Weekend Reading

28 Mar
H/T Rev. Right at American is an Obamanation

H/T Rev. Right at American is an Obamanation

Halfway (more or less) through today’s “to do” list, here’s some things you should read.

GOP Says Obama Budget Threatens Future Prosperity

“We believe you create prosperity by having an affordable government that pursues its responsibilities without excessive costs, taxes or debt,” Sen. Judd Gregg said in the Republican radio and Internet address.
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Obama Town Hall Questioners Were Campaign Backers
The Washington Post

President Obama has promised to change the way the government does business, but in at least one respect he is taking a page from the Bush playbook, stocking his town hall Thursday with supporters whose soft — though far from planted — questions provided openings to discuss his preferred message of the day.
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Tales of Totus, the President’s Teleprompter
Peter Baker, The New York Times

Notice anything missing from Tuesday night’s presidential news conference? Those teleprompters that generated so much attention at President Obama’s first prime-time session with reporters were gone. Or actually, just out of sight.
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Not Yet Ready for a Welfare State
Michael Barone, TownHall

He continues to insist that America cannot enjoy real prosperity again without higher taxes on high earners, a government health insurance program, a cap-and-trade program that amounts to a tax on energy and the effective abolition of secret ballots in unionization elections. The fact that there are large Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress made it seem that the path was open. But roadblocks have started to appear.
Read more.

Kathryn Jean Lopez :: Townhall.com Columnist
It’s Not Unusual to be Fooled by Anyone (Especially a President)
Kathryn Jean Lopez, TownHall

If you still think that President Barack Obama is about hope and change and moms and apple pie and nothing objectionable or radical, consider his nominee for head of the Office of Legal Counsel, Dawn Johnsen.
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The Media Sees No Evil
Gary Bauer, TownHall

What do all Americans, starting with George Washington, and especially pro-life advocates, have in common according to such media luminaries as NBC’s Brian Williams, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and the always quotable Rosie O’Donnell? They all could be considered terrorists, a word the media have begun to deploy against anyone they find particularly contemptible.
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But Where’s the Exit Strategy?
Dan Froomkin, The Washington Post

In a speech this morning, President Obama established narrower, more strategic goals for the war in Afghanistan, announced he would send in more troops and civilians, and described the need for regional outreach. But his new plan doesn’t seem to meet his own standards.
Read more.


10 Responses to “Weekend Reading”

  1. Kyle March 30, 2009 at 12:48 pm #

    At first I thought all of the teleprompter stuff was funny, but it has turned into foolishness.

    NO ONE memorizes speeches given in public. NOT EVER in the past 50 years. What is the significant difference between reading from notes or a telepromter? The only one I can tell is that using a telepromter makes the speaker appear more natural.

    In a time of economic crisis, do the Republicans really want to be the party that focuses on window dressing?

  2. Michael March 30, 2009 at 6:06 pm #

    Kyle I don’t know anyone who would consider The New York Times or The Washington Post to be Republican organizations. It’s really time you stopped blaming the GOP for Original Sin. Sure, they’ve screwed up a lot. But their being wrong doesn’t make you correct.

    And yes, every President in modern times has used a teleprompter. But not to the extent that Barack Obama has. It’s his crutch. He won’t leave home without it. In fact, he just doesn’t have the ability to answer questions on the spot. The campaign knew that. The White House knows that.

    It’s not that his using a teleprompter is a bad thing. It’s that his complete reliance on it just proves once again that the President, like the candidate, IS window dressing.

  3. Kyle March 31, 2009 at 5:52 am #

    I don’t recall blaming the GOP for anything in my original post. All I said was that in these serious times the nation needs the GOP to act like adults not school yard taunters.

    I don’t know if you have watched them, but for a president who can’t answer questions on the spot, Obama seems very willing to hold press conferences and has done well in them.

  4. Michael March 31, 2009 at 6:48 am #

    You accused the GOP of focusing on window dressing. It’s in your post right up there. At the very least you insinuated it was the GOP pushing the story.

    As for the press conferences, I…uh…er…uh…er…have…uh…watch…er…them.. We must be watching different ones.

    But it’s not just press conferences. Did you not see him on the Tonight Show? He’s dangerous off script. And the White House knows it.

  5. Kyle March 31, 2009 at 10:40 pm #

    It is Republicans who are pushing the teleprompter thing and it is window dressing.

    The teleprompter is a tool. It is not a message it is not a crutch.

    I’ll put it this way, I’m an engineer and I use my computer for almost every thing I do. Engineers from a generation ago would call me weak and say that my computer is a crutch. My computer and a teleprompter are tools get the job done better, no more no less.

    Name one President from the last 50 years who did not have the tendency to misspeak when off script. They all have done it, it is not anything new.

  6. Michael March 31, 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    Okay Kyle, so now you ARE accusing the Republicans. Glad we settled that.

    And you obviously didn’t read my response to you.

  7. Kyle April 1, 2009 at 10:32 pm #

    Call it what you want but you and your fellow conservatives are the only ones who are worried about the teleprompter and are the only ones saying foolish things like TOTUS.

    You may not believe me but I am an independent voter who has voted Republican more than Democrat. This BS does not appeal to me. The Republicans do not have a path back to power with out independents and no one is fooled by the flack that they are throwing up.

    Let me rephrase my response to your comment since it sail by you. Yes, Obama made an off color remark on the Tonight Show, but that does not mean he is “dangerous” off script. It means he is human just like the rest of us. And just like EVERY President he says things that he later regrets. For this reason we should expect every president to make any important statement from notes or a teleprompter because a mistake could have serious consequences.

    Making sure that you say what you want to say in a presentable manner is not window dressing, it is essential to politics.

  8. Michael April 1, 2009 at 11:33 pm #

    Once again Kyle, The New York Times, the only news source quoted above that speaks about TOTUS is hardly conservative or Republican.

    As for the rest, take off your blinders once in a while.

  9. Kyle April 2, 2009 at 1:08 pm #

    Come on Michael, the NYT piece is a defense of using the teleprompter, not a criticism. It is a response to all of the blogosphere chatter.

    As for blinders, you are one to talk. Your idol Ronald Reagan was a good president, but he had plenty of zingers and misspoken words while in office. No one, not even Reagan or Obama, is perfect.

  10. Michael April 2, 2009 at 8:20 pm #

    But it seems the only one dragging out the story now Kyle….is you.

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