July 29, 2011

LIVE now on FoxNews: The latest on the debt ceiling crisis.



Note the time stamp: 9:44 CT.

To be fair to Fox News, they did carry the President's latest speech before they went to the potted plant. And to be fair to the potted plant, it was perfectly articulate. It said everything I needed to hear. 

48 comments:

SunnyJ said...

Fair and balanced PH.

kcom said...

Worst president ever.

Hagar said...

This is Bull Run, not Gettysburg.

Jimmy said...

They're interviewing Brendan Sullivan?

Fred4Pres said...

That potted plant really says a lot doesn't it!

Jim at Polimerican.com said...

To be fair, the potted plant was as important to the debate as what Obama said was and showed just as much substance.

garage mahal said...

While the Tea Party dithers, the economy is going in the smithers.

TWM said...

Racist using a black-colored pot and all.

Shameful.

bagoh20 said...

Now that's a plant I can vote for. It does exactly what I want from my elected officials, and if it stops doing so, I can stop the water. Our current crop controls the sprinklers itself which works out just fine for them since I pay the water bill.

Pastafarian said...

I'm waiting for Carol Herman to show up and denounce the potted plant as a "sheister" and "mountebank."

Larry J said...

While the Tea Party dithers, the economy is going in the smithers.

Let's see, the Republican controlled House has passed a budget and a debt ceiling bill. The Democrat controlled Senate has not passed a budget in over 800 days and has not passed anything on the debt ceiling. Yet in bizarro garage world, the Tea Party is to blame. I guess his idea of compromise is "give me everything I want."

Pretty damned stupid.

Scott M said...

While the Tea Party dithers, the economy is going in the smithers.

Nice try, but it's pretty much as shitty as it was a couple weeks ago. The dems knew this was coming a loooong time ago and what did they do about it?

You can count the number of actual legislation they've put forward with one end of a popsicle stick.

Hockey Bum said...

While the Tea Party dithers, the economy is going in the smithers.

Apparently the Democrat in the White House and the Democrats in the Senate can't be bothered to come up with a plan of their own, so I guess it's up to the Tea Party to lead.

bagoh20 said...

"While the Tea Party dithers, the economy is going in the smithers."

The real danger is not that a deal will not be made, but that it will and do nothing to cut spending. The rating agencies, the markets and all of us will lose more from a deal that kicks the can than one that doesn't happen.

After this deal is made, we will have all the same problems we have today, but be worse off with the loss of momentum for real change, and deep in the stupor from the tranquilizer.

The economy is a mess long term because we didn't take the badly needed correction in 2008. We kicked the can, and it's time to kick it again, but it's now a dump truck and growing.

garage mahal said...

We can totally amend the Constitution by Tues.

Scott M said...

The economy is a mess long term because we didn't take the badly needed correction in 2008. We kicked the can, and it's time to kick it again, but it's now a dump truck and growing.

This. I've often wondered what would have happened if this would have been at the start or in the middle of a second-term president, instead of at the end with a presidential election bearing down on us.

edutcher said...

Considering the amount of time in my life (and my father watched anything newsworthy - one of my first memories is the Army-McCarthy hearings) I've spent watching unattended microphones, waiting for someone to deliver the word from on high, it's nice to see someone understands the little people dislike to be kept waiting.

pm317 said...

So Althouse is calling Obama potted plant?! of, so many layers to peel..

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Fred4Pres, your suggestion on the loneliness thread is duly noted. Thanks.

Beldar said...

Don't mistake that for a photo of Brendan Sullivan. He's too busy representing Rupert Murdoch and News Corp.!

As for Obama's presser, my take is entitled More wish from the grump, but I'm wondering if that's too obscure an allusion.

Original Mike said...

"While the Tea Party dithers, the economy is going in the smithers."

This is what I'm worried about, and why I thought the House should have passed Boehner bill. Not that this is really hurting the economy, it absolutely sucked before this. But it will give the Dems an argument that a lot of people will believe.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

Every body shut up. I want to hear what the potted plant's plan is.

bagoh20 said...

I'm not usually a pessimist, and during the time I've lived it seems like things always worked out somehow.

But, I watch pundits talking on TV and I can't help thinking: is this what people said and how they acted as disaster loomed in the past and they refused to do what needed done. I think of people arguing about Germany's intentions in the late 30's, and how some warned, some dismissed, and some even assisted the coming reckoning.

Of course the hand wringing happens before disasters that never materialize too, but this just feels like the real thing. I'm not talking about the debt ceiling - that's artificial. I'm worried about the real train coming down the track - unsustainable debt. Everybody with half a brain sees it, but nobody wants to get off the tracks.

Chuck66 said...

The potted plant is waiting for its teleprompter to turn on.

Scott M said...

Every body shut up. I want to hear what the potted plant's plan is.

If the plant where to describe in detail how we were going to collectively put our hands over our ears and shot LALALALALA, it would be a more concrete plan than Carney and crew have disseminated.

Anthony said...

Has anyone considered that garage is just, well, so stupid he's not even worth replying to?

HJA said...

Hey, there's a bunch of Doonesbury strips from the 70's like that — plants and flowers from the White House Rose Garden speaking at party conventions and holding press conferences.

Paul Zrimsek said...

Can't I just eat my Miracle-Gro?

garage mahal said...

Has anyone considered that garage is just, well, so stupid he's not even worth replying to?

Guess I don't see the smartness of wasting days on a bill that won't pass, and then wasting more days trying to appease crazies demanding to amend the Constitution that has neither the time or votes to pass. The Tea Party are utterly silly people.

edutcher said...

Original Mike said...

"While the Tea Party dithers, the economy is going in the smithers."

This is what I'm worried about, and why I thought the House should have passed Boehner bill.


That won't do much. Until Congress can at least get serious about spending and taxes - and the focus should be on debt, not deficit, reduction - things will continue to deteriorate.

PS Right now, the markets are worried more about layoffs at Cisco and Goldman Sachs more than default, so Zero & Co. are still posturing.

rocketeer67 said...

Guess I don't see the smartness of wasting days on a bill that won't pass, and then wasting more days trying to appease crazies demanding to amend the Constitution that has neither the time or votes to pass.

A) The bill will pass the House. If it doesn't pass the Senate, or it does and gets vetoed by the President: it's not the Tea Party's fault.

B) Apparently, you really think the BBA language being inserted right now is intended to create and pass a Constitutional amendemnt in the next four days, which leads me to conclude: perhaps Anthony's on to something.

traditionalguy said...

With Obama as our Leader we all need pot plants.

Calypso Facto said...

I wish I could find the excellent article I read in the Wall Street Journal this spring, authored by a former Goldman Sachs Chairman or somesuch, that described why a short-term default was of much less concern to the financial markets than ongoing deficit spending. That made perfect sense to me, given the long-term outlook of most bonds and other investments.

garage mahal said...

B) Apparently, you really think the BBA language being inserted right now is intended to create and pass a Constitutional amendemnt in the next four days, which leads me to conclude: perhaps Anthony's on to something.

So they would be accomplishing more sitting around jacking off.

The Crack Emcee said...

I'll take a potted plant over looking at any of them.

Seriously. A potted plant is just fine.

rocketeer67 said...

So they would be accomplishing more sitting around jacking off.

Why duplicate effort? The Democrats have that covered.

bagoh20 said...

"So they would be accomplishing more sitting around jacking off."

The last election ended 4 years of that, at least in the house. Other branches have not yet achievde their happy ending.

Scott M said...

Guess I don't see the smartness of wasting days on a bill that won't pass

Henry Reid's doing the exact same gets a pass why exactly?

rocketeer67 said...

PS - Garage? The BBA language? You might want to read the news reports about Boehner's changes to the bill this morning very, very slowly. Ask someone less...stupid to help you with the big words. Hint: No one is trying to pass an amendment in the next four days. No one has demanded it. But the grown-ups want to create a framework for that to happen in the few months.

Palladian said...

"Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again. Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the Universe than we do now."

Heart_Collector said...

At lease we know the plant cant cock gag dc bound school children.

wv-diesse-Our chances of coming out of this on top are diesse.

Michael said...

The tea party is waiting for the president's secret, double secret, plan. Or the Dems. Either way, the Dems are the party of no.

Hagar said...

The President looks incompetent and irrelevant.

Pelosi and her House Democrats is a nullity.

Harry Reid is desperately trying to salvage as much as he can for the Democrats with just a small majority in the Senate.

And come 2013, that will be a minority.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Guess I don't see the smartness of wasting days on a bill that won't pass, and then wasting more days trying to appease crazies demanding to amend the Constitution that has neither the time or votes to pass. The Tea Party are utterly silly people.

I guess some people have principles and stick to them. Make promises and keep them

I know....really hard for a liberal to understand.

Hagar said...

The hardliners are not doing themselves any favors, but actually they are helping; Boehner and McConnell are going to come out of this just fine, and the longer it lasts, the worse the Obama White House looks, nor does it help Hary Reid and the Senate Democrats.

iqvoice said...

Guess I don't see the smartness of wasting days on a bill that won't pass....

Guess I don't see the point in spending more money that we can never pay back. Big-government liberals are utterly silly people.

Default Now!

Jess said...

Since everybody else is taking a crack at this:

While the Tea Party dithers, the economy is going in the smithers.

Do my worst, eh? Smithers, release the robotic Richard Simmons!
- Montgomery Burns

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mariner said...

Note the caption at the bottom of the screen: "Another six-year term".

I wonder if the potted plant went to Harvard.