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Obama To Hone His Propaganda Tools

From an eager to help Associated Press:

President Barack Obama reads from a teleprompter while speaking at Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich.

Obama seeks return to campaign-style discipline

By Julie Pace, Associated Press Writer Tue Feb 16

WASHINGTON – Facing criticism that President Barack Obama isn’t connecting with the American people, the White House is infusing its communications strategy with some of the ironclad discipline and outside-the-box thinking that made the Obama presidential campaign famous — and successful.

Sensitive about talk that the president was sometimes overexposed during his first year in office, the administration now is more discriminating about how and when the president deals with media — and about whom he talks to when he does.

Aides say there’s no formal reevaluation of the administration’s communications strategy as the president embarks on his second year in office. But with Obama’s poll numbers flat-lining, his agenda on the ropes and Democrats increasingly worried about losing ground in November’s midterm elections, the White House is taking an approach to getting out the message about the president’s accomplishments and goals that is at once more aggressive and more streamlined.

That includes:

• More direct, rapid response to criticism. Through blog postings on the White House Web site by a small cast of Obama aides and unsolicited e-mails from press secretary Robert Gibbs blasted to the White House’s vast press list, the administration seeks to more quickly and widely counter perceived misinformation. And Gibbs has finally resorted to Twitter.

More events at which the president speaks directly to the public without the filter of the media, including town hall meetings around the country as well as such events as a recent online question-and-answer session streamed on YouTube and a televised live exchange with House Republicans.

Carefully choreographed interactions with the press. Instead of holding news conferences, which can cover many topics and put reporters in competition with the president for the spotlight, the Obama team is trying to place a premium on its media interactions.

It’s an approach similar to the one employed successfully by the Obama campaign during the 2008 presidential race.

"We ran everything through one strategic filter — how does this help us win the election?" said White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer, who held the same title during the campaign. "Anything that didn’t help us do that, we didn’t do." …

Aides insist that the focus on high-impact interviews doesn’t mean the president is avoiding the White House press corps. Several reporters from news organizations that regularly cover the White House, including The Associated Press, were among the 161 interviews Obama gave in his first year in office — more than three times the number granted by former President George W. Bush, for instance.

But the White House has been willing to circumvent some of the traditional communications channels that long have defined the relationship between the president and the media. The president went nearly seven months without a formal news conference before making a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room last week. Obama also has been less willing of late to answer questions in informal settings…

Isn’t Mr. Obama just adjusting the ways in which he hopes to continue to dupe the dumb masses?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Obama To Hone His Propaganda Tools”

  1. Right of the People

    Someone needs to tell Barry that the next election is more than two and half years away and that he has a job to do NOW.

    This is all part of classic narcissistic behavior. He simply can’t fathom that anybody would disagree with him and now he wants to only be put in forums that will prevent that from happening. The arrogance is unbelievable!

  2. proreason

    “And Gibbs has finally resorted to Twitter”

    There ya go.

    The Depression is now over.

  3. GetBackJack

    Forrest Gump – stupid is as stupid does.

  4. jobeth

    Didn’t O’Balmy’s crowd say it was urgent we have “The Fairness Doctrine”. (That will silence the talk radio and tv of the right)

    I seem to remember he told us it was urgent the government (him) should be able to control the internet(That will silence those pesky bloggers and right wing, conservative and tea party type websites.)

    The newspapers are already willing partners…except for a few papers…that can be ‘put out of business with some underhanded stealthy tricks.

    Lets see now…any other areas that need to be controlled?

    I think we can look forward to the truth then…NOT.

    What we might be looking forward to is mysterious ‘accidents’ or sudden heart attacks and such of certain people who ironically speak ‘lies’ against this administration.

    But that’s just my opinion…of course. Those kinds of things could never happen here…right? /sarc

  5. bill

    You wonder if he will throw his neck out. I notice the nose in the up and latched position, it is getting more irritating every time you watch.

  6. GTBurns

    This also tells us two things about Obama:

    1. He is incapable of leadership, instead of solving the current problems by leading. He is out promoting his agenda thinking all it needs is a new marketing strategy. That worked during the campaign because he was a empty suit that had the luxury of only being able to attack the incumbent party in power. Now he has to defend his actions and he is no longer an empty suit. In the campaign he let the imaginations of his followers sell his presidency, kind of like how toys are sold on commericals. Not like that hot Xmas toy it is finally out of the box and jsut does not seem as awesome as the commericals made it out to be.

    2. His entire agenda is in trouble, one year after getting elected he has been derailed by tea parties and activist agitators. Which was supposed to be his element. The tea parties were a strategic attack against the Obama movement. Organizing and agitation was Obama’s and the DEMS heart of their agenda, and Grass roots movements and activism were the legs element. Now the Tea Parties pretty much simultaneously shot a round through the heart and cut the legs off of his agenda.

    This was not Saul Alinsky it was Sun Tzu, Sun Tzu will make a commie agitator his bitch any day of the week.

  7. Note to Barry: It’s your policies that are the problem, not the way you present them.

  8. BillK

    Per usual, can you imagine the press’ outcries if a Republican were to make these suggestions regarding its interaction with the press?

    Instead the press will jump and say “Yes, sir!” and will play by whatever rules the administration sets up.

  9. Mithrandir

    Joe Biden was right, “The presidency doesn’t lend itself to on-the-job-training.”

    It is clear that the Obama lecture circuit is not working well. He still has a chance to make health care more accessable to the population, but, with his terribly bloated plan, and his even worse presentation tactics, it can’t hold up.

    Wal*Mart forces every single company, supplier, manufacturer (and suppliers to manufacturers) to either lower their cost or be kicked off the shelves of a multi-billion dollar company. Yet, in politics, every single person in the chain to healthcare has a lobbyist or protest-ready mob to stop it.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      So, what’s your point about healthcare? You see it as a bill that desperately needs passing?

  10. Confucius

    The man does not know how to adapt.

  11. GTBurns

    I am starting to think the best thing that can happen to Pres Obama is a GOP congress that will SAY NO to all of this bloated plans. That is what he needs is someone to say NO to him so he can go back and rework his plans into a workable state.

    If Obama was working at a private sector job and proposed his Obamacare plan to a firm, the CEO would not show him the door, because the window would be far closer and a quicker way down.

    This is why he HATED working in the PRIVATE SECTOR, because just like Venkman mentioned in the movie Ghostbusters, private sector EXPECTS results. Obama in his community organizer and activist days was never expected to deliver any results. Just get people agitated to protest some cause it did not matter if they had an impact or not.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      More succinctly. In the private sector, one is held to account.

      Sort of like when one is in the office of the presidency.

    • proreason

      Obamy doesn’t need to pass a single new piece of legislation to socialize the country.

      Was there a new law to nationalize GM and Chrysler?

      Was there a new law to nationalize the Student Loan industry?

      When the Crap and Tax bill was blocked, he just told the EPA to do it anyway.

      He has to be DRIVEN OUT OF OFFICE.

      The one good thing about this is that the next president (please God, let it be before 2012), can reverse the thousands of Marxist executive orders as easily as he made them.

  12. tranquil.night

    I know we all felt it this morning when we heard about this nut in Austin crashing his plane into the IRS offices.

    We all felt that the media was going to make this out as a disgruntled cameo of a tea-partier.

    The so-called “suicide note

    “While very few working people would say they haven’t had their fair share of taxes (as can I), in my lifetime I can say with a great degree of certainty that there has never been a politician cast a vote on any matter with the likes of me or my interests in mind. Nor, for that matter, are they the least bit interested in me or anything I have to say.”

    He clearly indicts capitalism and professes communism to finish the note. Don’t count on that being reported by our media masters. No, he’s just “anti-government.” Driven mad by organized religion and America under Bush.

    Honed propoganda tools.




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