Get a Mop

What should a President do when his naysayers complain about his handling of the problems they handed off to him? Something like this works pretty well:

What I reject is when some folks say we should go back to the past policies when it was those very same policies that got us into this mess in the first place.

Another way of putting it is when, you know, I'm busy and Nancy busy with our mop cleaning up somebody else's mess -- we don't want somebody sitting back saying, you're not holding the mop the right way. Why don't you grab a mop, why don't you help clean up. You're not mopping fast enough. That's a socialist mop. Grab a mop -- let's get to work.

-- President Barack Obama, October 15, 2009

Sounds about right.

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Comments

13 Comments

if we're making a clean sweep

let's get rid of Summers and Geithner, who also contributed to the mess we're in--especially Summers.

by desmoinesdem 2009-10-17 02:54PM | 0 recs
Re: if we're making a clean sweep

Hey desmoinesdem--see my post below, nattering nabob of negativism.

by spirowasright 2009-10-17 04:30PM | 0 recs
Re: if we're making a clean sweep

Dead on, both those guys need to be relieved of their duties......

by BuckeyeBlogger 2009-10-17 06:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Get a Mop
Speaking of somebody who needs to grab a mop....
Someitmes, it's just in one ear and out the other with you guys, isn't it?
by spirowasright 2009-10-17 04:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Get a Mop

Whatever you say, spirowasacorruptcrook.

by Nathan Empsall 2009-10-17 08:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Get a Mop

He may have been a corrupt crook, but if the attitude of 1960s and 1970s liberal activists were anything like those in the liberal blogosphere, he was certainly right to call them "Nattering nabobs of negativism."

by spirowasright 2009-10-17 10:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Get a Mop

Too many people will have to be trained to work a mop, especially the privileged republicans.

by wjbill 2009-10-17 04:39PM | 0 recs
Forget the mop

I want to see Dick Armey on his hands and knees scrubbing the toxic mess he left with a toothbrush.

by Charles Lemos 2009-10-17 04:40PM | 0 recs
Re: Get a Mop

Obama is such a smart guy, and he gets the problems we face, he gets the complexities of the solutions, and as this video shows, he gets the political challenges that stand in the way of those solutions. So why the hell isn't he willing to be bolder in his actions and proposals?

by Nathan Empsall 2009-10-17 08:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Get a Mop

Are you asking why he's not bold enough to suit your preferences?

Perhaps it's because he's POTUS, and has more to work with than your personal issues and priorities.

Just perhaps, running this nation is a little more complex than we here, pecking away on the internet, give him credit for.

Perhaps it's because his actions, unlike the actions of we here, have real life consequences for the people of America and of the world.

by lojasmo 2009-10-18 11:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Get a Mop

When it comes to the banking crisis, I think the appropriate metaphor is sweeping, not mopping- as in sweeping under the carpet.

by orestes 2009-10-18 11:13AM | 0 recs
You don't need a Mop. You need a shovel.

There is something very perverse going on.

Obama pretends to be challenging the insurace industry and pretends to resist sending troops to Afghanistan...all for public consumption while in fact his plan all along is to present a health plan that benefits the insurance industry and increases the amount of troops.

This is a kind of psychological warfare...it's the way things are done today politically.

You must have noticed during Bush's tenure that we would often hear one week, that a large troop withdrawal was imminent, then the next week that more troops were being sent, then the next week a report on troop withdrawal, then more troops were actually sent.

What this does is DISARM those who oppose troop increases, they get confused, the mixed messages literally keep anyone from acting.

The populace is seen by today's politician as objects to be manipulated.

It's a show.

The Rolling Stones, any large entertainment group employ the same tricks in prepping an audience.

by stu Piddy 2009-10-18 12:43PM | 0 recs
Life is like a mop

"Sometimes you just hafta take what life gives you. `Cause life is like a mop, and sometimes life gets full of dirt and crud and bugs and hairballs and stuff. Well, you, you gotta clean it out! You gotta put it in here and rinse it off and start all over again. And sometimes life sticks to the floor so bad that a mop is not good enough, a mop isn't good enough. You gotta get down there with a, with a toothbrush ya know! You gotta scrub, you gotta get it all off, you gotta really try to get it all off. And if that doesn't work, you can't give up! You gotta stand right up, run to the window and say: "Hey! The floors are dirty as hell, and I'm not gonna take this anymore!!""

Stanly Spadowski (Michael Richards) from UHF

by JerryColorado23 2009-10-19 09:39AM | 0 recs

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