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Well President Obama sounds a bit like an underdog up against powerful forces.
The president was addressing graduates at Ohio State's commencement yesterday -- Usual uplifting messages giving way at times to -- less inspiring Tony here's the president.
Taking jabs at some familiar -- men including members of congress was.
-- Back to group publicly demand that Washington stay out of their business and then whispering government's -- for special treatment that you don't get.
That's -- -- small minority of lawmakers get.
Cover to defeat something the vast majority of their constituents want.
That's our political system gets consumed by small things.
When we are people called -- do great things.
Like to rebuild the middle class and reverse the rise of inequality and repair the deteriorating climate that threatens everything.
We plan to leave for our kids -- our grandkids.
Well it was one commencement speech from what about the media coverage and what about what the president had to say Jim Pinkerton is a contributing editor and writer for the American conservative magazine.
Alan Colmes is host of the Alan Colmes radio show and author of thanks to the liberals for saving America.
Jim apparently to hear the president if you know everything would be better in America and especially for those graduates of Ohio State.
If you know those evil corporations and so forth weren't we're getting handouts I guess -- -- what he was referring there to there exactly.
Well I'm not sure either except of course the mainstream media are all forums they discovered that's vice president negate gave a populist speech calling young young people -- action but.
If the president really meant it when he said he wants -- you know to.
-- special treatment for insiders he might look to his own new cabinet secretary nominee that would be penny Pritzker.
Whose -- -- -- -- and next secretary of commerce which is an important job in the Obama administration.
And she of course has been sitting time.
Hundreds of millions maybe even billions of offshore accounts the Atlantic magazine called her quote.
Obama's Mitt Romney -- quote.
And you would think that the president met really meant it about.
Taking on the powerful he would take a good look at her and that maybe not a -- -- him but more the point the media.
Should be all over the management saying this is about hypocrisy for the president to be denouncing special interest and having attacked Mitt Romney all -- the 2012 campaign for his overseas accounts.
That he hire somebody's got a lot more money than he ever did in her -- grand Cayman account.
So what about that around because Mitt Romney had money it was because.
He talked about one thing that another change every position you want to let's go refight the election which by the way he lost because people -- relate to people are Buckcherry counter that you may have a point.
About penny Pritzker be somebody who's on the inside but that's not exactly what Obama was talking about what he was talking about was.
The big money interest to get people elected -- Citizens United.
That you didn't mention directly.
Resulted in you've got to have big money or raise big money in order to get into the government and only one person.
Like President Obama can't buy himself.
Change the system and even quoted George W.
Bush in the speech about how it's sometimes good to just be a full time citizen.
And yet that nothing this president can do is without.
The conservative media attacking him for anything he says well I thought it was a fairly bland.
Not terribly exciting speech but it was an inspirational speech for the students -- in the room.
-- he said you know you -- reject cynicism you gotta stay engaged isn't it a little cynical.
For the president of -- Citizens United and and -- and and no way to -- -- and I don't his finger of the Supreme Court outrun them.
And then start taking unlimited contributions for his political.
-- you know action.
I think that it's good for him to talked about changing this system but as long -- -- in the system and everybody else's vision be diminished his own ability to get elected by not doing what.
His opponents do but let's talk about how we need to take it for everybody if nothing hypocritical to play the game the -- what else does -- talk about how you can make it better and -- -- younger generation to help make it better down the -- General Jim you know I I I have I'm sorry -- -- Jim embraced some kids and another one thing that they don't like is is well.
Is you -- do as I say and not as I do kind of behavior.
I think that can be summed up in the word hypocrisy.
I went about adept at it and no nobody likes -- what the president outrage is both John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012 so he's got more liberal billionaires.
On his side than than the conservatives do on their -- but look penny Pritzker is is even more egregious because actually when.
The back in 2009 she was elated to be the commerce secretary and they didn't give a tour.
Because a bank that -- -- superior bank I went bust.
And and and I'm proudest of scandal and that that seem too hot for him for president as he was seeking reelection of course in 2012 but now that he's been safely reelected now that now they get think they can do it and again.
Where -- the media the media -- all over.
Scandals in -- and -- scandals on in the past but what concerns us that this president and this administration they don't seem very.
You want the media to attack the president for traveling and -- you a speech he gave an Ohio over the weekend.
We didn't really go out on a partisan led to do anything that was that outrageous review but it's not fair to you -- -- media attacks that rather innocuous.
Think -- create I want them that could still have one standard on what accounts a special interest and and and the rich and the powerful they're all there all agreeing with.
-- Obama is attacking Mitt Romney last year and now -- silent.
When now President Obama -- -- Romney in the cabinet adversely -- go after penny Pritzker revving up your -- but had -- -- -- Mitt Romney having the same thing.
Lots of people have problems that Mitt Romney to save the vice president the presidential wanna -- presence of one making these choices you have got to pick Pritzker Buffy -- become a secretary you don't have offshore accounts -- while -- the speech was about penny -- that was because.
Well you're probably not gonna hear the president talk a lot about penny Pritzker and her offshore accounts.
Gentlemen thanks very much good discussion today -- you -- again Alan Cole.
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