It’s Opposite Day: Glenn reacts to some of Obama’s flip-flops

Are the sanctions against Russia really working? Based on the answer President Obama gave a reporter, it isn’t really clear. On radio this morning, Glenn, Pat, and Stu tried to make sense of some of Obama’s recent remarks as they compare to his past positions.

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During a press conference on Wednesday, NBC News’ Chris Jansing asked the President a simple question: “Are sanctions [against Russia] not working?” Obama’s answer was not nearly as straightforward.

OBAMA: Well, we don’t know yet whether sanctions are working. Sanctions are working as intended in putting enormous pressure and strain on the Russian economy.

While Pat and Stu could not make heads or tails of the apparent doublespeak, Glenn tried to better understand the President’s reasoning.

“So here’s what he said: We don’t know if sanctions are working in the grand scheme of things, but sanctions are working as they are intended to put great pressure on,” Glenn said. “But has he capitulated yet? No, we don’t know if they are working in that way, but we know that they are working as intended to put great pressure on the economy… You don’t just put them on and then they capitulate right away. We don’t know the end result.”

Obama made another interesting comment this week during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. While discussing various initiatives aimed at strengthen U.S./African relations, the President made this plea to House Republicans.

OBAMA: I would be remiss if I did not add that House Republicans can help by reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank. That is the right thing to do.

While running for President in 2008, however, President Obama had a slightly different opinion of the Export-Import Bank.

OBAMA: I’m not a Democrat that believes we can or should defend every government program just because it’s there. There’s some that don’t work like we had hoped. The Bush Administration spent $1 billion a on a reading program that hasn’t improved our children’s reading. We should take that money and use it for things that work. There’s some programs that have been duplicated by other programs, that we just need to cut back, like the Economic Development Agency and the Export-Import Bank that’s become no more than a fund for corporate welfare.

“So it’s a little more than a fund for corporate welfare, but the Republicans should reauthorize it back into existence because it’s the right thing to do,” Pat said. “Can you explain that opposite?”

Glenn admitted this one was a bit more difficult to explain away.

“This is really challenging,” Glenn said. “[But] because I’m now in charge and the seas are beginning to recede, I have fixed the Import-Export bank, and it is no longer corrupt, no longer corporate welfare. Now it is important because I have arrived.”

While Glenn’s response may have been a bit sarcastic, Stu believes that is probably not too far from the President’s approach.

“He was in a campaign [when he made the original statement],” Stu said. “He may have completely forgotten he was critical of the Import-Export Bank – it’s just a thing he said on that day. Now the thing to say is, ‘I need it,’ so he’s saying that. That’s not specific to Obama by any mention.”

Ultimately, Stu found the archive clip to be particularly interesting because of the light it shines on how government waste is viewed.

“It’s interesting to hear the older clips of him in that it just shines a great light on how the government works. As he is going through in 2008, he is discussing a reading program for $1 billion that he’s saying is a waste of money,” Stu concluded. “What percentage of our government would stand, if we lived on that standard? Certainly less than half – if you need a measurable results from a program that you have.”

  • Landree

    I understood what the President meant. Russia is feeling economic pressure from sanctions, but the administration don’t know whether it will change Russia’s actions in the Ukraine. Seems obvious to me.

    • schmack_the_knife

      Nobody cares what you think.

      • Landree

        Your reply tells me you care.

        • schmack_the_knife


        • schmack_the_knife

          I don’t.

  • jimharvey

    HUH !?!?!?! DOH!!!

  • henry

    omg ….. when will people wake up ? the only pressure you can impose on russia is financial , putton doesnt care if his people suffer , so now he has his own monitary system to avoid this troublesome thing , russia , china,India, brazil, s. africa have started up their own bank , with real money i might add and its not the us dollar to get around whatever we can throw at him, they actually have assets to back up their new dollar with, but the news doesnt want us to know about that , so does he really care about what we could ever do now , are the same resources he needs to run his regeim not available anywhere else in the world? oh and i dont really care if i made spelling mistakes anyone who wants to bring it to my attention , go back under your rock and keep hiding from the truth. obamma is an abomination to man kind , walking hand in hand with the antichrist . its just a matter of time people , enjoy the illusion

    • landofaahs

      When the free stuff runs out and not one day before. They have “Scarlet Syndrome”.. That’s based on the oft repeated line by Scarlet in “Gone with the Wind” when she says Oh well, I’ll worry about that tomorrow.

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  • Joel Hernandez

    Sanctions won’t do a thing.. Russia will end up taking over Ukraine sooner or later…

    • Yo Mamma

      Sanctions only work in a country that is not connected. Russia has most middle eastern, some south American countries and China loving them.

      Just leave putin alone and he will fizzle away

  • amarillovet

    No Glen you’re wrong….obozo is stupid…but he is also devious and pure evil.

  • suz

    did reagan denounce or defend a program? if he defended one, i’m sure he explained it quite well.

    bho’s dishevled — doesn’t know his ass from his elbow.

  • landofaahs

    What was it that Obama said long ago? “Just words” He sees nothing wrong with lying. To him and most democrats it’s just something you do to get what you want. After all, most of his supporters are either stupid or liars themselves and they feel the same way he does. Lying to them becomes second nature and they do it so often that they don’t even think about it when they do so.

  • really simple food

    hi all im just putting one post on glenns webiste and thats it – i know its not connected to the article but i want people to see this

    160 !!!!! dead
    kids in bulding the terror tunnels in the year 2012, while one of this
    tunnels exit was in an israeli kindergarden – and the crazist thing is
    this is a data/number coming from the hamas itself (the number might be
    higher ) !! this is when there was no war no israeli attacks – was
    anyone “shocked” in the world ?

    the doctor who counts the
    bodies and gives the data on the dead in gaza to the world the one who
    the world media takes it numbers from is a member of hamas

    the main issue is you all belive in “paliwood” google this term and read a bit about it … -be-staged

    are many UN workers in gaza who are members of the hamas so when you
    hear about a dead UN personal just know that there is a huge chance he
    was a terrorist – UN buildings are built in locations conducive to
    fighting – UN cars carry ammunition throw the city – So whenever you
    hear the UN talks about how evil israel is think of this facts

    in gaza there are 2 milion people – they have natural deaths and they are counted as if israel killed them

    there are billions of dollar pouring to gaza from all over the world but they all go to terrorism – not exaggerating

    people talk about israel wanting to concur gaza again completely ignoring the “disengagement plan” (google it) from gaza

    people talking about how israel have bombed a hospital : … QpO3zi-jYg
    or israel bombing ambulances (terrorists main transportation) … g&index=60

    hamas have fierd 3,356 missles on israel – 119 of them (at the moment
    of writing this) have landed in gaza – and unlike israeli bombings there
    is no warning before this hit gaza – and you can bet the hamas counted
    this dead as if israel have shot them

    the hamas shots and kills
    christans – gays and rival gruops members all the time – and also during
    the war – and you can be sure they count them as israeli army casulties
    – they recently killed 20 demonstrators against hamas

    many gays
    and christian and women who hurt the “family honor” usually escape to
    israel to not get killed (and yet there are gay groups who demonstrate
    agains israel this is how much ignorance in the world is rampant)

    the UN is saying falls data about this conflict and lies a lot about israel not only now but all the time

    sends free electricity all the time to gaza – people from gaza are
    healed in israeli hospitals all the time – israel has sent tons of
    cement into gaza – cement that was used for bunkers
    – people in the world dont understand that the “palstinean” (a name
    they cant even pronunce) dont want a country they say it in the arabic
    media – and what people dont know is that israel offered many too many
    times to give them a state – this is really a whole new disscussion but
    this is not about a country its purely a religious war against israel – a good explanation on what this whole conflict is about – and another good one 10 misconceptions

    count dead terrorists as women and children deaths and they were caught
    giving dead people lists with the same name wirtten many times (they
    dont even try hard to lie to the world)
    even the very anti-israel BBC (more anti israel than AL-jazeera) posted this (of course it wont be seen by much) :

    are people in gaza who are very very rich and they can make everyone
    here look like poor people – there was never ever a full blockade on
    gaza – there was never a food shortage – unlike what the media said its
    all a big paliwood

    there were many cease fires – and they were
    all broken by hamas – even the last cease fire the media reported as if
    hamas has waited till its end to shot but no – they broke it in the

    now this is propoganda but its hard for me to hear the
    idf symbol is tasteless – whats happening in gaza is the biggest scam
    in the world – and just compare the media coverage it gets in comparison
    to syria which at the same time of this “war/operation” died ten times
    the numbers and in syria they are really civilians – when you hear the
    UN-US-France officals talk about the “massacre in gaza” and how they
    are shocked at the dead in gaza ask yourself how they are not “shocked”
    about what is hapening in syria (which by the was pictures from syria
    are shown as if they happened in gaza)

    and to clearfy – i support
    israel so much not cause im jewish (cause im really into buddhism and even plan to ordain as a monk) not because
    the flag has nice color – strictly cause this is a moral issue and the
    world is extremly oblivious to the facts – just like to the animal
    rights issue

    shifa hospital in gaza was built by israel in the best of standards –
    they said that later other country’s built expansions but they were low
    quality … -VkFUBWjXU
    – stop the massacre – people really never questioned why the news talks
    so much about israel and criticise it so much when civilans are killed
    by the milions all around our country …by the way chemical weapons in
    pallywood = lighting bombs which people in the world might think are
    chemical weapons

    israel has built a field hospital – a quality
    one like we built in haiti and in the north to take care of injured
    from syria and – and also gathered a big medicine suplly to gaza and
    also blood donations and it was blocked by hamas – many times hamas has
    fired on israeli supply rtucks that went toward gaza

    israel is sending trucks full of supplies to gaza the hamas sometimes shoots at this aid trucks so they wont reach gaza

    terror tunnels have a huge potinatial some of them ended in towns –
    it was planned to send hundrend of terrorists at the same time from them
    – plus there is a big chance it was meant to happen combined with an
    attack from the north with hizballas tunnels

    and an intersting
    thing to notice is that hamas is shoting at israel rockets non-stop for
    the past 14 years – israel just only responds when its hitting the big
    cites , plus they try to execute terror attacks all the time and not
    only from gaza not just during this milatry operations

    there is so much more i can say and show but im to lazy this allready took me a long time to write as some have figured out

    • really simple food

      i would love glenn to see this this are stuff that are hidden from the public
      if some staff member is reading this i would love this to be passed on to him

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    Whether his words are the result of too much crack cocaine leaving too little brain, a manifestation of Satan escaping Hell through his lips, or something equally nasty, can Americans afford another 28 months of systematic destruction of Democracy? Can Congressional Democrats?

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  • landofaahs

    Flip-flop? He doesn’t give a flip as long as America flops. That is why he is here in the White House. He is as I have said all along, a “Trojan Horse Muslim sent to destroy this country” in order to bring in the New World Order and total control of the globe. 666.

    • Glenn Coughlin

      Why would it matter if the President was Muslim?

  • FOOpoosiekeyboardwarrior

    But Glenny Glen you flip and flop then flop and flip too! How am I going to gatekeep when you do it as much as the Tyrant in Chief?

  • 2 IT too

    CFR deep ‘innie’, RED CHINA handover BUSHES

    CFR front, RED CHINA enabler, Rockefeller linked CLINTONS

    ‘Former’ KISSINGER aide —–‘BAR—Rockefeller’ OBAMA!

    “When your ‘leaders’ hand away your ENTIRE economy
    to RED CHINA? – – – -ISN’T that TREASON?
    ————————————————-THAT’S TREASON FOLKS—–”
    Informed Radio

    Hand away the ENTIRE economy and,
    in turn, stage the defacto resurrection of SLAVERY?

    TREASON, remember, ain’t a misdemeanor.

    TREASON is, always, everywhere, down thru time,
    the ABSOLUTE highest and lowest crime on earth.

    Franchise slum ‘business as use–you–all’ WILL NOT SAVE YOU.

    This monster MUST be confronted FULL in the face- – – -FAST!!!!

    • Glenn Coughlin

      This may have been one of the most idiotic statements I’ve ever read.
      Let me recommend something for you.
      Next time you leave your parent’s basement take off your foil helmet and beg to be admitted into Bellevue.