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Here is a response to an anti-Obama letter circulating on the internet. I don't personally know the person that wrote the rebuttal nor whether the Mr. Pritchett actually wrote the letter. None the less, on a fairly slow news day and not being able to go to NetRoots, I thought this might be enjoyable to read.  The email lays out literally all of the BS charges and allegations we all have heard over the past 2 years.

Thanks for forwarding the below letter titled "Obama You Scare Me," by Lou Pritchett, former CEO of Proctor & Gamble.

I find it intriguing that he managed to include in one letter, virtually every anti-Obama cliché ever uttered. I respectfully submit my rebuttal below. My responses appear in blue type following each of his contentions.

Your old friend,


Dear President Obama:

You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.

John, if he’s just NOW getting scared, methinks Mr. Pritchett must have slept through the entire Bush administration. It is Bush who ignored laws passed by Congress by attaching "signing statements" to laws that UNLAWFULLY claimed that he would not be bound the very laws he just signed. Bush even dismantled the 400-year-old tradition of habeas corpus. If the "decider" decided that an American citizen was an "enemy combatant," that person was "disappeared" just like people in other dictatorial countries.

Robert Parry, who broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek, and currently the editor of, has written "Neck Deep - - The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush." Obviously, I can’t include his entire list of unconstitutional, extra-legal, unauthorized actions or all of the 900+ lies that Bush told to Congress and the American people - - all confirmed and verified - - but, John, please allow me to list just a few key milestones along the disastrous journey Robert Parry mentions in "Neck Deep."

Saddam's ties to Al Queda: There never were any. The claim is a complete distortion of the truth.

Chem.. & Bio Weapons: We know Saddam had and used these prior to Gulf war I. Why? WE gave him the means to make them. The weapons inspectors and CIA reports all stated there was no evidence Saddam still possessed these weapons.

Saddam's Nuclear program: What existed was dismantled after Gulf War I. But that didn’t disqualify their previous existence brought forward from the past tense to the present tense from serving as a humdinger of a scare factor.

The War would be a cakewalk: Obviously it hasn't been, largely due to the totally stupid assumptions Bush & Rummy made that were based on total ignorance of the culture AND an equally deadly dismissal of our own generals’ advice.

Iraq as a model for Democracy: The shabbiest and most overused "reason for invading Iraq" since the WMD and Al Queda claims were proven to be bogus. The issue here is that there are many, many brutal dictatorship's in the world, John, and to think that we would send 100,000 troops to a foreign land to "liberate" a nation is just plain gullible.

You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

To claim that both Honolulu newspapers conspired to run birth announcements for Obama in anticipation that he was a one-man "sleeper cell" who would be "anointed" president some day defies logic. Besides, how many Hawaii officials does it take to prove its legitimacy? Even the respected has examined it!

To quote:

" staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate. We conclude that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship. Claims that the document lacks a raised seal or a signature are false. We have posted high-resolution photographs of the document as "supporting documents" to this article. Our conclusion: Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said."

Update, Nov. 1, 2008: The director of Hawaii’s Department of Health confirmed Oct. 31that Obama was born in Honolulu.

Not to mention, John, I bet ten bucks to a donut that previous GOP presidents have a few skeletons in their closets that should have caused Mr. Pritchett to proclaim the same "...I know nothing about [them either]."

For instance, I’m sure Mr. Pritchett didn’t realize that Ronald Reagan became a viable political entity with the help of the entertainment conglomerate, MCA. Reagan signed a waiver when he was President of the Screen Actors’ Guild that allowed MCA production division to negotiate with "talent agency" side of the company and the actors it represented as their agent ...a blatant conflict of interest.

You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.

Mr. Pritchett must not have ever heard about scholarships. Like all the blacks and Hispanics who attend ivy league colleges must be the results of conspiracies. Did he have the same reservations about General Colin Powell? Or, Secretary of State Colin Powell? Probably not.

You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

Tell that to all the diplomat’s kids who grow up in other countries...and, who go on to become active in our State Department activities themselves.

Or, tell that to the hundreds of thousands of military brats who grew up in countries where their fathers were stationed.

Sheesh, the level of ethnocentrism and unbridled chauvinism of this guy is truly barf-inducing. Going overseas, according to him, must be enough to cancel out any right to call oneself an American. I can just hear him say, "GAWD NO! We sure don’t want to learn about other cultures when we go to war, as we did in Iraq, we will be guaranteed to totally misconstrue their willingness to accept us with open arms."

For heaven’s sake, John, I’m just a regular American citizen who has read only briefly about the Iraqi culture. And, EVEN I knew that Bush and Rumsfeld were wrong when they said the Iraqi people would accept us with open arms. These bozos lived on another planet and there are umpteen gazillion former generals who quit military service because of their vociferous disagreement with Bush & Co. They tried to tell BushCo that they were wrong-headed to think Iraqis would welcome us into their country.

No doubt, that naïve notion is the reason Bush & Rumsfeld didn’t think it was important to guard the warehouse with 400 tons of C-4 explosives (that are currently being used to blow up our soldiers) ...and, no doubt, that’s also the reason Bush & Rumsfeld thought it was a good idea to dismiss en masse the entire Iraqi army (against Pentagon advice) and send them home along WITH THEIR DAMN WEAPONS! Yeah, that was a good idea. So, I for one, am thankful that Obama DOES have a multicultural understanding of the world and its various countries ...especially those that are Islamic. We sure as hell can’t afford to have the level of incompetence and rampant ethnocentrism that has been in play during most of the Bush administration.

You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

Well, neither had John McCain, but the GOP wanted HIM to run the country. And, look at who they wanted to be VP!

Not to mention, if you look at the string of failing businesses George W. Bush left in his wake, how can you claim that HE ever met a payroll? A couple of W’s businesses had to be bailed out with gifts (not loans) from Daddy’s good friend, the head of the Saudi National Bank - - if THAT doesn’t make Mr. Pritchett scared, then his heart needs to be checked to see if it is still beating.

You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.

For the record, neither did George W. Bush. He was in a rich boys’ National Guard Unit and nobody ever DID collect the $10,000,000 reward that was offered to produce paperwork that verified he was ever even THERE. (His records mysteriously had disappeared!)

Nobody in the unit to which he supposedly belonged even knew the guy! Never had met him. And if military service is a requirement for government service, then what about the FULLY 96% of the top-most echelon of the Bush administration who never served in the military? Rumsfeld? NOPE. Karl Rove? NOPE. Wolfowitz, Feith, Perle, etc.? NOPE, NOPE, NOPE and not a chance! What a bunch of BS, to claim military service is necessary when the entire previous administration was made up of rich kids who bought their deferments. ME??? I SERVED IN VIETNAM! And, as for Kerry’s service hear the Republicans, tell it, you’d think that getting SHOT didn’t qualify Kerry for any more credit than if he had played pinball at the local pool hall; much less count as patriotism. Selective perception Mr. Pritchett? Hmmmmm???? I think so.

You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.

What? This is such a blatant opinion that is based on no empirical evidence it doesn’t even warrant a comment. Who, pray tell, defines "class;" and, without specific examples of Obama blaming others, it’s a bit difficult to respond further.

You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

Being on a task force to improve education at the same time as the President of the University of Chicago doesn’t equate to "hanging with terrorists" unless you accuse the University President of the same thing. The supposed "terrorist" was an anti-Vietnam War Protestor - - just like I was after I came back convinced that war wasn’t winnable and was only about the oil under the Gulf of Tonkin. So, I must be a terrorist by Mr. Pritchett’s criteria. And, I STILL think it was a stupid, unnecessary war that was initiated with the help of lies. (None of our ships were actually was a ruse ...a faked circumstance to panic congress into granting permission to wage war. Just like we were panicked into rushing into the Iraqi war.

You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America ' crowd and deliver this message abroad.

So, let’s see if I understand: Mr. Pritchett doesn’t think using 900 + lies to maneuver America into an unnecessary war isn’t something that we might want to acknowledge. It’s not like simply denying it is going to let us "slip that big elephant into the room" without anyone in other countries noticing. Sometimes admitting the obvious adds to one’s credibility, Mr. Pritchett! And world-wide polls demonstrate that such admissions have increased America’s credibility!

You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

Mr. Pritchett must have a short memory because he’s obviously forgotten that it was National Socialism - - Hitler’s party - - that promoted the belief that government controlled by private industry is the best of all possible governments. Allowing the private sector to dominate is called, lessee, now. What did Mussolini call it? Oh, I know, he called that fascism. In fact, he used corporatism and fascism interchangeably.

You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

Yeah, and Mr. Pritchett claims that we’ll lose our "free choice of doctors." I pay hundreds of dollars monthly for privately run health insurance. And, guess what?! I can’t choose any doctor I want. I’m TOLD what doctor to go to. But, my neighbor who is on Medicare? He gets to choose any doctor he wants, no restrictions.

So, this point is just scare-mongering. In fact, even after paying hundreds of dollars every month, my wife’s surgery and hospital stay was rejected and we now owe more than $120,000 in medical bills. And, THAT’S AFTER ACTUALLY HAVING PRIVATELY OPERATED HEALTH INSURANCE!

You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

Pardon me, Mr. Pritchett, but T. Boone Pickens, who knows a lot about oil availability here in the US, said that you folks who claim that we can become energy independent by drilling the oil that is available in America are DELUSIONAL! That’s Pickens’ own word. Pickens said that we only have 5% of all available oil but we use 25% of the oil consumed. That’s why he said the "drill, baby, drill" folks are being dishonest when they imply it would make a difference to up our own domestic oil production.

You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

Pardon me again, Mr. Pritchett, but using that logic, you would probably call the "father of capitalism," Adam Smith, himself, a socialist. Guess what! Even HE said capitalism needs regulations. Without regulations and oversight by the government, Smith says it would destroy itself.

Let’s face it: we already have seen what "self regulation" can do: it DID destroy the goose that laid the golden egg. Not the regulators. Not by a long shot. Even Alan Greenspan admits that he was wrong to assume that capitalists will regulate themselves. I ask you, Mr. Pritchett: Would YOU be the first little boy to STOP taking candy from the dish when there were no rules telling you to "be polite?" I doubt it. You would be just as greedy as the ding butts who were told that the bubble was dangerously close to bursting because of the lack of regulation and oversight for the laws that were actually on the books. Bush even fired one of his own SEC chairmen because he tried to fine a couple of Wall Street companies who were caught posting transactions after the markets closed. Even those who tried to regulate the laws on the books were fired for their trouble.

You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.

You have the audacity to say that BANKS are being intimidated? After two solid decades of bribing congress and helping to author bills designed to loosen regulations ...after Bush & Obama BOTH having given the banks a total of $14 Trillion in bailout money? Who’s intimidating whom?

SURPRISE FACT: today, August 2, 2009, only 3% of those funds have been invested in shoring up the credit market by being made available for loans - - the very purpose the funds were meant to accomplish. Mr. Pritchett, even little old HAYSEED KANSAS BOY Carl Williams could see that nothing good was going to come from variable rate mortgage loans; or balloon payment loans. If I could see that trouble was brewing, then why the hell didn’t the bankers see it? They didn’t want to stop taking money from the suckers because they knew that the FDIC and/or the government in general would see that they "were too big to fail" so they didn’t have to worry about the consequences of their greedy behavior.

So, I ask again, Mr. Pritchett, whom is intimidating whom? That argument just doesn’t fly, my friend. At least not with anyone with an ounce of common sense, it doesn’t.

You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

I don’t know if you noticed, but even a couple of former GOP Treasury Secretaries and Alan Greenspan, himself, are going along with the current attempts to shore up the hole in our ship of state that the bankers themselves blew in the bottom. Your comment is nothing more than propagandistic jingoism.

You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.

Like the bankers who got us into this mess are intelligent. Please...

You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

It sounds like the kettle calling the pot black. Your attitude throughout this letter has been that of a two-bit know-it-all.

You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

Mr. Pritchett must not watch Fox News, my friend. If THAT is a free pass, then I guess Mr. Pritchett must think that Joseph Goebbels was the German version of Captain Kangaroo.

You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Reillys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.

If you think those "intellectual giants" actually are worthy of consideration, then I have some ocean front property here in Kansas I want to talk to you about, Mr. Pritchett.

You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

But, yet, you seem to want private industry to be in control of government. I think we’ve already seen what kind of fiasco can come from that formula. Let’s see ...fascist Germany, fascist Italy, American economic melt-down circa 2008...that’s what happens when private industry controls things and there are no regulations to stop them from looting the pockets of the rest of us.

Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

Mr. Pritchett, I think that given the encroaching power of the military industrial complex and its puppeteers, the international oil companies, not even Obama can stop the systematic destruction that’s happening to our constitution. Obama said the US should stop its military support and aid to Honduras because of the illegal coup. Did that take place? Nope. He said we’d be out of Iraq. Will that ever happen? Nope. Did Obama deliver the open government he promised when he was elected? I guess since his Justice Department lawyers were using the same arguments before the Supreme Court in regard to illegal torture and who authorized it, who participated, etc., I guess the answer again is, "Nope." Obama doesn’t have the authority. It’s above his pay grade. So, yes, I agree: it may, indeed, be risky to write openly about our concerns.

Lou Pritchett
Former CEO
Proctor & Gamble

According to Mr. Pritchett, this letter was sent to the NY Times but they never acknowledged it. Big surprise.

Even The New York Times can occasionally smell a pile of BS. That’s saying something since the NYT didn’t smell nary a whiff of BS when it served as THE official US stenographic service that transmitted to the American public the lies the Bush administration cranked out non-stop during the build-up to the invasion of Iraq.

Given their own role in perpetrating misinformation to the public, it must be especially irking to Mr. Pritchett that the NYT didn’t even acknowledge his letter, much less print it.

This rebuttal respectfully submitted by:

P.S. I welcome any comments and corrections of any facts I may have included above. Please include the web sites and sources for the facts that are offered in response.

I hate to just reprint what others have observed but I thought that this was a good example of how to answer viral email garbage.  I love to get emails like these when the sender leaves all the forwarded email addresses on the email.  I love it when I get responses from these people asking who the hell gave me their address and then start to rail against my rebuttal.  Thought that others would appreciate this.


Originally posted to AZ AF VET on Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 05:25 PM PDT.

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