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……