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Bill Maher finally got around to Ted Nugent in his final New Rule of the night, but used the rocker’s recent tirade against President Obama
to ask the larger question about conservative outrage over the
president. He argued that the country has really not changed that much
from the George W. Bush era and, in fact, Obama has
been making concessions that have not exactly pleased liberals. So what,
Maher asked, are conservatives so angry about?
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Much has been made of comments made in some corners
that Obama is the most radical president in this nation’s history.
Maher observed, “How can the same guy… make these people think that
America’s changed so completely, and yet make me think like it’s barely
changed at all?” He said he’s noticed no real significant change in our
nation’s freedoms since Obama was sworn in.
Maher shot down claims that Obama has been racking up the government
spending with statistics showing that of every president since Ronald Reagan,
Obama has had the smallest annualized growth of federal spending. Or,
in Maher’s words, “the black man’s is the shortest.” He pointed to
Obama’s concessions and moderate actions on the financial crisis, oil
drilling, and other big issues. Once again, Maher asked conservatives
exactly what they mean when they claim Obama is the most radical
president of all time.
“How can you guys be so unhappy with Obama when I’m so
unhappy with Obama? You think you got coal in your stocking? I wanted
single-payer health care, a carbon emissions bill, gun control, and
legalized pot. If you get to carry around all this outrage over me
getting that shit, shouldn’t I have gotten it?”
Maher also made a not-so-subtle Trayvon Martin reference by joking that Obama “could not be less threatening if he was walking home with iced tea and Skittles.”
Watch the video below, courtesy of HBO:
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