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Psst: Obama; Biden Was Supposed To Be the Gaffe Prone Guy

March 21, 2009

When the Telegraph Newspaper in London lists the “Top Ten Gaffes” of the Obama Administration and Joke Biden doesn’t clean up on the Messiah there is a problem.

Houston, we have a problem.

And it is just not one problem.  Americans now must face the fact that they elected a President of the United States that is a human being: and the media  created an image, a mirage really, of Barack Obama that is just not true.

You were conned.  A lot of us were.

But this is about fair and honest media, now.

And the media is STILL trying to keep the play-acting Obama alive: despite a ton of evidence that the guy is real.  And may be real normal.  And maybe sometimes stupid.

Interesting that it has bee the Telegraph’s man in America, Toby Harnden, that has been the most reliable reporter of  Obama’s many gaffe’s — not an American reporter for an American media organization.

When will the double standard end?

Even the New York Times wants to know….. 

For the Telegraph’s Top Ten Obama Gaffe’s by Toby Harnden, google:
Harnden, Obama, gaffes

 

President Barack Obama bumps his head entering the door of Marine One…Photo by Edmonds, AP

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“It’s almost like they’ve got — they’ve got a bomb strapped to them and they’ve got their hand on the trigger,” President Obama said on Thursday of the banks he’s chosen to bail out. “You don’t want them to blow up. But you’ve got to kind of talk [to] them, ease that finger off the trigger.”

It may be the world’s shortest-lived gaffe: the brief outrage it spawned was of course entirely subsumed by the uproar over his comment to Jay Leno that his attempt at bowling was “like the Special Olympics or something.”

By Tobin Harshaw
The New York Times

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) laughs as he speaks to host ... 
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) laughs as he speaks to host Jay Leno on the NBC late night comedy show “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in Burbank, California March 19, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Some would say it’s minor stuff — and it is: a clumsy simile for our terror-ridden time, followed by a clumsier joke for our P.C.-ridden time. But presidents don’t generally get a break on minor stuff. Gerald Ford, the finest athlete in Oval Office history, stumbles getting off a plane and America gets stuck with Chevy Chase’s career for the next three decades; Ronald Reagan, who brought about the perhaps the most significant reduction of nuclear weapons of the cold war, makes a bad joke about bombing Russia during a microphone sound check and is forever painted as a paranoid warmonger; George H.W. Bush, pork-rind eater, gives a befuddled look at a grocery-store scanner and will never shake the reputation as being out of touch with the common man; Dan Quayle, scion of a newspaper family, misspells the name of a common nightshade at a school spelling bee and his cements his reputation as an airhead; George W. Bush … well, one doesn’t know where to start with George W. Bush, but pretzels come to mind. It seems that only Vice President Joe Biden has managed to gaffe himself up the career ladder.

Besides, minor stuff often contains hints at the larger picture. “It was brilliant communications skills that carried Obama to the presidency,” note Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen of the Politico. “But the discipline and strategic focus of the campaign have yet to move into the White House. The story of the day often catches the president flat-footed or on the defensive — and regularly undercut by fellow Democrats. To Obama’s dismay, he is learning that successful presidential communications is only in part — often a fairly small part — about personal eloquence.”

The MSM didn’t seem to make much of the Special Olympics joke — The Times’s initial online story on the “Tonight Show” appearance didn’t even mention it , nor did The Washington Post’s news article on the president’s California swing – but one Special Olympian and plenty of folks in the blogosphere took note.

“So how do you categorize Obama’s statement?” asks Patterico. “Poor judgment? Thoughtlessness? Or TELLING IT LIKE IT IS?!?! Don’t get me wrong; I wouldn’t really countenance the disabled flying into an outrage over this. But I do think — like the “putting lipstick on a pig” comment — that it shows Obama has a tin ear sometimes. And that he’s often a poor communicator, despite all we’ve heard to the contrary.”

“One almost gets tired of saying it, but one must say it, still: Can you IMAGINE what the press and the Dems would do with that, had Bush said it,” adds the Anchoress, with a heavy sigh. “President Bush was no cool cat, but he was a master of self-deprecating humor. I give Obama credit for trying it out…but maybe he’d better practice it more! Patterico notes that the press is playing it down. That’s not surprising. It was a failed attempt at humor, and you know what? I’d love to ignore it, I really would. And I’ll start ignoring these Obama gaffes just as soon as the press gives them the same unending coverage they gave to Bush’s. When the double-standards end.”

Read the rest:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2
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as-communication-breakdown/

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Never waste a good crisis, Clinton says

March 7, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an audience Friday “never waste a good crisis,” and highlighted the opportunity of rebuilding economies in a greener, less energy-intensive way.

Highlighting Europe’s unease the day after Russia warned that gas flows via Ukraine might be halted, she also condemned the use of energy as a political lever.

By Pete Harrison
Reuters

Clinton told young Europeans at the European Parliament that global economic turmoil provided a fresh opening. “Never waste a good crisis … Don’t waste it when it can have a very positive impact on climate change and energy security,” she said.

Europe sees the United States as a crucial ally in global climate talks in Copenhagen in December, after President Barack Obama signaled a new urgency in tackling climate change, in stark contrast to his predecessor George W. Bush.

Read the rest:
http://in.reuters.com/article/environm
entNews/idINTRE5251VN20090306

Related:
 Hillary: One-Time Health Care Failure Now American’s Chief Diplomat, Fouls Up First Time Out

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009. Emanuel famously said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

Obama Plans “Big Bang” Financial Clean Up Announcement Next Week; Punish Wall Street

January 31, 2009

The Obama administration is gearing up for a “big bang” announcement next week that will combine a bank clean-up with measures to reduce home foreclosures and probably steps to kick-start credit markets.

By Krishna Guha in Washington
Financial Times

The plan will involve an overhaul of the troubled asset relief programme – the $700bn bail-out fund – including strict curbs on compensation at banks receiving public aid. The Tarp overhaul is intended to restore public confidence in what is a deeply unpopular programme and ensure that taxpayer money is not used to fund excessive pay, bonuses and dividends to shareholders.

An outside view of the New York Stock Exchange on Wall street. ...

“There will definitely be a cap of some sort on bonuses,” said a Wall Street executive who has taken part in talks with the authorities. “The political climate is such that there is a need to punish Wall Street.”

The announcement will follow Friday’s news that the US economy contracted at an annualised rate of 3.8 per cent in last year’s final quarter – less than analysts were expecting, but still the worst quarter since 1982. The fall was cushioned by ballooning inventories, which suggest the economy could shrink faster than expected in the first quarter.

The “big bang” approach reflects the belief of Tim Geithner, Treasury secretary, and Lawrence Summers, National Economic Council director, that the Bush administration was wrong to dribble out policy initiatives. Mr Geithner intends to present a “comprehensive” plan that policymakers hope will command market confidence.

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http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/15f37800-ef05-
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Israel vows to sweep Hamas from power

December 30, 2008

Israel vowed yesterday to sweep Hamas from power in Gaza, pledging “all-out” war and promising to smash every building linked to the Islamist movement.

Hamas continued to lob rockets at the Jewish state as Israeli forces carried out a third day of attacks on the Gaza Strip, broadening the offensive to include naval as well as aerial bombardments. But as Britain and other nations called for an end to the violence, there were signs that Hamas was feeling the strain with claims that its leader-in-exile was ready to renew a ceasefire that expired ten days ago.

Yesterday’s targets in Gaza included a university building, the Interior Ministry and the office of Ismail Haniya, the Hamas political leader. The Palestinian death toll reached 345, with 1,550 wounded, in just three days. Four Israelis have been killed by Palestinian rockets.

“The goal of the operation is to topple Hamas,” Haim Ramon, the deputy to Ehud Olmert, the Prime Minister, said. It was the first time since it launched its blistering offensive that Israel has openly stated that regime change is its ultimate goal. “We will stop firing immediately if someone takes the responsibility of this government, anyone but Hamas,” Mr Ramon said. “We are favourable to any other government to take the place of Hamas.”

It was not clear which party could take control if Israel succeeds in removing the Islamists.

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/wor
ld/middle_east/article5415759.ece