Friday, December 16, 2016

President Obama talks Putin interference in election, media unfairness to Hillary, and if the information about the hacking will be declassified, in final news conference.

At one point the President also threw some shade Putin's way.
Here are some of his responses courtesy of Politico.

On whether he thinks that Putin was directly involved in the hacking:
In response to a question from ABC’s Martha Raddatz, the president confirmed publicly for the first time that he believed Putin personally directed the hacks. “[N]ot much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin,” he said. “I mean, this is a pretty hierarchical operation last I checked. There's not a lot of debate and democratic deliberation, particularly when it comes to policies directed at the United States. We have said and I will confirm that this happened at the highest levels.” It’s not in the habit of Russian officials, Obama said, to “go off rogue and decide to tamper with the U.S. Election process without Vladimir Putin knowing about it.“

I think we could have filed that under "no shit."

On whether that hacking cost Hillary the election: “I'm going to let all the political pundits in this town have a long discussion about what happened in the election,” he said. But he took a shot at the media, which he has faulted for focusing too much on trivia and pseudo-scandals. “I don't think she was treated fairly during the election. I think the coverage of her and the issues was troubling,” he said.

But then Obama added this:

“I am finding a little curious that everyone is acting surprised that this looked like it was disadvantaging Hillary Clinton,” he said, “because you guys wrote about it every day. Every single leak about every little juicy tidbit of political gossip, including John Podesta's risotto recipe. This was an obsession that dominated the news coverage.” 

In other words, yes it did hurt Hillary and possibly cost her the election, and the media helped it to hurt Hillary and possibly cost her the election.

On whether he will declassify the evidence which proves that the Russians were behind this cyber attack:

“We will provide evidence that we can safely provide, that does not compromise sources and methods,” he said. “But I'll be honest with you, when you're talking about cybersecurity, a lot of it is classified and we're not going to provide it because the way we catch folks is by knowing certain things about them that they may not want us to know -- and if we're going to monitor this stuff effectively going forward, we don't want them to know that we know.” 

Actually I disagree with the President on this point as I am pretty confident that Trump will simply give the Russians whatever confidential information or state secretes that Putin demands from him, so they will no longer need to rely on their ability to hack our computers. 

Let's face it, Donald Trump is Putin's bitch, and whatever his master demands of him he will trip over himself to provide.

All I could think when I watched our amazing President today, was that for the first time that I can remember I do not want a new year to begin because I know that what lies ahead is infinitely worse than what is receding behind us.

42 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:12 PM

    As a somewhat liberal Democrat, I am often called a Communist when I post on conservative Republican "news" or opinion sites. I am accused by both Drumpf supporters and non-Drumpf supporters (usually Cruzers). My question is this, if I am the Communist, shouldn't I be overjoyed that Putin has effected the results of our election? Wouldn't that be the ultimate goal of any good Commie American?
    So, by that reasoning, I guess the true traitorous Commie Americans were the Republican Christian Conservatives all along! After all, they are the ones who are willing to turn a blind eye on a Communist government deciding who will lead our country.
    #NotMyTzar

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    1. Anonymous4:40 PM

      I ultimately hold the public the most responsible for turning a blind eye as you wrote. I also hold Trump accountable for his blatant denial loudly saying it might be a 400 pound person doing the hacking. At that point Trump also would have been informed of Russia's involvement . The Trump team did not and does not care apparently because he won. To Trump all of this is about him. He might sell us to the devil if he would personally profit.

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    2. Anonymous5:32 PM

      These are the same dipshits who used to believe that seatbelts would kill more people than they saved. "Thrown from the wreck to saftey!" "What if the car burns..."

      There is no reasoning with them, logic and facts do not matter.

      The 60 year long right wing war on reason has produced a nation filled with idiots.

      MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

      PS a lot of them just happen to be sadistic god botherers too. They would probably be fine with burning opponents atr the stake.

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  2. Anonymous4:20 PM

    I listened to every last word he said.
    The adult in the room as always.

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  3. Anonymous4:20 PM

    Just ass the man who really knows what happened!

    https://twitter.com/Franklin_Graham/status/809081143098277889

    "Do you think the Russians interfered with the outcome of the U.S. election or was it God?"


    JEEBUS!

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    1. If you're going to believe that crap, then God punished Tennessee with those fires for voting for Trump and he took away Kentucky coal miner's health care for the same reason.

      You reap what you sow. They sowed Republicans. I have no sympathy for the punishment that will rain down upon them. They can "Go Fund Me" till the cows come home.

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  4. Anonymous4:51 PM

    Watch and enjoy, ladies and gentlemen. It'll be a cold day in hell before there's another US president taking questions from the media.

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    1. Anonymous8:39 PM

      Excellent thought! I think there will actually be one more such press conference under Trump. Just one. I predict he'll melt down in real time, accusing the press of asking "unfair" questions and claims of dishonesty, similar to his reaction to Megyn Kelly's first debate question. Then he'll vow to never do any more conferences. It will be amusing to watch and yet sad at the same time.

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  5. Anonymous5:12 PM

    Well then ok! The RNC emails, text, and phone records should show it. 8 yrs ago they signed the famous billion year pledge down the street to make a mess of everything. And so they did.

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  6. Anonymous5:21 PM

    Mr. Trump said for over a year that the election was rigged. And so it was.

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    1. Amidst all of the lies it's the only thing he said that was true. He just got it backwards. It was rigged against Hillary, not for her.

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  7. Anonymous5:26 PM

    She got that right>
    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/harris-perry-on-shock-of-trump-win-since-when-are-racism-and-sexism-disqualifiers-for-president/

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  8. Anonymous5:28 PM

    Effing orange baffoon. China has shown fighter jets. EC just be over comers and reject the fool.

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  9. Anonymous5:28 PM

    Joy Reid Lays Blame Where It Belongs: On The FBI

    ...We have arrived at the endpoint Republicans always wanted us to. Russians, too, for that matter. We are in a place where we cannot trust our institutions to function because Republicans have corrupted them, and we cannot trust our next President to uphold the Constitution, because he himself is corrupt.

    http://crooksandliars.com/2016/12/joy-reid-lays-blame-where-it-belongs-fbi

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  10. Anonymous5:29 PM

    Obama: Trump's victory threatens America's core

    Republicans should realize they have a problem, President Barack Obama said over and over on Friday, when they’re agreeing with the Kremlin so much.

    That they don’t, shows him just how broken American politics has become, and how vulnerable the country has become after Republicans spent years demonizing him and fellow Democrats and gumming up the government.

    It’s not only a vulnerability to foreign powers, according to Obama. There’s now a real risk of America abandoning the ideals and values that have bound the country together for 240 years.

    Everyone should be scared about what that means and where it leads, he said.

    Obama didn’t want Donald Trump to win. Though he’s ducked saying it in the weeks since the election, he meant what he said all through the campaign about being worried that the president-elect is now going to have the nuclear codes, that he and his temperament really are a threat to the republic.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/obama-trump-america-future-232771

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  11. Anonymous5:32 PM

    Washington Post Launches ‘Trump Tweet Fact Checker’

    http://www.bipartisanreport.com/2016/12/16/washington-post-launches-trump-tweet-fact-checker-you-must-use-it-details/

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  12. Anonymous5:36 PM

    54 Electoral College Voters Make DRAMATIC Announcement

    Nearly one-fourth of the Electoral College Democrats demand an intelligence briefing, after proof surfaced that Russian president Vladimir Putin hacked the 2016 election. According to POLITICO, 54 of the 232 Democratic electors have added their name to a letter to national intelligence director James Clapper demanding he brief them before their Dec. 19th election. Can their last-ditch effort to block Donald Trump work?

    The president-elect’s fitness for office becomes more and more questionable as the billionaire implants his children in a weird business/government relationship. The president-elect’s ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin are even more disturbing.

    The website that offers the addresses of 284 of the electoral college members went viral, so people can urge them to vote against Trump. Plus, 4.8 million people have signed a Change.org petition calling on the electors to support the national popular vote winner, Hillary Clinton.

    http://www.bipartisanreport.com/2016/12/16/just-in-54-electoral-college-voters-make-dramatic-announcement-trump-irate/

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    1. It's not the Democratic electors that need to be engaged. It's the Republican ones. But they don't give a shit.

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  13. Anonymous5:38 PM

    Chuck Schumer Goes On NBC & Announces Supreme Court Blockade, Payback (DETAILS)

    ‘If he doesn’t nominate a mainstream candidate, we’re going to go at him with everything we’ve got … Because this is so, so important.’

    http://www.bipartisanreport.com/2016/12/16/chuck-schumer-goes-on-nbc-announces-supreme-court-blockade-payback-details/

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    1. What are they going to do? Hold their breath until they turn blue? The Republicans have a majority. They'll just change the rules so they can block the Democrats on everything.

      Look at what they're doing in North Carolina.

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  14. Anonymous5:44 PM

    Senate Intelligence Committee Makes BIG Russia Announcement

    ...The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Friday that Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election is being investigated thoroughly before the electoral college convenes on December 19th.

    Richard Burr said this in a statement:

    http://www.bipartisanreport.com/2016/12/16/u-s-senate-shocks-donald-trump-makes-major-russia-investigation-announcement-details/

    http://www.bipartisanreport.com/2016/12/16/john-mccain-stands-up-to-donald-trump-makes-defiant-russia-investigation-statement/

    http://www.bipartisanreport.com/2016/12/16/trump-goes-silent-after-senate-intelligence-committee-makes-big-russia-announcement-details/

    http://www.bipartisanreport.com/2016/12/16/new-york-city-council-issues-historic-anti-trump-announcement-donald-is-pissed-details/

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    1. Too late, too late, too late.

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  15. Anonymous5:45 PM

    Author Stephen King Enters Twitter War With Trump & The GOP, It Is AWESOME (DETAILS)

    http://www.bipartisanreport.com/2016/12/16/author-stephen-king-enters-twitter-war-with-trump-the-gop-it-is-awesome-details/

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    1. Anonymous8:27 PM

      These are fantastic! Thanks for the share.

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  16. Anonymous5:46 PM

    https://twitter.com/williamjordann/status/809069737879674888/photo/1

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  17. Anonymous5:50 PM

    I am waiting for them to get the goods on traitor trump. There has to be some evidence wasn't there something about a server in the trump organization linked to russia?

    Then the traitors can go to Gitmo for treason. His campaign staff, Pence, Giuliani, Christie and little Donnie.

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    1. Who's going to do anything about it?

      The Republican House under Ryan?

      The Republican Senate under McConnell?

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  18. Anonymous5:51 PM

    According to the NYT’s report, the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) and a second Republican group intricately tied to the House speaker Paul Ryan made good use of the Russian-hacked documents to attack Democrats running for House seats. This is, although stunning, another blatant example of Republican hypocrisy by another blatantly hypocritical Republican.

    It is noteworthy to mention that Paul Ryan has said “for months” that “foreign intervention in our elections is unacceptable.” And yet, by early October, a “super PAC” close to Paul Ryan used the stolen material in a campaign ad to attack at least one Democratic House candidate during the election in Florida.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2016/12/16/super-pac-connected-paul-ryan-russian-material-dem-house-candidates.html

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  19. Anonymous5:51 PM

    Complaint Filed Against Russian Government And Trump For Potential Election Law Violations

    http://www.politicususa.com/2016/12/16/complaint-filed-russian-government-trump-potential-election-law-violations.html

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  20. Anonymous5:54 PM

    Vanity Fair now bills itself as “the magazine Trump doesn’t want you to read” on it’s flash banner. Folio said the magazine’s subscriptions increased “100 fold” following Trump’s tweet.

    http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/the-wrap/article/Donald-Trump-Haters-Subscribe-To-Vanity-Fair-En-10801519.php?impid=opinrecirc

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    1. Anonymous7:41 PM

      traitor trump will try to take credit for "saving" the magazine from going out of business.

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  21. Anonymous6:31 PM

    www.cnn.com/2016/12/16/politics/donald-trump-supporters-vicious-violent/index.html

    Trump made the admission Friday night during a rally here on the Florida leg of his "Thank You" tour. During the campaign, he repeatedly downplayed violent outbursts his supporters displayed at times toward protesters and insisted that paid activists were instead responsible for inciting violence at his rallies.

    "You people were vicious, violent, screaming, 'Where's the wall? We want the wall!' Screaming, 'Prison! Prison! Lock her up!' I mean you are going crazy. I mean, you were nasty and mean and vicious and you wanted to win, right?" Trump said Friday. "But now, you're mellow and you're cool and you're not nearly as vicious or violent, right? Because we won, right?"
    During the campaign, Trump repeatedly referred to his rallies as the "safest place on Earth" and called them a "love fest."

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    1. Anonymous7:40 PM

      The Fat Orange Fuck is afraid of his own cult.

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    2. Anonymous4:39 AM

      A cretin having fun playing with matches in a fireworks factory.

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    3. Anonymous2:11 PM

      Cheeto Man is playing mind games with his cult. He's reminding them that they are playing "Follow the Leader" and HE is the leader. He is almost admitting (in a sideways manner) to lying and inciting their violence and hatred, and sending the message that they should do ANYTHING no matter how low it is in order to WIN. He is giving a dog whistle to lock step with him no matter what he says or does. It's chilling.
      JillyG

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  22. Anonymous8:19 PM

    Surely the next shoe to drop is a direct connection proven between Trump, his campaign, & Puttputt?

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  23. Anonymous8:20 PM

    We still don’t know what business ties traitor trump has with russia, how much money does he owe them? Now he owes them his life.

    If somehow this traitor is still chosen by the Electoral College, we can rest assured that Putin will get him in the end. One wrong move by traitor trump and putin will have him eliminated.

    Hope little fingers donnie sleeps well at night and he had better hire a food taster. He might prefer Gitmo to the White House after all.

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  24. Anonymous8:36 PM

    Lardass had a Florida rally today and said he will follow 2 rules: buy American and hire American. Thing is, a week or so ago he got visas for 67 foreign workers to work at Mar a Lago in FLA.

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    1. Considering his track record on the truth, you can bet he'll buy foreign and hire foreign. He outsources his own businesses and buys Chinese steel. He'll continue to do so if it means a bigger profit.

      Republicans love illegal immigrants. They can pay them cash under the table, short them and even stiff them and they can't do a thing. They can't complain to the authorities because they're in the country illegally. Don't need to bother about pesky health laws or working conditions either. Double shifts with no overtimes. No breaks. Republicans love illegals.

      No way is Trump following through on any of those promises.

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  25. Anonymous1:11 AM

    Fox no news must stop lying. The station is a complete mess of lousy actors.

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  26. Anonymous2:39 AM

    Media unfairness to Hillary?
    Oh,that's rich considering what they did to Bernie.

    "I'd be bitter, too, if I were Hillary Clinton. Sure, she's had one of the grand, public careers of the past 50 years, serving as First Lady, senator from New York, and coming oh-so-close to occupying the Oval Office itself. But she's eaten a stable full of shit over the years, too, standing by her man even as she swore she warn't no Tammy Wynette, and then getting bigfooted by Barack Obama in 2008 and now, unfathomably, by Donald Trump.

    Christ, she even won the popular vote over the lie-spouting billionaire who has no relevant experience to become what used to be known as "leader of the Free World." WTF, WTF, WTF!: You can just hear her shouting that at Huma Abedin, at her webmaster, at Robby Mook, at good ol' Bill (whom everybody has always loved more than her even though he'd be next to nothing without her), at the people who stuffed her into that SUV after she fainted from dehydration, exhaustion, pneumonia, or whatever the hell it was."
    http://reason.com/blog/2016/12/16/of-course-she-does-hillary-clinton-blame

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  27. Anonymous7:32 AM

    He threw a little meat to the base, but that is about it. As president he is acknowledging that Trump is the legitimate winner.

    I know you don't believe it, but it is frankly very obvious he still disdains Hillary and Bill.

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