Politics and Media Headlines 3/9/09

Obama Going Gray? (Political Wire)
Just 44 days into the job and the New York Times notices President Obama has graying hair. "For a guy who prides himself on projecting a stress-free demeanor, the changes above his temples are speckled evidence that perhaps the psychological and physical strains of the job -- never mind the long process of winning it -- are in fact taking something of a toll. (Experts say stress can contribute to whitening locks.)"

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Barack Obama 'too tired' to give proper welcome to Gordon Brown (The Telegraph, a conservative British newspaper)
Barack Obama's offhand approach to Gordon Brown's Washington visit last week came about because the president was facing exhaustion over America's economic crisis and is unable to focus on foreign affairs, the Sunday Telegraph has been told.
Maybe it's all those parties he's been having at the White House.  Or maybe Obama doesn't really want the JOB of being president, only the title.  One reason why I supported Hillary over Obama is that she wanted the job to promote an agenda.  Obama has never in his life promoted anything but himself.  Maybe he's bored with all this policy stuff.--Caro

Just this side of screaming "Told ya so!" (by J -SOM at Liberal Rapture)
The excuses are interesting because they seem so honest. Alarmingly honest. Obama is tired.... already.... His aids did not understand the ins and outs of state visits... Obama is "surprised" by the size of the job... And this from an inside source: "Obama is overwhelmed. There is a zero sum tension between his ability to attend to the economic issues and his ability to be a proactive sculptor of the national security agenda...." And yet we still have not seen a complete banking plan...But note this and remember it: Being able to attend to both the domestic and foreign policy of the United States IS THE JOB. This is an insider admitting that OBAMA CAN'T DO THE JOB.
I've been meaning to refer you to a post of John's from a couple of weeks ago, an email exchange between an Obama supporter and a non-supporter who has some personal knowledge of what the man is like.  The non-supporter has verified what I have learned about Obama, during the 2004 campaign for the senate and once he began to reveal his true self as my senator.  Joe Cannon's latest on the remarkable email exchange is excerpted below.--Caro

Confirmation: The man observed (by Joseph Cannon at Cannonfire)
The exchange was between a well-known writer who supports Obama and a black female Democratic activist who got to know the real Barack Obama, and who now has some very critical things to say about Our Dear Leader. Since LR hid the names of both correspondents, some of my readers suspected forgery. We now know that the exchange is real... To recap (and remember, this is all vis-a-vis Obi):

"I have found him to be a rather deceitful person who, certainly, is smart enough but whose vaunted intelligence is vastly overrated - his judgment even more so...

"Moreover, I haven't found his writing (which has only been about himself) or his post-graduate career to be anything that would lend me to think more highly of his intelligence...

"He skims the surface of issues and problems. In fact, his remarks, when not prepared come across as vapid. He repeats, like rote, tired democratic tropes. (And frankly many Republican ones. He truly does admire Reagan and not just because Reagan won elections). He seems to have spent little to no time in deep introspection about any particular area of policy. He spent very little time at his actual job in the Senate or doing any substantive work - which was similar to his time in the IL State Senate...

"He certainly...seems to at bottom be relatively incurious about geopolitics. And, he would get a glazed look in his eyes and look about for someone else to move on to when I raised questions about how he would address the looming US financial crisis I could see on the horizon...
"I can also say how shocked I became at the really dishonest tactics he used, from race-baiting to caucus fraud to paying cyber stalkers to terrorize pro-Clinton writers and website owners...

"For goodness sake, the man broke virtually every important promise he made during the primary campaign as soon as it was over, and he's busy continuing this trend now that he's president...

"And, he was certainly fairly animated when talking about his `life' and `his story which could only have happened in the U.S.' (tell that to all my relatives and friends in the UK and Germany who are biracial with one African parent) and how he went into politics `for his girls future' and when asking us to reach deep in our pockets to help him succeed. It was only when he was pressed to delve deeply into significant policy issues that he became uninterested, bored and fidgety."
Click here to read the whole exchange.--Caro

Bruce Barlett Regrets Voting for Bush in 2004 (by Mary at The Left Coaster)
I see that Bruce Barlett, a Reagan advisor and treasury official in GHW Bush's administration, suffers from a profound case of Bush Derangement Syndrome. "The only vote I have ever cast for president that I regret is my vote for Bush in 2004. That is because I knew better at the time... On a related point, I think it was irresponsible for Bush to leave office without leaving behind a blueprint of what he would be doing to deal with the economic crisis if he were still in office... That fact that he did NOTHING only proves that he didn't give a crap about the American people or his party, either. His whole administration was about him, him, and only him. What an asshole." Yup, Bush believed he deserved the presidency and total adulation from his subjects. That they did not meant they deserve everything they get.
So thank goddess we didn't get another administration that's just about the president and only the president, right?--Caro

Obama's timid liberalism (by Michael Lind, Salon)
Once, even Republican presidents like Eisenhower and Nixon believed in the public sector. Now, during a national crisis, a Democrat opts for inadequate, neoliberal, private-sector remedies. What happened?
What happened, Michael, is a forty-plus-year, multi-billion-dollar campaign by a few rich, right-wing families to make "gummint" and "librul" and "public" into curse words.  They've succeeded so well that a lot of Democrats, including Mr. Obama, have been influenced by their campaign.--Caro

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Carolyn Kay

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Dementia is a terrible thing to witness

Maybe it's all those parties he's been having at the White House.  Or maybe Obama doesn't really want the JOB of being president, only the title.  One reason why I supported Hillary over Obama is that she wanted the job to promote an agenda.  Obama has never in his life promoted anything but himself.  Maybe he's bored with all this policy stuff.--Caro

Yes, Obama has been doing NOTHING but partying, that's clear as a bell...

And, no, you supported Hillary because your self-actualization in her campaign, as with all PUMA's, became more about YOU then here.

Therefore when she didn't win, YOU suffered the loss.

That is why when She moved on, you remain pitifully stuck, deluding yourself that Obama is doing nothing when EACH DAY he fights to undoing Bush, Reaganism, and the right wing agenda.

You can't see it, because you are blinded by YOUR loss.

Not Sec of State Clinton, her loss is over, she has dealt with it, and moved on.

You are stuck, obsessed, and can no longer see reality, only a strange bent world of your own....

by WashStateBlue 2009-03-09 12:53PM | 0 recs
Just to be clear

everyone is surprised by the size of the job. Have you looked around you lately? This situation dwarfs the one Clinton or Bush was handed.

If the man is working so hard he's exhasuted, don't you think it's bizarre to criticize him for that?

Or would you rather he took a few vacations?

by Neef 2009-03-09 01:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Politics and Media Headlines 3/9/09

Y'know, I supported and voted for Hillary Clinton in the primaries... but then again, I have a PERFECT track record - ever since I registered as a Democrat, I've never ended up voting for the eventual nominee in my Maryland primary, at least in those election cycles with meaningful competition. I did vote for Gore in 2000 despite Bradley's opposition, so maybe that's the one exception.

So your favorite candidate loses, and you go support the best of the remaining options. In every case, I was happy to vote for the eventual Democratic nominee, as I was happy and indeed proud to cast a vote for Obama in this past cycle.

I dunno, maybe WashStateBlue is right, or maybe it's because of the extended primary fight - I don't know, but the relentless Obama-bashing by these PUMA types (though it abated for a bit in these posts) just confuses me. When your favorite candidate loses, wouldn't it be logical to support your favorite of the ones remaining? This idea of casting McCain votes in contempt of Obama and of bashing his earliest efforts at being President - and here, his personality and his stamina - the whole approach and mindset is just so foreign to me, I can't fathom.

Certainly we should make criticism where criticism is due, but these personal attacks have been relentless.

And really, this supposed conversation means nothing. Give me any name, and I can find someone who knows him/her that'll tell me in detail why they're a bad soul.

by RecoveringRepublican 2009-03-09 01:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Politics and Media Headlines 3/9/09

Joe Cannon has been unhappy every since June 3rd and looking desperately for a I told you so moment. Desperation leads to piss poor writing and equally piss poor cut and past jobs.

by jsfox 2009-03-09 01:24PM | 0 recs
I corresponded

with a writer who got to know the real Joseph Cannon, and says he's this guy.

by JJE 2009-03-09 01:46PM | 0 recs
The Real Joseph Cannon

Maybe that could be the subject of David Brock's next book, as an act of penitence for authoring "The Real Anita Hill" and other right-wing screeds.

by RecoveringRepublican 2009-03-09 04:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Politics and Media Headlines 3/9/09

What's so funny is that the ecstatic "I told you so" moment turns out to be a third hand report that Obama is tired and working hard.

From guaranteeding a McCain victory, to saying that they would bring it about if it didn't happen on its own, to saying that it would soon come out that Obama wasn't even a citizen (Caro was big on this one), to saying that he'd be just like a Republican when elected after having abandoned the fantasy that he'd lose, to saying that he'd be proven incompetent after it was clear that he has a progressive agenda, this is their great accomplishment?

It's hilarious how necessity and embarrassment (after embarrassment after embarrassment) has forced these PUMAs to lower their goals.  By the end of this year, I predict they'll be prank calling the White House switch-board and gloating about that.

by Jess81 2009-03-09 05:37PM | 0 recs
I think they could challenge Bill Kristol

To a throw-down...

who got more predictions totally f-ed up....the NeoCons or the Pumas?

Tough call, but my moneys on BigKittyVille!

by WashStateBlue 2009-03-09 06:08PM | 0 recs
ring ring

It's Rush calling.  He wants his rhetoric back.

Q: What's the difference between a PUMA and a progressive?


At this point, I hope Caro never wakes up.  I don't think she could handle what she's become.

Plenty of trotsyists became neo-cons.  We shouldn't be surprised at democrats who have PUMAfied.  At least the diarist didn't accuse Obama of dying his hair as some have.  I guess that's something...

by Strummerson 2009-03-09 06:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Politics and Media Headlines 3/9/09


Seriously, Caro, get help. At least 9/11 Republicans were considerate enough to leave the party. You could learn a thing or two about good manners from Charles Johnson.

by Rumproast 2009-03-09 07:55PM | 0 recs

You folks threatened to hold your breath until you turned blue.

Blue yet?

by Reaper0Bot0 2009-03-09 07:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Well

if only...

by fogiv 2009-03-10 08:04AM | 0 recs
Re: Politics and Media Headlines 3/9/09

And what about Newsweek's headline pertaining to Obama "Is the honeymoon over?" And what about today's Wall Street rally & Citigroup announcing their highest 1st Quarter profit in 2 years? What about the Schering Plough acquisition of Merck which caused their stock to skyrocket?  Perception is key in these economic times. Wall Street DOES NOT want the Democrats to be perceived as resolving the economic issues which means that headlines will continue to advocate the presence of a horrific job market (it is but it is being worsened due to perception) which will of course impact consumerism & have other effects. And it will also cause wages to go down from companies that can pay but won't b/c their perceived hand has been inflated even better.  If the GOP had this data it the big headline being screamed everywhere would be that the market might be turning b/c they know how to market & shape perception better then we do. We need to get in front of this NOW.

by jrsygrl 2009-03-10 09:50AM | 0 recs
Re: Politics and Media Headlines 3/9/09

I wholeheartedly agree with the premise of this comment, that we need to do a better job of getting in front of the narrative... but (you knew a but was coming) I think we need to do so very carefully. It's a fine line to walk.

We can't make GHW Bush's mistake and keep telling everyone that everything is fine and cherry-picking rosy numbers while people's experiences led them to know otherwise. I recall during the 1992 campaign when Bush 41 made a big deal about how wonderful it was that productivity was up... and I recall busting out in laughter. All that meant was that fewer people were doing more, so you were either overworked or unemployed.

So we need to point to optimistic signs while continuing to be realistic about the fact that this is a significant economic downturn - the worst since the Great Depression, but not equal to the Great Depression - while revealing points of light an optimistic signs.

Not an easy line to walk, for sure, but the worst thing we could do is portray to America a picture so optimistic that we are perceived as out of touch. It'd be a sure way to make Obama a 1-term president.

by RecoveringRepublican 2009-03-10 10:02AM | 0 recs


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