neighbors from hell

President Obama is introduced by U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue

“I’m here in the interest of being more neighborly. Maybe if we had brought over a fruit cake when we first moved in, we would have got off to a better start.”

President Obama greets audience members after speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

27 Responses to “neighbors from hell”

  1. 1 Hachikō
    February 7, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Ugh! U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a traitorous organization. I hope he gives them what for!

  2. 2 Hachikō
    February 7, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I’m not getting any video – just sound. 😦

  3. 3 Hachikō
    February 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Great speech (as usual). Now let’s see if it has any impact on those greedy corporate bastards.

  4. 6 Theo67
    February 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I only caught the tail end of the speech, and what I heard was good. He was basically laying it out on the line about companies getting profit, but not doing anything for the country. And he called on their patriotism and love for country, and told them to create a “virtuous cycle” and pay back the country like companies did during the recovery from the Great Depression. He basically challenged them to act like Americans. Wonderful.

  5. 7 Lovepolitics2008
    February 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Boy, Chipsticks, you are QUICK !

    I really liked the speech. Perfectly tailored for this audience. Very pragmatic, oriented towards results. And at the same time, as Theo so accurately pointed out, challenging the business community to do the right thing.

    The PL won’t be happy. What they don’t understand though, is that the President’s highest priority is to rebuild the american economy. Rebuilding the economy is the BEST thing President Obama can do for the middle class and the poor.

    The reform of the tax code makes perfect sense to me. As for the Bush tax cuts for the top 2%, the battle will come. The debates on the deficit will make this “conversation” inevitable.

  6. 8 Fred
    February 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    good speech Mr President and to the point

    as for the COC the can suck it! 😡

  7. 9 VC prezOfan2
    February 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Yeah, it’s a new week! Hello one and all!

    I guess I came so late to the party that the music had already stopped. Thanks for the summary Th & Lp – I might be able to catch the speech later in replayed snippets. Enjoy your Monday!

  8. 10 Dorothy Rissman
    February 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I am so pleased that our president is so funny. His smile and wit make it difficult for people not to like him–even if they would never vote for him. He always makes me chuckle. I love to laugh.

  9. 11 hgerhard
    February 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    “A lot of boats were left in the mud” – what a perfect rejoinder to those who have pointed to the “rising tide” remark as an excuse for greed and excessive profiteering. President Obama wants to work with business both small and large and is open to making changes to enhance the business climate. But he will not do so at the expense of the American worker. A thriving middle class and his often stated goal that America should once again be a place “where you can make it if you try” are an inseparable part of his plan. That’s the real difference between our President and his critics who have labelled him “anti-business”. If only people would smarten up to realize what a prize they have in this President!!!

  10. 13 hgerhard
    February 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    P.S. The entire speech can be seen on c-span.org.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm


  12. 16 Me4obama
    February 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Keep running mr. President however long it takes we will get to the promise land you promised us. Amen

  13. 17 Fred
    February 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I hope the White House was ready to treat the President with antivenom treatment because I consider Donohue nothing but a snake 😡

    • 18 Dorothy Rissman
      February 7, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      Fred, you are so funny. I have read a lot of good lines today. They make me laugh and I love to laugh.

    • 19 majii
      February 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      I always notice how eager people are to get to the president after they are exposed t him and discover how sincere he is in helping all Americans to live better lives. I was looking at the faces of the members of the CoC as they try to get as close to PBO as they possibly can. I can’t help but think that after hearing him speak, some of the members may realize that he is not as evil as they’ve been led to believe. One thing I can say about our president is that he is extremely confident and not afraid to talk to those who don’t necessarily agree with him. He reminds me of Daniel in the lion’s den. Daniel enters the den with his life in peril, but God delivers him and he emerges from the den without one hair on his head having been touched and his body and mind intact. Go, PBO!

  14. 20 cat48
    February 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I slept till 1pm today & haven’t watched the speech, only seen bits of tape on TV. My only observation so far is that even though they all hate him; they were all taking his picture…..that’s just odd to me. They want a memory/proof that they saw the Hated One in person??……maybe they’re going to make dartboards or something out of the photos?? I honestly wouldn’t walk across the street to see Bush….just don’t get it.

    • 21 Dorothy Rissman
      February 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      Cat that is too funny. They may hate him, but they can keep their photos as an heirloom to show their grandchildren.

    • 22 Audrey
      February 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm

      The excited photo taking by this gang of unpatriotic thieves is very strange Cat! As strange as the people who hate Michelle Obama but literally and obsessively live on a fan blog site dedicated to the first lady!

      I don’t get it. Like most sane people, I would NEVER waste a second of my precious time on anything that has to do with a person I dislike. Not one second! These anti Obama folks on the other hand, pretty strange lot.

  15. 23 Kelly
    February 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    *teehee* I love that first picture. It’s yearning to be captioned.

  16. 24 Dorothy Rissman
    February 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I like the one where Obama is shaking hands with an Asian gentleman. The guy standing on Obama’s side is looking at the Prez. with disgust. That is my bull’s eye target for the day.

  17. 25 Asher in Boston
    February 7, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    For sure they are really a strange lot. Hating on him, and then all eager to take his picture and shake his hands? My President as usual held his own, even in such enemy territory.

  18. 26 EDP4BHO
    February 7, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I do not believe all of those people hate the President. They are just of the mind that business trumps everything, and their bottom line is all that matters. I watch the bigwigs at work…they are all the same. They honor the pomp and circumstance of high office, but just don’t mess with their portfolios. I find that a majority of Americans, love or hate the Obamas, can’t help paying attention to Barack or Michelle, respectfully. People are in awe of them, for many reasons. And frankly, white men have the greatest difficulty relating to the President, and are the most resentful, as President Obama has tread in their territory, and pulls it off in grand style. I recall watching after the meeting he had with those Rethuglicans in Baltimore more than a year ago; the women virtually ran him down to get a picture of him. Sure, they hate him…..hate to love him 😀

  19. 27 Sue in Minnesota
    February 7, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    It’s not a very diverse group, is it ….mostly white, mostly male. I am going to with hold judgement on the group as a whole……but I have no respectful words for Tom Donohue. His arrogance is offensive to me….I get the impression he thinks we all owe business for our existence.

    Business feeds at the government trough,…of course they have worked overtime to both secure and protect their largesse, and to obsfucate their entrenchment.

    President Obama is attempting to recalibrate the relationship between government, business and workers, optimizing and enforcing a reciprocative system. Hard to argue with a realistic, fair approach. President Obama isn’t intimidated by anyone, he has the courage of his convictions.

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