Politics and Media Headlines 3/9/09
by Caro, Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 12:34:36 PM EDT
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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