“this is not class warfare, this is math”

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President Obama talks about cutting the deficit from the Rose Garden of the White House, September 19


“I reject the idea that asking a hedge fund manager to pay the same tax rate as a plumber or a teacher is class warfare.”


“It’s also about fairness. It’s about whether we are, in fact, in this together. And we’re looking out for one another. You know what’s right. It’s time to do what’s right.”

153 Responses to ““this is not class warfare, this is math””

  1. 1 ChristiMtl
    September 19, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I can’t wait to see President Obama, he has to do all the work as usual.

    • 2 anniebella
      September 19, 2011 at 10:21 am

      Yes you are so right, and all the freaking hateful Tea Republicans do is say No, No, No, you are not going to tax the people we care about, the ones we will fight till the death for. The millionaires and billionaires. While the middle class and working poor can suffer, they can lose their home, their job, their health insurance, the Tea Republicans won’t fight to help these people one bit.

    • 3 Linda
      September 19, 2011 at 10:28 am

      I watched an interview with Jimmy Carter a few days ago and he said that they wrote ALL THE LEGISLATION in the White House when he was President and sent it to Congress to consider.

  2. 6 ChristiMtl
    September 19, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Breitbart to TeaPartiers:” we outnumber liberals and we have the guns.”

    So I’m expecting the same outcry from the media than the one after the Huffa’s comment, right?

    Breitbart is not an anonymous blogger.

    So the T-party wanted an apology from Huffa and wanted the President to condemn his comment, everybody knew he was talking about voting them out. Not a call for violence whatsover, another fabricated scandal,.

    We have the guns??….

    So this is not a call for violence?

    • 7 lmrj
      September 19, 2011 at 11:09 am

      Tweeted that video to @FBIPress concerning his insinuations toward civil war because he mentions his conacts in the military who are on his side.

  3. 8 hopefruit2
    September 19, 2011 at 10:21 am

    CSPAN will also be showing the speech live for those who have difficulty livestreaming.

  4. 9 Fred
    September 19, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio Assigns ‘Cold Case Posse’ To Investigate Obama’s Birth Certificate

    • September 19, 2011 at 10:33 am

      This man is an embarrassment and a freaking idiot, and elected by freaking morons.

    • 11 desertflower
      September 19, 2011 at 10:40 am

      This man is more than an embarrassment! He has cost the tax payers of this state tens of millions,he a racist bigot….and he is being investigated by the DOJ for a whole mess of issues.I could write a BOOK about this imbacile. He needs to STFU. I hope and pray that one day SOON, he’s locked up…which is exactly where he belongs!

  5. 13 Debz
    September 19, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Did I miss something? I’ve been away for the weekend, and haven’t seen any news. Did something happen that every one went from Obama bashing to an all out assault on the President coming from every one, left, right and center? or maybe it’s just my imagination. Thankfully we have TOD, to keep us all grounded. I don’t know what I would do without this place and the few other prog blogs. Thank you Chips and every one here for your positivity and sanity. 🙂

  6. 14 Fred
    September 19, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Despite Internal GOP Opposition, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett Stands By His Election Rigging Scheme

  7. September 19, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Good morning, TODville. Here we go!!

  8. 19 Fred
    September 19, 2011 at 10:47 am

    😯 😯 😯 😯

    Israeli Opposition Leader Blasts Netanyahu’s Coalition for ‘Putting The U.S. Into A Corner’

    Livni: Israel’s diplomatic stupidity is pushing the U.S. into a corner

    • 22 hopefruit2
      September 19, 2011 at 10:54 am

      Fred you are not playing today – thanks for all the info! Hope your pain is not too bad this morning 🙂

    • September 19, 2011 at 10:58 am

      Hiya doin Fred? Is it loose like a goose; or hard like lard? :-D. You hang in there Sunshine. Oooppps gotta go Prez is talking.

      • 24 Fred
        September 19, 2011 at 10:59 am

        I slept 3 hours last night.I am in so much pain despite the pain killers I can’t stay still so I am trying to stay busy so that I don’t think of the pain 😆

        morning Hope and Yard 🙂

  9. September 19, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Good morning everyone. What a beautiful day to be alive. i woke up to Stephanie Miller and am now looking at MSNBC waiting for the President to speak. Nothing appears to have changed over the weekend. The poor thugs are screaming about hurting the “job creators” and whining about the size of the new french fries at McDonalds and how fat FLOTUS is.
    Be encouraged folks ’cause i believe GOD has a plan.

    • September 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Great good morning to you, yardarm. They are squealing like pigs being caged into a teeny tiny corner. The MSM will go insane today. I’ll stand back and watch them meltdown as I continue to support our President’s ambitious plans for a prosperous future. YES.

  10. 36 Linda
    September 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

    The rose bushes are beautiful…..I wonder if they are what is called ” knockouts”… They bloom continuously.

  11. September 19, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I only get C-Span 1 and 2……neither showing. Watching on WH.gov

  12. September 19, 2011 at 10:59 am

    oops…….finally got it on C-span. Yea….since I lost WH.gov

  13. September 19, 2011 at 11:00 am

    OMG, THAT’S MY TIE!! I’ve hugged that tie!! That’s the tie PBO wore when we hugged last April!! OMG, OK, I’m crazy. Officially. {{{{yikes}}}}

  14. 46 Me4obama
    September 19, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Morning TODville, Happy Monday.

  15. 47 Me4obama
    September 19, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Please live blog for me, can’t watch the speech now. Thnks in advance.

    • 48 jacquelineoboomer
      September 19, 2011 at 11:10 am

      PBO is putting forth “specific proposals … which cut $2 in spending for every $1 in new revenue … reducing farm subsidies paid to large farms that don’t grow anything … ‘modest adjustments’ to federal retirement programs under plan … structural reforms to reduce costs of Medicare, Medicaid … to STRENGTHEN Medicare and Medicaid over time … won’t balance budget by reducing health care for poor children or those with disabilities … scouring the budget for every dime of waste and inefficiency”

      It will take “a balanced approach … it’s only right we ask everyone to pay their fair share … ”

      (not verbatim – just what I caught)

    • September 19, 2011 at 11:10 am

      He’s really doing a SUPERB job. He’s feeling it. He’s delivering it with passion and determination, point by point. It’s a very tight plan that will appeal to ordinary Americans WITHOUT a doubt. The PL and idiot right-wing will go off for whatever reason, but he’s speaking to middle class and lower class Americans who are struggling.

      He just called out the Norquist pledge!!!!

  16. 50 MTmarilyn
    September 19, 2011 at 11:06 am

    The President is telling it like it is. He is calling the Speaker out for his comments. Thank you Mr President.

    Good morning everyone.

  17. 52 nintendowii10
    September 19, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I love how President Obama uses Orange Boner’s words against him… OUCH!

  18. 53 nintendowii10
    September 19, 2011 at 11:10 am

    President Obama calls out those who signed Grover Norquist’s pledge

    • September 19, 2011 at 11:11 am

      HE’S GOING FOR BROKE!! He’s calling them all out!!

    • 58 Mel
      September 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      I Watched the speech he was great, and it’s NOt about Warfar with the very rich ” It’s the fucling Math”
      assholes the GOP think we are realy stupid to buy their B.S. so far they have NOt come out with any
      jobs proposals at all, all they care is about making Obama a one term President . They they have pledge
      to Grover Northquist and NOt The Country woow ? So my gran kidsare in harms way to protec the United State
      aand those assholes are pledging to this FUCKING ASS I’am realy pissed as hell, So people let’s wark as
      hard as we can to be sure that PBO will be Re- elected Yes We Can.

  19. 59 hopefruit2
    September 19, 2011 at 11:11 am

    You GO Mr. President! Tell it like it is!!!

  20. 60 jacquelineoboomer
    September 19, 2011 at 11:12 am

    “Won’t change Medicare into a voucher program that leaves seniors at the mercy” of insurers …

  21. 62 nintendowii10
    September 19, 2011 at 11:13 am

    This is the President using the bully pulpit.

    now will the crybaby caucus quit whining?

  22. 63 jacquelineoboomer
    September 19, 2011 at 11:13 am

    “We can’t afford these special lower [tax] rates for the wealthy … that were meant to be ‘temporary.'”

  23. September 19, 2011 at 11:15 am

    He’s playing to the Super Committee’s fears on the trigger!! I love it!!

  24. 65 MTmarilyn
    September 19, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Hedge fund managers should pay more than teachers and plumbers. This is the truth. I also love the called out Grover Norquist. The only pledge that matters is to the Constitution.

    I will veto any bill that does not raise taxes on those who have the money.

  25. 69 MTmarilyn
    September 19, 2011 at 11:16 am

    It is our responsibility to put country before party. Tell it Mr President. It’s about fairness.

  26. September 19, 2011 at 11:16 am

    PBO IS EN FUEGO!!!! He is hitting this OUT OF THE PARK!! Both in substance and delivery, he is outdoing himself!!!!

  27. 73 jacquelineoboomer
    September 19, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Middle-class families shouldn’t pay higher tax rates than millionaires and billionaires.

    Anybody who signed some pledge to protect every single tax loophole for as long as they live … they should be called out … The only pledge that really matters is the pledge we took to uphold the Constitution (ha ha – didn’t Jon Huntsman say that? throwing their words right back at them!)

  28. 74 Cos
    September 19, 2011 at 11:17 am

    “we know what’s right; time to do what’s right”.

  29. September 19, 2011 at 11:21 am

    “But it’s not heavy on specifics” says the talking head. i think we know where he stands anyway.

  30. 79 jacquelineoboomer
    September 19, 2011 at 11:22 am

    President Obama is so confident in what he’s putting forth, he seems totally relaxed and at ease – is even making those in attendance chuckle!

    “I will not support any plan that puts all the burden for closing our deficit on ordinary Americans … we are not going to have a one-sided deal that hurts the folks who are most vulnerable.”

    PBO is quoting George Washington on the “payment of debt” !!

  31. 80 Bobfr
    September 19, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    #ItsTheMATH #CountryBeforeParty #GETAClueNEWSTAINERS and tell it to the people @cnn @msnbc @maddow @nytimes @keitholbermann

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  32. 82 anniebella
    September 19, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I sat right there and listen to the President and he spoke the truth. Something the other side, and some Dems knows nothing about. I support what him, 100%.

  33. 83 jacquelineoboomer
    September 19, 2011 at 11:23 am

    “It’s not class warfare … it’s math.”

  34. September 19, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Oh Jesus, the anal orifice Christie is on quick where is the mute!(cross-eyed mofo). 😦

    September 19, 2011 at 11:24 am


  36. 90 Me4obama
    September 19, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Reading all your comments makes me what to scream. I can’t wait to see the speech when I get a Break. Damn it. So Excited.

    • September 19, 2011 at 11:46 am

      It’s a great one. I think he went off script. He has the fire!!

      • 92 HZ
        September 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm

        Yes meta, he went right into the depth of that beautiful heart of his. You are so right. I saw and felt that also. Love it when he does that. It is just who he his, intelligent and carry it in a BIG heart full of doing it right. Great man with a great compass within his soul. We do not get to see them that often in our American Presidency.HZ

  37. 93 TrumpDog
    September 19, 2011 at 11:32 am

    DAMN!!!!! That was excellent!
    My favorite part: ““This is not class warfare, this is math””
    I also liked the part about the only pledge we should adhere to is the Constitution. Brilliant.

    Go, Mr President! 🙂

    Now I gotta go peruse “progressive” sites to see what Obama did wrong, how he screwed up and what he should have said.

    • 94 anniebella
      September 19, 2011 at 11:58 am

      I also loved the part where he show Boehner to be the jackass that he is. When doing Boehner speech last week he said something like we can’t have this my way or the highway attitude, then Boehner turn right around and said what he won’t stand for. So according to the nut from the other planet, the President or Dems can’t have the my way or the highway attitude, but he and the T-Republicans can.

  38. September 19, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I know I sound like a broken record, but wouldn’t it be cool if Buffett and a couple of other wealthy guys and gals in their tax bracket could do a press conference to support the plan and take it one more step by doing ads to be played in all 50 states supporting this plan?

    Or any tech savvy people here, can we do something on the Internet and get people committed on FB, Twitter, every means necessary to push it?

    Wishful thinking, I know.

    I am just really excited by what PBO has done here today.

    Hope Dems would do ad calling out every single person that signed Norquist pledge.

    OK. Just thought I throw that out there.

  39. 103 donna dem 4 obama
    September 19, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Wow! I cannot wait to watch this! Its all over Facebook as well that he called out the Repubs and he was on Fire!!!

    • September 19, 2011 at 11:48 am

      Donna, he was in fighting mode, firing on all cylinders. He really gave it to the Republicans, calling out Boehner and everybody who signed the Norquist pledge. Phenomenal. Now he’s off to the UN to go into a lot of difficult /complex meetings with Karzai, Cameron, Sarkozy, Erdogan, the new NTC of Libya leadership Mustafa Abdel Jalil, new Prime Minister Noda of Japan and possibly Netanyahu – so he’s just warming up.

  40. 105 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 19, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Sounds like this is must see t.v. Can’t wait to catch it later!

  41. 106 Debz
    September 19, 2011 at 11:41 am

    POTUS is looking fine in that pic.

  42. September 19, 2011 at 11:43 am

    If nothing else, the President is consistent.
    “Before we get too depressed about the state of our politics, let’s remember our history. The great debates of the past, all stirred great passions. They all made somebody angry, and at least once led to a terrible war. What is amazing, is that despite all the conflict, our experiment in democracy has worked better than any form of government on earth.”
    President Barack Obama, University of Michigan Commencement, 2010

  43. 108 Me4obama
    September 19, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Ok, everywhere am reading people are super Happy and excited about the speech, and that is driving me NUTS that I missed all this. Am about to give by Bosses the Middle Finger in Protest.

  44. 109 Me4obama
    September 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Daaaaaaaammmmmmmmmnnnnnnnnnnnn that first Picture 😆 😆 Oh Lawdy 😆 😆 swaggericious all the waaaaayyyy.

  45. 111 a4alice
    September 19, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Damn I missed all this. have to catch up.

  46. 112 Uche@gmail.com
    September 19, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Nicely done Mr President!!

  47. September 19, 2011 at 11:53 am

    DPB with Jay, Tim Geithner & Jacob Lew live now:


  48. 116 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Looks like Jay Carney didn’t get a chance to replace the Clark Kent glasses that he lost last week. Bummer……

  49. September 19, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Press conference is on now. i’m surprised at the delay between the live streaming and the t.v. It is over 15 seconds.

  50. September 19, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Call me crazy but I could listen to Tim Geithner all day. He’s so logical and coherent. Brilliant.

    • September 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      Geithner SMACKS DOWN the rumors coming from a new book about how he failed the President on the implementation side. BRAVO.

      • 120 Debz
        September 19, 2011 at 12:11 pm

        Amazing that while our economy is stagnant the WH “press” is concerned about rumors in a book. They are a disgrace!!!

      • September 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm

        Yes, loved Tim’s smack down with no smile at all. I highly respect Tim. He has the President’s back.HZ

      • 122 hopefruit2
        September 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm

        Jake Tapper obviously scanned Old Orange over the weekend for his latest anti-Obama gossipy rumor to peddle. This is not the first time I’ve heard him ask questions after seeing the same issues discussed on Old Orange. And by the way he has an account there – in case you were not aware.

    • 123 jacquelineoboomer
      September 19, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      The first two days Tim was in the job, I wasn’t so sure – since he seemed too shy for prime time. 🙂

      Luckily, almost immediately after that, he changed my mind for me. Love him.

      • 124 nathkatun7
        September 19, 2011 at 9:36 pm

        I agree with you Jacqueline. Tim Geithner is a smart, committed, capable, and, all and all, a very decent human being. The firebaggers hated him just because Arianna Huffington hated him. They then started lying about him claiming that he was beholden to his former corporate employers. The truth is Tim Geithner has never been employed by Corporate Wall Street. He has spent most of his professional life as a public servant.

    • September 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      Meta, I totally concur. Whenever I find Tim speaking, I am tuned in. Brilliant young man. Well of logic and deliverance is always done brilliantly.

    • 126 Ladyhawke
      September 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      I still remember his first encounter with the press after his confirmation where he totally bombed. The transformation since then has been remarkable. He handles the press, Jake “The Snarl” Tapper, hearings in congress, and interviews with aplomb. He is one of my favorite cabinet members.

  51. 127 Linda
    September 19, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Ed Henry is perfect for Fox.

  52. 129 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 19, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I’m so thankful to Warren Buffett. The truth is that some people won’t act/vote/think in their best interest until some rich guy says to — same thing with Kennedy and Roosevelt. Maybe this will wake some people up.

  53. September 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    PBO leading solidly in Penn.

    A new Magellan Strategies survey in Pennsylvania finds President Obama comfortably leading potential Republican challengers Mitt Romney by 50% to 40%, and Rick Perry by 52% to 37%.


  54. September 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I turned to Ed Schultz show for a little bit just a while ago, and he starts in, that this is what the president should have said months ago. He then introduces Dennis Kucinich who says, well……..long pause……it’s a step in the right direction, I then turned it off!

    You know you try to give these guys a second chance, and then they go and blow it.

  55. September 19, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Stupid April asking abt Troy Davis case. They’re always trying to drag the Pres into these state issues.

    • September 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      I know. This morning Ben Jealous tried to tell Roland Martin that the issue was a state and not a federal matter, and that the president couldn’t do anything about it. He still tried to say differently.

      Just scratching my head. People need to read up on issues before the open their mouths.

      • September 19, 2011 at 10:30 pm

        Why in the frick would Roland Martin think Nathan Deal would listen to PBO when Perry didn’t listen to him or GWB and executed a Mexican national last month knowing it would have a negative impact on U.S. Mexico relations? Stupid is as stupid does, I guess, but there’s no excuse for Martin not acknowledging the fact that the republicans are willing to do almost anything, no matter how evil or wrong it is, to make President Obama look bad.

    • 141 Fred
      September 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      POO my mom has been furious for weeks now at the MSM’s treatment of the President so today she unleashed 😆

      she said folks expect the President to be all things to all people from healer-in-chief when disaster strikes
      to calmer-in-chief when the Teahadists are driving a narrative that Shariah Law is gonna “invade” this country
      to joker-in-chief at the WH Corespondents Dinner to slave-in-chief when the MSM is whining when he is taking 2 weeks “off”

      needless to say I had to brew a fresh pot of tea to calm her down and it wasn’t 8am 😆

      • 142 nathkatun7
        September 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm

        Fred, You have a wonderful Smart mother. Tell her she is not alone. There are many of us old folks who have just had enough about the way President Obma has been treated. More importantly, I’ve been reading about the pain you are going through. I hope that you get better soon. At the same time, I am also amazed at your immense courage to continue enlightening us despite the fact that your experiencing immense pain. Thank you so much for all you do and for being such an inspiration. Every day I visit this site, I grow more and more proud at the dedication of people supporting this incredible man we elected President.

  56. 144 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    The White House Press Corps = (tabloid gossip columnists masquerading as real journalists)

  57. 147 zizi
    September 19, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Ouch take that Tapper Jay Carney at WhiteHouse Press conf. just accused Ron Suskind of plagiarizing from wikipedia in his book attacking PBO

  58. 149 Don
    September 19, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Just in case anyone forgot, tomorrow is September 20, 2011, the day DADT is officially over. Is this guy for real or what, he changes the arch of justice and then just goes on about his business quietly. President Obama “gave “Boehner 98% of everything he wanted, which turned out to be ocean front property in Oklahoma. And now Boehner is in a race against time, come November Boehner has to either accept what President Obama gives him or accept what the Super-Committee gives him, which President Obama has already said he will veto if revenues are not included. And this, Professional Lefters, is how it is done.

    *drops microphone, turns around and walks away*

  59. 153 Obaman
    September 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    If President decides to kick republicans ass, he will do it without fear and rusty and party wont have a freaking chance! I think President Obama has just started to do it. The past couple of weeks has been really great…

    Lets kick these freak shows out of the park Mr. President. We are with you.

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