Pearl-clutch: NYT's Kristof "seriously troubled" by Romney's Obamessiah oceans joke

Among the raft of lofty promises President Obama made to America was his vow to slow the rise of the oceans. Flashback June 2008:

The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment — this was the time — when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals.

Mitt Romney took a light-hearted jab at Obama’s hyperbole in his RNC acceptance speech:

President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet…My promise is to help you and your family.

Which prompted New York Times columnist and eco-concern troll Nick Kristof and his fans to clutch their green-dyed pearls:

https://twitter.com/Ed/status/241386752135278593

An intrepid Twitter user tried to help Kristof along with his comprehension skills:

And another chimed in:

Alas, poor Kristof is beyond rescue:

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OORC7BFAEOHVLQGLCFHHI6WVZQ Tyketto

    Wow….what a pussy

  • d1comment

    Are all the legacy media types this dumb…he was mocking Dear Leader’s arrogance and narcissism…blinded by their bias?

  • thtroll

    Frankly, I’m glad the climate change/global warming thing is dead. Every fricking thing proved their lame points. Cold winters, hot summers, drought, earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, hurricanes, unemployment, foreclosures etc…………………

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      80’s = Hole in the ozone (over Antarctica, no less; did a research paper on it)
      90’s = Global cooling.
      00’s = Y2k and global warming.
      10’s = Climate Change.

      The problem with the left, is they can’t stick to one issue that wins.

      • Paula Noakes

        I remember when I was growing up (born in 1961, so this would have been late 60s/early 70s), we were headed into a new ice age. We would all be living like Eskimos (ooh, is that a racist comment?) within 20 years. Uhm. No. Hey guys, the weather changes. Big whoop. Sigh.

        • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

          Agreed, apparently these people haven’t paid attention to the fact that climate is cyclical, and is usually dependent on the sun’s cycles. I mean, every 11 years, the sun flips its magnetic poles. Hullo? That going to have some impact. OOH! Just had an idea! Maybe we can ship some libs to the sun to do some research?!

          • weRbroke

            Liberals are more interested in SOCIAL sciences than FORMAL, hence the downward spiral on math and science outcomes and an uptick in the need for extra “history” teachers.

          • weRbroke

            Liberals are more interested in SOCIAL sciences than FORMAL, hence the downward spiral on math and science outcomes and an uptick in the need for extra “history” teachers.

          • erehwon

            OK, but for safety, you had better make sure that they go there at night.

            … no, I am not blonde. The red hair is bought and paid for.

          • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

            I am blonde. Are you hairist, or something?

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            Bingo. I’ve been going on about that for years, but no one would listen.

        • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

          Agreed, apparently these people haven’t paid attention to the fact that climate is cyclical, and is usually dependent on the sun’s cycles. I mean, every 11 years, the sun flips its magnetic poles. Hullo? That going to have some impact. OOH! Just had an idea! Maybe we can ship some libs to the sun to do some research?!

        • redheadgrl

          In the 80s, I was taught that we would run out of oil in 20 years. 30 years later….um, we’re going to run out of oil in 20 years!

        • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

          Hey, my year too! Yeah I remember talking about that in science class, maybe 4th or 5th grade? and all excited about sledding and snowball fights all year long!

          • nc

            Hence your name?

      • Paula Noakes

        I remember when I was growing up (born in 1961, so this would have been late 60s/early 70s), we were headed into a new ice age. We would all be living like Eskimos (ooh, is that a racist comment?) within 20 years. Uhm. No. Hey guys, the weather changes. Big whoop. Sigh.

    • Renee Cain-Rojo

      You forgot hair loss, lower birth rates (oh wait, they want more abortions)…. Umm.. oh lack of condums are definitely a symptom..

  • Darrell

    When the oceans rise, it’s that much harder for them to jump the shark

  • Ramone Love

    Kristof and others who share his views descend into self parody when they start talking about anyone being tone deaf re global warming. The truly tone deaf are those who think that people whose jobs have disappeared, whose mortgages are underwater, whose nation came thisclose to depression are worried about rising oceans and ‘healing the planet’. Yeah, Nick, I’m sure that’s their very first concern. Your obtuseness about real everyday life is what’s appalling, Nicky.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    So he was troubled by Romney mocking the comments, but not seriously worried that a man controlling the nuclear “football” claims he can stop the rise of the oceans and heal the planet.

    The New York Times – All the News That’s Sh*t, They Print.

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    Uh… the seas are rising? Really? The Great Lakes lose an average of 12ft of water annually. Shouldn’t they be rising?

    Now, I know that’s due in part to us shipping some of that to China, water is ‘blue gold’, after all.

    And glaciers melting? Mt. Shasta’s glacier as exponentially grown since Gore’s Inconvenient Lie…

    • jlarson

      I’m generally Republican but I must say that we conservatives have to be honest and smarter than this. Climate change is evident in so many facets of life. Admittedly, it creates few jobs (other than regulators), and likely kills many more, so it’s difficult to embrace, but denying it is embarrassing. Mt. Shasta is one of the only examples of glacial growth, and is purely benefiting from its location in the pacific northwest. Nearby Montana’s Glacier National Park is down to 26 from 150 in 1850. And the logic of the great lakes being lower is directly related to climate change as well, since they are already between 246 and 602 feet above sea level (and won’t rise even if the Atlantic Ocean does). As precipitation diminishes in the midwest (lakes Superior and Michigan) due to prolonged droughts, these Great Lakes will be subjected to continued evaporation, losing water level. The southeast lakes can only hope that the evaporated water will return to them in the form of rain before dumping it in a different drainage basin where it won’t reinforce the water levels there.

      Again, we can’t avoid the issue by pretending it isn’t there and pointing to the exceptions.

      If we want jobs and long term survival plan, we should design and build desalinization plants and supply pipelines across America to convert ocean water to fresh water, then manage the distribution of it. Once the droughts get severe enough (hopefully at least 30 years away, but seeming to be noticeable more every year), it is likely we can’t even imagine the negative impact that a lack of water supply will have on agriculture and basic life services.

      • Proud2bfromtheUSA

        This is all well and good but I dont think making us a third world nation will make global warming any less. Unless you subscribe to the NWO’s notion that we need to kill 90 % of the earths population in order to reduce the impact humans have on the environment then there is literally nothing we can do to stop global warming if it is man made. If it is not man made then there is literally nothing we can do to stop global warming. Either way not anything I am going to be concerned about.
        Besides increased CO2 means increased plant growth which actually cools the planet. So if you can get the folks in the amazon to stop killing the rainforest then we will have increased cooling on the planet. Good luck with that.

        • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

          Yes dear,it’s been retreating since 1850, bless your heart.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      I heard an out-there theory on the radio once, but it actually makes
      sense. There’s a lot of people talking about ‘chemtrails’ and what-not,
      but this lady that was speaking was talking about those strange linear
      clouds in the sky actually being balls of a substance like you’d find in
      the desiccant packs you find in some packaged foods that absorb moisture.
      As the ‘lines in the sky’ balloon outward, her theory is that they are
      literally sucking the moisture out of the atmosphere. Once they reach
      the coast, the salt in the air over the ocean reacts with the substance,
      causing it to release the moisture there. I’m not claiming this to be
      the case, but it does make some sort of sense.

      This is in reply to the poster that replied to my comment, I don’t know why his post was flagged for abuse… There’s nothing abusive about it that I read.

      • erehwon

        Big fan of George Noury and Art Bell are we? No mention of HAARP and the Air Fopce’s ability to cause earthquakes and destabilize the weather in Russia and China? I thought the puffy white clouds strung out in a line were the Auroras — smoke on a rope and such. (no such thing, according to the nice people at the DoD and NSA)

        Did you know that the word ‘gullible’ is not in the dictionary?

        • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

          Apparently you didn’t read my post thoroughly enough. Let me help:
          “I heard an out-there theory on the radio once”

          “I’m not claiming this to be the case, but it does make some sort of sense.”

          I never claimed to subscribe to or listen to those people you listed, nor do I throw my full conviction behind weather control and/or modifications and scalar weaponry. I have no concrete explanation about the anomalies that are occurring around us everyday… but neither do you. I do my best and try for objectivity, and what I really think on such matters, I usually keep to myself.

          So the point of your reply would be….?

  • dennylee60

    Kristof and company are freaking out at Romney and Ryan mocking Obama’s insane promises but not the promises themselves. I guess Obama can say whatever he wants and we should never question him.

    • weRbroke

      All I see is a bunch of anklebitters humping his leg. Narcissistic enablers and sycophants crooning while they lick those boots. They have either BOUGHT the pychological manipulation of a political party or know that they have to continue the manipulation because the HANDLERS don’t really want it’s base to THINK, just repeat(believe) whatever they have been told.

    • weRbroke

      All I see is a bunch of anklebitters humping his leg. Narcissistic enablers and sycophants crooning while they lick those boots. They have either BOUGHT the pychological manipulation of a political party or know that they have to continue the manipulation because the HANDLERS don’t really want it’s base to THINK, just repeat(believe) whatever they have been told.

    • Renee Cain-Rojo

      Didn’t you know Obama is a GOD? Sheesh, where have you been?

      • dennylee60

        Where is my Obama Kool-aid…

  • http://twitter.com/rcintc rc

    How Clueless can you be?

  • weRbroke

    Gotta love it when that GOP car drives by, the ankle bitters just HAVE to bark or risk being called out on the rug by the bigger dogs. Incidentally, ChrisTingle, tinkled on the rug today, went full “pig” for a moment.

  • weRbroke

    Gotta love it when that GOP car drives by, the ankle bitters just HAVE to bark or risk being called out on the rug by the bigger dogs. Incidentally, ChrisTingle, tinkled on the rug today, went full “pig” for a moment.

  • ZoriahShepard

    Libs clue in on the strangest things.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      So disconnected, I know.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      So disconnected, I know.

  • ZoriahShepard

    Libs clue in on the strangest things.

  • Paul C.

    Libs are lemmings!!

  • Proud2bfromtheUSA

    Obama thinks he is the wise and powerful OZ don’t pay attention to that guy behind the curtain.

  • RIChris

    There is no way to explain to someone who worships at the altar of Obama the absolute idiocy of Obama’s words.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club


    But good clip to play for independents and moderates.” Ironically, he got that quite right.

  • CPTWilly

    Did you ever think that maybe, just maybe, they don’t know what the word “hubris” means.

    They think you are talking about “hummus.” They can’t understand what the president’s hummus has to do with global warming.

  • dorn76

    Reading comprehension not a common skill among MM’s minions.

  • mememine

    *Obama has not mentioned the crisis in the last two State of the Unions addresses.
    *Occupywallstreet does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded carbon trading stock markets run by corporations.
    *Socialist Canada killed Y2Kyoto with a newly elected climate change denying prime minister and nobody cared, especially the millions of scientists warning us of unstoppable warming (death).
    *Julian Assange is of course a climate change denier.

    Vote Dem or your kids will die in a CO2 hell? This was progressive? It just gives votes to Romney now after 26 years of failing support and Liberal fear mongering. Talk about false wars!!!
    So the scientists just sit there and watch the global support for saving the planet with CO2 mitigation slip by and they still after 26 years of warnings refuse to say any crisis “WILL” happen, only that it might happen and could happen and will “likely” happen. Not one single IPCC warning of crisis was without “maybes”.

    Science has played its last hand and gone all in and now is the time for the millions in the global scientific community to start acting like their kids are doomed as well as ours to a “climate crisis”. Exaggeration was never a crime, for now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

    Why are the NY Times even still standing at the plate? Op ed piece that won Pulitzer Prize later revealed to have been written by Kremlin in USSR and prize not given back, the fake story at the height of the Iraqi War that Dan Rather ran with on 60 minutes, as well as the ” journalist ” that plagiarized and did interviews from Manhattan bars to subjects in other states. All three of those strikes were from very slow pitches and they didn’t even get the bat off of their shoulder a huge backwards K. Heal the planet? Start with the cancer that has ravaged Europe and other continents in Socialism, be a true American president and show the world how it’s done and done right, in thriving free enterprise and Democracy not crippling regulation and taxation. My dogs have more credibility in what they leave in the yard than the NY Times has ever had nor will ever have.

  • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

    Not exactly a tower of intelligence like the rest of the Left Wing “journalists”.

  • nc

    BHO’s “dismissiveness” of millions of hard working, struggling Americans who happen to disagree with him are no problem? We all respect Mother Earth, but have some perspective, not to mention honesty and integrity.

    And yes, of course Romney was mocking BHO’s arrogance, and the foolishness of those like Krostof who fell for it and still cling to it like a leaky life raft.

    • nc

      Sorry, typo…Kristof.

      Don’t like the man but I will spell his name right.

  • Chris

    Excuse me for pointing it out, but Romney (in characteristic form) deliberately misconstrued Obama’s remark. I thank you for reprinting it in such detail b/c the context makes clear that he did not personally promise to single-handedly stop the rise of the oceans, which is the only interpretation consistent w/ the charge of hubris. Rather, he was referring to a popular effort to slow anthropogenic climate change. This isn’t surprising from the man who has milked the “you didn’t do that” misquote for all it’s worth. But I doubt any of you people have bothered to check the context on that one.