Dumbo at rock bottom, from Toby Harden, Telegraph (UK):
When any political leader feels they have to declare that they are “fully engaged” in an issue, it is clear that they are in trouble. Talking about it undermines the very point you are trying to make – not to mention that pesky Oil Spill Cam showing that, 38 days into the Deepwater Horizon disaster, not a whole lot had been achieved.
Even judging Obama by his words, he has fallen woefully short over what has now eclipsed the 1989 Exxon Valdez wreck as biggest oil spill catastrophe in American history. He may have described it as an “unprecedented disaster” in last Thursday’s press conference but a week into the crisis he was blithely stating that “this incident is of national significance” and rest assured he was receiving “frequent briefings” about it.
Leaping Lizzy smacks Dumbo , Elizabeth Cheney on Barack Obama’s BP oil leak response, or lack thereof same, from Jiim Hoft, Gateway Pundit , transcript:
“You know you’ve got a president who believes that saying something makes it so. You showed it in the last segment when he said he was going to have the most transparent administration in history. But, that doesn’t mean you’re actually going to be open and transparent. It’s not the same thing as we’ve seen with him. On the war, he says he knows were at war but he doesn’t actually understand he has to lead us in the fight… And, going down to Louisiana he says, “Gosh, I’m heart-broken. I’m angry. I’m frustrated.” And then going on vacation to Chicago really doesn’t send a message that this is a man who’s leading… A gift for reading the TelePrompter is not the same as leadership.”
One wonders just what MoDo is smoking, Maureen Dowd in the New York Slimes :
Too often it feels as though Barry is watching from a balcony, reluctant to enter the fray until the clamor of the crowd forces him to come down. The pattern is perverse. The man whose presidency is rooted in his ability to inspire withholds that inspiration when it is most needed
MoDo, Dumbo dose not exactly inspire confidence. The more Obama talked about Obamacare, the more unpopujar it got. Obama continues to talk about Obamacare and it continues to get even more unpopular. Likewise, the more Obama trashes the Arizona immigration law, the more popular the law gets..
Reax from Professor Althouse :
Was it his ability? Or were we the ones that had the ability â€” the ability to see him as able when he was up there on the campaign platform mouthing abstractions? He’s still up there â€” on what Maureen Dowd calls “a balcony” â€” but now all the concrete problems of the world are his responsibility. He hasn’t changed. He hasn’t stopped doing something he was able to do before. But we have reached the end of our capacity to idealize him.
Birds of a feather, from Nice Deb :
There is no place like home.