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Obama compares the Farm Bill to Mike Trout

Feb 7, 2014, 4:10 PM EST

President Obama was in Michigan today to sign the Farm Bill. I feel like he was trolling Miguel Cabrera truthers up there when he chose to compare it to baseball’s actual best player:

The president likened the nearly $1 trillion bill to a Swiss Army Knife for its many policy implications — on agriculture, on public food programs, on the environment and beyond.

“It’s like Mike Trout — for those of you who like baseball,” he added, likening it to the multi-talented Angels outfielder who fell short in 2012’s MVP race against Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera.

Nah, Mike Trout is way better than the Farm Bill. He’d never cut food stamps by $8 billion …

A source in the White House shot me some early drafts of his speech:

  • “The Farm Bill is a lot like Joba Chamberlain: expensive, bloated and only relevant to Nebraskans”
  • “The Farm Bill is a lot like Miguel Cabrera: It’s feared, will break down when you need it most, but has gaudy numbers so everyone loves it.”
  • “The Farm Bill is like Derek Bell. If you don’t fully fund it, it will lead to a shutdown.”

Some additional drafts:

 

We could probably do this all day.

(thanks Reid Epstein for the heads up)

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Somebody remembers Derek Bell?

  2. barrywhererufrom - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Obama is like a jackass..

    • historiophiliac - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      He is nothing like Andrew Jackson.

      • American of African Descent - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        Or George W. Bush!

  3. gabeguterres - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    I didn’t realize that my day needed an “Operation Shutdown” joke, but it clearly did. Thanks for the laugh, Craig!

  4. El Bravo - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Daily Savings Time is stupid. Is that in the farm bill?

    • historiophiliac - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Capitalism!

    • gerryb323 - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      What is this daily event you speak of?

  5. cur'68 - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Sure that wasn’t “Pharm Bill” and he meant what Amaro was going to have to spend to restock his minor leagues with good young talent like Mike Trout?

  6. indians131184 - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    the farm bill is like the bbwaa. serves a few peoples interests, wont do what its intended to do, and thinks jack morris was overrated.

    • Francisco (FC) - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      Don’t you mean underrated?

  7. gibbskins9 - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    No OBAMA is a jackass

    • chacochicken - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      I like that you took the time to capitalize every letter of Obama.

      • happytwinsfan - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        and time well spent it was. it belies a depth and passion of conviction which signals to the rest of us that we should give the most serious consideration to his argument. i feel my heretofore beliefs swaying like thin reeds of grass before a mighty wind.

      • km9000 - Feb 8, 2014 at 3:50 AM

        Yeah, but he didn’t take the time to include a comma.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      Still not Andrew Jackson…

    • clemente2 - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      That you thought the Andrew Jackson response up above belied a lack of understanding, rather than a cruelly cold whiplash retort to the idiot who posts as “barrywhererufrom”, indicates you and the aforementioned ‘barry…’ reside in the same cesspool.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        Cruelly cold? Hmmmm.

      • stlouis1baseball - Feb 11, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        Ahhhh…a new year and yet we can still count on Roberto’s misguided drivel.

    • 18thstreet - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      At this point in my life, the main reason is appreciate the existence of the NFL is that it keeps some people distracted.

      Go watch the combines. Leave us alone.

  8. chacochicken - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    The Farm Bill is like Johnny Gomes, covered in ink and full of corn products. Zing!

    • historiophiliac - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      The Farm Bill is like Derek Jeter because it won’t go left.

      • happytwinsfan - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        the farm bill is like william edward white because it has trouble passing.

  9. happytwinsfan - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    this is what can happen when a basketball fan tries to talk about baseball.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      Also, maybe not the best political move to say it in Michigan. Better there to say: The Farm Bill is like Austin Jackson. It covers a lot of field. You say the other one outside of Michigan. And, is the Swiss Army knife made in America? Really? You couldn’t come up with a more patriotic analogy? Who is working for the President here? Sigh.

      • happytwinsfan - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        this is what can happen when a constitutional law professors try to sound folksy

      • dcarroll73 - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        At least law prof Mario Cuomo didn’t even try to sound folksy (and he could even play some pretty good baseball.)

    • jeffa43 - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      His first pitch proves he never picked up a baseball in his life… to his credit, they don’t have baseball in his home country.

      At least Bush through a perfect strike wearing a bullet proof vest.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        Uh, we play baseball in America and in Hawaii even.

      • km9000 - Feb 8, 2014 at 3:54 AM

        I’m sure Castro threw the ball pretty well.

  10. rbj1 - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    The Farm Bill is like Alex Rodriguez, a good idea once upon a time but now an expensive mess. And it’s history’s greatest monster.

    • clemente2 - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Don’t steal A-Rod’s thunder! He mocks the Farm Bill, and says his mess surpasses all other messes, no matter how long-lived and absurd. (Really, Republicans, you support this dreck and are against gubermint involvment in the economy? Without all those farm state Republican senators, the most egregious parts of this would die.)

  11. nymets4ever - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Obama is a great man and leader who I am proud to call our President…he is doing the best he can with an awful hand, dealt mainly by low-to-no information Fox News-watching morons who voted in a horrific Congress…

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      I have no political affiliation so I say this without bias, but how could you be proud of any of our last 3-4 presidents? They’ve all been pretty terrible in their own way.

      • clemente2 - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        Obama
        Shrub
        Clinton
        Bush

        Last four; no, one is not like the others; he was terrible. The others have their goods and bads, overall, better than mediocre.

      • km9000 - Feb 8, 2014 at 3:55 AM

        Last 3-4? Way to cover your bases there.

    • chc4 - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      Said by a Mets fan… which means the opposite of what you say is true. Still waiting on Bill Pulsipher and Paul Wilson to hit it big.

    • chc4 - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      Six years later and you’re still not holding him accountable? At what point is it his presidency? You’d think after passing the ACA and stimulus package things would be better. I guess they are slightly, but only slightly. If you can’t admit that he has been totally ineffective then you’re just as bad as the people that you criticize.

      • clemente2 - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        Ummm, you think about where the economy would be without all that spending. It made the enormous leak of the RE bubble more manageable.

        “totally ineffective” is so hyperbolic it requests no response. As to that ineffectiveness, you might also think about the role Congress has played, and I do mean played.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        Six years later and you’re still not holding him accountable? At what point is it his presidency

        Many of us that support(ed) Obama hold him and the democrats accountable for their misdeeds. However, let’s not act like it’s one sided. I’ll start listing off his issues once the Reps admit they are intentionally partaking in, probably, the most obstructionist Congress in history.

        You’d think after passing the ACA and stimulus package things would be better.

        Many economists think not enough money was included in the stimulus, and the slow growth is a result of that. The ACA went into effect in what, October, and it’s currently the first week of Feb. Over 1M people have signed up. What more did you expect? And this enrollment follows exactly what MA experienced with their universal HC.

        If you can’t admit that he has been totally ineffective then you’re just as bad as the people that you criticize.

        Overturned DOMA, spoke up in favor of gay marriage, got us out of Iraq and working on Afghanistan, universal health care, etc. In what ways are some of those, let alone all of them, “ineffective”?

      • chc4 - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        If the Republicans hadn’t obstructed there is no telling what else would’ve been passed. Definitely cap and trade which would’ve devastated the working class which he claims to be so protective of.

        Funny, of all his so called achievements not one is economic related. Poverty has grown 10% under him. Food stamps, free phone programs have exploded the last 6 years. And those economists that all think not enough money was spent in the stimulus are all Obama guys. In fact most economists said before the stimulus was passed that it would be far less effective than the administration said it would. And the reason is simple… government, regardless of which party is in charge, is the most inefficient spender of money out there.

        As for the ACA, 1m people have not signed up. 1m people have created profiles… far different. And virtually zero young people have signed up which is the backbone of the entire thing. Without them it will collapse. So far they aren’t biting.

        Universal health care… are you serious? Do you even know what that is? We are nowhere near that nor will we ever be. Look at Italy if you want an example of universal healthcare. It’s not pretty.

      • Reflex - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:42 PM

        You know what’s worse for the common man than cap and trade? Rising food prices as farmland becomes less productive due to climate change.

        Cap and trade worked very well with the clean air act in the 70’s, it was a republican idea, I see no reason why its suddenly a pariah.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        Food stamps, free phone programs have exploded the last 6 years.

        So you are against feeding poor people? Good to know. And btw this latest farm bill significantly cut the funding to programs like SNAP

        And those economists that all think not enough money was spent in the stimulus are all Obama guys. In fact most economists said before the stimulus was passed that it would be far less effective than the administration said it would

        It was ineffective because not enough money was spent.

        As for the ACA, 1m people have not signed up. 1m people have created profiles… far different. And virtually zero young people have signed up which is the backbone of the entire thing. Without them it will collapse. So far they aren’t biting.

        Apologies, I must have misread the 1M figure.

        Universal health care… are you serious? Do you even know what that is? We are nowhere near that nor will we ever be. Look at Italy if you want an example of universal healthcare. It’s not pretty.

        Yes I know what is it. Tell me why it’s a bad thing. And Italy, and many European countries that have universal health care that are having financial issues have nothing to do with universal health care (UHC). A country like Italy depends on a large number of tourists for its economy, and it’s not exactly the best economic situation for people to be flying to Italy. Also, they have some of the most lax tax collections in history. Many of these countries, like Italy and Spain, have an almost voluntary tax collection. Never mind some incredibly corrupt gov’t officials.

    • cohnjusack - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      Yeah! A political debate on Hardball talk! I look forward to well thought out, reasonable comments on both sides stating fact-driven data and consistent ideals to back up their case.

      • km9000 - Feb 8, 2014 at 3:59 AM

        I look forward to countless people being swayed to the other side thanks to skillful and effective debate.

    • dexterismyhero - Feb 10, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Then you sir are a complete idiot.

  12. xjokerz - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    oh look, craig taking more shots at Miguel Cabrera.

    what a goon.

    • nymets4ever - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      Yeah seriously…Miggy is one of the greatest hitters in the history of baseball, and the Tigers are a middling team without his enormous production. And that’s why he won the MVP.

      If the only place you lead your team to in October is the golf course, that’s not valuable enough, sorry. Players don’t exist in vacuums, it’s about the team concept. Because of Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers made the postseason and had a chance to win a World Series. That matters. When Craig sends tweets like the one above, it becomes EXTREMELY obvious that he has never played a team sport in his life.

      It’s sad how much SABR-obsessed dumbasses pout when they don’t get their way.

      • clemente2 - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        So, its the MVP for the team that makes the playoffs? Got it.

      • cohnjusack - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        It’s sad how much SABR-obsessed dumbasses pout when they don’t get their way.

        You get why this sentence is funny, right?

        See, I didn’t really equate anything in Craig’s silly post as pouting. Your post TOTALLY is though.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:07 PM

        Because of Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers made the postseason and had a chance to win a World Series.

        O rly? Is the only thing that matters hitting? Because he’s an awful runner and an awful defender. Also, let’s look at that starting pitching while we’re at it (2/3 CYs btw)

        AL Rank ERA/FIP:
        Sanchez – 1st/1st
        Scherzer – 5th/3rd
        Verlander – 16th/10th
        Fister – 20th/8th

        Maybe the best rotation in history? Think they mattered at all?

      • km9000 - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:02 AM

        You “play to win the game.” And neither Cabrera or Trout had any wins credited to them, so, clearly, their contributions were inconsequential.

  13. detectivejimmymcnulty - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    When will you die hard Democrats or Republicans realize YOU are the problem? Sometimes one party has the right idea and sometimes the other does, but since people refuse to admit that either party can be right we’re screwed. It’s amazing people still don’t understand that when the parties clash and refuse to work together, we all lose. We’re moving towards an Oligarchy and people still refuse to budge. When the top 1% has assets greater than the bottom 90%, we have a problem.

    • dakotah55 - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      You sound like one of those socialists Sarah Palin is always warning us about.

    • cohnjusack - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      This why I also write-in John Anderson for President.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        Best Sochi tweet so far: Journalists, you are here to cover the Olympics. Stop looking over at Sarah Palin’s house.

  14. rastaraider - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Who cares what Obama thinks

    • km9000 - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:06 AM

      Republicans, so they’ll know to take the opposite stance.

      • happytwinsfan - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        like supporting the individual mandate from 1993 (dole health care proposal) to discovering its unconstitutionality in 2009.

  15. voight444 - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    NYmetsforever…..Are you kidding me….a great man…..I think you are the moron…. let me list them out for you……president who is incompetent to do his job….acts like a dictator, disrespects and hates Christians (he’s a Muslim), uses racism to divide our country instead of bringing the country together which is what a great leader is suppose to do…..shows incompetence and lack of leadership resulting in getting embarrassed by the leader
    Of Russia who is a smarter man than the idiot we have in office.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      disrespects and hates Christians (he’s a Muslim)

      No, he’s not.

      shows incompetence and lack of leadership resulting in getting embarrassed by the leader
      Of Russia who is a smarter man than the idiot we have in office.

      Step away from Fox News, and start watching or listening to a program that’s not lying to you.

      • 18thstreet - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:31 AM

        (Church is a Muslim!)

      • dexterismyhero - Feb 10, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        Oh, like msnbc? Please Church!

  16. voight444 - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    should I go on…

    • historiophiliac - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      Well, if you’re not done making yourself look the fool yet, ok. FYI, if you want to weigh in on someone’s intelligence, you might present yours better with proper grammar, punctuation, and sentence construction. Carry on.

  17. sethcohenplayedsomeball - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    “Speaking of The Farm Bill, who wants to get plowed?…”.

    (Excerpt from secret White House audio tapes circa mid 1990s)

    Give us a “thumbs up” and maybe a lip bite if you can identify the speaker; )

  18. eagles512 - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Anyone who thinks Obama has been anything less than a disaster is delusional. Next election can’t come soon enough no matter who wins. Even my liberal friends are fed up.

    • km9000 - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:10 AM

      Sounds like people who gripe about how much their cell phone carrier sucks, and how they can’t wait until their contract is up. Then they switch to a new carrier and realize they suck too.

  19. dexterismyhero - Feb 10, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Ok, we are done here. Please take this down before Church jumps off his rug.

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