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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Preview of Obama speech tonight: "Yes, I Am A Wuss."
Posted by Jill | 4:43 AM
When you are a Democratic president, admitting mistakes is something you do in a one-on-one interview, NOT when speaking to a joint session of Congress in which Republican members have been known already to scream at you and call you a liar when you give a speech:
When Mr. Obama presents his first State of the Union address on Wednesday evening, aides said he would accept responsibility, though not necessarily blame, for failing to deliver swiftly on some of the changes he promised a year ago. But he will not, aides said, accede to criticism that his priorities are out of step with the nation’s.

As Mr. Obama navigates a crossroads of his presidency, a moment when he signals what lessons he has drawn from his first year in office, the public posture of the White House is that any shortcomings are the result of failing to explain effectively what they were doing — and why. He will acknowledge making mistakes in pursuit of his agenda, aides said, but will not toss the agenda overboard in search of a more popular one.

What agenda? The one he ran on -- the one about withdrawing from Iraq, getting Afghanistan done, closing Gitmo, ending Don't Ask Don't Tell, shoring up our job base, and universal health care? Or the one since he took office, about leaving us in Iraq, escalating Afghanistan, keeping DADT and DOMA in perpetuity, bank bailouts, FDIC turning into another hedge fund, and health care "reform" which consists entirely of a mandate to buy overpriced insurance from for-profit companies who aren't required to actually pay claims?

The other day Obama said he's rather be a good one-term president than a mediocre two-term one. I'm starting to get the impression that if he could find a way to pack up and go home tomorrow, he'd do it in a heartbeat. At which point I have to ask, "What did you THINK the job was going to be like?"


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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Definitely see the movie "Stock Shock" about hedge funds and short selling the market and the effect it had on Sirius XM stock in particular--short sellers ran it down to 5 cents a share at one point. On DVD only, of course--pretty much everywhere but cheaper at www.stockshockmovie.com

Blogger Bob said...
It has occurred to me that after about six months he began to wish he waited 4 or 8 years. Of course, by then he'd have lost his youthful novelty & would have to present a real resume of Beltway accomplishment. But he made his biggest mistakes before he even took office.