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Andrew Card's 'arrogant' accusation

Andy Card, chief of staff under President George W. Bush, had me leaping out of my chair on the set of "Morning Joe" today. Several times during the interview he accused President Obama of being "arrogant." He said that Obama should get back to governing by listening to Republicans and incorporating their ideas into legislation. Um, hello?!

As David Frum noted in his blistering come-to-Jesus blog post on the Republican Party and its opposition to the health-care bill, "The Obama plan has a broad family resemblance to Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts plan. It builds on ideas developed at the Heritage Foundation in the early 1990s that formed the basis for Republican counter-proposals to Clintoncare in 1993-1994."

Obama is set to announce the end of the moratorium on off-shore oil drilling off the east coast and Alaska today. I guess Card has forgotten the "drill baby drill" chants at the Republican convention in 2008. And perhaps he doesn't think the Obama administration's work with Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) on a comprehensive energy bill, immigration and terrorism counts as reaching out to the GOP.

After the Bush presidency, which many viewed as eight years of arrogance at home and abroad, Card calling Obama "arrogant" is the ultimate Pot-meet-Kettle exercise.

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 31, 2010; 9:09 AM ET
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Thank you! I was watching the interview with Card this morning and just about threw the tv on the floor when he began spewing his inbred idiocy about Obama.

Pres. Obama has done nothing but try, try,try to reach out to the GOP and each time they slap his hand away.

Why is it that the President is "arrogant" but not Bush? I'm sorry I just can't help but believe the word arrogant would not be used if President Obama was a WASP.

Posted by: chrisel0 | March 31, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

From your article:
He said that Obama should get back to governing by listening to Republicans and incorporating their ideas into legislation. Um, hello?!

Well, a lot of us non republicans are wondering the same thing too. And yes, personally I feel the arrogance when he says that the only reason I don't like all the parts of the health bill is because he didn't explain it well enough intimating I must be too stupid to understand it on my own. And "saying" you are incorporating ideas doesn't mean the bill actually does it. Saying you are incorporating tort reform which is a republican idea is not the same as the bill which includes allowing money to study if reform is needed. Arrogance also shines when Obama says Americans shouldn't care about the process and we shouldn't worry about bribes and backroom deals to get this bill bought out of the senate.
And just because republicans work in committees doesn't mean their ideas get incorporated - just look at how Reid scrapped his two health committee reports and came up with his own backroom script of his own.
This administration exudes "arrogance" when they stand and call the Americans they represent astroturf, terrorists, and knuckle dragging neanderthals. What would your column look like if some Republican Housemember called democrats knuckle dragging neanderthals?

Posted by: justmyvoice | March 31, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Amen. Obama keeps trying to compromise with the GOP--no, scratch that, keeps compromising, often to the extreme frustration of his base--and the GOP responds each time by calling him intransigent! The GOP's hypocrisy is breathtaking. But why does Obama abet it?

I hope Obama can find some benefit in this "strategy," by which I mean his pattern of giving up on key priorities with absolutely nothing in return. From here, all I can see is a hamstrung agenda and a disaffected base.

Posted by: Bertilak | March 31, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

GOP shill should know what arrogance is, they are the poster children for it.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 31, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

"Arrogant" is the new "uppity," with ALL that that might imply.

Posted by: SageThrasher | March 31, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

One by one, we recognize who was whispering in George Bush's ear....

Knowing as we do, he didn't come up with any of it on his own.

Posted by: dutchess2 | March 31, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans have redefined arrogant to man"The Democrats just won't quit acting like the majority." They still have not gotten that they did not win the election.

Posted by: withersb | March 31, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Obama's arrogance was on full display during the little health care lecture/seminar he held with republicans and senators last month. What a show that was!

Welcome to the World of Jonathan Capehart. He and his fellow flitting liberals dance around believing in error that they represent the majority of America. Alas, that is no longer true.

Obama's arrogance is on display every day as he continues to thrust his will upon a populace even when the specifics of his agenda runs counter to that of MOST Americans. He has lost the independents and he is even losing some of his own base.

And so Jonathan, you are concerned with Andy Card? Um, Hello? You have much worse to be worried about, BELIEVE ME.

Posted by: bryanmcoleman | March 31, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

SageT: You're absolutely correct.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 31, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Withersb wrote: "The Republicans have redefined arrogant to man"The Democrats just won't quit acting like the majority." They still have not gotten that they did not win the election."
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I think we worked it out. As a matter of fact, everyone is working it out including the Independents. That's why we're winning the next election.

Enjoy the ride while you can, hoss.

Posted by: bryanmcoleman | March 31, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I watched the interview this morning and thought Card was right on. There has been lots of criticism the past months about Obama's arrogance. The shameful part is that media liberals such as Capehart and Obama's administration do not listen and try to help Obama improve his image. No.. instead they whine "Bush did it" and keep right on their kamikaze course.

Posted by: grannysunni | March 31, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Simmer down Mr. Capehart...
From your article:
"The Obama plan has a broad family resemblance to Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts plan. It builds on ideas developed at the Heritage Foundation in the early 1990s that formed the basis for Republican counter-proposals to Clintoncare in 1993-1994."

And how has Mass-Care worked out?
The cost has ballooned to about $900 million dollars from the original estimated $88 million after just 4 years and it is putting more people on waiting lists even with millions in "stimulus" money.

Imagine that plan on the national stage.
Instead of a projected 1 trillion dollar cost over 10 years it blows up to 10 times that amount in only 4 years.

Romney-care is a huge boondoggle and so is Obama-care.

Jonathan, you need to stay in your chair and listen to the grownups.

Several major companies have reported, as required by law, the effects of Obama-care on their bottom line.
AT&T alone reported a 1 Billion dollar hit from new taxes courtesy of Obama. The response from the Obama administration?
Henry Waxman demands they (and several others) show up to explain their arithmetic. Does Waxman want them to use cooked numbers like they did?

Seems like Obama's health-care chickens have come home to roost much sooner than expected.

Posted by: spamsux1 | March 31, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Andy Card is a hack moron and the posters defending his nonsensical remarks are beyond help.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 31, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

"I think we worked it out. As a matter of fact, everyone is working it out including the Independents. That's why we're winning the next election."

You seem to think that real independents will have any interest in voting for teabagger candidates. Let us know how that works out for you, hoss.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 31, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

"Several major companies have reported, as required by law, the effects of Obama-care on their bottom line.
AT&T alone reported a 1 Billion dollar hit from new taxes courtesy of Obama."

This clown seems to be laboring under the mistaken ideas that corporations vote in elections and that anyone cares about AT&T's accounting minutiae.

I'm looking forward to some idiotic GOP candidate running commercials about the effects of Obamacare on the nation's largest corporations.

LOL @ you

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 31, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

What do you expect on that show and from this sycophantic CHeney/Bush robot??
Calling anyone arrogant after his boss showed the world how stupid and arrogant he was is a comedy. Rush for president VEEP, thats the ticket Andy!!!

Posted by: rosenfan1 | March 31, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

"justmyvoice", is actually Andy Card's nickname

Posted by: rosenfan1 | March 31, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

A good Wednesday morning to one and all. Come November vote Democrat!

Posted by: hoser3 | March 31, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Let's keep it simple, people, that way we all, myself included, can understand.

The Republicans are guilty of not listening to their base and the American People, that's why they are now out of power.

I am a former Republican who voted for Obama, because I was angry that the Republican Party became arrogant and unresponsive to the will of the people, that's why they are now the minority party.

I see Obama and the current Democrat Party doing the same thing. Therefore the Dems are destined to have the same destiny that the Republicans brought on themselves by being "drunk on power" and arrogant.

Neither party is above the judgement of the people on election day. Therefore we will see.

WE'LL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!

Posted by: barrysal | March 31, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan, I watched the (idiotic) interview this morning also. If he was advising and counseling George Bush, then that explains alot of what went wrong with his Presidency. President Obama is perforing admirably even with the Party of No whining at his heels. My question for Andrew Card is; when was the last time you visited a military hospital, or the VA to apologize to the troops for your administrations decisions that put them in the circomstances they are in. How about a visit with the widows and orphans? As a retired combat veteran I'd like to know.

Posted by: classicskins | March 31, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Jonathon- I cant watch that show

Those two are respobnsible for alot of the damage that is out here withthe tone

Bill Bennett- that guy from CNN - on FOX promoting his book- also stated POTUS was ARROGANT

This hits home with the GOP TEA PARTY of HELL NO!

THE DUMB DOWN - RECALL ROVE with ELITE-

Just one more of their CODE words for the DUMB DOWN MURDOCH CROWD00

INCLUDING those two-

Big shiot congressmand from 15+ years ago and his wise career-

DOES he feel any safer than wehn he really was scared last FEB?

One month into the POTUS admin?

Stated Cheney speaks to CIA daily and low and behold- POLITICO- on every day- has a personal FAX LINE for DICK!

That AM SHOW contributes to the DUMB DOWN of the NATION!

They ae proud of their ratings- but look at their followers!

If they are that good- why such low numbers?

We were warned:

Australians warned us not to allow Rupert Murdoch to infiltrate our free press standards

England warned us not to allow Rupert Murdoch to infiltrate our free press standards

Sir Richard Branson said something like "if we let him, Murdoch will destroy democracy".

We ignored Australia and England- look at the dumb down we got!

WSJ- Dumb it Down President!

Wall Street Journal- Once the most trustworthy news in the WORLD

Pitiful and shameful

WSJ: Dumb it Down Mr. President!

Once again-

Sir Richard Branson said something like "if we let him, Murdoch will destroy democracy".

Murdoch will destroy democracy-

Posted by: sasha2008 | March 31, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

koolkat says:
"I'm looking forward to some idiotic GOP candidate running commercials about the effects of Obamacare on the nation's largest corporations."

The "nations largest corporations" are just stating the facts. It is the law. They would be foolish to lie about the facts. They are in business to earn a profit and they simply state what Obamacare will cost them.

If Obamacare was going to save them money they would be shouting that from the rooftops because it means lower expenses for the company--a sure way to increase their stock price.

Posted by: spamsux1 | March 31, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow Jonathan: I was going thru these comentors and was very surprised to see so many in agreement with you regarding the Andy Card interview on Morning Joe today. I was also looking for your earlier article today which I commented on to see it it was still there. Last week I posted on an article in the a.m. and went through back through them in the afternoon and my comments were gone.

Posted by: phyllisr5 | March 31, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

WTF?
Andy Card who represented a Prez born on 3rd base with a silver spoon in his mouth chastises Obama for being 'arrogant'

Obama's 'sin' is that he can 'articulate' which is the same thing Repugs hated, abhorred, and tagged JFK with over and over again.

Welcome to Republican Deja Vu over and over and over again. Same tune, different day.

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | March 31, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Arrogant - exaggerating or disposed to exaggerate one's own worth or importance often by an overbearing manner.

Or as used by Bushie (Card, Rove, Bennett, Republicans, etc.). Arrogant means uppity.

Posted by: rlj1 | March 31, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

How stupid can you be? Of course Obama is arrogant. He has NOT tried to include Republicans. The house and senate bills were written behind locked doors. Obama's sham at including Republicans showed more arrogance - especially his interrupting Senator McCain. He, Pelosi, and Reid used bribery and threats to pass healthscare. This is called CORRUPTION and they are quilty. This may be an impeachable offense.

Posted by: annnort | March 31, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

You know if Arrogance means a person (Obama) speaking intelligently (not saying NUCULAR) and having full command of the discussion (as he spanked the GOP at both their retreat and at the summit, I am all for arrogance.
Just because W was a bloody dimwit who make up his own new language (the fine art of BUSHISMS) and because FOX TV has dumbed down its who audience by speaking slowly and in simple words doe not make the President arrogant. It makes him seem almost like EDUCATED.

Posted by: racerdoc | March 31, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me arrogance is acting as if you have a mandate when you were actually appointed by the Supreme Court. Whereas, Obama did actually win an election.

Posted by: martymar123 | March 31, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse


Capehart displays an equivalent amount of ignorance to Obama's "arrogance".

To push [via bribery] thru legislation against the will of two-thirds of the American public is arrogance.

To appoint a labor-union atty. to the NLRB when it is clear that parasite could not get Senate approval is arrogance.

To tell the American people that he would provide "transparency" in govt., KNOWING he would not ... transcends arrogance. and there are more ...

Obama is the fodder for Dubya's historical legacy. But for the Kenyan teleprompter reader, Bush may have suffered historically. Thanks to the world's greatest snake-oil salesman, history will treat Bush VERY kindly.

Not so for this 1-term imposter.

To the libs supporting Obama, and this ignorant Capehart article, November will be the judge & jury. 2012 will be the final determination -- Obama's sentence to obscurity.

Americans are TOLERANT. Americans are not IGNORANT.

To "racerdoc": How do you and the "intelligent" Kenyan pronounce corpsman?

PLEASE ... spare us the alibis.

Posted by: esquire2 | March 31, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse


Capehart displays an equivalent amount of ignorance to Obama's "arrogance".

To push [via bribery] thru legislation against the will of two-thirds of the American public is arrogance.

To appoint a labor-union atty. to the NLRB when it is clear that parasite could not get Senate approval is arrogance.

To tell the American people that he would provide "transparency" in govt., KNOWING he would not ... transcends arrogance. and there are more ...

Obama is the fodder for Dubya's historical legacy. But for the Kenyan teleprompter reader, Bush may have suffered historically. Thanks to the world's greatest snake-oil salesman, history will treat Bush VERY kindly.

Not so for this 1-term imposter.

To the libs supporting Obama, and this ignorant Capehart article, November will be the judge & jury. 2012 will be the final determination -- Obama's sentence to obscurity.

Americans are TOLERANT. Americans are not IGNORANT.

To "racerdoc": How do you and the "intelligent" Kenyan pronounce corpsman?

PLEASE ... spare us the alibis.

Posted by: esquire2 | March 31, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Enough of these sleeze-ball Republicans and their sour grapes rantings. Under Bush we got hit with the biggest terrorist attack in history, dove recklessly into two wars, increased the national debt by seven trillion dollars and have had to endure Larry Craig, the Appalachian trail, B&D highlights from LA and the rantings of Limpball, Hateity and that idiot Beck. You pathetic posturing parasites think you have a chance in November? Wait and see, the US has had enough of you cretins and the ballot box will prove it.

Posted by: tcarpe007 | March 31, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

To "racerdoc": How do you and the "intelligent" Kenyan pronounce corpsman?

PLEASE ... spare us the alibis.

Posted by: esquire2 | March 31, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

___________---

At least OBAMA does not have his own LANGAUGE (the infamous BUSHISMS_ like "OB gyns practicing their love with their patients", "Is our children learning,They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we", "fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again" (I like that he at least knew THE WHO)","I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family"
SHALL I GO ON....

And AMericans aren't tolerant they are basically STUPID. Hence their love of CHIMPIE BUSH and his NUCULAR agenda.

Posted by: racerdoc | March 31, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

"Arrogant" = Southern hillbilly code for "Mind your place Boy, and don't dare look at my wife if you know what's good for you." Do the teabaggers and the GOP really think they're fooling anyone?

Posted by: hyperlexis | March 31, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

It is all about "appealing to the base."

And, it is working with the base.

The question is, are moderates being pulled in too?

And, are those in the middle willing to vote from the middle?

Posted by: amelia45 | March 31, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

justmyvoice at 9:49 am. "Saying you are incorporating tort reform which is a republican idea is not the same as the bill which includes allowing money to study if reform is needed."

It needs study, A lot of people saying it is a problem doesn' mean it really is.

Here are my issues about how the Pubs are trying to enact tort reform.

The tort reform I have read about wants to limit jury awards to a maximum dollar amount. I have read of this being the limit on "pain and suffering", not the actual damage award. BUT, I don't know all the forms "tort reform" have taken everywhere.

Placing a limit on what juries can award is taking away the decision making power of the jury of one's peers. A "jury of one's peers" is the answer we found to assure those in power cannot act arbitrarily with respect to the law, cannot persecute someone without power. Justice through a jury of one's peers is the power of the powerless.

The second issue is having the government set a limit on jury awards. This is the same as trusting the government to set prices of gasoline at the pump or setting legislative limits on the salaries of corporate executives. It is government interference in what is decided in other venues. Frankly, if the government isn't smart enough to set salaries or prices in the economic system, they are not smart enough to limit the authority of juries to award damages to someone in a contract dispute.

No, tort reform that takes away justice from a jury of my peers and/or limits the dollar amount that jury of my peers can consider as reasonable for my pain and suffering, is just wrong. Those decisions belong in the courts.

Posted by: amelia45 | March 31, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Arrogant, schmarragant! Pooh, Pooh.
Consider the source. All the brainiacs
who surrounded the emperor who had no
clothes suddenly gain intelligence,
authority and oratorical skills? I don't
think so.

Posted by: csmithsmithusa | April 1, 2010 3:02 AM | Report abuse

Bush was the guy who ignored the Constitution and the law asserting the power to detain anyone, American citizen or not, without charge, trial or access to a lawyer. Bush was also the guy who used bill signing statements to indicate he would ignore the law if he felt like it. And Card say's Obama is arrogant? What a moron.

Posted by: orange3 | April 1, 2010 5:55 AM | Report abuse

Bush was the guy who ignored the Constitution and the law asserting the power to detain anyone, American citizen or not, without charge, trial or access to a lawyer. Bush was also the guy who used bill signing statements to indicate he would ignore the law if he felt like it. And Card say's Obama is arrogant? What a moron.

Posted by: orange3 | April 1, 2010 5:58 AM | Report abuse

If this healthcare bill is so wonderful, why do any of you libs / Dems care if no Republicans voted for it? You'll get 100% of the credit if it's the success you fervently believe it will be. You must not be entirely convinced that it's going to be such a booming success, since you're going to get 100% of the blame for its failures.

Posted by: RedderThanEver | April 1, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

RedderThanEver, didn't you see the memo from the gopers that they will now campaign on parts of the healthcare bill? Seems like Rush didn't mention it so watch faux noise to get up to speed on the latest talking points.

Posted by: hadelaide | April 1, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Capeheart,

Are you not aware that a majority of Americans think Obama is arrogant?

Posted by: mlemac | April 1, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Obama negotiates like Lenin. Oh sure, you're allowed to talk all you want but once you leave the room he does want he wants and then complains you won't compormise.

Remember the Blair House conference? That was supposed to be a meeting to begin negotiations. When McCain reminded Obama of Obama's many campaign promises, Obama dismissed McCain by saying "the campaign's over John".

In other words, everything Obama said during the campaign was just a tool to get him elected. Once elected he will do as he pleases.

Just ask some of his former supporters like the good Rev Wright. Obama used him to establish his street cred with the African American community then dumped him and his church as soon as Wright became inconvenient.

Obama is a man of no integrity. All of America should hold onto their wallet while this man is president. And remember, whatever Obama says is just a tool to get him what he wants.

I say he is worse than arrogant.

Posted by: krankyman | April 1, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

For many "arrogant" means "they do not agree with us."

The prime example was critics of President Bush would say "He will lose the war. He thinks he can win. That means he is deluded and arrogant."

Much of the same thing goes for President Obama's critics.

"He does not agree with us and he must be arrogant to disagree."

We to often take our opinions as facts.

That is a big mistake and really the wrong mistake to make in this environment where people can shop for news outlets that provide "facts" to match any opinion.

Posted by: gary4books | April 1, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

"Are you not aware that a majority of Americans think Obama is arrogant?"

Possibly. When did you start thinking the majority is always right? They may rule. But mistakes are made all the time.

People lie.

Posted by: gary4books | April 1, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure I agree with the commenters who think this is Card's form of gentile racism. More, it seems to run alongside the school of thought that says presidents should be people you 'want to have a beer with.' Basically Obama strikes some people aloof and intellectually over-confident, exactly the type of person you don't want to have a beer with.

The confusing thing to me is that this implies that we're looking for our presidents to be relatively docile and accepting of the status quo, when I would think we want presidents who are willing to attack the problems of the day. Even if you argue that conservatives want weak presidencies so there's less chance of government overreach, you still seem to end up with presidencies like Bush's, who rubberstamp congressional spending and are beholden to the warring factions within the administration. Can you see our "arrogant" president being bullied into invading Iraq by someone like Wolfowitz?

Posted by: ahduth | April 1, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Now, Jonathan; you know that for the Bush crowd and all of these commenters that the word, "arrogant" is just a more acceptable term for "uppity."

My favorite aspect of teh healthcare debate is how many presumably "pro-life" Republicans seem to value money over the lives of their fellow citizens. Typical of the Repugs. They are fine with our country going into debt to kill children in far away places like Iraq; but not to save the lives of American children. They are all about protecting the lives of theoretical/potential children in utero; but then don't give a diddly about them once they are born. Pathetic.

Posted by: JAWIWA | April 1, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Obama has shown his arrogance since DAY ONE of his run and in the WhiteHouse. He and his "crew" believe the rest of us are utterly incapable of reading and deciding for ourselves what we want AND we don't want more government in our lives!!!!!

Posted by: rjorda1954 | April 1, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Arrogant? I think he means uppity.

Posted by: PeggyB1 | April 1, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The GOP seems to have learned how expedient it is not to remember anything.

Posted by: scottjb9 | April 1, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I share PeggyB1's view -- keep hearing the word "arrogant" used in criticisms of the President, and most often by old white guys (and I'm a getting-to-be-old white gal, so don't take this as some sort of angry rant from a minority!). It's struck me a number of times that their use of the word "arrogant" seems to be just a substitution for the obviously racist "uppity." Shame on Andy Card and everyone else who plays this game -- especially given the fact that the health reform bill is almost identical to that pushed and passed by the "conservative" Mitt Romney when he was Massachusetts' governor. Put a "D" in front of the name of the person who signs the legislation, and it's suddenly evil.

Here's a word for the GOP: HYPOCRITES.

Posted by: marcywrite | April 1, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

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