Skip to comments.Protecting the Obama Brand (Salon's Joan Walsh to "Whiny and Juvenile" Obama: "Grow up"
Posted on 06/13/2010 3:10:46 PM PDT by kristinn
Two stories about President Obama this weekend pushed my growing unease with his recent moves into full-blown anxiety. They come on the heels of Tim Dickinson's devastating Rolling Stone piece laying out concrete problems with Obama's response to the BP oil spill from delays in cleaning up the Minerals Management Service, distrusting scientists who correctly reported the spill was much bigger than BP said, waiting more than a week to declare the crisis "an Oil Spill of National Significance," which corralled new services. Maybe the most damning, to me, section of Dickinson's piece comes when he quotes the president proudly announcing he'd reversed his stand against offshore oil drilling "It turns out, by the way, that oil rigs today generally don't cause spills," the president said. "They are technologically very advanced." Dickenson notes: "Eighteen days later, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the Deepwater Horizon rig went off like a bomb."
Of the weekend's worrisome Obama stories, the first was Politico's Roger Simon's interview with Obama, published in full today, in which his self-defense about how he's handled the BP oil disaster sounded whiny and juvenile, and raised big questions about whether he's capable of fighting the battles he needs to enter and win to move the country forward. The other was Matt Bai's "President in Chief?" in the New York Times Magazine, which showed that Obama and his team seem more focused on protecting the "brand" that they believe galvanized millions of new voters, young voters and independents in 2008, to potentially realign American politics, than with helping Democrats hold the House and Senate.
I don't know where to start with that cavalcade of complaint. First, it sounds like the president has been spooked by the Tea Partiers and their shrill, silly claims he's a socialist. I'm alarmed that he seems to have internalized their crazy charges that he's been over-zealously expanding government. And is he really claiming that he would have loved to crack down on the oil companies with tougher regulations before the explosion, but he didn't, because he was afraid of what his opponents would say? I honestly don't believe that's true, and I don't know what's worse, that he's dissembling here, or that the excuse he's dissembling with is so lame.
Between the BP oil disaster and the near-collapse of the world economy thanks to the finance industry both have in common a corporate arrogance that big risks to make big money were worth taking, no matter the impact on the rest of us Obama has the perfect context for laying out why government matters, and why Democrats run the government best. Instead he's carping about "folks up there" in Washington and complaining that if he'd tried to regulate the oil industry before the spill, people would have said bad things about him. Grow up, Mr. President.
Salon still publishing?
on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the Deepwater Horizon rig went off like a bomb.”
Yeah...my thoughts exactly...inside joke?
Obama is an idiot.
What became of the SWAT teams on oil rigs story? They find anything?
. . . just sayin'.
Oh puhleeze, this poor woman. She sounds like that rare bird, a principled liberal. She should throw in the towel right now and admit she got rolled by a Chi-town shyster.
The Left is frustrated for its inability to maintain a unified protective shield around Obama.
Islam Has a Branding Problem: Millatfacebook CEO
Is this a new newspeak buzz word?
Back in the day - wasn't it called Image or Legacy? Now it's all just marketing and branding? Interesting.....it's like discussing soda pop...
There. Fixed it.
Hey America! No more “community organizers”. Okay? America is not a bake sale or car wash!
anyone find the spill timing suspicious? on the eve of earth day. Could it be environmental terrorist involved in the killing of 13 ppl and the damage of the oil rig? We may never know because the media and obama prosecutors will never let the facts draw that conclusion
Date of the Columbine
VA tech massacre
Gulf rig explosion, with armed SWAT teams sent in to all Gulf rigs, and then, this rig’s “falling over”
The Kenyan’s “brand” is loser.
This is a beautiful illutsration of the mental defect which enables people to continue as liberals, in the face of all evidence and defying all reason. Talk about denial. Just what does idiot bimbo Walsh think the Usurper means when he says "redistribution of wealth is good for everybody?"
I’ve had enough of “California” policies being put in place as well. Quiz a young person from California about the internal workings of this Nation. Clueless. (hell, just ask them to mention 25 states and they are lost)
Time to update this edition ;)
[First, it sounds like the president has been spooked by the Tea Partiers and their shrill, silly claims he’s a socialist. I’m alarmed that he seems to have internalized their crazy charges that he’s been over-zealously expanding government. ]
What’s not to love about insanity? You get to look at a blue sky and call it plaid, and no one cares because you are insane!
I listened to a female journalist one time. Can’t remember who it was. She had gone to her neice’s high school graduation and was asking some of the grads questions about America. My favorite was the one about who America had won its independence from. The H.S. grad responded with Vietnam. LOL!!! That’s great!!! Our publik skools are awesome!
yep, and some Russian stuff that said it was done by the North Koreans and then that story was called a hoax and shut down. When did NK sink that SK ship?
Salon still publishing?
Back when my sister was in high school, there was a gal in her senior social studies class who simply could not understand why America had had so much difficulty fighting in Vietnam, since it “was so close to us, and stuff.”
As it turned out, the gal had a little trouble with her geography. The place on the map she thought was Vietnam was actually occupied by...wait for it...*Baja California*.
And this was in the 1980s. Skools have only gotten worse since then, I fear.
Now it’s all just marketing and branding? Interesting.....it’s like discussing soda pop...
O’Bambi Grow up?
Thanks for the laugh! Good stuff!
SK sub was sunk March 27th:
April 20th, Gulf Rig explosion (24 days after SK attack)
Kim Jong Il welcomed to Red China May 3-7th:
Gina Miller’s piece: (1st of May)
US & SK to to anti-sub exercises: (5/24 piece)
U.S. and S. Korea to do anti-sub exercises
True, on one way, I suppose ... but no one of principle could delude themselves the way this woman does. Maybe "principled liberal" is an oxymoron.
The Trojans we studied when I was in school were the human kind.
My youngest took off when she was 16. No High School
She was recently visited by a HS Grad from LA.
This Californian did not know how to read a non-digital clock, and, suggested that as they were in Washington State, they should try out for Americas Top Model, as Washington DC was so Close!
Guess my kid was better off skipping it, instead of having her brains sucked out.
"Dork city, here we come."
It’s really scary when the women in this administration seem to have more testosterone than the men...just sayin...BTW not THE Jeff Chandler???
What’s the deal about the SWAT Teams going to the rigs? First I’ve heard of it.
Google “N.J. sold BP stock before spill”
We're seeing the same thing in the GOP, arent we?
Isn’t Earth Day Lenin’s birthday and not Hitler’s?
The lights went out before the explosion:
Swat teams to oil rigs:
“The President announced yesterday that the Department of Interior is sending swat teams to inspect all oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.”
Interior Department SWAT Teams
SWAT team concept rereported to mean some other kind of SWAT, more technical:
The announcement of the SWAT teams received much media attention because it came as the White House was being criticized in some quarters for a tardy response to the explosion that killed 11 crew members on the platform and the ensuing massive oil spill that followed the structure’s sinking in 5,000 feet of water.
But have you noticed we haven’t heard much at all about the results of those inspections? Maybe that’s because the SWAT teams found virtually nothing of significance?
What they did find on the 29 rigs was a single violation on one rig and three violations on another. That’s it. None of the four violations was serious, though one involved flammable materials left in a safe welding area. The other violations included a testing procedure flaw, an uncovered six-inch by 12-inch hole, and expired eyewash bottles in a first aid kit.
Anybody want to guess why these results have gotten no coverage? At a time when lots of people naturally wonder how safe are the rest of the drilling rigs in the Gulf, wouldn’t it be useful to know the results of those emergency SWAT team investigations? You can read the full report of the inspections here.
Could it be that the White House and its many friends in the mainstream media are ignoring the inspection results because a finding of less than a handful of mnor violations conflicts with their preferred narrative than off-shore oil drilling is always and everywhere bad?”
Reminder of Al Gore’s call to civil disobedience of the green left: http://demleft.blogspot.com/2010/05/did-eco-terrorists-cause-gulf-oil-spill.html
Gina Miller’s article....and, she lives there:
Isn’t branding what they do to a horse’s ass? Well, then, it is totally appropriate use of the word.
I wonder how long it will take before the Left realizes that continuing to back Obama is detrimental to their credibility. The rats are running around the deck of the sinking ship. How many of them will actually jump?
It is interesting to watch them eat each other....implosion to follow soon...
I would be posting from the grave if I were.
My name is "Jeff" and I live in Chandler, AZ, so I thought what the heck.
Who's leading who, indeed?
In the same way, bipartisanship is only a means to an end; it should never be an end in itself. If Obama was able to move a significant bloc of liberal Repubicans behind his moderate goals on the above issues, to get good things done, fantastic. But right now, Obama can only achieve bipartisanship by capitulating on Democratic values and adopting Republican goals larding both the stimulus and jobs bills with tax cuts, for instance, or flip-flopping on offshore oil drilling to try to win GOP support for a climate change bill. Even then, Republicans tend to back away from his outstretched hand, and Obama looks like an impotent nincompoop waiting around for cooperation that will never come.
Well, Obambi looks like an impotent nincompoop because he is one. But I commend the author for speaking the truth that bipartisanship should never be an end in and of itself. That is because bipartisanship is a HOAX and a JOKE written by jokewriters specifically to appeal to "content-free" voters who just want to "feel good" about who they vote for and about Big Government.
Politics is a COMPETITION of ideas. That is all. Opposing teams do not work together to "win." Each team goes all out to advance its own goals. What is so hard to understand about that?
"Bipartisanship" is nothing more than a lame ode to content-free blather that no thinking voter should fall or or desire. Civility, yes! That is another matter. Even opposing teams in the heat of competition can show good sportsmanship and obey the rules. But that is a far, far cry from the modern hoax of "vote for me, I'll work for bipartisanship."
Can both teams win the Super Bowl? DUH. Both teams can play well and by the rules. That is all.
With this, I agree.
THE Jeff Chandler has been dead since June 18, 1961 so I would say no.
I have to say, this author's analysis is in a whole other league than the usual ragging on the President by the Left. This is way beyond simple "he's not liberal enough." This is he's not competent enough. This is he's really, really not competent enough, to the point where he may set back the party (Dems) and the nation.