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Yesterday the President issued an invitation to tea bag wavers to discuss health care and Social Security.  The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition asks, what time’s good for you?

Michael Patrick Leahy, a member of the National Leadership Team of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition,  said ” We want to broaden the scope to address the President`s runaway march to socialist-statism, and the rampant across the board irresponsible spending he is promoting with his $787 Billion Stimulus Plan and his $1 Trillion Annual Deficit, his takeover of General Motors, Chrysler and the Banks .”

Kellen Giuda, organizer of the New York City Tea party attended by 12,000 and of Parcbench said, “I think a constructive dialogue with the President would be a great opportunity for him to acknowledge that, yes, many Americans have a problem with the way Washington is handling our taxpayer dollars and also that we are concerned about health care and social security reform. I am happy he is open to a discussion. The Tea Parties are protesting against fiscal irresponsibility and any dialogue we can have will hopefully bring a better public understanding of our country`s finances. Health care and social security reform is a large concern to us.”

Will the President take them up on this?  I doubt it.  It was a smartass, dismissive remark, not really an invitation.  The Coalition is calling his bluff. The ball’s in his court.

H/T Michelle Malkin


Tell the President, Vice President, your Senators and Representative to say no to cap and trade.  Use the prewritten text, or compose your own.

How many people have registered for the protest at the Capitol on 9-12?  This many:


About 3000 so far.  Registration and info here.

Hundreds of people showed up in St. Louis to protest at the President’s townhall meeting at Fox High School.  There’s a post with pictures at Gateway Pundit, and a promise of more to come.

Priceless, via Ace.

From Politico, Obama targets tea bags at town hall

Asked about fiscal discipline and entitlements reform, Obama seemed to be repressing a smile as he jabbed critics of his spending plans.

“Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, Obama said, “let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security.”

“But,” Obama continued, “let’s not play games and pretend that the reason [for the deficit] is because of the Recovery Act.”

By “repressing a smile” I’m guessing Politico is referring to the trademark Obama smirk.

His words indicate how clueless he is.  The royal “We” gives him away. Tea Partyers aren’t interested in big-government solutions to healthcare or anything else. Does he really think the tea parties are just about Porkulus?

To him, the protests represent just another aggrieved constituency that can be bought off with the right handout.  He’s in for a surprise.

He really wears his contempt on his sleeve, doesn’t he?  Next thing you know, he’ll be referring to the protestors as bitterly clinging to individual liberty and free market principles.  Still, it’s a refreshing change.  Most politicians try to hide it.

H/T Instapundit


Video thanks to Hot Air.  Yes, he was smirking.

From Scrappleface, Iran Offers Obama Advice After Air Force One Scare

In the wake of Monday’s panic-inducing Air Force One photo opportunity over Lower Manhattan, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a diplomatic message to President Barack Obama with advice on how to avoid such incidents in the future.

“Mr. President, the next time you need a photo of your plane near some major metropolitan area,” Mr. Ahmadinejad said, “there’s a way to do it without evoking the nightmare of 9/11 in the streets of New York City — it’s called Photoshop.”

“This is the same amazing software that has allowed Iran to multiply its defensive missile capabilities at a fraction of the cost of manufacturing and launching multiple weapons,” the Iranian leader said. “You can just take a picture of Air Force One in the sky anywhere, and another of the Statue of so-called ‘Liberty’, and Photoshop makes them as one. No one can tell. If you wish, you could have seven Air Force Ones flying in formation, strafing the infidels on Wall Street.”

Mr. Ahmadinejad added, “I would even invite you, Mr. President Obama, to personally fly your plane through the clear blue skies near Tehran where our agents on the ground could shoot it for you — the photograph that is.”

How vulnerable is your state to job losses if cap and trade passes?  The Heritage Foundation has a map.


Details by various states at the link.

A post at The Foundry tells you all you need to know about the Obama Administration’s idea of a free market:

Previewing the Obama administration’s upcoming “sweeping” environmental regulatory agenda, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson told NPR’s Michelle Norris yesterday: “The President has said, and I couldn’t agree more, that what this country needs is a one single national road map that tells automakers who are trying to become solvent again what kind of car it is they need to be designing and building for the American people.” Norris then asked: “Is that the role of Government though? That doesn’t sound like free enterprise.” Jackson responded: “Well it is free enterprise in a way.”

Ignorance or spin?  You decide.

Can we call Obama’s policies socialist yet?  More at the link.

Not Evil Just Wrong is a documentary film about the cost of global warming hysteria which will come out in the fall.  From The Foundry:

Producer and Director Ann McElhinney hopes the documentary will show “how extreme environmentalism is damaging the lives of the most vulnerable populations in the developed and developing world.” The spirited McElhinney, who was joined by her husband Phelim McAleer, spoke almost non-stop for forty-five minutes and posed some interesting dilemnas for global warming enthusiasts, as well as some memorable remarks on Bill Gates, Bono, Al Gore, NASA scientists and Rachel Carson.

…The couple continuously called out environmentalists to practice what they preach, at one point exhorting fans of renewable energy to only take sick relatives to hospitals powered by windmills. “They know the problem with renewables is they don’t renew themselves very often.” Later they urged parents who trust mosquito nets over pesticides to send their children to Malaria-infested parts of Africa.

Besides seeking to shine a light on faulty science and offering logical conundrums, Ann and Phelim want to empower laymen with tools for verbal sparring–under any circumstances.

“What we’re trying to do is give people who watch the film the language so they can take on their opponents in a pub after ten pints,” Ann said to hearty laughter. She feels conservatives have lost an important messaging battle and let environmentalists get away with their extremism.

Sounds good.  You can sign up for email updates about screenings at the movie’s website.