O’s Press Conference Translated

Obama was late to his 10 a.m. press conference today. When he got to the podium, his eyes looked different – more sunken than I have seen. There was a whiff of desperation about him. The usual elongated “ands” (annnnnd), “thats” (thaaaaaaat) and “is” (iiiiiiiis) quickly punctuated his speech.
I’ve picked out the more interesting things he said, along with my comments in parentheses.
He began by discussing the dilemma and said he told Congress “to bring back to me some ideas.” (Wait a minute; isn’t he supposed to be the one who leads?) Obama said he would “not accept a 30, 60, 90 or 180 day stop gap resolution to this problem. This is the United States of America, and we don’t manage our affairs in three month increments.” (Whenever someone puffs up and hides behind “this is the United States of America” righteous – on their part – indignation follows. Three month increments? Would he prefer the five year plans of Communist states?)
“If we think it’s hard now, imagine how these guys are going to be thinking six months from now in the middle of an election season when they’re all up,” Obama said. (Just them? Aren’t you up, too, in fact the top billing on the marquee?) He went on to say it was time to “pull off the bandaid” (even if we’re still bleeding?) and “eat our peas” (the special, organic, no pesticide ones Michelle grows in the White House garden or do you mean the LeSueur canned ones because I like the fresh ones better?)
“I want to be crystal clear,” Obama said. (Uh, oh, that always reminds me of Nixon wanting to be perfectly clear.) “Oil companies and profits” followed. (You knew it would. It’s become a drinking game tag along with corporate jets and that was right behind it.)
Here comes the Bush bash, “The place to get those revenues is from folks like me, who have been very fortunate and millionaires and billionaires who can afford to pay a little bit more (only a little?) going back to the Bush tax breaks.” (Bingo!)
“We don’t want to let hedge fund managers or best selling authors off the hook.” (I get the hedge fund boogie men, but when did authors assume that role?)
“That is a reasonable proposition. So when you hear folks say (why are we always folks? It sounds quaint, but patronizing) the president shouldn’t want massive job killing, tax increases when the economy’s this weak, nobody’s looking to raise taxes this week. We’re talking about potentially 2013 and the out years.” (when you have squeaked into your second term and can lower the boom then.)
He goes on to say that letting the payroll tax holiday lapse would weaken the economy. “I have bent over backwards to work with the Republicans trying to work up a formulation” (I think you want them to bend over backwards.)
“I don’t see a path to a deal if they don’t budge period. If the basic proposition is it’s my way or the highway then we’re probably not going to get something done because we’ve got divided government.” (You had the trifecta for the first two years and all you Democrats managed to do was to spend us up the river.)
Chip Reid, a usually reliable Obama acolyte, actually managed to ask a good question, well sort of. He said wasn’t it the people who weren’t in the room with O, McConnell and Boehner – the Republicans (the elephants not in the room, so to speak?) and the 69% of the American people who don’t want the debt ceiling raised who were impeding the effort? “Isn’t the problem that you and others have failed to convince the American people of the crisis we’ll have?”
O went on to tell him the difference between professional politicians and the public at large. “The public is not paying close attention to the ins and outs of how a treasury auction goes. They shouldn’t. (Yes, if we all just sat back and thought of England we’d enjoy it so much more.)
“We’re paid to worry about it.” (Yes, but it’s our money.) “The professional politicians (aren’t you one, too?) know better and for them to say we shouldn’t be raising the debt ceiling is irresponsible.”
He said he and Tim Geithner don’t relish all this bad news. “I’d rather be out here talking about things like new programs ($$$$), the NFL season getting resolved (that shouldn’t even be on your radar!); unfortunately that’s what’s on our plate” (That’s what being president is all about, isn’t it? Cue the tiny violins.)
He talked about how “Medicare might run out of money and we will not be able to sustain that program.” (His Affordable Care Act cut it in half, whacking 500 billion out of Medicare.) Then he finished with a litany of things “Progressives care about” that make America great: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, student loans, roads (unions!), Head Start, medical research, infrastructure (more unions!).(All share the commonality of dependence on government, don’t they? Not what I think makes America great.)
Obama spoke of preserving Social Security, but no Republican has suggested it be gutted or stopped, only the age limit pushed back in the far future. Ah, Social Security, the bloody flag Democrats always rally around.
He goes on to say that he wants to do something big and something reformative, but it’s a chimera. This same playbook was foisted on Reagan. He agreed to some tax hikes with the promise of reform down the road, but it’s always down the road. Congressmen have their terms up and poof they’re gone and so are their promises. No thanks, Mr. O.
The press conference lasted about 45 minutes. Obama did remind us that his “biggest priority in the administration is putting the economy back on track and putting people to work (that year of Obamacare getting passed wasn’t a distraction) but without relitigating the past I am absolutely convinced and the vast majority of economists are convinced that the steps we took in the Recovery Act saved millions of people their jobs or created a whole bunch of jobs (on this planet or another?) and part of the evidence of that is as what you see happen as the Recovery Act is phasing out. When I came into office (me! me! me!) budgets were hemorrhaging at the state level (still are) and it was giving states help…”
And so it continued. Had Obama given this during the campaign or early in his presidency perhaps it would have gone over better. Now that we have heard the words, but not seen the results, it was another pathetic performance.

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