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Washington Examiner

CINCINNATI — A seemingly offhand utterance from President Obama has turned into a major point of contention between the two campaigns, as Team Obama tries to explain what the president meant when he told a crowd of supporters that “Voting is the best revenge.”

It happened in Springfield, Ohio Friday as Obama was discussing the economic policies of the 1990s.  When Obama referred to “a Senate candidate by the name of Mitt Romney,” the crowd booed his opponent’s name — certainly not unusual reaction at political rallies of both parties.  Then Obama said, “No, no, no — don’t boo, vote.  Vote.  Voting is the best revenge.”

It was an ugly and small-minded moment, especially for the end of a campaign when candidates usually try to stress larger, optimistic themes.  Romney incorporated the “revenge” line in his speech in Ohio Friday night, saying that while Obama advises revenge, he, Romney, wants people to vote “for love of country.”

As Obama traveled to northern Ohio Saturday morning, campaign official Jen Psaki was asked about the “revenge” remark.  According to a White House pool report, Psaki said Obama had been speaking in the context of Romney’s “scare tactics” in Ohio.  The Republican is “frightening workers in Ohio into thinking, falsely, that they’re not going to have a job,” Psaki said, according to the pool report.  “And the message [Obama] was sending is if you don’t like the policies, if you don’t like the plan that Gov. Romney is putting forward, if you think that’s a bad deal for the middle class, then you can go to the voting booth and cast your ballot. It’s nothing more complicated than that.”

The problem is, the president was actually not speaking in the context of Romney’s highly-controversial ads about bailed-out Chrysler adding production of Jeeps in China.  In fact, Obama had not said a word about the Jeep controversy when he said “revenge.”  His speech had touched on Hurricane Sandy, on the progress the American economy has made in the last few years, on his national security accomplishments, on the choice Americans will make on November 6, on Bill Clinton’s record — on a lot of things, but not on Jeep.

 

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  1. Diann

    November 4th, 2012

    Let me explain it for them:
    This President and his Administration hate about 70% of the people who live in this country, pay taxes, do the working and living and fighting and dying for the country. They hate us. They hate us. Let me say that again, THEY HATE US. And the only war Liberals are ever willing to fight to the death for is the War against the American People.

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  2. hanoverfist

    November 4th, 2012

    “Its revenge for that cracker back yackin at me
    in them debates!”

    -B. Okenyan

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  3. super toe

    November 4th, 2012

    Diann said it.
    He HATES us.

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  4. Dr Tar

    November 4th, 2012

    Obumbles people spin so fast now to cover up his hatred and incompetence that I’d get dizzy if I paid attention to them.

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  5. Col. Angus

    November 4th, 2012

    Shit, I gotta admit that when I cast my vote on the first day of early voting, I had revenge on my mind, too. Go fook yourself Barack.

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  6. Jack Daniels

    November 4th, 2012

    I am absolutely certain his use of the word revenge indicates everything it it is meant to mean.

    You will see his ‘revenge’ in action the day after.

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  7. Jack Daniels

    November 4th, 2012

    Check out Angry White Dude’s open letter to the president.

    http://angrywhitedude.com/2012/11/angry-white-dude-open-letter-to-president-obama/

    I wish it was a petition we could sign…

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  8. Annie

    November 4th, 2012

    Untreated victims of childhood rape are in peril of living a life of revenge but never against the rapist. The closeted homosexual forced to marry/pose seethes with revenge. The self-loathing black leans forward in revenge. There are other factors in O’s life but they pale before these 3. He just slipped and told the truth.

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  9. Anne

    November 4th, 2012

    I think that we all know [exactly] what he meant.
    He has a seething resentment and hatred of whitey.

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  10. CrustyB

    November 4th, 2012

    I don’t think there’s a complicated reason he said this. The simple reason is that he’s an amatuer who can’t behave himself without Axelrod feeding him his lines.

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  11. sTevo

    November 4th, 2012

    I don’t want revenge. I want justice.

    The un-Commander-In-Chief should be tried and convicted for not acting in the interest of the four dead in Benghazi.

    Four Dead In Benghazi.

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  12. FreeMan & Sarah Voting Early & Often

    November 4th, 2012

    I agree with Obama’s remark I intend to get revenge this Tuesday.

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  13. Stirrin the B.S.

    November 4th, 2012

    The idiot went off teleprompter again and spoke what he really believes. Valdemort’s gonna rip him a new one for that screw-up (heh heh).

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  14. Graceia

    November 4th, 2012

    I read once that it is easy for a good person to pretend to be bad but it is impossible for a bad person to pretend to be good for any length of time.

    The mask is slipping more and more.

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  15. Anonymous

    November 4th, 2012

    Annie, you nailed it!

    “Untreated victims of childhood rape are in peril of living a life of revenge but never against the rapist. The closeted homosexual forced to marry/pose seethes with revenge. The self-loathing black leans forward in revenge. There are other factors in O’s life but they pale before these 3. He just slipped and told the truth.”

    A recent post I read:

    “One has to have a compassion for even the most disturbed humans and pray for their recovery, but the chance of this African demon reaching old age is absolutely zero. His fate is already sealed, and while he may wander about pretending to be normal for a while, he’s karmically bound to fall, through disease, assassination, or by an accident.”

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  16. mossberg12gal

    November 4th, 2012

    seems like i recall a self-analysis obama provided us before he was elected in 08, of an “unthreatening black man” or something like that…hmmmm, he has finally become that threatening black man we were supposed to be afraid of back then…eventually, the “sheep’s clothing” begins to reveal the wolf, or should i say the son of satan, as i believe him to be

    living in a rather remote area of Texas, we are starting our election-day preps, circling the wagons, locked and loaded, praise the Lord!

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  17. Anne

    November 4th, 2012

    While swinging from a chanelier at the outset of his presidency, Obama chose to remove a bust of Winston Churchill from the White
    House, and, yes, our very own cute, little Ardipithecus ramidus inrate expressed his disdain for what he called colonialists, too stupid to realize that his moronic ancestors were still living in a stone age when their homeland was colonized by whites, and, in fact, if it wasn’t for those white colonialists, that moronic savage, Obama, would be living in a grass hut with zero prospect of living past the age of 30, still stuck in a stone age.

    You can rake the savage out if the jungle, but you can’t take the jungle out of the savage. What a baboon. What a maroon.

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  18. NoMoBo

    November 4th, 2012

    As Bill Whittle puts it, Obama keeps showing himself as a small, petty little man.

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  19. Anne

    November 4th, 2012

    Bill Whittle consistently has excellent commentaries,

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  20. Anne

    November 4th, 2012

    There isn’t any diference between Obama and Sharpton. Both are slimy, racist street hustlers ad black trash. Elect one and you get the other. Obama is just a skinny Sharpton with a better haircut. Only white trash could have voted for those scumbags.

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  21. Troy

    November 4th, 2012

    So lets sum up the reasons to vote for Obama, according to Obama:
    1) Revenge
    2) Romney had resumes of women in a binder while he was Governor. And actually hired women.
    3) Romney put his dog in a crate on his car and took him with the family for vacation in 1974. Even though that was the norm then, everyone had a Country Squire station wagon and no SUV had been invented yet.
    4) Romney may or may not have cut a fellow students hair 40 years ago.
    5) They gonna put ya’ll back in chains. Even though it is the democrats that keep minorities on the plantation.
    6) Romney is a bullshitter. Lightning should have struck O right then and there when he said that.
    7) Vote for more hope and change, as if Obama hasn’t been in office the past four years?
    8) Romney is going to take away free contraception (typical cost $9/month) from 30 year old Ivy-league whores that will be making six-figures when they graduate.

    Yep, that is the democrat platform.

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  22. Anne

    November 4th, 2012

    Add one more, Troy: Democrats have Biden to ensure that Obama won’t be assassinated.

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  23. Name Redacted

    November 4th, 2012

    “Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand, And the things to come hasten upon them.” – God
    (Deuteronomy 32:35 NKJV)

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  24. Dano

    November 4th, 2012

    Diann said it ALL!! This election is our fight against tyranny.

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  25. Goldenfoxx

    November 4th, 2012

    Well, I got my revenge when I voted the day I received my absentee ballot in the mail. I felt a tingle go up my leg when I voted for Romney/Ryan. Revenge is sweet.

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  26. Moe tom

    November 4th, 2012

    Drudge: New York Daily News endorses Romney. New York is waking up folks. Be very afraid libtards. Very afraid.

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  27. Hillbilly Lawyers

    November 4th, 2012

    What kind of revenge does the traitor have planned for when his voter fraud plan fails, I wonder?

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  28. Hillbilly Lawyers

    November 4th, 2012

    @sTevo

    It’s hard for me to keep up with all the youtube videos posted here so I don’t know if this has already been posted, but I decided to do a search after reading your post mention Four Dead In Benghazi and found this :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvW4_sABQMk
    -
    and this:
    http://www.youtube.com/embed/Wwik6vf9u_o?modestbranding=1&wmode=opaque
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    I’m sure they must be some other versions out there.

    Thanks.

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  29. Ohio Dan

    November 4th, 2012

    I recently read an article about Obamas right testicle, Valerie Jarrett, saying there would be payback for those who opposed o didn’t support the JEF. Sounds a whole lot like revenge to me.

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  31. Noelegy

    November 4th, 2012

    I am very worried about what a lame-duck Obama and Jarrett could push through between now and January, but I’m trying not to be.

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  32. chiefillinicake

    November 4th, 2012

    Yes, he hates us. It’s true…he really, really does.

    But then again, it’s mutual.

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  33. Jus Sayin

    November 4th, 2012

    It is very Interesting How NOW AMERICA is waking up! Now all of the ugly truth comes out!.. IT really makes me wonder how America did not do their Due Diligence on this Man! How in the world did this man clearly get pass the Congress.. The American People.. The Senate.. Where is the Justice? Redeem yourself America.. Do the right thing! Let’s Take America Back! Vote Obama Out!

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