March 1st, 2009
09:14 AM ET
5 years ago

Coulter jabs Obama at CPAC

Democrats, President Obama and the media were the targets of Ann Coulter’s jokes.
Democrats, President Obama and the media were the targets of Ann Coulter’s jokes.

(CNN) - Conservative political commentator Ann Coulter’s 15-minute address at CPAC played more like a stand-up comedy act than a political speech.

Coulter delivered line after line of jabs at President Obama, the Democratic Party and the media – each met with roaring laughter from the crowd.

The commentator – who is no stranger to controversy – first went after MSNBC, calling the hosts the “alternative prom crowd.”

Pointing to recent comparisons of Obama to Jesus and Abraham Lincoln, Coulter said the media has turned from being the people’s watchdog to the “government guard dog.”

“Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t see Lincoln text messaging with Scarlet Johansson … and I forget, how many times did Lincoln vote present?” she said, to much applause.

Coulter likened members of the media and Democrats to parents “gushing” over a newborn baby.

“Having pulled off their rather mediocre 53 percent to 46 percent victory, liberals can’t stop boasting about their new baby boy,” she said.

She said it was interesting that Obama’s “adorers” in the media compare him to Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, because, “apparently they can’t think of a Democratic president worthy of being compared to.”

“If [Obama] thinks people wanted change in 2009, wait until 2012,” she said.

Coulter has a long history of making controversial comments about politicians. Following her appearance at the 2007 CPAC, multiple companies asked to pull their ads from her Web site after she used what some observers called an anti-gay slur to describe then-Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.

She was also at odds with Sen. John McCain during the campaign season, saying "John McCain is not only bad for Republicanism, which he definitely is - he is bad for the country."


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  1. SAGG

    Kind of hypocritical for Coulter to say:

    '“Having pulled off their rather mediocre 53 percent to 46 percent victory, liberals can’t stop boasting about their new baby boy,” she said.'
    ---–
    As opposed to Bush LOSING the percentage vote to Gore in 2000, and Bush in 2004 around BARELY winning said percentage vote against Kerry. Yeah, I think some boasting is in order by the left. I guess the only time a conservative can say if President Obama has a mandate is if he wins 100% of the popular vote. Nah–they'd find something ELSE to complain about even then.

    If Coulter (and some other conservatives) can gripe about President Obama using a Blackberry-type of device, then how does she explain her fellow Repubs using a device similar DURING the President's quasi-State of the Union address, which in of itself was despicably unmannerable and disrespectful of the office? You do NOT do such a thing in a setting while the President, ANY President, is speaking.

    I'm sick and tired of conservatives hemming and hawing. They lost. Yes, it's hard for them to believe it, but it's true. Instead of fuming and hoping like mad that President Obama will fail (and the country, by extention), they ought to seriously examing WHY their policies failed so miserably in the past few years. Piece of advice, conservatives: Moderate your party. Push the Hard Right to the rear, gently, if you wish. The Dems had to do this, and it took quite a few years, but eventually it paid off. President Obama realizes this. He knows he can't be an extreme liberal, because it'll turn off the Indies and the Vast center of this country. He's doing just enough to appease the Hard Left without caving in to them. It's called pragmatism. Yeah, they're still complaining, but compared to President Bush, they're having it easy. President Obama's positioning himself to be a left-of-center President, which is perfect for me. Guess what? Potnetially, a Repub President could do the same thing, and become right-of-center. Bush, however, did not do so, preferring to stay Hard Right no matter what. I think this came out of fear that he would repeat the same mistakes as his dad. I think I can safely say he and his dad were NOT the same–Bush II was WORSE. MUCH worse. Better moderate yourselves, GOP, before it's too late. As long as you stay to the Hard Right, you're going to continue to lose elections, and become more irrelevant.

    March 1, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. my thought

    this is why i have not watched CNN TV for over two weeks because i expect nothing but G.O.P talking points and promoting Rush and such.....and i think i am done with CNN.COM

    March 1, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. z

    The more the Republic-Klan goes off the deep end only shows they are afraid....really afraid of never coming back to power. Let's help President Obama finish them once and for ALL!

    March 1, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Greg

    You know all it takes to steal Ann's or Rush's thunder is to check out the references in their books or speeches, they are full of footnotes, etc... much the same way CNN does it's sleuthing during the campaigns to make sure that what the candidates say is truthful. Of course in the world of partisan politics here in the US, and as demonstrated in the vile comments from everyone above, its not just the politicians and pundits that create an environment where the truth depends on "what your definition of 'is' is." We truly are a nation divided... and a house divided cannot stand. I believe we represent the best of ideas and intentions, but that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. We have checks and balances, between the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of the government, but the lines become increasingly blurred as the three become the same mindset. And while it may be that for awhile one party may control the nation is such a way, that control usually doesn't last forever. Rush and Ann, and even the liberal commentators like strategist James Carville, best succeed in the environment of partisan politics, playing Devil's Advocate, but if you want to shut them down, research the references in their books, and quit reporting the hype. The truth really is much more exciting, and ultimately exposes pundits for what they really are, charlatans trying to make a buck.

    March 1, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Gregory C

    I find a sweet irony in the fact that "libs" find Coulter and Limbaugh offensive. I accept the fact that they can certainly be extreme at times just like many democrates. The irony is however, that is exactly the way conservatives feel about every word out of the mouths of Pelosi, Reid, Matthews and many others in the mainstream. I ditto your sentiments exactly, only imagine this...most conservatives oppose your viewpoints to the poplar opposite. Wouldn't the world be a great place if everyone agreed with the liberal agenda and "progressive" demise of the values we hold dear? Fortunately, we still have some great Americans who appreciate our heritage who are willing to take the heat for speaking out. Silencing your critics is UN-AMERICAN.

    March 1, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Kristin

    I think they need to wire her jaw back up. She was a much more pleasant "person" then.

    March 1, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. check book facts

    The only reason her books seem to sell so well and even hit the best sellers list is not actual sales,but orders from large conservative outlets and big money politicos,its a form of fraud no body wants to talk about,but you can find it if you check the facts.Her actual sales are nowhere near her order numbers.A good friend in the publishing industry clued me in on this scam.

    March 1, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Lennon for president

    well no wonder the GOP is in the toilet if it listens to people so mind-gratingly stupid as this...I mean the stuff that spews out of Limbaugh's and coulter's mouths is so noxious and so absolutely idiotic that it just breaches the barrier of stupidity. I mean do they even know what they're saying. It's a mixture of hypocrisy...yeah fear mongering...that's Bush's and the Gop's Modus Operandi...fear tactics, stupidity, outright lies, hatred and intolerance, and gibberish

    March 1, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Brenda

    Just think about how many Americans shook their heads in disbelief while watching Ann & Rushy boy CPAC. If the republications think this is the way to win elections, please, please think again. They are so, so done and let's just hope and pray that Rush and the rest of these 'fools" keep this up until the 2012 elections. Obama/Biden will definitely get the 8 years they deserve!

    March 1, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Mr C

    Refreshing conference. I hope the Republican Party spews out the lukewarm Republicans (centrists with right clothing) and moves back to its conservative base.

    March 1, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. rob

    why is she allowed to talk?

    March 1, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. jeremy

    the GOP is helpless until they start coming to the table with some solutions to real issues. having people like this hack and Rush leading the way, nobody is going to take this party seriously.

    March 1, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Samual Wertzbacher

    She is the prom queen of hate speech who is lucky to have not had her pants sued off for defamation.

    Anyone who defends her is of poor moral character.

    March 1, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Dave

    Coulter is a talentless skank. I'd love to see her and Limbaugh get the ebola virus and bleed out on national television.

    March 1, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Atlas Hamartia

    Ahhh, America! I love it! Has anyone read David McCulloughs – John Adams? Or American Lion, or any book about Lincoln and the press. Folks, this IS America – I'm very conservative, and if Liberals ever LOSE their right to speak...we're all in trouble, and in a Big Way.
    God Bless America! Michael A.

    March 1, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. politicaljunkie

    Well said, German-Irish American.

    I'm sure Ann Coulter felt like this was payback time for years of nasty commentary and derision directed at George Bush from people like Keith Olbermann and Bill Maher and others you mentioned.

    As you say, it is terribly ironic that the far left who pretend to be so all-inclusive and tolerant in their ideology, apparently cannot tolerate conservatives. Hypocrisy.

    I believe the 2-party system is no longer effective or desirable. It's broken and I don't think it can be fixed. We need a viable third party, but I don't see it happening anytime soon.

    And, just for the record, I'm not a Republican. I'm an Independent.

    March 1, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. J. Bowen

    German, Irish, American's earlier comments are well worth re-posting: Lighten up libs, it was a 15 minute comedy routine. You had no problem with 8 years of late night shows, especially Letterman, beating up on Bush. Remember how many of you actually thought, and maybe still do, that Palin really said 'I can see Russia from my house"? You guys all thought that was hilarious comedy by Tina Fey. But let someone make fun of a Democrat and you immediately start calling them names, haters, liars, racists, all the while you yourselves are calling Michael Steele, the new RNC chairman, an Uncle Tom, the republicans token black, and stupid for being a conservative. For the party of peace and love and tolerence for all mankind, aka, Democrats, how come the liberals of your party are always the ones to provoke violence in the U.S. with your "peace" rallies that have turned into riots and destruction of public and personal property?

    March 1, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. StLouisGal

    The fact that this crowd likes people like Ann and Rush says it all. The party of hate...the party of no. Keep it up GOP! You'll turn more people off just like when Palin was your VP pick.

    March 1, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Ed

    Let her and Rush continue to be the voice of the party...all 32% of the country that believe this is the route we should take! Please, please...let them keynote at the RNC Convention! Because he GOP - those two are examples of why you are losers!!! America is tired of them! Keep up the good work for the GOP Ann and Rush - you seal their fate!

    March 1, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    GOP = Got No Plan .. now thats telling it like it is.. When you cant think for yourself, you attack other people who DO HAVE IDEAS .. THESE PEOPLE ARE THE SCUM OF HUMANITY! WHY DIDNT RUSH L. DO JAIL TIME FOR THE DRUGS? HERES A LAUGH: Imagine ANN C(unt) in bed with Condi R!!!! While Rushie films and does drugs!!

    March 1, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    GOP = Got No Plan .. now thats telling it like it is.. When you cant think for yourself, you attack other people who DO HAVE IDEAS .. THESE PEOPLE ARE THE SCUM OF HUMANITY! WHY DIDNT RUSH L. DO JAIL TIME FOR THE DRUGS? HERES A LAUGH: Imagine ANN C(unt) in bed with Condi R!!!! While Rushie films and does drugs!!

    March 1, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Its funny to me that the person who really gets the most applause at cpac is a obvioius racist and bigot (Rush Limbaugh). So repubs, tell me, how on God's green earth are you going to appeal to the hip hop crowd as Steele has stated with people like that in your ranks. Even non-black hip hoppers aren't fools. The two most hateful filled republicans I can think of rocks the house. Good luck.

    March 1, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. RH, Pennsylvania

    German Irish American gets it just right. Libby Liberal boo hoos about this but didn't blink an eye at eight years of jabs at the Bush administration. What comes around goes around. Get over it. This is a "who cares?" issue.

    March 1, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Ed

    Let her and Rush continue to be the voice of the party...all 32% of the country that believe this is the route we should take! Please, please...let them keynote at the RNC Convention! Because hey GOP - those two are examples of why you are losers!!! America is tired of them! Keep up the good work for the GOP Ann and Rush - you seal their fate!

    March 1, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Ed

    And Ann...bitterness is so not in!

    March 1, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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