Playing to the Lowest Common Denominator
Let’s face it, that’s all Barack Obama knows how to do. Baptized in Chicago politics, he doesn’t know how to relate to real Americans, real issues. Dear Lord, I don’t want to see how he will react in a real crisis. Just last week, he bolted the White House, just because he was having a bad day. Oh, Waaah.
The Anchoress has a running-all-day linkathon on the demise of America as we know it.
A little stimuli humor from the mailbag:
Subject: Stimulus Payment Info.
“This year, taxpayers will receive an Economic Stimulus Payment. This is a very exciting new program that is explained in the following Q & A:
Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment?
A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.
Q. Where will the government get this money?
A. From taxpayers.
Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
A. Only a smidgen.
Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.
Q. But isn’t that stimulating the economy of China ?
A. Shut up.
The MSM, still in full swoon, embarrassed themselves at the President’s first prime time press conference. Not a single, coherent question of the so-called stimulus that will drive our economy straight into the toilet. Shameful. But what can you expect from the very same press who after two FULL years of touting this inadequate wannabe, swinging away in the softball cages of political manipulation? Some of them may only now be realizing (at least some of them) that perhaps, just maybe, Obama wasn’t a good choice.
Obama falls back on his old habits in his first press conference, testing the waters. He knows that he can outright lie, and he DOES. No worries; his adoring press will never call him on it.
Victor Davis Hanson notes that we are teetering toward an Obama meltdown (normally I excerpt, but the whole thing is just so good, so here it is):
Some of us have been warning that it was not healthy for the U.S. media to have deified rather than questioned Obama, especially given that they tore apart Bush, ridiculed Palin, and caricatured Hillary. And now we can see the results of their two years of advocacy rather than scrutiny.
We are quite literally after two weeks teetering on an Obama implosion—and with no Dick Morris to bail him out—brought on by messianic delusions of grandeur, hubris, and a strange naivete that soaring rhetoric and a multiracial profile can add requisite cover to good old-fashioned Chicago politicking.
First, there were the sermons on ethics, belied by the appointments of tax dodgers, crass lobbyists, and wheeler-dealers like Richardson—with the relish of the Blago tapes still to come. (And why does Richardson/Daschle go, but not Geithner?).
Second, was the “stimulus” (the euphemism for “borrow/print money”) that was simply a way to go into debt for a generation to shower Democratic constituencies with cash.
Then third, there were the inflated lectures on historic foreign policy to be made by the clumsy political novice who trashed his own country and his predecessor in the most ungracious manner overseas to a censored Saudi-run press organ (e.g., Bush is dictatorial, the Saudi king is courageous; Obama can mend bridges that America broke to aggrieved Muslims—apparently Tehran hostages, Rushdie, serial attacks in the 1990s, 9/11, Madrid, London never apparently occurred; and neither did feeding Somalis, saving Kuwait, protesting Chechnya, Bosnia/Kosovo, billions to Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinians, help in two Afghan wars, and on and on).
Fourth, there was the campaign rhetoric of Bush shredding the Constitution—FISA, Guantánamo, the Patriot Act, Iraq, renditions, etc.—followed by “all that for now stays the same” inasmuch as we haven’t been hit in over seven years and can’t risk another attack.
Fifth, Gibbs as press secretary is a Scott McClellan nightmare that won’t go away, given his long McClellan-like relationship with Obama (McClellan should have been fired on day hour one on the job). Blaming Fox News for Obama’s calamities is McClellan to the core and doesn’t work. He already reminds me of Reverend Wright’s undoing at the National Press Club—and he will get worse.
Six, Biden is being Biden. Already, he’s ridiculed the chief justice, trashed the former VP, bragged on himself ad nauseam in Bidenesque weird ways, and it’s only been two weeks.
And the result of all this?
At home, Obama is becoming laughable and laying the groundwork for the greatest conservative populist reaction since the Reagan Revolution.
Abroad, some really creepy people are lining up to test Obama’s world view of “Bush did it/but I am the world”: The North Koreans are readying their missiles; the Iranians are calling us passive, bragging on nukes and satellites; Russia is declaring missile defense is over and the Euros in real need of iffy Russian gas; Pakistanis say no more drone attacks (and then our friends the Indians say “shut up” about Kashmir and the Euros order no more “buy American”).
This is quite serious. I can’t recall a similarly disastrous start in a half-century (far worse than Bill Clinton’s initial slips). Obama immediately must lower the hope-and-change rhetoric, ignore Reid/Pelosi, drop the therapy, and accept the tragic view that the world abroad is not misunderstood but quite dangerous. And he must listen on foreign policy to his National Security Advisor, Billary, and the Secretary of Defense. If he doesn’t quit the messianic style and perpetual campaign mode, and begin humbly governing, then he will devolve into Carterism—angry that the once-fawning press betrayed him while we the people, due to our American malaise, are to blame.
Even Peggy Noonan appears to be coming to, after her big swig of the pre-election “HopeNChange” Kool-Aid.
If Obama thinks it’s going to get any easier, he is sadly mistaken. Now that his inexperience, naivety, arrogance and downright ignorance are trumpeted across the airways, our enemies are doing their finest Snidley Whiplash. Except they are sharpening their swords and priming their bomb fuses – all with America in their sights.
UPDATE: Two must read posts over at Dr. Sanity: one on assessing potential terror risks in the immediate future (that pesky Cheney, why must he gad about, spouting things that are true?!?!) –
Protecting we the people from the insanity of crazed regimes and lunatic groups who are determined to eliminate as many of us as possible would seem like a critical role for an elected government.
We know enough to assess that there are acutely homicidal countries and groups out there who want to wipe us off the map if they can. And, it makes you wonder sometimes if we are the ones who are acutely suicidal.
Barack Obama not only has been hailed as a Messiah by the clueless left, he actually seems to think of himself as The One; and the fatal conceit that he knows how to ‘properly’ manipulate the complex system known as the US Economy is nothing but a grandiose narcissistic fantasy that is doomed from the start.
I repeat, he doesn’t have a clue to what he is doing, or what unintended economic consequences he and the Democratic Congress are about to unleash. But, since we are all in this together, we are all about to find out.
…once the stimulus is passed, no matter what happens, we will be on an almost irreversible course toward socialism and economic suicide.
Cross-posted at Obi’s Sister