Gary Johnson: “Air Force One needs to be grounded”

The 2012 presidential election has been over for nearly four months but Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson still has qualms to share about President Barack Obama and fellow 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

During a Google Hangout Tuesday evening, Johnson called President Obama the most political human being to ever live and said that Romney was unelectable because of his far-right positions on social issues.

Johnson denounced the posturing of the Commander-in-Chief during his second term and criticized Obama for giving campaign-style speeches across the country during a time of economic crisis.

“You don’t go on trips. You don’t go on junkets. Air Force One needs to be grounded. Good grief! You know, set an example. We’re all tightening our belts and government can tighten its belt, but it hasn’t,” Johnson proclaimed.

“We continue to see politics put first…President Obama is as political a human being as has lived,” Johnson added.

If Johnson’s critique of Obama that he’s making the office of the President too political, his opinion of Romney is that Republican presidential nominee was not politically appealing enough. Johnson said Romney was oppressive on social issues, saying this was an insurmountable obstacle to his election.

“Of course he [Obama] got re-elected. I think he got re-elected because the Republicans didn’t put of a candidate [Romney] that was socially accepting…Americans were shouting, ‘We don’t want a Republican social agenda.’ I really think that’s why Romney got beat.”

Google Hangouts played a big part Johnson’s campaign, and the Libertarian has participated in many of them since the election. Johnson held Tuesday’s Google Hangout on behalf of Our America Initiative, an organization he runs that is designed to bring Libertarian ideas into the main stream of political discussion.

However, Johnson’s campaign to spread libertarianism looks an awful lot like a continuation of his presidential campaign. Towards the end of the hangout, Johnson did some posturing of his own.

“There is an appetite for it [libertarian ideas],” Johnson said, “and I’m going to try to set myself up as someone who will be available to meet what is an absolutely growing demand for the message.”

If Johnson has his eyes on 2016, he’ll need to do a lot of work in the next four years to become a real contender. In 2012 he received just under 1 percent of the vote.

Comments

Comments

  1. sda53 says:

    obama has only been in office due to voter fraud. He is running the biggest scam in our history. He will not set an example for his agenda is to bring America down. He should start with total cut of him and administration’s health insurance and retirement. It should go back to being the same as we the people. He is an Indonesian citizen or was and that means he is not qualified for office. But no one will stand up to him and his terrorist backers. Get him and the muslim brotherhood out of our house. He should only have four secret service at any time. One for each member of his family. But no he is living like a king at our expense. Fire Michele’s full time hair stylist and make up artist. I mean really, she can do those things herself. They act like idols and think they are celebrities which means they are too busy to do more than make guest appearances. Golf lessons from tiger wood, who paid for those. Arrest him for having alias, social security number that do not belong to him and applying for college as a foreign student. If our government does not deal with this and makes us come up there it will not be pretty. They will all get a pink slip! No one is protecting our interest or well being. Letting illegals out in our back yard! All his cuts are to hurt us not government cuts as they should be now. Cut all the silly programs to research things that do not matter. No climate control money pit. God takes care of that just another scare to part ppl from their money. No money for his green campaign. Do away with obamacare and pay back social security for now. We can not afford it! No money goes out of country except what we absolutely must or to pay our bills. Not one more penny to our enemies ever again!!!!!!! We must be allays with Israel. His same sex marriage is to get at our Christian heritage and take it down brick by brick. Enough………

    1. karel Eekels says:

      A sigh of relief, reading this!

    2. Charles M says:

      Now, let me start with saying that I too, am also a Christian, and oppose both Obama’s presidency, and the policies he has been supporting. However, I must say there’s a number of things in your post that I feel are either only partially correct, or false.

      First of all, I doubt he’s in office solely based on voter fraud. Indubitably, there was fraud, whether from ballot box stuffing, registered voters who voted in numerous precincts, or the classic where those who are deceased are apparently still voting. Yes, those things do happen, but I don’t think they made the difference in whether he got elected or not. I think we can attribute that to the excellent advertising, and marketing of him by the Democratic Party.

      Secondly, whether or not he is qualified via the ‘natural born citizen’ clause is a moot point, since he has already served one term, and has been elected to a second by what appears to be a majority of voters.

      As far as your concern for illegal immigration, I’ll concede that since I’m not living near either border, I do not follow that news as closely as you may. Nonetheless, I have not heard much about any loosening of punishments against those who immigrate illegally; that is, besides when they talk about it hoping to get more votes from their Hispanic supporters.

      I agree with you about his Green campaign, and the various allocations to research. Although I’m not against most of that research myself, the gov’t has no place in giving our tax dollars away in such a fashion, in addition to the fact that the gov’t often is terrible at allocating funds, as our fiscal policy demonstrates.

      As far as that whole “same sex ‘marriage'” thing goes, no. They can’t take away our heritage unless we stand by and let them. Besides, marriage is a sacrament, and even is such legislation is passed all it’ll be is a different rubber stamp the gov’t will use on forms for those folks, and possibly another wash of tax loopholes for the differences between those who are considered married, or in a civil union.

      Honestly, looking back at it, I agree with a lot of what you’re saying, I just phrase things differently.

  2. Peaceful Liberal Lady says:

    Gary Johnson has the ability to campaign, why shouldn’t he. Why shouldn’t he be a voice to unite Libertarians to rise above the old millennial thinking that is the demise of the GOP.

    Whatever the moving target is for the GOP, Obama, Islam, Iran, War, Benghazi, we’re stuck in a paradigm that is resulting in Tyranny. Everything the right demonizes Obama for, continues policies Bush began in secret, and that he was demonized by the left for.

    War, violence, the rape by the Federal Reserve, the lack of economic justice, continual foreign interventionism, the war on drugs, poverty, we are failing. It’s time to take a new approach, grounded in the common constitutional sense we were given. Gary Johnson has the balls to say what Romney’s failings were. People don’t want to get hung up on values, government doesn’t belong in our values. It’s there to keep us safe, and connected, not afraid and broke.

    Whatever Obama is doing, was began by Bush, and won’t be ended by either of these lying parties, knows as the puppet duopoly. Live Free.

    1. sda53 says:

      You are an idiot. Time for you to research for yourself and not spew the typical democratic bull. We are in the midst of being overtaken. It did not start with obama but most certainly will be finished with him if we do not take our government back. People can sit back, pick a party and just gripe like small children and nothing gained. Forget the parties, skin color and just be a God loving American. Make a stand, your wonderful opinion does nothing. We became lazy and let things go and be run by others and did nothing. We are the reason that a foreign, muslim, fraud, liar, communist, socialist is in our House entertaining our enemies at our expense. He rubs it in our face with the vacations, gay marriage as a underhanded way to destroy our Christian values, tiger woods lessons. He and Michele live like idols at our expense while he tells us our government will shut down cause he has spent all the money and can’t borrow anymore. Pls let me do a budget. Cut all the climate control money hole, God takes care of that one and we can’t change it. Dept of Interior has a millions unnecessary jobs, let em go. Cut all benefits of government that are not the same as we the people, but first cut half the White House staff, crazy to have so many on the payroll. Park Air Force One and until arrested for fraud let obama and michele stay home and work for a change. Get all the green money back, huge failure and he wants to spend more? Where is common sense but then the more he spends the quicker we are ruined, his goal completed. Kill obamacare, we can not afford it one year and put money back in social security. Quit letting illegal aliens out in our back yard to make your silly point we all see thru you traitor. Remove our protection and leave us defenseless while you party on OUR money. Our government better deal with this. If we have to come up there it will not be pretty. There will be pink slips for all.

    2. karel Eekels says:

      A typical answer from an insensitive, ignorant flame throwing liberal.

    3. Charles M says:

      Hmm, it seems that either sda53 & Karel Eekels both didn’t read your comment, since you fairly left the blame with both parties, or they’re too incredibly biased to read your comment past your name and just decided to “spew” as sda put it, their own agenda.

  3. Roger Mitchell says:

    Obama spent a hell of a lot of money to have all of his past life and records sealed from public view we know nothing o this fool . This guy is worse then Jimmy Carter I used to think he was Carter Lite until about last Nov 7th he is unfettered now he is free to cut his deal with the Russians and who ever else he wants to sell us out too. Maybe a new world apology tour is needed ? so he can say I did not bend over my country enough the first 4 yrs but boy the next 3.5 yrs are all for you guys .. Obama I used to think was a scaliest after reading the Book Dreams of my Father but now I feel his Mothers and Grandparents and Frank Marshall Davis influences on him has made him a closet communist and he is about to step out of the closet . Look at his people he did let Vance Jones go but Valarie Jarret is the puppeteer Man is a piss poor excuse as a president period . Nothing more can be said about the level of stupidity this ass displays

    What is his true history and what has he ever accomplished or built or operated ? Other then ACORN and we saw first hand how that worked out ..

    1. sda53 says:

      Time for talk is past, now time for action. We the people must stand up and take control of our government back from the destroyers or it is over. He is letting all our protection be cut so we can be controlled. It is now or never.

  4. tncdel says:

    Gary Johnson is as phony as a 3 dollar bill. Claims to be a “strict constitutionalist.” But almost completely disregards one of the Constitution’s core tenets; namely: domestic national defense against the illegal alien invasion.

    Johnson is so bad that non-partisan NumbersUSA rated him almost as bad as Obama [who they rated an F minus]. Johnson rated an F! See:
    https://www.numbersusa.com/content/action/gary-johnson.html

    Further, Johnson is a LEFTWING “politically correct” activist who spits on the Constitution. He hoodwinked Libertarians much like the commie-socialists were able to hijack the Democrat party from the true Liberals.

    The New World Order is infiltrating the Libertarian party using Johnson, and many sleep on him.

    For example, a homosexual man has THE EXACT SAME RIGHT under the Constitution as does a heterosexual man to marry a woman. But the fact that he does not wish to do so, though his prerogative, does NOT create for him another right; namely: to change the heterosexual definition of marriage handed down to us by our ancestors.

    But the leftwing “politically correct” globalist activists like Gary Johnson want to invent new rights. In fact, Johnson even opposes letting each state decide that. He wants a federal law imposed that enshrines the unconstitutional tampering. See:
    http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/gary-johnson-criticizes-obama-for-throwing-gay-marriage-to-the-states

  5. Dave says:

    Sounds like a bunch of Republican Hypocrites posting here. Talking Christian nonsense. YOUR party kicked God out of government and schools. Your Party can’t define assault rifle, but will tell a woman what she can do with her body. Calling abortion murder, when they really mean, don’t kill the child, we will do that in one of our wars later on. Your Party doesn’t even care about you, unless you are a millionaire, and yet you think that having them tell you how to live is freedom.
    Johnson was the only candidate that made any sense during the 2012 election, and 50 million plus racist voted for Romney. I sit back and laugh as I watch the Republican Party commit political suicide.
    It’s a beautiful thing.

Polititainment

Obama: LeBron 'did the right thing'

President Obama supports LeBron James' decision to wear an "I can't breathe" t-shirt during warmup before the NBA game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets last week.

Al Sharpton, Hollywood's Sony Liaison

In a private meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton at the Greenwich Hotel in New York City Thursday, Sony Pictures chair Amy Pascal told Sharpton that he could have a voice in how the movie studio makes its films.

Clooney: Release 'The Interview' online

George Clooney may have the most awesomely toothy response to the Sony Pictures cyberattack that forced the movie studio to pull the film "The Interview" from its December 25 release.

Jon Stewart might ruin your childhood

Jon Stewart brought his nightmare-inducing recurring character “Gitmo” on the show to talk about the normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba.

Colbert's embargo on the Vatican

Colbert had to chide his audience Wednesday night for getting excited about making “Cuba more libre.”

White House

Obama: we can’t have censorship subject to ‘some dictator someplace’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

U.S. confirms North Korea was behind Sony attack and promises ‘proportional’ response

Officials no longer merely suspect North Korea to be behind the cyberattack on Sony Picture—they’ve confirmed it.

District court declares Obama’s executive action on immigration unconstitutional
A federal court in Pennsylvania declared parts of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration unconstitutional Tuesday. Judge Arthur J. Schwab, sitting in the western district of Pennsylvania, said presidents do have the power to use discretion in deciding how to enforce laws, but found that Obama’s recent executive action went much further than that.  He said Obama was writing […]
Obama administration extends Pell grants to juvenile offenders
The Obama administration has set out new guidelines that allow for students sentenced to juvenile correctional facilities to be eligible for federal Pell grants. The U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice sent out a joint release Monday that clarified an earlier law. Congress in 1994 prohibited inmates at federal and state prisons from receiving Pell Grants […]
White House denies report that it wants to delay release of CIA torture report

The White House is insisting it wants the Senate Intelligence Committee to release its report on CIA torture practices, despite a report that Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to scuttle it.

Congress

Rubio says Rand Paul is clueless on Cuba

Sen. Marco Rubio made his criticism of a fellow Republican plain Thursday night.

Gowdy's office responds to Speaker chatter

Rep. Trey Gowdy has become a sensation on the Right, with his no-nonsense style and committee hearing takedowns of Obama officials garnering him praise and attention.

Rand Paul: 'Opening up Cuba is a good idea'

Sen. Rand Paul broke with the Republican Party's prevailing argument against President Obama's Cuba policy Thursday, saying the move toward opening trade with the long-embargoed nation "probably" is a good idea.

Retiring DemHenry Waxman's farewell ode to govt

You'd think that, 40 years in, a congressman might grow cynical about the prospects of government meddling. Not retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.)!

Senate Confirms Pro-Gun Control Surgeon General
NATIONAL JOURNAL — The Senate narrowly confirmed a new surgeon general whose nomination was delayed for months in a fight over his comments alleging that guns are a public health issue. The confirmation represents a victory for gun-control advocates, even as recent polling has shown Americans moving in the other direction toward gun-rights protections. The […]