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But first...an instant classic from Powerline - Hitler Learns About The Obamacare Exchanges. Too funny.
In his speech following the debt deal, Der Fuehrer, er, I mean, the President, said this:
"And now that the government has reopened and this threat to our economy is removed, all of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists, and the bloggers, and the talking heads on radio and the PROFESSIONAL ACTIVISTS who profit from conflict, and focus on what the majority of Americans sent us here to do, and that's grow this economy, create good jobs, strengthen the middle class, educate our kids, lay the foundation for broad-based prosperity and get our fiscal house in order for the long haul. That's why we're here".
Um, didn't Obama start out as a "professional activist" (community organizer) ? I'm sure I read that somewhere. Is Obama saying we shouldn't have paid attention to...Obama ? Hmmm. Now that I think of it, that would have been sage advice, but it's too late now.
Obama also says we shouldn't focus on lobbyists (except for pro-Obama lobbyists, I imagine), bloggers (say it ain't so, Barack !), and talking heads on radio (even though talking heads are on television, not radio). It kinda sounds like Obama doesn't want us focusing on anybody but...Obama. And what better time to "get our fiscal house in order for the long haul" than during budget and debt limit negotiations ? Ironically, getting our fiscal house in order is exactly what Obama and his Democratic minions just tried to avoid.
Then there was this little tidbit from Obama's speech:
"And when we disagree, we don't have to suggest that the other side doesn't love this country or believe in free enterprise or all the other rhetoric that seems to get worse every single year".
These words would carry more weight had the White House and Democratic leadership not just concluded weeks of calling the Republicans "ransom-demanding, hostage-taking, extremist, anarchist, terrorist Nazis who want to destroy the government". Perhaps the President had a mind-wipe just prior to this speech.
Obama also has a habit of decrying partisanship as he is being relentlessly partisan. That is always odd to me. His speech was a series of swipes at Republicans. Democrats will like it, but it doesn't foster cooperation or pragmatism. Obama only seems to regard things as partisan when it's something the other side wants. He never seems to regard his own desires as partisan. When it's something he wants, he is mystified as to why anyone would oppose the wise Obama.
Obama's speech wasn't all bad. He tried to put lipstick on the pig, but I always come away wondering why Obama seems so outside it all. He talks like he just arrived on the scene, but he's been the President for almost five years. When does he take ownership of the high unemployment, retracting wages, record deficits and debt, the weak recovery, record government dependence, and ongoing economic unsustainability ? Ever ? Or do we keep blaming Bush right up until 2016, when somebody else takes over ? I'm just asking.