Obama is out of ideas. Perhaps he never had any.
We keep hearing the same tired old rhetoric. Everything he doesn’t like is “unsustainable”. He uses the word as a crutch, much like the creaky John McCain uses the creaky “My Friends”. Everything is unsustainable.
Now, we are at “inflection point” number 9,999. Everything is an inflection point for Obama. He comes along, and suddenly it is a magical moment, unlike any other moment, a time when his enormous brain realizes that if he just puts his finger on the wall – just here – the whole thing will fall over.
It’s the academic equivalent of the stars aligning.
Senior administration officials said Obama’s address — which they described as coming at an “inflection point” in the crisis — will help adjust the nation’s focus from the immediate spill to a longer-term strategy for restoring the gulf region and changing the way the country uses energy.
These people have something wrong with them:
Privately, one senior official said the speech was a direct effort to “wipe the slate clean,” adding that the goal now is to “shift the conversation to something more future-oriented.”
But nothing is wiping the slate clean, except their fevered imaginations. They seem to be a crowd that thinks if they click their ruby red slippers together, close their eyes and believe really, really hard, anything can come true.
These are the words of people who are out of ideas. They don’t know why they are unable to do anything. They don’t know what it takes to get things done. That’s not their thing. Telling us what is “unsustainable” and looking for magical points in time is their thing.
These are not serious people.
There you go again:
But Obama spoke only in general, often lofty terms about the need for Congress to pass energy reform legislation this year, a point he has made at least twice in the past month.
Mr. Lofty doesn’t know what else to do. He is a one trick pony, a one note Johnny. If Lofty doesn’t work, he has no idea what to do. He doesn’t know how politics works.
So now, faced with a national crisis, he does what he does best. He changes the subject. Suddenly it’s all about passing an energy bill. Forget about those people in New Orleans, and the Gulf Coast. He is impotent when it comes to making the machinery of government work. All he can do is sing an aria while the oil comes ashore. Perhaps the song will make some hearts glad. That’s the important thing.
He is retreating from reality. When he comes up against a hard problem, he tells everyone to forget about the problem. He tells them he sees a new possibility, a new age. Something else to focus your attention on. Don’t pay any attention to that oil spill behind the curtain.
The Oval Office address was Obama’s most pointed attempt since the spill began to explain how the crisis should be leveraged on behalf of long-term reform, and it could well be his last chance to do so this year on a national scale. He said he will listen to ideas from all parties, adding that “the one approach I will not accept is inaction.”
Even as he swings into inaction. Pure Obama.
It’s a very poor performance, by a man who is in over his head. It’s kind of creepy to have a president that sort of shrugs his shoulders and then plays the flim flam man, trying to manipulate us into passing his energy bill. It’s kind of dishonest, isn’t it?
In a statement, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) said that “the White House may view this oil spill as an opportunity to push its agenda in Washington, but Americans are more concerned about what it plans to do to solve the crisis at hand.”
What, Obama worry?