We live in interesting time and cripples are running the nation.
“What kind of politician brings a teleprompter to a news conference? asked the Associated Press’ Ron Fournier.
Well, what kind of lawmaker enacts a law by voting for it even though he or she never read it? Our Congress on the stimulus.
Then they threw a fit because AIG paid bonuses: which were protected in the stimulus legislation they voted for…
In one of the nations’ biggest crisis since World War II, our leadership is, well, found wanting….
Reading the teleprompter instead of reading the legislation. This is the White House and Congress of no work, TV appearances and Nancy Pelosi’s cats on YouTube.
This is the media found wanting presidency too.
The president’s only flash of emotion came in last night’s news conference when pressed by CNN’s Ed Henry about his slowness in decrying the AIG bonuses.
“It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak,” he replied.
And write remarks and get them into the teleprompter. Roosevelt responded to Pearl Harbor faster…..
Said Andrew Kohut of the non-partisan Pew Research Center, “In so many of these cases, he has to say, “Yes, but …’ ”
We want our leaders to think. Not just make appearances.
Less than one month ago, while President Barack Obama was still making his own budget with his own numbers (and everything was rosy) he assured reporters that he likes being president.
“And it turns out I’m very good at it,” he said.
One month later, nobody can be sure that the president is good at anything.
President Barack Obama’s TelePrompTer is seen before a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2009.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)