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Bush More Popular than Obama

By zzyzzx follow zzyzzx   2013 Jun 12, 12:10am 19,844 views   118 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/06/11/Bush-More-Popular-Than-Obama

In a Gallup tracking poll released Tuesday, former-President George W. Bush currently stands with a favorability rating of 49%, compared to 46% who see the 43rd president unfavorably. Meanwhile, another Gallup poll shows President Obama with only a 47% approval rating, with 44% disapproving.

If you think about it, this makes perfect sense.

After all, Obama fooled everyone when he ran as the anti-Bush in 2008.

Everyone thought Obama meant he would be less hawkish than his predecessor. But as we have seen, Obama apparently has no problem killing American citizens via remote control with drones or greatly expanding upon Bush's surveillance state. This, even though Obama told us he had pretty much won the War on Terror.

Therefore, it appears that what Obama meant by promising to be the anti-Bush is that, unlike George W. Bush, Obama would not get us out of a recession and into many years of economic prosperity. There would also be successful terror attacks on American soil during Obama's watch and a litany of scandals unseen in almost a half-century.

Maybe the next time a former community organizer raised in a creepy church runs for president, the media will work a little harder to dig into his real agenda.

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79   Tenpoundbass   ignore (15)   2013 Jun 17, 6:26am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

edvard2 says

Not sure where that nonsense came from.

Does the first 100 days "accomplishments" jubilee, complete with the closest thing in America, to the Pope placing a Crown on a Kings head, that is the Nobel Vanity prize, ring a fucking BELL?

80   dublin hillz   ignore (0)   2013 Jun 17, 7:59am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

We are still no where closer to prognosticating the football game - what if randomly drew 22 tea partiers vs 22 OWSs. Who would win? What would be the score?

81   Homeboy   ignore (2)   2013 Jun 17, 8:04am     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

edvard2 says

Funny how the only people who talk about Obama in terms of being a "saint", Saviour, or whatever are right-wingers. Not sure where that nonsense came from.

It's called a strawman argument, and right-wingers LOVE those.

82   edvard2   ignore (1)   2013 Jun 17, 8:11am     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

CaptainShuddup says

Does the first 100 days "accomplishments" jubilee, complete with the closest thing in America, to the Pope placing a Crown on a Kings head, that is the Nobel Vanity prize, ring a fucking BELL?

That's basically more of the same talk as indicated before, meaning nobody but right wingers typically mention that sort of baseless talk.

dublin hillz says

what if randomly drew 22 tea partiers vs 22 OWSs. Who would win? What would be the score?

Probably the Tea Partiers. They'd simply drum up some money from their corporate sponsors to actually pay for real football players. Funny how we're talking about football as its entirely appropriate given that the Tea Party is an Astroturf organization...

83   JodyChunder   ignore (3)   2013 Jun 17, 9:13am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Vicente says

Pantaloons? You must be even older than that picture.

He's just a big Louis Rene Boquet fan.

84   bob2356   ignore (4)   2013 Jun 17, 11:53am     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

CaptainShuddup says

Does the first 100 days "accomplishments" jubilee, complete with the closest thing in America, to the Pope placing a Crown on a Kings head, that is the Nobel Vanity prize, ring a fucking BELL?

Good thing you only have 3 years and 6 months left of ever increasing blood pressure and incoherent ranting about Obama. What to you plan to devote your life to after 2016?

85   inflection point   ignore (0)   2013 Jun 17, 1:48pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

bob...

I am sure their will be another idiot (republican or democrat) to rant about. Although I will say they will have to work really hard to beat the Obama circus.

86   Vicente   ignore (0)   2013 Jun 17, 2:19pm     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

bob2356 says

Good thing you only have 3 years and 6 months left of ever increasing blood pressure and incoherent ranting about Obama. What to you plan to devote your life to after 2016?

For some years now I've been hearing 8 years of Obama will result in Soviet-stye bread lines:

and probably FEMA concentration camps:

When 2016 passes and Obama has not delivered, they'll have to find a way to make it happen on their own.

87   JodyChunder   ignore (3)   2013 Jun 17, 3:19pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

sbh says

You could fuck up a wet dream.

Whoah, go easy on the Cap'n there, SBH. He's a good guy. You seriously don't think he'd stop and help you fix a flat, or push your car into the emergency lane? I'm pretty sure he's that kinda fella. I'm also failry certain he's the kinda old-school chap who'd take that call at 4AM when you're in the middle of a nervous breakdown with no dry shoulders around. He'd probably bring you meals in plastic tubs if you ever hit the skids, and pick up the bill at the bar following a little gin 'n' sympathy after some whore breaks your heart in three. I can even see him putting in a good word, or babysitting at a moments notice. He'd let you win at arm wrastling and fuck your wife in order to get you off the hook for having screwed around on her first.

With all that mind, how is it you can reserve such high-octane vitriol for such a good wholesome kid?

88   bob2356   ignore (4)   2013 Jun 17, 5:28pm     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

inflection point says

bob...

I am sure their will be another idiot (republican or democrat) to rant about. Although I will say they will have to work really hard to beat the Obama circus.

Having two of the worst administrations in history back to back is hopefully an aberration not a portent of the system being so fucked up that only idiots like bush and obama can be elected.

Well let's hope it's a republican idiot so captain crunch doesn't die on us. Wasn't captian crunch of those people who was leaving the country if Obama won? Anyone track how many actually left? I rush limburger still here?

89   CMY   ignore (0)   2013 Jun 17, 10:50pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

edvard2 says

Probably the Tea Partiers. They'd simply drum up some money from their corporate sponsors to actually pay for real football players. Funny how we're talking about football as its entirely appropriate given that the Tea Party is an Astroturf organization...

I largely stay out of political debates nowadays, but as someone who was involved in several early Tea Party events here in L.A. I really can't let those little "astroturf" comments go unchallenged, Miss Pelosi.

I disassociated myself with them last year (largely because they had adopted stances on social issues, something it was never supposed to be about) but I've also met hundreds of people who spent--or lost--plenty of their own time / money to be at those events. Do you really think I flew to D.C. on a Koch Brothers credit card?

I know it's what you desperately want to believe, but my experience indicated nothing of the sort. Do you ever wonder what else you're wrong about?

90   zzyzzx   ignore (1)   2013 Jun 17, 11:09pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

edvard2 says

non-alcoholic beer is more popular than Bush.

I assure you that Miller 64 is in fact less popular than Bush or Obama! Don't take my word for it, try some Miller 64.

91   Tenpoundbass   ignore (15)   2013 Jun 17, 11:35pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

bob2356 says

What to you plan to devote your life to after 2016?

wait for it...

wait for it...

wait for it...

Hope and Change!

92   Tenpoundbass   ignore (15)   2013 Jun 17, 11:39pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

JodyChunder says

Whoah, go easy on the Cap'n there, SBH.

Thanks Jody, you're too kind,and are right on all counts, except for me screwing his wife part, I draw the line when it comes to bearded chicks. the highroad be damned.

93   Tenpoundbass   ignore (15)   2013 Jun 17, 11:51pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Obama numbers plunge into generation gap -CNN(AKA Obama ass kisser number 1)

94   edvard2   ignore (1)   2013 Jun 18, 2:16am     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

CMY says

I largely stay out of political debates nowadays, but as someone who was involved in several early Tea Party events here in L.A. I really can't let those little "astroturf" comments go unchallenged, Miss Pelosi.

I disassociated myself with them last year (largely because they had adopted stances on social issues, something it was never supposed to be about) but I've also met hundreds of people who spent--or lost--plenty of their own time / money to be at those events. Do you really think I flew to D.C. on a Koch Brothers credit card?

I know it's what you desperately want to believe, but my experience indicated nothing of the sort. Do you ever wonder what else you're wrong about?

I suggest that you follow the money trail and read about exactly how the Tea Party got its start. Numerous reports and studies back these findings too.

The way that astroturf organizations work, and in the case of the Tea Party is that you need to basically "create" a sort of grass roots movement that is believably legitimate. In the case of the Tea Party, all of the work was done up front. The desired goal was to create interest amongst the populace under the false pretense that the movement was one started by individual citizens.

In reality, you can trace the founding of what eventually became the Tea Party back to the 80's. Back then there was a single organizations called "Citizens for a Sound Economy". The organization received around 5 billion dollars from the tobacco industry and similar to how many of the things the Tea Party rails against, such as environmental regulations on business, corporate taxes and unions, etc etc, the CSE was in favor of backing an agenda that discussed the relationship between big business and government. Sound familiar? Of course it does. Its because the current tea party does the same thing: All in an effort to change public opinion for the direct benefit of the corporate backers of the movement(s)

The CSE ultimately became the "Americans for Prosperity", which though has an equally vague and patriotic-sounding name works in the same fashion, which is to basically speak and act on the behalf of corporate interests.

But getting back to the Tea Party and the thoughts of it being a "Legitimate" movement. As mentioned before, these sorts of movements are purposely engineered from the start to attract everyday citizens. It feels "Real" because people ( as you mentioned) physically show up to Tea Party events, spend their own money, get involved, all the while not realizing that they are for the most part being used by the outside interests that started the whole thing from the get-go. But to those who believe that the Tea Party is a real political movement, it again feels as such because: " Well, I went to a Tea Party event and there were people like me, so it must be real." Of course it seems that way because the whole movement was engineered to attract them to a cause that serves a different purpose. Its what astroturfing is: Creating a premise for political action under the guise of a "grass roots" body.

I have no problem with people voicing their political opinions, protesting, disagreeing with aspects of how the country is run, taxes, regulations, or whatever. That is our right and freedom to do so. To peacefully assemble.

But what I DO have an issue with is when corporations and otherwise outside interests use people for their own desires and financial concerns, and especially under a presumed cover of some sort of "Grass roots" movement.

95   CMY   ignore (0)   2013 Jun 18, 3:08am     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

edvard2 says

Its what astroturfing is: Creating a premise for political action under the guise of a "grass roots" body.

Using that logic, there will never be a true conservative 'grassroots' movement, ever.. which I guess is where you started from in the first place.

96   edvard2   ignore (1)   2013 Jun 18, 3:12am     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

CMY says

Using that logic, there will never be a true conservative 'grassroots' movement, ever.. which I guess is where you started from in the first place.

No. I believe you aren't understanding my position. There are PLENTY of legitimate conservative and liberal grass roots movements. That I have no issue with. I'll also go on to say I have the same issue with liberal grass roots movements because they certainly exist and function for much of the same reason.

Also understand that I have no doubt that you and others probably have genuine passions and interests in the Tea Party. I am not trying to belittle that by any means. But the overall Tea Party movement more or less exists under the guise of being a grass roots movement while serving totally different purposes.

97   Tenpoundbass   ignore (15)   2013 Jun 18, 3:25am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

CMY says

Using that logic, there will never be a true conservative 'grassroots' movement, ever..

Grassroots is one of those new political words that conjure up a warm and fuzzy "Hope and Change" America, but actually divides us further and gets further away from any such reality.

Grassroots = A well funded and planned political organization, that asks a few disinterested college kids what are their thoughts on politics. Then enlist those fools, not to champion the thoughts that they expressed, but the actions of those heavy financial backers.

Like...
Transparency = Obfuscate the Democratic process

OWS = Occupy Wall Street aka Out of sight out of mind. Hey go somewhere it doesn't count and protest.

Reform = Restrict liberties even further, or create a bigger cluster fuck out of an already listing ship.

98   edvard2   ignore (1)   2013 Jun 18, 3:33am     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

CaptainShuddup says

Grassroots = A well funded and planned political organization, that asks a few disinterested college kids what are their thoughts on politics. Then enlist those fools, not to champion the thoughts that they expressed, but the actions of those heavy financial backers.

For once I partially agree with you, except substitute your use of "college kids" with any average American.

CaptainShuddup says

OWS = Occupy Wall Street aka Out of sight out of mind. Hey go somewhere it doesn't count and protest.

OWS was probably closer to a true "grass roots" movement. Its also ironically sad that it failed in the end, and in some ways and to even perhaps contradict myself, partially did so because it didn't receive the enormous financial contribution the Tea Party has. The BIG difference is that in the case of OWS, the one financial backer ( Ben and Jerrys), made it clear that they were supporting the movement. Totally different than the otherwise invisible and purposely hidden backers of the Tea Party.

99   CMY   ignore (0)   2013 Jun 18, 3:47am     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

edvard2 says

Also understand that I have no doubt that you and others probably have genuine passions and interests in the Tea Party. I am not trying to belittle that by any means. But the overall Tea Party movement more or less exists under the guise of being a grass roots movement while serving totally different purposes.

I would argue that yes, today it serves many different purposes than what I originally signed up for (and which is why I'm no longer a part of it).

We can go back and forth on the foundation of it, but my experience was just a couple of local guys and gals who decided to meet up on the beach and make some noise about fiscal responsibility, limited government and lower taxes; however you'd like to twist that to suit your narrative is just fine with me.

100   Tenpoundbass   ignore (15)   2013 Jun 18, 3:54am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

edvard2 says

The BIG difference is that in the case of OWS, the one financial backer ( Ben and Jerrys)

I was working from home though out the whole OWS timeline, and had Fox Business on the whole time during the day.

OWS failed the second day it started, when someone anonymously sent them a considerable chunk of cash delivered to OWS movement. The problem was, there was no official OWS movement. So what did they have to do next, walk into the same bank they were protesting and fill out official papers, make an official organization, and put money in the same banks they despised. Then the waring factions between the tents started, over who was the official OWS spokes person, and who and how should the money be spent, and how could use that money to raise more money. Once money entered the picture the whole movement was corrupted and diminished.

And then that my friends was THAT!

101   edvard2   ignore (1)   2013 Jun 18, 3:56am     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

CMY says

We can go back and forth on the foundation of it, but my experience was just a couple of local guys and gals who decided to meet up on the beach and make some noise about fiscal responsibility, limited government and lower taxes; however you'd like to twist that to suit your narrative is just fine with me.

I wasn't talking about your personal experience. I was referring to the origins and actual underlying reasons the Tea Party came into existence in the first place. As mentioned before I am not doubting that you personally did not experience a genuine sense of involvement.

102   edvard2   ignore (1)   2013 Jun 18, 3:58am     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

CaptainShuddup says

The problem was, there was no official OWS movement.

OWS could have succeeded had they decided to broaden their approach. They for too long stuck to the single idea of "Occupying".... something. Once the tent cities were shut down that was basically the end of it because those who had some influence didn't do much with it afterwards. Interesting because at the time a majority of Americans actually agreed with their premise.

103   Tenpoundbass   ignore (15)   2013 Jun 18, 4:07am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

edvard2 says

OWS could have succeeded had they decided to broaden their approach.

They did, raising money.

What do you think those monkey see monkey do sons of bitches were doing in tents in Bayfront park in down town Miami. We certainly aren't a financial hub.

104   edvard2   ignore (1)   2013 Jun 18, 4:12am     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

I don't think they did. They failed to broaden their narrative beyond simply hanging around physical locations as a form of protest. Had they instead "matured" the movement by making it less dependent on occupation, then they might have had a better go at it.

105   Tenpoundbass   ignore (15)   2013 Jun 18, 4:16am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

You do realize that the OWS movement didn't produce one single person who challenged to debate one single politician, that would suggest their only message was their tents.

106   CMY   ignore (0)   2013 Jun 18, 4:20am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

edvard2 says

Had they instead "matured" the movement by making it less dependent on occupation, then they might have had a better go at it.

Or maybe worked on that whole rape-sexual-assault-arrest-drug-use-public-urination-defecation-theivery thing.

107   edvard2   ignore (1)   2013 Jun 18, 4:21am     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

No. The OWS was about addressing what was perceived to be unfair practices by financial and corporate institutions, which is appropriate seeing as due to the influence that lobbys, the decision that corporations count as private citizens, corporate political contributions, and of course the various astroturf political groups aforementioned, seems like a more direct approach to changing politics: Get to the source. So a totally different, and perhaps could have been more effective.

108   Tenpoundbass   ignore (15)   2013 Jun 18, 4:24am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

You mean to tell me, that none of these guys were Political majors, or were their degrees not worth the paper they were printed on, or were all of the good ones already working for the MAN (1%)?

What do you call a bunch of college kids camping?
A jamband festival at the burning man.

I think those kids in the "AT&T It's not complicated" commercial campaigns could have better served occupying Wall street.

at least they want more more more more more, if they don't get it, they'll turn into a werewolf and have to stay in side saying "rah rah rah"...

109   edvard2   ignore (1)   2013 Jun 18, 4:31am     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

I'm not really seeing your connection here. Their premise was never about addressing politicians directly, and so your argument sort of falls flat here. And demeaning the actions of college kids is not relevant either seeing as how historically its this age group that is more active at drawing attention to things and getting shit done versus sitting around and merely complaining.

FYI: I didn't have anything to do with OWS. But I found their cause not without reason either.

110   Tenpoundbass   ignore (15)   2013 Jun 18, 4:40am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Don't think for one minute that I've not been a member of that club, back since when it was called the "Down with the man" movement.
Now of course all we ever did was sit on our ass and prognosticate about the rich getting richer and poor getting poorer.
My generation never had anything to protest about. Well we did, we just never were able to muster up the will to bitch about the man.
I mean how far would we have gotten. Don't forget that 90% of Americans belived in a totally Freemarket system. And to complain about the status quoa would have been considered un American.
The idea was, if you don't like your job then be your own boss. It was easier to do until at least the year 2000. I wouldn't dare blame one politician for that. I'd blame technology as much as any single politician for the diminishing small business climate in this country. It takes billions of dollars for R&D, and dust free factories to make the products, and a whole litany of regulation rules to be compliant with to even make a product that modern society would even be interested in buying. So software and food are the only two options for self starters in this day and age. There aren't more options.

BUT!! Had our generation had been called on to pitch a stink about Reagan, Bush Sr., or Clinton. I think we would have came armed with more than our tents and sleeping bags.

Reagan would have called the Pinkertons in a minute on our asses.

111   edvard2   ignore (1)   2013 Jun 18, 4:49am     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

My Dad started his own small business for about $5,000 and as of now makes probably close to 100k a year doing it. Its not a tech nor manufacturing type of business either.So I still believe that there are many opportunities for those who want to strike out on their own.

As far as the income gap, well that's a difficult thing to quantify. On one hand its not practical to say " Oh, I am soooo upset that that person has more money than me!" Sorry, but that's the way its always been. The fact that there are some really wealthy people isn't the problem. Wealthy people usually have upper positions at either corporations or business, and as cliche' as it is, they do indeed serve as the country's employers. So complaining about the rich for the sake of complaining that they are simply rich is pointless.

But there is something to complain about and be concerned with if that wealthy person or corporation attained their wealth by not playing by the rules the way they should have.If a person or business gains their wealth by basically cheating the system or finding sneaky loopholes, then that to me is not right and deserves a second look. There is a LOT of that happening now. Not that this is anything new. But that also doesn't mean we should merely accept it and remain complacent either.

112   Tenpoundbass   ignore (15)   2013 Jun 18, 9:46am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Dude use the return key, it's right there.
Don't be afraid, and put some ass into it, and create some paragraphs.

What with you being the grammar expert and all, geesh.

113   JodyChunder   ignore (3)   2013 Jun 18, 9:54am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

edvard2 says

My Dad started his own small business for about $5,000 and as of now makes probably close to 100k a year doing it. Its not a tech nor manufacturing type of business either

Not to undermine your old man's accomplishments, because that's some fine grass roots spirit going on there; but frankly, 100K ain't dick these days. I think that's a big part the problem...

114   Entitlemented   ignore (0)   2013 Jun 18, 9:58am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

My friends from Lebanon, Egypt, Afghanistan love Bush and blame his finding Hussien in a foxhole as a "dictator over-throwing optimism" moment.

The most devout and outspoken Republican I have met is a Afghani women escaped from the tribal nation.

115   lostand confused   ignore (0)   2013 Jun 18, 10:40am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

JodyChunder says

edvard2 says



My Dad started his own small business for about $5,000 and as of now makes probably close to 100k a year doing it. Its not a tech nor manufacturing type of business either


Not to undermine your old man's accomplishments, because that's some fine grass roots spirit going on there; but frankly, 100K ain't dick these days. I think that's a big part the problem...

Yeah there was that city official in Alameda county , who retired with a 300k pension.

116   marcus   ignore (10)   2013 Jun 18, 1:53pm     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

zzyzzx says

Bush More Popular than Obama

Another sore loser.

117   RealEstateIsBetterThanStocks   ignore (0)   2013 Jun 18, 2:55pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

pointless. they both steal your money.

118   thomaswong.1986   ignore (5)   2013 Jun 18, 3:40pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

edvard2 says

OWS could have succeeded had they decided to broaden their approach. They for too long stuck to the single idea of "Occupying".... something.

Anytime you feel nostalgic about the OWS, just visit Telegraph Ave near UCB...
They were there 20 years ago.. they will be there 20 years from now... still brain dead.

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