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Obama echoes Roosevelt as he brands Republicans the party of the rich

A speech by Barack Obama adopting the mantle of working-class champion and branding the Republicans as the party of the rich has been welcomed by the left and denounced by conservatives.

On Tuesday night, the president set out what is likely to be one of the major themes of the 2012 campaign: growing inequality in the US. He was speaking in Osawatomie, Kansas, the same town from which Theodore Roosevelt called for a square deal for the American people a century ago.

“This is the defining issue of our time,” said Obama. “This is a make-or-break moment.

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  • http://CowboyByte Gary Katocs

    “Make or break moment”?…We’re already broke,this is just a “moment”

    • BUD

      WHY DOESN’T THE REPUBLICAN PARTY JUST PRINT A LENGTHLY LIST OF DEMOCRAT POLITICANS, DEMOCRAT MOVIE STARS, DEMOCRAT PRESIDENTIAL SPENDING IN THE PAST 3 YEARS, AND SHOW THE WORLD WHAT A BUNCH OF HIPOCRITES THEY ARE WITH EVERYTHING THEY SPEAK AND PRINT. SHOW THEIR NET WORTH AND obummers FOOLISH SPENDING. BE SURE TO LIST THE THINGS THIS PRESENT ADMINISTRATION HAS WASTED TAXPAYER MONEY ON BANKRUPT VENTURES, AND THINGS THAT A RETURN ON INVESTMENT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.

      • BUD

        NEVER HAS SO MUCH WASTE TAKEN PLACE IN SUCH LITTLE TIME, AS THE PAST 3 YEARS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION. WITH NOTHING POSITIVE TO SHOW FOR ALL THE SPENDING. BREAK THE SPENDING DOWN INTO PER PERSON AMOUNTS (AMERICAN) TO SHOW HOW MUCH THE GOVT COULD HAVE JUST GIVEN EACH CITIZEN TO REALLY STIMULATE THE ECONOMY. INSTEAD IT IS WASTED ON GREEN *ULL*HIT AND LARGE BANK POCKETS.

        • jim letourneau

          I have a idea you understand that the Bush administration in Nov of 2008 this country was heading not heading even in that was in worst depression since 1930’s now this a fact, numbers were up dated, check say Havard a school that might help you understand the facts, Ohhyes I’d ask how many congressmen have invested in Keystone and House Rep. three years did you notice Bush was looseing 700,000 jobs a year, no I bet you didn’t .

      • John Detwiler

        What else can you expect from this person “And I use the word loosely” he doesn’t hesitate to compare himself to other presidents is almost every speadh. He has hinted at this with Teddy Roosevelt, F.D.Roosevelt, Lincoln and Reagon. When in truth he is more like Carter than anyone. Wtith one exception, HE IS WORSE THAN CARTER.

        • jim letourneau

          Bush was loosing 700,000 jobs a year, damn Obama and Bush started two unfunded wars, I’d say for you, it’s hard to fix stupid. fair and balance you miss the Beckster. (fact check)

      • E

        Bud, you hit it right on! It has been demonstrated time and again that the number of “rich” people- is at least 80% DEMOCRAT. (This on the basis of total wealth, not just yearly income. The reason being, Republicans with money tend to donate more to charities from their annual income than do Democrats.)
        But I think you will NOT get that list published because it will contain the names of a LOT of Congressmen/women who have used their political office to enrich themselves and theirs. Legally, perhaps, but most certainly unethically.

        • Luke

          just look at the richest congressmen/women … almost ALL democrats! It’s crazy!

          • jim letourneau

            Fact check and recently retired.

      • Maureen Krueger

        47% of Congress are millionaires. And it’s almost 50/50 Democrats and Republicans. There are a few more Republican’s than Democrats this year because there are more Republicans in Congress. Then you need to look at the Presidents cabinet of advisers and they are all millionaires.

    • GREENTEETH

      What is the matter with the republican party? This is the perfect time to bring up his hidden past, but I guess mum is the word, BS. It is not mudd it is the truth, what ever candidate brings up BHOs past has my vote, and probabbly the tea party. Are these people for us or against us?

      • Dingbat36

        No, the perfect time to do it is in the run up to the election next November, NOT before the nomination…………….save the “big news” to bash Obama over the head with from next June until November…………..non stop!

    • Evermyrtle

      When the ‘O’ is gripeing about the rich GOP members he should be able to tell which Republican who has more money than he has. So far I have not heard him being concerned with his riches while many Americans are going hungry. He should make an announcement about the paltry salary that he is getting to wreck America. I have not heard about his mentioning his or his Muslim co-workers poor salaries.

  • Rosco1776

    Seemingly forever we’ve heard Democrats play the class warfare card about the “rich getting richer” while simultaneously trying to gouge more tax money out of the evil rich. Well, as it turns out it’s those same liberal Democrats who are getting richer, even during this down economy. Making matters worse, two of them never even earned the money in the first place: One married the money while the other inherited it, yet they’re two of the biggest demagogues in Washington.
    Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) tops the list for the second year in a row. His minimum net worth was $188.6 million at the end of 2009, up by more than $20 million from 2008, according to his financial disclosure form.

    While the economy struggled through a recession during much of 2009 and the nation’s unemployment rate soared to 10 percent, the stock market rebounded, helping lawmakers with large investments.
    No wonder Kerry was able to afford a $7 million yacht that he was trying to avoid paying taxes on.

    Meanwhile, the soon-to-be retired Patches Kennedy is also living large.
    There were a few other new faces in the Top 50, including Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), who received an inheritance after his late father, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), died in 2009.

    Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) also made the list.

    Twenty-seven Democrats along with 23 Republicans make up the 50 richest in Congress; 30 House members and 20 senators are on the list.

    The bulk of Kerry’s wealth is credited to his spouse, Teresa Heinz Kerry, who inherited hundreds of millions of dollars after her late husband, the ketchup heir Sen. John Heinz (R-Pa.), died in a plane crash in 1991.

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), with a net worth of $160.1 million, is the second-richest member of Congress under The Hill’s formula, even though his wealth declined by more than $4 million in 2009.

    He is followed by Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), who saw her net wealth leap to $152.3 million, a jump of more than $40 million from a year ago.

    The rest of the top 10 are Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), McCaul, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
    But don’t forget the GOP is the “party of the rich” according to the Democrats and their media enablers.

    A slideshow of all the fatcats is here. Be sure to note Darrell Issa is on the list, but he actually earned his money.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/116491-the-hills-50-wealthiest-list-slideshow

    • Big Ugly, Wyoming

      Don’t forget that Pelosi made MILLIONS on “Insider Trading”.
      Illegal for us to do, fine for our “lawmakers”.
      Martha Stewart was sent to prison for doing the same thing that Pelosi was doing.
      Democrats …. the party of Lies and Fraud.

      • Jeff

        You forgot the ‘Party of Hate’ for Democrats!

  • Oathkeeper

    Iam afraid it will be warfare in the coming months … the government has in essence declared war on the American citizen….
    Preparations are being made for civil unrest with FEMA camps being activated

    http://www.infowars.com/detention-camp-order-follows-preparations-for-civil-unrest/

  • Dee

    Just google some of these people to see how much they are worth. Pelosi is worth $35 million.
    Harry Reid is worth a lot. Now who is the party of the rich.
    obama doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.

  • J.M.R.

    the chimp dick-tater is good for three things vacations lying and destroying our great country

    • slapjack

      Don’t forget Golf !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The worthless SOB can sure find the golf course.

  • T-Texas

    Hey obummer you would not make a pimple on TR’s rear.

  • Pete0097

    The leaders of both parties are all rich. The difference between the democrat and republican parties is that the membership of the republican party either work and are rich or work their buts off trying to be rich. The democrats just want other peoples money

    • LONE RANGER

      WELL SAID………..

    • jim letourneau

      Kerry gets divorce will he, never mind you still believe fair and balance, stupid is hard to fix. 700,000 jobs a year, two unfunded wars, and tax breaks (2003)to stimulate job growth.

  • Terry C

    If the Republicans are the rich people, Mr. President, how have you raised so much money to campain for a second term?

  • LONE RANGER

    OBAMA’S SHEEPEL PEOPLE, NEED TO LOOK AT OBAMA, SINCE HE ENTERED OFFICE
    HE HAS BECOME A MULTI MILLIONAIRE………LOOK AT THE PEOPLE HE ASSOCIATES HIMSELF WITH, THEY ARE ALL EXTREEMLY WEALTHY, AS WELL AS SOCIALLIST COMMIES……BUT THE MORON”S HE PREACHES TO, ARE TO DUMB…TO LOOK ANY FURTHUR, THEN OBAMA.READING FROM HIS TELEPROMPTER

    • Ilene

      Rich: Hollywood, Soros, Ayers, Wright, Inmelt,Emanuel, Axelrod, Buffett, Gates, —-all socialist billionaires.

  • Sunshine49

    The trouble with Obama’s comments is that he is talking about the
    government controlling everything which is totally against what the
    Constitution and the Bill of Rights stands for.

    This really is a defining moment in our history because we need to
    decide whether or not we are going to stay a Republic with a Bill of
    Rights for the people or become a socialist (Communist type) run
    country. If you’ve done any research on the UN’s Agenda 21, you
    will realize this means that NO ONE in the US will be able to own
    their own property or work for themselves. This country will be part
    of a world wide collective that redistributes EVERYTHING as the UN
    sees fit.

    Also Google “executive orders from hell” and see what the government
    has lined up if the people try to revolt against UN control.

  • Ellen

    Obama, you are a stupid lying jerk! It’s you dumbocrats who are millionaires!
    This POS has been bashing Republicans since he before he was running and he is still doing it today – we are sick of you and your lies. There are millions and millions of Republicans in this country and everyday you, being the POS POTUS disgrace the people of America.
    When in the hell are people going to wake up and get this POS and his Corrupt Regime out of office. He has the gall to be running for reelection when his 3 years have been a complete failure!
    He has made us the laughing stock of the world! He and his dirtbags in Chicago and the White House need to be in prison.

  • CAllenDoudna

    There’s a difference between Rich Republicans and Rich Democrats. Republicans become rich by working their tails off providing things people want. But how do Democrats become rich? Well, Joseph Kennedy was a crooked banker who swindled people on real estate deals. He became a boot-legger during Prohibition (the equivilent of a drug dealer at the time). He supplied whiskey to important people on Wall Street who clued him in that the Stock Market was about to Crash so he sold short millions of shares of stock at something like $5 a share. (Selling short means you sell something you haven’t bought yet.) Then the Market crashed and he was able to buy the stock at 5-cents a share. That’s how the Kennedys got their fortune. Other Democrats get their money through similar means or by accepting bribes and kickbacks of companies they’re supposed to be regulating.

  • NancyJ

    If the Republicans are the party of the rich, why can’t I afford a vacation home that rents for over 3,000 a day for 17 days?? (I am not counting the freebee of having Secret Service and Airforce One to get me there for more than 1.5 million)
    As Red Skelton says in his old videos “What a maroon”.

  • OAHS

    Get this socialist blunder out of office!

  • http://adrianvance.blogspot.com Adrian Vance

    It is vomit inducing to see Barack Obama, the man with a clearly phony birth certificate and false Social Security number aping Theodore Roosevelt. If our schools were any good he could not get away with it. Now he has destroyed Social Security by eliminating its’ funding with a false tax cut. Next step? National emergency, National Guard, martial law, cancel the election, “President for the duration.”

    The Two Minute Conservative at http://adrianvance.blogspot.com for political analysis,
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    • stevor

      I’m really contemplating having my students examine the “official birth certificate” to judge if it looks fake with the serial number multi-colored and the bottom signature with a smiley face in the “A”. Now THAT would be a real education!

  • Ken Huff

    Just why is it liberal’s don’t understand where the money and products come from that they covet so much? If it wren’t for people that worked, to earn that money, they would have no one to pander from. Bums do not want what another bum has. They want what the wealthy man does, except they do not want to exert themselves to earn it. That is the whole premise of the liberal democrat party followers.

  • Oscar Booth

    I think Jimmie Carter also echoed Roosevelt. Didn’t do him much good. Obama, Carter two peas in a pod.

  • stevor

    and the Democrats are the “party of the foolish/lazy” because there’s the lazy who don’t work and the foolish who feel a need to give money to the lazy (but also take it from others who WORK)?

  • Jerry Joe

    While the media reports the latest Obama speech as channeling Teddy Roosevelt ( a likeminded progressive ), actually he was paraphrasing Che Guavera’s “two chicken” speech.

    When Che wasn’t busy at his favorite pastime of killing people, he would give political speeches to small groups of farmers in South America extolling the virtues and benefits of Communism.

    The crux of the speech was that if one farmer had two chickens and another farmer had no chickens, one chicken would be taken from the farmer with two, and given to the farmer with no chickens. ( Sound like the “Obama fairness speech” to me. If someone has money and another has none, take the money from the evil prosperous ( working ) person and give it to the good ( for nothing ) person. )

    During one of Che’s speeches, a farmer got up and started to leave. Che asked him why he was leaving. The farmer replied, ” I have two chickens”. The farmer was immediately shot dead.

    By the way, do you have a Che Guevara T shirt? They are very popular in the White House, on college campuses and in Hollywood. Hollywood also made a highly acclaimed movie ” The Motorcycle Diaries” about a nice young man traveling around South America on a motorcycle. They forgot to tell you the killed hundreds of people personally during his joy ride and was very instrumental in destroying the Catholic Church with his theory of “social justice”. Sounds a little like Reverend Wright and Barack Obama, doesn’t it?

    Antonio Banderas sang the praises of Che Guevara during the Oscars that year. He sang it in Spanish so that no one knew what he was saying. I have not watched the Oscars or a Banderas movie since then. But the Hollywood elite loved it.

    But back to the point, communist ideology and the dialectics of materialism is taught in almost all American colleges in one form or another. Barack Obama is a master user. The format never changes, only the way it is presented.

  • ripete

    Obama failed to mention that Teddy was born with a silver spoon in his mouth – never had to work a day in his life. The only reason he formed the Bull Moose Party was to defeat Taft whom he hand picked to replace him and then Taft ticked him off. He failed to mention the numbers of endangered species Teddy killed for sport. At least he recognized the Republicans as a party of the people.

  • mesaman

    YO-bama is to Theodore Roosevelt what the anus is to the brain. This fraudulently elected pseudo-president has two uses; 1) expulsion of malodorous hot air, 2) removal of the accumulation of waste he has produced. We have now learned that the US could do better with a cartoon character, rather than a narcissistic, grand standing tyro.

    • Jeff

      You forgot ‘Lying President’!

  • Howard from the Banger Club

    He may have gone to law school, but he flunked history. We must continue to pray for him ((“Pray. . . for all in authority.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2) and his administration as they are feeding him incorrect information as it is a historical fact that the democrats have the big money.

  • RENEGADE

    I WONDER WHICH WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT THAT HE WILL SAY HE’S JUST LIKE. MAYBE WASHINGTON OR EISENHOWER???

  • Conservative

    I’ll bet the lose money from the first bailout landed in many a Democratic pocket from Obama’s foolish inability to account for all the money that has been given out since 2008. That’s why Obama says he has 1 billion fund to run for President again, something does not smell right.

  • kategray

    I am by no means rich, I am a republician.

  • http://googlechrome David

    I am a RICH Republican and I have it all and it’s to bad that the Democrats can’t have their share of it. My riches are a wife, a working son in the medical field (who went to 8 years of college with no government money used) and a 2 year grandson. I also own my own home and draw a SS check since I worked 52 years including 3 years in Army in Vietnam days. Our house is worth about 90,000 to 120,000 dollars. We also are Christians, go to church and I have a garden to get our vegetables from and even freeze a lot for winter. I’ve never drawn a check from the government for aid or food stamps. I’ve never bought or wasted my money on things that I don’t really need. I’ve also never wanted others to make my life easy by wanting some of their money while I sit on my butt and watch TV and take drugs. From job benefits and Social Security we live happily on 2000 dollars a month or about 25, ooo dollars a year and want nothing except for the government to stop trying to take money from one set of people and give it to another set. Charity will take care of that. Government has became the enemy of working people, retired people and Christian people. All other groups want something from us or to take something from us especially money and religion. This country is headed straight to Hell with our government that is now in power. obama has to be voted out.

  • Larry E

    So does this mean that all the rich and super rich Demorats are going to contribute ALL their money to the poor or to reduce the national debt? Or is it okay for Demorats to be rich and super rich, but not people who actually work and create jobs and try to make the country better?

    The class of people like the wealthy athletes, movie stars, and business tycoons who all blather about how the rich should pay more taxes while they’re either sheltering theirs someplace or blowing it on mansions, drugs, and other necessaries and support Ozero, while trying to avoid paying any more than they absolutely have to. It’s called HYPOCRISY Hussein!

  • http://cowboybyte.com mark

    NOW PEOPLE HOW IS IT THAT REPUBLICANS ARE THE RICH ONES?OVOMIT AND THE LEFTIST AND LIBNUT DUMBORATS ARE THE ONE TARGETING THE RICH SO THAT THEY THEMSELVES GET RICH.WALL STREET SHOULD TARGET THE WHITE HOUSE WHO IS STEALING EVERYONE’S MONEY, HOW MAKING UP PHONY POLICIES WHICH IS ONLY INTENDED TO TAKE YOUR MONEY SHOULD I SAY GREEN ENERGY WHICH IS NOTHING BUT A LIE.

  • T nana

    No not rich just smart enough to see through the lies the deception the obnoxious attitudes of the Democrats. Republicans want lower taxes, constutitional laws, A President that works for America, not other countries, Not one that is insulting the people he took oath to defend and work for. (Key word) Obama was elected Not by me but others, to bring unity, economy back from the brink in his words. What isn’t being said so I’ll say it. Before Dems took congress, in2006 we had low gas prices, food wasn’t as costly housing market was still solvent. Even though Bush warned about problems, Barny Frank said it was fine. Not in trouble.

    By the way DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS was in charge of the purse strings. In case no one really pays attention an the main stream doesn’t report, Everytime Democrats are in charge of the congress, economy takes a hit, the congress had low approval rating under Pelosi and still to this day due to the Democrats that are undermining the passing of the 22 bills that have been sent to Senate, or the President that threatens veto to make the Republicans look bad. The Main stream media and the Unions are working to re-elect Obama. The Republicans have a bill to put people back to work But again Obama threatens veto’s..

  • CHRISTOPHER

    Obama is just trying to sound “intelligent”, you know like those guys who actually went to Ivey League Universities (Roosevelt, Kennedy etc.). We don’t really know where Obama went to School at any point in his life. We do know that he was born in Kenya and that his father was a Citizen of Kenya. Gee, dos’nt Article II of the U.S. Constitution state that to qualify for POTUS you have to be a “Natural Born Citizen”. Gee Barry (or whatever your name is) I don’t think your eligible to be POTUS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nightlyonewolf

    Let me get this straight….there are no wealthy democrats anywhere?? Only republicans are wealthy? Did he not make millions of $’s off of his books? Does that not make him “wealthy”? Another “I have to blame someone” moment. When do they end?….these moments of his? Pathetic!

  • http://www.paladinfirearmsllc.com Paladin

    REVOLT – VOTE!

    Vote EVERY ONE of these lying, two faced, self serving SOB’s out of office.

    Replace them with someone who will listen and act with the interests of our country and our citizenry first and their own bank account and re-election campaigns second.

    REVOLT – VOTE!

  • Kay

    We all know that the Democrat leadership, Hollywood weirdos, and Buffett are really the rich ones. They use lies with the dumb poor to feather their nests and use class warfare to place blame somewhere else. This is the same tactics that Middle Eastern Monarches use to rob their people. All you have to do is change the target and rake in the bucks.

  • NAVSOG

    This ILEAGLE USERPER of our White House is a LIARER he along with 535 + people just shifted the GREATEST amount of wealth from the poor and middle class in the HISTORY of this Nation. And in the last 100 years the decisions that have come from Washington have lead to this point taking the power from the people and giving it to Washington. Look up citizens grand jury this is the power to keep washington in check by the Founders. We have gone over the cliff now it is whether we pull the rip cord or just SPLAT.

  • Larry

    This is a very good example of the Pot calling the Kettle Black and if we were to look at each of the Democrat’s we will probably find that there are more rich in the Democratic party than in the Republican party. We may also find that there are more criminals in the Democratic party than any other party like the SOB Barrack Obama and his close ties to organized crime along with others like Eric Holder among many others in Acorn which have changed there name but not there way of doing business.

  • AverageJoeTexas, Dallas

    Not the rich in money, but the people who think, who are not programed by the liberal agenda. The Republicans care about America the Left wants it to turn into a Communist utopia. Sad thing is they are so uncaring about the country that they are laying out for their children. “Mommy, tell me about the time when people were free” will be what our kids will say.

  • C. Pierce

    Obama WOULD applaud TRAITOR and MURDERER FDR, who, at Yalta (& other secret meets) betrayed America and eastern Europe by giving his FRIEND Stalin (a literal DEVIL) license to spread communism into the whole of Europe and indeed, the world. FDR’s administration was home to more than 5,000 Bolshevik/communists and fellow travelers, occupying key positions in every dept of our government and military. And the SOB’s are STILL there. STOP reading and listening to MS Media’s version of “history.” For starters, read “Barbarians Inside The Gates – The Black Book of Bolshevism” by Donn de Grand Pre’. SOON, great exposes like this will be BANNED permanently. Grab a used copy at Amazon if you cannot afford a new one. You will never be the same.

    • C. Pierce

      I apologize that my above comment may seem a bit confusing. Indeed, his choosing the locale of Teddy Roosevelt’s “Square Deal” speech was symbolic. But “Teddy” was little better than his cousin, FDR (the “darling” of all liberal democrats). In another speech to indoctrinate a group of school children (!), B.O. glorified FDR’s “New Deal” and the merits of giving government more authority in their lives. FDR damaged America more than any other president.

  • Laura

    Well nothing new obama spends all his time saying other peoples lines and being everybody else but himself. Almost as if he is nobody and is looking to be somebody. Kinda sad when you think about it.

  • Rudloph

    For young workers the stimulus for working hard and inventive is to make lot’s of money! No big deal, just fact. Without that economic stimulus our society would degenerate into other second rate countries where prosperity is a joke.

    • Laura

      No, trust me if they would get out of the way of the privet sector and let it do it’s job this Country would be back on top. All the stimulus did is prolong the problem and in some case made it worse.