Who Said It: Obama Haters in 2012 or Bush Loathers in 2004? 

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In the minutes (and hours, and now almost a day) after the election was called in favor of President Barack Obama, there was much cheering and toasting and celebrating. Those on the left of the political spectrum were eager to celebrate four more years with Obama in the Oval Office. But on the flip side, there was also much hand-wringing and crying and lamenting the future of our great nation. In a race as close as this one, nearly half of Americans voted for the guy who lost — and that leaves a lot of disappointed people. Many took to Twitter and Facebook to share their grievances with the majority of our country’s decision, often echoing fears they’ve held throughout the entire process that Obama will be a hindrance to America’s future and that he will not be able to change our country for the better.

But, while it’s easy for Obama voters to shake their heads and their fists at these Romney supporters’ worries, it was not so long ago that they were making similar claims. Just as conservative pundits and celebrities now express shock and outrage at Obama’s election, so did high profile liberals showcase their concern over George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004. In fact, the concerns are so similar that we challenge you to tell the difference.

We present to you: Who Said It: Conservatives Vs. Liberals Edition. Just like how the candidates sounded like Real Housewives during the third presidential debate, now the angry conservatives sound just like the angry liberals of yesteryear. We challenge you to separate the Obama-haters from the Bush-haters.

1. “These bastards who run our country are a bunch of conniving, thieving, smug pricks who need to be brought down and removed and replaced with a whole new system that we control.”

2. “I despise him [the president]. I despise his administration and everything they stand for… To my mind the election was stolen by [the president] and we have been suffering ever since under this man’s leadership… There has to be a movement now to really oppose what he is proposing because it’s unconstitutional, it’s immoral and basically illegal… It is an embarrassing time to be an American. It really is. It’s humiliating.”

3. “President [X] is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people … [He] has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who’s not doing a good job.”

4. “I am more patriotic than this president we have, who I consider a traitor of human and American principles.”

5. “I can’t stop crying. America died.”

6. “We don’t get to relax. We have to keep standing for what we believe in. It will not be easy, but tomorrow is a new day.”

7. “Shout a little louder if you want the president impeached.”

8. “Let’s fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us.”

9. “You know he’s there illegally.”

10. “[Our nation] may be lost forever if we don’t change the course our country is taking.”


1. Michael Moore in his 2003 book Dude, Where’s My Country?

2. Jessica Lange, 2002

3. Clint Eastwood, 2012

4. Sean Penn, 2004

5. Victoria Jackson, 2012

6. Glenn Beck, 2012

7. Bruce Springsteen, 2003

8. Donald Trump, 2012

9. Michael Moore, 2002

10. Chuck Norris, 2012

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