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Brownback says lieutenant governor will welcome Obama to Kansas

December 5, 2011

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— Gov. Sam Brownback said Monday that because of a previous commitment, he would be unavailable to welcome President Barack Obama, who is visiting Osawatomie Tuesday.

“It is always an honor to have the president in Kansas,” Brownback said.

“I regret that because of a long-standing commitment with Wichita State University, I cannot greet President Obama personally. I look forward to speaking with my former colleague again soon about how we can move our country forward,” he said. Brownback, a Republican, served in the U.S. Senate with Obama, a Democrat.

Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech on the economy in Osawatomie, the site of a famous speech delivered by Theodore Roosevelt in 1910, in which Roosevelt called for a greater economic and social justice.

Brownback said that Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer and his family will welcome Obama on behalf of the state of Kansas.

Brownback is scheduled to participate in a noon session of the Kansas in Question symposium, sponsored by Wichita State University, the Kansas Leadership Center, the Kansas Health Foundation and Wichita Eagle newspaper. Obama is scheduled to talk in Osawatomie about 1 p.m.

The Kansas Republican Party issued a news release criticizing Obama’s handling of the economy. “ … when it comes to the economy, Barack Obama has been all rhetoric and no results with the exception of one — a shrinking labor force.”

But Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon said, “I don’t know what the president is going to say, but if he talks about making wealthy corporations and the richest of the rich pay their fair share, that will be a good beginning to restoring prosperity.”

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 4 months ago

Remember it is Democrat governors all over the nation who are shunning the President why do you expect our Republican governor to attend this very partisan and one-sided speech in which Mr. Obama attacked Republicans?

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Loomer 2 years, 4 months ago

Whether you agree or disagree with The Man, he is The President Of The United States and the office should be respected. When our elected leader, for The State of Kansas, disrespects the office in this manner it makes us as Kansans, on the national level, look idiotic.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 4 months ago

NOW the comments have appeared after my post noting that they did not load here.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 4 months ago

There are no comments here. It says above there are 125 comments. Has the governer's hit squad hit the Journal-World?

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supersonicf111 2 years, 4 months ago

Most of you commenters would do the following.

If you’re a Democrat, bitch about everything a Republican did regardless of whether it was good or bad, then not bitch once about anything bad a Democrat did. If you’re a Republican, then just substitute Republican for Democrat in the previous sentence.

How about some of you people that spend all your time complaining about this politician or that party, start coming up with some ideas instead?

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 4 months ago

President Obama delivered a very partisan campaign speech--I wonder how much the taxpayers were on the hook for that event?--I would hope his campaign footed the bill. I'm glad our governor kept his schedule as it was because it was nothing but more attacks on the Republicans!

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campblood 2 years, 4 months ago

keep it classy BBACK... #heblowsalot

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Antonym 2 years, 4 months ago

Brownback is very disrespectful. Someone should contact his principal and make him write an apology letter.

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JJE007 2 years, 4 months ago

Presidents are purchased, not elected. If anyone has failed to see the terror in the newly elected's eyes, then they are blind. We are owned...top to bottom. Fix the fixed election process!

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 4 months ago

How much has the current regime added to the national debt? That depends on how you count.

"...Here are the debt totals accumulated during the three periods we listed above:

  • End of fiscal year 2008, when the accrued debt under the 43 presidents was $5.851 trillion, to the end of fiscal 2012, when the debt is projected to reach $11.881 trillion. Yes, more than the previous 43 presidents.

  • Obama inauguration, when the accrued debt was $6.307 trillion, to the end of fiscal year 2013, when the debt is projected to reach $12.784 trillion. Yes, more than the previous 43 presidents.

  • End of fiscal year 2009, when the accrued debt was $7.506 trillion, to end of fiscal year 2013, when the debt is projected to reach $12.784 trillion. No, not as much as the previous 43 presidents...."

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/jul/10/mitt-romney/mitt-romney-says-barack-obama-will-add-more-debt-4/

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jonas_opines 2 years, 4 months ago

whoa, yikes! 20 degrees?! Sorry to hear that.

(Enjoying North Carolina weather)

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jonas_opines 2 years, 4 months ago

This is truly a big deal, and worthy of comment.

<.<

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JJE007 2 years, 4 months ago

-"It is always an honor to have the president in Kansas,” Brownback said.- That sounds like more of setup for a campaign speech than an honest feeling, IMHO.

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autie 2 years, 4 months ago

Yes Charles, Yes David. Of course Charles, of course David. Whatever you say Mr. Kochs.

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observant 2 years, 4 months ago

Rest assured brownie is simply following Koch's orders.

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jaywalker 2 years, 4 months ago

Unbelievable. As if this is the first time in history a Governor couldn't greet a President due to past commitments, the haters are out in force. Brownback's comments on the matter couldn't be more respectful and he's not snubbing 4 organizations AND his constituents by blowing off an event that's been scheduled for a long time, but this is a "travesty" worthy of such hateful rhetoric?

So much for the holier than thou crowd.

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rockchalk1977 2 years, 4 months ago

I wouldn't walk across the street to see the moron-in-chief Obama read from his teleprompter. Because liberalism is a mental illness, Osawatomie is the perfect backdrop for this visit. January 2012, the end of an error.

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somedude20 2 years, 4 months ago

I'm going to ruin your bobbum with my equipmunk!!

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vuduchyld 2 years, 4 months ago

Be honest. Sing him this song:

Welcome to Brownbackistan, where Kansas used to be Welcome to Brownbackistan, our new theocracy Brownback and Koch call all the shots, we're governed by the rich The wealthy all get wealthier and the rest can all eat $%&

the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLUfNPdirdE

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mloburgio 2 years, 4 months ago

Anti-Obama tweet by KS SRS ombudsman meant as joke http://cjonline.com/news/2011-12-05/anti-obama-tweet-srs-ombudsman-meant... @MelissaWardks #shealsoblowsalot

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JJE007 2 years, 4 months ago

Call me crazy, but I think politicians on both sides of the isle should be far less petty and far more responsible. HA! As if... Do you NOT get the feeling that both animal houses (parties) are simply offering us passed gas and spiked koolaid while they snort green in the LAV? AND why are there only TWO? And why do we have to swallow sharpened jacks while THEIR massif missions and bouncing, red rubber balls of debt and death hang over OUR heads? Anyone singing the praise of one party and decrying the other is missing the shell game. Those party distractions (stock-in-trade) work to line (their) pockets. Our elections (LIVES) are bought and sold along the way or hadn't you noticed? ...or don't you care? We choose games (parties) and fail. It seems a bit better to get a clue and work together...BUT some want INto only one party and believe no rapists are there to screw with them in THAT parTICular animal house. We need to get a clue and free ourselves from our political STRUCture. Ask not for policy. Demand it for yourselves. Fire the government. There is no party line which has not been snorted. We need to be closer to the clues. We kinda need representative government and a bit of veto power. We need to take back the elective process and pay for THAT privilege. You are free to say that this is not the place for such a discussion but a divisive context is a divisive context and the party is here... IN THE HOUSE!~)

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 4 months ago

Big Daddy doesn't even visit the one spot in Kansas that adores him? Lawrence Kansas? This snub is like John Kerry's snub of racing through Lawrence on a train while the liberal populus was expecting him to stop and say hello.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 4 months ago

Kwame Kilpatrick and Rod Blagojevich happily shared a podium with the Mope in Chief and won his endorsements. Look where they are today.

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 4 months ago

Obama must be relieved.

More pettiness and childishness from Brownback.

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Liberty275 2 years, 4 months ago

Gov Brownback, go find a used car dealer that sells auction-reject beaters and find the sleaziest salesman you can. Walk up to him and say "welcome to Kansas". That will be an acceptable approximation of greeting mr obama when he gets here.

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labmonkey 2 years, 4 months ago

Did Kathy always welcome President Bush to Kansas?

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 4 months ago

As someone already said, Democrats are shunning platform appearances with the first one-and-done President of the 21st Century. I reckon the PTOTUS will come up with a witty remark.

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Beaver_at_heart 2 years, 4 months ago

This governor is obviously and publicly disrespecting the president. At least the tweeter girl did it in a semi private fashion and his insecurity squad went off on her.

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commuter 2 years, 4 months ago

The President speaks at 1 pm. Too bad I have to work. I am guessing he is going to say it is all the Repubs fault, they won't blindly do what I want.....

Let me guess Merrill will be there.... must be nice not having to work.

Oh well I have to get ready to go to work for 14 hours or more. I have to work to keep paying taxes so Obama can take them away.

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fancy80 2 years, 4 months ago

Just admit it Demmies....no matter what Brownback does, it's wrong. He can't win with you guys. Well, he shouldn't feel bad, you're all like that with all republicans.

There probably isn't room anyway. Obama's handlers will pack the room with their people anyway. And the few locals that do get in are sure to be registered Dems...

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lawrenceguy40 2 years, 4 months ago

I applaud Governor Brownback for refusing to welcome barry o to Kansas. However, I have less respect for our Governor today as he should not have allowed Mr. Colyer to attend and he certainly should not have said the comments quoted above. barry o is a disgrace to this country. He wants to destroy the USA and is NOT welcome in Kansas. The sycophants above are also not welcomed by the vast majority of decent, God fearing people in the real Kansas.

Thank God I am out of our great State and do not have to share it with the liberal's Messiah (or should that be Mohammed?)

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Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 4 months ago

It's disgusting, but not at all surprising. People all over the United States will be watching this talk and the President's greeting to Kansas. There are a lot of great people in Kansas, of all parties, who would very much like to be there when the President speaks. As for the rest, Brownback and his administration, that speaks for itself.

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ksjayhawk74 2 years, 4 months ago

I can't wait to hear the speech. I hope Obama lays into Brownback's administration, there's plenty of material for him to work with...

How's the State Health Insurance Exchange going, Sammy?

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Mike Ford 2 years, 4 months ago

welcome to brownbackistan.....now bow to the ordained leader and don't tweet any negative comments about him,,,,,,

funny....Theodore Roosevelt was a progressive Republican who aggrevated the the 1% of that time by wanting regulations so that unsafe food and drugs couldn't make it to the main markets and hurt people. He aggrevated them so much that he left and founded the Bull Moose Party and gave President Wilson the election. Republicans in that time had some good social ideas but these were quashed by the robber barons which is what will probably be discussed there because the descendants of the these barons are in full effect now a century later. Moderate Republicans are left in the middle as the archie bunkers who followed George Wallace and Richard Nixon's southern strategy now vote as a dumb bloc and listen to faux like it's the bible. Never underestimate the stupidity of the American People as H.L Mencken said in the 1920's during three successive terms of do nothing Republicans....Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover.... those politicians then seem like geniuses compared to this group of dimwits.....go figure.....

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verity 2 years, 4 months ago

Really, did anyone expect anything different?

We used to have Nancy Landon Kassebaum (Baker) and Bob Dole.

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pace 2 years, 4 months ago

I don't care if King Brownback is there, actually better he isn't. He is right to say “It is always an honor to have the president in Kansas,”. It is nice of President Obama to remember Kansas and Kansas' history. Good place to speak to today's issues.

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cowboy 2 years, 4 months ago

Dear Sam ,

Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid.

John Wayne

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 4 months ago

Despite the fact that it makes him look even more uncouth and and without class than he already does, I believe his Koch handlers made him turn it down. Don't want to get those Dem cooties on him.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 4 months ago

Governor Sam Brownback this is a reminder:

In fact, by the time Sam Browback and the second Bush left office, the national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion:

  • Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy.

  • Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

• Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 4 months ago

Yet another Brownbackwards gaffe. He has a box full of them and more to come.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 4 months ago

What type of economy did and does Governor Brownback represent?

After spending so so many decades in Washington D.C on tax dollar payrolls Sam Brownback and his RINO’s are sure they learned all they needed to know about taking YOUR money and establishing reckless economies.

Introducing the RINO Economic Plaftorm Written In Stone:

  1. TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros sells out state governments, public schools,SRS services etc etc to private industry = Grab Your Wallets! http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

  2. The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  3. Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

  4. Bush/Cheney implied more than ONLY 3 financial institutions instead of several were at risk so why $700 billion in bail out money? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

  5. Tax cuts the ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy which do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs. Tax cuts are a tax increase to others in order to make up the loss in revenue = duped again.

Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class = duped one more time. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

In the end big debt and super duper bailouts were the results which does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power.

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cowboy 2 years, 4 months ago

brownback is chicken , buk buk buk bugawk !

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fastwalker 2 years, 4 months ago

Politically, an interesting move for Brownback. This a sneer - a subtle gesture, a thumbing of the nose. Kansas isn't Obama country (excepting Lawrence and Wyandotte, of course).

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thebcman 2 years, 4 months ago

Brownie won't go because Obama tweeted that he sucks.

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riverdrifter 2 years, 4 months ago

No class and no guts from our governor. Surprise!

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JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 4 months ago

A Governor not meeting with a sitting US President makes about as much sense as socks on a rooster. This is partisan politics at its worst. Long standing commitment or not, this is the President of the United States. WSU would have understood because the national spotlight will be on Kansas tomorrow and this snub reflects poorly on our state, even more than other national headlines, including: 1) vetoing funding for the Kansas Arts Commission, 2) Hiring senior level staff without doing background checks, 3) Our Secretary of State writing legislation for other state's to usurp federal control over immigration, 4) the Republican extreme right wing's vendetta against Planned Parenthood, and 5) the Phelpstones. The only thing that would have been more amazing today would have been for KU to get a bowl bid. Sheesh.

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grimpeur 2 years, 4 months ago

It's best this way. Brownback needs to know his place, and it's nowhere near the presidency.

Shrinking workforce--no kidding? No surprise to see Boeing rethinking its postiion in Kansas. Boeing likely started looking elsewhere for a more educated workforce as soon as Brownback was elected and set out to dumb down the citizens of our fair state.

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sad_lawrencian 2 years, 4 months ago

I guess we couldn't expect the governor to welcome the President of the United States to Kansas. Nah, that would be too much.

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