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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

President Obama Tells Republicans They Can Start Their Minority Outreach By Reaching Out To Him

President Obama again made life difficult for the comic whose job it was to follow him at the White House Correspondents Dinner. This year he immediately won the crowd over by admitting “I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be.”

He then went on to mock himself, the media and its fascination with Michelle Obama’s bangs, Fox News and the ridiculous amounts of money spent on the 2012 election:

There are other new players in the media landscape as well, like SuperPACs. Did you know that Sheldon Adelson spent $100 million of his own money last year on negative ads? You’ve got to really dislike me to spend that kind of money. I mean, that’s Oprah money. You could buy an island and call it ‘Nobama’ for that kind of money. Sheldon would have been better off offering me $100 million to drop out of the race. I probably wouldn’t have taken it, but I’d have thought about it. Michelle would have taken it.

Perhaps his biggest laugh of the night came next:

I know Republicans are still sorting out what happened in 2012, but one thing they all agree on is they need to do a better job reaching out to minorities. And look, call me self-centered, but I can think of one minority they could start with. Hello? Think of me as a trial run, you know? See how it goes.

The president also said George W. Bush’s library inspired him to build his own monument to preserve his legacy, right next door to Bush’s:

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Conan O’Brien followed up with a set that mostly focused on the media, which the media-heavy crowd didn’t seem to appreciate at first. But after he told them, “You can’t hurt me,” and began to use the gavel left on the podium from earlier formalities, he found his groove. His best joke played on his own history of having hosted the dinner once before, nearly two decades ago:

It’s amazing to think how much our country’s changed in 18 years. Think about it. If in 1995 you told me that in 2013 we’d have an African-American president… with the middle name Hussein… who was just re-elected to a second term in a sluggish economy… I would have said, ‘Well, he must’ve run against Mitt Romney.’

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  • middleclasstaxpayer

    “Reaching out” is a two-way street, pal…..why don’t you try it yourself???

    • “Why”, *maybe* because everytime he does, he just gets his hand slapped!
      Or maybe because the Rethugs have flat out admitted that their primary goal (after protecting the wealthy & CEO, of course) is to take him down even if it means hurting our country !

      • angelsinca

        Wrong. One senator, Mitch McConnell, made the quote in 2010 that he wanted to see Obama as a one term president. He was wrong and is NOT a mouthpiece for all republicans. It takes a LEADER to work with congress and the senate, not a comic.

        • I thought Mitch McConnell WAS a republican leader…meaning he represented and was specifically hired to BE the mouthpiece for all republicans. If he wasn’t why didn’t anyone on the republican side take him to task?

          • angelsinca

            No. The the defecit leader I was referring to wasn’t the Senate minority leader. MConnell isn’t being taken to task by republicans for the same reason the president isn’t taken to task by democrats for misguiding the country on failed economic, security and immigration policy.

        • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

          Sorry not just one senator – Jan 20, 2009 dinner at the Caucus Room – 15 Republicans in attendance – 13 Elected Republicans, 7 from the House (including Cantor and Ryan) and 5 from the Senate. They developed their strategy of “Just Say No” to every policy and/or bill put forth by President Obama. They have been obstructionist ever since that day.

          • angelsinca

            Thanks for the correction. That’s politics, just as the democrats excluded republican input on the POS ppACA. Early on, Obama drew the line of demarcation against all those not supporting his agenda, which accounts for about half the country presently.

      • middleclasstaxpayer

        You’ve “misread” your hero. He does things, and says things, that “sound good,” but with NO intention of any follow-thru. Great Example: He created his “jobs council” about two years ago (sounds GREAT) but NEVER met with them???? He’s never had a “real” job, so wouldn’t know how to create one anyway, but the point is, he’s a “sheep” in wolf’s clothing…..all bark, NO bite!

        • no real job: Hey braniac he was a State Senator and he taught Constitutional law. You really need to stop getting your talking points from Rush and Fox News. You are embarrassing yourself with every statement!

          • middleclasstaxpayer

            Any fool can work in government…all you need is a glib tongue & some other fools to back you and you’re in. Obama NEVER held a private sector job, except for teaching ONE class in law school. If he was employed in the real private sector, he’d be Unemployed right now. He’s ALL talk & no action. Look at his “commitment” re Guantanamo…..he said he’s close it OVER 6 years ago, although without any logical plan to resettle the dangerous Islamic inmates (terrorists).

          • He still has more intelligence and class then you will ever have. You do not have to have private sector job to become President. Just because a right wing loser like you doesn’t respect his employment record. You are still getting your talking points from a man who finished one year of college, drug abusing racist parasite!

          • middleclasstaxpayer

            If you had read & understood my comments, you would realize I was criticizing your hero for his LACK OF JOB CREATION, and pointed out that, maybe if he had actually held a real job himself at least once in his lifetime, he might better know how to create jobs in the private sector. Right now, the only job “growth” is in government workers, who create NO WEALTH & NO real jobs for a growing economy. Your “hero” is all talk & no action. Great example is Guantanamo….in 2008 his main platform was closing Guantanamo Bay…..that was going to be his FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS upon being elected. Six year later, he’s still spouting off about it but NOTHING has been done. He’s all talk & no action. A real HERO!

    • howa4x

      You’re the one being totally screwed by the 1% and you are way to stupid to realize it. they are the ones shipping jobs out of the country and they have over 1 trillion stashed in offshore accounts to avoid taxes something you have to pay to make up for them. You see we need roads and bridges and rail and someone has to pay for all that. If they hide their money, you pay get it?

    • the only way he could reach out is turning himself into a white republican.

      • kanawah

        He can reach out, but the republiCONS and the Transylvania tea baags have decided that no matter what he does, they will not work with him, or acknowledge the effort by him to work with them.

    • kanawah

      If Obama reached out any further, he would fall in the P atomic.
      Every time he has reached out to the republiCONS, they have slapped his hand, and taken two steps farther to the far right.