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This is awesome. Would have been awesome-er if he said it LAST NIGHT. But that doesn't change the fact that it's awesome.

President Obama made fun of Mitt Romney's debate call to cut off federal dollars for PBS at a rally in Madison, Wisconsin on Thursday.

"When he was asked what he would do to actually cut spending and reduce the deficit, he said he'd eliminate public television funding," Obama said. "But I just want to make sure  got this straight. He'll get rid of regulations on Wall Street -- but he's going to crack down on Sesame Street."

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  •  Big Turd trashes Big Bird, Grouch grouses! n/t (7+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 05:01:30 PM PDT

  •  This needs to spread like wildfire big-time... (5+ / 0-)

    ...Here we are, in convulsions over Obama having passed up opportunity after opportunity (a mistake he will not repeat), and little did we know that Mitt may have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory with his desire to kill off PBS (and as a result kill off Big Bird).

    Does anyone else here smell a Pyrrhic victory for Mitt?  Blasphemy to kill off a legendary program like Sesame Street.  I think his 'Big Bird' comments are going to come back to bite him in the ass.  If domestic issues are part of the 3rd debate, Obama had better land an upper-cut on him for sharpening the axe for Big Bird and PBS.

    •  Why on earth would you think it's a mistake? (4+ / 0-)

      Sin in haste, repent in leisure...

      Romney acted hastily that night. Obama acted in a measured, calm way because he (and we) have four weeks to call Romney on his bullshit. Obama stuck to facts, he acted respectfully, and he is not the one who has to spin away lies in favor of fact. He is the one who gave the politically criminal (and criminally insane) man enough rope to hang himself with.

      He already signaled how he intended to run this campaign when he reminded the nation that he is not a nominee, he is President of the United States, and he must be above the bullshit and the weeds that is Mitt Romney. Let Romney tell the nation he basically agrees with Obama on Social Security. Let Romney spew that he wants to end funding for public television. Let him flat out lie about the tax policy that his VP is probably going to have to defend against Biden.

      People on the Dkos and Liberals in general need to take a deep breath and remember that there is plenty of time to attack Romney, plenty of time to make a mockery of him, to dissect and filet him.  McCain supposedly won the debates too and Obama used precisely the same technique.

      The narrative for the next week will not be Obama's loss, it'll be the fact-checkers reluctantly reporting that Romney really is full of shit. And it'll be campaign ads cut with Romney's own words in the debate.  It'll be Obama taking all the ammo Romney gave him and firing it right back.

      It almost reminds me of The Avengers...Natasha interrogates by keeping her mouth shut and letting the other person do the talking.  And like Loki, Romney revealed himself several times last night. Why don't we have more diaries about that instead of the breathless "Oh noes, Obama lost" sky is falling ones?

      "There's an iPad 3 and a Mitt Romney 4 now. They've worked the bugs out. He's not killing hobos at night anymore." Jack Donaghey "If I were a hobo, I'd be damned nervous right now." sagesource

      by muzzleofbees on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 06:06:36 PM PDT

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      •  You got THAT all right, muzzle, (1+ / 0-)
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        Larsstephens

        Even though I was doing about 5 things simultaneously during the debate (watching, reading dKos, feeding the kid, fixing dinner, doing laundry, etc.), I could not help but think that Rmoney was talking fast, talking over Lehrer and PO, lying through his teeth, and he looked bullyish, desperate and flailing his arms.  I could not help but think that is the REAL Mitt Rmoney, and it's going to turn people off.

        Then you have the Pres, who allright -- he did not get off as many attacks on Rmoney's lies as he should have.  But he did have good, solid answers on substance that SPOKE to the needs of average Americans.  He was calm, cool, collected, measured and dare I say it??  PRESIDENTIAL.  He did not lower himself to a schoolyard fight with Rmoney.

        Rmoney did NOT come off as presidential.  Yes, as some say he "won" but only on style as he got his "message" across, but he came across as a total high school debate team overachieving asshole.  I told my husband, "you watch -- in the days to come, the MSM will come to find that Rmoney may have "won" but he's full of crap.

        Actually, the Pres used a tactic I used alot in the courtroom -- when my opponent was going crazy, I just stood there -- being the sane one.  

    •  Not for Mitt's base (1+ / 0-)
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      defluxion10

      As has been documented elsewhere, for the GOP (and especially the right-wingers), defunding PBS is practically gospel. It was part of the Ryan budget. The Tea Partiers love this. They're convinced that PBS is brainwashing children to speak Spanish, love gays and brown people, and turn into little socialist lemmings. They also believe that it's responsible for some huge share of the Federal budget, along with foreign aid, even though both of them together aren't big enough to even show up in the zeroes after the big numbers.

      So that remark was not a "mistake," and was undoubtedly practiced over and over.

      I'd be delighted if it did backfire, but am not as confident as you that it will.

  •  Yup, it's a winner! (8+ / 0-)

    Loooooooooooooooooooove it.

  •  That is freaking brilliant! I love it. nt (2+ / 0-)
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    defluxion10, KayCeSF

    Expose the lies. Fight for the truth. Push progressive politics. Save our planet. Health care is a right, not a privilege.

    by lighttheway on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 05:53:19 PM PDT

  •  Now that's a ZING! (0+ / 0-)

    :D

    I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

    by KayCeSF on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 07:07:23 PM PDT

  •  I have seen Big Bird pics all day on my FB account (0+ / 0-)

    It's the only thing people are talking about after the debate.

    Is there any room for Obama moderates around here?

    by Bagger on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 07:54:55 PM PDT

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