The Campaign; The Reality

June 8, 2010

The campaign (June 2007);

“Obama enthusiasts might want to write this off as a solitary slip. Except that this was the second time. The first occurred in another unscripted moment. During the April 26 South Carolina candidates’ debate, Brian Williams asked what kind of change in the U.S. military posture abroad Obama would order in response to a hypothetical al Qaeda strike on two American cities.

Obama’s answer: “Well, the first thing we would have to do is make sure that we’ve got an effective emergency response — something that this administration failed to do when we had a hurricane in New Orleans.”

Asked to be commander-in-chief, Obama could only play first-responder-in-chief. Caught off guard, and without his advisers, he simply slipped into two automatic talking points: emergency response and its corollary — the obligatory Katrina Bush-bash.”

Nevermind the misplaced priorities, he’s boasting about his competence.

The Reality:

“Is President Obama bowing to criticism that he hasn’t shown enough emotion and outrage about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill? In an interview with the Today Show’s Matt Lauer this morning, the president offered his most candid response yet about the disaster, bluntly telling Lauer he’s been talking to experts about “whose ass to kick” when it comes to responsibility for the mess.

“I was down there a month ago, before most of these talking heads were even paying attention to the gulf. A month ago I was meeting with fishermen down there, standing in the rain talking about what a potential crisis this could be,” Obama said, defending his administration’s handling of the spill. “And I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar; we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.” “

What these messages from Obama have in common is that it’s always someone else’s fault. He says the point of talking to people is to figure out who to punish. It’s not a momentary lapse. It’s his first instinct.

The question of whether Obama is up to the task of being President is seeping into the media.

If the citizens of the United States are looking for who to blame, they might repeat to themselves, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”



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