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

March 25, 2009

Scripted.  Careful.  Tentative.  False.  Packaged.

That’s “No Drama” Obama these days after an ad lib gone bad on Leno and inappropriate laughter on “60 minutes.”

Caution: not confidence.  In body lanuage and words the president is a giant blinking caution light.

“Full recovery is still months away,” I heard a news reader say. “The president tried to rally the nation.”

Obviously: this is a bowler that has never been to a rally.

Related:
President Obama failed to sell his budget plans to the American people

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

Obama: Press Conference Hints at Class Warfare 

Obama Throws In The Towel

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 What kind of politician brings a teleprompter to a news conference?

A careful one.

President Barack Obama took no chances in his second prime-time news conference, reading a prepared statement in which he took both sides of the AIG bonus brouhaha and asked an anxious nation for its patience.

“There are no quick fixes,” he said, “and there are no silver bullets.”

It’s an interesting dichotomy: Obama came before the nation to sell one of the most expensive and politically risky agendas ever offered by a U.S. president, but his language was heavy with caution. A hard-willed plan given a soft sell.

Associated Press


President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Served up opportunities to lead with his heart, Obama was cerebral. Cool and calming in a time of white-hot public anger.

“You know, there was a lot of outrage and finger-pointing last week, and much of it is understandable,” Obama said of the bonus issue in his opening remarks. “I’m as angry as anybody about those bonuses that went to some of the very same individuals who brought our financial system to its knees.”

“Bankers and executives on Wall Street need to realize that enriching themselves on the taxpayers’ dime is inexcusable, that the days of outsized rewards and reckless speculation that puts us all at risk have to be over,” the president told reporters and the nation.

But he didn’t look angry. Nor did he sound much like a pitchfork-wielding populist.

“At the same time, the rest of us can’t afford to demonize every investor or entrepreneur who seeks to make a profit. That drive is what has always fueled our prosperity, and it is what will ultimately get these banks lending and our economy moving once more,” he said.

It was a carefully modulated statement, and Obama—relying on a familiar crutch—read it off a flat-screen monitor perched at the back of the East Room.

The teleprompter was no help during the question-and-answer session (reporters don’t signal their intentions), but Obama was no less careful during that give and take.

Asked why people should trust government with the regulatory authority to take over failing financial companies such as troubled insurer American International Group Inc., Obama passed on the chance to demonize Washington.

“Keep in mind, it is precisely because of the lack of this authority that the AIG situation has gotten worse,” Obama said. He then gave a scholarly explanation of how the proposal would work.

Pressed again, Obama cited the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s handling of the IndyMac Bank as an example of government properly using its authority.

The government did something right? That’s news to most Americans.

Still, it’s hard to criticize Obama’s communication skills or tactics. Polls show that while the public has turned against Washington and Wall Street, the president’s ratings remain steady.

He has aggressively delivered his cautious message—through town halls, talk shows, travel and, yes, prime-time news conferences. His message: Stick with me and my $3.6 trillion budget.

“This is a big ocean liner, it’s not a speedboat. It doesn’t turn around immediately,” he said Tuesday night. “But we’re in a better, better place because of the decisions that we made.”

Calm. Cool. Careful.

One of the few times he summoned raw emotion came after a reporter demanded to know why it took him so long to express outrage over the AIG executive bonuses.

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

Even better, he likes to have it up on the teleprompter.

Related:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/
03/24/potus-and-totus-meet-the-press/

10 questions for Obama (That won’t be asked or answered tonight)

March 24, 2009

Politico has offered ten possible questions for the media to ask of President Obama tonight.

Here are a few of my own:

Why should we enact card check?

China says their factories make goods for the U.S., thus the pollution in China is U.S. pollution and Americans should pay to clean it up.  What say you President Obama?

What in the consitution gives the U.S. the right to tax anyone like AIG executives at 90% and what gives the U.S., in the constitution, the authority to take over businesses?

Your kids go to private schools in Washington DC.  But poor parents will lose their vouchers if the government of the District has their way.  If this a good thing?

See:
http://www.politico.com/news/st
ories/0309/20422.html

From Politico (the entire essay is very good and is at the link):

1) You’ve dismissed the stock market’s frequent zig-zags, but do you think Monday’s rally in the Dow amounted to a Wall Street stamp of approval for your bank bailout plan?

2) Given that 15 of the top 20 AIG bonus recipients are now returning their bonuses, do you think the House acted too hastily to pass a bill levying a punitive tax on those individuals?

3) You talked on “60 Minutes” about missing the ability to talk to everyday Americans, but can you tell them for a moment how this economic downturn is impacting you and your family? 

4) Wall Street is, understandably, coming in for significant blame over the current financial crisis. But what responsibility, if any, do average Americans bear for the problem?

5) On health care, you included a government-run insurance option in your campaign platform. Is that a must for comprehensive legislation? Also, some in your own party have expressed concern about paying for healthcare by, in effect, raising taxes on upper-income taxpayers, as you have proposed. Are you willing to pay for it through other means?

6) How many appointees have received waivers from your new ethics rules barring lobbyists from working in government?

7) Larry Summers told New York Magazine last summer that he hoped you didn’t believe what you said about renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, while you were touting your opposition to the treaty on the campaign trail. So where do you stand now — will changing NAFTA become a priority for you, or not?

8) Throughout the campaign, you said Afghanistan represented the central front in the battle against Islamic terrorism but on “60 Minutes,” you said there must an “exit strategy.” How long do you expect to keep American troops on the ground there?

9) Appearing before a crowd chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei rebuffed your video outreach to this country last week. Is there any hope of reaching a new, less contentious relationship with Iran?

10) Most modern presidents have found it useful to confer with the other living presidents because of their unique insights and perspective. Can you tell us which presidents you have consulted since entering the White House and generally what you discussed?

Related:
Obamagasm Media: Start Asking Questions; The Budget Is Full of Them

Obama Believers Thought They’d Hear More On Immigration By Now

Teleprompter White House: Packaged People, Messages

Michelle:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/24/bre
aking-news-arlen-specter-acts-like-a-c
onservative-for-once/

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

March 24, 2009

Being president is tough: even if most people think you are the guy with more media friends and less media criticism and scrutiny than any man before you.

So after two years of cmpaigning filled with media fawning, the Obamagasm media now cannot even please the Messiah a little bit.

He wants to talk directly to the voters.

Through a teleprompter of course.

And he wants to talk only to the media and the voters of his choosing: like Black and Latino media.

He is everybody’s president but he can no longer abide everyman’s media.

This at a time of unprecedented newspaper closings and the loss of investigative journalists….

And the media he’ll choose is the direct appeal: just like the video that just went to Iran.  The Internet and talking directly to the people.

Help from the likes of Jay Leno will be O.K. and maybe some time on “60 Minutes” is good, so long as the Messiah can laugh when he wants.

Even Robert Gibbs, the White House spokesperson seems to be tired (already?) of so many thorney issues and questions now that the media isn’t still completely dead.

The media is s still a fawning puppy in Obama’s lap: but he realizes now the puppy has the ability to lay a tur * key anytime and anywhere it wants….

Joe Biden even said on Saturday at the Gridiron dinner: there is still a place for newspapers, especially if you have to housebreak a puppy….

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From Politico
At a time when his Washington honeymoon is turning into a hazing, President Barack Obama and his team are launched on a strategy to sail above the traditional White House press corps by reaching out to liberal commentators, local reporters and ethnic media.

The highest-profile moments in the new approach have been well-noted, such as the president giving an interview to progressive radio host Ed Schultz and Obama calling on a reporter from the liberal-leaning Huffington Post at his first news conference.

But those moves are only part of a much larger strategy aimed at communicating directly with audiences the White House believes are more sympathetic to the president’s agenda — and one in which much of the work is being done by Obama’s top advisers.

On the day Obama released his ambitious spending plan, the administration put White House budget director Peter Orszag on a conference call with liberal-leaning writers. Senior administration aides have followed up by promoting the budget to local radio talk shows during morning drive time.

Jared Bernstein, Vice President Joe Biden’s economic adviser and a favorite of the labor-liberal wing of the Democratic Party, also held a conference call with friendly reporters.

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has done conference calls with black and Hispanic media outlets.

Read the rest:
http://www.politico.com/news/
stories/0309/20395.html

Related:
Obamagasm Media: Start Asking Questions; The Budget Is Full of Them

 Teleprompter White House: Packaged People, Messages

Associated Press: Can It Be Trusted?

March 23, 2009

Michelle Malkin nabbed the AP making class war amid a tragedy with 14 deaths.

“BUTTE, Mont. (AP) – Three California families headed to a retreat for the ultrarich were among the 14 victims of a plane crash in Montana.”

“Ultrarich” here seems unnecessary and a violation of the rule telling writers to put up front “who, what, when where and why.”

In fact, why is “ultrarich” in the story at all.

We found the Associated Press responsible for an even greater harm this last weekend when they reported on protests at the homes of AIG executives.

The AP never bothered to find out or, more likely, ignored the fact that the protesters were from ACORN and probably paid for their time.

Too bad.  We just cannot trust the AP any more…

Related:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/
23/ap-cant-keep-class-warfare-out-o
f-tragic-airplane-story/

Did ACORN Organize Protests At Homes of AIG Execs?

 Protesters At Homes Of AIG Execs (Organized by ACORN?)

Obamagasm Media: Start Asking Questions; The Budget Is Full of Them

March 23, 2009

There are so many great questions to ask the president of the United States that our cup runs over.

Did anyone in Iran see the New Year Greeting from President Obama?  What did they think?  A great follow-up would be, since we knew the Iranian government’s response before the message was made, what was the point?

The budget begs 10,000 questions, including this from Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today:

“The Administration’s decision to include cap and trade—and the revenues generated by it—in the budget forces my colleagues here in the Senate to no longer hide the ball… It allows us to have an honest debate about the costs of a program of this magnitude on the American people—not to mention the enormous redistribution of wealth for pet projects and programs under the umbrella of ‘clean energy.’ To put it simply, they are realizing that cap and trade is a regressive energy tax that hits the Midwest and the South harder than the East or West Coasts.”

And how can cap and trade work between the U.S. and China?  The Chinese are already saying, their factories make stuff for U.S. shoopers so their carbon is our carbon, right?

And since China owns most of the U.S. debt (and we want them to buy more) don’t they call the tunes these days?

And, oh by the way, what are the president’s latest thoughts on immigration reform.  An answer in English or Spanish would be fine, since the non-Spanish speaking immigrants know their process because they go through a process…..

Related:
Obama Believers Thought They’d Hear More On Immigration By Now

Teleprompter White House: Packaged People, Messages

See Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/
23/snippy-time-with-robert-gibbs/

Did ACORN Organize Protests At Homes of AIG Execs?

March 22, 2009

On Saturday reporter John Christofferson wrote for the Associated Press that protesters had gone to the homes of AIG executives to make their displeasure known on the bonus issue.

One of our readers commented on the article that the reporter should get an “F” for not pointing out who these people were.

“‘Activists’ ? Who are they? Who organized them? Who paid for the bus ? These are not deep investigative questions. He certainly got the names of the executives and towns easily enough. This is selective journalism at its worst.”

Social Unrest: Hurt by Economy, Europeans Vent Their Anger

We pulled the thread on this and found several sources that confirmed that ACORN (the Association of Community Reform Organizations) engineerd these protests.

We also found out that reporters vastly outnumered the ACORN protesters…

Why would a far left organization so closely tied to Barack Obama feel the need to invade the neighborhoods of the AIG executives after the House of Representatives already made it clear they wanted to get back 90% of these guys’ “bonus” money?

Related:
Protesters At Homes Of AIG Execs (Organized by ACORN?)

Protesters At Homes of AIG Execs Similar To Lawlessness For UK Bank Exec?

Inside Obama’s ACORN
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=N
DZiMjkwMDczZWI5ODdjOWYxZTIzZGIy
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From:

Nice Deb

While the tea parties, (which are popping up all over the country, drawing hundreds and even thousands of people every week), are attracting scarce attention from the media, a motley troupe of 40 ACORN malcontents that go by the name of the Connecticut Working Families Party attracted dozens of reporters from around the world for their protest of AIG working family homes, today:

I’ve been to three tea parties so far, all of which were considerably larger than this sad little  exercise in class envy. Only the last one was covered by anyone in the MSM; one lone reporter from the local Fox affiliate.

But the AIG bonuses are apparently what the media insists we  be outraged about, not the insane spending spree Obama and the Dems in Congress have been on. I could have worked up a little indignation over the bonuses, myself,  but all of the maudlin emoting that came out of Congress, and the White House over them, knocked it right out of me.

Not so with CT Working Families Party.

http://nicedeb.wordpress.com
/2009/03/21/acorn-aig-protest-fail/

See also:
http://sweetness-light.com/archi
ve/acorn-behind-protests-at-aig-ct-homes

http://faustasblog.com/?p=10979

http://pjmiller.wordpress.com/
2009/03/22/anger-militancy-and-riots/

The activist group ACORN provided liberal causes with protest-for-hire services and coerced donations from the targets of demonstrations through a mob-style “protection” racket, according to one of their former lawyers. 

ACORN called it the “muscle for the money” program….

See:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/n
ews/2009/mar/19/hill-panel-testi
mony-to-accuse-acorn-of-mob-tactic/

Visit Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/23/this-court-brought-to-y
ou-byacorn/

Biden: Give Obama a F*&^%$#ing Break

March 22, 2009

 “Axelrod really wanted me to do this on teleprompter — but I told him I’m much better when I wing it. … I know these evenings run long, so I’m going to be brief. Talk about the audacity of hope. … President Obama does send his greetings, though. He can’t be here tonight — because he’s busy getting ready for Easter. (Whisper) He thinks it’s about him. …”

That was Joe Biden last night at the Gridiron Dinner:
http://www.politico.com/playbook/

 

Here’s what we wrote a couple of weeks ago about letting Biden fill in for the President at the Gridiron:

Did you lose your job?  Your house?  Is your IRA worthless?  Did Bernie the Bandito rob you of your retirement?

My wife and I can’t go on “spring break” because we have no money for that kind of thing any more: but President Barack Obama will leave Washington DC before long because he now needs and undoubtedly deserves a spring break with Michelle and his kids.  And in doing that, Obama will be the first president since Grover Cleveland not to attend the first Gridiron Club Dinner of his presidency.

That’s not a big loss since Joe Biden has agreed to step in and he is always a hoot with his ad lib remarks: like you can always find Indians and Pakistanis working in 7-11….

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

Teachers Ask Pelosi, Dodd For Teaching on “American Values, Truth, Honesty, Competence”

Obama, Biden Chat Up Economy; Congress Talking “Stimulus II”

Rosy Talk From Obama and Gang is BS

 Biden Off Mic: “Gimme a f*&$#ing break”

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

Dodd Caper, House Vote on 90% Tax, Highlights Founders Hopes; Modern Reality

March 21, 2009

When the House voted last week and passed a 90% tax on those rascals who got bonuses after the federal government bailed out their companies, many thoughts went through my mind.

The furor over $165 million in bonuses American International Group Inc. paid some of its employees while receiving billions of dollars in federal bailout money has tarnished Senator Christopher Dodd, certainly.  It seems he was caught in a lie, first saying he added a measure to protect the taxpayer by removing the bonuses, and then saying he protected the bonuses but under pressure from others.

And people in his state are making noise that he should be removed: which I’d be doing if I lived there.

But people forget and Dodd has done a lot for many voters in his state which may decide to retain him in the future.

Unfortunately, a Republican member of the House, Rob Simmons, may have already decided to take on Dodd in the election due to the AIG snafu….

For Dodd, too bad he wasn’t just elected last November…then his reelection would be six years away….

Dodger Dodd Dogged By AIG
From CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03
/21/aig.dodd/index.html?section=cnn_latest

Dodd’s Stock Way Down Even Before AIG
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090
321/ap_on_re_us/aig_outrage_dodd_3

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn. ... 
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn. listens to witness testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 19, 2009, during the committee’s hearing on bank regulation and supervision.(AP photo/Harry Hamburg)

And although my consitituional law and American history lessons are a little vague, here is what we might discuss about the House action on the 90% tax…..

John Marshall believed that the greatest danger to a strong Union would be the state legislatures, which were too likely to be swayed by the people’s fleeting and irrational passions.

I love that notion of fleeting and irrational passions.

This is one of the reasons the Founders wanted a strong federal government and also one of the reasons that Senators serve 6 year terms while House members serve two year terms. 
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It was understood that members of the House would stand closer to their people, through reelection, at all times.

Thus, members of the House are more subject to the fleeting and irrational passions of their people.Of course, the Founders had no idea how much our modern media including the Internet, You Tube, cable TV, et al could fuel and fan those fleeting and irrational passions…..

 

This explains why the Senate slowed down action on the House’s 90% tax measure in their chambers….

Wkipedia says this about the Senate, which is subject to debate but worth thinking about: “The Senate is a more deliberative body than the House of Representatives because the Senate is smaller and its members serve longer terms, allowing for a more collegial and less partisan atmosphere that is somewhat more insulated from public opinion than the House.”

On the 90% tax itself, I am reminded of these quotes:

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy,” said Daniel Webster, in the case of McCulloch v. Maryland.

John Marshall said this just a bit differently: “That the power to tax involves the power to destroy … [is] not to be denied.”

It should also be noted why many commentators have said that the tax, used as a punishment, is illegal.
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Punishment by tax is unconstitutional becaue that is the kind of trickery pulled to punish our Founders the colonists: by the King of England.

There could be a legal challenge to this bill: telling us again that rushed legislation is often bad legislation….Like the stimulus….

The Senate has to decide next week what it thinks of this 90% tax…..so just taking a ‘time out” over the weekend may be the only modern relief from the fleeting and irrational passions.

Related:

See Michelle Malkin:
Calls For Dodd in Conn.
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/21/liveblogging-the-lexington-k
y-tea-party/

Experts Say Courts Would Uphold Congress on 90% Tax
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pi
d=20601087&sid=aC_hgTeumc70&ref
er=worldwide

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
009/03/20/weekend-opinionator-obam
as-communication-breakdown/

My Hope Doesn’t Allow Me To Swallow Obama The Way the Media Has…

March 16, 2009

There is just too much on the plate here to swallow.

As Andrew Malcolm wrote in the L.A. Times today:

Listen for more such positive tweaks in coming days. It’s bad. But we’re strong. If we can go to the moon, we can automate all medical records and cover everyone with health insurance and reform the country’s education system and stop foreclosures and expand the war in Afghanistan and create a federal deficit with more zeroes than most civilian calculators contain and then cut the deficit in half by giving 95% of Americans tax cuts and sticking it to a few rich people. And the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

That and, perhaps, China calling in all its loans at once.

Oh, and cure cancer, solve global warming (if it is the disaster Al Gore claims) and rid ourselves of oil, gas and coal.

Frankly, my dear, I do give a damn.

And I give a damn about working on jobs, banks and the economy first: without fixing the “cisis” we cannot afford to fix the rest of the country and the world…..

And the swallow Obama media can’t be too smart: many of the newspapers that got behind Obama early and without criticism are now going out of business.  Even consevative talk radio guys that haven’t had the impact of the “Obama boost” inthe form of Rahm Emanuael’s orchestrated attacks, like Rush Limbaugh, are failing.

So here is the recipe for future success:

Mitch McConnell and other Republicans need to fight the Obama plan, slow down all non essential legislation, and get people to listen.

Then need to set down principles the way Newt did in the “Contract with America” and they need to stick to them the way Ron Silver did even when Hollywood wouldn’t hire him.

It’s the economy, stupid.

Principles, sticking to principles and getting the word out will work.  It worked before.