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Bill Maher on the Budget: Barack Obama Is a 'Terrible Negotiator' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Apr 11th 2011 8:40AM
Bill Maher Talks Obama on 'Real Time'Bill Maher hasn't been impressed with Barack Obama's negotiating skills during the budget impasse that ended Friday night with a deal between the President and the Republicans in Congress.

On 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Friday 10 PM ET on HBO), Maher ripped Obama's strategy, saying Obama had admitted, "We met the Republicans, what they asked, and then we gave them more."

"This is like your lawyer saying to you, 'You know, I went into the chambers with the judge and the prosecutor, and my first offer was 40 years to life for you,'" Maher said of Obama's negotiating technique. "'And I think I can get your tailgating charge moved up to manslaughter. And that's my first offer."

"What is wrong with these people? He is a terrible negotiator. Does he not even know a Jew?" Maher wondered, playing off of the stereotype that Jewish people are good at making deals.

Or perhaps this was Maher's way of telling Obama he should seek the services of famous television negotiator and Jew William Shatner.

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John David Balla

I am seldom impressed by much of anything. But what Maher is doing, and I think he isn't even aware of it, is that his opinions are much more rooted in the pursuit of truth than most others everyone else. This is especially true in politics where TRUTH is not even a part of the debate. What does that say about our society? Everything. What can we expect to transpire? Nothing good. Nothing good, because THE TRUTH is GOOD. THE TRUTH is LOVE.

Everything else is NOT GOOD and NOT LOVE. It is only because Maher lives in the world of politics that he cannot fully ascend, or should I say, "transcend" the debate. But if someone could do it, and we desperately need someone to step up to the plate, Maher can. In this context, Obama suffers a similar fate. I'd rather see both of them go down in flames for all the right reasons than be victorious, whatever that even means.

Go ahead. Call me naive for bring matters of truth, good and love into the debate. Sadly, those who see these matters as naive, are truly naive.

April 11 2011 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bill Maher is supposed to be a comedian. He should stick to his trade. He knows nothing about politics or the environment. He is also better when he tones down the crude stuff. His ideas about "global warming" are
out of the dark ages. If he feels so strongly about it he should get some experts on his show to clue him in (forget
James Hanson and Gore). What ever happened to "equal time", incidentally?

J. Ryan Neville, Ph.D.

April 11 2011 at 11:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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