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President Obama Must Have Watched Demolition Man July 23, 2009

Posted by geoff in News.

Gabe commented on a quote from Obama’s Q&A session last night:

The question was: “Do you think — do you accept the premise that other than some tax increases on the wealthiest Americans, the American people are going to have to give anything up in order for this to happen?”

The president answered: “They’re going to have to give up paying for things that don’t make them healthier. And I — speaking as an American, I think that’s the kind of change you want.”

Like cheeseburgers and cigarettes and alcohol and cars that drive faster than 25 miles per hour?

Which immediately brings to mind this scene from Demolition Man:

and of course, this scene (Ibid.):

This movie seemed sooooo funny back in 1993. Oh how we laughed. But now it’s becoming a documentary.*

*This is also the movie where the reference “President Schwarzenegger.”


1. Pie Tease - July 23, 2009

My favorite part was when he was asked if he would take the same insurance as a good faith gesture.

You know they’ve practiced that response. You see, our insurance with “match” his. You can see how well that works in Cuba.

But, I think his line “I’ve got GREAT insurance, and I want everyone to be covered as well” isn’t as great as he thinks it is.

2. Pie Tease - July 23, 2009


3. Mrs. Peel - July 23, 2009

Is HE planning to quit smoking?

(It’s amazing how few people still realize he smokes. They kept it such a huge secret during the campaign. I couldn’t see how that was a big deal, but since the election, I’ve heard a lot of people say, “He smokes?!? I would NEVER have voted for him if I knew that!” What the hell, people? Would you also never have voted for Winston Churchill?)

4. Pie Tease - July 23, 2009

I’m sure Obama’s insurance doesn’t penalize his smoking.

But OUR insurance? You bet your ass.

5. laurack wobama - July 23, 2009

The insurance that members of Congress have will be separate but equal with what the American People have.

Separate, but equal.

Pinky-swear and cross my heart.

6. Dave in Texas - July 23, 2009


7. Joe Biden - July 23, 2009

Well, he’s still clean and nice-looking, anyway.

8. MostlyRight - July 23, 2009

Obama, “speaking as an American”, deftly uses the language of an individual when he is really making a sweeping claim for a society, in order to, ummm, make the right choices for actual individual Americans, who one could argue could each “speak as an American” for their own damn selves, if government would just stay out of the way.

This quote is the one that really gets me: “Having a public plan out there that also shows that maybe if you take some of the profit motive out, maybe if you are reducing some of the administrative costs, that you can get an even better deal, that’s going to incentivize the private sector to do even better.”

Depends on what you mean by “do even better”, I suppose.

I wish President Obama would take that whole “take some of the profit motive out, reduce some of the administration costs” to politicians and government. I guess you need to raise those in order to reduce them in the private sector.

Is that second clip from a Tea Party in 2012?

9. Cathy - July 23, 2009

Governor Rick Perry said this morning on the radio that if Obama-Care passes we Texans are going to exercise our Tenth Amendment rights and resist it.


10. laurack wobama - July 23, 2009

Frickin’ Texans are going to ruin my presidency

11. dan-O - July 23, 2009

Yeah, you’ll notice that all the Lefties that used to talk about “1984” and the “Brave New World” under Bush have stopped mentioning those books. I have in fact seen a few mentions of how fictional books like them are not relevant. The fact is that some of these predictions can be compared to what is happening now in a non-hyperbolic sense.

One prophet that comes to mind with regard to this stuff is Alexis de Tocqueville. There was a bit that was in the weekly standard a while ago (yeah, it’s a few months old article, but the book is a couple hundred years old).



Above these an immense tutelary power is elevated, which alone takes charge of assuring their enjoyments and watching over their fate. It is absolute, detailed, regular, far-seeing, and mild. It would resemble paternal power if, like that, it had for its object to prepare men for manhood; but on the contrary, it seeks only to keep them fixed irrevocably in childhood; it likes citizens to enjoy themselves provided that they think only of enjoying themselves. It willingly works for their happiness; but it wants to be the unique agent and sole arbiter of that; it provides for their security, foresees and secures their needs, facilitates their pleasures, conducts their principal affairs, directs their industry, regulates their estates, divides their inheritances; can it not take away from them entirely the trouble of thinking and the pain of living?

12. reason - July 23, 2009

I’ve lost my feel for Perry. I can’t tell when he really means stuff like that, and when he’s just saying it to try and out-conservative Kay Granger before the primaries fire up.

I mean, I still remember how gung-ho he was for the TTC. Eminent Domaining a huge swath of the state like that didn’t sit too well with me.

13. Dave in Texas - July 23, 2009

Gov. Goodhair is a lightweight. I ain’t gonna miss him.

14. Dave in Texas - July 23, 2009

although “adios, mo-fo” was still pretty damned funny.

15. Edward Von Bear - July 23, 2009

Personally, I thought the bit about the three shells was top notch

16. reason - July 23, 2009

Gov. Goodhair. Nice. Pretty, Pretty Perry.

I think I’m gonna run for TX Governor. I won’t even have to campaign much. Think about it…you go in to vote, and you are presented with the following option in the lineup:

{ } reason

How can you not vote for that? I’ll be made in the shade, baby.

17. Christopher Taylor - July 23, 2009

There are a lot of similarities between Obama and Raymond Cockteau, that movie was brilliant in its savage takedown of Political Correctness and I don’t think people even realized it.

18. lauraw - July 23, 2009

WHY did you remind me about the three seashells, Ed???

Never did figure that out

19. HayZeus - July 23, 2009

Some things are just better off not being known, Humpie. Trust me on this one…

20. MCPO Airdale - July 23, 2009

I think oh-bambi is either a liar or an idiot. . . or a mixture of both.

21. Mrs. Peel - July 23, 2009

Kay Granger

You mean Kay Bailey Hutchison. Or, as I call her, “that stupid RINO bitch Kay Bailey Hutchison.” She’s better than Carole Keeton McClellan Rylander Strayhorn, but that’s kinda like saying listening to nails on a chalkboard is better than listening to Celine Dion.

22. HeartlessLibertarian - July 23, 2009

“WHY did you remind me about the three seashells, Ed???

Never did figure that out”

It’s sort of like “Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie” or “the Noodle Incident” from Calvin and Hobbes–it’s best left to the imagination.

Michael - July 23, 2009

Heartless Libertarian, you just scored the 100,000th comment on this site.

23. BrewFan - July 23, 2009

*lights fireworks display*

*calls 911*

24. Zoolander - July 23, 2009

KBH is worse than RINO. She is a corrupt, jail-bound degenerate.

25. Matt - July 23, 2009

Agreed. Pretty Perry is better than Queen bitch Hutchinson by miles.

26. Mrs. Peel - July 23, 2009

Sounds like everyone here does what I do and tosses the letters from Texans for Kay right in the trash.

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