Obama praises ‘extraordinary’ Pelosi amid leadership battle. This is so funny. Bama is praising Pelosi cause he knows if she is not the Grand PoPaw that he is out. Why is he boosting about Beto – caused he has $38 million that he said he is not sharing with ANYBODY – that includes Obama. Now the democrats want that money and said so:
By Eric Bradner, CNN
Former President Barack Obama offered effusive praise of Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday as the Democratic leader faces opposition to her bid for House Speaker.
“I think Nancy Pelosi, when the history is written, will go down as one of the most effective legislative leaders that this country’s ever seen,” Obama said at a live taping of “The Axe Files” podcast, produced by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN.
“The Axe Files” is hosted by David Axelrod, Obama’s former top strategist and a CNN political commentator.
The interview comes as both Barack and Michelle Obama return to the public spotlight after spending most of the first year and a half of Donald Trump’s presidency off the stage. Michelle Obama is touring to promote her book, while Barack Obama spent the weeks before the midterm elections campaigning for Democratic candidates.
Obama’s praise of Pelosi comes as a group of House Democrats who are seeking generational change in the party’s top ranks argue Pelosi has become a political anchor around its candidates.
Obama said he didn’t want to weigh in on the leadership fight but called Pelosi an “extraordinary partner” before complimenting her abilities as a legislator.
“Nancy is not always the best on a cable show or with a quick soundbite or what have you,” Obama said. “But her skill, tenacity, toughness, vision, is remarkable. Her stamina, her ability to see around corners, her ability to stand her ground and do hard things and to suffer unpopularity to get the right thing done, I think, stands up against any person that I’ve observed or worked directly with in Washington during my lifetime.”
Obama said instead of “performance art,” what’s most important are the “nuts and bolts” of governance — “the blocking and tackling involved in actually getting things across the finish line.”
“And my experience has been that Nancy Pelosi knows how to do that, and she was an extraordinary partner for me throughout my presidency,” Obama said.
Obama also said in the interview that he and Trump have “contrasting visions” about the United States.
“I think what’s unique about America is our aspirations to be a large, successful, multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious, pluralistic democracy,” he said.
(Obama needs to leave out the multi-religious for his part – he is lying again. In his camp ground there is only one fire burning which is Islam.)
“Do you think that’s President Trump’s vision?” Axelrod asked.
“No, obviously not,” Obama said. “We have contrasting visions about what America is. And, you know, that’s self-apparent. But what I would say is that the majority of Americans believe in that story. And there is power in that story.”
(Yes, America is that story; but, not a part of Obama’s – he is lying again. It belongs to America and President Trump.)
Obama talks guns, filibusters
(Obama tried and failed to take away America’s guns. As Rep Swalwell stated – Obama did target people and they don’t seem to be hanging around. Swalwell said he would nuke Americans if they didn’t turn their guns in to the government.)
In the interview, Obama also detailed his frustrations with the hurdles he faced on Capitol Hill, saying he favors abolishing the Senate’s 60-vote threshold to break the filibuster and advance legislation and lambasting Republicans for failing to back new gun laws.
Obama’s comments came a day after a shooting at Mercy Hospital in Chicago in which three people and the gunman were killed.
(The good guys did not have guns but the bad guys had guns and look at them now. Same story. Why do the democrats think if the bad guys always have guns and the good guys don’t – that the good guys will win. Stupid is as stupid does.)
He said the hardest day of his presidency was the Sandy Hook shooting.
“The angriest I was ever during my presidency was seeing Congress not doing anything about it. Completely unresponsive,” Obama said.
He complained that mass shootings in the United States are followed by “this Kabuki dance of, ‘We’re offering thoughts and prayers,'” and then no action.
(Yeah, Obama’s story – just take away all of the good people’s guns and then we can really rake them over the coals.)
“The NRA and the entirety, just about, of the Republican Party, and some Democrats … would just shut off any discussion of dealing with this public health crisis that does not exist anywhere else,” he said.
Obama also said the Senate should abolish the filibuster, a move that would mean legislation requires just a simple majority of votes to pass.
He said his agenda was repeatedly stymied by Republicans because of the filibuster, and that he failed to turn Washington’s gridlock into an issue that motivated voters.
(Yes, but Obama wrote enough executive orders to override Congress and, something funny happened, you didn’t hear any judges stop him – why not – what about DACA – that was Congress’ job. The judges were afraid Obama would call them a “racist.” Which isn’t any big deal coming from Obama or any black person because they use that every time they have a flat tire.)
“I’m the first to confess, you know, I was not able to give this message effectively,” Obama said.
“It’s just not the stuff that moved people to vote, and the other side didn’t get punished for it,” Obama said. “We couldn’t focus enough attention on the fact that the basic norms of governance that took place for prior presidents suddenly didn’t hold for us.”
(Yeah and you, Obama, tried to steal the 2016 election and it didn’t work and you’re group is still trying to steal it.)
Obama praises Beto O’Rourke’s Texas Senate run
(Why is Obama so interested in Beto – cause Beto has $38 million dollars that Beto says belongs to him and the Dem’s want it. What did Beto say:)
O’Rourke’s comments come after The New York Times reported that O’Rourke’s fundraising has caused tension in the Democratic Party, with some in the party feeling that O’Rourke should share the funds with candidates who are in better positions to win.
Obama, when asked about Beto O’Rourke, praised the Democratic congressman who shattered online fundraising records and visited all 254 of counties in Texas on the way to a closer-than-expected loss to GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.
He called O’Rourke an “impressive young man who ran a terrific race in Texas.”
(He does have one attribute that Obama has and that is lying.)
“What I liked most about his race was that it didn’t feel constantly poll-tested,” Obama said. “It felt as if he based his statements and his positions on what he believed. And that, you’d like to think, is normally how things work. Sadly it’s not.”
He also compared O’Rourke to himself.
(Here we go, again, glorifying himself.)
“The reason I was able to make a connection with a sizeable portion of the country was because people had a sense that I said what I meant,”
(Yep, Obama sure lied to a lot of people who are still shaking in their boots on how that happened.)
Obama said. “And that’s a quality that, as I look at what I’m sure will be a strong field of candidates in 2020, many of whom are friends of mine and whom I deeply respect — what I oftentimes am looking for first and foremost is, do you seem to mean it? Are you in this thing cause you have a strong set of convictions that you are willing to risk things for?”
When Axelrod pressed Obama on whether O’Rourke struck him as someone who fit that description, Obama said, “Yes, and I think there are others. We’ve got a number of people who are thinking about the race who I think fall in that same category.”
Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke raises $38.1 million …
Beto O’Rourke will not share $38 million he raised with other Dem Senate candidates
By Michael Burke – 10/15/18 10:01 PM EDT 896comments
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) said Monday that he won’t share the $38 million his campaign raised in the third quarter of the year with other Senate Democratic candidates.
“No,” O’Rourke told a reporter who asked if he would share the funds with candidates in tighter races, according to the Washington Examiner.
“I’m focused on Texas. Most of our contributions have come from Texas. All of them have come from people. Not a dime from PACs,” he said, according to the report.
O’Rourke added that he is honoring “the commitment that those who’ve contributed to this campaign have made to me.”
“If they want to contribute to someone else, they should do so. If they want to contribute to a campaign that’s going to win this historic victory for Texas and the country, then I’m grateful for the contribution and I’m going to make the most of it, so that’s what we’re focused on,” he said.
A spokesman for O’Rourke’s campaign confirmed to The Hill that O’Rourke doesn’t plan to share the funds.
“This election has always been about Texas and delivering for each one of the 254 counties that we’ve visited over the last 18 months,” the spokesman said.
Again, O’Rourke’s comments come after The New York Times reported that O’Rourke’s fundraising has caused tension in the Democratic Party, with some in the party feeling that O’Rourke should share the funds with candidates who are in better positions to win.
Recent polling has shown O’Rourke trailing his Republican opponent, Sen. Ted Cruz (R), by as many as 9 percentage points ahead of next month’s election.
O’Rourke announced on Friday that he raised more than $38 million in the third quarter of the year, money he said came from more than 800,000 contributions.
“It’s going to give us the resources we need to finish this campaign as strong as we possibly can,” O’Rourke said last week. “We are doing something absolutely historic.”
Now let’s see if they can convince Beto to give it to the Democratic Party.