Steve Benen: By the close of business yesterday, several conservative voices were pretty worked up about President Obama’s response to the mid-Atlantic earthquake….

…. So, there was an earthquake. The president was made aware of it. There was no serious damage, no casualties, nothing for emergency response teams to do, and nothing for Obama to do. He was kept apprised and went about his afternoon. I don’t know why this is supposed to be interesting.

…. if there’d been an actual disaster, and Obama sat around reading a children’s book while Americans were dying, I could see conservatives getting upset. If Obama had been told a month ago that a serious disaster was poised to happen, and he told the geologists, “All right, you’ve covered your ass now” before ignoring the warnings, the right would have plenty of room for criticism.

…. if we’re going to have a substantive discussion about politics, policy, and natural disasters, perhaps the better place to start would be with Republican efforts to cut funding for the U.S. Geological Survey, which monitors earthquakes, and mocking investments in studying seismic activities…..

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104 Responses to “obamaquake”

  1. 1 CTGirl
    August 24, 2011 at 9:21 am

    The earth shook while the conservatives continued to with the fleecing of America, where is the outrage?

      August 24, 2011 at 9:59 am


  2. 3 Fred
    August 24, 2011 at 9:22 am

    let them yap since they can’t say jack about the President successfully helping the Libyans getting Gaddhafi out of the damn country;they’ve got to find something else to bitch about.Sad and predictable 😀

  3. 4 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Where’s Bobby Jindal on this matter?

  4. 7 Ladyhawke
    August 24, 2011 at 9:33 am

    About That ‘Failed’ Stimulus…

    By Jonathan Cohn


    The economy is sluggish and unemployment is on the rise, but Republicans and their allies say they want nothing to do with President Obama’s agenda for job creation because it’ll be just another “failed stimulus.” Here’s John Boehner making that argument on his official blog. Here’s Karl Rove doing the same on Fox News. And here’s Richard Posner offering his version at TNR — although, to be fair, he merely calls the stimulus “botched” and I’m not sure he qualifies as a Republican ally.

    Of course, the argument isn’t new. The phrase “failed stimulus” has been a staple of Republican rhetoric since the fall of 2009. But it was wrong then and it’s wrong now, at least according to the the people most qualified to judge it. As David Leonhardt wrote in the New York Times:

    Perhaps the best-known economic research firms are IHS Global Insight, Macroeconomic Advisers and Moody’s Economy.com. They all estimate that the bill has added 1.6 million to 1.8 million jobs so far and that its ultimate impact will be roughly 2.5 million jobs.

    That was in February of 2010. Fifteen months later, in May of this year, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that, as of the most recent quarter, the Recovery Act had increased the number of people employed by between 1.2 million and 3.3 million and increased the number of full-time equivalent jobs by 1.6 million to 4.6 million compared with what would have occurred otherwise.


  5. 8 MTmarilyn
    August 24, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Don’t you know everything is Obama’s fault.

  6. 12 Fred
    August 24, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Jeb Bush warns 2012ers on hitting Obama 🙄

    Town Hall Crowd Jeers Rep. Chabot For Voting To Strip Planned Parenthood Funding

    Local City Manager Defends Controversial Facebook Comments

    U.S. Jews warn Israel not to get too cozy with Glenn Beck 😯 😯

    • August 24, 2011 at 10:09 am

      As I was reading the article about Jeb Bush, I noticed a featured story about the Ruby Bridge painting in the White House. This has been around since July. Chips, I believe tPolitico is reading your blog and stealing ideas from here. 🙂 Just sayin.

  7. 16 StR
    August 24, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Unfortunately it looks like Hurricane Irene could be over DC during the MLK Jr Memorial unveiling on Sunday. If it moves quicker, it will hit DC during the Saturday Jobs March.

  8. 19 Esmerelda
    August 24, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Quite some vacation the President is having, eh?

    • 20 Sue in Minnesota
      August 24, 2011 at 10:28 am

      There is really no real vacation in President Obama’s world.

      I’ld like to slap the freakin meme right out of the media’s mouth.

      Reading at another blog site yesterday The Immoral Minority, seems the Tea Party has their dander up because Maxine Waters told them to go straight to hell. Their egos are bruised and their bully behavior turned back on them . Sit yourselves down, they are demanding, DEMANDING, civility. That made me laugh my ass off. But they are insisting that President Obama apologize for Maxine’s no bull shit rhetoric. The following quote from a prepared statement they made turned my blood cold…..”Perhaps it’s time for a new era of civility…The President’s silence on the latest violations of civility have been deafening, but not surprising.”

      They want to restart the clock? Great….as Ghandi taught the world, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” And they can fucking start by making amends, acknowledging and apologizing for their bigotry, vitriolic rhetoric, growing half a brain and begin to use it. I think they should have to sit through a total compilation of all the nastiness they have dished up, and then explain why we should consider their calls for civility with any degree of seriousness or genuine trust.

      But most of all I’ld like them to open their eyes, look in their mirrors, and point their nasty little fingers at the source of incivility. Scum.

  9. 22 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 24, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Yeah, the old banner is back 😛 !

    • 23 Sue in Minnesota
      August 24, 2011 at 10:34 am

      I love having our President give us that knowing little smile everyday…..Yes.We.Did!

      Chipsticks, I hope you had fun stirring up your creative juices, it is always good to activate that good energy. I didn’t initially notice the old banner was back….but that is a comfort thing…all I know is this place always feels like home, and I can’t think of anything much better than that. Thanks you are such a delight.

  10. August 24, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Good Morning everyone. I took Tally’s comments from yesterday….put them in a PDF file and emailed them to about 30,000 people in my OFA groups. I hope the message gets out.

    I did credit Tally and linked this blog.

    Have a great day!!!

  11. August 24, 2011 at 10:03 am

    FYI –

    White House top Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest plans his first on-camera briefing in the Martha’s Vineyard filing center today
    11:30a.m. ET.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/ will carry audio only.

    It’s on http://live.cnn.com/ livestream schedule. Don’t see it on CSPAN’s livestream yet.

  12. August 24, 2011 at 10:05 am

    MLK Memorial Events Begin
    Dinner honoring global peace leaders tonight

    A formal dinner tonight honoring global leaders in the peace movement will kick off five days of events marking the opening of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. The Memorial will be formally dedicated on Sunday, the 48th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech.

    Livestreamed tonight at 7pm Eastern:


  13. 39 isonprize
    August 24, 2011 at 10:08 am

    What?? They haven’t come out with blaming the earthquake on President Obama yet? I thought that was going to be on the evening news!!

    This morning’s 5.9 earthquake, which originated at the ‘Obama Fault’ is categorized as Pres. Obama’s fault. Because he breathes, by definition, it must be his fault.

  14. 44 dotster
    August 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Every single news outlet in the country wrote about Obama on vacation playing golf when the earthquake hit and/or aired footage of same. I guess we were supposed to make the connection that if Obama hadn’t been on Vacation in MARTHA’S VINEYARD! and PLAYING GOLF, there would have been no earthquake. His fault. Obamaquake!

    • August 24, 2011 at 10:16 am

      Oh no how dare he? Playing golf, while the earthquake hits America. These media folks is just as darn stupid as those radical rightwing racists Tea Republicans.

    • 47 HZ
      August 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      Yes, dotster these fools will probably say that President Obama was and is responsible for the “Fault Line” Sick of these a… Excuse me. But I have little tolerance for thises hateful people. How much more will they keep dumping on us. Yes, we will move on, but we also have to continue to stand together and let them know just how awful and hateful that they are, and we know what they are trying to do. But Not This Time.

  15. 48 desertflower
    August 24, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Breaking News via MSNBC…budget deficit DOWN slightly…from past 2 years! Whose “fault” will THAT be?

  16. 51 Fred
    August 24, 2011 at 10:41 am

    fucking asswipe! 🙄

    Sen. Inhofe ‘Raising Alarm And Scaring People’ About Iranian Threat

  17. 52 Ladyhawke
    August 24, 2011 at 10:46 am

    OT: CSPAN has a series on “MEDICARE” this week. The first segment is great because it explains the history of Medicare from the very beginning and describes Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D. It was very informative.

    Washington Journal Looks at Medicare Drug Program
    Part of a week-long series on Medicare’s past, present & future

    This week, our morning program Washington Journal is looking at different aspects of Medicare, the government health insurance program for people over age 65.

    Today, a look at the Medicare prescription drug program. We discussed how the privately-administered drug plans work, how seniors can select plans, the fiscal impact of the program, “the doughnut hole” that requires seniors to pay 100% of the cost for some drugs, and how the Affordable Care Act makes changes to the program.

    Tomorrow, we’ll talk about Medicare’s fiscal challenges and proposals to rein in costs, including the role of the new deficit-reduction “Super Committee.”

    On Monday, we got an overview of Medicare and some history of the program. Our guest was Marilyn Serafini of Kaiser Health News. She talked about the nuts and bolts of how Medicare works and major changes to the program over the last 45 years.

    And on Tuesday, the topic was Medicare Advantage, which are privately-run insurance plans paid for by Medicare. Recipients can opt out of traditional Medicare and into these programs. We spoke with Marsha Gold, who researches the different plans and benefits offered under each of them. She detailed the changes coming to the program with the implementation of the new Affordable Care Act.


  18. 53 dotster
    August 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Can someone please tell me why Illinois Democratic Chair and mover and shaker, Michael Madigan, attended Boehner’s fundraiser in suburban Chicago while skipping all Obama Il. appearances last week? Some days I just want to throw up my hands in disbelief!

    • 54 Debz
      August 24, 2011 at 10:59 am

      Madigan is an ass. What is wrong with him? I think it’s time for him to retire.

    • 55 Sue in Minnesota
      August 24, 2011 at 11:20 am

      WTF…better be undercover work.

    • 56 57andFemale
      August 24, 2011 at 11:26 am

      What traditionally passes as a Democratic leader in IL is often indistinguishable from Republicans. Madigan does more battlling with other Dem’s than he ever does with Republicans. So this doesn’t surprise at all.

      His daughter, however, is a great Attorney General (state’s attorney? I get confused). She has a serious political future. Had she run for the Senate, we would not have Mark Kirk. But her job is in good shape, her office runs brilliantly, and she has several small children and knows that she has many years ahead of her politically.

    • 57 Fred
      August 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      Madigan is a class A asshole so it doesn’t surprise me 🙄

      we’d be better off without this douchebag

    • August 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      anyone from Chicago could tell you that Massa Madigan is a SNAKE.

    • August 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      Madigan is a dino and has always been especially when it comes to “exotic” folks.

  19. 60 utaustinliberal
    August 24, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Oh great I knew the conservative nutjobs would somehow find a way to blame him for this. They sneeze; it’s Obama’s fault. It rains; it’s Obama’s fault. They’re constipated; it’s Obama’s fault. They’re girlfriends dump them; it’s Obama’s fault. They have explosive diarrhea; it’s Obama’s fault. A chihuaha bites them; it’s Obama’s fault. They’re stuck in a traffic jam; it’s Obama’s fault. Rick Perry is insane; it’s Obama’s fault. Marcus Bachmann dances like he was dropped on his head; it’s Obama’s fault. The DOW gains 322 points despite the earthquake; it’s Obama’s fault. They need viagra; it’s Obama’s fault. Every freaking thing is his fault. 🙄

    • 61 Debz
      August 24, 2011 at 11:01 am

      LOL, they have been blaming PBO for everything for so long, it has become a joke. I can not believe that any sane person takes this seriously anymore.

      • 62 Sue in Minnesota
        August 24, 2011 at 12:45 pm

        At some point , the majority will be able to step back and acknowledge the real source of the joke……The Republican/TeaBagger/Media Assclowns. I think we should ratchet up the ridicule….they have no capacity for reason.

  20. August 24, 2011 at 10:57 am

    The crisis at the Rixos has ended. All journalists are out!

  21. August 24, 2011 at 11:02 am

    On one of the threads yesterday, someone mentioned that they were unhappy with something Letterman said. Last night I was channel surfing and caught the end of Dave interviewing Rachel Maddow. He told her that everyone is criticizng PBO, the economy is bad, etc., please tell me what the economy would look like under a president McCain? Rachel was speechless. she actually did not have an answer. She uttered something funny about Palin. I was actually impressed by the question. This is a question that everyone on the far left should ask themselves.

      • August 24, 2011 at 11:12 am

        Thanks for posting this Christi.

      • August 24, 2011 at 11:25 am

        Loved it ChristiMtl, thank you! Just posted it in a new thread – thanks again 😉

      • 73 criquet
        August 24, 2011 at 11:29 am

        Rachael Maddow’s first response to this should have been something like -the people complaining and saying those things are Republicans who can’t give Pres Obama credit for all the things he has accomplished and list a good few of them.
        I’m sorry but I don’t think she did well here. The Sarah Palin comment was like he’s bad but she would be worse.
        Not impressed with rachael lately.

        • 74 dotster
          August 24, 2011 at 11:46 am

          I thought the response could have been so much better also. She missed a huge opportunity to shed some light—–purposely? I’m not real happy with her any more either.

          • 75 HZ
            August 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm

            Dotster, I concur. She misses a lot of these opportunities. I have not watched her since the lied on POB and did not give an apology. She is too pushie for me. No more RM for me. That is my personal thought.

    • 76 Sue in Minnesota
      August 24, 2011 at 11:39 am

      I think Letterman is a staunch Obama supporter….and although I don’t watch him constantly (not so much a TV person)…he has always impressed me as being squarely in his corner. I think David especially after his affair and his straight forward way of handling it is a really decent human being with a good heart and a respect for fairness and common purpose.

    • August 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      How ’bout this? Everyone would be working and preparing for a few more wars. We’d be making lots of planes and bombs and ships to carry troops. The military/industrial complex would be booming and Ghadaffi would be one of our allies! 😉

  22. 79 Tally
    August 24, 2011 at 11:13 am



    seriously? we sleep through those out here. the east coast needs to grow a vagina and stop whining.

    • 80 hopefruit2
      August 24, 2011 at 11:16 am

      LOL! MSNBC is still carrying on about the 5.9. That will be their “Lockup” equivalent for the next 48 hours.

    • August 24, 2011 at 11:17 am

      Tally, I normally just rollover and go back to sleep. My daughter in DC said that the people in her office thought the world was coming to an end. They actually did not know what to do nor did they have any safety measures in place.

      • 82 Sue in Minnesota
        August 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm

        I have empathy for them since they have no practical experience with this type of event. But as a Minnesotan I relate to bragging rights, especially when I see a southern locale fold under 2 inches of snow. Ha, try 18″, 26″, 30″ like edp4bho it’s is all realative.

        I hope they have regained their sense of security and appreciate what is now an interesting page in the stories of their lives.

        • 83 Sue in Minnesota
          August 24, 2011 at 12:56 pm

          Holy crap do I need remedial typing, in a big way. like edp4bho it’s all relative.

          It is always wise to respect Mother Nature! Republicans would dismantle every protection we have against natural disaster as well as man made…..F them ALL ( I’m having a zero tolerance kinda of day….sorry if I offend anyone here…not my intention, but I’ld like to ass kick the Republicans and the MSM)

          • 84 tally
            August 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm

            PREACH IT SUE!!!

            You are welcome into Princess Potty Mouth’s Royal Expletive Court anytime!!

            😀 😀 😀

            • 85 Sue in Minnesota
              August 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm

              That is such an incredible honor Tally. I will attempt at all times to live up to your impecable standards. Righteous Anger Tally ho!

              Just looked up the meaning of Tally HO on wikipedia, may be derived from the French expression Taille Haut, meaning raise swords…how apropos!

          • 87 HZ
            August 24, 2011 at 2:49 pm

            Sue, no apologies needed. I am with you and Tally. I will go with you on the phone, e mail twitter and kick some ass with you. We are not going to allow them to put out lives into anymore danger. No, we are not Mother Nature, but our Mother Nature also expects us to take good care of the earth and be as prepared with the proper resources in our governmental agencies as responsible caretakers. Nature needs maintainence just like the body. We do not know when a particular illness will hit the body hard, so does that mean we sit and put into place those necessary things to help when that blow comes and hit our bodies. We need to put this in simple terms for these fools. I will do my part.

            • 88 Sue in Minnesota
              August 24, 2011 at 5:08 pm

              HZ so glad we are in the same camp. I was beginning to think I best check in with you, because you always bring out my better side, that kinder, more gracious and generous person that I can be. But fact is today I feel like kicking ass. My patience has grown pretty thin.
              Honestly I couldn’t be trusted to be in the same room with one of these snakes today, I’ld be so tempted to slap them.

              HZ …I’ve been writing my letters to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Am going to see if I can catch up with Senator Franken or Senator Klobuchar at our State Fair in person (I don’t enjoy going to the fair……bad experience as a young teenager, but figure this will be a worthy attempt to get some face time with either or both) I will bring up the delays among other things. If I could get face time with my Rep, wow the fur would probably fly…lock step Republican, and totally unresponsive to any of my many attempts to get questions answered.

              I have delayed engagement with Twitter, times up I am off to sign up. My surname is Irish/Scottish and it translates to “white, or fair warrior”…that will work for me. I so agree we have to take care of what God has blessed us with, whether that is our earth, the creatures we share it with, our bodies, our minds, our President or each other. God gives us the choice to be responsible, and yes I will also do my part, and together we will do everything we can do to save these fools from themselves, saving ourselves along the way. Bless you…
              I love seeing your remarks and am always reminded in them that we must let the beauty we love be what we do!

      • 89 tally
        August 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm

        Even my cats don’t get up for a 5.9. They’re more excited when the phone rings, because it usually means a new face coming to visit (they’re 15lb dogs in cat suits…)

    • 90 edp4bho
      August 24, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Tally, it’s all relative. We’re not used to things like that, so it’s new. Upon subsequent episodes, I’m sure we’ll have a backbone for tremors !

      • 91 tally
        August 24, 2011 at 12:48 pm

        I’m seriously grateful it happened to everyone on the east coast – now you know what we go through for breakfast. THAT WAS NOTHING, I repeat – NOTHING, like what we have out here.

        If you can wrap your head around what “exponential” REALLY MEANS when it comes to earthquake magnitude… and how much bigger a 6.3 can be from a 5.9….. or a 6.9 which is what the Northridge Quake was.

        It also matters how far you are away from the epicenter, and what kind of EQ it was…… those of us Native Cali-ians have been through so many at this point, we can tell how big/how far away they were most of the time.

        5.9 Is NOTHING. Now think about Japan, and what that would do to YOUR neighborhood, and power stations, dams, HOMES (we don’t use brick here – it crumbles into DUST), etc….. In my old neighborhood after Northridge, there was no power for 24 hours, no water for a week. And lots of natural gas fires… We had THREE freeway collapses – two very close, and one about 15/20 miles away in Santa Monica.

        This little 5.9 was the BEST WAKEUP CALL to every GOP ASSHAT who wants to defund FEMA, and the USGS (the earthquake people), and the Nuclear safety board or whatever they call themselves, that just approved extending the nuclear power licenses on all those 40 year old power stations to 60 years (from 40.)

        Yes. It CAN happen there.

        • 92 HZ
          August 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm

          Thanks Tally. This is serious business no matter where you are, and this is why we must ring the phones off in our districts to blow the whistle on these deaf and hateful people who want to not fund these important agencies. I live in Cali. also, and this is scary news. We have a voice to use it and point it out that it doesn’t just happen in places like San Francisco L.Aetc. So let us let them hear our voices. I have my Rep. Dreier on my calling and mailing list for this week. Plus the roads are terrible. I just came back from an appointment, and my little sporty almost had a nervous break down. Bad road. Money was there, and this stupid Rep. because of his party showing hate toward POTUS and Administration, my city did not take the money to improved the jobs for infrastructure issues. I wrote and talked all the time, not I will move to his local office again. We are tired of this s… Sorry.

    • August 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      Easy for you to say! :-p

    • 94 isonprize
      August 24, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      HEEEEY, we ain’t used to this shit! 😯 THE. GROUND. IS. NOT. SUPPOSED. TO. MOVE. 8)

      Seriously, 1) I can’t imagine getting used to that. 2) I have a new respect for people in Haiti and other countries who have experienced those monster earthquakes.

  23. 95 criquet
    August 24, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Sorry, I have been so busy that I have not seen whether Mark Knoller and CBS published a correction and apology for their gross misreporting on the debt.

    Just saw another debunking of it at http://talkingpointsmemo.com/ .

    CBS and Knoller need to apologize because the GOP is all over the net and twitter with the story.

  24. 98 LadyTNT
    August 24, 2011 at 11:32 am

    LMAO @ Tally!

    • August 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      Hi Tally. Missed you yesterday. Hope that you are fine. Just getting in from one doctor’s appt. Another one at 1:00 today. Keep well.HZ

      • 101 tally
        August 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm

        Hey babe – yes – just really BUSY. Studying at work for my insurance license – bleh – because my boss wants me to…… just so I know more. And rehearsals for Poe/Gorey. 😀

  25. 102 Charmd
    August 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    He sure looks sexy in that picture…..okay that’s all.

  26. August 24, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Actually, it’s the “CantorQuake”. It happened right in his District.

  27. August 24, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Actually, it’s the “CantorQuake”. It happened right in his District..where the Power Plants sit..

    “CantorQuake: Trembling at the Heart of GOP Claims We Don’t Need Government”

    “Back in March, after the Japanese earthquake, Eric Cantor defended Republican plans to cut funding from the USGS and warning systems to help in case of a disaster.”

    Maps at the link of Cantor’s District..

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