he’s a sell-out!!!!!! oh. wait.

Greg Sargent (Washington Post): I keep reading in various places that all those losers on the left are absolutely outraged that Obama sold them out by giving what’s widely being described as an “olive branch” speech today to the Chamber of Commerce. But judging by the AFL-CIO’s response, it seems some liberals actually are pleasantly surprised by how he handled it.

AFL-CIO spokesman Eddie Vale emails a list of the passages from Obama’s speech the AFL-CIO liked, where Obama seemed to challenge the Chamber to live up to its responsibilities to America and the American worker:

Obama’s reminder to business that they have a responsibility to America, that they can’t just worry about shareholders and the bottom line… that there are important regulations …. that changes in the tax code need to benefit everyone (go to link for speech extracts)

….labor types didn’t expect, and were cheered by, Obama’s defense of government regulation, the emphasis on reforming the tax code so it benefits everyone, and the insistence that corporations need to ask themselves what they can do for America and its workers.

….the speech wasn’t exactly FDR telling “organized money” that he “welcomes their hatred,” but Obama did give folks on the left more than the media previews in the lead-up to the speech might have led you to expect.

Full article here

19 Responses to “he’s a sell-out!!!!!! oh. wait.”

  1. 1 S. Holland
    February 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    And yet again, there is the reason so many of us left those “lefty” blogs…………and are so happy to have you to set the record straight!! Hooray for you!!

  2. February 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I was just looking at the Situation Room on CNN and I can’t believe that conservatives are taking issue with his answer to the question: What’s the worst thing about being president?

    President Obama gave a spontaneous answer. And this is the same thing he was taking about. As president you are in this bubble and your every move is watched. And everything you say is dissected.

    I am so fed up with these sickening conservatives.

  3. 3 Kelly
    February 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    The Left bloggers/sanctimonious, etc is an embarrassment. I have never been more disappointed in my life. I expected and was prepared for the hate from the Right but dangit the left just…..shucks, no words except I am over them.

    • 4 majii
      February 7, 2011 at 8:13 pm


      They did President Carter the SAME way. They did their best to undermine his presidency, and when he lost to Reagan in 1980, they began whining about being on the outside looking in and about the things Reagan did that they didn’t like. They threw a hissy fit and bought into the rw meme of Carter being a weak president, and we all paid dearly for it. They did not show up at the polls in 1980 in some lame attempt at “punishing” President Carter. What they didn’t realize was how good a president we had in the WH. A forward looking, highly intelligent president who brokered the peace between Israel and Egypt. They have not improved in the last 20 years, and they haven’t learned a thing. They still don’t realize that when you make baseless, whining, “he can’t do anything right” attacks on the president that represents your party, you play into the hands of your political opponents. I refuse to play these kinds of games anymore, and this is why I avoid some of the PL and frustrati blogs. I don’t need the negativity, and I’d rather be associated with those who develop action plans that help instead of hurt not only the president but the nation. The PL and frustrati can only think of themselves, and d@mn the country and the average American. This is not my philosophy , so I stay as far away from people like this as I can. We’ll be the ones working to get PBO re-elected while they’ll still be on the internet whining about the next thing on their list of things Obama didn’t do to their satisfaction, or didn’t do enough of.

      • 5 Dorothy Rissman
        February 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm

        Majii, This is one of things that scares me the most. Democrats, from what we hear, do not, as a group, get enthused about voting. I constantly worry that the media is going to hurt the president’s chance of winning in 2012. They rarely say anything good about Obama.

        Then you have the blog sites–DailyDose, Huffypuffy, Faux and MSNBC, are always complaining about what a sell out our president is. Our paper has written a number of articles about how young people are so disappointed in him.

        How do we fight what could be a spreading fire?

      • 6 Chi
        February 8, 2011 at 6:22 am

        Spot on Majii…

  4. February 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Speaking of sell outs


    So much for being the leading light of progressive values.

    • 8 Dorothy Rissman
      February 7, 2011 at 8:49 pm

      Woody, I had a big laugh a little while ago. I was going to the store and listening to NPR. The were covering the big buy out. In trying to describe HuffyPuffy, the reporter said the site was just LEFT OF CENTER. I had to pull over because I wanted to scream.

  5. 11 Sonjia Duncan
    February 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Kelly they don’t care about us, it was their magic vote that elected this President. Don’t you know they are his only base and what they say is what goes.

  6. 12 Sue in Minnesota
    February 7, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    The ownership mentality of the PL is pretentious and absurd, in part, because their sense of proportion is really skewed.

    They are as extreme as their counterpoints on the far right. I don’t imagine they would like to be considered extremists, but they are. My way or the highway isn’t a workable model in the Democracy we call America.

  7. 14 barb
    February 7, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I agree with all of you. I have no use for these people in their mother’s basement in pagamas. That is what I think of them. We just have to keep praying or putting a protective light around our President so all those nasty people’s words just bounce off of him or don’t even get close. They never stop complaining but he always comes out on top.

  8. 18 Asher in Boston
    February 8, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Me too, unapologetic, proud Obamacrat.

    • 19 Sue in Minnesota
      February 8, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      As much as I think labels are limiting and run roadblocks to reasonable discourse….I am proud to wear the Obamacrat label. No reason for apologies….we recognize greatness. Anyone with half a brain and a sense on reality will be onboard, riding the Obama train to a brighter future.

      To quote Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law Professor, “I don’t think I’ve ever encountered anyone with a greater combination of heart, charisma, brilliance or potential than Barack Obama.”

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