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Please CNN... Let's see some in-depth reporting on Barry Soetoro, The presidents college transcripts and his past associations.
This is from a recent speceh by Michelle Obama: Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed. and You have to stay at the seat at the table of democracy with a man like Barack Obama not just on Tuesday but in a year from now, in four years from now, in eights years from now, you will have to be engaged. Is it just me, or does this remind anyone else of Eva Peron? I remember the lines from the musical. Eva is giving a speceh: (Eva:)Now I am a worker, I've suffered the way that you doI've been unemployed, and I've starved and I've hated it tooBut I found my salvation in Peron, may the nationLet him save them as he saved me(All:)A new Argentina, a new age about to beginA new Argentina, we face the world togetherAnd no dissent within(Eva:)Peron has resigned from the army and this we avowThe descamisados are those he is marching with nowHe supports you, for he loves youUnderstands you, is one of youIf not, how could he love me?(All:)A new Argentina, the chains of the masses untiedA new Argentina, the voice of the peopleCannot be, and must not be denied
Where was the media demand for tax returns from rich Democrats? Where was the story line that rich Democrats were "out of touch" with the common man? It seems the only time we hear that narrative or demand for more information is when it comes to Republicans.
Where is the media curiousity about Barack Obama's college records and applications? The curiosity about his shady land deal with Tony Rezko? What is the President hiding, and why no delving into the past of our current president? We certainly know the media can dig deeply, as we saw with Sarah Palin.
Would love to see a comparison as to how the media covered the 2008 remark made by candidate Barack Obama at a fundraiser where he talked about "bitter people clinging to their guns and Bibles" and the Mitt romney tape. Did we see non-stop, leading coverage for days on end in most of the media over that remark in 2008 as we have been seeing with regards to Gov. Romney?
With the Middle East burning, the President skipping intelligence briefings, running off to Vegas on 9/12, the White House lying about the Libyan attacks, etc., why is the media obsessing on Gov. Romney's tax returns (did he do anything illegal?) and the secretly taped remark? What is Pres. Obama saying behind closed doors at his non-stop fund raising events with fat cat Democratic donors? That's right, we'll never know, because the President also will not allow the media in to those events.
As I was watching the show today, I thought it was too bad there wasn't someone around recording the discussions about how much security to provide the Bangazi consulate before the terrorist attack, or the discussions about whether the Pakistani doctor and his family should be brought to the U.S. after bin Laden's assassination, or the leakage of our national security secrets to the media. We will probably never know the truth about these events, but someone made sure we knew about Romney's view of the 47%.
I also never heard of any request for JFK's tax returns, or any concern about whether his wealth would make him unable to relate to the problems of the middle class and the poor. I don't agree with the way Romney has conducted his campaign, but I think the media focuses too much on his negatives, while glossing over those of President Obama.
Absolutely, where is the scrutiny of the record of Pres. Obama for the past 4 years? We know there was little to no vetting of candidate Obama in 2008. Looks like the media is once again in the tank for this guy as they now are covering up the many failures of his Presidency.
Can you imagine the type of coverage Pres. Bush would have received if he was presiding over this economic mess? Or if Pres. Bush had jetted off to Vegas the day after an American ambassador was murdered? Or how about the coverage he would have received regarding the countless civilians being killed by American drone attacks? Because this is the media's guy, Pres. Obama seems to be getting a pass for his many failures. Perhaps the public should be reminded of how Democrats told us the Muslim world would love us once Barack Obama took control of the country. How is that working out for us?