First, he and David Gregory bore us to tears as we hear the same lame stuff we got from the boring speech to Congress on health care. Gregory misses the core questions to ask, such as “How are you planning on paying for a trillion dollar program with a few billion dollars in nebulous waste reduction?” But it’s hard to ask that question when you’ve got stars in your eyes. (See below for the starry-eyed Gregory.)
Then Gregory moves into the charges of racism laid on Republicans by Jimmy Carter and members of the Black Congressional Caucus. You can almost hear Obama say, “Oh, I’ll never say anything Republicans do is racist, Mr. Gregory. That’s why Presidents have hatchet men.”
But the comedy gold comes when Obama calls Pelosi “rude” and then whines about the 24 hour cable news shows:
DAVID GREGORY: In that vein, House Speaker Pelosi worried about the opposition, the tone of it, perhaps, leading to violence as it did in the 70s. There’s more recent examples of antigovernment violence— occurring even in the mid 90s. Do you worry about that?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, look— I think that we have an obligation in Washington, as leaders, to make sure that we are sending a strong message. That we can disagree without being disagreeable. Without— you know, questioning each other’s motives. When we start caricaturing the other side— I think that’s a problem.
And— unfortunately, we’ve got, as I’ve said before, a 24-hour news cycle where what gets you on the news is controversy. What gets you on the news is the extreme statement. The easiest way to get 15 minutes on the news, or your 15 minutes of fame, is to be rude. [Doc– I don’t think he’s talking about Pelosi, but he’s so vague here about just who he’s talking about, he could be talking about Pelosi. Or Beck. Or Wolf Blitzer for that matter!]
And that’s— that’s— something that I think has to change. And it starts with me. And I’ve tried to make sure that I’ve sent a clear signal. And I’ve tried to maintain an approach that says, look, we can have some serious disagreements but, at the end of the day, I’m assuming that you want the best for America just like I do.
[…]Well, you know, the— I— I— I do occupy— a pretty special seat at the moment. But— but I do think that— look I mean, let’s face it, the— if you look at the news cycle over the last— over the last week— you know, it— it— it hasn’t been the— the sensible people who, you know, very deliberately talk about the important issues that we face as a country. [Doc– Pelosi? Carter?] That’s not the folks who’ve gotten a lot of coverage.
Yes, his clear signals. Such as “I just want the guys who made the mess to get out of the way”, or telling the Repbulicans that they can just bugger off because “I won”. As for the “sensible people”, as I say it my edits above, just who are they?
It seems to be Chris Wallace was right— the White House is full of crybabies, and it starts at the top. “Waah, FOX has been hitting me hard lately! But it’s because they’re a bunch of 15-minute of fame freaks! Waaah!”
Gregory talks about Afghanistan, and Obama gives an answer where he’s going to evaluate the strategy of McChrystal and Petraeus before he sends in more troops. Let me help you out, Mr. President: McChrystal has already said he needs more troops. And any dispatch from Michael Yon from Afghanistan will clearly state the need for more helicopters. (Before the British pulled Yon’s press credentials for unknown reasons.)
Here’s a follow-up question for Gregory: if you’re non-committal on a strategy in Afghanistan, why did we ditch missile defense in Poland for permission to use Russian airspace for a theater we’re likely to abandon?
But instead, Gregory takes Obama to a new, hard-hitting subject– the White Sox. Seriously, nothing on ACORN in the first few questions? No questions on exploding deficits? No tough follow-ups on any line of questioning? I think Gregory needs to be replaced by this woman from Extra who interviewed Tyra.
On another morning news show, Obama was asked about ACORN. He said:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Congress said they should cut off all funding for ACORN.
OBAMA: Is — is — is…
STEPHANOPOULOS: … all funding for ACORN. Are you for that?
OBAMA: Is that true on the other side, as well? Of course that’s true.
STEPHANOPOULOS: How about the funding for ACORN?
OBAMA: You know, it’s — frankly, it’s not really something I’ve followed closely. I didn’t even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.
Yeah, the Community Organizer of Community Organizers didn’t get a call from Bertha “I’m OK with Child Immigrant Slavery and Prostitution” Lewis saying that the mean ol’ Republicans were being awfully racist when they exposed corruption of ACORN officials all over the country (and for that matter, Joe Conason at Slate is down with Child Immigrant Slavery and Prostitution, too, but only because they register a lot of voters). He wants to be absolutely clear– being OK with Child Immigrant Slavery and Prostitution was something ACORN started doing after he left the organization.