Obama At Bat!

What A Slugger!

Three Strikes And You're Out!

My old Hubber friend, Partisan Patriot, sent me this video which speaks for itself. Though I'm on a brief writing hiatus for personal reasons, I couldn't help to work up a brief Hub because the video hilariously captures the essence of our Pretender-in-Chief anytime he steps up to the plate, if he steps up to the plate rather than play a round of golf or vacation on our dime;.

If you old enough you might remember "Casey at the Bat" penned by Ernest Thayer. It is a classic tale of baseball. This video is a reworked version based upon Obama stepping up to the plate but only when he has to.

I still remember on an opening day when he was on the pitcher's mound to throw out the opening pitch and couldn't even get the ball far enough for the catcher to take a stab at it.

Enjoy the show then let those comments rip fellow Hubbers!

PLAY BALL!

Will He Hit It? Bet He Won't!

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Partisan Patriot 5 years ago

Great use of video Froggy; hope all is well!


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

PP - It's all good. At times you have a habit of inspiring something good from me. Well done again my friend.

The Frog


pat potts 5 years ago

Now that was a good one. Thanks for sharing. :)


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California.

Hi Frog, I liked it. It's funny in a bittersweet sort of way because it might not hit the ball, but it does hit the nail on the head. I enjoyed it a lot. I forewarded the hub page to everyone on my e-mail list. Greg


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

gregas - Just have "hope." "Change" is coming and not to Obama's liking. No more golf or vacationing on our dime.


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California.

Hi Frog, I don't want him doing it on mySS check either. Greg


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

Wait, I don't think Obama is to blame for Congress failing to raise the debt ceiling and I don't think Sarah Palin is a pitcher of anything but her own hatred, self delusion and selling of her books.

Congress failed not Obama. Government is failing in general now but that isn't to Palin's credit or the Tea Party Movement.

Funny but not particularly relevant when it is Congress that has given themselves a 325 million dollar raise and they can't show up to raise the debt ceiling.

Good Hub.

JT


Ghost32 5 years ago

JT, you see raising the debt ceiling as a good thing, do you? Well... guess I can understand that. Worked for me, kept raising my personal debt limit. Until I went bankrupt in 1981. And again in 2001.

Third time's not the charm in this case, though. I got the message.

Frog: Best video commentary I've seen in ages, with the possible exception of God Save Arizona (by Ray Stevens). Glad you took the time to get this one out there.


Multiman 5 years ago

Be prepared to gobankrupt for the third time if both parties cant gfet their stuff together, cause when moddys and s and p lower the credit rating because the ceiling was not raised, a pox on both your parties.


Jt Walters 5 years ago

Ghost 32,

I don't think I have comment here about the merits of either raising the debt ceiling or not raising the debt ceiling. I am specifically commenting about the fact that this issue needs to be addressed by Congress in a timely fashion and the lack of addressing it in a responsbile manner could cause economic instability in the markets. I agree with multiman a pox on both the parties for not doing their jobs and taking a 5% raise of approximately 325 million dollars while failing to address the debt ceiling issues responsibly.

JT


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

JT - How many days has it it been since a budget was passed? Who has submitted budget plans? Who has not? Who has not allowed them to be passed? Who is the "supposed" leader of that political party? Who submitted a budget that the Senate shot down 97-0? Who has increased the federal deficit more than all the Presidents combined? Would you like me to go on JT?

The Frog


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Frog - seen it before - hilarious!


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ShootersCenter 5 years ago from Florida

Great hub sorry that JT is caught up in a fantasy world where there's endless money to spend.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

ShootersCenter - I don't know the woman. Maybe she is one of the 50% who pay nothing every year. Those people seem to be the most vocal about spending money that we don't have.


Multiman 5 years ago

Frog, Do you mean "persons" legally defined as such like GE and dozens of other multinationals that paid no taxes last year but got welfare subsidies such as the big oil companies while making record profits? Yeah I guess they are a bunch of freeloaders out there and a lot of gullible people willing to believe a big enough lie.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

So all of you believ that Congress should have increased their own pay by 5% this year to the tune of about 325 million dollars and all of you think they are fiscal conservatives? And you think 325 million dollar raises for Congress during a time with record deficits is a fantasy more like a nightmare.

No it is you who are all delusional. George Bush did the exact same thing but he put all the spending through on supplemental budgets just like Obama has. What you think Obama is bad for not submitting a fake budget like Bush and then sneaking around with a supplement bill later?

Do you realize George Bush and John Boehner ripped of education funds for the "No Child Left Behind Act" that went for war in the middle east?

Perhaps all of you need to see the bigger picture. If we can't educate our children which they aren't being educated right now in our current educational system we lose our economic, intellectual and international standing. Pick, pick pick..all of you can't suggest anything besides tearing down the president. This isn't a constructive hub but an attack.

And before Barack Obama, GEORGE BUSH INCREASED THE FEDERAL DEFICIT MORE THAN ANY OTHER PRESIDENT COMBINED and then ran and left this for Obama to clean up.

All of you have very short term biased memories. And the Tea Party will be much much worse!!!

JT


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

How is expecting Congress to act responsibly with regard to the debt ceiling so our Financial markets aren't negatively impacted...

According to ShooterCenters...the fantasy world that we have endless money to spend? Actually I think I stated quite clearly that there needs to be a responsible act by Congrees in order to preserve the USA credit rating which you Multiman agreed with so how am I a gullible person when you agree with me?

The Frog Prince: How have I advocated spending any money? I just wanted Congress to give back their 325 million dollar raises especially Michelle Bachmann for not doing their job and dealing with the debt Ceiling issue. We are the only and I mean only country in the industrialized world that actually has a debt ceiling.

So to all of you; asking Congress to act responsibly in a timely manner so our credit rating and our finacial markets don't crash is advocating spending money we don't have?

Do any of you read what you write? It doesn't make sense. Asking Congress to act responsibly to manage the countries financial debt is their job. I hope Congress doesn't pass the debt ceiling because all of you will wake up without lines of credit, higher interest rates on your mortagages and credit cards and your life styles will significantly be diminished.

George Bush raised the debt ceiling right and left in his presidency and you are all angry at Obama who did the same? And you think something is wrong with me?

Really all of you need to pull it together and read what you write and not have such rants encouraging the economic collapse of the country for which you claim you pay taxes.

And Stu..not nice once again. You either want to have a civil debate or you want to be cruel. You side with cruelty and therefore I understand why you could never be taken seriously as a candidate and why you are not popular in Vermont. You are only involved in politics for personal attacks and that is rude.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

JT - The fact is that Obama is in over his head. He was inexperienced and unqualified when he pulled the biggest con job ever by getting people to believe he could change anything. He's up against heavy weight, career pick pockets and he's a light weight.

"Congress," as you collectively call them, has presented two plans. The House passed the Ryan plan, which was but a starting point and sent it to the Senate. Instead of dealing with it, Harry Reid and the idiots up there want to demagogue it for the upcoming election. Then the House sent the Cut, Cap & Balance to the Senate and Reid wouldn't even allow the debate.

So you tell me what is what and who is doing or not doing what. Most of your reasoning seems based upon past events. That's called history. It has been done and whether you agree with it or not isn't an issue. 66% of the population agrees with C, C & B. Instead they continue to do nothing. Except be demagogues. BS. Fix the problem and cut spending. We can't afford all the excesses any more.

Obama just wants to keep spending and blaming every one else for the first two years of his binge.

The Frog


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Frog - I think there is strong evidence that Obama is not only unwilling to take serious action on the budget, but is playing games with it for political gain. A short while ago he submitted what at first seemed like a serious bill, one that would reduce federal spending by $4 trillion over ten years. Not a complete solution to the problem, but a very serious starting point. The bill failed in the Senate, by a vote of 97-0 (3 not present or abstaining).

The Senate is controlled by the Democrats. While I can't prove this theory, my personal belief is that he got key Committee leaders to influence the Senate to kill the bill. In other words, Obama wanted to "look" serious to the public, but not actually cut any spending. If Obama REALLY had any intention of getting this bill passed, he would have in a positive manner discussed the bill with key Committee leaders before submitting it, to ensure the bill was not a definite loser and just a time waster on everyones' part. Further, after the colossal loss, Obama never went public and scolded the Senate, or even tried to work out differences in an attempt to obtain passage on a resubmission.

I think this was just pure theatre. Obama appears to view the debt crisis as a meaningless joke.

Stu


Jt Walters 5 years ago

To The Frog Prince,

Thnak you for commenting in a more practical manner. Yes history is history but DC sn't original so they keep repeating the same old broken policies. Spending our way out of a bad economy is a Bush tennat. If I had a dime for everytime George Buhs reccommend we all go out and shop, I would be a very wealthy woman. So the ideology of USA citizens spedning their way out of a bad economic crisis is not Obama's idea but Bushes and Obama is just guilty of following in Bushes foot steps. Good reason to enver elect another Bush for president. Agreed.

C, C & B may end up being the policy but you must conceed that political theater has been occuring on both sides of the aisle and is not good for our country's reputation. My major point is I don't believe that Congress deserves the raises they have received while playing political games about the debt ceiling. If the country is in a major economic crisis then the worst thing congress could have done was give itself a 5% raise this year and not deal with the debt ceiling issue.

Spending is not just a disease of the Democrats but also of the Republicans. George Bush spent money like crazy in Dc and so did his Father. So you can't just blame Obama. I am trying to think of the last fiscal conservaive we have had in office and I can't think of anyone that has been elected as a fiscal conservative. Ronald Reagan claimed to be a fiscal conservative but he spent like wild as well.

The last president I can think of that ran under the fiscal conservative platform was Goldwater and he wasn't elected.

Republicans are just as guilty of big spending as Democrats and don't think it is particularly useful demonizing each toher through this process but trying to find constructive answers that met the needs of the country while addressing the all of the finacial issues of this country.

I am looking for answers not poltical parties to blame. I ma interested in discourse to find answers and not to point fingers and blame. Both parties are extremely guilty of spending too much money.

And yes, the raises Congress gave itself does upset me because they need to share all of the sacrifices they expect us to endure. And the House is controlled by the republicans and they didn't shot down thier raises nor did the Tea Party Movement candidates. They took their raises and didn't much it to anyone.

JT


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Frog - never saw that one! Voted up!!!


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Can he change the rules of baseball like rules of everything else?


Stu From VT 5 years ago

dahoglund - no enumerated power; I guess that means yes.


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

Froggy, I'm so thrilled with the video, I forgot what you wrote. I love this! H


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Great video and what got me more than anything was Obama's little threat to SS recipients. So that is who it is going to hurt? It doesn't hurt we are still housing and feeding and giving medical care to rabbit breeding illegal we must support. Those millions and his 600 million we know he isn't using on border patrol or the trillions Hillary took to the Mexican leader to stop drug trafficking (if you ask me they invested it in drugs!) are never mentioned are they? If Americans put that man back in office they deserve just what we know we all are going to get. DEAD! It is not going to be pretty either. Just to be blown up would probably be a blessing to what we are looking for, very soon. That man has a plan, he is not going to be defeated, mark my words.


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Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Froggy,

Has Obama changed the rules to allow HIM 5 strikes yet? Voted up!!!!!!!!!!


Multiman 5 years ago

JT Walters, Huh? I was speakign to Frog and his ilk. I find myself to be in complete agreement with you, not sure why you thought believing a big lie was in your corner it was addressed to Frog, the Repub lie that its all the Democrats and Obamas fault, there is enogh blame to go around both parties, we do not have a two party system, we have a two party illusion, the elite want the USA as a third world country in a global plantation, are using both parties to achieve their objectives one more slowly than the other, but if yoiu ever noticed the uber rich give to both parties and whoever wins owes them some favors.

Further i do not understand how two privately owned (by bankers) companies Moody's and Standard and Poors, can dictate teh economic downfall of soveriegn nations. If it were me I'd let teh Americans on the board of directors of these two companies know that if the cause a downturn in the economy at this point they would be held for treason.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

Multiman,

Sorry, fog of war. I was getting it from three people so I thought you were one of them. Thank goodness someone else sees this from my perspective. I agree both parties are to blame and now isn't the time for blame but the time for answers. Blame can only be assigned at the ballor box and it should be but we have got to make certain we maintain our credit standing in the world. I hear from other people outside of this country as I am certain you do as well and it is embarrassing the way Congress is acting. It is hurting our national credibility.

That is a good quetsion about Moody's and S&P. Are they privately held corporations or did the government go in and federalize all the banks after the attacks on 9/11 including the credit markets? Before my Mother recently died of Cancer she had worked for Wall Street for 17 years and I know the answer to this question. I doubt everyone else knows it though.

Sorry Multiman, you are a good person. It is just hard to deal with being personally attacked when people who comment on this hub aren't arguing substantively but cruelly in order to dodge yet another ten years of taxes due.

Our economy is federalized and free markets don't exist in the USA as anyone concieves of them here.

JT


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Multiman - Let me say that I find your use of "Frog and his ilk" a bit insulting and offensive. You don't know me one bit so your "ilk" needs to put a clamp first on your lip then on your conduct on other people's posts. That's easy "ilk" to understand.

I am a Tea Party member and my "ilk" is a grassroots "ilk," not a corporate shill "ilk." Now run along and play because we're trying to have an adult discussion.


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Multiman,

Sadly, I agree with you that both parties are in the hip pockets of special interests, and will support any legislation, no matter how bad, in exchange for large enough campaign contributions. This is why I am so high on the the very few Congressional incumbents that take minimal or no special interest money, and campaign for contributions at the grassroots only. Sadly, there are only 9-10 in Congress that do this. We need alot more of them.

The problem with Moody's and Standard and Poors isn't who owns them. The problem is how they are compensated. Both companies charge clients to have their securities rated. And of course a bad rating could mean loss of a client. Both companies need to transition to a model where revenues come completely from subscribers. This would eliminate the bias, and avoid the crazy circumstances where a security is AAA one day, and a junk bond the next. Logically, if the two companies were really doing their jobs, there would be a progression of lower ratings as a security deteriorated in value. The fact that this does not happen very often is a testament to how bad the business model is for consumers of their reports.

Stu


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

JT Walters— I don't know you and I comment on other people's comments extremely rarely but I got to ask you what you mean by Sarah Palin's "hatred?" I am not for her for the presidency but I have never seen her express hatred for anybody. Have you?


jt walters 5 years ago

Yeah, I have but given my last post here was denied you will have to read my hubs to get the answers you seek!!!

JT


Stu From VT 5 years ago

JT,

Can you provide some links?

Stu


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

Why they woud only be denied? I responded to you on my hub.


Stu From VT 5 years ago

HI JT,

Just provide the links on one of my Hubs.

Thanks, Stu


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I love that video. It's absolutely perfect for the situation that we find ourselves in. Rated up and awesome.

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