Sunday, August 14, 2011

Little Debbie in Obamaland

I ran into a clip from "Face the Nation" on CBS that was took place this morning-Thank you Weasel Zippers!.The show's host Norah O'Donnell made sure from the beginning of the interview that she was ready to do whatever it took to get the truth out: the mess we are in is all  Republicans fault. Here is the video of the segment below, followed by the transcript, my notes added.Enjoy!

O'Donnell: And welcome back to Face the Nation, Congresswoman Debbie Wassermann Schultz is also in Iowa this weekend, and joins us now. Congresswoman good to see you, I know you are here focused on many of the republicans who are part of the Iowa Straw Poll but another Republican, in South Carolina, Governor Rick Perry who threw his hat into the ring, and also offered a withering everything attack on President Obama's economic leadership and he talked about the S&P downgrade, I want you to listen.How dear he?

RICK PERRY SOUNDBYTE: The fact is for nearly three years President Obama has been downgrading American jobs, he has been downgrading our standing in the world, he has been downgrading our financial stability, he has been downgrading our confidence, and downgrading the hope for a better future for our children. That is a fact.

O'Donnell: The Governor said that for nearly three years President Obama has been downgrading American jobs, downgrading our standing in the world, and downgrading our financial stability. I am sure you disagree with that, but what is factually in accurate about what he said? Would you like some coffee or water is ok?

Wasserman Schultz: I am incredibly proud of President Obama's accomplishments.First and foremost, he have supported me to become DNC Chairwoman, that's some accomplishment! This is a President that took on the health insurance industry and reformed healthcare to make sure that every American could have coverage-Illegal aliens too.Ooops, the PC-BS term is Displaced Foreign Traveler now-and insurance companies couldn't drop you or deny you coverage-those evil insurance companies;Note to myself-we could use some donations form them, I'll ask Barry to call-, took on Wall Street-The Fat Cats, ya know-, made sure that banks were not ever again too big to fail-did Barry help them shrink?-, made sure that we ban to get our economy turned around-that's the new saying for Down The Drain-, so I think Americans are appreciative-in fact 20% of them, but we are not going to let the facts get in our way to the Final Victory- of the hard work and effort and accomplishment that President Obama has made and certainly those accomplishments are not reflective of any of the governor's inappropriate comments-Damn Racist!.

O'Donnell: Inappropriate, but what about..

Wasserman Schultz: Inaccurate...and Racist

O'Donnell: And what about the argument that since he has taken office that there hasn't been a strong turnaround? For instance you have said repeatedly that we are in much better shape than we were when President Obama took office. But the facts are very difficult, perhaps for the Democratic Party and that is this: That unemployment was at 7.3 percent. When he took office and now at 9.1 percent, unemployment up 25 percent, 11.1 million were unemployed then compared to almost 14 million unemployed now. And 13 and a half million more people are on food stamps today. How are we in quote, unquote much better shape as you argue?

Wasserman Schultz: Well, President Obama inherited a huge problem-It's Bush's fault, you know;Barry is going to run on it in 2012. Pretty clever, huh?-, the worst recession that we have had since the great depression, created by the policies, the failed policies of the previous Republican administration, where we went from a record surplus to a record deficit, and so working our way out of that problem is incredibly challenging but the fact remains that before President Obama took office, Norah, we were bleeding 750,000 jobs a month, the economy was in free fall, we were on the precipice of economic disaster and now two and a half years later, although we have a long way to go and we need to work together and come together to get the economy to continue to move, we have created 2.4 million private sector jobs, 17 straight months of private sector job growth-if you don't believe me, you can check the Department of Labor Statistics Data;not you silly, run get me some water, I'm getting thirsty here!- so we have begun to turn things around, we acknowledge we have a long way to go-that's why Barry needs 4 more years- and certainly no longer in free fall-It's called assisted fall because Barry is watching it-. We just have to keep our nose to the grindstone and keep focus.

O'Donnell: How do you draw a contrast then against the Governor of Texas where nearly half of the jobs that have been created in America were created in Texas?

Wasserman Schultz: There are dramatic contrasts with the Governor of Texas not the least of which is that it is extremely difficult for him to deserve credit for that job creation when you have rising gas prices that created oil jobs that he had nothing to do with-Barry should get credit for this one, he imposed the oil drill ban, right?-, when you had military spending as a result of two wars that created military jobs that he had nothing to do with-Barry should get credit for this one too, he kept the troops in Irak and Afganistan. When you have the recovery act-shovel ready projects, remember?-championed by President Obama that created jobs in Texas that he had nothing to do with. So it is way over blown to suggest that the job creation in Texas is squarely on the shoulders of his policies-in fact, I just showed you how is all Barry's merit.

O'Donnell: We are going to have an interesting day on Monday here in Iowa because not only is Governor Perry going to be here but President Obama is going to be here in Iowa. He is launching a midwest bus tour through three different states, key swing states, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa. His approval rating, I just want to show you his approval rating in some of these states, in Iowa it's dropped from 61 to 49 percent in just two years. In Minnesota, it's dropped 14 percent, 66 to 52 percent. And even in his home state of Illinois the president's approval has gone down 17 points, 71 to 54 percent. Is the President in trouble?

Wasserman Schultz: Not at all. The President is in actually remarkably good shape-you saw the Rasmussen poll, right?- given that he is still struggling to help pull our economy out of the republican, the republican recession that he inherited-those Damn Republicans that want to starve the Senior Citizens to death-. His numbers are still strong-did you see the Rasmussen Poll?-, he still has widespread support-among the White House staffers-, if anyone is in trouble, it is the Republican Party-because I'm a Lady, this is some free advice;Allen West, did you hear?-. Right now, they have a collection of candidates for president who are busy out trying to out right wing each other-Terrorists!-. Essentially they are all so similar that they might as well be Legos, they are that interchangeable, they are that interchangeable-Barry can relax, play some golf or something-. You have a president who has asked the country to compromise, tried to bring them together, and all nine presidential candidates the other night raised their right hand in the debate and said, even when faced with the most reasonable question, would you support a deficit reduction deal that would be ten to one cuts to revenue, they still said no-Terrorists!-. That is how strangled by the tea party that they are, and that is not what Americans are looking for, they are looking for solutions-Barry has them all.

O'Donnell: All right. The debate has begun, Congress Debbie Wassermann Schultz, good to see you, thanks so much for joining us. I will be back in a moment with our political panel. Stay with us.In the mean time, would you like some water?
Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for watching our segment "Little Debbie in Obamaland"

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