Archive for Wednesday, March 23, 2011

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts criticizes Obama, Clinton during Lawrence visit

Lawmaker also predicts KU men will win national basketball championship

March 23, 2011


U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., was the guest speaker Wednesday at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce After Hours meeting at the Journal-World’s News Center, 645 N.H.

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., was the guest speaker Wednesday at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce After Hours meeting at the Journal-World’s News Center, 645 N.H.

Sen. Pat Roberts, left, talks with Lawrence Mayor Mike Amyx Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce After Hours meeting. Sen. Roberts was the guest speaker for the evening.

Sen. Pat Roberts, left, talks with Lawrence Mayor Mike Amyx Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce After Hours meeting. Sen. Roberts was the guest speaker for the evening.

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts on Wednesday afternoon in Lawrence criticized President Barack Obama for not being more specific about U.S. goals in Libya days after the start of a international campaign to enforce a no-fly zone amid unrest there.

“It’s U.S. policy to have (Col. Moammar) Gadhafi step down, but we have no military contingencies to achieve that other than a protracted civil war, a blood bath?” said Roberts, R-Kan. “It doesn’t make sense.”

Roberts had just spoken to dozens of people during a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at the Journal-World’s News Center, 645 N.H.

The state’s senior senator said he believed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton likely knew more than Obama did about the situation and “evidently she called the shots on this.”

“I just would like to have a speech with a great deal of specifics and clarification on what our policy is from the president,” Roberts said.

“And I think we ought to pose the question to the Congress, and I think we ought to vote on it. I mean, we’re putting our people in uniform in harm’s way.”

Roberts also said Congress needed to take action on entitlements and the federal budget this year, as he held a card with two quotes about entitlement reform from 2009 and 2010 attributed to Obama.

“If you look at those quotes, we’re just asking him to live up to those statements,” Roberts said. “Show us the way, Mr. President, and then we can have an honest discussion about it.”

Dolph Simons Jr., chairman of The World Company, which owns the Journal-World, presented Roberts, a Kansas State University alumnus, with a Kansas University cap, causing the audience, including KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, to erupt in cheers and laughter.

“The chancellor knows that I cheer for KU when you’re not playing K-State,” said Roberts, who also predicted KU’s men’s basketball team would win the national championship.


Daniel Dicks 6 years ago

<“And I think we ought to pose the question to the Congress, and I think we ought to vote on it. I mean, we’re putting our people in uniform in harm’s way.”>

By all means Sen. Roberts, you should do that. But after your performance during the Bush years. You have no credibility left on such matters. Obama has a long way to go before things are as screwed up as you and Bush got it.

CLARKKENT 6 years ago


Armen Kurdian 6 years ago

This President goes down to Brazil and offers to help them explore for oil and then buy it, while making it very difficult at home. He is against a tax holiday to bring profits from overseas corporations home to be spent here. He ramrodded a miserable health care bill that does almost nothing to control costs, raises taxes immediately, and doesn't start doling out benefits until the 5th year and says he is cutting costs. He waited until it was too late to institute this no-fly zone now that the rebels are on the run (although I actually can agree w/the premise that the military action and desired goal of having Gadhafi go are two separate entities). He squandered $780B of the nation's wealth on a stimulus bill that did very little to create any long-term private sector jobs (over $300B just went as transfer payments to the states, transferring their debt to the federal government). GW Bush was by no means perfect, but Obama is causing more damage to this country's economy and foreign prestige than Bush ever could.

leftylucky 6 years ago

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA Good old Pat Roberts! George Bushs lap dog. A firm supporter of torture for prisoners. Boots on the neck ok by Pat. What a weasle of an old man.

appleaday 6 years ago

I'm wondering why this warrants a headline.

Keith 6 years ago

It was held at the News Center, the center of the news universe, so I'm surprised it didn't warrant 2 headlines.

Maddy Griffin 6 years ago

Why didn't someone run him outta town?

Jason Bailey 6 years ago

Funny...I said the same thing about Rachel Maddow!

cowboy 6 years ago

Senator Pat Roberts Good Time Cover - Up and Olde Time Medicine Show comes to Lawrence.

true_patriot 6 years ago

He also could barely conceal his revulsion at having to wear a Jayhawk hat - he said Channel 6 insisted he wear it in order to be filmed for the piece (to offset his K-State purple tie).

He also throws out the phrase "all the things that haven't worked out with Obamacare" but of course the reporter doesn't challenge Brownback to name even one of them. Seniors are benefiting immensely even in this first year of the tepid reform that isn't anything like the "Obamacare" that Obama originally championed. That's exactly why he brought his snake oil show to the old folks home to sew discord and confusion with that voting block.

shadowlady 6 years ago

How do you know if the Seniors are benefiting?? Are you on medicare?? Do you already have a decent Dr.?? The Seniors that try to get better Drs, are being denied because a lot of the Drs are no longer taking medicare patients, because of "OBAMACARE". I for one am on medicare and am trying to get a better Dr. and this is what I'm coming up against. but I've been down this road already on here, and got just a bunch of bunk from people that think they know it all, then a couple of days later to come out in the paper to prove my point and no one comments. HMMMMM!!!

oldvet 6 years ago

The obomber... no clue, no plans, nowhere to go except on a southern vacation.

Scott Drummond 6 years ago

Had President Obama offered any specific goals you can be sure that Pat and the rest of the paid attack dogs of the right wing oligarchs would have been attacking him for telegraphing US intent and putting troops at risk, or some other inane foolishness.

Nice of him to work in the emasculating right wing talking point about Hillary Clinton calling the shots. Brave talk for a decrepit 90 year old who surely hasn't delivered the goods in several decades.

Bob_Keeshan 6 years ago

Indeed, a protracted civil war, a bloodbath, makes no sense.

I guess Roberts learned that from the invasion of Iraq that he oversaw as chair of Senate Intelligence.

Trying telling him that, I bet he would agree with you and accept culpability. He would then strap on his jet pack and fly to his home on Big Rock Candy Mountain.

Jim Williamson 6 years ago

No more calls please. We have a winner.

tomatogrower 6 years ago

Yes, this is the best post of the day, hands down. Bravo!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

Obama is just being the Unitary Executive that Dick Cheney thought all (Republican) presidents should be.

Horace 6 years ago

This from the man that was charged with oversight of the CIA prior to 9/11. An honorable man would have resigned and withdrawn from public life.

Yogi 6 years ago

I'm just so happy to learn that this spineless slimeball is a K-State fan. I could care less about anything he thinks or has to say.

yourworstnightmare 6 years ago

Even a broken clock is correct twice a day.

This from the man who ran interference for the Bush administration in Congress when it rushed headlong into a war of choice regime change operation in Iraq.

Jesus, these republicans have no shame, have no problem saying and doing the exact opposite of what they have said and done in the past.

sr80 6 years ago

There is ONLY one solution for you liberals and that is to send you to WAR!!! You like what you get but you won't DEFEND!!!!! SAY?????

tomatogrower 6 years ago

You are insulting many of the so called liberals who post here. Many of them are veterans. You should apologize. When are we going to send all the politicians to war? And I am including President Obama here.

sr80 6 years ago

The same DAY you sign up HERO!!!!!! You ain't gettin no apology!!

Jimo 6 years ago

It's sad. Between Roberts and Brownback, it was Roberts always as the more sane Senator. Then came Roberts term as Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, about the plumiest job you can get in Congress. A few years later, after even fellow GOP folks were outraged at the incompetence and years of botched coverups of botched intelligence and botched oversight of intelligence, Roberts isn't even on the committee any more -- about as close an event in DC to accountability you'll ever see. (Not that readers of LJW would ever know what's common wisdom back in Washington.)

Oh Pat, Keith Sebelius must be rolling in his grave to think that he had a hand in furthering the career of such a damned soul. Resign already. The Kochs can find a replacement easily enough.

sr80 6 years ago

Who is leading KANSAS ???? Pack your bags and go back to Aspen!!!

Gregory Newman 6 years ago

well said well said but i think folks won't get it you got spiritual eyes

verity 6 years ago

Did anyone expect anything different?

Scott Morgan 6 years ago

folks, Bush has been gone for years. Dems held both houses. Should Sen. Roberts ignore Lawrence? Last election he had 60% majority.

With the nation slipping into uncharted waters in debt, lack of international leadership, plus industry under the current administration, Kansans electing him showed great foresight.

Gregory Newman 6 years ago

Come on you guys. Every president is a puppet of Rockefeller and if you don't act accordingly. You will go out like Kennedy or get set up like Nixon and Clinton or be made a stooge like George Jr. The mans dad printed the money in 1913 and paid for the construction of the UN. We're doomed folks unless you are born again. The economy will crash and what makes it so bad it doesn't have to start here. It could be the EU, China or Japan. So leave that old man alone. He is quite aware of the CIA, KGB and the MOSSAD they are agency's of the ROCK. He ain't sincere its just a photo-op to make folks feel he is doing something.

Scott Morgan 6 years ago

ophius, won't go theebest distance, but when gas is 6-10 a gallon, an onion is 2 bucks, governments give out IOUs, some of those going to a growing number of those 100% dependent on state aid and feel they are owed, quacks in Washington passing anti business directives, it won't take much of a shove to a real rootin tootin depression.

The inflation machine is oiled and ready to begin whirling. What we have right now is playtime compared to what will happen when adjustable mortgage rates climb through the roof.

notanota 6 years ago

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts opened his mouth and words came out. Dolph was there to fawn. This reporter likes his job. The end.

Scott Morgan 6 years ago

oph, maybe you just woke up, but this is the comment section of a small Midwestern newspaper. Did you accidentally click on the wrong section?

strongarmcrunch 6 years ago

I criticize the fact that there are still no term-limits in the US Congress.

Roberts has to go. He is no longer Kansan. He has spent more time away from this state than he has spent in it. And he is more of a GOP puppet than he is a Congressmen for Kansas.

blindrabbit 6 years ago

Balderdash! How Pat Roberts could complain about Obama's Libya Plan after he supported and smokescreened Dubya's Iraq Adventure takes cajones. Robert's Chairmanship of the Senate hearings about CIA cover up of WMD and Intelligence leading to the Iraq War is indicative of what a snake he is. Robert's and intelligence do not belong in the same discussion!!

keith manies 6 years ago

Senator Roberts certainly did get 60% of the vote last time he ran for reelection. It only shows how out of touch the majority of Kansans are after Roberts' moronic bumbling of his responsibility as chairman of the Intelligence Committee, while the GOP controlled the Senate during Dubya's reign. But I must admit, the Kansas Democrats did not run a very viable in opposition of Roberts, either.

camper 6 years ago

“I just would like to have a speech with a great deal of specifics and clarification on what our policy is from the president,” Roberts said

Yeah right, and if President Obama did that I can see it a mile away what Pat Roberts would be doing. He'd criticized the president for putting our military in harms way by publicizing military strategy.

“evidently she called the shots on this.”......on Hillary Clinton

Give me a break. Does he know? Or is he speculating? After the way this man bumbled up intelligence regarding Iraq, he has absolutely no credibility (as anothe poster mentioned) and is being hypocritical. I am not saying that I support this military action, but it has not played out. It may just be a minor punch to send Khadafy a message. This is not yet a full scale invasion or I'm not gonna critique it one way or the other.

Bob_Keeshan 6 years ago

He was in a room that had to be majority male being hosted by Dolph Simons.

Of course he said Hillary has "called the shots..." Nothing scares old white men more than a competent woman. Dolph is chomping at the bit to write a column about Obama being "henpecked" or some ridiculous 19th Century phrase.

yourworstnightmare 6 years ago

Roberts has not a leg to stand on, after running interference for a dishonest war of choice in Iraq started by Bush. He is a shameless hypocrite and a buffoon.

Scott Morgan 6 years ago

President Obama scored a 17 percent on foreign policy leadership among U.S. voting citizens.

camper 6 years ago

I'd like to see a source on this.

camper 6 years ago

Here is some more typical conduct from another politician.

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