Archive for the ‘oath’ Category

He’s Now Clearly “Drama Obama”

February 9, 2009

Dealing with catastrophe is a drama.  And it gets worse: no Democrat and no advisor and no spokesman has been able to explain why this stimulus is essential. No one but Drama Obama can say why this stimulus is the only sane rescue.

So the drama has been magnified: by White House ineptitude and failure to have a stimulus bill of unquestioned goodness. A stimulus that can be explained to everyman and everyman can embrace.

President Obama, pictured at an East Room event Friday, also met in the White House with families of terror attack victims to assure them that suspects will be meted out justice. (Associated Press)

Above: President Obama, pictured at an East Room event Friday.  Photo: AP

Why do more than 50% of voters reject a government give-away that may help them?  Because it is the wrong bill.

The expected Messiah has fallen to earth — along with several apostles.

Former Senate Leader and health care wonderkind — turned out to be a tax cheat and influence peddler.

The Commerce nominee pulled his own name fearing a grand jury might besmirch it after he was in Washington.

A couple of the president’s top guys violate his own anti-lobbyist rules.

There is a hint of Chinese New Year bad luck here or just really bad decision making.

Or arrogance.  After all, they won.

The oath of office was even botched. And the re-do seemed to break the pledge of total transparency.

Now the president returns to what he is really good at: his community organizer roots and campaigning.

He’s on the road this week to Elkhart, Indiana and Fort Meyer, Florida to resolve the catastrophe he named himself.

Each day of this presidency is becoming an episode of “24.”

A headline today said, “Overseas challenges cascade on Obama.”

But he’ll be in Elkhart.

Stimulus will lead to ‘disaster,’ Republican warns

 Stimulus: Democrats Exhibit Zero Convicing Arguments, Spokesmen

Stimulus: Its All In His Hands; Spokesmen Fail To Explain

Overseas challenges cascade on Obama

President Obama: Expect The Unexpected, Avoid Contrivance

January 25, 2009

When President-elect Barack Obama phoned Yo-Yo Ma and invited him to “perform” at his inauguration, he probably had no idea that would cascade into a pre-recorded gig with space heaters.

“Performance” became contrivance.

And when the Chief Justice of the United States raised his right hand for the oath of office, soon to be President Obama probably never dreamed that John Roberts would flub the big moment, necessitating a re-do.

And when the media wasn’t invited to the do-over, probably nobody expected a flap.

These are small things but these are the easy to manage small things.

The Presidency is about eliminating the easy to manage small things, that are not expected by some people,  and managing well the unexpected big things….

The president has a big staff and a big administration to manage the routine routinely and to get past the flaps without flapping.

President Obama stuck with his script this week with few surprises.  He signed a Gitmo proclamation, and sent money to abortions.

But there are plenty of unexpected big things yet to manage; so now is the time to get the entire administration team performing like a Super Bowl winning team.

Last minute pre-recordings and do-overs won’t do from now on.  The Presidency is mostly “live”….


Obama’s First Few Days: Scripted With Few Surprises

From Fox News

In the highly scripted first days, Obama clearly aimed to show that he was making good on his promise to bring change.

“What an opportunity we have to change this country,” the Democrat told his senior staff the day after his inauguration. “The American people are really counting on us now. Let’s make sure we take advantage of it.”

On Thursday and Friday, Obama, with an executive pen in his left hand, overruled eight years of Bush administration policies, signing several executive orders on national security and abortion funding. 

Obama also focused on fixing the economy, repairing a battered world image and cleaning up government.

Yet domestic and international challenges continue to pile up, and it’s doubtful that life will be dramatically different for much of the ailing country anytime soon.

The biggest agenda items — stabilizing the economy and ending the Iraq war — are complex tasks with results not expected this week, let alone this month. Obama’s move to reverse Bush’s policy on the treatment of detainees and interrogation techniques still leaves unanswered or unresolved questions, including how he will close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp for suspected terrorists.

In other cases, Obama set out new policy, only to signal it could be applied selectively.

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Fool Chief Justice Gets “Do Over” With President; Treasury Nominee “Do Over” With His Taxes and Nation’s Economy

January 22, 2009

Chief Justice John Roberts, who botched his single minute (actually more like 25 seconds) in the national spotlight, got another try Wednesday.  He re-administered to oath of office to President Barack Obama.

I don’t think John Roberts is a fool.  But he made a damned fool mistake when he went to the inauguration without a cue card.  Having given many oaths of office myself, I never went without a 3×5 index card with the oath typed upon it.  Roberts should have asked an expert, like a police officer, about how best to administer an oath….

John Roberts: go stand over in the corner with the President’s designated Treasury nominee who failed to properly pay his taxes….Timothy F. Geithner.

“Careless mistakes,” Geithner said.  “Careless” like Mr. Roberts.  I don’t like it.

I like guys that get the simple things right.  Roberts has four years to get ready for the next one.  In my view, Geithner should be sent home and never allowed to supervize the IRS that will roast me for the same fool thing he’s done….

Geithner’s “next one” is the saving of the American economy.  And his work record to date, even excusing his tax lapses, isn’t spectacular, unless you got some of the government give away money….

Geithner and Roberts are both fools.  But at least Roberts appears to be an ethical fool….

John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

The Senate will probably confirm the President’s Traesury nominee…

Michelle Malkin thinks the tax caper is a show stopper….


“Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency,” Obama said.

Among other things, Obama said he would issue a pay freeze for his senior staff.

How about for tax evasion, Mister President?

Obama Stresses Transparency, Ethical Conduct to New Administration
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Obama, Biden: Fight Scandal, Corruption, Bad Government Please….

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Carville’s 2009 Predictions: Stand By For More Democrat Scandals

Timothy Geithner testifies before the Senate Finance Committee ...
Fool Timothy Geithner testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on his nomination to be US Treasury Secretary at the Dirksen Senate office Building in Washington, DC. Geithner apologized Wednesday over past tax transgressions….  He wants to run the IRS so he can make sure you pay your taxes….”I was careless”….(AFP/Mandel Ngan)


From the New York Times:

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. re-administered the oath to Mr. Obama on Wednesday evening, one day after the two men stumbled over each other’s words during the inauguration ceremony at the Capitol.

For their do-over, the two men convened in the White House Map Room at 7:35 p.m. for a brief proceeding that was not announced until it was completed successfully.

“Are you ready to take the oath?” Chief Justice Roberts said.

“I am,” Mr. Obama replied. “And we’re going to do it very slowly.”

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. re-administering the oath of office to Barack Obama on Wednesday in the White House.  Pete Souza/The White House