President Obama Brilliantly Slams Republican Debate Complaints (Video)

Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 10.03.01 AMWhen I watched last week’s GOP debate, I knew the backlash was going to be fairly substantial, but even I didn’t expect the all-out temper tantrum that many Republicans have been throwing since last Wednesday. It’s been so bad that even some of the GOP candidates have actually called out their peers for their constant whining.


Well you can count President Obama as one of those folks who decided to chime in on the nearly week-long hissy fit by turning the GOP’s own attacks around on them.

“Have you noticed that every one of these candidates say, ‘Obama’s weak. Putin’s kicking sand in his face,” Obama said. “When I talk to Putin, he’s going to straighten out.”

“Then it turns out they can’t handle a bunch of CNBC moderators at the debate,” he continued. “Let me tell you, if you can’t handle those guys, then I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you.”

Ouch.

While President Obama was clearly poking a little fun, there’s a lot of truth to what he said. A large part of the GOP’s rhetoric against him, especially as it relates to foreign policy matters, has been that he’s weak. Yet many of these candidates, and the Republican party as a whole, have been incessantly whining for nearly a week now – not because the debate was actually “unfair,” as they claim – but because their lies were fact checked on live television. How do any of these candidate crying about the “liberal media” expect to lead the nation or deal with adversaries like Putin when they seemingly got owned by the debate moderators at CNBC?

Heck, frontrunner Donald Trump constantly whines about the media whenever he feels they’ve asked him a question that “isn’t very nice.” Sure, he loves to talk tough about how he would handle Putin or the Chinese, but he’s constantly going off on childish rants on Twitter whenever he feels he was asked a question he didn’t like.

The bottom line is, the GOP is making themselves look like a bunch of petulant children all for the sake of trying to pander to their base. That’s why Ted Cruz is playing up this “we need moderators who aren’t a part of the liberal media” nonsense so much. He’s trying to work conservative voters up into a frenzy, hoping it benefits him politically.

Yet in the meantime, to the rest of the country, the Republican party looks absolutely ridiculous. Even Fox News’ Megyn Kelly mocked the absurdity of the demands some within the GOP want networks to agree to.


I just hope come next November the American people are smart enough to realize that none of the Republican candidates belongs anywhere near the White House.

Watch Obama’s comments below via CNN:




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • strayaway

    Hypocrite alert – From the 2007 CBS article, “Democrats Dismiss Fox News Debate” a debate sponsored by the Black Congressional Caucus:

    “The debate exodus began two months ago when John Edwards became the first candidate to announce that he would not attend the Sept. 23 debate in Detroit. A week later, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama announced they also would not participate.”

    Sad but true; Putin owns Obama.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      Hahahah…..what color is the sun on your planet? Ours is yellow. How exactly does Putin “own” our President? You should probably lay off of Rush’s short and curlies for while.

      • strayaway

        Putin now controls Crimea and other parts of Ukraine, Putin is calling the shots in Syria and now has new bases there. Putin has reestablished a military alliance with China. Obama seems uncomfortable to be in the same room as Putin. That’s a shame. I wish we had a president who could hold his own with Putin but without having rekindled the cold war like Obama did. Since Putin began bombing IS, Obama responded by providing $50M of weapons to some “moderate” rebels trying to overthrow Assad. Obama might as well have petulantly contributed those weapons to IS assuming the weapons went to the right people in the first place. He sent F-15 anti-plane fighters to the area. Also, Obama is refusing to provide intelligence information about IS to Russia. He even tried to persuade Iraq from letting Russian planes fly over its air space. Iraq refused. By doing so, Iraq suggested how little clout Obama still has in that neighborhood.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Just make sure you use words like “feckless”. That way we know you “know” what you are talking about…..hahahah

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        What would Ron Paul do? (WWRPD?) What would Krauthammer and the neocons do? (something very different in ’08, that is for sure)

      • strayaway

        Unlike Hillary and Kerry, Ron Paul voted against giving his congressional power to Bush to decide whether or not to wage war on Iraq. Unlike Hillary, Obama, and Kerry, Paul did not vote in support of Bush or Obama’s periodic funding requests to keep that war going. I have no idea what Krauthammer would have done. You seem to be the Krauthammer expert, I would have to guess he supported the Iraq War. What does it matter? What does it have to do with Obama criticizing Republican candidates for their participation on CNBC when he refused to even participate in the Fox debate and keeps getting brushed off by Putin?

      • PRIME79

        The same Putun that agreed to “Obama’s” Iran deal?

      • strayaway

        Since Iran is in Russia’s corner, Russia is probably ok with the deal if Iran is. It makes on wonder, what’s in it for Russia?

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER Aug 2008 on Russia/Georgia: “Well, obviously it’s beyond our control. The Russians are advancing. There is nothing that will stop them. We are not going to go to war over Georgia. We were unprepared and the Georgians were unprepared.
      The question is what can we do? The battle will end when the Russians have achieved whatever is their objective. Obviously, it starts with taking over of South Ossetia, which has already happened. It goes on to the destruction of the Georgian armed forces, which is now happening. And the third will probably be the replacement of the elected government, which is pro-western, with a puppet government, which will probably follow in the next week or two.”

      Krauthammer Sept 2014: “And just to reaffirm his indifference and inaction, Obama mindlessly repeated his refrain that the Ukraine problem has no military solution. Yes, but does he not understand that diplomatic solutions are largely dictated by the military balance on the ground?”

      It’s almost like there are different rules for republicans and Democrats when it comes to ideologues such as Krauthammer and you…. Please tell me that isn’t true.

      • strayaway

        Krauthammer is a neocon. Obama carries out neocon policies including, it seems, contributing toward the overthrow or attempted overthrow of the governments of Libya, Syria, and Ukraine resulting in such newsy events as the refugee invasion of Europe, the inadvertent (I think) creation of IS, and neo-Nazis running Ukraine.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        where were you in ’08? Were you shouting from the rooftops? I’d be not, just like every other republican. Sound the “hypocrite alert”!

      • OMGface

        BRAVO! Cept his pseudo truths defend against some serious pathology, and that renders him incapable of chasing or owning objective truth.

      • strayaway

        I was handing out Ron Paul literature. Ron Paul, unlike McCain, Obama, and Hillary, did not support the Iraq War in any way. Also, I voted for a third party candidate in the general election. I am and have been, unlike you if you supported Obama and plan to vote for Hillary, consistently against all these stupid foreign interventions with one exception. I supported going in after Bin Laden and the Taliban in response for 9/11.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        If you are actually a Ron Paul “supporter”, how can you blame EVERY SINGLE ACTION by every foreign leader on President Obama? Do you understand how hypocritical you are right now? Seriously.

        You suffer from Obama (Democrat) derangement syndrome. You blame literally everything bad in the world on Democrats. You are unhinged. What would be Ron Paul’s policy towards any foreign intervention question right now? You support him and his policies, right? Would he intervene in EVERYTHING around the globe? Or do you have a different standard for success for Democrats and Libertardians?

      • strayaway

        Your question had to do with what I was doing in 2008, not who I support. I don’t blame EVERY SINGLE ACTION on Obama. I was specific about actions I did blame him for. You really have to get better at reading comprehension and staying on topic.

        What would Ron Paul do right now? Look it up.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Weren’t you just saying that “Putin owns Obama”? Would he “not” own President Obama if President Obama did absolutely nothing? Because Ron Paul would do nothing. Is that what you are espousing here? Do nothing? And then you won’t be “owned”?

      • strayaway

        Unlike Obama, I doubt that Ron Paul would have bombed Libya with or without the consent of Congress. I doubt that Ron Paul would have tried to overthrow Assad. I doubt that Ron Paul would have helped overthrow the democratically elected government of Ukraine. Paul never voted in support of the Iraq war. Hillary and Obama did all those things at one time or another and created horrible messes having done so. Sometimes good comes out of doing nothing. Imagine if Iraq, Libya, and Syria had been left alone and still had stable governments.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        I’m still waiting for an explanation on how Putin “owns” Obama, like you claimed, and how Ron Paul’s non-response is somehow superior. I don’t disagree that we need to stay of other countries conflicts to a point, but there is a “point”, which Ron Paul doesn’t understand, which is also why nobody takes him seriously as a candidate, especially those who he is most closely aligned with politically. President Obama ran on a very dovish foreign policy agenda, but situations change. Let’s face it, we are rolling back and trying to end two wars responsibly (while battling a 24/7 propaganda campaign waged by retarded republicans) along with dealing with the 2nd and 3rd order effects of the Iraq disaster in the middle east. There is nobody who could have handled this job better than President Obama. He played the hand he was dealt; a crashing economy/housing market/banking sector/auto industry and looming depression, two unfunded wars, soaring unemployment, Bin Laden still on the loose, etc, etc, etc….. He dealt with every issue and then some. He will absolutely go down as one of our most accomplished and admired Presidents in our country’s history, but you think Putin ‘owns’ him…..and doing nothing is always the right thing. Good luck with your Ayn Randian fantasies and free market fairy dust…..

      • strayaway

        I already explained how Putin owned Obama. This thread isn’t about Ron Paul but I already explained that too. Ron Paul isn’t a candidate for anything by the way. He is retired. Obama having bombed seven countries isn’t dovish. You are otherwise spouting nonsense that has nothing to do with this tread.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        you mean about President Obama making fun of Republicans? That is what this article is about. You are right, he actually reacted to changing situations in the world. Imagine that……just a heads up, this isn’t the 1950s. HTH

        BTW, stop talking about Ron Paul and his ridiculous policies if you don’t want to compare and contrast.

      • strayaway

        You mean the same president Obama who Putin runs circles around in Ukraine and Syria is making fun of Republicans who participated in a CNBC debate although he chickened out of participating in a Fox debate.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        yeah sure bud…..

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        I guess you will never know, because he will never, ever be president since not even crazy republicans would vote for him.

      • OMGface

        That you acutually believe Obama supported what the war criminals evolved all based on purposefully caluculated lies, or, actually NOT KNOW that he did not and why was an important factor in his first election…..is stunning, and, emblematic of the dilettante blowhard you are.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        he’s just regurgitating talking point and somebody else’s thoughts….don’t blame him for not understanding anything.

      • OMGface

        Thank you…I NEEDED THAT to restore perspective…and to mitigate my OMG, seriously???? pain..

      • strayaway

        Careful, careful…I blame Hillary for falling for lies when other didn’t and blame Obama for continuing that war as long as possible once president. I did not blame him for falling for Bush’s lies as he wasn’t a Senator when that war started. Candidate did promise to end the Iraq war “immediately” if elected. He lied but I can’t blame some of his supporters on 2008 who thought he would. You are still flailing about. Have some warm milk and get some rest. What again does Bush have to do with the article in this thread?

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        And BTW, don’t attempt to pin Iraq on anybody but the Bush debacle. They cooked the intelligence and controlled the media to make anyone look “unpatriotic” if they didn’t approve that fiasco in Iraq. Those were dark days, created solely by the incompetence and premeditation of a purely republican controlled, House, Senate, Judiciary, Presidency and a highly coordinated propaganda campaign pushed on an unwitting populace. If you voted against as a politician, you risked your political life. Period. I saw through the BS, but didn’t have to risk my future on a “no” vote.

        The difference is, Democrats regret that vote and being manipulated and misled. Republicans still think it was an honorable war. BIG difference.

      • strayaway

        Some representatives like Kucinich, Paul and Sanders were smart enough to see through Bush’s lies. Others like Hillary and Kerry weren’t. Obama then perpetuated that war as long as he could. So don’t tell me we should elect idiots who have a proven track record of making horrible mistakes. You can still vote for Sanders in the primary

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        All very different stories at very different points in their careers…but why would you differentiate any of that….everything is black and white for you standing on your “moral high ground”. And you should never vote for any Republican with the stances you have. Ever.

      • strayaway

        I have voted for third party candidates in 6 of the last 8 elections. How’s that for grey? If i’m standing on the moral high ground, where does that put you?

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Good for you. Please continue to do that.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        “Some” wanted to be President so we could stop the disastrous direction our country was on the time. I will vote for whoever will take the Whitehouse for the Democrats. That person is Hillary. There are as many as 4 supreme court justices who could be selected in the next 8 years. We cannot leave that to any republican to make those picks. They have destroyed this country and they can no longer control the court. Period. I would love to see a Hillary/Sanders ticket though!

        You can have your Sanders as the VP! How does that sound to you?

      • strayaway

        Of course you will vote for anything with a Democratic label on it but what has your voting preference to do with this thread?

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        You keep recommending that it’s not too late to vote Sanders. I said I will vote for Sanders as VP. You really like Sanders and so do I, as a VP. See, we agree!

      • strayaway

        Again, not related to this thread. I am signing out on this thread already having posted too many times here in response to Krauthammer, Paul, Bush and everyone else you have taken this thread off track with with.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        then why are you recommending that I vote for Bernie? If this is not something you want to discuss, stop bringing it up you ridiculous person…..

        BTW, if you want Bernie in office, VP is a very powerful position. Make sure you vote Hillary if she selects Bernie as her running mate.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Or are you just here because you don’t like any Democrat at all….if so, just leave.

    • OMGface

      You stick with yr ignorant, helpless feeling, unendowed gang bangers. It’s where you belong.

      • strayaway

        Careful, you’re losing it. Unable to address the topic, the best you can do is pretend you are an armchair psychologist and rant. Usually you are better than that.

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    It must really suck to be mocked by the most powerful man in the world….hahahahah…..You just can’t make this stuff up.

    I would love to see the GOP response to this, but it’s apparent they are a rudderless ship and in total chaos. Nobody takes these candidates seriously, not even the other candidates. What a mess…..

    At least they don’t have to address their fantasy tax plans while we are all laughing at them.

    • OMGface

      Good offering as usual! But, remember, all of them, however unimaginably, are living in an alternative universe, with the premise they can fool all the people all the time. I find it chilling, actually.

      • Jim Valley

        They will discover just how far they are from the mainstream about a year from now. And they will be STUNNED. Again.

      • OMGface

        Well, Jim, I can only hope you are not being overly optimistic re their ability to discern truth….including after defeat.

  • Betty Lukich

    That is real nice, Obama making jokes about the GOP, he should be thinking of all the lies that he has told. Mr Obama and Michelle Obama are always whining that they are being put down because they are black. Not true, people are putting them both down because of all the crimes they have both commited.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      Really….what crimes exactly are you babbling about? The world wants to know….Please cite specifics.

    • Jim Valley

      You just sound like a silly fool when you parrot this nonsense.

    • noah vail

      and which crimes would these be?…apparently you have more information than the FBI or the CIA…

      • Betty Lukich

        To start with, Obama has been funding ISIS, sending them money and arms them with American guns, and other machines. Trying to push his executive orders to get Amnesty for Illegals. Trying to take away our God given rights, such as guns, religion are just a few crimes that our wonderful President has commited.

      • Sunnysmom

        lmfao Ok, yeah he’s made it clear how he feels about certain types of weapons in the hands of crazy people. But what has he tried to take away from religion? He thinks people shouldn’t use religion to deny civil and human rights of OTHER people. What a terrible assertion.

      • noah vail

        when you go back on your meds and you get stable you might want to inform the FBI and CIA and repukelican representatives of this new found information that they must have missed but that you are privy to…BTW just because you hear something on fux news doesn’t make it true…learn to think

  • Alfred Puglisi

    Everything Obama said could be turned on him. Putin is kicking his ass, the Chinese spit in his face,ISIS has pegged him for the coward he is and the corporations use him like a two dollar whore. But you all still adore him because you are all so “diverse”. Liberals are drunk on their own stupidity.

    • Jim Valley

      Partisan BS, all of it.

    • noah vail

      have another glass of kool-aid and STFU