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Stimulus: “Obama is popular but has no clout”

February 14, 2009

Leading liberal and conservatives columnists and TV talking heads agreed tonight that for President Barack Obama the economic stimulus is a “Short term gain but a long term loss.”

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said, “Obama contradicted everything he said he stood for” during the process of making the stimulus.

“He did not work toward bipartianship and got not one conservative Republican vote.”

Krauthammer said “the president showed he would enact legislation by ramming it down throats,” a reference to the language President Obama used at last Monday’s press conference.

He also criticized the ugly process used to make the stimulus bill and the speed of the legislation; much of the blame for which lies with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, flanked by House ... 
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, flanked by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., left, and Rep John Larson, D-Conn., right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, after the House passed the stimulus legislation.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

“Not one House member or Senator read this package and understands it,” Krauthammer said.

Liberal Juan Williams said, “I agree with Charles that ‘haste makes waste’ but in this economic situation haste was necessary.”

Conservative Fred Barnes said, “The president got no help from Republicans.”

Barnes said, “The president obviously wasted his time in Peoria, Fort Myers, and Elkhart….And he wasted his time holding a cocktail party and a Super Bowl party.”

Barnes said Obama was popular “but has no clout.”

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“We’re not moving quickly because we’re trying to jam something down people’s throats. We’re moving quickly because if we don’t, the economy’s going to keep getting worse.”

That’s what President Barack Obama said late Thursday (Feb 5) at a spa in Williamburg, VA.

Related:
Stimulus: Obama May Need To Make a Deal

What he clearly meant to say was “We’re trying to move quickly because quick action will pay dividends not because we’re trying to jam something down people’s throats….”

If we don’t what?  Jam this down people’s throats?  The President of the United States used that turn of a phrase?  Just like he hauled “catastrophe” out of the verbal closet this week?

The great communicator is in danger of becoming Joe Biden: a guy you don’t want off the script, off the telepromter.

It won’t matter that “I won.”

No clout….

 ‘Catastrophe’ Obama Is Angry; And We Might Be Too

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Leadership and clout?  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.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

Obama Family Dog Decision Postponed; Stimulus a “No Brainer”

February 9, 2009

Where there is only one boss and three voters, the Obama family delayed a decision on the family dog.

The decision(s) on the stimulus?  A snap.  And the White House urged and still urges immediate passage.  Speed is needed.

We have to avert “catastrophe.” 

The dog was more complex than the stimulus.  It has to be hypoallergenic.  House trained.  Politically correct.

The stimulus just has to throw money around and that’s apparently easy: especially if it is borrowed money.  It isn’t really our money. We’ll just print more.

So the president took his jacket off and rolled up his sleeves for photo ops in the Oval.

But he never really rolled up his sleeves and went to work with Republicans urging new ideas upon the president and the Democrats.

And what have we got?  Two more photo op days: today in Elkhart, Indiana and tomorrow in Fort Myers, Florida.

Public reaction to the stimulus should be reminding the White House of the saying: “That dog won’t hunt.”

In Elkhart they make RVs.

In much of the rest of the world, you’d have to explain what an RV is and what a hypoallergenic dog is.

We might have to get back to basics.

Is this a catastrophe?

Depends what your definition of “is” is.

Related:
Obama Stimulus: “Don’t They Make RVs in Elkhart?”

He’s Now Clearly “Drama Obama”

Stimulus: Its All In His Hands; Spokesmen Fail To 

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Senator Chuck Grassley, the Republican from Iowa, said on a Monday morning TV news program, “Bipartisanship starts at the beginning.  You have to sit across from one another for days or weeks.  He also said the calls to his office were 8:1 against the stimulus….

(L to R) Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. President Barack Obama, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Peter Orszag, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and National Economic Director Lawrence Summers meet to discuss the economy in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on January 22, 2009. (UPI Photo/Pete Souza/White House Press Office)
Note: there are no Republicans in this picture.  (L to R) Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. President Barack Obama, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Peter Orszag, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and National Economic Director Lawrence Summers meet to discuss the economy in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on January 22, 2009. (UPI Photo/Pete Souza/White House Press Office)

Obama enters decisive week on economy

February 9, 2009
Under pressure to win passage of a stimulus bill by week’s end, the president plans a mini-tour and prime-time news conference to build support, while a key speech by the Treasury chief is delayed.
By James Oliphant
The Los Angeles Times
February 9, 2009
Reporting from Washington — With the Obama administration facing a make-or-break week to enact a massive economic stimulus package, officials ramped up pressure on lawmakers Sunday to waste no time sending the bill to the president for his signature.

President Obama plans to hit the road to sell the package directly to the American public. He’ll spend today in Indiana and Tuesday in Florida, talking with communities that have been hard hit by the recession. And tonight, in Washington, he’ll hold his first prime-time news conference, with the economy likely to be Topic A.

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