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Like Alinsky, AP Gins Up Crisis For Obama

The Associated Press turns to Saul Alinsky’s community organizer methods right out of the box.

Lest we forget, Mr. Alinsky taught that first rule of political agitation was to manufacture a crisis (any crisis), in order to convince the masses to hand more power to “the leader” to deliver them.

Watch as our one party media begins the agitation:

Like Lincoln and FDR, Obama faces nation in crisis

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer

Sun Nov 9

WASHINGTON – All presidents are tested. Few walk into the Oval Office when the nation is in the throes of multiple crises. Like Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President-elect Obama is facing a banking emergency.

Like Abraham Lincoln, Obama is trying to patch up national divisions. To ready himself for the job, Obama said Friday he is reading some writings by Lincoln, “who’s always an extraordinary inspiration.”

And like Richard Nixon, George W. Bush and others, Obama will be commander in chief over U.S. troops in combat.

“With two wars and an economic crisis, this is one step away from what Lincoln or FDR faced,” said Terry Sullivan, associate professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “The question is `Which direction is the nation going to go?'”

While the challenges Obama faces are daunting, they also give him the opportunity to shape history in a big way…

In fewer than 11 weeks, Obama will inherit not just the economic crisis and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also the ongoing threat of a terrorist attack, a resurgent Russia and nuclear proliferation in hot spots across the globe…

Knowing his opening moves will be widely scrutinized, Obama tried to roll back expectations on election night.

“Our climb will be steep,” he said. “We may not get there in one year or even in one term.”

Yet he remained upbeat as did Roosevelt, who took the reins of a nation in the depths of the Depression. FDR used his optimism to lift up the downtrodden and refresh the American spirit. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” he said at his inauguration in 1933…

In an earlier conflict, when the country was on the brink of civil war, Lincoln took a hands-off approach during a four-month lag between his election and inauguration, staying mum so as not to inflame tensions in the North or the South. After Lincoln was elected, but before he took office, South Carolina announced its decision to secede from the Union. Six more states then seceded and together formed the Confederate States of America.

During the transition, Lincoln maintained what became known as an attitude of “masterly inactivity,” said Harold Holzer, who recently wrote the book “Lincoln President-Elect.” Lincoln didn’t want to do anything that would upset the South, lose him the support of abolitionists in the North or the northern Democrats whom he needed on his side if there was going to be a fight to save the union.

“He thought the best way to deal with it was to be silent,” Holzer said.

Like Lincoln, Obama used his first speech as president-elect to try to mend fences — and he did it by quoting Lincoln’s conciliatory first inaugural address, which was given at a time of such national turmoil that Lincoln traveled to Washington in secret for safety.

“Let’s remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House, a party founded on the values of self-reliance and individual liberty and national unity,” Obama said of Lincoln, another lanky lawmaker from Illinois.

“As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, we are not enemies but friends,” Obama said. “Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

To reach out to his critics, Lincoln even allowed a reporter from an opposition newspaper, a journalist named Henry Villard, to virtually move into his office in Springfield, Ill., to chronicle the transition.

“That’s the equivalent of Obama picking up the phone and asking Sean Hannity to move in,” Holzer said of the conservative television personality.

Roosevelt, who picked members of the opposing party for Cabinet spots, was as noncommittal as Lincoln as he was about to be sworn into office amid a banking crisis. When Herbert Hoover asked him to sign on to a bank holiday — a temporary closure of banks — three days before inauguration, Roosevelt famously looked up and said, “The drapes look very pretty. I’m sure Eleanor will want to keep these just as they are.”

That made Hoover furious. Soon after taking the oath of office, Roosevelt declared the banking holiday on his own.

In his first fireside chat in March 1933, FDR said: “We had a bad banking situation. Some of our bankers had shown themselves either incompetent or dishonest in their handling of the people’s funds. They had used the money entrusted to them in speculations and unwise loans. … It was the government’s job to straighten out this situation and do it as quickly as possible, and the job is being performed.”

Sound familiar?

“He wanted to do it himself. A clean slate is what Lincoln wanted. It’s what Roosevelt wanted,” Holzer said. “The lessons of history are there. The most successful transformative presidencies were patient between the election and the inauguration.”

Maybe history is repeating itself in that regard…

If anything sounds familiar, it is the manufacturing of crises that only government can solve.

Indeed, we had eight years of that under President Clinton. Of course Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton is also a lifelong Alinsky acolyte.

And now what better way to justify Mr. Obama’s new New Deal and Second Bill Of Rights than to claim that we are in the midst of a nearly unprecedented national crisis?

Meanwhile, was President Bush subject to any of this kind of free rein after the terrorists attacked our country and financial center just a few weeks into his Presidency?

Of course not. That was no crisis.

Not compared to what the (already great) Mr. Obama is facing.

You will bow down.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, November 9th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

26 Responses to “Like Alinsky, AP Gins Up Crisis For Obama”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    “Obama is trying to patch up National divisions”
    He and the MSM are the ones who drove us apart. The Haves and the Have Nots, Rich vs Middleclass vs Poor, White vs Black vs …….. This he brought on himself. I hope he chokes on this.
    He and the MSM are building a “I have a dream…..” theme to bolster his image before he puts his hand on a Koran and becomes Commander in Grief. (like his GOOD buddy Clinton)

  2. Cincinnatus says:

    I don’t look at this rather annoying piece as a ginning up of a “crisis” in order to increase governmental power — this reporter isn’t smart enough to be that devious. This is merely an attempt to add “stature” to The Messiah — he’s on par with Lincoln and Roosevelt, not (as is, in fact, the case) a Millard Fillmore. He’s our Savior — he must be facing serious issues.

  3. DGA says:

    “We may not get there in one year or even in one term.”
    Also giving themselves an ‘out’ in the certain case that his one term is a disaster, it will be “See, all of this was Bush’s fault, I just walked into this mess, elect me for my second term and I’ll finish fixing all of the crap Bush did!”
    As Ann Coulter said, obama deserves all of the grace and credit that President Bush got from the MSM and moveon.org and their willing accomplices on the left.

  4. Steve says:

    “I don’t look at this rather annoying piece as a ginning up of a “crisis” in order to increase governmental power — this reporter isn’t smart enough to be that devious.”

    Well, I think that is what this article is doing. It takes take much smarts to do what your editor tells you to do.

    Moreover, there are any number of other articles currently out there just like this AP story, such as this piece from the Washington Post:

    Preparing for the Obama Era

    Bush Officials and President-Elect Working Together On Pressing Issues

    By Robert Barnes, Dan Eggen and Anne E. Kornblut
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Sunday, November 9, 2008; A01

    Faced with one of the most important transfers of presidential power in American history — amid wars on two fronts, the looming threat of terrorism at home and a full-blown economic crisis — the outgoing Bush administration and the incoming Obama team have responded with exceptional cooperation on those issues, aides and outside experts say…


    Obviously, this is today’s DNC talking point.

    Obama must be given all power, we are at the most dangerous moment in our nation’s history.

  5. sheehanjihad says:

    Yeah, someone named Shickelgruber pulled the same stunt 70 years ago. Oh shoot! That’s right. That isnt allowed to be taught anymore…..funny thing that history.

  6. proreason says:

    ““With two wars and an economic crisis, this is one step away from what Lincoln or FDR faced,”

    no matter that the 2 wars have a total casualty rate equal to the single battle of Iwo Jima or about 1/2 the Battle of Gettysburg.

    no matter that the economic crisis was caused by Obamy’s cronies glorious redistributing weath.

    Before he even enters office, Obamy is stacks up favorably to FDR and Lincoln, the 2 prior saints in the socialist pantheon (since Bill has been revealed as a racist).

    But why don’t we hear of Jimmy’s travails and accomplishments. Surely he too has sainthood status. After all, he first signed the Community Reinvestment Act which has now culminated so beautifully in the evaporation of wealth from people who shouldn’t have had it in the first place.

  7. proreason says:

    “Also giving themselves an ‘out’ in the certain case that his one term is a disaster”

    That’s the reason behind this meme. cya. The problems are too horrendous for even the Sainted Obamy to solve in 4 years. It will take at least 8 years by the Genius to undo the damage caused by 8 years of steady economic growth and post-9/11 security.

    After all, there are oceans to lower and industries to bankrupt at the same time.

  8. VMAN says:

    two wars? nuclear threats? The threat is coming from one place and we are fighting one war and that is against Islamic Fascism. As for Putin he just needs to decide which side he wants to align with (probably the Islamists). And the economic crisis? You mean the one brought on by the democrats. If there had been any Republicans involved in it they would have been crucified in the MSM a long time ago

  9. retire05 says:

    How do I read this crap? Pure CYA. Just because the media isn’t telling us, they know, and we know, that Obama doesn’t have the metal to govern wisely. He is just full of himself. Funny how it took until after the election for Tom Brokow and Charlie Rose to notice that.

    “Hey, American public, he will fail. But we are already giving the excuses why he will fail. He just has too much on his plate left to him by the evil Bushitler. This nation is in such bad shape that it will take two terms and eight years to even get started. But to make sure he is glorified, we are going to try to compare him to Lincoln and FDR. Hell, this brilliant scholar from Harvard is even reading Lincoln so he will know what to do.”

    Nevermind that after six years of college, The One should have read Lincoln already.

    I had thought that maybe the honeymoon between Obamassiah and the press would not last very long. But when they are already making excuses for him, and he hasn’t even been sworn in yet, you know that the bootlicking is not about to stop anytime soon. Perhaps they are gearing up to be deemed “fair and balanced” after the hoods in D.C. enact the New Fairness Doctrine.

    You see, protecting Democratic presidents from criticism is what the media has always done; FDR, JFK and now Obama. And that, my friends, is where the similarity between these men end.

    Oh, it will come out all too soon. When “The One” no longer has a telepromter during press conferences. When he caves to pressure and puts all Americans in the greatest danger since 9-10-01. When Russian is amassing on the borders of Poland and the Ukraine. When Imjustajollyjihad of Iran has finally got his wish and Israel is being nuked. When gas prices are once again $5./gal and over because of windfall profit taxes. When he allows the Bush tax cuts to sunset and then says that he can’t cut taxes because the government has spent too much money in entitlement programs. When our nation is seeing the largest loss of jobs since the Great Depression.

    Obama had a brilliant campaign. But that was not due to anything he did. David Axelrod, King of Astroturfing, was the brain behind the mask. But Axelrod is not a leader, he is a PR campaign manager. Obama will be like the product you bought because the ad convinced you that you could not do without it only to find out that the product, unlike the ad, was lousy.

    He will try to implement those very ideas that caused him to be drawn to the Rev. Wrights and the William Ayers of our nation his entire life. And the idea that socialism has only failed because the right person was not in charge will show that socialism fails on it’s own, not because of who is running it.

    We know, as do the over 50 million Americans who voted against him, that pretty words, euphoric speeches do not make a leader. Nor do they give him wisdom.

    I fear for my nation. I fear that we are now on the precipice of seeing the greatest experiment in human governance fail. Coming full circle. Oppression to freedom to entitlement to oppression.

    Americans have lost their way. So bone up. Read the writings of our Founders. Teach your children. Tell your friends. Call your Congressmen and Senators. Demand that we return to our basics. Remind them that the Constitution when describing the “public” welfare did not include a check stolen from those who were willing to work for what they earned.

    No longer are we a nation that respects duty, honor and service. We are more American Idol that American Hero. The dumbing down of American children has been complete. They are now in college and voting for American Idol. They are voting for the guy who will allow them to become successful without having to work as hard as their parents did.

    And of course, anything that goes wrong will be George W. Bush’s fault. Terrorist attacks on our soil? GWB, of course. Continued job loss? GWB. Dow below 6,000? GWB.

    God help us.

  10. soccermom says:

    My hope is that Obamas first term will be like Pearl Harbor. It will awaken a sleeping giant.

  11. retire05 says:

    soccermom, in 1941, the giant was sleeping. This time it’s in a coma.

  12. pinandpuller says:

    “All we ask is to be let alone.”- Jefferson Davis

  13. proreason says:


    November 9th, 2008 at 4:21 pm
    soccermom, in 1941, the giant was sleeping. This time it’s in a coma.”

    a self-induced coma. Began about 1965. Pearl Harbor already happened Sept 11, 2001. Woke the country up for about 6 months. The next one will be annoying, but routine.

  14. Linc97 says:

    Why hasn’t anyone mentioned the great effort that George W Bush has done in dealing with all of this “crisis”? All of a sudden the new President has “so much on him right now”. LOL. Give me a break, please. Bush has had 8 years of crisis and the media thinks he’s a terrible leader.

  15. minigun says:

    I have read the above comments and agree with most of them. Yes there 50 million+ of us that did not vote for Obama, so maybe we cancome up with a candidate that can win. I personnaly like Sarah myself. Hope she stays in the national scene.

  16. retire05 says:

    proreason, I don’t know how many times I have said this. The people who were marching in the streets 40 years ago with signs that said “Why can’t we just all get along” are now the very ones who are teaching our college students and writing our op-ed articles. They haven’t changed. They are still believers in the mythical socialist uptopia. And so, when we have a 9-11, they then go into overdrive, blaming our nation, teaching young adults it is really all America’s fault seeing how we are an evil empire.

    So they are lulled into complacency. Not knowing that the enemy we face now is stealth, and has been on a holy mission (jihad) since Sept. 11, 1683 when the Muslim hoards were defeated at the gates of Vienna.

    We “were” the last best hope for mankind. Now I fear that hope is gone although we have been sold the “hope” bill of goods. But the world, and especially Americans, are about to be disappointed. Obama is being hailed as the greatest thing since sliced bread, but what we are about to get is stale bread.

    This is being hailed a “historic” transition. What the hell is so historic about it? Is the nation about to go to war with each other? Will there be soup lines and hobo camps that were filled with women and children? Are we going to have terrorist bombings become everyday occurences in our nation? Historic? Only if we judge this on one factor; race.

    Read this and perhaps you will understand my feelings:


    November 4, 2008
    The day America died.

  17. BronzePage says:

    The most intolerable claim at this point is that Obama shares anything with Lincoln.

    Dear God, give me a break.

  18. amicsgirl says:

    Not only comparing Obama to Lincoln which just makes me angry, but to say that FDR is even anywhere near the same level of statesmanship as Lincoln is horrible. For every battle with casualties during the civil war (which was of course all of them) Lincoln mourned the soldiers and genuinely felt the heavy burden of knowing that the cause he was fighting for would mean pain and sacrifice to everyone involved. He knew what was right though and stuck to it. You think Obama has anywhere near the empathy for what our troops have sacrificed or any willingness to see anything through? To compare him to Lincoln just because he is black (yes I know that I am racist because I mentioned his race although its perfectly fine for him to opine about it constantly) is ridiculous. He is black so he is automatically qualified to be recognized with a great statesman like Lincoln. He hasnt proved anything and the fact that I voted against him because I dont agree with his agenda ( and of course because I’m racist you know AP) has left me very skeptical that anything will really be taken care of in a rational way that benefits everyone not just him and the media.

  19. proreason says:

    “The people who were marching in the streets 40 years ago with signs that said “Why can’t we just all get along” are now the very ones who are teaching our college students and writing our op-ed articles. They haven’t changed. They are still believers in the mythical socialist uptopia. And so, when we have a 9-11, they then go into overdrive, blaming our nation, teaching young adults it is really all America’s fault seeing how we are an evil empire.”

    Truer words were never spoken. The self-centered, arrogant, violent brats of the 60’s are now the self-centered, arrogant, violent brats of 2008….except now they rule the country.

    God help us all.

  20. Professor_Repulso says:

    “Ouch! You’re as right as truth and fiction, and I deserve some of that criticism. I was a damn fool to recommend the preferred stock of Fannie Mae. And I was a bigger fool to believe Chairman of the House Finance Committee Rep. Barney Frank, D – Mass., who in a July 2008 television appearance said: ‘Fannie and Freddie are fundamentally sound — they are not in danger of going under.’ I compounded my damn foolery when I spoke to a member of the same committee a few days later and believed his comment: ‘Don’t be concerned, Barney’s got a good handle on this.’ Well, what can I say about politicians that hasn’t already been said about hemorrhoids?”

    From Malcolm Berko’s financial column in today’s paper.

  21. BronzePage says:

    The irony of course is that the Democrats haven’t come up with a new idea since the early 1960s. It’s always the same mix of pandering to specific groups and throwing money at everything else…. and quiet at it’s kept they are the ones who usually drum up wars that don’t need to exist (VIetnam, Kosovo) whereas Republicans always seem to go into wars and try to *end* them. If the Democrats could have prolonged the Soviet Union another 100 years, they would have, because they used the threat of Communism to justify all their far-reaching social programs like the War on Poverty. They like being in crisis, but never like winning, because then they lose their rationale for social planning.

    From Nixon to Reagan to Bush to McCain to whatever’s next, Republicans evolve and change their minds. That’s why I don’t think this election is a total disaster. The right wing will reinvent itself and come back.

  22. amicsgirl says:

    Didn’t you see Barney’s re-election ad? Its not his fault that Fannie and Freddie went under. Its Bill O’Reilly’s and Newt Gingrich’s fault. Those damn repubs! Always messing everything up and leaving poor Barney to clean it up! I think I’m gonna go wash myself now. Its gotten so deep.

  23. Professor_Repulso says:

    “The first Barney Frank scandal involved a sodomite prostitution ring operating out of Barney’s Washington apartment. Barney wasn’t implicated of course. It is true that his partner in buggery at the time was running the ring, and customers were going in and out, but Barney ‘didn’t know,’ which if true proves he is stupid enough to be a Member of Congress.
    “How many people would ‘not know’ if their bedmates were running prostitution rings out of their apartments? Voters in his Taxachusetts district keep sending him back to Washington, which means either that they are stupid degenerates themselves – remember, they are Yankees – or that they cleverly do so to keep him at a distance.”

    From a rather incendiary column by Alan Stang

  24. oceancountynjconservative says:

    Think positive

    To the rest of the G8 I say, where are your black leaders, you all call us racists. If there is a silver lining in all this, i think i just found it. we Americans elected a black president ahead of all of you phony liberals. Unfortunatly he happens to be a socialist, but at least we have overcome the race barrier, and with a little luck we will survive it, and become a better nation for it. The black pride over this could have a very positive effect on the black community, their belief in America has been restored. Now all we need to do is get back to conservative basics. The corrupt MSM is collapsing and the Dems are bound to self distruct in the next 2 years, we will retake the Senate, and in 2 more years the presidency.

  25. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:


    I’ll believe that there has been a “positive effect on the black community” when I see Rev. Al Shyster and Rev Jesse Jack’em say ” well our work is done, no need to stir the pot any longer.” Guess what, I won’t hold my breath until it happens.

  26. LastconservativeinMA says:

    ” they are stupid degenerates themselves – remember, they are Yankees”
    Professor…I know you were referring to those in his district, but please realize that up here we’re not all like that.
    I’m familiar with his district; it’s a couple of miles from where I grew up and they’re a bunch of childish whining annoying ***holes, believe me. And no, his constituents don’t want to keep him at a distance. If they could they’d clone him so that they could have one in Newton MA and one in D.C.
    I’m retiring soon and I do want out of here! This is not the state I grew up in at all. We were thinking of either South Carolina or Arizona. I can’t wait.

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