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NYT: A New Grasp Of Complexities In DC

From Mr. Obama’s tireless press agents at the New York Times:

A New Grasp of Complexities in Washington, and of Blame


January 29, 2010

Last month, Mary Haas, a 62-year-old retiree in Wisconsin, told pollsters that she disapproved of President Obama’s handling of the economy. While his State of the Union address did not change that opinion, Ms. Haas did say Thursday that she now appreciated his frustrations about dealing with Congress, particularly on health care.

“Even though I didn’t vote for him, I really want him to succeed,” she said. “It’s in the country’s best interest. But he can’t do it alone.”

Funny, but that is exactly what Mr. Obama said. And, indeed, it has been a talking point for his minions since the speech.

Mr. Obama did not appear to change many minds with his address. In about two dozen interviews after the speech, people who last month told a New York Times/CBS News pollster that they supported the president’s handling of the economy and health care continued to do so, while those who said they disapproved were still doubtful that he would make much progress.

But, according to those interviewed, Mr. Obama succeeded in making Congress and the vague bureaucratic entity known as Washington at least an equal partner in the blame for failing to reform the health care system or stanch a bleeding economy. And he found sympathy for the magnitude of his challenges.

“He has expectations that maybe no other president has had before,” Ms. Haas said. “He’s bound to be disappointed, as is the American public. But it’s not all his fault, either.”

Remember all of the New York Times articles explaining how complicated things were for Mr. Bush? How hard things were for him?

We don’t either.

Was the media wrong to blame Bush for everything under the sun for eight years?

In reality, Mr. Obama has a super majority in both houses of Congress. When was the last time a President ever had such a tremendous advantage?

He should have smooth sailing, rather than ‘complexities.’

The president’s proposals for directing $30 billion in credit toward small businesses won him some praise, as did his proposals to build a generation of nuclear power plants. But what seemed to resonate most were his stern words to Congress.

“He was right to scold,” said Kathy Steiner, a lawyer in White Plains who voted for Mr. Obama. “He has not done one thing in which he has not been open to compromise.”

Yes, he famously expressed his openness to compromise when he told a Republican “I won.”

“He was echoing a lot of peoples’ frustration,” she said. “He certainly echoes my frustration. I’m really sick of the whole thing. They all need to step up to the plate and do what’s right, and worry about the next election at the next election.”

Indeed, they should all be willing to sacrifice their political careers by advancing Mr. Obama’s agenda – and the American public be damned.

But Ms. Steiner, 52, added that she blamed the American people as well as Congress. “If we believe that Congress is the obstacle at this point, we have to send that message, that we’re not interested in hearing them bicker,” she said. “We’re interested in finding a solution. Despite our dire straits, we need to say, we know this is hard, but take a step in the right direction. We can’t let our frustration and anger prevent us from moving forward.” …

Ms. Steiner is definitely channeling Mr. Obama. Perhaps her nom de plume is ‘Ellie Light.’

Of course the American people are to blame for standing in the way of Mr. Obama. We can’t let our silly objections stand in the way of Mr. Obama’s grand vision for us.

Who do we think we are?

Many of those interviewed, even those who support the president, appreciated his appeal to bipartisanship…

Obviously, they were watching a different speech.

Mr. Obama gave one of the most partisan State Of The Union addresses in history.

Indeed, it should have been called Mr. Obama’s “The State Of The Revolution’ address.

“I like to hope for the best in people, but I deeply think the Republicans are not going to be any help and they’re going to block everything, even if the end result would be better for the country,” said Amanda White, 24. “You can see it,” she said. “They don’t clap, they don’t stand, they’re very put-offish. It’s rude.”

How dare our representatives not clap at things they object to?

They should be drummed out of the Supreme Soviet.

Ms. White, a Democrat who a month ago said she disapproved of the president’s handling of health care, said this week that she hoped he would aggressively push the issue. Unable to find a full-time job after she graduated from Illinois State University last May, she now works part-time as a waitress and substitute teacher and lives with her parents.

But Ms. White was bounced from their health care policy when she turned 22 and now pays about $200 a month out-of-pocket for coverage — a problem Congress has been trying to address with provisions that would let adult children stay on their parents’ policies longer.

How high-minded of Ms. White. She objects to having to pay a measly $200 for her own healthcare, and wants us to pay her way.

And never mind that it Obama-care will cost the rest of us an arm and a leg. (Perhaps given the lowering medical standards, literally.)

By the way, once again, it would appear that the headline for this article has been altered.

It seems that it originally read: ‘President’s Speech Changes Few Minds Among Poll Respondents.’

But the editors of The Times could not bring themselves to admit that. Instead, they had to explain the unprecedented ‘complexities’ that Mr. Obama faces.

And speaking of how our watchdog media do public relations for their Democrat masters, check out the Associated Press’ latest triumph:

Matthews’ remark exposes complexity of ‘transcending race’

By Jesse Washington, AP National Writer – Thu Jan 28

Five little words — "I forgot he was black" — have exposed a contradiction in the idea of a post-racial nation…

More “complexity.”

Funny, though, we don’t recall any complexity being mentioned when Republicans are accused of making racially insensitive remarks.

Isn’t that odd?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 29th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “NYT: A New Grasp Of Complexities In DC”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I think Mary Haas is very closely related to Ellie Light.

    It’s got to be all a put-on to make Blammo the boy king look haggard and to get “much needed support”.

    The “aawwwwwwww” factor is huge here. Personally, I think he made his own bed, and he can lay in it.

    I hope he (continues to) fail(s).

  2. proreason says:

    The silk pillow isn’t smooth enough for the boy king.

    The country needs to step up to the plate and make his reign more satisfying for him.

    After all, he has never had to work this hard before.

    Or work at all, for that matter.

    Where is affirmative action when you REALLY need it.

  3. U NO HOO says:

    Didn’t Hitler’s mother want him to succeed and be happy?

    Just aksing.

  4. U NO HOO says:

    “$200 a month”

    Can’t finance a Cadillac for that little.

    173 work hours in a month, budget $1.25 per hour to health care.

    “she now works part-time as a waitress and substitute teacher and lives with her parents.”

    And how is that a bad thing?

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    Obama talking “Uh everybody I can’t stop crapping up national security & the economy. Uh,, what do I do Rahm?!

    Rahm: SMACK!!! Shut up you pussy! Here, take this.

    Obama: Uh, uhmm what’s this?

    Rahm: “It’s healthcare reform you idiot! Look I even had it wrapped in shiny red wrapping. Now get out there wave it around. It’s the only thing we got to get their minds off terrorism & jobs! And don’t screw this one up or you’ll be back knockin’ on doors dodgin’ pit bulls & bullets. What are you starin’ at?”

    Obama: “Uh, may I be excused?”

    Rahm: Get the hell out of my office!

    • GL0120 says:

      Just another episode of “Rahm Rammin’ It”, right?
      I wonder if we’ll ever find out how much KY the White House stocks?

  6. GTBurns says:

    Ms. White I wonder now many of her ilk are going to be democrats in 2012 when they still cannot get a job with a college degree.

    Everything that Rush and McCain said about Obama is becoming true. He is incompetent, inexperienced and infantile. The luster he created during the campaign wore off.

    The funniest thing is the Tea Parties, a community organizer got schooled by a grass roots agitator.

  7. tranquil.night says:

    Obama: Year 2, a David Plouffe Production

    You can really see the change in tactics. More head-fakes and overnight makeovers than Madonna’s career.

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