"Don't Tell Me Words Don't Matter"

- August 16, 2012

Hey, Remember The Barack Obama Of 2008?


THEN: Candidate Obama: "Don't Tell Me Words Don't Matter." "Don't tell me words don't matter! 'I have a dream.' Just words. 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.' Just words. 'We have nothing to fear but fear itself.' Just words, just speeches." (Senator Barack Obama, Remarks To The Democratic Party Of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2/16/08)

NOW: Yesterday, Obama Chided Those Who "Get Obsessed With How Something Was Phrased." "Pressed to say whether Biden's wording was unfortunate or something he's okay with, the president sighed. 'The truth is that during the course of these campaigns, folks like to get obsessed with how something was phrased even if everybody personally understands that's not how it was meant,' Obama said. 'That's sort of the nature of modern campaigns and modern coverage of campaigns. But I tell you, when I'm traveling around Iowa, that's not what's on people's minds.'"(Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, "President Obama: No Apologies, No Scolding For Joe Biden's Remark," People, 8/15/12)


In His New Book, Politico's Glenn Thrush Sheds Light On Obama's "Disdain" For Romney

Politico 's Glenn Thrush: Obama Has A "Genuine Disdain" For Romney. "Glenn Thrush will be out Aug. 20 with 'Obama's Last Stand,' the third in POLITICO's series of ebooks on the 2012 race, published by Random House and edited by Jon Meacham, with an introduction by Evan Thomas. A taste of 'Obama's Last Stand:'… 'One factor made the 2012 grind bearable and at times even fun for Obama: he began campaign preparations feeling neutral about Romney, but like the former governor's GOP opponents in 2008 and 2012, he quickly developed a genuine disdain for the main [sic]. That scorn stoked Obama's competitive fire, got his head in the game, which came as a relief to some Obama aides who had seen his interest flag when he didn't feel motivated to crush the opposition.'" (Mike Allen, Politico's "Playbook," 8/5/12)

This Week, Obama Lobbed An Attack At Romney Over His Dog

Obama Took A Cheap Shot At Romney Over His Dog. " That's what [Romney] said about wind power, 'You can't drive a car with a windmill on it.' I don't know if he's actually tried that -- I know he's had other things on his car.'" (President Barack Obama, Remarks By The President At A Campaign Event, Oskaloosa, IA, 8/14/12)

Biden Said Republicans Would Put Voters "Back In Chains"

At A Campaign Event In Virginia, Biden Told The Audience That Republicans Would "Put You All Back In Chains." "Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that a Republican-led effort to loosen new regulations on Wall Street would put voters 'back in chains.' 'Romney wants to, he said in the first 100 days, he's gonna let the big banks again write their own rules,' Biden said of the GOP nominee's proposals to roll back the Obama administration's financial reforms. 'Unchain Wall Street!' Lowering his voice, Biden added, 'They're going to put you all back in chains.' Danville city is about 48 percent black, according to 2011 census numbers. The audience of about 800 at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research here in Danville reflected the area's demography." (Carrie Dann, "Biden Tells Audience Banks Would Put Them 'Back In Chains,'" NBC News' " First Read," 8/14/12)

Obama's Deputy Campaign Manager Suggested That Romney Is A Felon

Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter Insinuated That Gov. Mitt Romney Committed A "Felony." Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter laid out the issue as the Obama team sees it: 'Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature, was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony.' 'Or,' she said, 'he was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the American people to avoid responsibility for some of the consequences of his investments,' including layoffs and the outsourcing of jobs. (Obama Team: Romney Committed A Felony Or Lied To Voters," Politico, 7/12/22)

Biden Told Voters He Wished Republicans Would Know "What It's Like On The Other Side Of A Gun"

Biden Wished Republicans Would Know What It's Like For A Rape Victim Or To Have A Gun Pointed At Their Head. BIDEN: "I wish these guys that thought it was temporary, I wish they had some notion what it's like on the other side of a gun or a 200 pound man standing over you telling you to submit. Folks, it matters. It matters!" (Vice President Joe Biden, Remarks At Event About American Jobs Act, Philadelphia, PA, 10/18/11)

  • Biden Reiterated Yesterday On Capitol Hill That There Will Be More Rapes And Murders Without Obama's "Jobs Act." BIDEN: "In many cities, the result has been - and it's not unique - murder rates are up, robbery rates are up, rapes are up." (Vice President Joe Biden, Remarks At Capitol Hill Rally, Washington, D.C., 10/19/11)
  • When Confronted About His Rhetoric, Biden Didn't Back Down On His Claim That Murders And Rapes Will Rise If Obama's Jobs Act Didn't Pass. BIDEN: "Don't screw around with me. … Listen to me. … I said rape was up three times in Flint, there are the numbers, go look at the numbers. Murder's up, rape is up, and burglary's up. … Murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crimes will continue to rise." (Vice President Joe Biden, Comments To Reporter After Rally, Washington, D.C., 10/19/11)

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) Has Invoked "Wolves" And "Death" To Describe Republican Proposals

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Said Rep. Paul Ryan's Budget Outline "Would Literally Be A Death Trap For Some Seniors." "No longer would Medicare be a guarantee of health insurance coverage. Instead Medicare would become little more than a discount card. This plan wouldliterally be a death trap for some seniors." (Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Remarks At Press Conference, 4/5/11)

  • When Later Confronted On Her Outrageous Rhetoric, Stood By Her Claim That The GOP Proposal Is A "Death Trap." "Incoming Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on Thursday stood by her claim that the GOP's 2012 budget proposal represents a 'death trap' for seniors." (Lucy Madison, "Wasserman-Schultz Stands By Claim That GOP Budget Is A "Death Trap" For Seniors," CBS News, 4/14/11)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Said The Republican Medicare Plan Will "Throw You To The Wolves." "The Republicans have a plan to end Medicare as we know it. What they would do is they would take the people who are younger than 55 years old today and tell them, 'You know what? You're on your own. Go and find private health insurance in the health-care insurance market. We're going to throw you to the wolves and allow insurance companies to deny you coverage and drop you for pre-existing conditions. We're going to give you X amount of dollars and you figure it out.'" (CBS "Face The Nation," 5/29/11)

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