Obama called us lazy?


I was talking to my Aunt Linda the other day. She told me that President Obama called us lazy. By “us” I mean the American people. Did he call us lazy? Pardon me while I consult the Grand Swami Google, Infinite Knower of All Things. Ah, Grand Swami Google, You never disappoint! Here it is, folks, the very words spoken by the President of the United States of America:

“But we’ve been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted — well, people will want to come here and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business into America. And so one of the things that my administration has done is set up something called SelectUSA that organizes all the government agencies to work with state and local governments where they’re seeking assistance from us, to go out there and make it easier for foreign investors to build a plant in the United States and put outstanding U.S. workers back to work in the United States of America.”

Well, he did say “we’ve been a little bit lazy.” That is true. Six words, as they were spoken in their correct order, that came out of President Obama’s mouth. But did he call U.S. citizens lazy? It would seem that he did not. The words above were taken from the actual transcript of Obama’s conversation with CEOs at an APEC summit. If you would like to here the very words from his mouth, ask Grand Swami Google to reveal them to you by searching for “Obama calls us lazy” or, copy this link and paste to your browser:

http://nation.foxnews.com/president-obama/2011/11/13/obama-americans-are-little-bit-lazy

Of course, many people had strong reactions to the president calling us lazy:

From Jonah Goldberg:

“Dear Average American: It’s All Your Fault

The President thinks national lack of ambition is causing our economic doldrums. Congratulations, average American! It’s your turn to be blamed for President Obama’s — and America’s — problems.”

From fit4everlife on Christian Forums:

“That guy has a lot of nerve calling Americans lazy while he golfs like every other day. Why do people still like him?”

and finally, Governor and presidential candidate, Rick Perry, says:

“Do you believe that? That’s what our President thinks is wrong with America? That Americans are lazy? That’s pathetic,” Mr. Perry said in the ad. “Obama’s socialist policies are bankrupting America. We must stop him now.”

Now look folks, I’m not saying there isn’t plenty to dislike about the current president. Because, really, there is. I’ll get to that later. The point I’d like to make here is, can’t we stop making up crap to be mad about and just be mad about things that actually HAVE happened? Why be mad at Barack Obama for something he didn’t say? I can give you plenty of examples of things he did say that we can all be PLENTY mad about!

So, here’s the deal: Let’s all stop making shit up, taking stuff out of context and misquoting people. If you want to dislike a politician, dislike them for something they actually DID do, or something they actually DID say. For one thing, how can we ever work out our disagreements if we can’t even stop arguing about things that didn’t happen or words that weren’t said? For another, how can we call all these people to accountability if we don’t focus our energy on what is real? Finally, can we have credibility in our arguments or discussions if we constantly refer to things that don’t exist? I don’t think so.

It’s poll time!

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About Leila

I am a wife and mother. I am an Orthodox Christian. I am a Syrian American with family living in Syria. I am a also a yoga teacher and freelance writer. I recently described myself in a job pitch as "a person who's lived in Portland, Oregon for over 20 years with a passion for writing and a passion for all things Portland. I'm a foodie, knitter, wine and beer lover, bee-keeper (yep, I said it), mead and fruit-liqueur maker, organic gardener, home-canner, hiker, biker, runner, and occasional skinny-dipper. I’ve camped all over the state, I sail a sailboat that’s moored on the Columbia (o.k., I'm the first mate), and I spend a large percentage of my time at our beach house in Seaside." That about sums it up.
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3 Responses to Obama called us lazy?

  1. Ben Hoffman says:

    Conservatives are pathological liars, so this is all in a day’s work.

    • Leila says:

      Hi Ben, thanks for posting a comment so quickly! Would you care to vote in the poll? You could be the first one! I would like to say however, that I am hoping we can get past our tendency to generalize about the people we disagree with. I feel certain that many conservatives ARE pathological liars, but I’d be willing to bet that many liberals are too. “Many” may be too strong a word. Perhaps I should say “some.” I think that there are honest people, pathologically lying people, smart people, stupid people, people with straight noses and people with crooked noses of all political persuasions. I’m not trying to trivialize here, but I’m hoping that somehow, some of us can come together and discuss (or argue) policy on is merits, and maybe look at each issue with fresh eyes, rather than baggy, old republican or saggy, droopy democratic eyes. I also think that it behooves us (can’t believe I just slipped “behoove” in there) to point out these falsehoods wherever we find them. I’m gonna check out your blog, and I look forward to reading about your political point-of-view. Thanks again!

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