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The Elite Turn Against Obama

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The Daily Beast said:
July 7, 2010 | 6:46am

You’d think the well-heeled and enlightened eggheads at the Aspen Ideas Festival—which is running all week in this fashionable resort town with heady panel discussions and earnest disquisitions involving all manner of deep thinkers and do-gooders—would be receptive to an intellectually ambitious president with big ideas of his own.

In a way, the folks attending this cerebral conclave pairing the Aspen Institute think tank with the Atlantic Monthly magazine might even be seen as President Obama’s natural base.

Apparently not so much.

“The real problem we have,” Mort Zuckerman said, “are some of the worst economic policies in place today that, in my judgment, go directly against the long-term interests of this country.”

Obama’s top economic adviser, Larry Summers, and his departing budget director, Peter Orszag, can expect heavy weather when they land in Aspen later this week to make their case to this civic-minded clique of wealthy skeptics.

“If you’re asking if the United States is about to become a socialist state, I’d say it’s actually about to become a European state, with the expansiveness of the welfare system and the progressive tax system like what we’ve already experienced in Western Europe,” Harvard business and history professor Niall Ferguson declared during Monday’s kickoff session, offering a withering critique of Obama’s economic policies, which he claimed were encouraging laziness.

“The curse of longterm unemployment is that if you pay people to do nothing, they’ll find themselves doing nothing for very long periods of time,” Ferguson said. “Long-term unemployment is at an all-time high in the United States, and it is a direct consequence of a misconceived public policy.”

This is a scathing review and critique of the state of our country right now - both politically and economically. When groups like this who supported the current administration with money, vocal support and votes are asking "Wha happun?" while looking around wide eyed and shocked --- Houston, we have a problem.

Aspen Ideas Festival: Obama Loses Support of Nation
 

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This is a scathing review and critique of the state of our country right now - both politically and economically. When groups like this who supported the current administration with money, vocal support and votes are asking "Wha happun?" while looking around wide eyed and shocked --- Houston, we have a problem.

Aspen Ideas Festival: Obama Loses Support of Nation

Not a good sign when the base realizes the Emperor has no clothes.
 

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He has clothes, yours and mine.

But they're really not ours, they're borrowed --- they're actually owned by the Chinese and Saudi Arabia.
 

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But they're really not ours, they're borrowed --- they're actually owned by the Chinese and Saudi Arabia.

Yeah, it's just like that we don't really own any property, either. Don't pay your real estate taxes to your city and find out who really owns your property.
 

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This is a scathing review and critique of the state of our country right now - both politically and economically. When groups like this who supported the current administration with money, vocal support and votes are asking "Wha happun?" while looking around wide eyed and shocked --- Houston, we have a problem.

Aspen Ideas Festival: Obama Loses Support of Nation
They sure did a good job in this article to spin it to make it appear this was a huge group of wealthy liberals bashing on Obama. One of the people in your quote, the person who gave the most scathing critique by far, was a former McCain adviser:
YouTube - Why America Needs McCain - Niall Ferguson
 

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They sure did a good job in this article to spin it to make it appear this was a huge group of wealthy liberals bashing on Obama. One of the people in your quote, the person who gave the most scathing critique by far, was a former McCain adviser:
YouTube - Why America Needs McCain - Niall Ferguson

It just started, but did you not see Zuckerman's quote or the Harvard professors views? I thought those were much more impactful - Ferguson's views well, they're no surprise really.
 

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They sure did a good job in this article to spin it to make it appear this was a huge group of wealthy liberals bashing on Obama. One of the people in your quote, the person who gave the most scathing critique by far, was a former McCain adviser:
YouTube - Why America Needs McCain - Niall Ferguson

A lot of liberals and Obama supporters are suddenly criticizing him. Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of GE recently gave a speech where he blasted Obama. I heard that even Barbara Steisand is now criticizing him. That's not counting the recent lambasting by Carville.
 

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It just started, but did you not see Zuckerman's quote or the Harvard professors views? I thought those were much more impactful - Ferguson's views well, they're no surprise really.

I believe that the Harvard professor was Ferguson, unless I missed something.

And yes, I saw what Zuckerman said, but I couldn't find anything on the entire google where he has ever praised Obama. I can find pieces where he's bashed his policies since shortly after he was elected. The most I can find support wise is that the newspaper he owns endorsed Obama in the election but it's hard to tell if that was from the editors or from him.
 

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A lot of liberals and Obama supporters are suddenly criticizing him. Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of GE recently gave a speech where he blasted Obama. I heard that even Barbara Steisand is now criticizing him. That's not counting the recent lambasting by Carville.

I read that he said that Obama doesn't like big business and that big business doesn't like Obama (paraphrased). It is what it is. Barbara Streisand I don't even care enough about to look up what she said. Carville doesn't think Obama is up to snuff on the oil spill and is obviously aggravated at the governments response, and with good reason.

However, I have a hard time thinking that these few instances are representative of some large movement of his base turning on him. I think that falls more under wishful thinking than anything else.
 

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I read that he said that Obama doesn't like big business and that big business doesn't like Obama (paraphrased). It is what it is. Barbara Streisand I don't even care enough about to look up what she said. Carville doesn't think Obama is up to snuff on the oil spill and is obviously aggravated at the governments response, and with good reason.

However, I have a hard time thinking that these few instances are representative of some large movement of his base turning on him. I think that falls more under wishful thinking than anything else.

Tip of the iceberg.....

Mr. Immelt also had harsh words for U.S. President Barack Obama, lamenting what he called a “terrible” national mood and expressing concern that over-regulation in response to the global financial crisis would damp a “tepid” U.S. economic recovery.

Business did not like the U.S. president, and the president did not like business, he said, making a point of praising Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, for her defence of German industry.

“People are in a really bad mood [in the U.S.],” the 54-year-old executive told an audience of somewhat surprised Europeans who had seen higher levels of U.S. growth as a beacon of recovery.
 

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I read that he said that Obama doesn't like big business and that big business doesn't like Obama (paraphrased). It is what it is. Barbara Streisand I don't even care enough about to look up what she said. Carville doesn't think Obama is up to snuff on the oil spill and is obviously aggravated at the governments response, and with good reason.

However, I have a hard time thinking that these few instances are representative of some large movement of his base turning on him. I think that falls more under wishful thinking than anything else.

We shall have to see who is right come November.
I have no doubt that has he in fact lost his base, you will enter some excuse for that.
 

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We shall have to see who is right come November.
I have no doubt that has he in fact lost his base, you will enter some excuse for that.

I didnt know that there was going to be a presidential election in november...

If Obama loses the 2010 Presidential election I promise I won't make any excuses. Pinky swear.
 
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