Saturday, April 25, 2009

100 days

What kind of a man holds a primetime press conference just to declare how awesome he is?

Steven Green Drunkblogs Obama's special 100 day bash.
Some comments of his that stuck out, times in Paccific.

5:04PM The Prez needs a press conference to sell us on stuff that’s already passed Congress? Makes you wonder what his internal polls are telling him.

5:06PM “I think we’re off to a big start, but it’s just a start.” I think I speak for millions of Americans when I say, “Oh, crap.”

5:26PM Interesting stuff on Pakistan, really. Grown up, even. It’s the one issue where Obama doesn’t pretend to have a good answer, and he deserves respect for that.

5:44PM I will buy a very strong drink for the first person who can point to just one question/answer tonight that was worthy of a primetime press conference.

5:56PM “I don’t want to run auto companies. I don’t want to run banks.”

Then stop shoveling money at them, and stop telling them what to do. We have bankruptcy laws for a reason.

Of Polls And Memory Holes
Judith Klinghoffer’s article, "Obama’s Polls Trail Those of W.; Gallup Covers it Up," notes that Bush’s approval rating taken by Gallup stood at 62 percent after his first 100 days, while Obama’s currently stands at 56 percent.

You mean it's not all free candy and unicorns?

Friends and enemies.
Since January, President Obama and his team have schmoozed, ineffectively, American enemies over allies in almost every corner of the globe. If you're, say, India, following Obama's apology tour even as you watch the Taliban advancing on those Pakistani nukes, would you want to bet the future on American resolve? In Delhi, in Tokyo, in Prague, in Tel Aviv, in Bogota, they've looked at these first 100 days and drawn their own conclusions.

Brilliant Well when you think nothing of buzzing NYC with a 747 or taking over car companies with no plan, economic nuance is... low.
People are reeling from having their 401ks wiped out in the current market slide. And now those who had for years bought what they thought were "safe" blue-chip corporate bonds are discovering they were only safe until they were told by the government to go fly a kite because government wants to pay off the unions instead. That is deeply unfair to small bondholders, and it’s dreadful economic policy. As a friend of mine put it to me, "Who in their right mind will buy corporate bonds now? And if nobody's buying bonds, how exactly are our debt markets going to get humming again? What a mess."

Obama Tells GOP Leaders He's Getting Lots of Tea Bags In the Mail Lately Someone doesn't like being questioned.
And here's his public reaction.

You see he thinks people protesting his spending isn't serious, and he can't see how expensive new programs would contribute to a debt.

“But,” Obama continued, “let’s not play games and pretend that the reason [for the deficit] is because of the Recovery Act.”

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