Mythbusting–Presidential Polls Edition
Can we stop saying that Barack Obama is an especially popular President? Because it’s just not true. Oh, to be sure, the President will receive a boost in the polls thanks to his non-State of the Union address, but said bump will likely be temporary and it does not disguise the fact that the President is not nearly as popular as commentators make him out | Read More »
The New, Opaque, White House
Promises of transparency notwithstanding, the Obama Administration has adopted the mysterious habit of not allowing various Presidential directives to appear on the White House web site where they can be seen by the public. These directives are available via the Federal Register, but only major government geeks know what the Federal Register even is, so it is not as if the cause of transparency is | Read More »
Obama Administration: ‘We Need A Stimulus Package Really, Really Fast . . .’
“Too bad we don’t have the personnel available to spend the money.” Revealing: . . . Paul C. Light, a New York University professor who tracks the transition, said Mr. Obama had announced 56 of nearly 500 officials who need Senate confirmation, nearly twice as many as Presidents Bill Clinton or George W. Bush had by this point. But just 36 have been formally nominated | Read More »
A Picture Of Dysfunction
Read and be shocked: Just days before Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner was scheduled to lay out his much-anticipated plan to deal with the toxic assets imperiling the financial system, he and his team made a sudden about-face. According to several sources involved in the deliberations, Geithner had come to the conclusion that the strategies he and his team had spent weeks working on were | Read More »
The Invisible President
Jennifer Rubin makes the case. Key passage: So we remain baffled about whether he has allowed himself to be run over by events and his own party, or whether this is precisely what he wants — an ultra-liberal, hyper-partisan administration. If the former, we have a serious management issue. If the latter, there are plenty of voters who were deceived.
So Much For Bipartisanship
Link. If true, then it should not be too much to ask for media condemnation. This kind of behavior goes against everything the President promised he would seek to engender in the culture of Washington. George W. Bush got pilloried as a “divider,” a “polarizer,” and “hyperpartisan” for a whole lot less. In other stimulus-related news, we have this. You know, Caterpillar also wants to | Read More »
Yes, We . . . Might?
Behold the sunshine patriots. Or, at least, the patriots who only feel patriotic when their side wins an election: Ye gods. (Via Glenn Reynolds.)
On Obamaian Rhetoric
Another of Obama’s goals for the evening was to frame his opponents, which he did frequently. They are “playing politics instead of solving problems,” he said. He was probably more effective in this gambit, if for no other reason than some of these quotes will be replayed over the next 24 hours. The attacks are still disingenuous, though. Obama suggests that the bulk of his | Read More »
The False Promise Of HopeAndChange
The litany of broken promises continues: Despite President Barack Obama’s pledge to limit the influence of lobbyists in his administration, a recent lobbyist for investment banking giant Goldman Sachs is in line to serve as chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Mark Patterson was a registered lobbyist for Goldman until April 11, 2008, according to public filings. Patterson first began lobbying for Goldman | Read More »
So Much For Decrying Partisanship
The Economist notices the hypocrisy of Krugman & Co. After eight years of denouncing the “bitterness” and “polarization” and “divisiveness” that supposedly came down the pipeline from 1600 Penn. Ave., Krugman & Co. now want more of it. The Internet has a long memory and eventually, the electoral worm will turn. When it does, Krugman’s words may well be remembered by those who currently “huff | Read More »
Barack Obama Is Not The Messiah. He Is Just Another Politician.
But try telling that to some people. Again, recall the media outcries concerning the alleged Bushian cult of personality. To the extent that it existed, it had nothing on the deification currently going on. Which makes the media’s silence all the more peculiar, of course.
What Do I Pledge?
I pledge to remember that these same celebrities were nowhere near as civic-minded and as respectful to the Office of the Presidency and its occupant over the past eight years as they are now. I pledge to remember that goofy and ill-informed comments to the contrary notwithstanding, we are not the President’s servants. Quite the contrary. The President, the Congress, the courts, the bureaucracy work | Read More »
Memes That Go Down The Memory Hole
Four years ago, because of the tsunami in Asia, we were told that George W. Bush’s Inauguration should be a sedate and understated affair since it would be unfair for us to use money for a “coronation” that we could instead have used to send tsunami relief overseas. Oh, and we were also told that the Bush Administration was being “stingy” in sending aid. This | Read More »
From The “Just Imagine If Someone Said This About George W. Bush” Files
Will Smith: Hollywood film star Will Smith has staked his claim to play Barack Obama in a movie about his rise to become US President and America’s first black leader Smith has staked his claim to play the role, even before Barack Obama has been inaugurated as president. Speaking at the premiere of his new film Seven Pounds at the Empire, Leicester Square, in London, | Read More »
Pretty Soon, The Netroots Will Have No Teeth Left
Barack Obama will have caused his cyber-base to gnash their collective teeth to bits: Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has asked most Bush administration political appointees except those targeted for dismissal to stay on in the Pentagon until replaced by the Obama administration in the coming months. “I have received authorization from the president-elect’s transition team to extend a number of Department of Defense political | Read More »