If I can do the Oscars, why not this?
First up—Michelle, great dress. Kudos.
I have to say it—Rahm Emmanuel’s a good-looking guy.
Obama comes to the podium, the place where he’s most comfortable. Who’s that behind him—Joe Biden? Is he still around? In his eagerness to speak, Obama upstages Nancy Pelosi, who gives him a little tap to let him know she has to introduce him. Shades of the inaugural and Roberts.
We start with the bad stuff again—and apparently he’s been reading neo-neocon, because he says “we will…” and then a string of good stuff.
If we import so much oil, and it’s such a problem, Obama, why don’t you go for the obvious solution?
The bad loans—but no mention of the Democrat (and Acorn) responsibility for pushing them. No surprise there, I suppose.
This laundry list business is difficult for the non-auditory-processor to listen to.
No, of course not, you don’t believe in big government. It was thrust upon you.
How will the American people as a whole respond to this—those who are watching, that is? Well, since most still seem to approve of Obama and trust him, my guess is that this speech will remind them of what they like about him.
Joe Biden, tough head of the tough oversight committee, to make sure the Democrats don’t overdo? Oh, my goodness.
Finally we’re getting to what I’m interested in—the credit crisis. I’d also love to hear what he intends to do about separating out the bad paper from the good. But I hear nothing but nonspecific generalities.
He reads the riot act to those mean old CEOs, the villains of the piece. Obama will keep them in line.
And he nearly apologizes for helping banks—”it’s not about helping banks, it’s about helping people.”
“Slowly but surely, confidence will return, and our economy will recover.” If you say so. It ain’t Churchill, nor is it FDR, but at least it’s better than the crisis-laden gloom. The truth will be in the details, and the results—good or bad.
He rejects those saying government has no role in the recovery. But who’s saying that, except for the most extreme libertarians? Nobody.
“Time for America to lead again”—I’ll drink to that.
Yep, we need clean, renewable energy. So Obama, how about nuclear power? I don’t hear it on your list. The items I do hear are not going to be enough, you know. But isn’t it pretty to think so?
I don’t recall this laundry-list style of speechmaking prior to Bill Clinton, who was the champion of the genre. But here it is again. Has Obama changed speechwriters?
The recovery plan had no earmarks? Wow. Even if that’s technically correct (and I don’t know whether it is or not), the bill certainly didn’t lack for pork or special interest grants that have nothing to do with the goal of stimulating the economy.
A pox on all those 250K households!
“I will not allow terrorists to plot against America…” Boy, is this guy ever full of himself.
Just how does this speech differ from a State of the Union message? I thought it was supposed to be about the economy. It’s all over the place, and loaded with cliches. I wonder why that surprises me.