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It's All Obama, All The Time - Too much Obama?

Posted by on Apr. 16, 2009 at 10:26 AM
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It's all Obama, all the time

 

If it's Thursday, it must be Obama. Or Friday. Or Saturday. Or just about any day.

Barack Obama has gone from being historic to being ubiquitous.

He doesn't just control the news cycle, he is the news cycle.

Need an auto exec fired? A pirate killed? A dog patted? A Cuba policy addressed? An Easter egg rolled? An economy stimulated? Hey, he also does Seders!

This is not automatic for a president in his first 100 days. George W. Bush was so quiet he was virtually speechless in his first 100 days in office, even though he had to deal with an international crisis (the Chinese government took 24 Americans hostage) and a domestic crisis (race riots in Cincinnati).

Today, we have a president who so fills the airwaves that he really should have his own network with the motto: "All Obama, All the Time."

Scratch that. He doesn't need it. Cable news is pretty much that already.

I am not complaining. But it strikes me that President Obama is now speaking to us even when he doesn't really need to speak to us.

His speech Tuesday was a good example. It was a perfectly good speech. But it was not the "major" address that the White House advertised. Still, it was interesting. Obama likes to use his speeches to address his critics - even though polls show he does not have an overwhelming number of critics  - and Tuesday he made a direct reference to one of his former critics.

In January 2008, just before the New Hampshire primary, at a speech at Nashua High School North, Hillary Clinton had made fun of Obama's use of inspirational rhetoric by quoting Mario Cuomo's famous line: "You campaign in poetry, but you govern in prose." After the speech, Clinton said of Obama: "I applaud his incredible ability to make a speech that really leaves people inspired. My point is that when the cameras disappear and you're there in the Oval Office having to make tough decisions, I believe I am better prepared and ready to lead our country."

 

The country disagreed (though Clinton did go on to win the New Hampshire primary and became Obama's secretary of state). But in his speech Tuesday at Georgetown University, Obama began by saying: "This is going to be prose, and not poetry. I want to talk about what we've done, why we've done it, and what we have left to do."

It was supposed to be a meat-and-potatoes speech to get us used to the fact that we are going to be seeing so much of President Obama that we can't expect soaring rhetoric each time we see him. We can't expect - as Hillary Clinton again chided him on Feb. 25, 2008, in Rhode Island - that "the skies will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect."

Except Obama couldn't help himself Tuesday. He slipped in a little "celestial" stuff anyway by quoting the parable at the end of the Sermon on the Mount about how you have to build your house upon rock and not sand. "We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand," he said. "We must build our house upon a rock. We must lay a new foundation for growth and prosperity - a foundation that will move us from an era of borrow and spend to one where we save and invest."

Not bad for meat-and-potatoes speech.

Wednesday, he was back again. It was April 15 and there was no need for a speech, but some conservatives were running around making a tempest in a tea bag about paying their taxes, and even though the White House could have sent anybody out to make a speech about the tax code, they sent out their star in chief.

And he delivered. "For too long, we've seen taxes used as a wedge to scare people into supporting policies that increased the burden on working people instead of helping them live their dreams," Obama said. "That has to change."

Then he got ready to go to Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago where he will make speeches on everything from drug trafficking to trade to global poverty.

So if a tree falls in the forest and Barack Obama is not there to talk about his forestry policy, does it really make a sound?

Not a chance.

 

 


 


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by on Apr. 16, 2009 at 10:26 AM
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mccainiac
by on Apr. 16, 2009 at 11:20 AM

So if a tree falls in the forest and Barack Obama is not there to talk about his forestry policy, does it really make a sound?

Not a chance.

 laughing

I was sick of his incessant campaign slogans and speeches by Jan. 20th. Make it stop already!!!

"The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."- Plato

sweetie00
by on Apr. 16, 2009 at 12:25 PM

It's mostly because the righ wingers are bitching about it-whatever IT may be! The man can't scratch his balls w/out it being a national incident. I am fully convinced that they M#s#u$b#te to images of the guy........

Scorpio359
by on Apr. 16, 2009 at 12:38 PM

People talk about Obama because he is doing something just about everyday to throw people off guard. The man is pushing through legislation like it has no tomorrow. People do not trust him. They see that things are getting worse under his leadership not better and don't give me give him more time - the more time we give him the more legislation he tries to slip by.

mccainiac
by on Apr. 16, 2009 at 12:41 PM


Quoting sweetie00:

It's mostly because the righ wingers are bitching about it-whatever IT may be! The man can't scratch his balls w/out it being a national incident. I am fully convinced that they M#s#u$b#te to images of the guy........


Okay, good logic and how tastefully said.*gags* The prez. makes a daily YouTube address BECAUSE right-wingers WANT to see him scratch, or lick, or whatever, his ball$. You make no sense whatsoever.

He droned on and on about the changes to the new tax code.Why? to distract anyone who isn't drinking the koolaid away from the tea parties. He didn't succeed by the way.

He's a self-absorbed, pompus narcissist-just like 90 percent of the libs here. They ramble on and on because it makes them feel special and important, and oh so popular. *barf* No wonder you love the guy!!!

"The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."- Plato

sweetie00
by on Apr. 16, 2009 at 1:02 PM


Quoting mccainiac:

 

Quoting sweetie00:

It's mostly because the righ wingers are bitching about it-whatever IT may be! The man can't scratch his balls w/out it being a national incident. I am fully convinced that they M#s#u$b#te to images of the guy........


Okay, good logic and how tastefully said.*gags* The prez. makes a daily YouTube address BECAUSE right-wingers WANT to see him scratch, or lick, or whatever, his ball$. You make no sense whatsoever.

He droned on and on about the changes to the new tax code.Why? to distract anyone who isn't drinking the koolaid away from the tea parties. He didn't succeed by the way.

He's a self-absorbed, pompus narcissist-just like 90 percent of the libs here. They ramble on and on because it makes them feel special and important, and oh so popular. *barf* No wonder you love the guy!!!


Even you give Mccain a bad name......

SunandMoonMom
by Member on Apr. 16, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Why are you constantly so crude and nasty?  Why don't you respond with substance and meaning?  In my experience, people who vehemently put others down and make disparaging, bitter comments are nothing more than insecure.  It seems people are no good to you if their opinions differ even slightly from your own...Not at all tolerant or liberal of you, in my opinion.

Quoting sweetie00:

It's mostly because the righ wingers are bitching about it-whatever IT may be! The man can't scratch his balls w/out it being a national incident. I am fully convinced that they M#s#u$b#te to images of the guy........


SunandMoonMom
by Member on Apr. 16, 2009 at 1:10 PM

OP, I wouldn't mind his speeches so much if he were to tell us anything new.  For the most part, I hear "Change takes time"..."Yes, we can"..."It's not going to happen overnight"..."Uh"..."Uh"..."Uh"....

Personally, I'd really rather my Law & Order, Criminal Minds, Eleventh Hour, etc. aren't interrupted unless he has NEW information to share. ;-)

athenax3
by on Apr. 16, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Obama is popular to those who support him because he's doing SOMETHING everyday, like him or not, you have to admit he isn't wasting time. Those that hate him listen and watch incessantly for all the evil plots they know lie beneath his friendly facade. And those who are simply in the middle just want to know what is going on so they can keep up at the water cooler.

I'm guessing that he speaks to the people so much in an attempt to ease thier worries, to let them know that he's DOING SOMETHING, or at least trying, in an attempt to ease the conservatives grips on their guns, to try and show that he isn't hiding- OR maybe he just likes to hear himself talk *shrugs* president doesn't mean devoid of personality traits both good and bad.

No matter what he does or even doesn't do, it will be speculated upon, misconstrued, twisted into something sinister and broadcast to those who want to hear it.


blondekosmic15
by on Apr. 16, 2009 at 2:50 PM


Quoting athenax3:

Obama is popular to those who support him because he's doing SOMETHING everyday, like him or not, you have to admit he isn't wasting time. Those that hate him listen and watch incessantly for all the evil plots they know lie beneath his friendly facade. And those who are simply in the middle just want to know what is going on so they can keep up at the water cooler.

I'm guessing that he speaks to the people so much in an attempt to ease thier worries, to let them know that he's DOING SOMETHING, or at least trying, in an attempt to ease the conservatives grips on their guns, to try and show that he isn't hiding- OR maybe he just likes to hear himself talk *shrugs* president doesn't mean devoid of personality traits both good and bad.

No matter what he does or even doesn't do, it will be speculated upon, misconstrued, twisted into something sinister and broadcast to those who want to hear it.

Obama accomplishes the sinisterism ALL BY HIS BIDDY SELF!

aidans_mama
by on Apr. 16, 2009 at 2:51 PM


Quoting athenax3:

Obama is popular to those who support him because he's doing SOMETHING everyday, like him or not, you have to admit he isn't wasting time. Those that hate him listen and watch incessantly for all the evil plots they know lie beneath his friendly facade. And those who are simply in the middle just want to know what is going on so they can keep up at the water cooler.

I'm guessing that he speaks to the people so much in an attempt to ease thier worries, to let them know that he's DOING SOMETHING, or at least trying, in an attempt to ease the conservatives grips on their guns, to try and show that he isn't hiding- OR maybe he just likes to hear himself talk *shrugs* president doesn't mean devoid of personality traits both good and bad.

No matter what he does or even doesn't do, it will be speculated upon, misconstrued, twisted into something sinister and broadcast to those who want to hear it.

i approve this message.

ha, from the title of this post i thought it was in regards to this group, i was like, "heck yeah, they talk about him too much in this group, someone else realizes it!" 





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