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Punch Drunk?

Interesting question asked of President Obama last night on 60 Minutes by reporter Steve Kroft:
“You’re sitting here. And you’re— you are laughing. You are laughing about some of these problems. Are people going to look at this and say, ‘I mean, he’s sitting there just making jokes about money—’ How do you deal with— I mean: explain. . .” Kroft asks at one point.
“Are you punch-drunk?” Kroft says.
No, the President isn’t punch drunk. In all fairness to the man, the economic issues he’s dealing with haven’t been seen by a lot of people who are currently living; most of us have only studied past accounts of them. Right now, Obama is like the military doctors in Iraq back in 2004-06 who had never seen TBI before, and had no clue on what to do about it.
So, despite all the blows he’s taken (taking?), he’s not losing his mind. The problem he has, though, is twofold.
First off, there’s this army of supporters-you may have seen some of them over the weekend-that have the Obama Administration completely convinced that the people are behind him…and that whoever isn’t, doesn’t matter. These supporters usually shout the opposition down as racists (or worse).
This is how he gets away with making statements about not paying attention to the fluctuations of the stock market and writing them off as-essentially-an opinion poll. Which, at its most basic, it is…but it’s looking at FUTURE performance, not what’s happening now. And considering the market’s tanking more often than not, there’s more than enough reason to pay attention to it.
Secondly, the President’s from the school of thought that your best opportunity to make sweeping changes…is when there’s a crisis. There may be some truth to that-after all, Bush made sweeping changes after 9/11-but the problem with the changes Obama wants to make is that they’re tied to an agenda. Essentially, he’s taking advantage of a recessing economic situation to implement his campaign promises (and pay a couple people back along the way).
The President isn’t punch drunk. He’s not listening where he should, his priorities are misguided, and he’s got blind followers who are convinced he’s the Second Coming (of what, not sure).
None of those are a laughing matter. Especially now.
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Written by Coby Dillard

March 23, 2009 at 9:13 am

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