Notable Quotables: 'Proud' of 'Tearful' Obama's Attack on Gun Rights

Now online: the January 11 edition of Notable Quotables, MRC’s bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous quotes in the liberal media. This week, liberal journalists applaud President Obama's unilateral action against the Second Amendment, with ABC's Byron Pitts dubbing Obama "America's parent-in-chief," while MSNBC/Bloomberg analyst Mark Halperin declaring he's "proud" of how Obama is approaching "a national crisis that needs to be addressed."

At the same time, a Newsweek reporter makes a sickening Nazi analogy to Ted Cruz's Iowa supporters, and Joy Behar admits she'd rather vote for a rapist than a conservative. Highlights are posted below; the entire issue is posted online with 21 quotes at

“Proud” of “Tearful” Obama’s Attack on Gun Rights

“With silence more powerful than words, the President mourns victims of gun violence and takes action to stop it....The tears of the most powerful man in the world, powerless to get the United States Congress to tighten gun control laws....There have been 13 mass killings during the Obama presidency. Each time, Republicans voted against gun legislation, but last month, after San Bernardino, Mr. Obama decided to act on his own.”
— Anchor Scott Pelley on the CBS Evening News, January 5.

“I am touched by his emotion and proud of his ability to show it. Regardless of what you think about the Second Amendment; about his proposals; there is no doubt this is a national crisis that needs to be addressed and he — his emotion is backed by determination.”
— Co-host Mark Halperin on Bloomberg TV’s With All Due Respect, January 5.

Correspondent Byron Pitts: “It was a rare glimpse at America’s parent-in-chief.”
President Obama: “And from every family who never imagined their loved one would be taken from our lives by a bullet from a gun.”
Pitts: “Camera clicks the only sound in the White House East Room as the normally stoic President Obama openly wept and paused to compose himself.”
— ABC’s Nightline, January 5.


Trump Playing to Right’s Racism

“Trump’s supporters show all the hallmarks of people with high levels of racial resentment. They are — you know, they seem — a good number believe that President Obama is un-American or maybe even a Muslim and connected to terrorists. A good number referred to him as arrogant and elitist which, for myself, reads very much like ‘uppity’ as an old insult towards African Americans who have achieved some sort of stature in mainstream society.”
Slate’s Jamelle Bouie on CBS’s Face the Nation, December 13.

“You’re playing to racists....This is about ethnicity and it’s about race and you’re talking to those people. And it’s not just a dog whistle. You’re saying to them, ‘You’re right, we never elected him President. He’s not one of us, he’s black’....And that game is serious business on the hard right. If you look at the people who still believe the President is not legitimate, who think he’s a Muslim, who think he’s not from this country, put all of it together, he’s a foreigner, he’s playing to them still. And that’s why he [Trump] said we’re not going to let Muslims in the country anymore. It’s all playing to that same crowd of people. Fact.”
— MSNBC host Chris Matthews during live coverage of Barack Obama’s press conference, December 18.


Terrified by Ted

“Ted Cruz has a strong ground game in Iowa.”
“I deleted my tweet calling Ted Cruz a Nazi. Not fair to his totally decent supporters, as much as I dislike the man himself.”
— January 6 Tweets by Newsweek’s Alexander Nazarayan. The first tweet was accompanied by an old photo of marching Nazis holding swastika flags.  

“If we weren’t talking about Trump, we’d be talking about the horror of this country possibly being led by Cruz....Because I think the anger that we see driving Trump, the anger on the right, white people, if you will, working white people, whatever that category gets defined as, are so angry, especially the very religious people, that they’re willing to put somebody in there who’s a complete enemy of the state. They’re willing to go all the way to the hardest far right rail.”
— Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball, December 22.


Bringing Up Bill’s Bad Behavior Is “Low Blow” to Hillary columnist Kurt Schlicter: “I would like to bring Hillary Clinton’s actions into it. When she was given the choice between standing with a serial sexual abuser and with women who are being violated —”
Host Don Lemon: “Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop. That’s not fair.”
Schlicter: “— by a serious sexual harasser. That is fair.”
Lemon: “It is not fair. It is not fair. It is a low blow. I want to end this. This is the lowest of the low and it has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton. It is just a cheap shot. Can you please stop? Cut him off please. Thank you. We’re done. Thank you. We’ll be right back.”
— Exchange on CNN Newsroom, December 22.


Bear Grylls to Obama: No Human Being Ever Has Done More to Protect the Planet!

“I read somewhere that what you’ve done with your climate change plan is the most significant thing any single human being has ever done to protect the planet. That’s amazing because there are so many skeptics out there.”
— Bear Grylls with Barack Obama in Alaska on NBC’s Running Wild With Bear Grylls, December 17.


I’d Vote for a Rapist as Long as They’re Liberal

“Republicans have voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Now, that to me, is more important than anything that Bill Clinton did or didn’t do, because it’s what she’s going to vote for, how she’s going to lead the country that matters more than that. On the other hand, he is a dog.....People have to understand, it’s policy. Teddy Kennedy. Remember Chappaquiddick?....A girl drowns and he abandons her and she drowned, and women still voted for Teddy Kennedy. Why? Because he voted for women’s rights. That’s why. That’s the bottom line of it in my opinion. I mean, I don’t like either one of them, to tell you the truth, Teddy or Bill. They’re both dogs, as far as I’m concerned. But I still will vote for Bill Clinton because he votes in my favor.”
— ABC’s Joy Behar on The View, January 5.

To read the entire December 7 edition of Notable Quotables, please visit

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