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Obama Travels To North Carolina To Make Fun of Virginia Foxx

Now rub Grandma's feet, kNorth Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx, the beloved Southern belle, education subcommittee overlord, and defender of for-profit colleges’ right to loot the federal government and strap poor students with billions in debt in return for worthless pieces of paper, recently drew fresh OUTRAGE! with her admission that she had “very little tolerance for people” who graduate with a lot of student debt. She didn’t take any loans to pay her $87 bucks in tuition when she went to UNC, during the Plantagenet dynasty, after all. Stupid kids. Anyway, here were are a week later, and coincidence of coincidences, President Obama is giving a speech about student debt at UNC today and quoting a certain old dingbat congresswoman.

Hey North Carolina, who wants to see the President shoot fish in a barrel? Eh? Eh?

Speaking at the University of North Carolina about a bill to prevent some interest rates on some student loans from doubling, President Obama let loose with a lengthy dig at the state’s Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) for comments she made dismissing student’s complaints about their debt load.

“She said she had ‘very little tolerance for people who tell me they graduate with debt because there’s no reason for that.’ I’m just quoting here,” Obama said. “The students who rack up student loan debt are just ‘sitting on their butts having opportunity dumped in your lap.’ I’m reading it here. I didn’t make this up.”

He continued: “Now, can you imagine saying something like that? Those of you who’ve had to take out student loans, you didn’t do it because you’re lazy. You didn’t do it lightly. You don’t like debt. A lot of you, your parents are helping out, but it’s tough on them. They’re straining. And so you do it because the cost of college keeps going up and you know there’s an investment in your future.”

Picking on an old lady, are you? Some class. This is an assault of sorts, perhaps we might call it a war, on members of the female gender, women.


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  1. Barb

    She worked her way through college by being a car hop waitress. Fred Flintstone is still pissed that she tipped his car over with that hunk of meat.

    1. actor212

      I have to disagree, Barb. Even that job is too modern for her. I mean, just look at her!

      I'm thinking some profession that is much older, perhaps the world's oldest.

  2. Tundra Grifter

    Is that Paul Dean's Mom?

    I don't think it's fair to call that a sour look – it's the only look she's got.

  3. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    Back when Virginia was in college a black man knew how to show respect to a white woman. Outrage!

    1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

      Like there were any black men around the college when she went to UNC…., Well, except for the porters and the janitors, and they all knew if they even looked at a white women……

    2. Man0nTheStreet

      Back then the only women in college were "party girls" and "fallen women" providing "comfort and succor" to the all-male Student Body.

        1. Man0nTheStreet

          Oh, she found her way over to Morehouse & Savannah State for some taboo "Mandingo" love – how'dya think she became a "fallen woman"?

          "Obama's a Marxist fraud" is on her lips…
          "Take me, my Ebony god!!" is in her loins….

    3. SorosBot

      Back when she was in school, they had separate colleges for the black and the white students. And she's probably thinking, "Damn that James Meredith!"

    4. Warwhatgoodfor

      Back than black man know better than to get anywhere near white woman. Otherwise next act went: "Mr rope, meet Mr tree".

  4. prommie

    A little red meat to keep us loyal. I is unimpressed. Cease all extra-judicial detention, all torture, all warrantless spying on US citizens, and then begin the prosecution of Bush, Cheney, Yoo, Condi, and that insane Let The Eagle Soar asshole, then I would be impressed.

      1. WunkRocker

        Right. Show up @ UNC, as Jesse Helms referred to it -Univ of Negroes and Communists. Still cannot believe the DNC is gonna be in Charlotte. He should go to Kannapolis and tell that story about how Bessie Smith single-handedly faced of some armed KKK goobers.

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      I'm not that impressed either. I'm still going to vote for the smoove bastard, however.

      And depending on how the polls are going, potentially donate another several hundred dollars to his campaign fund.

      1. prommie

        What a posturing, self–important speach by Obama, carefully, cynically targeted to woo the votes of a narrow slice of the electorate by literally promising to give them some cash.

        I love me some Hopey, but jesus, I am not blind, I know he sneaks out on me and goes running around with them defense contractors and finance industry people.

          1. prommie

            You know, I'm feeling a little sentimental, so I let myself go, full Kucinich Libtard mode, instead of my usual rage-and-gin filled cynic, and I get slapped for it. fucking A, man, all harshing my buzz and shit.

          2. Radiotherapy

            I am so looking forward to opening the Bombay doors.
            I know I speak for more than a few people here, we lerb a good prommie rant. After all, we don't goose step in these parts.

          3. Limeylizzie

            I still love you, but prefer the rage and gin-soaked cynic because I think that's the one that likes my tits.

      2. prommie

        And besides, the only item on my wish-list thats a bit of a stretch was the prosecution thingy, I understand we can't really do that. But asking that we stop with the murder, illegal detention, and illegal spying all that much to ask for? Just stop breaking the fucking law and killing people?

        1. FakaktaSouth

          But oh God you are the sexiest gin soaked, self important, kucinich loving, ashcroft droning, sentimental libtard I've never met. I'm over be talked at about stuff I already know to be incensed over too – I want some actual shit kicked. (Blah blah, "hell no you can't," and we can't get anything out of the House, all that, I know. I'm just saying FUCK em – and not with rhetoric.)

          1. prommie

            Well you are the sexiest damned if I know what but funny as all hell and I imagine beautiful drawling chick.

    2. Barrelhse

      "Cease all extra-judicial detention, all torture, all warrantless spying on US citizens, and then begin the prosecution of Bush, Cheney, Yoo, Condi, and that insane Let The Eagle Soar asshole."
      You saw my bumper sticker?!

    1. iburl

      Why in my day, we just sucked our ragged socks dry at the end of the day and gained nutrition from the leavings of the sheriff's horses. Why can't kids today do that?

      1. Lascauxcaveman

        Thank God I had a kitchen job at a sorority house in my U of W days. I was getting fat on all the same stuff that my sisters were getting fat on. (Except the Dominos. That stuff was even shittier back in the 80s than it is now.)

        1. BaldarTFlagass

          Ha! I delivered pizza for Domino's for three years when I was in college. That was the fourth leg of my nutrition table. I can't touch that shit now, but back then, any port in a storm. Hell, some people survived the concentration camps…

      2. actor212

        When I went to college, I survived on $5 a day.

        So a small bottle of Mateus and a pack of cigs.

        Yes, I'm that fucking old that $5 bought wine AND cigarettes.

        1. Tundra Grifter

          When I worked in St. Thomas, we bought cold beer from a soda machine on the dock (I think it was fifty cents a can), Jack Daniels was about $1.25 a bottle – and cigarettes were a quarter a pack.

          That's what no sales and excise taxes can do for you. I still have the Rolex I paid a couple of hundred dollars for.

          And no, it wasn't pre-WW II. Why do you ask? It was in the early '70's. The 1970's.

          1. prommie

            When I was in high school, a dollar got me a pack of cigs (50 cents) and 6 games of pinball, 3 for a quarter. And $25 got you a full OZ of mexican blonde, a full bulging pint baggie. Oh, and we wore onions on our belts, because that was the style at the time . . . .

          2. Tundra Grifter

            Remember fat lids? Sure there were too many seeds in the bottom (sometimes) but still…

          3. Warwhatgoodfor

            Iron City for 35c a quart. If we were really stretching it Rheingold was 5c less. Half gallon of Gallo Vin Rose was a buck and a quarter. With all the guys coming home fron 'Nam with their duffel bags, who needed cigarettes?

        2. chicken_thief

          In my poor school days/daze I could buy a case of long neck Buckhorn beer for $2.86 with the returns so had plenty left over for a pack of cigs and a burger.

      3. Warwhatgoodfor

        You had hot dogs? We had something called "mystery meat", and we knew better than to ask.

    2. Fare la Volpe

      Dinner at the Volpe household tonight shall consist of a cold tortilla and microwaved chicken pieces. We're feeling ritzy!

    3. littlebigdaddy

      5-gallon tubs of p.b., government cheese, food taken from work. Never went to the free meals provided by Hare Krishnas, though…we had some dignity.

        1. littlebigdaddy

          I always heard that it gave you diarrhea, but I guess that was just third eye libel.

    4. Chichikovovich

      I worked on summer construction out in the bush, hard work, ben oui, but with hefty pay and ridiculous per diem that you could never spend more than $10 of since there was nothing to spend it on. Tuition at the University of Toronto was about $800 a year. No debt, and even saved enough for a trip to Europe between year 3 and 4.

      Life as a student in that socialist hell-hole was soul-crushingly dismal, I can assure you.

      1. Warwhatgoodfor

        Medical school was $800 a semester. Now that "might" buy you the books. Used. Tuition alone can run 60k a year, and that 200k debt would look like chicken feed.

  5. Terry

    It will be interesting seeing how the GOP attack machine tries to go after Obama on this one, seeing as Santorum's attack went so darn well.

    1. Chichikovovich

      Look, when I warned you it was a Tudor crowd, I wasn't talking about their taste in architecture.

  6. Tundra Grifter

    Let's say a sucker signs up at one of those fancy for-profit "colleges" and starts taking courses paid for with big student loans.

    The institution goes BK, the debt has been sold to a third party, the "credits" can't be transferred because the school wasn't accredited – yet the debt remains to be repaid, and can't be discharged by BK (although that's how the school went out of business).

    What a clusterfuck.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      For profit corporations are people too … until it's time to go broke. Then, magically, they stop being people and start being special. Just ask Bain Capital.

    1. BornInATrailer

      I feel like maybe I should have put "cross I'd" in bold. Or perhaps subtlety isn't the issue and I'm just not as funny as I think.

    2. chicken_thief

      But no one wants the job of trying to scream the details to her – "OBAMA, HE'S THE PRESIDENT… NO, NO, NOT OF THE SCHOOL,… OF THE COUNTRY…. YA, YA, BLACK GUY…. REALLY!!!!…."

  7. OKthennext

    Platagenet…whut's that? Looks it up on wikipedia… English monarchs … Parliament…founded Oxford and Cambridge! Well holy shit, you can't go there without a student loan, silly.

  8. Callyson

    "very little tolerance for people who tell me they graduate with debt"

    Yeah, how dare they. Debt is for those of us in Congress to create, by voting for wars and then not funding them because we gave tax cuts to the wealthy instead.


    1. wolvenwood13

      Oh is she that young? I figgered she died before sex was invented (isn't that why she's so cranky?)

    1. anniegetyerfun

      Tonight, on Fox News, I guarantee you that there will be a piece about the Left's War on Senior Congresswomen.

  9. fartknocker

    While your in the area Mr. President, you should pop into Paula Deen's restaurant and ask her how that law suit is going. She would appreciate seeing you.

  10. littlebigdaddy

    As a UNC alumnus, I am hoping that this vile bitch did not attend that institution.

    1. superdave

      Anther Carolina alum here, and sadly she did. Got a BA in 1968, then a MA and EdD from UNC Greensboro.

  11. NorthStarSpanx

    If Virginia was a woman, I'd be inclined to agree it is a shot across the bow, or war, of some sort against this Chair of a House Education subcommittee.

  12. CrunchyKnee

    When she heard Barry's comments she caught the vapors and fainted into her trusted house blah's arms.

  13. Arkoday

    I'm a parent and I'm straining. Had to be a co-strainer for the kids' loans. Bitch is crapping on me, too. Also.

    1. vtxmcrider

      Just imagine what the kid's eyes would look like if Virginia Foxx got fucked by Scott Walker (and her Fallopian tubes were not yet petrified) …

  14. widestanceromance

    I like this, but not half as much as I would like to see him read it to her face in front of that crowd before an open question session.

    I hope O has been saving all the priceless things said about him for the campaign trail, because it is superb material.

  15. OneYieldRegular

    I want to see Virginia Foxx's long form contribution record to the UNC Alumni fund.

  16. BaldarTFlagass

    Virginia's brother Redd actually died of shame and embarrassment, not a heart attack.

  17. Lascauxcaveman

    Re-election strategy for Obama

    1. Read back what a Republican lawmaker said
    2. Repeat.

    Looks pretty solid to me. Good luck, mittens.

    1. Man0nTheStreet

      I think *every* WH presser should start with a video of a ReThug doing/saying something stupid/evil/hypocritical that's related to the topic of the day, then after the reporters have watched, the WH Spokeman's first words should be "any questions"?

    2. GOPCrusher

      I still say the DNC needs to make a video of Joe Barton apologizing to Tony Heyward for the President demanding 20 Billion from BP as a down payment for the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, and now they can follow it up with pictures of shrimp with no eyes and fish with sores all over their bodies. Maybe end it with the 2008 RNC when the entire gallery was chanting "Drill Baby, Drill" during Sarah Palin's speech.
      Mitt could give his concession speech now and save the money.

    3. Jukesgrrl

      The tone of voice he uses in his delivery is just right. His campaign theme song should be: clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

  18. NorthStarSpanx

    And her hits keep coming. . .she's a star from way back! Bachmann has nothing on Ginnie! Right Wing talking heads haven't gone far enough with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

    Rep. Virginia Foxx said Matthew Sheppard was murdered in an attempted "robbery."

    April 30, 2009

    Less than one month after she used the term "tar baby" on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) has managed to offend another group of Americans: gay people.

    Speaking on the House floor Wednesday while a hate crimes bill – known as the "Matthew Shepard bill," after the gay 21-year-old who was brutally murdered in 1998 — was being debated, Foxx called the University of Wyoming student’s association with the legislation "a hoax" because, she said, Shepard was not killed because of his sexual orientation.

    "The bill was named after a very unfortunate incident that happened, where a young man was killed, but we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of robbery," Foxx said. "It wasn’t because he was gay… The hate-crimes bill was named for him, but it’s, it’s really a hoax, that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills."

    On TARP, she reiterated: "They've got a tar baby. They are not going to shift it off to the Republicans."

  19. weejee

    This Rep. Ginny Foxx news is so much liked the ginned-up Fox Newz. Obvs the success of pundits Hannity, Limbaugh, and Beck proves that a college education simply is no longer necessary for success. You just need to be able to shovel horseshit at a rate of 30 tons a minute and you'll be a 7-figure a year talking head with no student loans. We libs just don't understand what makes America great.

  20. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    It is so nice to see that the GOP has decided that understanding and tolerance is the key to power.

    And nice to see Obama actually call them on it. A little more of that, and some government action that supports that, and we might have something here.

  21. MissTaken

    “The students who rack up student loan debt are just ‘sitting on their butts having opportunity dumped in your lap.’

    See? Instead of opportunity being dumped in your lap, all you girls (and some boys!) should pay your way through school by dancing in a lap.

    1. wolvenwood13

      THAT was Dick Cheney??? Egads, I thought it was Donald Rumsfeld! It's so hard to tell the two of them apart, they both look soooo dead.

  22. HobbesEvilTwin

    Alan West, Virginia Foxx, Joe Walsh…. How do such imbeciles get elected to national office?

    oh, wait. that's right, this is America

  23. Sassomatic

    How much you wanna bet she also has no tolerance for all those college hussies and their birth control.

  24. spends2much

    Is she Redd Foxx's widow or Jamie Foxx's mom? Besides being a dingbat (a Plantagenet era dingbat at that.)

  25. actor212

    Not to be looksist…OK, who am I kidding? On this blog?…but she looks like Bea Arthur got hit with an industrial strength waffle iron

  26. Eve8Apples

    Let me fix that…

    I said I have "very little tolerance for crotchety old hags who tell me they don't have enough money to retire because there’s no reason for that." “The smelly old shrews who lose their retirement savings are just ‘sitting on their butts having opportunity dumped in their laps.”

  27. RavenRant

    OT, but essential Wonketteer news:

    In what is a clear cut case of Traffic Stop Slavery, Basil Marceaux has been jailed for contempt of court. Seems he told the judge "You're out of order!" (Funny, it went over so well when Al Pacino said it.)

    Breaking Basil Marceaux News

    What will this do to his VP chances?

    1. Jukesgrrl

      Free Basil Marceaux!

      Wonketeers should send their contributions to the Free Basil Committee to:
      P.O. Box Yer Shittin Me
      Soddy Daisy, Tennessee

    2. GOPCrusher

      Telling off an activist judge can only help his chances, and lock down the Real Amurrican vote for Mitt Romney.

  28. Wile E. Quixote

    Jesus, Dick Cheney's heart transplant really had some serious side effects. Sure, it made his hair grow back, but he's also got a set of moobs and went all cross-eyed.

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