The Incredible Shrinking President

Flop sweat

President Obama has enjoyed largely positive media coverage since 2004, when he gave his first nationally televised speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. But since his very public humiliation at the hands of Republicans in the debt ceiling fight, the tide has suddenly turned. I think we may have finally reached a real tipping point.

Just one week ago, Dakinikat wrote a post about the Villagers finally beginning to express buyer’s remorse after Obama’s recent display of weakness and cluelessness. This week, the President has again been hammered in the national and international media, and yet he and his handlers still don’t get it, as Dakinikat’s post from late last night demonstrated.

According to the shocking New York Times article Dakinikat quoted in her post last night, Obama and his top advisers have, in a cold and calculating way, determined that advocating for policies that would create jobs would not be conducive to Mr. Obama’s reelection. Even the ideas they hesitate to push are weak and unoriginal–and as Dak pointed out, would have little to no impact on unemployment or the economy anyway. According to the NYT,

Mr. Obama plans to spend time this weekend considering his options, advisers said. The White House expects to unveil new job-creation proposals in early September.

The ailing economy, barely growing at the same pace as the population, has swept all other political issues to the sidelines. Twenty-five million Americans could not find full-time jobs last month. Millions of families cannot afford to live in their homes. And the contentious debate over raising the federal debt ceiling — which Mr. Obama achieved only after striking a compromise with Republicans that included a plan for at least $2.1 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years — has further shaken economic confidence….

So far, most signs point to a continuation of the nonconfrontational approach — better to do something than nothing — that has defined this administration. Mr. Obama and his aides are skeptical that voters will reward bold proposals if those ideas do not pass Congress. It is their judgment that moderate voters want tangible results rather than speeches.

Perhaps so, but so far we have gotten nothing but speeches–and repeated capitulations–from Mr. Obama. More:

Mr. Plouffe and Mr. Daley share the view that a focus on deficit reduction is an economic and political imperative, according to people who have spoken with them. Voters believe that paying down the debt will help the economy, and the White House agrees, although it wants to avoid cutting too much spending while the economy remains weak.

As part of this appeal to centrist voters, the president intends to continue his push for a so-called grand bargain on deficit reduction — a deal with Republicans to make even larger spending cuts, including to the social safety net, in exchange for some revenue increases — despite the strong opposition of Congressional Democrats who want to use the issue to draw contrasts with Republicans.

Have Plouffe and Daley paid any attention to the media reactions to their boss in the past week? I want to share some of my favorite recent critiques of Obama. Admittedly some of them come from right wing sources, but I detect a distinct change in the wingers’ reactions to Obama too. Instead of claiming he’s a socialist, they are mocking him for being incompetent and ineffectual.

Much of the negative media reaction came in response to Obama’s pathetic speech last Monday while the market was tanking.

Andrew Malcolm at Top of the Ticket: Obama’s penchant for speeches now sounding hollower by the word

Yesterday Obama gave a strange statement to the media. He’d been away on another mini-vacation at Camp David. So, it was left to aides and Treasury Secy. Geithner to attempt to discredit the first-ever credit downgrading of the federal government.

Every politician has at least one major weakness. Bill Clinton’s is, well, well-known. George W. Bush’s political weakness was thinking his intuition and instincts could carry him through any challenge. Barack Obama’s weakness is thinking he can talk his way in or out of virtually any opportunity or difficulty….

Obama is very proud of his talking. In May this year he told a Boston fundraiser: “Back in 2004, I gave a little speech here that got some attention.” And he waited for the crowd’s applause. Which he got.

Have you noticed how many remarks Obama has been making in recent weeks? Not a coincidence that they coincide with his lowest approval ratings ever. When in trouble, give a speech.

Malcolm also noted that when Obama makes a speech, he usually whining about how Congress isn’t doing anything rather than offering any ideas of his own.

Dana Milbank at the WaPo: The most powerful man on earth?

A familiar air of indecision preceded President Obama’s pep talk to the nation.

The first draft of his schedule for Monday contained no plans to comment on the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating by Standard & Poor’s. Then the White House announced that he would speak at 1 p.m. A second update changed that to 1:30. At 1:52, Obama walked into the State Dining Room to read his statement. Judging from the market reaction, he should have stuck with his original instinct.

“No matter what some agency may say, we’ve always been and always will be a AAA country,” Obama said, as if comforting a child who had been teased by the class bully.

When he began his speech (and as cable news channels displayed for viewers), the Dow Jones industrials stood at 11,035. As he talked, the average fell below 11,000 for the first time in nine months, en route to a 635-point drop for the day, the worst since the 2008 crash.

Ouch! Remember the days when Milbank would go on MSNBC and shill for Obama?

Milbank also points out that the thrust of Obama’s speech was that the situation is “imminently solvable,” but that the President could provide no specifics except for his repetitive mantra about Congress passing free trade deals and patent reform. When reporters tried to get some information about Obama’s ideas for job creation out of Jay Carney later in the day, they were unsuccessful.

Various reporters tried to elicit more information about Obama’s economic plans and deficit-reduction proposals, but Carney declined again to take the lead.

“I don’t want to get too far ahead of the process,” he explained to the Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler, adding that Obama “will be contributing to that process, not driving it or directing it.”

“Why?” inquired Politico’s Glenn Thrush. “He’s the leader of the free world. Why isn’t he leading this process?”

Why indeed.

Even the international press is wondering what happened to the man they had such high hopes for. Marc Hujer at Der Spiegel wrote a lengthy and somewhat naive piece called Dashed Hopes: How Obama Disappointed the World

When Barack Obama was elected almost three years ago, the country seemed intoxicated. The world allowed itself to be carried along by this wave of enthusiasm, and by its hopes for a new, more peaceful America. A crowd of 200,000 people came to hear him speak at the Victory Column in Berlin; Kenyans spent the entire election night dancing in front of their television sets; in Japan, the residents of a fishing village named Obama celebrated his victory; in Gaza, where hatred for America is normally the prevailing sentiment, there were exuberant parties; and in London, Madame Tussauds wax museum handed out free tickets….

The world also had high hopes for a changed America, a country that would be less militaristic than it was under his predecessor, George W. Bush, and one that would pursue smarter policies, both in dealing with the Islamic world and on issues of environmental protection and climate change.

This wasn’t just wishful thinking on the part of his voters or his foreign admirers. In fact, it consisted of tangible promises Obama had actually made. Again and again, he talked of uniting the country and even healing the planet.

But now, Hujer writes:

All that remains of the great hopes Americans and the world had pinned on Obama, inspired by his stirring campaign speeches about change and renewal, is a battlefield of unsatisfactory and contradictory compromises. Obama, who just turned 50 and was once a symbol of youthful change, suddenly seems old and worn out, as gray as his hair has become.

There’s much more along those lines. According to Hujer, all of Europe is deeply disappointed in Obama.

Matt Gurney at the National Post: Obama’s speech writers should have their salaries downgraded

His speech might have been a futile gesture, but it was still a bad futile gesture. What happened to the Orator-in-Chief?
The full text of Obama’s brief address doesn’t reveal a single witty sentence, or even one original idea. It’s a positively dreary affair, and suggests that the President needs a new crop of speechwriters as much as he needs a sustained surge in job creation. It wouldn’t be fair to compare Obama’s remarks on Monday afternoon to some of the great speeches in history, because a brutal day on the markets doesn’t call for a “we shall fight on the beaches” or a “we choose to go to the moon in this decade, and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” But it would have been nice if, if nothing else, Obama’s remarks rose to the occasion as it was.

Particularly bad was when the President said, “No matter what some agency may say, we’ve always been and always will be a AAA country. For all of the challenges we face, we continue to have the best universities, some of the most productive workers, the most innovative companies, the most adventurous entrepreneurs on Earth.” …. If there’s anything that says the U.S. is economically screwed, it’s got to be that. The President of the United States, when responding to a credible suggestion that his country is fiscally and politically dysfunctional, should not resort to cliches that leave him sounding like the high school basketball coach trying to cheer up his team after a thumping, or a father awkwardly trying to cheer up a heartbroken daughter after she got dumped by her boyfriend.

After Obama’s speech in Holland, Michigan on Thursday, James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal summarized some of the press coverage in an article entitled: The Great Deflation.

The gist of the headlines was that Obama is “frustrated” because other people (Congress) won’t do anything about the economy and jobs, and then begging people in the audience to contact their Congresspeople and urge them to act. Wouldn’t a strong President putting pressure on Congress be more effective? Oh yeah, we don’t have a strong President. Tarranto sums up:

Like a leaky balloon, Barack Obama keeps getting smaller. “The president is declaring to the world that he is simply too weak to govern,” Peter Wehner observes. “Not only that, he wants all of America to know that he’s darn frustrated about it. You can even hear it in his voice.” That last comment isn’t Wehner’s evaluation but a paraphrase of the president’s own words: “Maybe you hear it in my voice–that’s why I’m frustrated. Because you deserve better.”

Wait, it gets worse. Last night Obama was in New York for a fund-raiser. At that event he elaborated on the “you deserve better” theme: “What was remarkable was to see outside of Washington the enthusiasm, the energy, the hopefulness, the decency of the American people. And what I said to them is you deserve better. You deserve better than you’ve been getting out of Washington over the last 2½ months–for that matter, for the last 2½ years.”

For the last 2½ years. Is that not as explicit an acknowledgment of failure as has ever been heard from a sitting president?

Yes, Tarranto is a conservative, but I have to agree with him. Here’s the full speech from the fundraiser full of super-rich society folks.

CNN: Obama blames political impasse for continuing economic woes

Citing “things we can do right now to accelerate job growth,” Obama complained that “the only thing keeping us back is our politics.”

He called for Congress to immediately approve measures that he said were “ready to go,” such as a payroll tax cut extension, a road construction bill and free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.

Really? Those same tired policies that Obama keeps touting would have just about zero effect on the economy or unemployment. Does he really think he can be reelected by pushing pathetic policies like those?

“The only thing preventing these bills from being passed is the refusal of some in Congress to put country ahead of party,” Obama said.

He called on people to tell their senators and Congress members to “stop sending out press releases, start passing bills,” adding: “They’ve got to hear from you.”

Obama also promised more proposals in coming weeks intended to stimulate job growth, but he acknowledged that Congress also has to address mounting federal budget deficits.

What a sad sack loser! Before long Obama is going to be more of a joke than Carter ever was.

I know this post is getting waaaaay too long, so I’ll end with the latest presidential approval numbers from Gallup: Obama job rating sinks below 40% for first time. He’s going the way of the guy he’s been imitating–George W. Bush.

Those of us who saw through him long ago have been amazed how long the media has taken to discover the real Barack Obama. And still, some in the media and the Democratic Party still cling to the hope that Obama can be convinced to behave somewhat unselfishly, since his current policies are destroying the economy and in the process, his party. But it’s not going to happen, and I believe most Americans are way ahead of the media and Democratic pols.

Finally, as we approach the 2012 election, the man behind the messiah mask has been publicly revealed to be a small-minded, shallow, humorless, calculating, and manipulative man with a limited imagination, a shriveled conscience, and no ability to connect emotionally with anyone who can’t help make him richer and more powerful. Yet he seems incapable of using any of his undeniable power.

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41 Comments on “The Incredible Shrinking President”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Excellent analysis piece BB!! I really think Obama’s going to have an uphill battle for re-election if the Republicans manage to pull a sane-looking candidate through their primaries. I really wanted to give this guy the benefit of the doubt but all I see is continuation of Bush polices with acquiesce from Democrats. It’s an intolerable situation in such troubled times.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Thanks. I don’t think the Republicans are going to nominate a sane person, but Obama will still have a hard time winning reelection.

      • jawbone says:

        Just my off the cuff reaction to Perry entering the R presidential primary:

        I think the Powers That Be in the Repub Party asked, cajoled, flattered him into entering…in order to split the evangelical bat guano crazy R primary voters. Instead of most voting for Bachmann, now there is another “viable” conservative evangelical pol, Perry.

        With that vote split, it’s more likely the sanest looking Repub in the race, Romney, will win the nomination.

        It may well be that this is a year, given Obama’s pathetic lack of any jobs programs, that any fairly rational looking R will win the presidency.

        Just my little nightmare. Albeit, four more years of Obama as president, with no brakes on his rightward momentum due to not being able to run again, is also one of my ongoing nightmares.

        If ever the Dems needed a challenged from the left, this year is it. But who would dare?

        Might Obama figure out he cannot win and decide to spend more time with his growing teenage girls? I think he doesn’t imagine he can ever lose….

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Here’s an amazingly powerful analysis of the personalities of Barack and Michelle Obama–just brilliant! A must read! Here’s a small sample:

    For me, the denouement of this tragedy was a couple weeks before last week’s “capitulation” over the debt limit crisis. Instead, it was a couple Friday nights ago. That was when President Obama talked about being “left at the altar,” and he also referred to the “working stiffs” of America.

    I couldn’t believe it. I jumped up off the couch. Such a pejorative description for America’s heroes, the people who make America work, but who have been sandbagged by the power elite, just as Mills feared they would be.

    The phrase, “ordinary Americans” has been bugging me for years. My parents taught me that everyone is special; that no-one is ordinary. Hadn’t the President’s mother taught him the same thing?

    And now this one!

    But then I got it. When Barack and Michelle Obama were seduced in Harvard Square, they abandoned those not of the Square, those “ordinary Americans.” Why else would the President use the term “working stiffs”?

    • bostonboomer says:

      President and Mrs. Obama: Recognize that you’ve been abandoned by the very people who seduced you. Forget about them. Now, they are your enemies: They’ve gotten what they wanted. Now, they’ve left you standing at the precipice, and your less talented and fortunate brothers and sisters to die homeless in the streets. I know you know this. You’re way too smart not to. I know you know that compromise isn’t sufficient to this need. I also know you are the two most powerful people in the world. Time to stop tinkering around the edges, and do something really big: Use that power for the great(est) good.

      President and Mrs. Obama: About that visit to Martha’s Vineyard later this month: Forget about it. Instead, come home. Come walk along Michigan Avenue, and talk to some homeless neighbors; come walk through the First Lady’s old neighborhood, and talk to some more neighbors, also in desperate straits; come walk through the wasteland that is Altgeld Gardens, even more desolate than the one of your community-organizer youth. Come home, and go to the 63rd Street Beach, (instead of the Martha’s Vineyard beach), and talk to “ordinary Americans,” the bereft children of your bereft sisters and brothers.

      • paper doll says:

        I predict they will choose walk the streets of the Vineyard…as to their being the two most powerful people in the world…rather I would say they are political prisoners. who are to do as they are told. imo

    • Peggy Sue says:

      I don’t think the phrase “working stiffs” per se is a pejorative. Maybe it’s because I grew up with that term. It referred to a lot of my family–men and women who earned a living through sweat and getting their hands dirty. My father’s family were originally miners turned tradesmen and eventually small business people. My mother’s family were brick layers and fishermen eventually ending up in printing shops, engineering firms and creating art.

      It’s someone like Barack Obama and his henchmen using the term in a condescending way that makes your hair go on fire. Same thing for ‘ordinary Americans.’ It means working people, all of us who rely on a paycheck rather than a trust fund.

      What so many of these pols don’t seem to get is that we, the ordinary Americans, and particularly the working class have always been the backbone of the country. We or our ancestors built this country from the ground up through sweat and toil, often through blood. Either our distinguished representatives have forgotten where they come from or they have a very skewed sense of American history. The working class has never demanded the earth and the moon. But they do expect a fair shakeout, so that their children and children’s children have a reasonable expectation of bettering themselves through education and economic opportunities.

      If you kill that you kill what it means to be an American. And that, sadly, is exactly what’s being done by pretending that long-term unemployment is anything less than a national tragedy. I do not understand how these people can be so heartless and self-centered or why they chose public service to begin with beyond sucking the system dry for their own personal gain. I just do not get it, nor do I know how they sleep at night.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Tom Hayden says Obama’s “centrism” is about race.

    http://www.thenation.com/article/162642/decrying-obamas-centrism-drew-westen-ignores-role-race

    So now it’s “centrist” to support torture and order assassinations of American citizens? This is what has become of the author of the Port Huron Statement? How sad.

    • northwestrain says:

      The underlying theme of Hayden — if we don’t love/like 0bowma — then we are racist.

      He also makes the mistake of thinking that 0bowma is “African American” by culture — 0bowma is half white — and he did not grown up in the Mainland of the US. He grew up in Indonesia (among the well off) and in Hawaii where he went to a very very very elite high school. I that 0bowma even knew “working stiffs” when he was growing up. He’s a lawyer and lawyers are about words — for someone of his upper class upbringing to call the vast majority in American “working stiffs” was a deliberate insult.

      I’ll keep harping on 0bowma’s true background — because I grew up in Hawaii and I know that he was someone of color which means that he was of the MAJORITY. There are no black ghettos in Hawaii. I would never describe 0bowma’s upbringing as “modest”. No one in Hawaii lived where 0bowma lived and went to school was considered of modest means. 0bowma is good with lies and creating mythology about himself — as is his wife. Michelle is a Chicago political machine princess — she knows how the political machine works and she played the game (her jobs & positions on corporate boards).

      Someone who knew 0bowma back in Hawaii wrote that 0bowma really didn’t discover the race issue until he went to the States for college — and then he figured out how to use the race card for his benefit. In Hawaii the biggest racial classification is mixed race — it is no big deal.

      I just get the feeling that both of these authors are overly sympathetic and still ignoring the fact that they helped 0bowma get where he is — and they are therefore responsible for the mess called 0bowma.

  4. joanelle says:

    We knew it would turn out this way if O became president – that’s why we worked so hard for Hill.

    But honestly, I didn’t think it would be quite this bad – Both my honey and I have worked hard our entire lives – we’ve raised two great kids and now lucky enough to have two beautiful, bright grandkids – and are wondering how the story ends – will our savings be enough? will the pension be enough – will socsec be there to help? Medicare? Will any of it be there?

    Will they ever end those @#*@%*# wars?

    I was crushed when they stole the nomination from Hill and had an awful feeling about a very bleak future – I love this country and they are piece by piece dismantling it – we are right on the edge of becoming a third world country and I don’t know what on earth can get the loony toons in charge to understand that this is NOT A GAME – they just seem to think they have to win instead of fulfill our expectations.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I agree, Joanelle. I knew he’d be bad, but in my wildest dreams I never suspected he would be THIS bad.

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        I am with you there BB, I never thought it was going to turn out like this.

        Oh, and that bit about Obama’s speechwriters…do you remember the quote from the WSJ article back in 2008? Where Obama was talking about how much smarter he is then his speech writers.

        “‘I think I’m a better speech writer than my speech writers,’” [Obama] reportedly told an aide in 2008. ‘I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m . . . a better political director than my political director.’”

      • foxyladi14 says:

        honestly I thought it would.

    • The Rock says:

      Damn that. I knew he would be this bad. There was no way good could come from a candidate with as paper thin a resume and as questionable a background as he has. The thought of voting republican, after living through the Clinton years, nauseated me – until Obumbles won (stole) the Dem nomination. I carry the picture of my McCain/Palin vote in my phone to remind myself, and any obot that doesn’t believe me, how bad a president 18 million of us knew he would be. I keep my Hillary delegat ribbon on my breakfast table to show my guests what we could have had, and to let them know who I’ll be voting for in 2012 whether she is on the ballot or not. Michele Bachman thinks I should be a slave. We are seeing a Willard presidency right now. Cain needs to stick to pizzas because bills are more than three pages long. Paul is just not all there. Palin is a nice lady but not presidential material. And the dems currently have Obumbles. I’m voting for Hillary. Again.

      Hillary 2012

  5. paper doll says:

    Terrific post BB! …

    Those that made Obama, can and will break Obama ….the press treatment is the finely tuned barometer and tells one all they need to know. I can just see the elite dumping him for Perry.

    But the upper crust has it made…either they get a GOP like Obama back in or GOP like Perry

    it’s win/ win for them in our one party nation :(

    • bostonboomer says:

      Thanks, paper doll. As Rebecca Sive said, the power elite are already finished with Obama. They got what they wanted from him and now they’ll abandon him–just like he abandoned Jesse Jackson and other African Americans who helped him get where he is.

      • northwestrain says:

        Isn’t that the ultimate karma — for 0bowma to be tossed under the bus just like he tossed Jess Jackson & women etc. under the bus? When 0bowma tossed his dying grannie under the bus when he gave that speech on race — I knew no one would be safe from him.

        Hill knew that 0bowma would fail. That’s why she asked the 3 a.m. question. 0bowma isn’t ready at 3 p.m. let alonge 3 a.m.

      • jawbone says:

        Except Obama will have a golden parachute — he’ll get on boards, give speeches for hundreds of thousands of dollars, have a very find living..

        I’m still not sure what the Wall Street Gang Banksters are going to do. By this time in 2007, Obama was set up as their guy for the Dem primaries and then the presidency. However, I haven’t figured out yet which way the wind is blowing through Wall Street or the MCM (Mainstream Corporate Media).

        As has been documented here, lots of MCMers are now coming down hard on Obama, but not, yet, it seems to me, to the point they couldn’t pivot and back him against some undesirable Republican.

        So, who will the MOTU’s back? I can’t tell, and they may be waiting until they know who nails down the Repub nomination — I really can’t tell. But, given the low enthusiasm, Obama is going to need big, big, big money to run close to successfully.

  6. Linda C says:

    Why should the republicans worry about getting a sane presidential candidate through the primaries? They already have a republican in the white house.

  7. northwestrain says:

    In the book Shock Doctrine we followed the use of the Shock Doctrine and the radical elimination of the majority of middle class in country after country. Here’s an article — “can the middle class be saved?” Confirmation that the same ultra rich who got richer feeding off the victims of the Shock Doctrine are feeding on Americans???

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/09/can-the-middle-class-be-saved/8600/

    • northwestrain says:

      From the link above:

      In 2007, the economist Alan Blinder, a former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, estimated that between 22 and 29 percent of all jobs in the United States had the potential to be moved overseas within the next couple of decades. With the recession, the offshoring of jobs only seems to have gained steam. The financial crisis of 2008 was global, but job losses hit America especially hard. According to the International Monetary Fund, one of every four jobs lost worldwide was lost in the United States. And while unemployment remains high in America, it has come back down to (or below) pre-recession levels in countries like China and Brazil.

  8. Minkoff Minx says:

    Okay, I just got back online and this was on my Memorandum feed that is on my google homepage:

    Matt Damon for president? In US politics, it’s not too far from the script | World news | The Observer

    Actor Matt Damon is being suggested as a contender for the US 2012 presidential race. Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP

    Even in the increasingly wild world of American politics, it seemed an especially crazy idea: Matt Damon for president?

    Now to read the post…look forward to it BB.

  9. Minkoff Minx says:

    Then you have crap like this:

    E.J. Dionne, Jr.: The New Old Obama – Truthdig

    I need to go wash my eyes out…

    • northwestrain says:

      I could only skim that bs.

      So Dionne is seeing the “old fighting” spirit re-emerge in 0bowma? That is called being on the campaign trail again — Dionne — you stupid dumb jerk.

      My eyes have been burning a lot lately as well — Truthdig — isn’t that one of the 0bot blogs funded by team 0???

      • bostonboomer says:

        Truthdig was founded by Chris Hedges, who never supported Obama and hates him with a purple passion.

      • paper doll says:

        I remember truthdig went Obot kool-aid…why I had to stop reading it. It was a fav before that. Or perhaps it was the amazing Hillary hated?

      • bostonboomer says:

        The article wasn’t written by Chris Hedges. I just explained that he is the founder and owner of the site Truthdig. EJ Dionne is a mainstream journalist–orginally worked at WaPo. I don’t think Hedges polices his writers and forces them to be as radical as he is. That would be kind of silly.

      • jawbone says:

        Listening to clips from Obama to the heartlanders today, I kept feeling he was …lying to me. We’ve heard this before, and he did squat to implement any of those fine words about jobs.\\

        Sheesh.

  10. The Rock says:

    Wonderful post BB. It is so sad that so many ‘intelligent’ people were duped SO badly. Obumbles has no business in my house – the White House.

    Asshat.

    Hillary 2012

  11. bostonboomer says:

    Down with Tyranny:

    On the whole I have no quarrel with the argument by friends and colleagues on the Left that the Obama administration, far from being outfoxed and outnegotiated by the marauding hordes of the Far Right, is in fact winding up with essentially the right-wing agenda espoused by his fellow New Democrats and erstwhile DLC types….

    There’s just one thing that keeps me from wholly embracing the “Obama is getting just what he wants” theory: that in the process he has allowed himself — no, made himself — to look like a bumbling asshole, wide open not just to general contempt and ridicule but to near-unanswerable nonstop assault by Republicans of record-breaking stupidity and corruption….

    And those job-creation proposals, one has to guess, will make small children laugh — while their parents cry, and scream bloody murder about the imbecile in the White House. Is this really something a person does intentionally to himself?

  12. northwestrain says:

    Steven Pealstein has a great article — must read.

    Blame for financial mess starts with the corporate lobby

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/steven-pearlstein-blame-for-financial-mess-starts-with-the-corporate-lobby/2011/08/08/gIQA3zMlDJ_story_2.html

    Most of Pearlstein’s review of the influence of the corporate lobby (buying politicians etc) will be old history to most of us. But it is so nice to read an affirmation of what we’ve been saying all along.

  13. Minkoff Minx says:

    So, in line with the crap about not wanting to do anything to help the economy etc because it is too hard to explain, just go to areas in the country that aren’t doing so bad…and you won’t have to worry about explaining anyway.

    First Stops on Obama’s Bus Tour Are Economically Healthy Towns – Rebecca Kaplan – NationalJournal.com

  14. jawbone says:

    Yet again, I’m pretty amazed that right after Obama gets his debt ceiling increase and legislation to make cuts, cuts, cuts, all of a sudden the MCM discovers not only that there are no freakin’ jobs, but also that Obama has pretty well effed things up. And, oh, btw, Big Bidness and their faithful politician implementors have really screwed up our economy, our society, and our nation.

    It’s not as if this was not known quite well prior to the debt ceiling debacle.