Obama distances himself from Planned Parenthood

In a February 17 interview with Virginia’s NBC12, I doubt President Barack Obama expected to be asked about Planned Parenthood.

I, myself, was pleasantly surprised the question of Live Action’s investigative videos came up. But it only goes to show what a big deal they’ve become – reaching all the way to the President of the United States.

On the other hand, Obama really shouldn’t be surprised and should only expect more where this came from. After all, he and PP are well known political bed partners.

But that ppromance may well be on the rocks as PP becomes more and more radioactive. See what I mean…

The question:

There’s as debate raging over a conservative group that went into PP with a video camera and taped what appeared to be PP workers turning a blind eye to sex trafficking. Republicans in Washington have now turned this into a call for you and for other leaders to strip PP of funding from the federal government. Do you think this video should be a reason to look at PP’s funding? Do you think it was a setup? How would you react to it?

The 1st bit of news to glean from Obama’s response is he was fully aware of the scandal.

Obama tried to minimize the sex trafficking sting as “manufactured” and only getting attention on the “blogosphere,” both claims of which are patently false. His own Dept. of Justice is now involved, after all, and the videos were repeatedly cited in GOP House testimony last week about an amendment to defund PP – which passed.

But Obama did nothing to reassure PP beyond that. In fact, he only distanced himself from the sex trafficking sanctuary.

Obama 1st noted that any “specific problem… should be addressed.” Slap.

But his most intriguing statement was, “I think that Planned Parenthood in the past has done good work.”

If Obama were still fully behind PP he would have said, “I think that Planned Parenthood does good work.”

But he didn’t.

Obama proceeded to tic off what he considered real problems, none of which had anything to do with PP and some of which were even contrary to PP’s mission of killing every child it can get paid to kill: “How well our kids do in the future… educating… research and development, science and technology….”

Then came the pièce de résistance: “Are we dealing with our budget in a serious way and reducing spending?”

Wouldn’t that be making the GOP’s case to defund PP?

[HT for video production: Andy Moore]

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    Billy Purcell says:

    Political expediency at it’s best

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    Fed Up says:

    If Obama were still fully behind PP he would have said, “I think that Planned Parenthood does good work.”

    Nah, I don’t think so. He’s smoke and mirrors.

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    Rob says:

    Exactly the response we’ve come to expect from him .  By great work is he referring to the millions of babies killed in the past decade ? Or is he referring to the work of Margeret Sanger ?  Sorry Barry , this one is on your plate and not the local one .

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    Catherine Wood says:

    ANSWER THE DAMN QUESTION, MR. PRESIDENT!! STOP DANCING AROUND! DO YOU SUPPORT PP IN SPITE OF THEIR ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR OR NOT! Sidestep 1,2,3.

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    Ronin says:

    “The important thing is how our kids are going to do in the future…” What, you mean IF WE DON’T KILL THEM FIRST?!?
    What an inane, incompetent, and, frankly, disgusting, attempt to re-cast abortion and PP as an unimportant issue. He really thought he could redirect attention away from abortion by focusing on it being all about “our children”– the ones that make it through the gauntlet and are actually allowed to be born?
     

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    pro-baby says:

    He doesn’t seem able to answer questions, he goes off topic. I bet he’s ADHD

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    John says:

    The only thing we know about what Obama’s thinking is that we’ll never know what Obama’s thinking.  We can deduce from his actions, though, that what he’s thinking is not in our (American citizens’) favor.

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    Fed Up says:

     that relationship may well be rocky

    Not rocky enough to keep him from giving PP something they wanted the very next day: rescinding most of Bush’s additional conscience protections. Nice of him to do it when PP sorely needs some good news.

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    Israel P says:

    “If Obama were still fully behind PP he would have said, ‘I think that Planned Parenthood does good work.’ ”

    Do you really think Obama is that precise when speaking without preparation and without the teleprompter?  I have my doubts.

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    TJ says:

    @ Ronin-  my sentiments exactly.  as soon as he opened his mouth and stuttered, stumbling over something to say I knew he was going to try and throw the wool over our eyes… now you see it.. now you don’t… so how’s the weather?

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    dottie says:

    Great post, Jill!  So glad you’re on the side of TRUTH and LIFE.   Keep up the good work.

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    Monte says:

    I don’t think he distanced himself from Planned Parenthood at all.  He said as little as possible about them and then did what politicians do when they don’t want to answer the question – talk about another issue.  Now, he believes it’s a local issue, but on anything else, such as Arizona or Wisconsin, he sticks his nose in.  If he really cared about the abuses at Planned Parenthood he would already have a full investigation.  As usual, just follow the money and much of his comes from supporters of Planned Parenthood.

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    Stephanie says:

    I have to say, I really don’t think he is distancing himself from Planned Parenthood at all in that video. If he was distancing himself from them, I think he would have commented on how bad things were about PP. Instead he made a comment that these things were manufactured and blown out of proportion in the blogosphere, and that the American people don’t really care about that, they care about jobs.

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    Susie Allen says:

    Well I would say that POTUS just threw them under the bus. The attractive Lila Rose with the baby like voice just pulled off a wonderful one.  He knows full well what citizen journalism is doing.

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    joan says:

    “Obama tried to minimize the sex trafficking sting as “manufactured” and only getting attention on the “blogosphere,” both claims of which are patently false.”
     
    Yeah, it’s getting attention on Fox “News” too. Of course, there’s no real story with any sort of national significance, so actual news outlets haven’t bothered to cover it.

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    Carla says:

    Top of the morning to you, Joan!!

    Hope the shoveling out is going well!

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    Ronnie says:

    If the work of Planned Parenthood has been good in the past, I would hate to know what they could have done that would be worst!

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    nohype says:

    Pay no attention to what Obama says. Watch what he does. That is where the truth about him is revealed.

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    Theresa Cz says:

    He only cares about the vote and supporting his culture of death agenda. He clarified in his meeting with PP that he considers abortion as reproductive care and I don’t think there’s any doubt that their nightmare teams dream is to streamline abortion through the health care law with tax payers dollars with the next step being socialism.
    We must defend those who cannot defend themselves and once again become a country with life, liberty and justice for all.

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    John Lewandowski says:

    Katie, is that ridiculous, vulgar trash supposed to prove anything?  Seems to me that it’s nothing but a bunch of self-congratulatory ad hominem attacks on Stanek, Rose, and Johnson.  Typical of the “feminist” side of the blogosphere, but useful for nothing but wasting electrons.

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    Chris Arsenault says:

    Katie @1:29AM – when in your development did you get your human rights and why then?

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    Alice says:

    Yeah, it’s getting attention on Fox “News” too. Of course, there’s no real story with any sort of national significance, so actual news outlets haven’t bothered to cover it.
     
    Of course, Fox is watched by more people more often than any of the “actual news outlets” you’re citing.  So, even if you don’t like them, you really kind of have to pay attention to what they report, ’cause…everyone else certainly is.

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    Praxedes says:

    We shouldn’t get so distracted with some of these issues that we ignore what’s really going on to determine how well our children do in the future. . .

    How well do you think children who are being raped and whose rapists are being protected by you and PP, will do in the future, Mr. Obama?  There are more children in our country than your daughters and their friends. 

    At least these child sex slaves have a job, right Mr. Obama?  These girls probably don’t have weight issues either — stress alone will keep that issue in check.

    Think outside of your safe little box and protect the children of our country from predators for crying out loud.

    If our ‘leader’ can’t find it in himself to at least protect little girls when he has his own, he needs to go.

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    Katherine says:

    What a great place to cut government spending!  As my dad would say if you are not ready to pay then you should not be laying with another!  Less government and more personal responsibility.  Help families with mother and father that go through tough times and give less help to those that are irresponsible and just live off the system because it is easier.  If government is to serve then they should have to sacrifice like all Americans and not be promised retirement make them have a 401K and have to pay for their medical as most Americans have to.

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    Katherine says:

    President Obama and Mrs. Obama (who tries to control food -wheat spaghetti in school lunches ,yuck!: I have six children and none of them are overweight and they all eat different things like dessert but they learn to listen to when their stomach has had enough and learn to not eat anymore and I do not force them as young children to eat everything off their plate if they feel full they get to come back later if they get hungry again.) need to go and we need a President who cuts government spending!!!

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    valerie says:

    Interesting – he focuses on the economy acting like it is more important than children who are caught in sex trafficking.  OF COURSE, the economy is important, but how unwise to say, essentially, “We can’t be distracted by the problem of a federally funded organization showing an active willingness to facilitate child sex trafficking, because we have to fix the economy.”  Anyone of sound judgment knows we have to address BOTH problems.  Does he really think his comments will convince his listeners and make them think, “You know, he’s right, we have so much to do to fix the economy. Let’s not get distracted by the problem of a national, federally funded, organization showing a willingness to actively facilitate child sex trafficking.”  He apparently has NO idea just how abhorent most people find child sex trafficking.  It’s just amazing, the things he thinks he can pull off!

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    Kelly O says:

    It sounds to me as though he’s saying that because the “people he’s talked to” are more concerned about the economy, the issue of sex trafficking and its enablers can be put on the back burner? I think the 20,000 youths trafficked every year in America and their families, would disagree.

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    Del says:

    Poor Katie. She’s another “Sad Cecile.” She’s got nothing, including no help from Obama.

    My hearing from this interview with Obama is that the President is not going to publicly involve himself in the thorny budget issues.  He’s going to sign whatever the Congress send to him.

    Pro-lifers would love to see Obama take a stand against the abuse of young girls, and institutions that enable the abusers.

    Pro-choicers would like for Obama to condemn those irresponsible, loose-cannon, hatchet job attacks of LiveAction. 

    But Obama has declared that both sides are ignorable, just buzzing about in the inconsequential blog-o-sphere.

    Obama remembers ACORN.  He took a lot of damage when his beloved ACORN went down after similar exposure.  He is not going to let his affection for Planned Parenthood interfere with his chances for re-election in 2012. 

    He’ll let Planned Parenthood go down without a personal comment.

    Short analysis:  Planned Parenthood has a lost a key political ally.  PP thought he was going to send them billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded abortions.  Now it looks like Obama will not say a word in defense of their annual federal stipend.

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    joan says:

    “Of course, Fox is watched by more people more often than any of the “actual news outlets” you’re citing. So, even if you don’t like them, you really kind of have to pay attention to what they report, ’cause…everyone else certainly is.”

    Oh, okay. All they have to do is start reporting in the first place, because Bill O’Reilly demanding to know where the moon came from, or Glenn Beck sobbing hysterically and ranting about Google and the Federal Reserve is not “reporting” and it’s not news.

    Here are some other things that are watched by more people more often than any of the actual news outlets: Lady Gaga music videos on YouTube, the Puppy Bowl, and Jersey Shore. I guess we better start looking to these things as credible news sources, since the only standard for judging news credibility is apparently the amount of viewership.

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    comdude says:

    We’re aware that the president while in the Illinois legislature opposed a law to protect infants that were in fact born alive during botched late-term abortions.  That’s a matter of public record.  His statements here are vague enough that any “hope” for “change” is about as slippery as the subject matter itself.  Lest you be distracted from your topic, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was rushed from Cairo after a group street sexual assault by individuals celebrating the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.  The White House is rumored to be “distancing itself” from that as well.
    Do you have any idea of the status of women in Islamic culture?  Do you seriously “hope” this particular president is going to concern himself with activities at Planned Parenthood that might be viewed as… oh, aiding and abetting with the underage sex trafficking industry, for example?  That’s not consistent with history, from a thousand years ago up to last week.  I think he thinks he has bigger fish to fry.
    At some point you will realize that we are well on our way back to the Middle Ages as our elected king proceeds with his fundamental transformations.

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    Susan Lytle says:

    If dodge-ball was an olympic sport…..How about REDUCING the spending of 360 MILLION dollars of our tax $??!!

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    joan says:

    Yeah, let’s pretend that $360 million is anything more than a tiny drop in the ocean of government spending. Let me put it into perspective: the amount of federal corn subsidies for fiscal year 2009 was almost $4 billion dollars. If the government was a shopper buying $200 of groceries, $360 million would be the equivalent of a “25 cents off” coupon.

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    Katie says:

    Yeah, Joan! That’s so true. This is just base-pleasing PR. It has nothing to do with “investigations” or money. Obama doesn’t have to say anything about Planned Parenthood. He can just veto the budget. President’s get to do that if there are things in it that they don’t like. Not that it’s going to get that far. The Senate will knock it down pretty quickly.

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    CT says:

    True, but it all adds up Joan. We’re not talking about a time of budget balance here where questionable things get to stay. GOOD programs that we might otherwise want to keep are going to have to be cut to get the budget under control. There’s absolutely no reason to keep funding corrupt ones. That $360M might make the difference for another program/agency.

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    Marauder says:

    He doesn’t seem able to answer questions, he goes off topic. I bet he’s ADHD

    No, I have ADHD. He’s someone who refuses to address the truth. (You don’t say people “are” ADHD anymore than you say, “She’s diabetes.”)

    Joan, I have no idea what your comment about Bill O’Reilly and the moon is referring to, but you’re focusing on the commentary shows. When Keith Olbermann said Bristol Palin was “the worst person in the world”, was that news?

    Every single time someone criticizes Fox News, they always go after the commentary shows, where people are supposed to talk about their opinions. It wasn’t exactly “news” when Chris Matthews said Obama made his leg tingle, either. Face it, you just don’t like the fact that more people like Fox News than the news stations you wish they’d watch and believe.

    Getting back to Obama, this man is so morally bankrupt that it’s amazing. When a bunch of gay teenagers killed themselves over a couple of months, he took that seriously. He didn’t say that was “manufactured” by the blogosphere because it was “only” a few cases. I think he should have taken that seriously, but this deserves to be taken even more seriously by someone in his position because this involved taxpayer dollars, illegal actions, and other things that he, as president, should be taking a strong stance on. His “strong stance” is to ignore it and act like it’s just a bunch of hysterical bloggers. Of course, what can you expect from a man who said he wouldn’t want his daughters “punished with a baby”?

    Katie, do you approve of Planned Parenthood helping pimps in sex trafficking?

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    Alice says:

    Could someone please explain to joan how comparing the ratings of one news channel to those of other news channels is a meaningful comparison of where people get news from, and comparing those of a news channel to entertainment websites and programs is not?  I’m not sure the phrase “apples and oranges” is one with which she’s familiar.

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    Marauder says:

    Oh, forgot to say: is there any actual evidence that Live Action is “a conservative organization”? If people can be pro-choice and consider themselves conservatives, I don’t think the fact that an organization is pro-life means it’s automatically conservative.

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    JoAnna says:

    Katie says on her blog, “He mentions ‘sometimes these issues get manufactured.’ hmm, seems that Jilly overlooked that comment”
    Jill said in the OP: “Obama tried to minimize the sex trafficking sting as ‘manufactured’…”
    Go go Gadget reading comprehension!
    Katie, after a gaffe like that, do you expect anyone to take you seriously? Try reading Jill’s post if you’re going to criticize it.

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    joan says:

    “Joan, I have no idea what your comment about Bill O’Reilly and the moon is referring to, but you’re focusing on the commentary shows. When Keith Olbermann said Bristol Palin was “the worst person in the world”, was that news?”

    This is what I was referring to about Bill O’Reilly and the moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyHzhtARf8M

    And I don’t know why you’re bringing Keith Olbermann into this. I never said anything about MSNBC.

    “Every single time someone criticizes Fox News, they always go after the commentary shows, where people are supposed to talk about their opinions.”

    They go after the commentary shows because the commentary shows are the bulk of the station’s programming and the primary ratings draw. Any “serious” news programming on Fox are a side-show at best.

    “I think he should have taken that seriously, but this deserves to be taken even more seriously by someone in his position because this involved taxpayer dollars, illegal actions, and other things that he, as president, should be taking a strong stance on.”

    Hey, speaking of “illegal actions”, how are those criminal prosecutions (or lack thereof) coming along?

    “Katie, do you approve of Planned Parenthood helping pimps in sex trafficking?”

    Do you approve of blatantly dishonest tactics used to smear Planned Parenthood, an organization that runs over 2500 facilities in the United States alone, with the supposed misdoings of less than a dozen of those facilities?

    Rhetorical question. Of course you do. Of course, it’s like trying to say that the entire Wendy’s Corporation is part of some nefarious plot to put human fingers in people’s chili, because that happened at one individually-operated franchise establishment once. But hey, don’t let logic get in the way of a disinformation campaign against an organization that most people here would be more than happy to see taken down by hook or by crook.

    “Could someone please explain to joan how comparing the ratings of one news channel to those of other news channels is a meaningful comparison of where people get news from, and comparing those of a news channel to entertainment websites and programs is not? ”

    Except Fox News is an entertainment channel, not a news channel, despite the name, so the comparison is appropriate.

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    John Lewandowski says:

    The main difference between Fox News and MSM news is that Fox News labels its opinion and commentary shows as such, while the MSM does not.  If Bill O’Reilly says something, he’s giving his opinion.  He is not presenting it as an unbiased news item, which is what the supposedly honest and fair MSM does.

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    Fed Up says:

    let’s pretend that $360 million is anything more than a tiny drop in the ocean of government spending.

    True, but hardly the point, which is what PP uses that “tiny drop” for.  By situating their abortion practice in offices subsidized by Title X funding, they’ve significantly lowered their abortion overhead costs and maximized profits on the taxpayers’ dime.

    I expect the President and the Senate to continue subsidizing PP’s profitbuilding. The silver lining is that the longer they show themselves unwilling to represent the will of the people, the better our chances to vote them out of power in a couple of years. PP will be defunded, it’s just a matter of time.

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    Alice says:

    Except Fox News is an entertainment channel, not a news channel, despite the name, so the comparison is appropriate.
     
    LOL.  Just LOL.

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    Marauder says:

    Hey, speaking of “illegal actions”, how are those criminal prosecutions (or lack thereof) coming along?

    If you knew anything about how the criminal justice system works, you would know that prosecutors don’t report that they might be bringing criminal charges until they do bring criminal charges. Sometimes it takes years before they have enough evidence for an indictment. Sometimes they get a grand jury together. They don’t make public announcements about those things.

    Live Action has come up with numerous videos of Planned Parenthood employees at different facilities being dishonest and/or not fulfilling their legal duty to report suspected sexual abuse. The main organization denies there’s any truth in the videos until the public outcry gets loud enough that they feel as though they have to. I don’t remember Wendy’s claiming the chili incident was a complete fabrication. Plus, as you say, that was one Wendy’s. If it had happened at various Wendy’s locations in Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Alabama, Wisconsin, and other states, while Wendy’s denied that it was a problem, an intelligent person would start to wonder what the heck was going on.

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    scragsma says:

    Hmm. Is he saying that because there are other issues to be addressed, we should ignore this one? The federal government isn’t capable of doing more than a few things at a time? Seems to me there are divisions of government whose province is specifically to deal with this sort of thing, not education or jobs or the budget.

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    Katie says:

    Joanna,
    She mentions it, but chooses to overlook it in her analysis. She didn’t do any of her “fancy” editing to that comment in the video either, suggesting that she found it less important.

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    scragsma says:

    It should also be noted that Live Action’s videos have, in past years, resulted in successful legal action against PP facilities.

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    MaryRose says:

    Joan,
    If LiveAction was doing stings all over the place and getting turned away and reported repeatedly, you might have a point. In other words, if they were having to grasp at straws to catch PP in the act, it would make sense for you to claim that this is a few locations, and poor judgment calls on the part of employees. However, there has to my knowledge been evidence of one (count them, ONE) circumstance wherein the police were involved. And it was at one of the clinics in the videos. If I were involved in internal affairs or PR for Planned Parenthood, I would have immediately upon learning of these stings been looking into the police reports/police calls made from every PP location in the northeast US during that time period. If my clinics were reporting the suspicious behavior, AS THEY SHOULD BE, I would bring to light every one of the instances where there is documentation of this.
     
    However, if I found that LiveAction had a nearly perfect batting record for clinics aiding the “pimp” without calling the authorities, I would be running scared, and scrambling to do damage control. ;)

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    groovsmyth says:

    Obama “distancing” himself? Like from Jeremiah Wright?

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    yor bro ken says:

    Attempting to throw PP under his campaign bus might prove to a bit problematic to b o.

    That is one giant pile of steaming bovine scatulation to try hide under the bus. The b o magical mystery tour might just bog down and grind to a halt in the worlds largest cow paddy.

    That may be one reason b o has interjected himself so publicly  into the political hay making contest in Wisconsin.

    The  Live Action folks are going to be have to be vigilant and time the release of any other videos til after brujaja in the middle east and Wisconsin die down.

    But the republicans should keep up the pressure to defund PP and any other expenditure that is not authorized by the United States Constitution.

    Just the do the right thing folks and gitter dun!

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    yor bro ken says:

    Joan,

    When and if you extricate your cranium from where the sun never shines then you should view that little video clip of b o answering the reporters question.

    Pay close attention to the so called ‘journalist’ and notice how he almost rolls over on his back and wets his pants when he raises the question about PP with b o.

    The infoweasel was attempting to dodge the softball question for b o even as he was asking it.

    PP and b o have been engaged in a long term mutual admiration ‘waist up’ relationship for a very long time.

    But PP, the grand whore house she is, knows where enough bodies are buried to keep even a self serving narcicist like b o from spurning her completely.

    b o may have to bitch slap PP publicly and kiss her buttocks privately, but it will be hard for him to place too much distance between himself and the whore that brung em.

    This dance of the thousand razor cuts will be more fun to watch than a Jerry Springer episode with black panthers and white supremicists.

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    NAR says:

    Joan,
    My friend basic probability (something most 6th graders have a pretty good grasp on) disagrees with your little “isolated incident” argument. I mean the odds that Live Action just happened to randomly pick the less than a dozen PPs out of over 2500 in the country that are aiding sex traffickers have got to be pretty slim, wouldn’t you think?

    As for your smear campaign against Fox News, I don’t really have to care what you think about what I watch. You just cling to your hopelessly biased MSM while its ratings slip away and the rest of America wakes up.

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    John Lewandowski says:

    But NAR, don’t you know?  Lila Rose went into every single Planned Parenthood location in the entire country.  Five times!  That adds up to, what, 90 billion visits to Planned Parenthood?  And she only got them to break the law a handful of times!  It’s insignificant!  AND, she used EDITED VIDEO!  Who cares if every video you ever see on the news is edited?  That’s besides the point.  FAUX NEWS LIES!!!  GOV. WALKER IS HITLER!  Just in case you didn’t know.

    Plus if there have been 50 million abortions in the past 40 years, that means that 50 million individual women have had abortions, because no woman has ever had more than one abortion.  Therefore, pro-life women are hypocrites!

    /Pro-abort Math

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    Jerry says:

    The charges brought against Planned Parenthood are extremely serious–things such as participating in the cover-up of statutory rape, turning a blind eye to child trafficking, engaging in the misrepresentation (fraud) of facts to help cover up crimes….and so on.

    As a lawyer B.O. was an officer of the court.  As POTUS he has in his employ the chief law enforcement office of the country in the person of the Attorney General.  As a father of two daughters he has the responsibility of a father protecting his young from predators. 

    His reaction?  He dismisses the seriousness of the revelations with a kind of casualness that is so typical of Obama.  Well, yes, maybe there was a small problem at one or two places, BUT the overall work that PP does more than makes up for a puny allegation of a couple of transgressions.  His love affair with Planned Parenthood has truly blinded his judgment.  Or as bro ken says:  “PP and b o have been engaged in a long term mutual admiration ‘waist up’ relationship for a very long time”.

    Yes, that is our president.  Little girls are ensnared in the sex industry, PP is helping pimps, and POTUS waves it off as much to do about nothing, a distraction. Let’s not take our eye off the important things. 
     

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    Praxedes says:

    GOV. WALKER IS HITLER! 

    Hey John.  I am a Republican prolifer working in a public school in an area that votes largely Democratic. 

    Interesting week to say the least. 

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    Mr. Potato Head says:

    Obama’s past advocacy is disturbing enough but He isn’t even a man of his convictions. What a tool.

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