Michelle Obama at Democratic Convention: “Success Isn’t About the Amount of Money You Make”

Michelle Obama crushes Mitt Romney at Democratic convention

Michelle Obama at Democratic Convention: “Success Isn’t About the Amount of Money You Make”

Michelle Obama delivered a slam-dunk during her speech at the Democratic National Convention. If the Democrats have two more good nights like this, they will break the race wide open. Deval Patrick had a great speech, as is the same for San Antonio mayor Julian Castro. Michelle Obama never uttered a nasty word, but laid into Mitt Romney and his wife masterfully — “success isn’t the amount of money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” Michelle Obama offered a devastating contrast to Mitt Romney and his wife. By the way, she was rocking that custom-made dress from black designer Tracy Reese.

Thank you so much, Elaine…we are so grateful for your family’s service and sacrifice…and we will always have your back.

Over the past few years as First Lady, I have had the extraordinary privilege of traveling all across this country.

And everywhere I’ve gone, in the people I’ve met, and the stories I’ve heard, I have seen the very best of the American spirit.

I have seen it in the incredible kindness and warmth that people have shown me and my family, especially our girls.

I’ve seen it in teachers in a near-bankrupt school district who vowed to keep teaching without pay.

I’ve seen it in people who become heroes at a moment’s notice, diving into harm’s way to save others…flying across the country to put out a fire…driving for hours to bail out a flooded town.

And I’ve seen it in our men and women in uniform and our proud military families…in wounded warriors who tell me they’re not just going to walk again, they’re going to run, and they’re going to run marathons…in the young man blinded by a bomb in Afghanistan who said, simply, “…I’d give my eyes 100 times again to have the chance to do what I have done and what I can still do.”

Every day, the people I meet inspire me…every day, they make me proud…every day they remind me how blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on earth.

Serving as your First Lady is an honor and a privilege…but back when we first came together four years ago, I still had some concerns about this journey we’d begun.

While I believed deeply in my husband’s vision for this country…and I was certain he would make an extraordinary President…like any mother, I was worried about what it would mean for our girls if he got that chance.

How would we keep them grounded under the glare of the national spotlight?

How would they feel being uprooted from their school, their friends, and the only home they’d ever known?

Our life before moving to Washington was filled with simple joys…Saturdays at soccer games, Sundays at grandma’s house…and a date night for Barack and me was either dinner or a movie, because as an exhausted mom, I couldn’t stay awake for both.

And the truth is, I loved the life we had built for our girls…I deeply loved the man I had built that life with…and I didn’t want that to change if he became President.

I loved Barack just the way he was.

You see, even though back then Barack was a Senator and a presidential candidate…to me, he was still the guy who’d picked me up for our dates in a car that was so rusted out, I could actually see the pavement going by through a hole in the passenger side door…he was the guy whose proudest possession was a coffee table he’d found in a dumpster, and whose only pair of decent shoes was half a size too small.

But when Barack started telling me about his family – that’s when I knew I had found a kindred spirit, someone whose values and upbringing were so much like mine.

You see, Barack and I were both raised by families who didn’t have much in the way of money or material possessions but who had given us something far more valuable – their unconditional love, their unflinching sacrifice, and the chance to go places they had never imagined for themselves.

My father was a pump operator at the city water plant, and he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when my brother and I were young.

And even as a kid, I knew there were plenty of days when he was in pain…I knew there were plenty of mornings when it was a struggle for him to simply get out of bed.

But every morning, I watched my father wake up with a smile, grab his walker, prop himself up against the bathroom sink, and slowly shave and button his uniform.

And when he returned home after a long day’s work, my brother and I would stand at the top of the stairs to our little apartment, patiently waiting to greet him…watching as he reached down to lift one leg, and then the other, to slowly climb his way into our arms.

But despite these challenges, my dad hardly ever missed a day of work…he and my mom were determined to give me and my brother the kind of education they could only dream of.

And when my brother and I finally made it to college, nearly all of our tuition came from student loans and grants.

But my dad still had to pay a tiny portion of that tuition himself.

And every semester, he was determined to pay that bill right on time, even taking out loans when he fell short.

He was so proud to be sending his kids to college…and he made sure we never missed a registration deadline because his check was late.

You see, for my dad, that’s what it meant to be a man.

Like so many of us, that was the measure of his success in life – being able to earn a decent living that allowed him to support his family.

And as I got to know Barack, I realized that even though he’d grown up all the way across the country, he’d been brought up just like me.

Barack was raised by a single mother who struggled to pay the bills, and by grandparents who stepped in when she needed help.

Barack’s grandmother started out as a secretary at a community bank…and she moved quickly up the ranks…but like so many women, she hit a glass ceiling.

And for years, men no more qualified than she was – men she had actually trained – were promoted up the ladder ahead of her, earning more and more money while Barack’s family continued to scrape by.

But day after day, she kept on waking up at dawn to catch the bus…arriving at work before anyone else…giving her best without complaint or regret.

And she would often tell Barack, “So long as you kids do well, Bar, that’s all that really matters.”

Like so many American families, our families weren’t asking for much.

They didn’t begrudge anyone else’s success or care that others had much more than they did…in fact, they admired it.

They simply believed in that fundamental American promise that, even if you don’t start out with much, if you work hard and do what you’re supposed to do, then you should be able to build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids and grandkids.

That’s how they raised us…that’s what we learned from their example.

We learned about dignity and decency – that how hard you work matters more than how much you make…that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.

We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters…that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules…and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.

We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean…and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.

Those are the values Barack and I – and so many of you – are trying to pass on to our own children.

That’s who we are.

And standing before you four years ago, I knew that I didn’t want any of that to change if Barack became President.

Well, today, after so many struggles and triumphs and moments that have tested my husband in ways I never could have imagined, I have seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are – it reveals who you are.

You see, I’ve gotten to see up close and personal what being president really looks like.

And I’ve seen how the issues that come across a President’s desk are always the hard ones – the problems where no amount of data or numbers will get you to the right answer…the judgment calls where the stakes are so high, and there is no margin for error.

And as President, you can get all kinds of advice from all kinds of people.

But at the end of the day, when it comes time to make that decision, as President, all you have to guide you are your values, and your vision, and the life experiences that make you who you are.

So when it comes to rebuilding our economy, Barack is thinking about folks like my dad and like his grandmother.

He’s thinking about the pride that comes from a hard day’s work.

That’s why he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help women get equal pay for equal work.

That’s why he cut taxes for working families and small businesses and fought to get the auto industry back on its feet.

That’s how he brought our economy from the brink of collapse to creating jobs again – jobs you can raise a family on, good jobs right here in the United States of America.

When it comes to the health of our families, Barack refused to listen to all those folks who told him to leave health reform for another day, another president.

He didn’t care whether it was the easy thing to do politically – that’s not how he was raised – he cared that it was the right thing to do.

He did it because he believes that here in America, our grandparents should be able to afford their medicine…our kids should be able to see a doctor when they’re sick…and no one in this country should ever go broke because of an accident or illness.

And he believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care…that’s what my husband stands for.

When it comes to giving our kids the education they deserve, Barack knows that like me and like so many of you, he never could’ve attended college without financial aid.

And believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage.

We were so young, so in love, and so in debt.

That’s why Barack has fought so hard to increase student aid and keep interest rates down, because he wants every young person to fulfill their promise and be able to attend college without a mountain of debt.

So in the end, for Barack, these issues aren’t political – they’re personal.

Because Barack knows what it means when a family struggles.

He knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids.

Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it…and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love.

And he believes that when you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity…you do not slam it shut behind you…you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.

So when people ask me whether being in the White House has changed my husband, I can honestly say that when it comes to his character, and his convictions, and his heart, Barack Obama is still the same man I fell in love with all those years ago.

He’s the same man who started his career by turning down high paying jobs and instead working in struggling neighborhoods where a steel plant had shut down, fighting to rebuild those communities and get folks back to work…because for Barack, success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.

He’s the same man who, when our girls were first born, would anxiously check their cribs every few minutes to ensure they were still breathing, proudly showing them off to everyone we knew.

That’s the man who sits down with me and our girls for dinner nearly every night, patiently answering their questions about issues in the news, and strategizing about middle school friendships.

That’s the man I see in those quiet moments late at night, hunched over his desk, poring over the letters people have sent him.

The letter from the father struggling to pay his bills…from the woman dying of cancer whose insurance company won’t cover her care…from the young person with so much promise but so few opportunities.

I see the concern in his eyes…and I hear the determination in his voice as he tells me, “You won’t believe what these folks are going through, Michelle…it’s not right. We’ve got to keep working to fix this. We’ve got so much more to do.”

I see how those stories – our collection of struggles and hopes and dreams – I see how that’s what drives Barack Obama every single day.

And I didn’t think it was possible, but today, I love my husband even more than I did four years ago…even more than I did 23 years ago, when we first met.

I love that he’s never forgotten how he started.

I love that we can trust Barack to do what he says he’s going to do, even when it’s hard – especially when it’s hard.

I love that for Barack, there is no such thing as “us” and “them” – he doesn’t care whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or none of the above…he knows that we all love our country…and he’s always ready to listen to good ideas…he’s always looking for the very best in everyone he meets.

And I love that even in the toughest moments, when we’re all sweating it – when we’re worried that the bill won’t pass, and it seems like all is lost – Barack never lets himself get distracted by the chatter and the noise.

Just like his grandmother, he just keeps getting up and moving forward…with patience and wisdom, and courage and grace.

And he reminds me that we are playing a long game here…and that change is hard, and change is slow, and it never happens all at once.

But eventually we get there, we always do.

We get there because of folks like my Dad…folks like Barack’s grandmother…men and women who said to themselves, “I may not have a chance to fulfill my dreams, but maybe my children will…maybe my grandchildren will.”

So many of us stand here tonight because of their sacrifice, and longing, and steadfast love…because time and again, they swallowed their fears and doubts and did what was hard.

So today, when the challenges we face start to seem overwhelming – or even impossible – let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation…it’s who we are as Americans…it’s how this country was built.

And if our parents and grandparents could toil and struggle for us…if they could raise beams of steel to the sky, send a man to the moon, and connect the world with the touch of a button…then surely we can keep on sacrificing and building for our own kids and grandkids.

And if so many brave men and women could wear our country’s uniform and sacrifice their lives for our most fundamental rights…then surely we can do our part as citizens of this great democracy to exercise those rights…surely, we can get to the polls and make our voices heard on Election Day.

If farmers and blacksmiths could win independence from an empire…if immigrants could leave behind everything they knew for a better life on our shores…if women could be dragged to jail for seeking the vote…if a generation could defeat a depression, and define greatness for all time…if a young preacher could lift us to the mountaintop with his righteous dream…and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love…then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.

Because in the end, more than anything else, that is the story of this country – the story of unwavering hope grounded in unyielding struggle.

That is what has made my story, and Barack’s story, and so many other American stories possible.

And I say all of this tonight not just as First Lady…and not just as a wife.

You see, at the end of the day, my most important title is still “mom-in-chief.”

My daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world.

But today, I have none of those worries from four years ago about whether Barack and I were doing what’s best for our girls.

Because today, I know from experience that if I truly want to leave a better world for my daughters, and all our sons and daughters…if we want to give all our children a foundation for their dreams and opportunities worthy of their promise…if we want to give them that sense of limitless possibility – that belief that here in America, there is always something better out there if you’re willing to work for it…then we must work like never before…and we must once again come together and stand together for the man we can trust to keep moving this great country forward…my husband, our President, President Barack Obama.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America. Source

Michelle Obama’s rusted car door story beats Ann Romney’s door propped up on sawhorses story. Julian Castro delivered. I especially liked his line that Mitt Romney underwent an extreme makeover. Deval Patrick literally body-slammed Mitt Romney. No mention of Paul Ryan, but that will come. Great night for the Democratic Party.

Tweet from Tracy Reese:

Former OH Gov. Ted Strickland: “Mitt Romney Has So Little Economic Patriotism, Money Needs a Passport”

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Former OH Gov. Ted Strickland: “Mitt Romney Has So Little Economic Patriotism, Money Needs a Passport” (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

The Democrats are ripping Mitt Romney limb by limb and they haven’t even mentioned his lying sidekick Paul Ryan. Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland laid into Mitt Romney in a brutal way, saying “If Mitt was Santa Claus, he’d fire the reindeer and outsource the elves.”

“Mitt Romney has so little economic patriotism that even his money needs a passport,” he added, in a series of one-liners designed to fire up the Democratic base. “It summers on the beaches of the Cayman Islands, and winters on the slopes of the Swiss Alps.”

“Barack Obama is betting on the American worker,” Strickland added. “Mitt Romney is betting on a Bermuda shell corporation. Barack Obama saved the American auto industry. Mitt Romney saved on his taxes.” Source

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Stacey Lihn Brings Down the House Talking About Her Daughter’s Health Issues and Obamacare

Stacey Lihn with Zoe, husband and other daughter

Stacey Lihn Brings Down the House Talking About Her Daughter’s Health Issues and Obamacare (Lihn Family Blog)

#DNC2012:  Stacey Lihn is bringing down the house at the Democratic National Convention about her daughter Zoe Madison Lihn’s health issues, saying President Obama is fighting for the people. Mitt Romney is vowing to repeal Obamacare, but Stacey Lihn’s daughter would most likely not get the coverage she needs for a possible heart transplant in a year or two. Powerful, powerful testimony. All I can say is that the Democratic convention is more engaging than the Republican convention in Tampa last week.

On May 11, 2010, our family grew from three to four. Our little miracle child, Zoe Madison, entered the world. She was born with a severe congenital heart defect, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Fifteen hours after birth, Zoe underwent her first open heart surgery. Her second open heart surgery took place on September 14, 2010. She has half a functioning heart, which was mended by Dr. Thomas Spray at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Yes, we traveled over 2,000 miles to obtain the best possible care. Source:  The Lihns

You can’t ask for a more personal story to show us the importance of universal healthcare. Yes, there are areas that need to be fine-tuned, but affordable healthcare is absolutely necessary.

Here’s the transcript of Stacey Lihn’s speech at the DNC:

Governor Romney says people like me were the most excited about President Obama the day we voted for him.

But that’s not true. Not even close.

For me, there was the day the Affordable Care Act passed and I no longer had to worry about Zoe getting the care she needed.

There was the day the letter arrived from the insurance company, saying that our daughter’s lifetime cap had been lifted.

There was the day the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare.

Like so many moms with sick children, I shed tears and I could breathe easier knowing we have that net below us to catch us if we fall, or if, God forbid, Zoe needs a heart transplant—Obamacare provides my family security and relief.

But we’re also scared. Governor Romney repealing health care reform is something we worry about literally every day. Zoe’s third open-heart surgery will happen either next year or the year after.

If Mitt Romney becomes president and Obamacare is repealed, there’s a good chance she’ll hit her lifetime cap.

There’s no way we could afford to pay for all the cares needs to survive. When you have a sick child, it’s always in the back of your mind and sometimes in the front of your mind.

On top of that, to worry that people would let an insurance company take away her health care, just because of politics?

One in 100 children is born with a congenital heart defect. President Obama is fighting for them. He’s fighting.

For families like mine.

Ted Kennedy Eviscerates Mitt Romney From the Grave, RNC Chief Reince Priebus Cries Foul

The Democratic convention is off to a good start and I must say I loved the tribute to Ted Kennedy in which he eviscerated Mitt Romney (the perpetual candidate for office) about his flip-flopping on health care. This speaks volumes — Ted Kennedy slammed him back in 1994 for his history of flip-flopping and fast forward to 2012, we are still dealing with Mitt Romney’s flip-flops. This tribute to Ted Kennedy with his famous take-down of Mitt Romney was brilliant and priceless.

What’s equally interesting is RNC chief’s Reince Priebus’ reaction to the smackdown of Mitt Romney by Ted Kennedy saying it was classless. Funny he should bring up the word classless, which Mitt Romney’s sidekick Paul Ryan seems to embody with his history of outright lies and half-truths. Here’s Reince Priebus’ tweet:

Here’s the DNC tribute video which includes Ted Kennedy’s smack-down of Mitt Romney:

Oprah Winfrey Network Buys Exclusive Cable Rights to ‘Rachael Ray’ and ‘The Nate Berkus Show’

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Oprah Winfrey Network Buys Exclusive Cable Rights to ‘Rachael Ray’ and ‘The Nate Berkus Show’ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Deadline:  The Oprah Winfrey Network is bringing some old friends to its schedule. OWN had bought the exclusive cable rights to both Rachael Ray and The Nate Berkus Show. “Rachael and Nate are a natural fit for OWN’s expanding daytime programming lineup. It will be great to have Rachael’s energy and Nate’s upbeat presence on our air,” said OWN president Erik Logan. Starting at 9 AM on September 10, the network will broadcast two episodes of each show back-to-back. Both shows are already part of Oprah’s empire. Winfrey’s Harpo Studios is one of the producers of Rachael Ray, along with CBS Television Distribution, Watch Entertainment and Scripps Network.

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Eddie Murphy and Shawn Ryan Get Pilot Commitment from CBS for ‘Beverly Hills Cops’ Series

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Eddie Murphy and Shawn Ryan Get Pilot Commitment from CBS for ‘Beverly Hills Cops’ Series (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Axel Foley is coming to CBS this fall. Beverly Hills Cops, a series offshoot from the blockbuster movie franchise, which starred Eddie Murphy, has received a pilot production commitment from CBS. Eddie Murphy and The Shield creator Shawn Ryan are executive producers on the Sony TV-produced project, Deadline reports.

Deadline: The proposed series has a similar fish-out-of-water setup and centers on Axel Foley’s blue-collar police officer son, Aaron, who helps take down the criminal elements of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills while trying to escape the shadow of his larger-than-life father. Murphy will reprise his role as Axel in the pilot and may recur if the pilot goes to series. Ryan will write the script and executive produce with his producing partner at MiddKid Prods. Marney Hochman.

Murphy had been trying to get a Beverly Hills Cop series about Axel’s son off the ground for about a year, after plans for a fourth movie were scrapped. He took the premise to his agency WME, which paired him with fellow client Ryan. Because of Ryan’s overall deal at Sony TV, the project was set up there after lengthy and complicated deal-making with Paramount Pictures, which produced the movies and will own a piece of the potential series.

Somehow I don’t see this lasting more than one season. Bring back Judge Reinhold and Eddie Murphy for more appearances and maybe it will go two seasons, at the most. SNL’s Jay Pharoah would be the perfect person to play Aaron Foley. I suspect Lorne Greene at SNL won’t like that! Donald Glover would be good too.

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Military Mom Elaine Brye to Introduce Michelle Obama at Democratic Convention

Elaine Brye, from Winona, OH, will introduce First Lady Michelle Obama ahead of her speech at the Democratic National Convention. Ms. Brye is a mother of five. Four of her children are in different branches of the U.S. military. Elaine Brye wrote Michelle Obama a letter thanking her for her attention to military families.

Elaine Brye and her husband were invited to a state dinner at the White House in March for British PM David Cameron.

Mrs. Brye is also a military veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force ROTC. Her husband, Courtney Brye, was an Air Force pilot, who served in the Vietnam War.

Iyanla Vanzant’s New Show, ‘Iyanla Fix My Life’ To Feature Evelyn Lozada’s Struggles in First Episode Sept. 15 & 22

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Iyanla Vanzant’s New Show, ‘Iyanla Fix My Life’ To Feature Evelyn Lozada’s Struggles in First Episode Sept. 15 & 22 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Iyanla Vanzant’s new show,Iyanla: Fix My Life is scheduled to air on OWN September 15 and 22, at 10 p.m. EST, and will tackle Chad Ochocinco Johnson’s estranged wife, Evelyn Lozada’s emotional issues. Here’s an excerpt from the press release from OWN:

Los Angeles, CA – The SEASON premiere of THE GROUNDBREAKING NEW SERIES “Iyanla: Fix My Life” features life coach Iyanla Vanzant as she confronts the heartbreak and personal crisis of “Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada, estranged wife of NFL star Chad Ochocinco Johnson. Vanzant works to uncover the source of Lozada’s innermost pain, giving her the tools to let go and move forward with her life. Explosive secrets are uncovered and difficult truths are faced in the powerful two-part series premiere airing Saturday, September 15 and 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

In “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” Vanzant travels the country on a mission to restore relationships and heal lives in a riveting and revealing new series. Earlier this summer, Vanzant visited Miami to meet newlyweds Johnson and Lozada and explore the couple’s publicly volatile relationship. Despite Johnson choosing not to participate in the session, Vanzant and Lozada connected one-on-one and tapped into the deep-rooted anger, resentment and insecurities that have plagued Lozada.

Weeks later, after the shocking allegations of a domestic violence incident came to light, Vanzant reconnected with an emotionally raw Lozada in New York for a no-holds-barred conversation that details the eye-opening events of the night that led Lozada to file for divorce.

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Another Paul Ryan Lie, Now Says He Didn’t Say President Obama Responsible for Janesville Plant Closure

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Another Paul Ryan Lie, Now Says He Didn’t Say President Obama Responsible for Janesville Plant Closure. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Paul Ryan is now backtracking from his accusation that President Obama was to be blamed for an auto plant closing down in his hometown of Janesville, Wisc. During an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show, he said he wasn’t suggesting that President Obama was to be blamed for the plant closure, but that he should be held to “account for his broken promises” to reopen the plant. Um, liar, liar pants on fire. Paul Ryan is proving to be a damn liar. Not a week goes by when we don’t get a whopper from Mitt Romney’s sidekick.

“What they are trying to suggest is that I said Barack Obama was responsible for the plant shutdown in Janesville. That is not what I was saying; read the speech. What I was saying is the president ought to be held to account for his broken promises. After the plant was shut down, he said he would lead efforts to restore the plant. It’s still idle,” said Ryan on NBC’s “Today.” Source

It’s also ironic that he is flunking President Obama’s performance as “incomplete,” since he is a member of a highly unpopular Congress, with an approval rating of 15%. Seems to me Paul Ryan’s performance is also an incomplete. He has lied many times and has voted against measures that would help the poor and the middle class every chance he gets. There’s a funny thing about lies, they catch up with you. This is Mitt Romney’s bold vice presidential pick? Um, Paul Ryan is turning out to be quite a weasel, in every sense of the word. He’s not that policy expert as he fraudulently claims.

Jonathan Chait says Paul Ryan has always been a liar, but this time around, the media, not Politifact, but media outlets such as The Washington Post, are now noticing his penchant for lying:

Ryan seems to have fallen victim to circumstances he didn’t quite foresee. The Romney campaign has spent the last several weeks practically daring the national press corps to call out its lies. Well beyond the usual exaggerations of a national campaign, Romney has built its entire message around two accusations — “you didn’t build that” and “just send them a check” — that are obviously false. A day before Ryan’s speech, a Romney adviser told reporters, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.” The media that had spent the last two and a half years nuzzling gently in Ryan’s lap had been prodded with sharp sticks and reacted in the predictable fashion, though probably not predictable to Ryan himself.

The thing about Ryan is that he has always resided in a counter-factual universe. He is a product of the hermetically sealed right-wing subculture. Many of the facts taken for granted by mainstream economists have never penetrated his brain. Ryan burst onto the national scene with a dense, fact-laden attack on the financing of Obama’s health-care bill that was essentially a series of hallucinations, pseudo-facts cooked up and recirculated by conservative apparatchiks who didn’t know what they were talking about ordidn’t care. His big-think speeches reflect the influence of fact-free conservatives and collapse under scrutiny.

For him to compare President Obama to Jimmy Carter, in terms of the high unemployment and foreclosure rates, is just laughable. President Obama inherited a tough economy. No-one can deny that and with the constant stonewalling by the Republicans, led by Tea Party darling Paul Ryan, they sabotaged him every step of the way. Let’s not forget we were fighting two wars, one totally uncalled for. Four years ago the economy was falling apart, with no-one knowing where the bottom to this quagmire was.

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Former MS Gov. Haley Barbour Wished Chris Christie Had ‘Put Hot Poker to Obama’s Butt,’ Branding a Slave?

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Former MS Gov. Haley Barbour Wished Chris Christie Had ‘Put Hot Poker to Obama’s Butt,’ Branding a Slave?

It never cease to amaze me at the language used by politicians, only to backtrack when they are called out. Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said that he wished New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had “put a hot poker to Obama’s butt” in his keynote speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last week,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Haley Barbour, who left office under a cloud of questionable pardons, made the comment at a fundraiser and briefing put on by (surprise, suprise) Karl Rove (who advocated killing Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) for his ‘legitimate rape’ comment).

“While I would love for [Chris] Christie to put a hot poker to Obama’s butt,” Haley said of his reaction to Christie’s address. “I thought he did what he was supposed to do.”

Nothing like a white Southern man saying he wants to brand the black guy. No racial undertone there, right? I take anything Haley Barbour, who led one of the most racially polarizing states in this country, has to say with a grain of salt. In case Haley Barbour has forgotten a hot poker was used to brand slaves. Considering he’s from a state with a horrible racist past, that should be the last two words he throws together in a sentence.

UPDATE#1 (09/05/12):  Haley Barbour issued an apology for his ‘hot poker’ remark saying, “I apologize to anyone who feels my comment had connotations that I did not intend. As a Republican, I would have liked to see Chris Christie put the heat on Obama — but for the audience of independents he did the right thing. In any case, it’s critical that we all keep our comments free of extremes or anything that could be misinterpreted,” Politico reports.