ah, yet more lies

Greg Sargent (Washington Post): A lot of people have already jumped on Kathleen Parker for her column yesterday faulting Obama for not using the actual phrase “American exceptionalism” in his State of the Union speech. But to me the funniest part of her column is that way down in the seventeenth paragraph, she actually admitted that one of the primary pieces of evidence allegedly proving that Obama doesn’t believe in “American exceptionalism” is total nonsense.

Conservatives often deride Obama over remarks he made at a presser in April of 2009, in which he said that he believes in American exceptionalism “just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” But as Parker apparently felt compelled to acknowledge, that’s not all he said:

…”What Obama added was that “we have a core set of values that are enshrined in our Constitution, in our body of law, in our democratic practices, in our belief in free speech and equality, that, though imperfect, are exceptional.”

…Obama also said at that presser that he is “enormously proud of my country and its role and history in the world.” And he hailed America’s “continued extraordinary role in leading the world towards peace and prosperity.” Parker didn’t tell you about those two quotes.

…That this admission comes in a column faulting Obama for not using the phrase in his speech last week, of course, tells you all you need to know about how absurd and self-parodic this ongoing attack has become.

Full article here

15 Responses to “ah, yet more lies”

  1. 1 Fred
    January 31, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Parker is a crazy biatch who gets away with so much when it comes down to bashing and lying about President Obama on her column and her so-called “show” with that manwhore Spitzer 😡

  2. 2 Dorothy Rissman
    January 31, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Good Monday morning Chipsticks and Fred. I like the parker description Fred. She is a monster. Do you remember the editorial she wrote about Obama being the first female president. Raked him over the coals for being a sissy. She is among the lowlife that make up the repug party.

    • 3 Theo67
      January 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      That article brought me to the lowest point when it comes to the nonsensical attacks on this President. To attack a man’s masculinity, for purely political reasons, even at the potential cost of the entire country’s ability to influence the world – that was really low. And this woman, Parker, is reprehensible. I won’t even let my remote go past CNN when she’s on with that other fool, Spitzer. They are empty, shallow little people, with empty, shallow little lives. I have no respect for either of them because they project ugliness, spitefulness and stupidity. And the President’s children will see that garbage one day – why would a person do that to another person?

      • 4 Dorothy Rissman
        January 31, 2011 at 6:11 pm

        Theo, I saw the headline and I thought perhaps she was going to compliment him on being sensitive to women’s issues. But no! It took me a long time to get over that one. Spritzer is also a jerk. There is a new film coming out named Spitzer. I assume it is based on the books written last year which paid ES few compliments.

        One of the worst times I had on MSNBC was Ratigan and Spitzer together on the Rat’s show. I gave that up pretty quickly. A couple of total ashats.

        Indeed they are ugly, spiteful and stupid.

    • 5 Fred
      January 31, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      I know Dorothy 😡 and you know that is one thing black men don’t like people to question and it’s their manhood.
      I understand she was questioning the President’s mettle but practically calling him a s*ssy?

      Amale friend of mine got so angry he actually wrote back to Parker and told her to try to get the President in bed and that she’d never question his manhood anymore in other terms.I am being pg 13 for this site but you see what I mean 😉

      Parker is one dumb b!tch 😡

  3. 8 Sue in Minnesota
    January 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    She’s a loser! I’ll leave it at that!

  4. 9 Ladyhawke
    January 31, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Steve Benen also addressed this issue today.


    Robert Schlesinger did some worthwhile digging over the weekend on this point, and discovered something interesting.

    Only one sitting president in the last 82 years has publicly uttered the magical phrase “American exceptionalism” — care to guess who it is? Ronald Reagan, he of the “shining city on a hill?” George W. Bush, who closed his speeches by asking that “God continue to bless” America? Nope. The only president to publicly discuss (and for that matter embrace) “American exceptionalism” is Barack Obama.

    This would be the same president, of course, who is subject to a steadily rising stream of suspicion because of his supposed refusal to give voice sufficient voice to his love of country.

    Yes, the one word conservatives “long to hear” has been uttered at the presidential level, but it wasn’t a Republican who said it. Ironically, it was Obama who did what Reagan and Bush did not, though he’s facing baseless attacks for doing what his detractors choose to ignore.


  5. 11 Sue in Minnesota
    January 31, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    The pettiness of what these columnists choose to write about is telling? Most of them are grasping at straws. Clearly, IMO it doesn’t reflect well on them.

    • 12 Theo67
      January 31, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      They are steadily working to erode America’s place in the world, and the President is having to do twice the work: first to reject their attacks, and then to build up the country’s level of optimism. They are actually agents against America, enemies of the country. I know this is strong language, but what else can you call it?

      • February 1, 2011 at 2:55 am

        Not strong enough language Theo, for the atrocities committed by these awful people who want to destroy President Obama by any means…

        One has to be completely blind not to see how hard this great President is working on our behalf, and how selfish, wicked and downright evil these saboteurs and undermining are…

        But I trust that in the end, good will always trump evil…

        President Obama will triumph and America will be greater and better for having this magnificent President at the helm…

  6. 15 joyce
    February 1, 2011 at 8:59 am

    lets all keep him in our prayers

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