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Sen. Alexander accuses Obama of building an 'enemies list'

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, the No. 3 leader of the Republicans in the Senate, on Wednesday accused the Obama administration of creating "an enemies list," comparing the recent criticism by the White House of the Chamber of Commerce, the Fox News Channel and other political opponents to the behavior of the Nixon administration.

"This behavior is typical of street brawls and political campaign consultants," Alexander said in a speech Wednesday morning on the Senate floor. "It is a mistake for the president of the United States and the White House staff."

White House officials have over the past week publicly criticized the Chamber of Commerce as not representing the interests of many businesses and said Fox is so biased against the administration that it should be not be treated as a legitimate news outlet. Alexander also criticized the administration for briefly barring the health insurance company Humana from writing Medicare beneficiaries to warn them that proposed health reform legislation could hurt seniors and jeopardize their benefits -- a contention that the White House disputes and has called misleading.

"Insurance companies, once the allies of the Obama health care proposal, have suddenly become the source of all our health care problems -- because they pointed out, again correctly, that if Congress taxes insurance premiums and restricts coverage to those who are sicker and older, the cost of premiums for millions of Americans is likely to go up instead of down," Alexander said, referring to White House criticism of a much disputed study sponsored by the America's Health Insurance Plans. Independent experts have suggested the study incorrectly said health care premiums would go up for millions of Americans. "Because of that insubordination, the president and his allies have threatened to take away the insurance companies antitrust exemption."

Alexander's remarks made him the highest-ranking GOP official to make the unflattering comparison of Obama to former president Nixon, a Republican, a line of thinking also recently put forward by former Bush White House adviser Karl Rove. While a reliable GOP vote and a member of the leadership, the Tennessee senator's sharp tone was surprising, as he has called for more cooperation between the two parties and was one the few GOP senators to support the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

Alexander also served as an low-level aide in the Nixon White House, an experience he referred to in his speech. He had no role in that administration's creation of a formal list of political opponents to target and "use the available federal machinery to screw," in the words of a Nixon aide.

"If the president and his top aides treat people with different views as enemies instead of listening to what they have to say," Alexander said, "they're likely to end up with a narrow view and a feeling that the whole world is out to get them. And as those of use who served in the Nixon administration know, that can get you into a lot of trouble."

The White House replied by stressing the president's bipartisan outreach. "While some Republicans on Capitol Hill seem to be formulating lists of people and policies to oppose, this president is focused on tackling the list of critical priorities that Washington has ignored for too long," said Josh Earnest, Deputy White House Press Secretary. "From the Recovery Act to health insurance reform to the small business initiatives he announced today, the president is pleased with the progress that's been made on the list so far and remains committed to working with Republicans to include their best ideas, even if he doesn't get their support."

Posted at 2:13 PM ET on Oct 21, 2009  | Category:  Republican Party
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seemstome I don't think ruppert murdoch needs to bring obama down he is doing a very good job of it all by himself.

get over Fox they do the same thing that your liberal media's nbc,cbs,msnbc etc. you just can't stand the fact that they have a point of view oppisite of yours.

you little socialist's enjoy the day because in 2010 we will take this country back from you dirt bags

Posted by: tswank1 | October 26, 2009 2:09 PM

rooster54 you seem to crow alot obut your progressive fellows.

let's see it seems that all you fellows do not believe in freedom of speech guaranteed by our constitution.

obviously you fellows claim to love your country but will censor freedom of the press if anyone who disagrees with your socialist agenda.

The beginning of a communist government is when they start indoctrinating young children in schools like they are doing out east, slowly take the freedom of the press from anyone who opposes their view.

this is already happening in this country by you liberal fellows.

in the revolution in the former soviet union stalin called people like you useful idiots and when they took over most of the useful idiots like everyone else were eliminated.

so you just keep following the devil he has a plan for you and your friends and you won't like it one bit

Posted by: tswank1 | October 26, 2009 2:02 PM

Bush administration's control of information resulted in the mysterious death of white house IT guru, Michael Connel, who sought witness protection while under investigation. He knew things that would have destroyed the republican party.
More needs to be made of this. Look it up.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 24, 2009 12:30 PM

FOX's clown clan is obviously worried about people questioning their reliability. I say to Obama, and the rest of my progessive fellows, let's take it to 'em.
True patriots will want to protect America from the subversive distorting tactics of this foreign owned propaganda machine, FOX NEWS, masquerading as a legitimate news source.

National Enquirer is a more reliable source of information than FOX NEWS.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 24, 2009 12:24 PM

One has to marvel at the incredible chutzpah of Lamar to compare Obama to Nixon after the black ops crowd under Cheney and Bush have been so abusive. As for Obama having enemies, you only have to listen to the propaganda of Fox hatchet men.
Fox news IS Rupert Murdoch. Everything you see on it has his personal stamp of approval.
His agenda is to bring down Obama at any cost.

Posted by: seemstome | October 23, 2009 10:51 AM

I love how some people attempt to rebut his claims that the opposite side uses personal attacks in place of discussion by....

....using personal attacks instead of discussion.

I think CNN's involvement withthe Obama staff is going to get better known in the future here. There may be a back door relationship developing, going a certain distance each way. I think it will be interesting if and when it finally comes out. Especially when other channels like MSNBC and the traditional networks find out. Principles is one thing, but personal feelings another.

Posted by: David_Powell3006 | October 22, 2009 8:55 PM

I love how sopme people attempt to rebut his claims that the opposite side uses personal attacks in place of discussion by....

....using personal attacks instead of discussion.

I think CNN's involvement withthe Obama staff is going to get better known in the future here. There may be a back door relationship developing, going a certain distance each way. I think it will be interesting if and when it finally comes out. Especially when other channels like MSNBC and the traditional networks find out. Principles is one thing, but personal feelings another.

Posted by: David_Powell3006 | October 22, 2009 8:54 PM

Thanks Lamar. You don't get to be a 20 percent party without a constant drumbeat of bizarre accusations and offensive lies.

Socialist, facist, pushover, murderer, enemies list, death panels, child indoctrination, tea bag parties etc, etc, etc, etc ad nauseam. In short anything but constructive work for your constituents.

So thanks Lamar for doing your part for a couple of days to reinforce the majority's opinion that the Republic party has declined into an angry, irrational gang of no, no, no, thugs and thieves. (You kids get off our lawn, We've got a gun you know!)

One caveat, if your party gets any smaller you won't be able to service your corporate masters much longer.

Posted by: lithium452 | October 22, 2009 5:16 PM

the irony of republicans worring about an enemies list is priceless.
What would you call Dick -"the cowardly lion"- Cheney if not an enemy of the country? But you won't because it wasn't your kid they sent to die in Iraq, was it?

Posted by: michael5 | October 22, 2009 2:19 PM

the irony of republicans worring about an enemies list is priceless.
What would you call Dick -"the cowardly lion"- Cheney if not an enemy of the country? But you won't because it wasn't your kid they sent to die in Iraq, was it?

Posted by: michael5 | October 22, 2009 2:17 PM

If wishes were horses, beggars too would ride. One of the pitfalls of any democratic set up is that, majority aren’t always right. And once the choice had been made, one is bound to stay with the outcome no matter how palatable or otherwise such exercise turned out to be.

In the real sense of it, I’m absolutely convinced that if the masses had truly taken their time to decipher and analyzed this guy called, Barack Hussein Obama, other than what he fed the general public about his true identity, his associations (personalities, writings and ideology), his real disposition and impatient toward others, (particularly toward political opponents, right from Chicago), his imperialistic inclinations/obsessions, et al, then, it would have been a different ball game today.

Alas, what the generality of the masses got, was deception finely wrapped under the mantra of bogus “CHANGE,” now witch haunting all his political foes.

The drowning crew of Barack Hussein Obama and his guys are becoming more desperate about their political survival with each passing moment; so much so that in their hysterical attempt to reverse their dwindling political fortunes, they have resorted to the use of jungle medieval tactics of compiling the data of their perceived political opponents/enemies for vendetta and political annihilation?

What a dint? What a perilous political misadventure indeed, now disguising itself like the angel of light. Where else, if not Barack Hussein Obama’s White House, can such acrimonious and crude politics be found in today’s civilized world. Or perhaps, America under Barack Hussein Obama, could rightly be referred to as one of those banana republics.

This goes to reveal the extent of Obama’s naïveté and wistful pre-occupation, mainly with how to win a second term in the White House via the magic of the up graded version of BlackBerry and other internet assisted manipulations.

Unfortunately, the BlackBerry and the internet can't perform the nirvana and magic wonder promised by the master rhetorician, during his campaign trail. Even at this, Barack Hussein Obama still tenaciously anchor his futile “audacity of hope” on using same means at swindling the masses a second time?

What a vanity of hope crammed in an exercise in futility indeed, given that, he can’t even calibrate or decipher the writing on the wall, nor be able to see beyond his nose?

The inherent message about Barack Hussein Obama’s annoyance toward critics is crystal clear: When a man of such level starts getting himself worked up and demeaning his office to such a nagging status, battling the truth and critics at any singular opportunity, with every political arsenal at his disposal, while playing godliness, (pretending as if he can’t even hurt a housefly abroad), then, you have to connect the dots by understanding that, this guy has many skeletons in his cupboard, which will most certainly be his undoing.

Posted by: chrismercy2003 | October 22, 2009 1:31 PM

Where was Senator Alexander when Bush II was creating his lists. Where was he when the Official policy of the GOP, then in total control of the Executive and Legislative branches decided to impose sanctions against any company which made contributions to Democratic candidates, including implicitly restricting bidding on government contracts.
The fact of the matter is Fox News is the mouthpiece for the GOP, neither fair or balanced, the Chamber of Commerce has no concern for the welfare of general public. It is all about the GOP staying in power or regaining power at any cost. The "hope he fails" quote says it all, for if Obama fails, so does the Country.

Posted by: atc333 | October 22, 2009 11:18 AM


Posted by: 3zBrod | October 22, 2009 11:09 AM

So if a critic of the president, be it a person or an organization disagrees with his policies, he will be put on an "enemies" list? The longer this list gets, the less friends this president has!
The less friends he has, the less votes his party will receive in the next election!
Doesn't sound too smart to me!

Posted by: SeniorVet | October 22, 2009 10:40 AM

itscc721, I hear you. Americans are already hiding their "currently" legal guns. Members of the military are organizing in secret to draw the line at what orders they are willing to take, and what orders they will refuse, from this Commander-in-Chief. The American Revolution will not be undone. Try to do so at your peril.

Posted by: UncleMikey | October 22, 2009 9:43 AM

Obama is simply trying to guarantee more freedom of the press by increasing competition. You know, Pravda vs Isvestia?

Posted by: UncleMikey | October 22, 2009 9:33 AM

Remember what happen when someone tried to
ban Books!
The only time Obama reaches across the ile
is when it might mean a vote in 2012.
Fox News is Great, Fox News have a great staff and nothing is said that can not be back up with a source. You can contact
them and they will tell you the sources.
NOT the White House! I have asked and still waiting for answer from the WH. Wish we had More Glenn Becks.

Posted by: akeegan2 | October 22, 2009 9:18 AM

CRYBABIES! It would seem that the GOP is very good at dishing it out - Not so good at taking it.

Posted by: JD538 | October 22, 2009 9:03 AM

The fact that this story has any legs at all is proof that Obama is right about Fox, and that the entire Republican party has caved to Foxology.

Posted by: NomoStew | October 22, 2009 7:29 AM

Senator Alexander seems to be making some correct statements in his criticisms of officials in the Obama administration seeking to discredit some political opponents. Yet comparisons to Nixon seem extreme and he ignores efforts by Bush II administration officials to stifle dissent, especially during his first term.

Fox "news" may be biased in its political coverage of the Obama administration, but MSNBC may have been too in much of its political reporting on the Bush-Cheney administration. Somehow I doubt if candidate Obama or any of his high level advisors criticized MSNBC as not offering "legitimate" political news coverage. The reality seems to be most recent presidents have been highly egocentric, do not like criticism, and seek, nearly above all else, to maintain in power.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | October 21, 2009 11:34 PM

Alexander has memories of the enemies list? Interesting, since his memories stem from inside the White House, and he's commenting now as a member of the United Party of No in the Congress.

These comments put me in mind of other comments warning that we are approaching the pitch of hatred that surrounded Nixon -- comments that harken back to folks outside the White House at that time.

I actually think that Alexander is one of the more sensible members of his party -- unfortunately, he's subjected his legislative function to the shortsighted and completely parochial tactics of his leaders.

I wonder if he's given any thought to the warnings of those others?

Posted by: thmas | October 21, 2009 11:32 PM

IF and WHEN THE NEWS in any form BOWS DOWN TO A PRESIDENT and ONLY SAYS WHAT THE PRESIDENT WANTS THEM TO SAY THAT IS WHEN THE USA has finally turned to COMMUNISM. DICTATORSHIP was never a word used in this country before except to degrade it being used in other COUNTRIES. Now it seems it is getting closer to reality for the USA. Since when does an president and his ARMY bully t.v or radio or even newspaper reporters? What is happening here? What next, the PEOPLE WON'T BE ABLE TO SAY WHAT THEY BELIEVE. Maybe we should be careful what we write here also, OBAMA and his army may not like it and try and find out who we are and TELL US TO SHUT UP OR ELSE. As far as I am concerned OBAMA sucks I DON'T LIKE HIM, I DON'T TRUST HIM, and he CAN'T FOCUS ON ANY ONE THING. He made so many promises while stomping during the election RAHM probably has to remind him of all the BULL$HYT he threw around. COME FIND ME OBAMA, I AIn:T AFRAID. GO AHEAD CUT OUT MY TONGUE.

Posted by: itscc721 | October 21, 2009 11:19 PM

party of NO, no ideas, no goals, no plans, nothing...the party of NO, they keep lurching from one accusation to another, it is so pathetic..Offer the American people some ideas, some plans, and then perhaps they will take your seriously...Does the GOP have anything to offer the nation, except lies, insults or threats?..Does the GOP have anything constructive to offer the nation?..Well, the answer is NO..they got, zero, zilch, nada...

Posted by: ruraledcomm | October 21, 2009 10:56 PM

Is this the beginning of the FOURTH REICH!
January 30, 1933 (Third Reich)
January 20, 2009 (Fourth Reich)

Posted by: unsocialist | October 21, 2009 10:44 PM

Yes, I was around for Nixon and Agnew, but if you ask of my age I will deny this; woman's prerogative.

Obama ordering health insurance companies, such as Humana, to not comment on his health care plan is much like Nixon using the IRS to punish his political enemies. Obama threatening to use anti-trust laws against health insurance companies is very much Nixonian. Then there is Obama's "snitch list" which is disturbing.

Obama is escalating his Chicago thuggery ways to a significantly higher level. This, to me, is direct evidence Obama is more than willing to violate our constitutional guarantees and equally willing to violate our laws.

Personally, I believe Obama will be noted in history books as the worst American president, much worse than Nixon and Carter. There is no doubt in my mind the Obama presidency will be noted as a failed presidency and will be a one term presidency.

Much of this has nothing to do with partisan politics rather has to do with a lack of acceptable presidential behavior and Obama's callused disregard for our American way of life; he is exhibiting an anti-America attitude.

Okpulot Taha
Choctaw Nation
Puma Politics

Posted by: PurlGurl | October 21, 2009 10:34 PM

I am really surprised at Alexanders' comparison of the President to one of his previous bosses Richard Nixon, a convected crook and liar. Alexanders" overwhelming desire to protect the US Chamber of Commerce, which is currently involved in a very deceptive advertising campaign against Health Reform and Environment is disingenuous. The Chamber is becoming a liability to its clientele, major Industries are bailing out of the Chamber due to their outrageous positions and deception. I have seen no evidence of Republican cooperation with the Democratic Congress. It seems that the Republican Party defines Friend as someone that should be liked regardless of their actions and their impact. Is being a total obstructionist a characteristic that should bring forth "love and friendship"? I wonder why one with Alexanders' background and experience including working for Nixon is so willing to give up his perceived ethics and reputation. Like most of the current Republican leadership he seems to be full of malice lurking for love. The resulting behavior is damaging democracy in this republic. It is my belief that public will very soon credit the Republican party for blocking federal activity in a time when it should be concerned with pressing problems. Sincerely, Dr. Tom Potts Professor Emeritus

Posted by: drtompotts | October 21, 2009 10:16 PM

Is it true that President Obama, Rahm Emmanuel and David Axelrod met with two commentators from MSNBC and three reporters fron the New York Times for over two and one half hours on Monday?

What did they discuss? Are they reporting the facts or are they an arm of the White House?

This is troubling!

Posted by: mwhoke | October 21, 2009 9:40 PM

Oboobma was good for a hoot at first.

But now he is getting really, really, really old.

Norway beckons, Oboobma! I hear they're just mad about your messianic self.

Posted by: thebump | October 21, 2009 8:18 PM

Republicans are running around naked now, no cover and everybody can see every little flaw. They called them out for what they are, part of the republican party, and now other news organizations will do they're job and investigate them.

Posted by: whatdyousay | October 21, 2009 8:13 PM

Republicans had complete control of the presidency, the house and the senate over the last decade. They made NO effort to reform health care and NO effort to regulate the insurance corporations. Now they are saying NO again. It's all they know. They were against medicare in the 60s and they are against a public option now. Republicans have NO credibility and NO business taking the side of insurance corporations. These are people's lives that they are destroying and it has to stop NOW.

Posted by: seemstome | October 21, 2009 7:33 PM

gator-ron wrote:
"Rove was the guy with the enemies list. He had the Democratic Governor of Alabama on it, and railroaded the man into jail with a conviction that could not be upheld on judicial review.

Rove's problem is projection of himself onto Obama, Alexander's is that he is too eager to follow and that he associates with criminals."

In fact, two months ago Rove published an enemy list on the Wall Street Journal. Yes, this is the same Rove that accused Obama of building an enemy list like Nixon. See for yourself:

"Unfazed by facts and left with nothing to support their suspicions, the [New York] Times and [Washington] Post editorial boards and Judiciary Democrats now seem to hope that special prosecutor Nora Dannehy, who is looking into the U.S. attorneys removals, will dig up something that implicates me."

Posted by: Jake_D | October 21, 2009 7:26 PM

SSSHHH. Everything this administration does is behind closed doors. They don't want you to know what's going on. I never used to watch FOX but I DO now.

Posted by: buzzychief | October 21, 2009 7:23 PM

I think Obama has realized that he has no republican friends and only enemies. There is no list, only republicans and rupert murdoch.

Posted by: seemstome | October 21, 2009 7:20 PM

GOP pols (and Presidents) have built careers by claiming that ALL the media are biased liberal elite conclaves--but let a Democrat critique an obviously right-leaning network, and they howl like kicked dogs.

That's funny enough on it's own, but then they have to reach back to a GOP president to find an odious comparison.

You can't make these guys up. This garbage blew back in their faces in 2008, so their solution is to throw lots more.

The far, far right has eaten the Republican Party, and now they're gnawing on the bones.

Posted by: Lou3 | October 21, 2009 6:15 PM


You may not be a Republican but you are economically blind like one. Your assertion that some of Obama's actions will burden us for decades is correct. These actions were however necessitated by the blindness and incompetence of Bush and his agent Henry Paulson. Allan Greenspan was similarly blind that banking was irresponsible.

Something had to be done to avoid deflation that threatened us at the time the president took office and the actions that Obama took will lead to future inflation but will counter the deflation that hovers around us. If when the inflation begins the Fed raises interest rates and the congress raises taxes then the burden on your children and grandchildren will be less than you predict.

Your ilk will be unwilling to have your taxes raised even if means protecting your offspring's future. You will say cut spending and lower taxes even if lowering taxes is half the reason that the government was in the fix we are in. You get too much of your information from the Anti-Obama News Network.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 21, 2009 5:52 PM

"...The list goes on!

Posted by: luckdress | October 21, 2009 5:40 PM"
..they outed a CIA agent because her husband exposed their lies leading to the Iraq war - a crime by the way, endangering her life and the lives of the American people and ruining her livelihood.

Posted by: JRM2 | October 21, 2009 5:47 PM

Who needs a list to see that FOX News is the enemy of the American people?

Posted by: JRM2 | October 21, 2009 5:45 PM

"It's been 9 months - exactly what did Bush/Chenney do in 8 years????." Posted by: coralights | October 21, 2009 5:21 PM

1. They blacklisted the Dixie Chicks for criticizing the government.
2. They labelled dissenting lawmakers as unpatriotic and soft on terror - whatever that means.
3. They fired District Attorneys who disagreed with their manipulation of the judiciary.
...The list goes on!

Posted by: luckdress | October 21, 2009 5:40 PM

It is hilarious to watch the Republicans search for issues that effect the country's safety and standard of living. From 'he was born in Russia' to 'he has spent all the money that Bush left to this great country', they focus on anything that will rile the Dittoheads and Palinese fans, not really caring about the progress we are making as the country climbs out of the deep hole they had led us into. They never want to talk about the Bush cousins in Saudi Arabia and how they were evacuated from the US when Bin Laden did his dirty deed or how the Bush administration turned Bin Laden lose when our military had him cornered in Afghanistan. Now I know what I just wrote is a bunch of malarky but it is on the same wavelength that I hear every day from my Republican friends regarding President Obama. Maybe some day they will want to come in out of the wilderness and resume their role in building this country. I have had a good opinion of Senator Alexander, but this bit of Republican propaganda that he passed on, indicates he is just another lost Republican.

Posted by: Thependulumswings | October 21, 2009 5:39 PM

Rove was the guy with the enemies list. He had the Democratic Governor of Alabama on it, and railroaded the man into jail with a conviction that could not be upheld on judicial review.

Rove's problem is projection of himself onto Obama, Alexander's is that he is too eager to follow and that he associates with criminals.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 21, 2009 5:34 PM

It's been 9 months - exactly what did Bush/Cheny do in 8 years????

Posted by: coralights | October 21, 2009 5:21 PM

vintel7 said:
"The really funny thing here is that not a single Republican posting here has actually listed one failure of the Obama Administration."
And the really SAD thing here is that not a single Democrat posting here has actually listed one accomplishment of the Obama administration.

Hey morons - he has control of the House and the Senate and still can't get a jay walking ordinance passed by congress. He can't even convince his own party his ideas regarding the war, the budget, foreclosures, health care, bank closings, wall street, etc, etc, etc, Some mandate!!!

What do you expect from someone whose boss said he was a loser at being a community organizer as well. How tough can that be.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 21, 2009 5:05 PM


here's all you need to say:

1)our children are going to inherit HIS debt (not to mention the debt that he inherited)
2)Our President is endangering our troops by not immediately endangering another 40,000 (fyi the more troops - the more troops that die)
3)he's a socialist (isn't corporate capitalism communistic?)
4)he wasn't born in the USA ( thank God, he was born on MARS)
5)tune into FOX for the latest "NEWS"

Posted by: coralights | October 21, 2009 5:05 PM

Sen. Alexander forgets that Bush's enemies list is still in place. It's called the No-Fly list, and it's a mystery how you get on it, and once you're on, you can't get off.

Posted by: lurkitty | October 21, 2009 5:00 PM

Well, the republicans all LOVED Nixon so if I was Obama, I'd take that as a compliment.

Posted by: blarsen1 | October 21, 2009 4:57 PM

"Lamar Alexander is an old out-of-date jerk"

No, Mr. Alexander is a great American, a man of great grandeur and splendor, admired by all. A lover of peace, protector of the downtrodden, always for the underdog, true-blue Odie Colonie.. Descended from Royalty. Constant as the
north star, and there when you need him, with words that serve to inspire and enlighten...


Posted by: Billw3 | October 21, 2009 4:54 PM

It's a little over 9 months and our President has:

1) begun to turn the economy around
2) is about to get health care reform
3) is getting our Afghan policy right side up
4) is keeping the Nations focus on education, environmental reforms & energy independence

there's much more to come over the next 8 years - but I'm not sure he can do anything for those people who continue to live in fear because he's black or smarter than they are -

It's the 1% wealthy & powerful who are the real enemies of 99% of the people on this planet - and aside from the usual bigots, racists, white-collar crooks and hate mongers, they've also got their rings of power thru the noses of the gun people, right to lifers, and a lot of decent republicans who are afraid of death panels.

Posted by: coralights | October 21, 2009 4:52 PM

I'm not a republican but I can tell vintel7 that I made a long list of all the broken promises he has made since his campaign to become elected. I have listed so many times all the things he hasn't done right or hasn't come throught on that I'm just plain tired of repeating myself. I will keep it as simple as posiable for you to understand. Everytime a new presdent comes in, they always have this agenda that they have to get done so they can leave the park on history. The problem is it cost each and every american more to get these agendas completed. This time it not only cost us but is so costly our great grand kids will be paying this agenda off.

Posted by: rainman2 | October 21, 2009 4:45 PM

He says 'there MAY be an enemies list' and now everyone believes that there actually IS an 'enemies list'. This is complete BS and anyone with a brain should understand that. Lamar Alexander is an old out-of-date jerk and ought to wander out into the back forty and eat his oats like a good old goat. And I am sick and tired of this concerted Republican effort (and don't tell me it is not planned and coordinated) to disparage and run down anything and everything they can think of out of desperation. I can't wait to vote straight DEMOCRAT in 2010. And I am an INDEPENDENT.

Posted by: umbriadan | October 21, 2009 4:43 PM

Its astounding that now that we have a president who makes every effort to reach across the aisle, and to reach across the world, and wins a Nobel Prize for these efforts, the first mutterings by an obviously politically motivated aide to a convicted felon, and suddenly, its treated like news that must be true!!

Never once during the 8 years of Bush did I see any reporting on accusations of an "enemies list" and all the while he was outing CIA agents, putting Ted Kennedy on the no fly list, using the patriot act to fire federal attorneys who did not agree with him, using the telecoms on spy on americans, using lunch hour meetings to teach federal employees how they can use their jobs to help re-elect Republicans, etc, etc.

When will the media stop regurgitating GOP talking points as if they were well-researched fact?

Posted by: flavor13 | October 21, 2009 4:37 PM

vintel7 said:
"The really funny thing here is that not a single Republican posting here has actually listed one failure of the Obama Administration."

You have to make a sincere effort before you can fail. Example: He goes everywhere 'campaigning' instead of actually helping in detail with his health care reform, or making a decision on Afgan.


Posted by: Billw3 | October 21, 2009 4:35 PM

Of course our President has a list - he's much smarter than his enemies - but don't worry he's crossing names off as his foes self-destruct - he doesn't have to do anything as the Republican Party and the right wingNUTS continue to turn off the majority of Americans - in 2010 their names will be crossed off in the ballot box - so far Steele, Palin, McCain, Limberger, FOX and a few assorted slimy Republican Governors have eliminated themselves from the list. Thanks to the crudeness of you right wingNUTS we'll all make sure to give our President what he needs to finish the job in 2010. Tea anyone?

Posted by: coralights | October 21, 2009 4:35 PM

Obama better buy a whole bunch of paper because He has made millions of enemies all by his own doing and as pointed out by many of his supporters, "hes only been in office a short time". So hes got millions of more yet to make.

Posted by: rainman2 | October 21, 2009 4:28 PM

The really funny thing here is that not a single Republican posting here has actually listed one failure of the Obama Administration. There are no facts and figures provided. Nothing but the same old Fox News and radio talking points.
Let's take a look at what this guy says:

buzzychief wrote: "I never used to watch FOX but now they are asking questions I want answers too. Strange people in power around O'bama, the deficit, failing to help our troops asap, 500 billion cut in medicare with the baby boomers coming on line and a desire to control the press."

The deficit- Projected to be 1.4 trillion. This is not too odd as Obama inherited 1.2 trillion of this and IRS revenues are down due to the worst recession since the 1930's.

Strange People in Power around Obama- Huh? What is so strange about the people surrounding the President?

Failing to help our Troops Asap: BULL. The President was not in office 2 weeks when he sent 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. Of course this is the war that Bush and Republicans started but did not finish. Republicans actually abandoned the troops and did nothing. President Obama has said all along that those troops are a high priority. The reason more troops above the 30,000 and 38,000 already there have not been sent is that Afghanistan is in political turmoil. The USA needs a stable partner to launch counterinsurgency. All these stupid Republicans complaining about not sending troops right away don't know squat. That is why they have IQ's below 100 and explains why they watch a moron channel like FOX.

See...I told you facts. Just more Republican BS

Posted by: vintel7 | October 21, 2009 4:27 PM

Does this idiot Alexander have any proof? Or is he just another over the hill, half baked, unhinged Republican talking out his rectum?

I suspect he is just another over the hill, half baked, unhinged Republican talking out his rectum?

Why don't Republicans actually formulate some policies to run on or actually participate in governance for a change instead of just making silly attacks on Obama.

And why does the media scurry to give these kooks a larger platform than C-Span already provides?

Posted by: dpand1 | October 21, 2009 4:24 PM

Obama is classless, tacky, naive, narcistic, and unpatriotic. He attacks Fox, apologizes to the muslim nations, calls reporters Sweetie, calls Palin a pig, refused to wear the flag pin, refused to honor the national anthem, has a very questionable background, and is still campaigning. No President has ever come even remotely close to this sorry record.


Posted by: Billw3 | October 21, 2009 4:22 PM

I LOVE Obama

Posted by: doggit1 | October 21, 2009 4:21 PM

This is great. Rove style politics-win at all cost and don't give a damn about governance-was ultimately a failure, (guess the electoral bump from being attacked on our own soil didn't make up for the utter incompetence). And Alexander wants nothing more than to lap up more of this "wisdom"? Here's a better idea-stop trying to outrage and manipulate the fringer base, and do something constructive. In other words-quit whining you preening loser.

Posted by: whereareweandwhatarewedoinginthishandbasket | October 21, 2009 4:20 PM

I see some people commenting that they "never watched FOX" but now will - sure, sure - and my grandma hunts elephants in Alaska ;-) all I can say is that these self-proclaimed enlightened citizens SHOULD be strapped to a chair and forced to watch FOX 7/24/365 - their shows add up to 1 hours worth of the same propaganda repeated 24 times a day!!!!

Posted by: coralights | October 21, 2009 4:15 PM

nObama's quickly shaping up to be the worst president EVER! He hasn't accomplished a thing since he took office. No wait, strike that...he's started a war with a NEWS organization that shines the light on their shady dealings and shows the administration to be the P.O.S. that it is.

Plenty of kool-aid drinkers are waking up, wishing they had an Obama-morning-after pill they can take. Too late, but you can start holding this P.O.S. president's feet to the fire and demand that they be more transparent and demand that they stop alienating people who disagree with them.

C'mon America, are we really socialists already?

Posted by: thebloddletting | October 21, 2009 4:12 PM

Guess what....all of your anti-OBaby comments are part of the list...thanks to Washington Post...hope that you know these comments are jail-time worthy. Hail Hitler.

Posted by: doggit1 | October 21, 2009 4:12 PM

Has Fox News & all the "stupid" Republicans forgot the "HATE" list that Bush & Cheney had .... You should remember the past before you open your big mouths. As usual lots of hot air & no facts to back anything up. The Jerry Springer Show (Fox News) and what's left of the Republican party are a sick joke that won't go away.

Posted by: wasaUFO | October 21, 2009 4:08 PM

I never used to watch FOX but now they are asking questions I want answers too. Strange people in power around O'bama, the deficit, failing to help our troops asap, 500 billion cut in medicare with the baby boomers coming on line and a desire to control the press.

Posted by: buzzychief | October 21, 2009 3:51 PM


Make that New Orleans Mayor Nagin! :-o

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 21, 2009 3:50 PM

And if I start asking:

What the F' is N.O. Mayor doing in Cuba talking with the Castro Bros?

Has been since the day after Barry O'Bomba met with him in N.O.!

And WHY is this not considered NEWS the People of this Country are hearing about?

Do I get on the List?

Again?! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 21, 2009 3:49 PM

It's obvious that such a list exists. They never respond to FOX, they just try and dismiss them. I want answers to 500 billion cut in medicare,with the baby boomers coming along,, all these strange people in positions of power, the deficit, and not heoping our troops asap.

Posted by: buzzychief | October 21, 2009 3:39 PM

Jerzy wrote "Obama has made an enemy of all the American people, and everyday more people are realizing it."

Well...isn't it ironic that he is polling 55-58% favorable and everyone I talk to loves him. Truly, President Obama is a breath of fresh air after 8 stinking years of Bush, Rove, and Republican garbage. Most of the country still strongly supports him and very highly approves of the job he is doing. How do any Republicans actually know what is going on? You get your heads filled with lies by Fox News, Beck, Limbaugh, and etc. You are the puppets in the hands of the puppet masters...Beck, Limbaugh et al.

Posted by: vintel7 | October 21, 2009 3:36 PM

Obama has made an enemy of all the American people, and everyday more people are realizing it.

Posted by: Jerzy | October 21, 2009 3:26 PM


If anyone believes for a millisecond that RAHM EMANUEL does not have and maintain (on a daily basis) such a list, then I have waterfront property in Arizona to sell them. Rahmbo's very public discussions of just such a list during his tenure(s) with the Clintons was the subject of more than one news story. He's very proud of his reputation in that regard.

Posted by: flintston | October 21, 2009 3:21 PM

scrivener50- That is some rad stuff you are reporting. I have heard of EMF weapons like microwave bursts and such. Are you talking about the same thing?

Posted by: vintel7 | October 21, 2009 3:18 PM

Raise your hand if you have no shame. Ah, Sen. Alexander . . .

Posted by: nodebris | October 21, 2009 3:12 PM

The Republicans made themselves enemies of the White House and now they are projecting that the WH is "creating an enemies list". This is a joke. The President reached across the aisle many many times and was rebuffed and insulted by the Republicans. As for Fox News, they have been lying and spreading falsehood about the President from the day he took office. I would black list them also. They are the "news" organization that employs Beck...who called the President a racist, a liar, a "socialist" and a "marxist". All comments which are outright lies. The White House is correct to call Fox what it enemy of the White House and an enemy of the American people who elected this President. This President is now polling 58% despite all this flack and BS. His numbers will go even higher. Fox News is disgusting and is exactly what the WH called it...a proaganda arm of the Republican liars.

Posted by: vintel7 | October 21, 2009 2:57 PM

The REAL 'Enemies List" Threat:


Thousands of unjustly targeted Americans are being physically harmed, their health degraded by the devastating physiological effects of being silently irradiated by microwave and laser radiation "directed energy weapons"...

...the WEAPONIZATION OF THE ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM, CAMOUFLAGED AS CELL TOWERS and available in portable weaponry to security/military/intel and law enforcement...

... a silent "final solution" that may have the nation's political leadership in its ideologically-driven cross-hairs.

This technology is capable of altering moods, emotions, inducing fatigue, weakness, exhaustion, confusion, life-altering injury, diseases such as cancer, and a slow-kill death.

And key elements of the Obama administration -- chief among them the defense/security/intel establishment -- are proliferating these technologies by various modalities -- reportedly, from hand-held weaponry to satellite and terrestrial cell tower based delivery systems.

American citizens and families targeted by this covert torture matrix also are subject to financial sabotage that decimates their livelihoods and financial resources...

...and relentless "community stalking" -- harassment, surreptitious home entries and vandalism by government-enabled vigilantes affiliated with federally-funded community policing and anti-terrorism organizations.

Warrantless, covert placement of GPS tracking devices and misuse of cell phone technology to hunt down the unjustly targeted enables this grassroots terrorism. But the Obama administration continues to allow these warrantless intrusions into the lives of unjustly targeted American families.


BAN the use of microwave/laser radiation directed energy weapons against the American people (including experimentation); and

BAN the warrantless tracking of individuals via GPS or cellphone technology -- the electronic backbone of an American Gestapo now operating on YOUR watch.

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled): RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 21, 2009 2:46 PM

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