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November 17, 2011 9:30 AM Perry’s ‘lazy’ strategy

By Steve Benen

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry has seen his candidacy fall apart over the last several weeks, largely done in by his own bizarre flaws and general ineptitude. The Texas governor does, however, have a comeback plan, and it involves relentless attacks against President Obama.

In theory, that seems like a fairly sensible plan. The Republican base hates the president, so it stands to reason Perry would try to connect with these voters by appealing to their rage.

Unfortunately, this means the dimwitted governor has been reduced to ridiculous claims.

On Fox News last night, Perry insisted the president “grew up in a privileged way,” and “never had to really work for anything.” In the world I like to call reality, Obama grew up poor* and relied entirely on hard work to get ahead in life, making Perry’s new line of attack … how do I put this gently … stupid.

But wait, there’s more. The Perry campaign has a new attack ad, too. Here’s the script:

Video of President Obama: “We’ve been a little bit lazy I think over the last couple of decades.”

Rick Perry: “Can you believe that? That’s what our President thinks is wrong with America? That Americans are lazy? That’s pathetic. It’s time to clean house in Washington.”

“It’s time for a Balanced Budget Amendment that forces Washington to stop overspending. If Congress balks, cut their pay and send them home.”

“Obama’s socialist policies are bankrupting America. We must stop him now. I’m Rick Perry. I approve this message.”

Let’s unpack this. First, the president didn’t say Americans are lazy. This myth has been debunked over and over and over and over and over again. When someone makes a claim, the claim is proven false, and the person makes it again anyway, they’re lying.

Second, a Balanced Budget Amendment is the worst idea in the history of bad ideas.

And third, Perry keeps using the word “socialism,” but he doesn’t know what it means. In fact, I’d pay good money to see the poor guy try to explain what he thinks a “socialist policy” looks like.

Perry’s right that something here is “pathetic,” but it’s not the president’s call for more businesses in the United States.

* Update: I’ve received some pushback about the president’s upbringing. He wasn’t well off, the argument goes, but he wasn’t “poor,” either. It’s a fair point — Obama was raised by a single mother who, at least for a brief time, had to rely on food stamps. In time, however, the future president lived with his middle-class grandparents.

That said, the notion that Obama “grew up in a privileged way,” and “never had to really work for anything” is still demonstrably ridiculous. Obama spent much of his early years living in conditions that can best be described as “modest,” and worked hard to get ahead.

Steve Benen is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly, joining the publication in August, 2008 as chief blogger for the Washington Monthly blog, Political Animal.

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  • Kris on November 17, 2011 9:37 AM:

    ..."making Perry’s new line of attack … how do I put this gently … stupid."

    That's one way you could put it. Another way is "A lie".

  • Sam on November 17, 2011 9:38 AM:

    You forgot about when he said that, as president, "if Congress balks, cut their pay and send them home."

    President's don't have that power, only Congress does.

    Oops...

  • c u n d gulag on November 17, 2011 9:38 AM:

    Prick Rerry's definition of Socialism:

    "Anything that I disagree with is un-American, and therefore, Socialist.
    And so Obama's a Socialist.
    Except when he's a Fascist-Communist-Godless-Muslim-Heathen-Atheist! From Kenya!!!"

    "Idiocracy" wasn't just a movie. It was a documentary a few years ahead of its time.

  • berttheclock on November 17, 2011 9:42 AM:

    Well, Michelle Bachmann thinks so highly of the BBA, she is suspending her off the radar movements through Iowa to fly back to DC for the vote. Truly a shame, she and Rick couldn't hook up for the two truly dumbest politicos to run since the days of the smoke filled rooms. Yesterday, when, some woman at a town hall told her about Obama sending troops into Australia, she, first replied she hadn't heard the news. Fine, but, she, decided to open her mouth to display his lack of wisdom by speaking of the problems of invading another country and how difficult it becomes to extract troops thereafter. Yes, beware Aussies and all Koala bears, Semper Fi rapidly approaches and will storm your beaches. Darwinites, please, place your ladies in protective custody.

  • square1 on November 17, 2011 9:52 AM:

    Good lord! Another post on the "lazy" comment?

    Perry is a wanker. Time to move on.

  • Patrick Star on November 17, 2011 9:56 AM:

    Sounds like Perry would be the perfect President for the millions of low-information morons walking the streets in this country, wandering the aisles of Wal-Marts from coast to coast.

  • sick-n-effn-tired. on November 17, 2011 9:56 AM:

    The part that really pisses me off is corporate flunkies like Chuck -I will-never-fill-Tim-Russerts-shoes Todd this morning repeating the bullshit without pointing out that it is taken out of context. To their credit the Politico segment on Mourning Joe did point it out.

  • Ladyhawke on November 17, 2011 9:59 AM:

    THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE RESPONDS TO THE RICK PERRY AND MITT ROMNEY ADS ON "LAZY". IS THAT THE BEST THEY HAVE ON FOREIGN POLICY? THE ADS ARE DISHONEST, JUVENILE AND EMBARRASSING.

    IT REALLY IS ASTONISHING THAT RICK PERRY IS SO INEPT HE CAN'T LAY A GLOVE ON MITT ROMNEY WITH ALL OF HIS FLIP FLOPPING. HE HAS TO RESORT TO SILLY ATTACK ADS ON PRESIDENT OBAMA. MAYBE HE HAS GIVEN UP AND CONCEDED THE NOMINATION TO ROMNEY.

    'S "LAZY" AD WITH THIS:


    DNC WEB AD "OOPS"

    =====

    http://youtu.be/__xlQ7cJV5s

  • SYSPROG on November 17, 2011 10:03 AM:

    'When someone makes a claim, the claim is proven false, and the person makes it again anyway, they’re lying.'

    I'm so PROUD Steve! Yes, they are LYING. Not 'confused', LYING. Now let's attack Rove for calling the 99%ers 'arrogant and un-American'...

  • Ox Blood on November 17, 2011 10:04 AM:

    Listen again. Perry says "Can you believe that? That's what our President thinks[sic]wrong with America? That Americans are lazy? That's pathetic. It's time to clean house in Washington."

    Bozo doesn't even know what the meaning of "is" is.

  • T2 on November 17, 2011 10:24 AM:

    if you want to know what a desperate lifetime politician facing his first defeat looks like, then take a long look at Rick Perry. At this point the only question is whether he'll slink back to Texas a severely weakened, national laughing-stock of a governor, or whether he'll be able to stay relevant.

  • jcricket on November 17, 2011 10:24 AM:

    Texas toast.

  • Grumpy on November 17, 2011 10:25 AM:

    ...it stands to reason Perry would try to connect with these voters by appealing to their rage.

    It also stands to reason that Perry might be acting like a team player, softening up the opposition for whoever the nominee will eventually be. And if taking on Obama directly makes Perry look more like the nominee, so much the better.

    However, the last GOP candidate also accused Obama of being a socialist, yet Obama was elected anyway. American voters love socialism, is what I'm saying.

    Oh, and "grew up in a privileged way" = affirmative action, right? 'Cause I don't think Perry was referring to Obama's privilege of not being dirt-stupid.

  • Daddy Love on November 17, 2011 10:44 AM:

    the president “grew up in a privileged way,” and “never had to really work for anything.”

    lizard-brain code for "undeserving black people get YOUR MONEY."

  • T2 on November 17, 2011 10:58 AM:

    I havn't lived it, but I'm guessing that a skinny white/black mixed kid, with no father, being essentially raised by grandparents....didn't have it so easy growing up.

  • me on November 17, 2011 11:10 AM:

    of course, perry would know nothing about a privileged upbringing. all blue-collar dads can afford a 1,000 acre hunting camp.

  • berttheclock on November 17, 2011 11:15 AM:

    If only, Obama had been privileged enough to have a father who was a Haskell County Commissioner, and, then, after switching from a Democrat to a RepuG, become Texas Agriculture Commissioner, what could he have done? No, the Perry's did not live in any mansion, but, I doubt if any meals were ever missed in that Paint Creek abode.

  • Danp on November 17, 2011 11:23 AM:

    What is lazy is lobbying congress to lower capital gains taxes so you can enrich yourself while not having to get up off the couch. Producing goods and services? Competing with China and India through inovation? That's too much work.

  • Bartender on November 17, 2011 12:08 PM:

    Actually Obama was correct about Americans being "lazy". On one hand the Republicans are once again stepping all over themselves about mangling the presidents comments implying that he was saying that Americans in general are lazy. That's true. Some Republican party leaders ARE too "lazy" to grasp and understand the context of Obama's remarks. So yes, Obama is right that American business leaders can be a little lazy in obtaining foreign trade opportunities and Republicans, Americans such that they are, are simply lazy reflecting their increasingly over the edge political stupidity.

  • Robert Waldmann on November 17, 2011 12:47 PM:

    Dog whistle alert. Yes indeed Obama's parents were students when he was born and divorced when he was two. He did not always have access to a flush toilet (OK so George Washington didn't have a flush toilet either and had wooden teeth but it's been a while since someone has gone for an outhouse to the White House).

    Perry's claim is totally false and sounds stupid. But I'm absolutely sure he knows what he is doing. He may not know much, but he knows his racist code words. The statement is a claim that Obama didn't have to work for anything because of affirmative action since he is blackety black black.

    OK also Perry is relying on the equation of knowledge and privilege as Palin did. He is appealing not only to racists but to the often rationally ignorant (who have jobs and children and better things to do than learn the things Perry should have learned). So the fact that Obama can speak in full sentences is proof that he has some unfair advantage (or maybe that he sold his soul to Lucifer luce del matino and not just to the Devil like a plain ordinary sinner).

    But mainly it is about what one would expect from the guy who didn't spend his time off at African American head ranch.

  • Rip on November 17, 2011 1:15 PM:

    Perry hasn't helped himself by looking dopey and unprepared on the campaign trail, but what began his freefall of conservative support was that he didn't hate on the browns sufficiently. Lying about Obama might help him ( as it seems to with most of these clowns), but if he really wants a second shot at being the anti-Romney of choice, he better start channelling Sheriff Arpaio. Maybe he can tell a story about how he shot an illegal alien while out jogging.

  • 2Manchu on November 17, 2011 1:59 PM:

    So the party that thinks average Americans aren't paying their "fair share" in taxes is up in arms because they think Obama called those same Americans "lazy"

  • Stephen Stralka on November 17, 2011 2:52 PM:

    Second, a Balanced Budget Amendment is the worst idea in the history of bad ideas.

    It's also really, really lazy.

  • Tracy on November 17, 2011 3:16 PM:

    This is probably true.If it weren't for lazy people in America, Obama would have been recognized as the empty suit that he was in 2008 and no one would listen to his Marxist bilge but the lazy and shiftless either. The lazy are his key constituency

  • The Obnoxious American on November 17, 2011 3:17 PM:

    Hate to break it to everyone, but while Perry's criticism of O's comments was taking it out of context, the fact is no American president should be saying America has gotten lazy, even if he's referring to our industrial drive overall rather than specifically talking about it's people (and is there really a difference, as industry is made of people)?

    However, worse for Obama is if you take the comments IN context. Obama is the one doing everything possible to stop foreign investment, such as his most recent decision on Keystone, Boeing, Obamacare, financial reform, increasing taxes. Unlike many here I live in the real world, and I've seen first hand that when taxes are raised and regulations increased, companies do what they can to avoid them by seeking other economies with less burdens.

    I'm not blaming all of our problems on Obama, but it takes only a rudimentary understanding of history to understand he continues to make things worse.

  • Art Marshall on November 17, 2011 3:21 PM:

    “We’ve been a little bit lazy I think over the last couple of decades.”

    As a low budget Walmart shopper with a JD and a BA in History who gets up at 6am everyday and finishes work at 9pm it pretty much looks like he called me lazy.

    Speaking of lazy I can't remember the last time I had a chance to play golf every weekend or take trips to Martha's Vineyard or Hawaii for vacation. 1/20/2013 can't come soon enough for me.

    Looks Like he called me

  • soggy01 on November 17, 2011 3:39 PM:

    "In the world I like to call reality, Obama grew up poor and relied entirely on hard work to get ahead in life"...yes poor Obama had to grow up on the mean streets of Hawaii. Can you imagine any place on earth worse for a young boy to grow up? Lots of drive by pineapple attacks I hear. He lived with grand-parents who retired, on government retirement plans, there and paid for BO to attend private school...sounds brutal...no indication that he was ever forced to get a paper route..let alone work to get a head...Probably hard to find a job in Hawaii because there is not tourist industry which could create a service industry.

    From Hawaii the little dear had to take a free ride, on the US taxpayer, to a private university in Southern Cal...A university that many wealthy people cannot afford to send their kids...and where he nearly partied himself into failing out...but thanks to the american tax payer, he was given another chance in an ivy league university and then law school.

    Oh that little scrapper really pulled himself up from the bootstraps...sorry my heart just breaks when I hear how horrible it was.

    This article makes Perry look honest, Cain look faithful, and Romney look resolute.

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  • Joe on November 17, 2011 3:43 PM:

    Video of President Obama: “We’ve been a little bit lazy I think over the last couple of decades.”

    Let’s unpack this. First, the president didn’t say Americans are lazy...

    Was he referring to himself, his fat butted wife of China. Wow talk about strange articles

  • Tammy on November 17, 2011 3:45 PM:

    Of course Obama never said Americans are lazy or slogs or clingers to god and guns; just like Pelosi never said the TP are astroturfers or Biden said they were terrorists.

    We, slogs, lazy, clingers, astroturfers, terrorists Americans, just imagined it all.

  • petermacso on November 17, 2011 3:46 PM:

    Are you following in Clinton's footsteps, "it depends on what is is means"

    WE means Americans, what part of that don't you understand. In any case, that's The One's theme of the recent past, whether it's "...take your slippers off... " = don't be lazy, get to work or WE've (Americans) become lazy, "no innovation for decades" (where has he been) probably because Jobs, Google boys and others were lazy and they didn't work hard enough to get better products on the market.

  • paleoguy on November 17, 2011 3:47 PM:

    Here's what I know. I went to a state college, both my sons went to a state college. We could not afford Columbia or Harvard law. How did he afford those universities. Scholarships? Who knows. There appears to be no information as to how this was accomplished. I will say I relate more with Rick Perry (not a fan) than BHO. I know how Perry paid for school, Military service. Nothing being hidden there. Obama's whole life appears to be shrouded in secrecy. It makes those of us in the middle of the country (You know clinging to our guns and religion, yes words mean things) wonder what's really being hidden. Its not normal.

  • Joe on November 17, 2011 3:50 PM:

    that should have been or China...but seriously who in their right mind could not interpret that as Americans? We? Who is/are we? It is true that he didnt say that verbatim, and thus this article and the dodge around the truth. This President has low regard for its people, get over it and accept it. He has said and shown it one too many times

  • Katharine on November 17, 2011 3:52 PM:

    Um Lie? You need to learn your history. President Obama was mostly raised my his well-to-do grandparents who sent him to an expensive prep school in Hawaii. Not exactly sure where this version of him being poor comes from. It is of course hard to grow up when your father abandons you but he didn't grow up in a underprivileged either.
    Also it is really hard for me to take a President who has never had a real job too seriously.

  • Joe on November 17, 2011 3:55 PM:

    Damn, I just cant help it. This blog is the ultimate in hypocrisy and a distraction to taking the heat off of this guy. If people were caught red handed picking your pocket, these people would question as to whether or not they were just trying to remove lint. He is on VIDEOTAPE for heavens sake

  • John on November 17, 2011 3:56 PM:

    Uhhh, this is the direct quote of Obama:

    "We’ve been a little bit lazy I think over the last couple of decades."

    The disdain and disgust this man feels for the United States of America is palpable.

  • Ddriz on November 17, 2011 3:59 PM:

    I am asking this because I just don't know: Did Obama ever earn money outside politics? Did he mow lawns, deliver papers, flip burgers at McDonald's, etc. etc?

  • valwayne on November 17, 2011 4:02 PM:

    Whatever you think of Gov Perry here is what Obama did say: "But we’ve been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted -- well, people will want to come here and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business into America". Last I checked Obama was,unfortunately, the President of the U.S., not Russia. When he said "WE" he didn't mean Russians. And of course we know he didn't mean himself! He never takes Responsibility for anything. He meant Americans, or American Business. So when anybody tries to twist this to make it appear like Obama wasn't saying Americans or American Businesses have been lazy they are LYING! Folks never believe lying extreme left wing Obama Kool-Aide drinkers. Don't believe people who don't like Obama. With the internet just check it out for yourself!

  • PartymanRandy on November 17, 2011 4:05 PM:

    In your inability to make an argument for yourself, in every instance where you wanted to make an argument, you linked to someone else's. Here is one of their explanations:

    "He wasn't calling Americans lazy; rather, he was calling U.S. business practices to attract foreign investors lazy."

    So the bizarre defense of Obama is that he was calling American businesses lazy and not Americans? That's like saying he wasn't insulting Americans, just American consumers.

    An argument that weak and you couldn't even make it yourself? You had to link to it? That's a very high level of pathetic.

  • OnOurOwn on November 17, 2011 4:23 PM:

    Dear Steve Benenenenenen...

    I wish I could have the time I spent reading this article back. Hey, I think I'll join Occupy and demand my time back!!!! Who's with me!!!

  • Anonymouse on November 17, 2011 4:25 PM:

    wow...you on the looney left are now not only rewriting history from many many years ago, you are now rewriting history only days old. Stinky(BO) make the lazy claim at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit a few weeks ago

  • beejeez on November 17, 2011 4:33 PM:

    Yes, I'm sure President Obama intended to say all Americans are lazy. He does that because he doesn't care about being elected, because he hates America and because he's so personally lazy. You win the argument and you can go home now. Thanks for coming.

    As for taking the sting out of the term "socialist" for people who either can't be bothered to learn about it and put it into perspective, or for those who want to exploit the term as a matter of routine demagoguery, I propose this for everyone else: Start calling everything "socialist" that we now refer to as "public."

    Socialist schools. Socialist parks. Socialist monuments. Socialist rest rooms. Socialist safety departments. Socialist buildings. Socialist squares. Socialist information. Socialist speaking. Socialist utilities. John Q. Socialist. You get the idea.

  • neil wilson on November 17, 2011 4:35 PM:

    I thought Perry said "That’s what our President thinks wrong with America? "

    You included an extra IS

    thinks IS wrong

    Not a big deal but pretty far from correct English.

  • moderateGuy on November 17, 2011 5:30 PM:

    Well, actually, Sputnik Obama said "WE'VE been a little lazy over the LAST COUPLE OF DECADES..."; now unless you live in a alternate universe made up of PA wishes and rainbow-powered cars, Obama has not been a president for the "last couple of decades", and expecting us to believe that he included the 8 years of Bush presidency in this "WE" is not even laughable. This also comes at the tail end of [yet another round of] Obama bashing American business, so clearly he is not referring to "the government", but the rest of the country he is so very disappointed with .

  • MWalters on November 17, 2011 5:40 PM:

    Hey stupid, who do you think runs American Companies?
    Aliens, no Americans. This clueless doofus that currently occupies our White House, and Air Force One definitely called American's lazy.

  • The Obnoxious American on November 17, 2011 5:42 PM:

    Beejeez,

    We understand socialism quite well thank you. We're now living through it thanks to voters like you.

    It's so funny that a considerable portion of the left is openly socialist, some openly communist (including people on Obama's OWN STAFF), and yet when the right calls it like it is, we somehow are too stupid to understand the term. I guess you're right, I don't understand socialism - it must be a lefty thing.

  • Mark Crawford on November 17, 2011 5:57 PM:

    I get so frustrated with political commentators of both parties for their hyperbole. I am a staunch conservative with plenty to complain about the President, but he did not say we are lazy and to use this as an attack is just plain stupid because it destroys credibility when pointing out real failings. The President is many things I dont like, but I want to discuss his policies honestly rather than reverting to much of the nonsense we see lately.

  • maxwello on November 17, 2011 6:12 PM:

    My word, the nerve of this man. It just makes you want to scream. Foisting his socialist ideas on the country rather than living a Christ-like life: working to heal the sick, feed the poor, forgiving people who, if left to their own devices, would string him up.

    Damn. Give me a minute. I'm sure I can think of something else.

  • RIChris on November 17, 2011 6:38 PM:

    When Obama says 'we' who is he talking about if not Americans? Another question that will have no answer.

  • Larry on November 17, 2011 6:54 PM:

    Nary a word about the noncompoops and their simplistic alternatives to Obama's legislative agenda (9-9-9 Anybody?)

  • wisc-715 on November 17, 2011 8:07 PM:

    lazy ---congress has kick the can so many times it's a shame thats who's been lazy dependent on foriegn oil since nixon broken immagration since ron raygun health care skyrocketing tax reform energy policy to many more to list and what happening now is more kicking of the d&$n can who cares what these yahoo's say they got nothing for the future of america vote obama at least he knows there is a middle class

  • Mike on November 17, 2011 8:58 PM:

    What a lazy article!

  • Fed up of lies on November 17, 2011 9:00 PM:

    Well I am fed up of the lies and nastiness - and I am an indepedent.
    So either Perry has his tin foil hat on too tight or he is indeed a stoopid fascist wanker.

  • Stockton Joe on November 17, 2011 9:59 PM:

    "We've gotten lazy over the past couple of decades."

    Uh, just who is the "We" President Obama is talking
    about? The American People? The Washington Political Establishment? The Democrats? He and Michelle? The Chinese?

    If it's not "the American People," then who IS he referring to?

  • Agoraphobic Plumber on November 17, 2011 10:17 PM:

    In a world where occasionally congress showed the ability to produce a balanced budget, perhaps your characterization as a balanced budget amendment as the worst idea possible would have merit. However, in my 43-year lifetime, there has been exactly ONE year (I think it was 2000) has there been a balanced budget excluding the now-defunct social security surplus. And THAT was at the height of the most insane financial bubble of all time except maybe the tulip thing in the Netherlands.

    And you'll never convince me that Obama's racial background didn't have something to do with him being accepted to Harvard until you convince Obama to release his undergrad records (as Bush did). An editor of the Harvard Law Review that was never a contributor? Isn't that unprecedented? I think it is. Funny...so is the fact of a black (or at least mixed-race) editor of the Harvard Law Review.

    My adopted daughter is black (7/8...far more than Obama) and though she is only 3, by the time she is 5 I will be encouraging her to refuse to NOT divulge her race on education/employment applications. In this age of enforced affirmative action, that's the only way she will have a prayer of knowing whether she really earned an interview or not, never mind a job or admittance to an educational institution. I hope I'm able to convince her of the merit of this...I know I'll be fighting her public-school teachers every step of the way.

  • joe on November 17, 2011 10:19 PM:

    Beejeez


    I totally agree with you on the loose use of the word socialism...kind of silly huh? Kind of like that loose use of the word racist...you agree with me of course don't you?

  • darbus on November 17, 2011 10:24 PM:

    What part of "we've been kind of lazy" did you not understand?

  • Agoraphobic Plumber on November 17, 2011 10:25 PM:

    "Well I am fed up of the lies and nastiness - and I am an indepedent.
    So either Perry has his tin foil hat on too tight or he is indeed a stoopid fascist wanker."

    Heh. Or maybe you're an Obama supporter stooping to pretending you're something different. Hey, you're an anonymous dork on the internet. You could be a child-molesting Nazi for all any of us know.

  • Linda Lane on November 17, 2011 10:56 PM:

    With my own ears I heard both Mitt and Perry say "Americans are lazy." What a couple dicks.

  • val on November 18, 2011 4:07 AM:

    Oh, for crying out loud, you idiots. He was talking to a bunch of CEOs at an economic summit, not the general public. And since when is it the responsibility of Joe Lunchbucket to sell America to foreign investors, which is what he said "we" were being lazy about??? How would average Americans possibly even get the chance to do such a thing? So how can they be failing, because of "laziness," at a task they have nothing to do with? Who else is he possibly talking to or about but American business? And by saying "we" as opposed to "you" he's including the government in the equation, as in "we"="you" (CEOs) and "I" (government).

    Jesus Christ, you people have no cognitive ability whatsoever, or are you just being deliberately obtuse because you hate Obama? God, I hope it's the latter and you're not REALLY that stupid or have that much trouble processing your environment, or this country is in for a world of hurt.

    But there IS a class of politicians who take delight in accusing American workers of laziness. The name of that class of politicians: REPUBLICANS.

  • AAC on November 18, 2011 5:56 AM:

    Well, the president did use the word, "lazy", and with respect to Americans' actions. No president should ever say something as insulting as this about his own countrymen.

    Defend the president all you want. But are you really going to convince Americans, millions of them, that they are the ones who got this wrong?

  • AAC on November 18, 2011 6:02 AM:

    Art Marshall: "As a low budget Walmart shopper with a JD and a BA in History who gets up at 6am everyday and finishes work at 9pm it pretty much looks like he called me lazy."

    ***
    Yes, Art. And now you are being called too dumb to understand what he really meant. Now we are being told that millions of stupid Americans have taken President Obama's comments "out of context".

    I have to believe the president and his defenders have no clue how obnoxious they sound.

  • Sj on November 18, 2011 6:03 AM:

    This is a weird article...he says obama never said that buy....there is a video!

  • Pat on November 18, 2011 6:53 AM:

    Finally the partisan shill Steve Benen. Is actually generating some comments here on WM. They appear to be comments of disdain and derision, of course, but hey. Good job Stevie. Remember, defend Obama. Whatever the situation. Even where you are denying things he said on video. That's how you become the liberal version of Red State. Never thought I would actually miss Kevin Drum.

  • EJY on November 18, 2011 8:02 AM:

    If Obama was so poor, how did he get to go to Columbia Univ and Harvard Law? Where did he get his coke money? And how 'bout that trip to Pakistan?

  • J House on November 18, 2011 9:09 AM:

    Perry is a sideshow and has no chance. The fact is, the President is not an effective leader and without a majority in Congress, he is a lame duck already.
    The President should have come into office focused on jobs and the economy instead of national health insurance. He had failed on jobs, and the economy..those are facts- sluggish growth for the foreseeable future and +8% unemployment. It is time again for some hope and change-without Obama at the helm.

  • paleoguy on November 18, 2011 1:00 PM:

    Mr. Benen's premise here is an old one. He is essentially saying is "Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes." He's trying make us believe that our president did not call us lazy. We know what we heard but Mr. Benen would have us doubt our own hearing and believe his alternative reality. Nice try.

  • AMAT on November 18, 2011 5:32 PM:

    If Obama didn't say Americans are lazy, then he should have. Does the truth hurt? Looks at the amount of work chinese and Indians and Koreans do in America. We like our 40-50 hour work week. We take our vacations, like our saturdays and sundays off. Look at the world that is growing >8%/year. Do they indulge in the kind of work hours we have?

    Now if we compare ourselves to Europeans, you bet, we are very hard working.

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