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Obasm: “It took us a couple of days,” Yet FDR Got Pearl Harbor Right and Fast

March 25, 2009

When someone is on top of the facts; he doesn’t need a teleprompter.

And when a person has deeply seated values and ideals, he doesn’t need to wait to see what the polls will say.

Ed Henry should get an award for eliciting the truth from the president last night about his slow response to the AIG bonus caper. 

“It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak,” the president said.

Maybe he wants to know what to think.

What Obama left out is this: we at the White House also like to take a poll, write crafty remarks and get them into the teleprompter, before we say anything.

FDR reponded faster and better to Pearl Harbor.  He was on top of the facts and at the top of his game.  And he got it right.

I’m calling this Ed Henry response an “Obasm” as in Barack Obama blurting out the truth.

Obama didn’t know what to say about the AIG bonuses.  The stimulus bill allowed them and Geithner, Bernanke and their boys knew about them for months maybe.

Once publically disclosed, the president needed two days to decide what to say.  Then he faked “outrage.”  Then the House voted a 90% confiscatory tax on the bonuses and the president changed course: maybe he was too hasty after two days because he still got it wrong.

I’ll take FDR or Lincoln.  Even without the teleprompter and the polls they knew what they were doing and we knew what to expect.

The reason we want impromptu appearances and remarks by the President of the United States, any president (and all other elected officials) is this: voters need to know how their elected officials really think — and what they really think.

We wants our elected officals off the telepromter and away from the polling data: we want them to speak from the heart and mean it.

I’m not sure we’ve ever seen Barack Obama speak from the heart.  Everything is scripted.  When his pastor raised eyebrows: he lied about the relationship.  Now he has three pastors; not because he believes all three but because, I think, he can’t afford the nighmare scenario that one might not meet with public approval….

When teased about his telepromter: this president got a bigger one……

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03
/25/president-snippy-the-video/

Related:
 President, Congress, Media “Vacant” in Time of Crisis

Teleprompter White House: Packaged People, Messages

Obama Throws In The Towel

 After Leno, Laughter on “60 Minutes,” Boredom From “No Drama” Obama

Obama Once Ruled the Media: Now He Wants To Reach You With Less Of Them

Telepromter President Goes Jumbotron!

 
Lurching toward what?

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Obama Doesn’t Understand What Many Americans Are Thinking

March 8, 2009

“First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.”

Words from Barack Obama?  Hardly.  Those are words from Franklin Roosevelt’s first inaugural address.

See:
http://historymatters.gmu.e
du/d/5057/

I am disappointed in my president, our president.

He has changed some really great rhetoric like FDR’s “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself” into this:

“I don’t think that people should be fearful about our future.  I don’t think that people should suddenly mistrust all of our financial institutions.”

“I don’t think” indicates an Obama-centric view of the financial turmoil of Americans — not a “people centric” view.

And by guessing at what Americans really do fear, “financial institution,” Obama is saying it is these evil “financial institutions” that many of us do fear.

Well, maybe in Obama World and Obama’s White House, people fear financial institutions because they have no understanding of capitalism, business, the stock market and the American dream.

I am afraid that President Obama has no clue….That’s my fear.  And I resent Him telling me what I think.

I believe generally that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself” and I also believe in JFK’s famous challenge: “Ask not, what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your country.”

I also believe in Ronald Reagan’s exoration: “Government is not the solution.  Government is the problem.”

I am afraid now because President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and a lot of other well meaning folks think the government is the solution.

America’s founders wrote down the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the other parts of our national fabric because they were living in fear of a far off all knowing and uncaring English Government.

And their spirit lives today in the saying, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”  Many of us fear such naive, ignorant hubris.

I am starting to fear Washington.  Obama’s Washington.  A far off, all knowing and uncaring government about five miles from my house, which is surrounded by other foreclosed houses.

I really do fear that Obama and many Democrat’s don’t get it.

Just last week, on Tuesday, President Obama, while speaking about the economy and the stock market, mentioned the “profit to earnings ratio.”

And I thought he went to Harvard.  There is no “profit earnings ratio.”  There is a “price to earnings ratio” or PE.  Investors care more about their return on the dollar, reflected in the price they paid and the earnings that resulted.

Tom Petruno wrote in the Los Angeles Times on March 7, “He didn’t get the lingo right, assuming he meant to say ‘price-to-earnings ratios,’ a measure of stock prices relative to earnings per share. That flub caused snickering among market pros.”

See:
Obama, Socialism, Fear, Lack of Confidence: Tanking Stocks, Skyrocketing Debt, Recovery Doomed This Year

I was even more disappointed when the president repeated this ignorant flub in a New York Times interview late in the week.  That meant to me that nobody in the White House was smart enough to straighten out the president by holding a little school call on him.  Or maybe they just don’t know; and don’t read.  They certainly don’t listen.

But they’re thinking about curing all my education and health care problems, undoutedly….

So Obama’s lack of stock market lingo doesn’t mean to me that he slept through high school: it means he has no idea what drives capitalism because he was reading socialist doctrine instead of paying attention to America, as he himself indicates in his books.  Maybe he never invested in anything but himself.

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What is wrong with America?  Everything, in Obama World:

“Look, I wish I had the luxury of just dealing with a modest recession or just dealing with health care or just dealing with energy or just dealing with Iraq or just dealing with Afghanistan,” Obama said. “I don’t have that luxury, and I don’t think the American people do, either.”

Related:
From CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITIC
S/03/07/obama.interview/index.html

Related:
 NYT Interviews Obama; No Economic Recovery This Year
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NYT: After March 6 Economic News, “2009 is Probably a Lost Cause”

Related:
Obama: Crisis is time of ‘great opportunity’

 President Pelosi?

 Obama, Socialism, Fear, Lack of Confidence: Tanking Stocks, Skyrocketing Debt, Recovery Doomed This Year
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Can Democracy Fail With Obama’s Socialist Help?

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It seems to us that the attacks on Rush Limbaugh fromTeam Obama are an effort to tell Americans what to think and what not to think.  This kind of arrogance often manifests itself in unusal ways: Limbaugh’s radio show ratings doubled.

So I really do fear that President Obama and his guys don’t get it….

Democratic Attacks On Limbaugh Boost His Ratings — But He’s Not The Problem

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I fear that the president doesn’t understand that many of us don’t want to pay more taxes, however they are hidden or veiled and whatever thay are for, many of us DO MIND paying for por, even though Chick Schumer thinks we don’t, and many of DO want to further understanding of the good news/bad news behind such huge spending on health care and other Obama projects.  And I certainly DO WANT to understand how all this government debt will degrade American growth and quality of life in the future.  I don’t like sending money for oil to Saudi Arabia and I don’t like sending debt/interst payments to China eaither….

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama offered his domestic-policy proposals as a “break from a troubled past.” But the economic outlook now is more troubled than it was even in January, despite Obama’s bold rhetoric and commitment of more trillions of dollars.

And while his personal popularity remains high, some economists and lawmakers are beginning to question whether Obama’s agenda of increased government activism is helping, or hurting, by sowing uncertainty among businesses, investors and consumers that could prolong the recession.

Although the administration likes to say it “inherited” the recession and trillion-dollar deficits, the economic wreckage has worsened on Obama’s still-young watch.

Every day, the economy is becoming more and more an Obama economy.

More than 4 million jobs have been lost since the recession began in December 2007 — roughly half in the past three months.

Stocks have tumbled to levels not seen since 1997. They are down more than 50 percent from their 2007 highs and 20 percent since Obama’s inauguration.

The president’s suggestion that it was a good time for investors with “a long-term perspective” to buy stocks may have been intended to help lift battered markets. But a big sell-off followed.

Presidents usually don’t talk about the stock market. But the dynamics are different now.

A higher percentage of people have more direct exposure to stocks — including through 401(k) and other retirement plans — than ever.

So a tumbling stock market is adding to the national angst as households see the value of their investments and homes plunge as job losses keep rising.

Some once mighty companies such as General Motors and Citigroup are little more than penny stocks.

Many health care stocks are down because of fears of new government restrictions and mandates as part a health care overhaul. Private student loan providers were pounded because of the increased government lending role proposed by Obama. Industries that use oil and other carbon-based fuels are being shunned, apparently in part because of Obama’s proposal for fees on greenhouse-gas polluters.

Makers of heavy road-building and other construction equipment have taken a hit, partly because of expectations of fewer public works jobs here and globally than first anticipated.

“We’ve got a lot of scared investors and business people. I think the uncertainty is a real killer here,” said Chris Edwards, director of fiscal policy for the libertarian Cato Institute.

Some Democrats, worried over where Obama is headed, are suggesting he has yet to match his call for “bold action and big ideas” with deeds.

In particular, they point to bumpy efforts to fix the financial system under Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

Obama may have contributed to the national anxiety by first warning of “catastrophe” if his stimulus plan was not passed and in setting high expectations for Geithner. Instead, Geithner’s public performance has been halting and he’s been challenged by lawmakers of both parties.

Republicans and even some top Democrats, including Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, have questioned the wisdom of Obama’s proposal to limit tax deductions for higher-income people on mortgage interest and charitable contributions.

Charities have strongly protested, saying times already are tough enough for them. The administration suggests it might back off that one.

Even White House claims that its policies will “create” or “save” 3.5 million jobs have been questioned by Democratic supporters.

“You created a situation where you cannot be wrong,” the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Montana Democrat Max Baucus, told Geithner last week.

“If the economy loses 2 million jobs over the next few years, you can say yes, but it would’ve lost 5.5 million jobs. If we create a million jobs, you can say, well, it would have lost 2.5 million jobs,” Baucus said. “You’ve given yourself complete leverage where you cannot be wrong, because you can take any scenario and make yourself look correct.”

Republicans assert that Obama’s proposals, including the “cap and trade” fees on polluters to combat global warming, would raise taxes during a recession that could touch everyone. “Herbert Hoover tried it, and we all know where that led,” says House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio.

The administration argues its tax increases for the households earning over $250,000 a year and fees on carbon polluters contained in its budget won’t kick in until 2011-2012, when it forecasts the economy will have fully recovered.

But even those assumptions are challenged as too rosy by many private forecasters and some Democratic lawmakers.

Many deficit hawks also worry that the trillions of federal dollars being doled out by the administration, Congress and the Federal Reserve could sow the seeds of inflation down the road, whether the measures succeed in taming the recession or not. The money includes Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget and the $837 billion stimulus package he signed last month.

Polls show that Obama’s personal approval ratings, generally holding in the high 60s, remain greater than support for his specific policies.

“He still has a fair amount of political capital, so the public is willing to cut him some slack and go along with him for a while,” said pollster Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center. “But the public will have to get some sense that the kinds of things he’s proposing are going to work, or are showing some signs that they are working.”

Allan Sinai, chief global economist for Decision Economics, a Boston-area consulting firm, said the complexity and enormity of the crisis make it hard to solve.

“There’s no way to get it all right, regardless of which president is making policy,” Sinai said. “The problem is the sickness got too far. The actions taken, medicine applied, were mainly the wrong actions. So it’s just worse, and it gets harder to deal with. At this stage, there is no easy answer, no easy way out. It’s a question of how we fumble through.”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/07/tea-part
y-on-taxpayer-revolts-in-green-bay-lafayette-olat
he-and-harrisburg/

“Republicans Rape Truth,” and The “Over the Top”

February 12, 2009

You come to us today on your bicycles after buying Girl Scout cookies and helping out Mother Teresa and telling us ‘we’re sorry, we didn’t mean it, we won’t do it again, trust us.’ Well, I have some people in my constituency that actually robbed some of your banks and they say the same thing.”

“America doesn’t trust you any more… I don’t have one single penny in any of your banks — not one…. I don’t want my money put into CDOs and credit default swaps and humongous bonuses.”

That tongue lashing came from Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MASS) to some of America’s top bankers yesterday.

Cute, self-serving and unnecessary.

Here’s a suggestion nobody will follow — aimed at all those involved in political theater: and you know who you are.

Over the top language just used to get your face on TV and, worse, to distort the truth, demeans our political pocess and tells our children that politics and lawmaking is a game of buffoonery for buffoons.

Politics, we have to conclude, is a say anything and get yourself on TV game.

Rod Blagoyevich showed that.

And he got into trouble.

But nobody seems to have learned anything from him.  Blago has been dismissed as an abhorrent aberration.  An abomination.  Shame on him.

But every other jerkweeed still in office can say what he wants.

Over night, nearly every TV report on the testimony of bank executives before Congress started with “Bankers were hauled before Congress yesterday…”

Well, “hauled,” in the care of people and not furniture, is a pejorative use of the word.

People going before Congress are being “hauled” these days because they are about to be pilloried as in exposed to ridicule and abuse.

That’s what it looks like so that is why media thinks “hauled” is appropriate.

Listen to the tone of testimoy and ask yourself, “are we seeking truth? ” Or are we  just being critical in the form of a question?

So you have to expect media to use a word like “hauled” when they  see the antics of Congressmen acting like moneys and putting words into the mouths of those executives they invited to testify.  Often at Congressional testimony the witnesses are  in jobs those we elected could never, ever be expected to do themselves because they just aren’t good enough.

Demonizing executives and others at testimony is demeaning.  Demonizing makes one feel superior, I suppose….  But in the end the practicioners might just end up like Blago (and I hope they do).

The legislators are making a mockery of the systems created by Jefferson and Washington to do what?  Get on TV?  Get reelected?  Distort the truth?  Create wrong impressions?  All of the above?

I remember when party leaders would quietly put an end to childish behavior.  But now there are too few senior legistalors left who have good sense and good manners themselves.

John Warner went home.

Are these antics in hearings meant to show that lawmakers are superior to workers and executives?

Well, you know what?  I just don’t believe that the lawmakers are smarter than anybody….  especially when they need to grab the “over the top” tool so often.

Making money pays taxes and hires people and pays for health care.  Witnesses who make money and provide jobs and pay taxes should be treated with respect.  In fact; we should treat all with respect and allow them to dig their own graves — which is what many lawmakers are generally good at.

President Obama, no virgin at “over the top” language, said Monday night,  “the federal government is the only entity left with the resources to jolt our economy back into life.”

He didn’t even say “good government.”

He also characterized the stimulus debate as a talk between those who had a solution (Democrats) and those who had no solution (Republicans). Of course if this were true there would be no need for bipartisanship — which has been sent to the ash heap after what?  Three weeks?

Can we never be honest? 

No.

Our government has become a pack of dishonest hacks making a mockery of good government.  And that government is about to get even bigger.

Those with some years and wisom watch all this over the top buffoonery on TV and shake their heads in dismay — many of us retired and will die soon, thank God…. with memories of Truman, FDR and Lincoln.

Well, not Lincoln.  That would be over the top.

The youngsters among us might just watch these jerks on TV because they have no jobs and are awaiting the only institution the president says can help: government.

Good luck.

Bad government.

Related:
“Banking Spanking”: Barney Franks Unleashed

Obama: Let’s Be More Honest About Economy, Plans, Republicans

Quotes from the banking hearings:
http://www.reuters.com/article/ousiv/id
USTRE51A7GY20090211

President Catastrophe: Listen to FDR, JFK

February 6, 2009

“We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

That was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 

After the attack on Pearl Harbor he called the day of the attack  “A day that will live in infamy.”

There was no “catastrophe.”

After John Kennedy’s PT boat was cut in half by a much larger enemy warship, he gathered together his stranded crew and swam with them — carried some — to an island and safety. 
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Then he walked out on to a coral reef and swam into the sea lanes, night after night, to flag down a passing friendly ship and rescue.

He even carved a message on a coconut.

No wringing of the hands and no “catastrophe.”

And while president, JFK said, “Ask not, what your country can do for you.  Ask what you an do for your country.”

FDR also faced the most severe depression in American history and he created a string of jobs programs and “stimulative work,” the WPA, CCC and a bunch of other programs.  None of that eneded the depression.  World War II ended the depression.

But FDR never declared a “catastrophe.”

Obama: where’s the hope?  When will you roll your sleeves up and go to work with Republicans on the stimulus?

Speaking to a room full of Democrats at a Spa last night was a great photo op, I guess,  of President Catastrophe.  Because the catastrophe is maybe Mr. Obama thinks he doesn’t need to work with Republicans because “I won.”

I know what FDR might say about Obama’s trip to the Spa yesterday.  “If a President of the United States goes to a Spa and he doesn’t have polio he had better have a good excuse. And he had better have all the more important work done.”

“The world doesn’t stop to let presidents’ learn,” said historian and former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on NBC’s Today Show this morning.

Sadly, there is some obvious learning that needs to be faced — here and now.

John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

Economy: World Needs an Upbeat Message; Where Are The “Leaders”?

January 31, 2009

People worldwide are “depressed and traumatized” to see their life savings, including homes and pension funds, disappearing, Rupert Murdoch said at a press briefing in Davos, Switzerland, last week.

And President Obama’s Inauguration speech on January 20 (that seems like a lomg time ago already) didn’t exactly hit a chord of uplifting delight.

And there have been several suicides of financial “experts” or people who lost a lot of money recently.

The war on terror and good times seems to have put us all to sleep.  The shopping malls were full and most of us had jobs.

Now the shopping malls are not full and the credit card needs to be paid off.

Maybe the American people need to make some sacrifices.

But let’s not forget, mankind has survived more than this.

 
China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao passed our compensation money to earthquake survivors last week to start the Lunar New Year.

So maybe someone needs to step forward and give the world a pep talk, or a good old “fireside chat.”

Remember the line, “We have nothing to fear except fear itself”?

We might also consider some old passe tools like prayer and hope and faith and service to others.

Because there are now four Americans trying to get every available job and unemployment won’t last forever.

Because no matter how much cocaine and alcohol is applied to an economic meltdown the Visa and Mastercard still have to be paid…

Enter Gordon Brown who says in the UK at least the public can harness the “British spirit” and remain resolute and upbeat.

Note to our leaders: Leadership needs to remember that the public needs a morale boost now and again.

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By Andrew Porter, Political Editor, in Davos
From the Telegraph (UK)

Gordon Brown has issued a passionate appeal to the British people for optimism in the face of the economic downturn, insisting that confidence will see the country through the deepening recession.

While admitting that Britain is “in the eye of the storm”, the Prime Minister said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph that the country will see off the worst of the slowdown if the public can harness the “British spirit” and remain resolute and upbeat.

International forecasters say that Britain is heading for the deepest recession of any advanced economy, with unemployment predicted to pass 3  million, but Mr Brown appeals against “talking the country down”.

In a striking show of optimism, he declares: “I am absolutely confident about Britain’s future. I have utter confidence in our ability to come through this. I have utter confidence not only in the British people’s determination to come through this, but that people will work together to make sure Britain emerges from this.

“The British spirit is to see a problem, identify it, and get on with solving it. Once a problem hits us we are determined and resolute and we are adamant that we are going to deal with that problem.

“And that is the resolve, not just of the Government, but the resolve of the whole people.”

The Prime Minister, attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, admits that the stakes could not be higher, saying that if a London summit of world leaders in April fails, then the world risks

sliding into protectionism and an economic slump similar to the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The April summit, hosted by Mr Brown, will bring together leaders of the G20 economies, including Barack Obama, the US president.

Read the rest:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financetop
ics/davos/4404491/Gordon-Brown-All-Britain-
needs-is-confidence-in-itself.html

Obama and Lincoln: Historians Mixed (As Usual)

December 23, 2008

We’ve listened to dozens of high sounding speeches and we’ve heard the media gush while comparing President-elect Obama to the likes of Franlin Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

The President-elect himself has not been shy about adopting the comparison to Lincoln — one might think Abraham Lincoln was Mr. Obama’s role model and mentor and teacher and friend.

This news Just Today:  “President-elect Obama is deeply honored that the Library of Congress has made the Lincoln Bible available for use during his swearing-in,” Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director Emmett Beliveau said.

The 1861 Lincoln Inaugural Bible against the backdrop of the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress.

The 1861 Lincoln Inaugural Bible against the backdrop of the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress.

Now CNN is asking what is Mr. Obama’s favorite bible passage?
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/24
/inauguration.scripture/index.html

Obama is also tracing the train route that Lincoln took to Washington and holding a welcome event at the Lincoln memorial ahead of his Jan. 20 inauguration.

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

And, at least here at Peace and Freedom we’ve said to ourselves, let’s please allow for some miracles before we bestow saintood status upon the President-elect.  Let’s allow a bit of time for governing….

FDR had accomplishments of the Great Depression and World War II to guide historians.  Lincoln battled to keep the Union together during years of Civil War.

So we are somewhat reluctant to compare the President-elect to other great men until and unless he establishes himself as –  another great man.  As it stands now, he is a and the President-elect.

And that is an historic accomplishment all its own.

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Bt Matt Carey
CNN

Much has been made of Barack Obama’s interest in “Team of Rivals,” Doris Kearns Goodwin’s best-selling book on President Lincoln and his cabinet.

But the president-elect may want to put a new Lincoln book on his nightstand, “Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief” (Penguin).

The work by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James M. McPherson explores how the Illinois lawyer and self-taught military strategist managed to successfully prosecute the nation’s bloodiest war.

Like Lincoln, Obama enters office without any military experience of his own, yet he becomes commander in chief during a time of not one but two wars. What can Obama learn from Lincoln’s example? CNN put that question to McPherson, but first we discussed how the 16th president developed into arguably the country’s greatest commander in chief. The following is an edited version of the interview.

Read the entire interview:
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/boo
ks/12/23/mcpherson.lincoln/index.html

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By Alexander Burns and John F. Harris
Politico

In Barack Obama’s appearance last month on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” the conversation turned to the president-elect’s long-time love of Lincoln.

“There is a wisdom there,” Obama told interviewer Steve Kroft, “and a humility about his approach to government, even before he was president, that I just find very helpful.”

Humility? Obama’s frequent invocations of Abraham Lincoln — a man enshrined in myth and marble with his own temple on the National Mall — would not at first blush say much about his own instincts for modesty or self-effacement.

Abraham Lincoln

And now there are early rumblings of a backlash to Obama’s ostentatious embrace of all things Lincoln, with his not-so-subtle invitations to compare the 44th president to the 16th, the “Savior of the Union.”

Simply put, some scholars think the comparisons have gone a bit over the top hat.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20081215/pl_politico/16569

For Obama, Media Can’t Wait, Can’t Criticize

December 17, 2008

Even before he was President of the United States and sitting behind the historic desk in the Oval Office: the media could not wait for Barack Obama to become President —  declaring him an historic man of greatness.

Time Magazine made Barack Obama its “Person of the Year” because he won the election over a very lame John McCain-Sarah Palin team.  And the Obama- Biden election had the help and support of a fawning and completely biased media: the same crowd of groupies now telling us about Obama’s “greatness.”

It’s time to get real, gang.   Obama is no Lincoln, and any man so proudly trying to be someone else raises serious questions.

The media has been so pro-Obama for so long we at Peace and Freedom no longer trust and believe half the fawning articles about the President-elect.  We want to see some critical analysis.

Media has an obligation to dissect.  Coronations and saintood should be bestowed upon monarchs and great people long dead.

Barack Obama is a man of great promise, especially as America faces its toughest economic challenges in decades and a myriad of foreign policy choices lurk.

But the media talks less about promise and more about comparisons to Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt.

We say: too soon.  Hold your horses.  Hope for the best but hope is still only a hope; and one step away from a prayer.

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FDR was the “Man of the Year” and on the cover of Time magazine.  But he was Chief Executive during the greatest economic tragedy of all time and World War II.

Abraham Lincoln
Greatness was perhaps defined by Abraham Lincoln, who delivered one of the best and shortest orations in American history.  But he also freed the slaves and held the union together….

Related:
 Historians say Obama is no Lincoln

Obama And The Press: What’s The Future?

Obama’ “Firesides” On The Web: Failing Fast

December 9, 2008

Viewership for President-elect Barack Obama’s  weekly YouTube “fireside chats” has tanked, dropping more than 50 percent since his initial video three weeks ago.

“I’ve heard a lot of puffed-up rhetoric about how this is going to change the face of politics and how it’s going to be FDR’s fireside chats. The data doesn’t back it up,” said David Burch, marketing manager for TubeMogul, which tracks YouTube video views.

 President-elect Barack Obama uses his YouTube videos as a tool to reach out to the American public.

FADING: President-elect Barack Obama uses his YouTube videos as a tool to reach out to the American public.

The first video address, released four weekends ago, drew 789,868 viewers over its first three days and is nearing 1 million total, according to TubeMogul’s figures. But the second video was viewed 451,077 times in three days, Thanksgiving weekend’s video garnered 152,222 views, and this weekend’s fourth installment had about 370,000 views as of Monday evening.

By Stephen Dinan
The Washington Times 

Interest in Mr. Obama’s postelection YouTube channel, ChangeDotGov, is down substantially overall compared with the heady days of his campaign, when BarackObama.com regularly cracked the top 10 channels and some of his videos drew more than 5 million views.

The drop from Mr. Obama’s campaign to the transition may have been inevitable, given what the campaign achieved. Mr. Obama compiled a list of e-mail supporters 13 million strong, raised money from about 4 million of them, and drew millions of them to BarackObama.com to look for videos, exchange ideas and generally express their admiration for the candidate.

Now, he’s no longer their candidate. Instead, he has to strike a balance as president that appeals to even those who didn’t vote for him or weren’t part of his movement.

Mr. Obama’s campaign didn’t immediately have a comment on the numbers. But members of his new-media team, speaking at a symposium in New York last week, said the difference between a candidate and a president is affecting how the Web site is run.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/20
08/dec/09/obamas-web-presence-loses-its-luster/