“Obama’s addiction to speeches: The more he gives, the less people listen”
Andrew Malcolm, IBD:
President Obama knows he’s in trouble with the American people.
Yes, his job approval has slipped further since Christmas, down to 40%, and is worse than G.W. Bush’s at the same point.
But you can tell Obama knows it anyway because he’s fallen back on his path of preferred political action. He’s giving speeches. Many speeches. Campaign speeches. Roll-up-the-sleeves speeches. Point-his-finger speeches. Call-on-others-to-do-something speeches.
It’s what Obama does, throw speeches at things like pop singers throw eggs at neighbors. What he’s always done because meeting, cajoling, joshing, building teams with Congress, bringing people together is not what he’s good at. Despite all the speeches in which he promised to do just that.
Obama believes he’s good at speechifying. And he used to be.
Trouble is, more and more Americans are tuning him out. Seriously, how often have you seen his face on TV, said, ‘Yeh, right’ and clicked straight on by because he’s always talking while never really saying anything? “I speak, therefore, I am.”[...]
Obama has not said much about “Gates-gate,” the book-length, expose evisceration of his leadership and hollow troop support by former Cabinet member Robert Gates, who sat at Obama’s elbow at that same shiny White House table.
Gates, who served eight presidents and is the only Defense secretary to work for presidents of both parties, sat in his old cabinet chair in a rural house outside Seattle the last two years to write his new best-seller “Duty.” (C-SPAN2 will cover his book talk in Philadelphia Friday 6:30 p.m. Eastern.)
Today is Thursday. So, Obama is scheduled to give another speech. He’s summoned university and company presidents, educators and non-profit leaders to the White House to reveal his thoughts on how very important a college education has become in modern America.
And how everybody ought to have a fair shot at success. (Applause.)
And how determined he is to ensure that opportunity despite the differing views of that uncooperative equal branch of government he so often side-steps.
And how determined he is to fight for that opportunity for all Americans, even if he is the only one doing it. Which he isn’t, but that sounds good to be the Lone Warrior for fairness.
As a special treat, Michelle Obama will also give a speech on the same subject to the same crowd today. She’s back now from her extended Hawaiian vacation and turns a half-century old tomorrow.[...]
Americans tend to be suspicious of things they can’t see. Like monsters in the dark. Hungry fish beneath the waves. Radiation in the air.
And honest promises by Barack Obama.
And yet the still preferred him to yet another liberal big business, big government Republican. Twice.
So is it any wonder he takes away from his strategy of endless blowing of smoke to cloud what are serial lies that it is winner? No, it’s not.
What is truly confusing is how the GOP can point these things out about Obama, then turn around and champion the next squish — the next big government, I-can-reach-across-the-aisle-and-work-with-my-Marxist-friends RINO (yeah, Huckabee. I said it) — and believe s/he is the best chance to take back the power they so crave, even as it would be taken in the name of a party base they so deplore.
I’ve called it losing more slowly in other contexts. But today I’m just going to call it what it is: surrender, and in the process, take what you can get for yourselves before the whole thing collapses.