President Obama's Caterpillar Casualty

A quick trip around Hannity's America...

Broken Promises

President Obama promised the stimulus package would create jobs here in the U.S., and now, we have an update on where that progress stands.

You may remember just over a month ago, Obama visited Caterpillar's world headquarters to push for the passage of his embattled spending bill. In his remarks to Caterpillar employees, President Obama made this claim:


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Yesterday, Jim, the head of Caterpillar, said that if Congress passes our plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off, and that's a story I'm confident will be repeated at companies across the country.


Oh really? Well just moments after listening to the President's speech, the CEO of Caterpillar Jim Owens took to the microphones and had this to say:


JIM OWENS, CATERPILLAR INC. CEO: I think realistically, no, I mean, you know, the honest reality is we'll probably have to have more layoffs before we start hiring again.


That's quite the contradiction. So who was right?

Well, we found out Tuesday that Caterpillar must cut an additional 2,500 jobs here in the U.S., which adds to their staggering total of 22,000 job cuts worldwide.

Mr. President, this is not the type of progress you promised us when you spent billions of our hard-earned dollars. Maybe you should start being more careful with our money and your words from now on.

Frustrated Frank

We welcome the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Barney Frank into the Liberal Translation fold. Congressman Frank spoke to that committee Wednesday and blamed the whole AIG bonus fiasco on -- you guessed it -- Republicans, even though it occurred on tax cheat Tim Giethner's watch. For that, he's the subject of tonight's Liberal Translation:


REP. BARNEY FRANK, D-MASS: The bonuses are wholly unjustified, and they are an example of the problem with the financial incentive that — the incentives that the compensation gives in general.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: That's why we're scrapping the whole capitalism thing and replacing it with an "updated" model.

FRANK: This is an issue that many of us raised in 2006 when we were in the minority.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: But now that we're in the majority, we've decided to forget about it!

FRANK: We brought it up again in 2007 in the majority, we brought to the floor a bill on executive compensation, it was just the beginning.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: It was right before I opposed all that regulation of Fannie and Freddie.

FRANK: It was very strongly opposed by most on the other side.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: By "the other side," I mean Obama, Geithner, Romer and Summers.


At this point, Congressman, the American people know who in the government was responsible for our economic crisis and you are at the top of the list. But you can keep trying to rewrite history and we look forward to having you back on Liberal Translation.

In Liberal Hands

The most liberal court in all the land may soon be on the verge of becoming, believe it or not, even more liberal. President Obama will soon have the opportunity to fill up to three vacancies on the California-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the largest and most influential appeals court in the country.

But first, he must consult with the home state senators on all the nominations. That means it will be the left-wing tag team of Senator Dianne Feinstein and her pal Senator Barbara Boxer charting the course for the future of the liberal court that said the following: In 2002 the Pledge of Allegiance cannot be recited in public schools, growing massive amounts of marijuana in your home is fine as long as you promise it will only be used for medicinal purposes and the federal law defining marriage as an act between a man and a woman is unconstitutional.

We are going to continue to keep an eye on these vacancies and any of the judicial activists that Barack Obama and his California friends decide to nominate to fill those posts.

Teleprompter Trip-Up

Much has been made of the president's over-reliance on his teleprompter. There were those embarrassing moments on the campaign when it malfunctioned, and surprise, he wasn't the great speaker everybody said he was. And then there was's report just a few weeks ago about how he travels with it and uses it to deliver even the shortest speeches.

Well, Tuesday night at the White House's St. Patrick's Day celebration, the president's reliance on his beloved teleprompter backfired when he tried to read a regular old "thank you" off the teleprompter, which was still displaying the previous speaker's remarks. Nonetheless, the president charged forward, telling the group, "First, I’d like to say thank you to President Obama."

Given the president's arrogance, I’m not sure that feeling was totally misplaced. But come on, Mr. President, don't you think it might be time to give the teleprompter even a little rest?

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