A quick trip around Hannity's America...

Obama: Then and Now

The White House that says it stands for change now seems to be changing it's own message on the state of the economy.

You may remember on the campaign trail, Senator John McCain was heavily criticized for these comments:

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JOHN MCCAIN, R-AZ: Because a lot of this is psychological. A lot of it is psychological. Because I believe the fundamentals of our economy are still strong.

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And it seemed that Senator Obama used every opportunity possible to attack Senator McCain's remarks:

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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I don't think any of us are surprised because you remember when we first saw the stock market drop 500 points or so, you remember what Senator McCain said, he said the fundamentals of the economy are sound, and then two hours later he realized well, maybe they aren't, he came out and said we're in an economic crisis.

We don't need that kind of erratic and uncertain leadership in these uncertain times. We need steady leadership in the White House.

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That was Senator Obama then, but it's not what President Obama sounds like now. The administration that was at one time all gloom and doom on the economy seems to now subscribe to Senator McCain's view. Here's President Obama's chief economist Sunday on "Meet the Press":

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CHRISTINA ROMER, CHAIRWOMAN, COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS: Of course the fundamentals are sound in the sense that the American workers are sound, we have a good capital stock, we have good technology.

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So, Mr. President, which one is it? One thing is certain: The message coming from the White House is anything but strong.

Romer's Rhetoric

Ms. Romer was on a roll this weekend. She continued her solid performance on "Meet the Press," telling host David Gregory about the wonderful battle the administration is staging to cure all of our economic troubles. For that, she is the recipient our Liberal Translation treatment.

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ROMER: It is an economic war. We have inherited a crisis like none since we've had the Great Depression, so absolutely it is something we need to deal with.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: And after we pass universal healthcare and green energy initiatives, we'll get around to it, I promise.

ROMER: I think we are — we haven't won yet. We have staged a wonderful battle.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: And by battle, I mean spent a lot of money. But we had to battle the Republicans to do that.

ROMER: So we have put in place just a host of programs, a stimulus package, the financial rescue plan, the housing plan.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: And then there's our bonus plan for AIG executives.

ROMER: We think it's the right medicine, and we think it will work.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: Just a spoonful of sugar helps the stimulus go down!

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Congratulations to Ms. Romer for making it into our top two news items on the basis of just a single interview. That's a first.

Unfit to Serve?

What does a disgraced former CIA director do with himself after being stripped of his high-level security clearances? He finds a job in the Obama administration, of course.

According to Newsweek magazine, John Deutch, the former Clinton spy chief, has been appointed to serve on a board that will review spy satellite programs. In 1996, after Deutch left his post, he was accused of storing hundreds of top-secret documents on personal laptops in his home. An investigation ensued and Deutch was stripped of his clearances and plead guilty to a misdemeanor. Then, in one of his final days in office, President Clinton issued one of his patented last minute pardons on Deutch's behalf.

Now, Republicans and Democrats alike have voiced concern over this new appointment, calling into question his qualifications to hold what Newsweek referred to as an "ultra-top-secret security clearance."

You know, rather than recklessly endanger our national security, I wish President Obama would just go back to the good old days when he appointed people who didn't pay their taxes.

Oops! I Did it Again!

It's another foot-in-mouth moment for Vice President Biden, who always manages to keep it classy.

We all know how much the vice president loves Amtrak trains, but he wasn't in the best of moods on Friday when he arrived to give a speech touting the administration's billion dollar investment in the country's rail system. Mr. Biden's response when a former Senate colleague greeted him as "Mr. Vice President" upon his arrival went like this:

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JOE BIDEN, VICE PRESIDENT: Mr. Chairman, how are you?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mr. Vice President?

BIDEN: An hour late, oh give me a (EXPLETIVE DELETED) break.

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For all the Democrats' moaning about Vice President Dick Cheney's use of profanity, it didn't take Joe Biden long to outdo him. But isn't his disregard for formal titles refreshing?

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