stripes he kept hidden and does exactly what we don"t want, we get even louder, and pushier.

    Deal with it, Press.

    By Blogger RebeccaH, at 14 July, 2010 17:25  

  • Bill Press is a complete ass. Whenever I happen to see him he is making a jerk out of himself. He is typical of the "Elitist" left. Obama is a Zero and Press is even less than that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2010 18:09  

  • The left has finally gotten the president they've wanted. Obama is doing everything to make the left proud and they just can't understand why it's not working. They don't understand why raising taxes and increasing regulations on business isn't creating jobs. They don't know why Iran and Korea haven't come to the table because Obama's been so nice. They can't understand why the American's don't open our arms to 20 million illegal criminals from Mexico. They can't see why we don't want our medical care run by politicians instead of doctors. Basically they just don't understand anything.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2010 21:44  

  • That guy is nothing but a blowhard dork.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2010 23:09  

  • This is the same Bill Press who routinely supports Obama, Jerry Brown, Babs Boxer and every other nutter on the Left. He has since his days in Los Angeles and will until the cows come home. The American people just are waking up to see the Emperor has no clothes Bill and that he, like you and the rest of the Dem minions, are just a bunch of low rent socialist pacifists who cannot run America because they do not like America.

    By Anonymous Glenn Koons, at 14 July, 2010 23:26  

  • What loony bin did tabula rasta come out of? Did you ever hear such a bunch of incoherent nonsense in all your life. Not surprising that he is a BO voter. These are the jerks who the dems appeal to with their chants of 'Bush lied, people died' or Johnny Cochran mystified with the phrase 'If the glove don't fit, ya gotta acquit'. There, there rasta, It's OK. It's going to be all right. Just step back from the edge. We'll bring you to a place where there's ice cream after every meal and balloons on special days. Yes, you can keep your teddy bear with you at night. Just step back from the edge...

    By Blogger d_nich, at 15 July, 2010 08:48  

  • Americans are to quick to start complaining? What, all Obama has done is ncreasing our taxes for his shortsighted politically motivated accomplishments which all will have unintended consequences even horrific consequences for years......the root of Obamas problems are that most american are starting to realize that they now work close to 8 months of the year to pay for obama BIG gov....and its only going to get worst because of his (accomplishments) instead for fixing our fiscal problem he has made them worse and this clown wants to defend him.

    The biggest problem is that this press and our press is ignorant of history and most are just C Students with very average IQ's

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 July, 2010 09:59  

  • Ok folks, it's time to queue up Napolean XIV's "They're Coming To Take Me Away!" in honor of Bill Press & his fellow members of the padded cell brigade. The American left is SO loony! The scary thing is they're proudly insane. Go away Bill Press. Liberalism is definitely a mental disorder, but it is a CHOSEN mental disorder. Mr. Press, your padded cell, straight jacket, & drool pan are awaiting your arrival at the asylum nearest you! What a moonbat!

    By Anonymous LIBSTOMPER, at 18 July, 2010 13:31  

  • Bill Press should be tried and convicted for treason! And then given a capitol punishment for continually adding to the poisoning of American minds!! He is a disgrace to his family and his whole existance. I wonder how much he recieves in government subsidies from the government for his show. Can anyone find out?

    By Anonymous Patriot4America, at 16 October, 2010 09:54  

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