It’s not often President Obama calls out negative advertising from his political opponents, but it appears one in particular caught his eye Monday night.
Obama told a crowd in Jamestown, North Carolina that he was watching Monday Night Football when he saw an ad that he thought suggested he was for raising taxes on the middle class.
“I was watching the football game last night, and they had some ad that didn’t really make much sense,” Obama said.
The ad in question was most likely the recent effort of the Karl Rove-backed group American Crossroads, which said last week it was buying airtime in the North Carolina and Virginia markets to coincide with the president’s trip.
Released earlier this month, the ad splices together several news clips that suggest the president is seeking to raise taxes. A narrator says the president is “different” than he was in 2009 when he declared it is not a good idea to raise taxes during a recession.
Apparently, Obama was no fan of the ad.
“Let me just be crystal clear just in case your friends or neighbors ask about this,” he told the crowd Tuesday. “What we have said is, in order to pay for the jobs plan and to close our deficit we should ask the very wealthiest Americans, top 2 percent, to pay a little bit more.”
“Don’t be bamboozled,” he continued. “Don’t fall for this notion that somehow the jobs act is proposing to raise your taxes. It’s just not true.”
You need to start doing more of this caling them out President Obama. Their lies can only be derailed with the spreading the truth...enough of their nonsense! We have your back – OBAMA/BIDEN 2012.
Are you kidding me he has RUINED THE ECONOMY, sure he is a likeable guy but he has no idea how to run the US. He loves to spend spend and more spend, he forced Obamacare which the courts are now getting rid of.
Give it a break Joe...President Obama didn't ruin or break anything. it was broken before he took office. did you miss all of 2001-2008?
And get used to it the The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 – HR3590 will be around for a long time....if you think Rethugliklans really want to repeal the whole bill you haven't a clue; all they want to repeal is the affordable part of it.
A quote from Grover Norquist of “anti-tax pledge” fame states, “technically Cain’s 999 proposal does not raise taxes”, so he isn’t against it. What he fails to say is that what it does do is save the wealthy significantly and then make that up on everyone else. What these groups (like Norquist’s, Cheney’s, Rove’s and others) do is collect substantial contributions from the wealthy and use the combined funds to support / defeat candidates, intimidating and coercing them (squelching individual consciences) to force complete unity behind the wealthy’s interests (even bragging they “can make or brake” anyone). As Mr. Norquist clearly demonstrates, they don’t care about the majority, not the poor, not the struggling middle-class, not even the total middle-class, not anyone but the wealthy.
Their thinking is that the public can be controlled and that they have the money and power to do it, that they can con the people and manipulate public opinion to effectively use the voters as “pawns” in their game of politics. Maybe they are right and people really don’t rationally vote their conscience but rather just vote their emotions, which Norquist and the others are confident they can control. That seems to have been demonstrated with the manipulation of the Christian block, the Swift-boat propaganda and the Tea Party movement, all being well financed, well organized and well directed efforts – all in the same one direction. Maybe the people really don’t have a voice of their own and that is why these groups are so arrogant and cocky – but if that is true, it is because the people have just given that voice up.
If the people want their voice back, if they want to defeat these groups who are controlling the public like “pawns” in their game, then all they have to do is recognize the manipulative efforts, see the propaganda for what it is, check their own biases, prejudices, fears and emotions so they can’t be used against them, and then firmly reject the candidates these groups support – in other words, don’t let them control anyone’s mind. If we really want the Grande Ole Party back, once again focused on the people and not just on the wealthy while being dependent on “the money” to dupe and sway the people, then we really need to firmly and totally reject what they have become. By eliminating “the money’s” power and effect, we can force the politicians to concentrate on the people and not just on the wealthy. Otherwise we will just be returned to “more of the same”, Bush-Cheney style, and the catastrophe for the majority will continue – and as we see developing, even get worse.
Taxes have not been raised and the GOP's so called job makers have failed to materialize with any jobs. McCain confirmed earlier this week that the Republican had no job's bill and the one they proposed was only in response because the President was saying they didn't have one. The Republican's in Congress should have had various job's bill ready to go when they were given the majority in the House of Representatives. They have acknowledgement they have failed to do what they were elected to do.
That depends on what you believe they were elected to do, for example if they were elected to finish off the nation by crippling any chances of an economic recovery then they are doing a fantastic job.
I'm self-employed. It's important to realize I pay taxes on profit. When I make a business decision the only thing I consider is whether it will increase my profit. If it does, then regardless of the tax rate, my take home goes up. If it doesn't then my take home goes down.
I don't give a rat's @$$ about what the tax rate is while I'm making that decision. I will hire someone if it will increase my profit. Lowering my taxes won't change that calculation. I don't understand why people seem to believe the Republicans on this point.
Typical political add, try to confuse the electorate. Carl Rove is one of the best at this. Could adds like this have anything to do with the fact that the 10 poorest states, including NC, are all republican?
Karl Rove-backed group American Crossroads, which pushed us into the war with "NO RETURN" in Iraq !
Here are the money people who put us into debt !
Corporate contributors detailed in these two new filings include the following organizations:
Alliance Resources GP, of Okla., which gave $2 million
TRT Holdings of Texas, which gave $1.5 million
Stephens Investments Holdings of Ark., which gave $1 million
Universal Health Care Group, of Fla., which gave $250,000
Weaver Popcorn Company of Ind., which gave $250,000
Rooney Holdings of Okla., which gave $50,000
New Prime Inc., of Mo., which gave $30,000
Harris Farms, of Calif., which gave $20,000
San Joaquin Brokerage Inc., of Calif., which gave $10,000
Silver Creek Almond Co., of Calif., which gave $10,000
Wawona Packing Co., of Calif., which gave $10,000
Overly Hautz Motor Base Company of Ohio, which gave $1,000
Tate Enterprises of Fla., which gave $1,000
Linn, Campe and Rizzo, Ltd., of Ill., which gave $500
I just stopped eating at Harris Ranch !
I love it when people tell the truth and know their facts. Thank you!
O_ahole could have a whole new career just revisiting his negativity and that of his party. Actually, could he just step down right now, rollup those mighty sleeves and get to it? This poor excuse for a man has been a boondoggle bigger than Madoff – and far more detrimental.
Nice accusation. Now please explain with some facts, please, how Obama has destroyed anything in this country by himself? Please explain how 1 person who only has the power of the Executive branch to make any kind of lasting change that doesn't go directly through Congress? Would you like to think about that a minute and restate your comment.
This hatred for a man for no cause is getting old and is not going to make things better for our country. Now get on board or move out of the way so the grown ups can fix the mess the Republicons put us in.
Obama doesn’t seem to realize that after Obamacare, Solyndra, the Libyan war, the defunct 787 billion dollar stimulus package and the “Fast and Furious” gunrunner program have all occurred under his watch. http://teamcain.hermancain.com here is where you get on board the cain train and raise some cain
What have you been smoking? You actually blame Obama for things that were started during the Bush years? President Obama did not create this mess and he has had no assistance from the republicans in trying to clean it up. If you think we are going to turn this back to the crooks and deceivers who got us here, you are seriously mistaken!
Obama does get that after Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (what you sarcastically call Obamacare) people are not being denied healthcare coverage for pre-existing conditions, that senior citizens who live on fixed incomes are being forced to choose between food and their medications, that young people have 6 years from the time they turn 18 to get through college and obtain a job that will offer them healthcare coverage. Anybody that knows the meaning of 'take over' realizes that no hospital or care provider facility was taken over by the government. That the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act relies on the private sector to continue to provide health care.
Most American people realize that the conflict in Libya compared to the NEVER END wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that have drained trillions of dollars from American taxpayers are different.
Anybody that takes the time to look up which president it was that actually signed the stimulus bill into law was NOT Obama, but in fact W. Bush. Secondly if the stimulus package had not been executed America would STILL be loosing over half a million jobs a month, our financial institutions would have already collapsed and our auto industry would no longer exist.
If you expect the 40% (according to the IRS) of working Americans that do not make enough money in an entire year to have a tax liability to somehow afford a tax increase of 18% (9% income and 9% sales tax) while wealthy Americans who ONLY pay about 17% or less to get a tax decrease to produce more jobs then you must be smoking something.
Businesses have already said that the thing holding them back from adding new employees is the lack of demand (or consumers) for their products and services. Raising taxes on the real 'JOB CREATORS' otherwise known as CUSTOMERS is going only going to add to the lack of demand for products and services.
First, Obamacare has not been implemented yet unless I have been asleep and it is already 2014.
Second, Solyndra was a grant investment to create a new kind of energy to get us off oil. These kinds of grants are given to businesses everyday. Some succeed and some fail but that doesn't mean we still don't make the investment.
Third, there was no Libyan war unless I missed the Congressional declaration.
Fourth, the stimulus and "fast and furious" was started by Bush, not Obama.
Fifth, you clearly have no clue what you are talking about so please stay out of conversations you don't understand. Partisan grandstanding isn't helping move this country forward. Be a part of the solution or move aside.
Basically at this point over half of the legislation has already been implemented, it will take until 2014 for the full implementation. Seniors have already seen the cost of prescriptions go down from several hundreds of dollars for many prescriptions to a $7 co-pay for a 90 day generic, and help in closing the donut hole on Part D. Young adults who were automatically off their parents insurance at 18 are now allowed coverage on the family policy until age 26. An insurer can no longer drop you when you become ill. Annual and lifetime limits on the amount of health benefits you incur are prohibited. Plus many other things...like covering children with preexisting conditions.
You actually need to google the timeline of when different parts of the bill kick in.
BTW you are the one who is clueless.
Nice call "jean" about drew being clueless...in his outline of issues, he is in agreement with what you generally have to say.
Does this show that you only read a portion of anything and jump to conclusions without seeing or considering the full picture? Just curious...does that make you clueless too?
What do you expect from Republibans...truth?????
Lie,cheat, twist words, half truths. What ever it takes to cheat the average working person out of their money or rights.
The Republican teatards and the evangelical unchristians are a tag team made in hell. As human beings they are just a bunch of greedy religious nut case scum bags.
You got it exactly right. GOP stands for Greedy One Percent!
George Soros is a one percenter. He isn't exactly what you would call GOP! Are there no other rich folk who poitically lean to the left? You know like Buffett, Gates, Kerry, Kennedy, ect. Kinda hard to tell from your post!
The republicans have always twisted words and played with other peoples words
Ok, I'm not saying the republicans are right for doing it now because imo they arent but the truth is that both democrats and republicans will if given a chance twist things in these types of ads.
If the American people were smart enough to not fall for this crap, both sides might not need to. If the media held them accountable to telling the truth, both sides might not need to.
It is clear what the solution is but apparently the people haven't had enough yet to demand it be fixed.
Isn't that Universal Health Care in Florida the one that is associated with the new governer of Florida?
As if ANYTHING that Karl Rove came up with was going to have one shred of dignity or honesty anyway... Let me help: If you see an ad from American Crossroads, the truth is the exact opposite.
the republicans twist words??? there isn't an ounce of truth in anything the democrats have been trying to sell since the beginning of time. They are the REAL spin-masters!!!
It's odd that the Republican say they are for jobs and think giving the rich more money is the way to create more job. Obviously there has to be a balance, however this economy is roughly 70% consumer driven. We know that demand create jobs, and if the rich see an opportunity to cash in on demand or increase market share– they going to do it regardless whether taxes are 3% to 5% higher.
It's the middle class and poor that create the higher volume of demand– rich just don't buy washing machine, dryers by the truck load. Just like you and me, they buy what they need.
So why is so much of this conversation about returning to the tax level that it was previously under such a big deal.
Now Cain proposal, that a legitimate job-killing-tax plan. That would directly add a 10% tax against consumer demand which would also affect local taxes collect for cities that are already cash strapped.
Cain's proposal would amount to a 27% tax on incomes that currently owe no taxes. In other words the people who least can afford a tax increase. His proposal is pure GOP?Teapotty greed. Again we see the squealing hogs at the trough.
jean2009. If you are going to make outrageous and misleading statements about 999, then at least back it up with some facts. We all have opinions and prejudices. It is always rare to find anyone who understands the subject well enough to offer facts. You have not.
@Milo 10/12/2011 Lefty Coaster: "ABC Destroys Cains 999 Plan Shows it Doubles Taxes on Middle Class. Google it...I'll let the article do the math for you.
Cain's 999 plan gives the wealthy like him and Warren Buffet big tax breaks at the expense of the millions of people working in his pizza parlors.
@Milo I don't think Cain is a fool... he knows what would benefit him and people like him...but that it hurts the little guy, I doubt he gives a fig about the little guy. That you can't see that means you, not me, is the fool.
And I really didn't see you putting up any facts and figures.
The Republicans are a piece of work. The first stimulus had tax breaks, that the Republicans insisted on, Obama has cut taxes across the broad for all Americans when he renewed the Bush Tax cut, which the Republicans insisted on and he is calling for the continuation of the payroll tax cut, which the Republicans wanted for years and got under Obama.
Yet these same Republicans will take and up an oath to Grover Norquist instead of upholding their oath to the US Constitution and the American people.
The record is clear: The Republicans, include boy genius Karl Rove, are hypocrites.
And for you idiots who will try to call Obama out of this topic, please put a sock into it...you don't have a leg to stand on. The paper tail and You Tube is filled with the Republican party's hypocrisy on this issue.
Karl Rove is evil personified. He gave us Bush and Cheney, 2 unpaid for wars, and a wrecked economy. He's so enraged that Obama won in 2008 that he's going all out to get rid of him. No lie or twisting of the truth is over the line for him. He is a despicable troll.
With all the cuts proposed by the loony tunes from the right and Rove the traitor we need to raise some revenue. It needs to come from the millionaires and billionaires now getting by with an average tax of 17% due to the generous loopholes they enjoy.
Universal Health Care Group, Inc. is pleased to announce founder and CEO, Dr. Akshay Desai has been reappointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to the Florida State Board of Education for a second four-year term.
In 1997, Rick Scott was implicated in the biggest Medicare fraud case in US history, stepping down as CEO of Columbia/HCA
Typical of the lying smear tactics of Karl Rove, who learned his "craft" at the knee of Lee Atwater who gave us the Willie Horton ads.
President Obama, with the backing of many millionaires (including one of the richest men on the planet, Warren Buffet) believes the rich in our country should pay their fair share. THAT'S the trillion-plus dollars in tax revenue the President is referring to.
I agree with President Obama to not be bamboozled by this lying ad.
And I fervently hope that Karl Rove suffers the same fate as his mentor. For all the evil he has done, he deserves no less.
For a bunch of yahoos proclaiming they are patriotic and "real Americans," the GOP sure has done everything they can to make our nation's people suffer in the hopes of defeating President Obama.
It's sickening, it's disgusting and downright traitorous!
I agree. What the Republicans have done to this country is treasonous. And, to base their enitre party on the demise of the current sitting President is also treason!
The rich in this country are lazy. Instead of innovating and creating new technologies and jobs here in America, they are taking the easy way out, shipping jobs overseas where they can pay low wages without benefits to sell crappy goods to emerging third-world economies.
Those surviving Greatest Generation that gave and sacrificed so much must be totally mortified with what the current crop of "captains of industry" are doing to our country.
Obama is the shepherd I did not want.
He leadeth me beside the still factories.
He restoreth my faith in the Republican party.
He guideth me in the path of unemployment for his
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the bread
line, I shall fear no hunger, for his bailouts are with
me. He has anointed my income with taxes,
My expenses runneth over.
Surely, poverty and hard living will follow me all
the days of my life, And I will live in a mortgaged
Was this one of the Internet chain things that the idiots keep sending around? Sounds like it.
Lowlife from currupt chicago
are dead people going to vote this time for Buckwheat obama
I don't know where you are from Joe, but please fill me in because if everyone there thinks like you, I don't ever want to go. And, by the way – I'm not black. Just educated!
Joe is the lowlife...keeps posting the same dumb thing, time after time, day after day.
You are not so bad at posting the same old tired things Jeam... Most of them are extremely offensive ... but let someone with a differing opinion or thought espose it here and you are right there name calling and putting out that same old tired line.
@Bill STL I could try for a week and not match you for offense and repetitive.
I am tired of the spin and the GOP saying they care about this country. They don"t care for anybody but the rich who line their pockets so they can get re-elected and continue screwing the American people.
I hope and pray this election it back fires. I hope the American people vote them out of office this time. Just like last time the vote can turn and it's clear that the GOP will do nothing to help the Country as long as it makes the current President look bad. Hiding behind the Tea Party is getting old and I can only hope that this time the GOP pays the price come election time.
I have never found proof positive that lower taxes produce more jobs. Considering the past few years of the lowest taxes in a few decades, I still don't see it. Shouldn't we be hiring back people by the millions based on the GOP assumption that (and they're serious push) low rates equate to more jobs.
The only thing the GOP wants is to remove Obama from office. Period. They don't care about how much damage they do to the Country or to the hard working people out here. I dare say, if this were any other Democrat, they still wouldn't be happy, but they would never state their main goal as making him a one term President. Plain and simple, they can't stand that this man makes the most sense and it smarter than the whole lot they have running. I'm not saying this is racism – and I'm white – but it sure smells funny to me.
We need a President NOT a Community Organizer
Romny- Cain 2012
Your picks are not surprising. The rigth has one candidate that could actually do the job of President and you fools are too ignorant to recognize him. Here's a hint – he won't be at the debate tonight. But of course, Flip Flop Mitt and Ridiculous Herman will. Enjoy the show.
But we still do not need a community organizer.
Harvard graduate magna cum laude...President of the Harvard Law Review, Lawyer, Author of 5 books, Illinois State Senator (8 years), US Senator (4 years); Taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago School of Law (12 years)...he was during that time a community organizer for about 3 years.
Hmmm, I've noticed that politifact.com hasn't done a fact-check on this claim yet, despite being essentially about the foundation of the jobs plan. I guess if they checked every ridiculous Republican claim, they'd appear to have a liberal bias and lose their "non-partisan" street cred.
first just let me say....bamboozled is a great word!!!! And anyone that believes anything that comes out of Crossroads for America is just a big old fan of money laundering! and gets what they deserve! It's the rest of us that will be suffering along side and we didn't do anything to deserve it.
When you or someone you love is out of work, don't come here and blame the President...he has a jobs plan, all the republicans and Tea Party petulant children are doing is voting no on a bill that could help get you back to work.
Just remember who is voting no. Just remember who wont even let it come up for debate. Just remember who wont let it come up for a vote.
Lets see so far this year how many republican bill have come up for jobs before this week??? 0
Before this week how many republican bills have come up regarding limiting a woman's right to reproductive health options – 7 abortion related bills
Mr. Speaker of the House there are no jobs in my Uterus...leave it alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think campaigns and these outside groups should be held accountable for their deliberate misinformation strategies. Their goal is to actually lie to voters to get them on their side. I say if they deliberates lying to voters like this the voters should be allowed to sue them.
We need accurate information to base our votes on not misinformation and lies.
I'm really getting sick of the "protect the wealthy job creators" crap! If the top 1 or 2 % were job creators unemployment would probably be less than 5%, and we would be in boom times. The Bush tax cuts only served to increase the national debt, and increase the wealth of the top few %. Yes, we need tax reform, actually we desperately need it, but a plan such as Herman Cain's 999 would simply transfer more $ from the majority to the wealthy – guess he's looking to benefit at the expense of the majority. Cain, and others, would like us to believe that if all of us just decided to become wealthy, and worked harder, we could join the wealthy club. Ah, but then the whole bell curve moves up, and the majority still have a tiny fraction of what the top few % have. There may be a small percentage of Americans who "game" the system, and exploit social programs, but the majority work hard, are honest, good people, and simply want to be treated fairly. Money and possessions don't bring happiness or contentment and peace,but the desire to acquire both tends to corrupt, and we have way more of that than we can afford if we really want America to remain great.
We don't need four more years of this liberal malaise. I don't care who the Republicans nominate - I'll vote for him. I have had enough hope and change.
Any one of the Republican nominees would make a better president than Obama.
Why is my comment awaiting moderation? Doesn't it fit in with the liberal CNN groupthink?
Too bad, CNN. Watch your ratings fail.
Obama -Biden 2012
Karl Rove is yesrterdays garbage. Can not believe people would even listen to him but then again look at the repo clowns running for office. HEY jjambalaya evey ones comments await moderation. not just us librals but even you repo clowns. OBAMA BIDEN 2012