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Posts Tagged ‘interview’

Hillary Clinton Calls Russian Reset Policy “Brilliant Stroke”

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 15, 2014

During a BBC interview earlier in the week, Hillary Clinton was asked by the reporter whether she was embarrassed by her Russian policies while Secretary of State.  Given Russia’s aggressive and expansionist policies since that have included annexing the Crimea, the reporter asked: “You famously pressed the reset button.  Are you embarrassed by that now, that gesture?”  Incredibly, instead of Hillary showing humility or contrition, she called what was obviously a failed policy to all including the reporter a “brilliant stroke”, as seen in the video below.

The lack of shame of our politicians is only outdone by their unmitigated gall.


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George Washington U Students’ Hilarious Support for Hillary Clinton

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 16, 2014

During recent interviews at George Washington University, students waxed on about their support for Hillary Clinton, should she run for presidency.  However, when asked to share her greatest accomplishment as Secretary of State, the students demonstrated a complete lack of knowledge concerning Ms. Clinton.

As this Blog has proffered in the past, it is a tragedy how the Baby Boomer generation has robbed from younger Americans so we Boomers could live beyond our means.  Perhaps an even greater tragedy is how we have robbed even a greater asset from our youth; knowledge and the ability to think.  Adding insult to injury, for their pitiful education we have these young Americans go deep into debt.

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The O’Reilly Obama Interview

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 3, 2014

Before what turned out to be a poor excuse for the Super Bowl, President Barack Obama did an interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.  You have to give the President credit for taking this interview since he clearly understood in advance that O’Reilly would not serve up the softball questions he has been used to via the mainstream media.  O’Reilly did not disappoint.

A video clip of the interview is supplied below.  It is left for each viewer to conclude on the efficacy of the President’s responses to O’Reilly’s questions.  To this viewer opinion, Obama looked evasive and showed a lack of contrition for the myriad of policy errors implemented under his administration.  Making his administration’s lack of execution even more glaring was that on two occasions the President actually blamed either/or O’Reilly and Fox News for creating the scandals that surround his administration including the handling of the Benghazi consulate attack and the IRS scandal.

It is no wonder that President Obama’s poll numbers have tanked.  The American people have given this president various passes for inappropriate behavior and policies in the past.  However, the electorate’s patience has been frayed with disaster known as Obamacare.  Still he remains unapologetic.  He has become the poster child for inept Washington politics.  Long ago the talk of open change ended.

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Liberal Commentator Kirsten Powers Criticizes Obama and 60 Minutes

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 30, 2013


CBS’s 60 Minutes was historically a hard-hitting news show.  This past weekend’s episode indicates it has lost its way, becoming just another part of the mainstream media fawning over President Obama.

On Sunday, 60 Minutes did a joint interview with President Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Given the significance of international events that occurred during the President’s first term, it was an opportunity for the media to ask hard hitting and relevant questions.  Instead, Obama and Clinton were served softball questions with the interview turning into a love-fest between the media and interviewees.

Criticism of the 60 Minute interview included even some of the more liberal commentators.  Kirsten Powers, who previously worked for the Democratic Party and is a liberal, was particularly critical.  As indicated in the video below, Ms. Powers made strong statements including:

  • “… it really was something you would expect from like the state-run media…60 Minutes was transparently being used as a campaign advertisement”.
  • You look at it, and even, just not challenging basic things, like the President claiming that Hillary’s been a great Secretary of State in part because they have dismantled al Qaeda.  Now, I’m sorry, it’s just, does anyone paying attention to what’s going on in North Africa? Why is the President not asked about Algeria, Mali?”

The entire discussion with Powers is included below for context.

It is scary that the current Administration is able to use the mainstream media for propaganda purposes.  It is even scarier that the media is a willing participant.

MACCALLUM: Kirsten, a lot of criticism about this interview, that this was a real missed opportunity to have the President of the United States, the Secretary of State, both have guided the country in, you know, very tough economic times and international situations, and there was just no real questions.

POWERS: No, there wasn’t.  I mean, it really was something you would expect from like the state-run media.  You know, it was that kind of level of propaganda as far as I’m concerned.  First of all, 60 Minutes was transparently being used as a campaign advertisement, which, you know, if they’re okay with that, then okay but, I…

MACCALLUM: Why would they do this? They don’t have to do that? Why?

POWERS: Well, I can understand maybe agreeing to the interview, asking, letting them have like maybe one softball question in the beginning, and then move on to more important things. But the reality is, this was a joke.  I mean it really was.

You look at it, and even, just not challenging basic things, like the President claiming that Hillary’s been a great Secretary of State in part because they have dismantled al Qaeda.  Now, I’m sorry, it’s just, does anyone paying attention to what’s going on in North Africa? Why is the President not asked about Algeria, Mali?


POWERS: Libya? I mean, you know, these are in front and center in the news right now.  And the next question after he says this is, “I have to ask you: what’s the date of expiration of this endorsement?”


POWERS: That’s his follow-up question to the President saying that al Qaeda has been dismantled.

CARLSON: [Laughs]

MACCALLUM: That is a great point, Kirsten.

MACCALLUM: I mean, they’re going to catch heat for this for some time…

CARLSON: He’s like kryptonite for them.

MACCALLUM: …I mean, from all quarters.  Kirsten just called it propaganda, on 60 minutes interview with the president, propaganda.

CARLSON: They melt with Obama for some reason.

POWERS: Well, also Martha, the other thing is that probably the first half of the interview, it’s just old news.  We already know how the Secretary of State was chosen.  We already know about the back and forth.  This already has been reported on.  This is not new information like he was getting new insight into how this came about and how they got over their relationship.  I mean, it really was just a campaign endorsement.

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Maria Bartiromo Publically Spanks Senator Cardin

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 23, 2012

When elected officials are interviewed by the mainstream media, the results typically are talking points from the politicos with softball questions from the interviewer, especially if the politician is from the Left.  Only half of that equation existed when CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo interviewed Maryland’s Democratic Senator Ben Cardin.

The interview got feisty when Bartiromo went on the offensive asking the Senator about the Fiscal Cliff:

  • “Are you guys incompetent, or what?”
  • “I mean, if you can’t do this, if you can’t do what the American people pay you to do, why don’t you just step aside and put somebody in there who can actually get a deal done?”
  • “So how come you’re not moving forward?  What’s the problem?  Because the American people are so tired of this, and they are really tired of the lawmakers thinking that the American people are stupid.  You can’t keep coming on the show every week saying the same thing– ‘it’s not a balanced approach.’”

The video below would be humorous if the subject wasn’t so serious.  The so-called Fiscal Cliff is a creation of the politicians in Washington who have not been able to come up with a budget in nearly two years.  As Bartiromo so correctly said: “…if you can’t do what the American people pay you to do, why don’t you just step aside and put somebody in there who can actually get a deal done?”



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Obama’s Un-transparent Response to the Libyan Tragedy

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 28, 2012

One of Barack Obama’s broken promises was that of transparency.  In fact, the Obama Administration has been the least transparent since that of Richard Nixon.

Colorado 9News reporter Kyle Clark interviewed President Obama who once again refused to answer direct and relevant questions about important policies.  In the exchange Clark asked the President when Americans could expect answers concerning the Administration’s actions relating to the Libyan attack of the Benghazi consulate.  The President’s evasive response included:

The election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened.  Nobody wants to find out more what happened than I do,” and “Well, we are finding out exactly what happened.  I can tell you, as I’ve said over the last couple of months since this happened, the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives.  Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to.  Number two, we’re going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn’t happen again.  Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice.  And I guarantee you that everyone in the state department, our military, the CIA, you name it, had number one priority making sure that people were safe.  These were our folks and we’re going to find out exactly what happened, but what we’re also going to do it make sure that we are identifying those who carried out these terrible attacks.

The video is evasive/non responsive and pure Obama.  He acts as if he were still a Community Organizer rather than the president of the United States.


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Paul Ryan Shows Civility in Strange Interview

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 9, 2012

Republican vice presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, was recently ambushed in an interview by a WJRT reporter in Flint, Michigan.  The interview, posted below, was focusing on gun control and then took a bizarre turn as indicated in the following exchange:

Reporter – “Does this country have a gun problem?

Ryan – “This country has a crime problem.”

Reporter – “Not a gun problem?

Ryan – “The best thing to help prevent violent crime in the inner cities is to bring opportunity in the inner cities.  Is to help teach people good discipline, good character.  That is civil society.  That is what charities and civic groups and churches do to help one another make sure that they can realize the value in one another.”

Reporter – “And you can do all that by cutting taxes?  With a big tax cut?

Ryan – “Those are your words not mine.

Evidently, Ryan’s comments placing blame for crime on criminals and not the tools of a crime disturbed the Leftist reporter to the point where he not only deflected to a new question, but when adversarial on Ryan.  This has become a trademark of Progressives who are unwilling to have legitimate debate on serious issues plaguing our Country.  In addition, it is yet another example of the bias of the mainstream media.

The Obama campaign was quick to mischaracterize the Ryan–reporter encounter, stating in a press release: “Congressman Ryan brought both his temper and penchant for dishonesty to Michigan today.”  The video below shows how disingenuous this characterization is.

Given Romney’s powerful debate performance, as well as Obama’s poor showing, the Left’s false narrative about the character of Romney and Ryan is no longer selling to the electorate.  Should the Obama campaign continue down this path and ignore the issues of real concern to the American people, they will not only lose the presidential election, but do so by a landslide.

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Obama Grades Himself “Incomplete” on Economy

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 4, 2012

This past weekend President Obama was interviewed by a Colorado reporter for KKTV.  Uncharacteristically for the mainstream media, the local reporter asked the President to grade himself on the economy, a hardball question.  Obama’s response was telling: “You know I would say incomplete.  Historically after these big financial crises, where a lot of people are dealing with debt or a collapse of a housing market you know that creates a bigger challenges and we’re seeing this not just in the United States but around the world.  I mean Europe is going through a difficult time, parts of Asia even China are going through a difficult time right now.

This is a remarkable admission since the President has had over 3 1/2 years to implement his policies.  To put this incomplete grading in context, it is interesting to review some of Obama’s previous responses to similar questions:

February, 2009 – On the Today Show the President said: “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”

December, 2009 – The President then gave his overall performance “a good solid B-plus” when interviewed by Oprah Winfrey.  He embellished on this saying: “B-plus because of the things that are undone.  Health care is not yet signed.  If I get health care passed we tip into A-minus.

During the recently held Colorado TV interview, President Obama highlighted his accomplishments saying: “The steps that we have taken in saving the auto industry, in making sure that college is more affordable and investing in clean energy and science and technology and research, those are all the things that we are going to need to grow over the long term.”  This is a completely different tune than what he proffered during his presidential campaign and what he indicated in 2009.

In light of the goals set by the President himself, his economic policies have failed.  Requesting four more years after grading himself “incomplete” during the first four years is just not reasonable.

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Joe Biden Slips Again, This Time with Simple Math

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 24, 2010

Late last week Vice President Joe Biden was interviewed by Bloomberg News and once again showed a questionable knowledge of reality.  In keeping with the White House’s current attack on anything Conservative, Biden said: “I was amazed at the amount of money, this $200 billion of money that is – where there’s no accountability.”  Insuring that this gaff was not a slip of the tongue, latter in the interview Biden said: “So it really – I’ve never seen this before, so the only caveat I’d put in terms of the House is how much impact this $200 billion are going to mean.

The problem with Biden’s rant is he was off by a magnitude.  That actual amount is in the millions, not bullions.  But for a big spending Liberal who spends trillions of barrowed People’s money, the error is but one more “0”.

OK, so the Vice President is a bit of a knucklehead from Delaware, we all know that.  It does raise the interesting point about how the attack dogs on the Left are after Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell.  Let us assume for the moment that the Left has a point about her intellect.  Even if she is elected to the Senate, she wouldn’t be next in line for the Presidency.  Sort of makes you think, doesn’t it.


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