Monday, February 9, 2009

(Un)Trusting President Obama

Here's President Obama's opening remarks from tonight's press conference:

We find ourselves in a rare moment where the citizens of our country and all countries are watching and waiting for us to lead. It is a responsibility that this generation did not ask for, but one that we must accept for the sake of our future and our children’s. The strongest democracies flourish from frequent and lively debate, but they endure when people of every background and belief find a way to set aside smaller differences in service of a greater purpose. That is the test facing the United States of America in this winter of our hardship, and it is our duty as leaders and citizens to stay true to that purpose in the weeks and months ahead. After a day of speaking with and listening to the fundamentally decent men and women who call this nation home, I have full faith and confidence that we can. And with that, I’ll take your questions.
Dan Riehl has some fair and balanced thoughts on the meeting:

Obama's a talented speaker ... He's also incredibly disingenuous as to the causes for our current problems. The Bush tax cuts did not cause them and even Obama fans have enough sense to know that.
I simply don't believe this president. He lied during the primaries and the general, and he's going to play doom and gloom until he gets what he wants now.

Memeorandum for more commentary. I'll have more tomorrow ...


Law and Order Teacher said...

This president is in danger of overplaying his hand. The more of his plan that becomes public the lower the approval rating for it. His biggest mistake is that he has abdicated his responsibility to lead to Pelosi and Reid. It has cost him credibility and most of his political capital.

Average American said...

L&O Teacher, that is a good thing! He claims that if not passed immediately, we are in for a catastrophe. I submit that, in fact, HE IS THE CATASTROPHE!! That porkzilla package will do a lot more harm than good. The wicked bitch of the west, Nancy Piglosi, was the LAST person that should have had ANY THING to do with it!

Anonymous said...

I had fun shredding this worm's "historic presser".

Norm said...

I am just stunned at the amount of debt we are amassing. NYS has a 15 billion dollar deficit next year; I heard CA has a 35 billion dollar deficit next year. The Federal government keeps borrowing trillions.

I am at a loss for words, except to say that we are experiencing the total failure of the liberalism. We cannot afford big government and the American business and individual taxpayer will not pay the rates needed to fund big government.

The most horrible aspect of this spending bill is that Congress has
failed to use "due diligence" by not holding hearings. Congress has no idea what exactly they are voting on. What a moment in American history.

Trish said...

In order to regain any credibility at all, Obama and the morons who put this atrocious bill together, ought to rip it up and then like grownups, sit down with Republicans, and write one without the pork.
If we are in such dire need to jump start our economy, and the sky is truly falling, why would they jerk us around with this false god of a bill? It's a huge travesty they are trying to force down our throats.
God help us all.

Anonymous said...

Norm, I hope you're equally as stunned at the trillions of dollars, lives of your own soldiers and IRaqi's your previous gov't sacrificed in Iraq. That which is politically expedient is worth any price, is it?

Rich Casebolt said...

CS ... we are now seeing the fruits of that investment ... in an Iraq that has moved far away from becoming Afghanistan 2.0.

BTW, leading that effort that was certainly NOT politically expedient with respect to the effects it had upon its leadership ... thanks to opposition by liars and dullards enabled by media-turned-ally.

Your points, as always, were D3 well before you even typed them.

But that doesn't matter to those like you ... for it is quite evident that discrediting conservatism, as a means of achieving your World Where No One Can Tell Me What To Do when it comes to your recreational and lifestyle choices, is worth any price to y'all ... including the loss of your choice as to how you get ahead in life to an unaccountable few who you consider "better" than the rest of us.

Not to mention that y'all were willing to let others pay the butchers' bill for DECADES, as y'all sat around and gazed at your navels while the Osamas and Saddams of this world grew stronger and bolder.

Rich Casebolt said...

BTW, CS ... President Obama has only taken three weeks to push through about as much spending as the previous Administration did for the GWOT in five YEARS.

Anonymous said...

Rich, what kind of "Conservative" are you? You seem like a moving target.

Lets get this straight, you are "ayy okkk" with the thousands of American and Iraqi lives, along with the trillion dollar military budget that went into Iraq, but you are against Obamas' "fiscal stimulus"?

If I were a real "conservative", I'd be embarassed to be aligned with people like yourself.

The biggest of your seemingly endless contradictions is your over-heated imagination of my "dream world" that apparently seeks to undermine your own personal freedoms. Assuming that you are obviously a Bush supporter, don't yah think its kinda hypocritical of you to make the argument that, somehow, my world views undermine your own personal freedoms!? Incase you were stuck in a cave somewhere in the grand Canyon, did you really want me to run off the last 8 years of Bush policy that sought to undermine the half the principles behind conservative idealogies, let alone the basic tenets of your own democracy?

I am still reeling from your choice of words, (ie "...fruits of that investment....)! If there is one thing that you learnt from the Bush administration, its that if you repeat something often enough, regardless of how patently false it may be, eventually people might hop on board.

"Not to mention that y'all were willing to let others pay the butchers' bill for DECADES, as y'all sat around and gazed at your navels while the Osamas and Saddams of this world grew stronger and bolder. "

Here's an example of ya'll of us, nihilist, wacko leftists staring at our navels while you noble "pseudo-conservatives" took care of "business". Take a close look.

Just to let you know, I dont' support either Bush's or Obama's so called "fiscal stimulus". I am not interested in ensuring that our friends at the top of the corporate ladder are still able to claim their 50 million dollar annual paychecks.

Average American said...

Two wars, Afghanistan and Iraq have so far cost LESS than 1 trillion dollars, and that is in almost 8 years. NObama has or is trying to spend over 2 trillion in a month!(there is another HUGE bailout coming right after this porkulus is passed)

Most conservatives will agree that Bush was a big spender. He also had a LOT of help doling out the cash with the Congress in Democratic hands. In fiscal 2007, the government spent over 2.7 trillion. This year we are on target to DOUBLE that. Our great great grandchildren are going to hate us for what we are doing to them!