Obama moving away from fear-based politics?

posted at 8:00 am on February 25, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Last night, I followed Barack Obama’s non-SOTU SOTU speech in three ways: watching it, reading the release of the text, and checking the instant reaction on Twitter.  I did the same with Bobby Jindal’s response.  Frankly, I’m a bit surprised at the response to both, and think for the most part they missed the key points.

First, SOTU speeches usually are nothing more than legislative wish lists.  Presidents tell Congress what they want, and Congress applauds when they agree.  If you like Barack Obama’s populist wish list, you probably liked the speech, and if not, you probably hated it.  But it’s no different than hearing one of his campaign speeches in that regard — and no different than any other president’s SOTU speech.  Given that Obama won a national election using essentially the agenda he had last night, I’d say he did himself a lot of good, and will get a temporary bump in the polling from it.

So instead of focusing on the I-want aspects of the speech, it’s better to look at the other messages — and one in particular struck me from both reading the text and watching the delivery.  It seems that Obama has discovered that fear and dread don’t help markets.  He took some edge off the populist screech last night and sent a calming message to the banking system:

I want to speak plainly and candidly about this issue tonight, because every American should know that it directly affects you and your family’s well-being.  You should also know that the money you’ve deposited in banks across the country is safe; your insurance is secure; and you can rely on the continued operation of our financial system.  That is not the source of concern.

The concern is that if we do not re-start lending in this country, our recovery will be choked off before it even begins.

You see, the flow of credit is the lifeblood of our economy. The ability to get a loan is how you finance the purchase of everything from a home to a car to a college education; how stores stock their shelves, farms buy equipment, and businesses make payroll.

But credit has stopped flowing the way it should. Too many bad loans from the housing crisis have made their way onto the books of too many banks. With so much debt and so little confidence, these banks are now fearful of lending out any more money to households, to businesses, or to each other. When there is no lending, families can’t afford to buy homes or cars.  So businesses are forced to make layoffs. Our economy suffers even more, and credit dries up even further.

That is why this administration is moving swiftly and aggressively to break this destructive cycle, restore confidence, and re-start lending.

This got followed by a parade of we-don’t-like-bankers populist boilerplate, but Obama overall stressed time and again that the system itself will not fail.  Until now, Obama pushed for legislation on the explicitly-expressed fear of total collapse (and for that matter, so did George Bush).  The markets have reacted as any rational person would expect: capital has fled and values tanked.  Obama finally seems to have realized this and has begun looking to change the tone of his rhetoric to make a sunnier appeal and to start building confidence instead of scaring the hell out of people.  He’s back to Hope rather than Despair.

Duane Patterson pointed out on Twitter another interesting point about this speech, an omission that seems surprising given the wish-list opportunity Obama had last night.  In the entire speech, Obama made not one mention of the Card Check legislation pending in Congress.  He never mentioned unions at all, and only mentioned workers in relation to the necessity of restarting credit and getting jobs created.  And for that matter, Obama also failed to mention the Freedom of Choice Act, which would federalize abortion and strip away all state restrictions and the Hyde Amendment that prevents federal subsidies for abortions.  Obama promised constituencies that these would be two of his top priorities once elected, but in his first opportunity to lay out his legislative agenda, they were nowhere to be found.

If SOTU speeches are essentially campaign speeches, then responses are infomercials even at the best of times.  Since the responders never have an opportunity to craft a specific response to points within the SOTU speech, the speaker has to find ways to lay out the opposition party’s general principles and approach.  I thought Bobby Jindal did a good job doing just that.  The delivery of a speech to nothing but a camera crew, after the grand spectacle of a SOTU speech interrupted every thirty seconds with standing ovations, will always be a letdown, but overall, I disagree with the Fox crew and others that Jindal was “awful”.

Jindal laid out what will be the way back for the GOP — positive alternatives to massive government growth by relying on the strength of the American people.  He gave what I think will be a key line for Republicans in the next two years (emphasis mine):

Democratic leaders say their legislation will grow the economy. What it will do is grow the government, increase our taxes down the line and saddle future generations with debt.

Who among us would ask our children for a loan, so we could spend money we do not have, on things we do not need? That is precisely what the Democrats in Congress just did. It’s irresponsible. And it’s no way to strengthen our economy, create jobs or build a prosperous future for our children.

In Louisiana, we took a different approach. Since I became governor, we cut more than 250 earmarks from our state budget. And to create jobs for our citizens, we cut taxes six times — including the largest income tax cut in the history of our state.

We passed those tax cuts with bipartisan majorities.  Republicans and Democrats put aside their differences, and worked together to make sure our people could keep more of what they earn. If it can be done in Baton Rouge, surely it can be done in Washington, DC.

We’re never going to beat Obama on style points; he’s just too good of a speaker.  Republicans need to beat him on ideas, and Jindal did about as well as anyone could in doing so.

And yes, when Obama said this, I did laugh:

And I believe the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it.

Wow — I hope Germany never does, either!  Did we suddenly become the Soviets, taking credit for everyone else’s inventions?  Doesn’t anyone fact-check Obama’s speeches before making them?  I doubt many people will remember this speech for that, or for anything else, either, but it’s a particularly sloppy mistake.


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He got the standing ovations because Nancy was jumping up on cue :)

reaganaut on February 25, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Agreed. I kept thinking that Nancy must have accidentally left her pom-pons at home.

Kafir on February 25, 2009 at 9:23 AM

You are supposed to be helping us, but then you would actually have to have Presidential skills and actually give a crap about us!

Mr_Magoo on February 25, 2009 at 9:21 AM

The more people’s retirements and savings are destroyed in this “crisis,” the more people will jump on his bandwagon. It’s contrary to reason, but I’m sure he knows what he’s doing.

genso on February 25, 2009 at 9:24 AM

genso on February 25, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Could work the opposite. Those same people could decide that his Party is to blame and go the other way. The more so if they see themselves hit by inflation and higher taxes–both of which are very real possibilities.

jeanie on February 25, 2009 at 9:29 AM

The more people’s retirements and savings are destroyed in this “crisis,” the more people will jump on his bandwagon. It’s contrary to reason, but I’m sure he knows what he’s doing.
genso on February 25, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Sadly that is probably the case. Those boomers who are watching their financial nets evaporate are going to start eyeballing the next generation in line, start suggesting that the younger crowd should give up ever more to pad the boomer’s retirement.

Bishop on February 25, 2009 at 9:29 AM

The more people’s retirements and savings are destroyed in this “crisis,” the more people will jump on his bandwagon.

Yep, even worse, the more people panic and yank their money out of the market, the more people panic and yank their money out of the market and the more people panic and yank their money out of the market, and….

I’m mad as hell, even though I think the worst may be over.

They can stop spooking investors will all their doom and gloom crap.

Ding-ding-ding and there’s the bell!

reaganaut on February 25, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Ding-ding-ding and there’s the bell!

reaganaut on February 25, 2009 at 9:31 AM

The market was poised for a broad rally, but I think its going to be pick-and-choose trading instead.

genso on February 25, 2009 at 9:34 AM

I didn’t watch Mr. Wonderful lastnight, but there was something on F&F this morning that truely pissed me off. They we saying something about the ups and downs in the speech, on eof the ups being Obama talking about the little girl who wrote that letter.

As if the past few weeks haven’t told me this, what I heard this morning only cemented it in my mind. Millions of us called, emailed and wrote our congressmen, senators and the filthy, lying president. All of our complaints fall on deaf ears. But one girl, who can’t vote yet (but have a sneaking feeling I know who she would have voted for along with her parents) writes a freakin’ letter to the same people we did…and the whole darn courty knows about it because it’s mentioned in the Deities address!

Am I the only one who thought this?

“Our government” and “our media” is the blind leading the blind. And they don’t seem to know we’ve already hit the ditch and went on a completely different path…

roopster217 on February 25, 2009 at 9:34 AM

JeffinSac on February 25, 2009 at 8:18 AM

Exactly. The military is not running on a budget, they haven’t passed a defesne bill for 2008. Will they for 2009? Well, they should have back in September but they haven’t yet that I know of. We’re probably the only country on the planet who is running two wars and doesn’t have a budget to pay for them. Flying by the seat of their pants evidently makes perfect sense to Congress.

scalleywag on February 25, 2009 at 9:34 AM

jeanie on February 25, 2009 at 9:29 AM

Too many weak and fearful people out there, I’m afraid.

genso on February 25, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Sure, the average American has lost confidence in banks, business and government…after another listen to Obama’s last night, and reading over the transcript, any more of this and the banks and business will lose confidence in the average American…when that happens, all that will be left is government. Is this part of a plan?

When the guy down the street who owns the mold and die works that employs 100 locals decides that there is no future in producing dies or making molds (for all sorts of industries and smaller businesses) he’s going to have to look after himself, and his family, first…as we all do…and he’ll take a look at the odds of being in business a year from now or longer, and try to minimize his losses while he still can. Bingo, another factory closes…and 100 locals are now forced to join the several million already vying for a handful of jobs in America.

Obama, last night, did nothing to assuage this concern on the part of a lot of men and women entrepreneurs out here in flyover country. Morning coffee at the local diner sort of summed it all up…why bother? Government will take care of everybody once everybody is no longer able to take care of themselves. At least that is the message that came across to many around here. Try to make a profit, try to hire another worker, or just keep a few more on the payroll a little bit longer, and you will get eaten up by taxes (that $250,000 being “rich” is a joke, when so many of the local business owners are trying to stay above water, even though on paper they are earning above the magic $250k threshold.)

Obama promises to help “only those responsible families?” It wasn’t the “responsible families” that got us in the mortgage mess to begin with. And no one is willing to mention that particular elephant in the living room…

Even some of the folks who I know campaigned and voted for Obama seem to be finally starting to see the light.

coldwarrior on February 25, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Hopey’s speech was,

A/ Liberal Party Pep Rally!

B/ Giving kudo’s to new members of Obama’s
Administration!

And, Nancy Pelosi,was having multiple Lefty orgasms,
that’s why she was up and down,like a rollercoaster
last night!Ahem.

canopfor on February 25, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Asian markets were up. Maybe o has finally figured out that if he doesn’t please the market, his plan is toast.

jeanie on February 25, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Asian markets were up. Maybe o has finally figured out that if he doesn’t please the market, his plan is toast.

jeanie on February 25, 2009 at 9:43 AM

The Asian markets were just following our bounce from yesterday. Watch our market today.

genso on February 25, 2009 at 9:45 AM

It only took him over a month, with the stock market dropping thousands of points, to realize his idiotic, warmed over Leninisms weren’t helping matters?

Brilliant. What is this guy’s IQ, 45?

NoDonkey on February 25, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Brilliant. What is this guy’s IQ, 45?

NoDonkey on February 25, 2009 at 9:45 AM

You’re assuming he wanted the market to recover?

genso on February 25, 2009 at 9:46 AM

genso on February 25, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Trying to take a page from Great Leader and try the positive. Can’t hurt.

jeanie on February 25, 2009 at 9:49 AM

You’re assuming he wanted the market to recover?

Down 95 after Hopey’s speech so far…

reaganaut on February 25, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Trying to take a page from Great Leader and try the positive. Can’t hurt.

jeanie on February 25, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Be positive about the things you do, not what others do..

genso on February 25, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Markets not impressed. Looks like its back to fear.

At least renewable energys going to double in 3 years.

Chuck Schick on February 25, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Speaking of Pelosi, she was so darn distracting I couldn’t concentrate on what Obambi was saying! Between the jumping up and down and the chewing of the cud, it was ridiculous! The look on her face when the Republicans jeered the stimulus was priceless though.

ctmom on February 25, 2009 at 9:52 AM

It’s contrary to reason, but I’m sure he knows what he’s doing.

genso on February 25, 2009 at 9:24 AM

LOL…. really? Why?

Because he has been a successful business man?
Because of his PHD in Economics?
Because of his deep abiding love of America?
Because all of his friends and mentors are great Capitalists?
Because he picked the guy who EPIC FAILED in overseeing the banks in NY to figure out how to fix his failure?

When you have to make statements like that, it means your “Leader” Leads due to personality, not talent, intelligence, or knowledge.

Romeo13 on February 25, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Down 95 after Hopey’s speech so far…

reaganaut on February 25, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Yes, and the volume is anemic, normally a good sign on a down day but it seems that no one knows what to do. Fear will take this market lower. It got a bounce on Bernanke yesterday. He’s speaking to the House today. Perhaps the market will look to him for more direction.

genso on February 25, 2009 at 9:54 AM

I doubt many people will remember this speech for that, or for anything else, either, but it’s a particularly sloppy mistake.

FTFY.

In about two weeks, I doubt the public (not the pundits, Allah or otherwise) will remember much of anything from the speech (other than perhaps how it made them feel).

In other words: typical Obama.

Abby Adams on February 25, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Markets not impressed. Looks like its back to fear.

At least renewable energys going to double in 3 years.

Chuck Schick on February 25, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Yeah, they’re going to create a wind farm surrouding Washington DC… all that hot air there… huge energy resouce… only problem is it also produces a lot of CO2.

Romeo13 on February 25, 2009 at 9:55 AM

So… when should I expect Obama’s brown shirts to come around and weatherize my home?

BPD on February 25, 2009 at 9:57 AM

When you have to make statements like that, it means your “Leader” Leads due to personality, not talent, intelligence, or knowledge.

Romeo13 on February 25, 2009 at 9:53 AM

If your have ever read my posts then you should know that my views don’t support your slam against me. My point is that people bash his inexperience of low IQ when I think he knows exactly what he’s doing. I know there’s a lot of emotion now but don’t attack those who support your own views so quickly.

genso on February 25, 2009 at 9:58 AM

I cheered, I cried, I was once again filled with hope and then I realized I was tuned into an old Lassie re-run…oops!

GrayDog on February 25, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Yeah. He’ll uplift everybody’s spirits just in time to announce a quick grab of all privately held IRAs and 401K pension plans to pay for that ‘day of reckoning’ with Social Security and Medicare. He’ll argue you won’t need that retirement money because the government will be taking care of your healthcare needs in retirement. You might even get issued one of those cute little gray Mao suits like Honey in the Doonesbury comic strip wears, Comrades.

kens on February 25, 2009 at 10:01 AM

The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers must have promised 8 quadrillion i. new spending last night.

Chuck Schick on February 25, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Looks like Wall Street is thumbs down on Obama’s speech. S&P 500 has skidded down 88 points from the opening. No way to shake off the legions of monkeys on its back…

unclesmrgol on February 25, 2009 at 10:02 AM

Morning everyone. Well, I’ve spent 20 minutes reading all the posts here, and I’ve got to say that there is a lot of despair, complaining, etc. I agree with all the sentiments about Obama expressed here. The problem is that he is effectively minimizing the conservatives in a big way. What is needed is a plan for us to be able to effectively hold his feet to the fire. I sense a defeatism starting to set in by us conservatives. In many ways we are losing the battle because liberalism has crept into so many aspects of our culture that it is going to be tough to counter. We have to find a way though.

I was truly put into despair when the woman who does the segment about the markets on Morning Joe stated that she wishes Bernanke would stop saying “nationalization.” She said that we are heading in a certain direction (would not say the word socialism) because of pragmatic reasons and that basically we should stop worrying and just let it happen. What the hell am I supposed to think after a market analyzer says this?

KickandSwimMom on February 25, 2009 at 10:02 AM

genso on February 25, 2009 at 9:54 AM

I didn’t expect much actually, I didn’t hear anything in the speech to really sway the market in any direction.

Vague populist babble on Hopey’s part.

Even when he is not vague, he changes his mind, so no one knows what to do. 18 months ago he wanted to raise the capital gains from 15% to 28%, then it was 25%, then it was 20%. Then he wanted to cut capital gains for small business, but that never made it to the stimulus. This clown doesn’t know what to do, except send mixed signals to the market.

reaganaut on February 25, 2009 at 10:04 AM

What the hell am I supposed to think after a market analyzer says this?

KickandSwimMom on February 25, 2009 at 10:02 AM

You need to stop watching “Morning Joe” to get your market analysis for one thing.

genso on February 25, 2009 at 10:04 AM

What the hell am I supposed to think after a market analyzer says this?

Shrug it off. Krugman won a nobel prize for economics. Dumb happens.

reaganaut on February 25, 2009 at 10:06 AM

reaganaut on February 25, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Well, that’s the point. The rally yesterday was based on Bernanke’s statements and the “hope” that Obama would follow with more market-friendly rhetoric. The sell-off today is akin to the sell-off after Geithner disappointed the market 2 weeks ago. The market wants desperately to rally from these lows but the One keeps throwing water on the fire.

genso on February 25, 2009 at 10:07 AM

Oh, great…now Barney Frank is speaking.

genso on February 25, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Well genso you may be right about watching analysis with Morning Joe. However, this analyst is from CNBC and we know many people watch the market there. Also, on Fox Business this morning, the host (woman – once again don’t know her name) was all giddy about the alternative energy plans of Obama and was almost hostile to the guest with the opposing view who was stating that free choice is being taken away from citizens and they are going to be forced to use alternative energies which are expensive to say the least. Seems like some people are ready to throw in the towel and skip down the road with Obama – that is depressing to say the least.

KickandSwimMom on February 25, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Now Barney is laying out the socialist agenda. He’s talking about the unfair distribution of wealth and the lack of a sufficient safety net. Can it get any worse?

genso on February 25, 2009 at 10:13 AM

KickandSwimMom on February 25, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Sorry…my comment was a bit too cheeky. There are many libs giving market analysis everywhere who are just faces for the networks. Look to guys like Santelli, Kudlow, and, my favorite, Art Cashin from UBS. These guys know the markets and are died-in-the-wool capitalists.

genso on February 25, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Besides Obama gutting this country with his social wish lists that will cost this country trillions of dollars he thinks the top 2% of this country can pay for in conjunction with cutting defense during a time of war, I had a big problem with what he “didn’t” address:

Rapidly Collapsing U.S. Foreign Policy
BY Herschel Smith
http://www.captainsjournal.com/2009/02/22/rapidly-collapsing-us-foreign-policy/

Most of this has occurred within less than two months of inauguration of the current administration in Washington. It may prove to be a difficult four years, with unintended consequences ruling the day.

Pakistan,Afghanistan,Iraq,Gaza,Russia,N. Korea,Iran pose serious threats to security around the world that would directly affect us if a major conflict,or attacks against us arose.
Obama wanting to deal with terrorism with the same police action policies that were a failure in the Clinton administration could prove deadly to us.

Obama is perceived as naive,weak,and full of capitulation in regards to dealing with the jihadist’s quest for a new Caliphate, Putins power grabs,along with Iran and N. Korea’s constant drumbeat to use Nuclear weapons.

Even though Obama has kept many of Bush’s War on Terror tools such as Rendition,Enhanced Interrogation,NSA wiretapping,Indefinite detention of the prisoners at Gitmo,and basing troop levels by conditions on the ground.
He has prided himself by claiming he has stopped Bush’s “War on Terror” and appears to treat these conflicts around the world as back burner issues.
Talking about defense cuts,stopping missile programs,stopping weapons programs in space,”talking” about closing Gitmo has sent a message of complacency about the threats around the world.
Here is another example of foreign leaders not taking Obama seriously:

Afghanistan seeking SOFA terms?

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/02/24/afghanistan_seeking_sofa_lite#sofa_docs

The draft also requests, “There shall be full coordination between defense and security authorities of the Parties at the highest possible level for all phases of military ground and air operations, to include planning, preparation, execution, evaluation and assessment.”

It also asks NATO to provide the Afghan government “with information about all interpreters, local guides, and security guards it employs in Afghanistan.”

To have to seek permission and revel our operations to a government that is to corrupt and dis-organized would spell doom for our Soldiers and their missions.

ROE would be reduced to being a police officer in San Francisco.Stand there as a target and wait to be killed instead of pursuing and taking the enemy out.

Pakistan’s ISI is a good example of dealing with to many people who have ties and support to the Taliban/Al-qaeda.

As in Iraq,security has to be obtained before a working government for the people can start to take root.

These are serious problems that glorified speeches and foreign policy advisors that blame the US and Israel for everything will not be able to solve.

Baxter Greene on February 25, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Oh, great…now Barney Frank is speaking.

<7000 or bust!

reaganaut on February 25, 2009 at 10:19 AM

<7000 or bust!

By lunch I mean.

reaganaut on February 25, 2009 at 10:20 AM

I just came across a great quotation–from FDR–that seems appropriate at a time when we’re watching Obama change our course:

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the U.S. (1882–1945): “The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over its government.”

Whether FDR meant it or not could be debated. But he’s quoted as saying it, and we’d be wise to heed his advice as we assess what Obama’s doing.

BuckeyeSam on February 25, 2009 at 10:22 AM

By lunch I mean.

reaganaut on February 25, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Ha…thanks for my first laugh of the morning. This is very sad. Sadder is that many who adore the One are oblivious to what is happening to them and us.

genso on February 25, 2009 at 10:23 AM

<7000 or bust!

reaganaut on February 25, 2009 at 10:19 AM

After performing an exhaustive technical study of the DJIA, using all the major tools of technical analysis, I have concluded that the next support level for the Dow is, in fact, 0.

BPD on February 25, 2009 at 10:25 AM

When it hits zero, I’m selling my Obama coins and buying like a madman!

reaganaut on February 25, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Whether FDR meant it or not could be debated. But he’s quoted as saying it, and we’d be wise to heed his advice as we assess what Obama’s doing.

BuckeyeSam on February 25, 2009 at 10:22 AM

I think the One is trying, and successfully so to date, to redefine the “interests of the people” that he thinks the government should protect. That poses a problem for the rest of us.

genso on February 25, 2009 at 10:28 AM

The Corner has Jindals appearance on the Today Show

He’s terrific.

CarolynM on February 25, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Folks, if we’re going to compete, we need to master the skills of staging an event. It’s imagery and perception that creates reality in voters’ minds. Jindal should have been backed and flanked by about 100 people in bleachers SUPPORTING HIM. Not a single nervous guy standing there. Pathetic.

marklmail on February 25, 2009 at 10:34 AM

The Dow Jones hit 41.22 in 1932.

Obama and Biden love FDR.

Hmmmm…..

profitsbeard on February 25, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Not a single nervous guy standing there. Pathetic.
marklmail on February 25, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Good point. Reminded me of McCains speech with the green backdrop.

CarolynM on February 25, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Obama and Biden love FDR.

Hmmmm…..

profitsbeard on February 25, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Now you’re scaring me. FDR also seized all of the gold, too.

genso on February 25, 2009 at 10:41 AM

The Corner has Jindals appearance on the Today Show

He’s terrific.

CarolynM on February 25, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Saw the clip. I agree he was very good. I wish he was as certain and forceful last night. He makes very compelling arguments. The man is very bright. I was feeling let down by him last night, but it is obvious that he knows his stuff and he will have plenty of opportunity to shine before the next presidential election.

KickandSwimMom on February 25, 2009 at 10:42 AM

genso at 10:41 PM-

FDR also seized all the gold, too.

Not rare gold coins, though.

Workarounds…

profitsbeard on February 25, 2009 at 10:44 AM

The House pass $800Billion “stimulus”. The Senate increases it to $900Billion, then drops it to $828Billion. In conference we end up with $787Billion and they take bows for reducing the spending. WOW
Think the current deficit was around $1 Trillion. President expected to spend around $2 to $3 Trillion dollars, so far. Now promises that later they will reduce the deficit by half or $1 to $1.5 Trillion. Notice a trend here. First spend like hell then cut a little and cheer. Only people that would buy this, are those who can’t read their home loan papers.

hillbilly on February 25, 2009 at 10:45 AM

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HEY MARK! Don’t let the Hope and Change stuff get to you. Tell us what you REALLY THINK–stop giving the O’Bummer so many passes on his plans!
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Good job.
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John Bibb
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rocketman on February 25, 2009 at 10:48 AM

hillbilly on February 25, 2009 at 10:45 AM

DeMint said Sunday, in an article in the Augusta (GA) Chronicle, that we need to start civil demonstrations as the only way to take back the government as the nature of government was not going to change on its on. I think the man knows clearly where we’re headed. I wish more politicians would speakk as openly about what’s happening.

genso on February 25, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Chris Mathews should have been around the podium in his tutu or cheerleader outfit. What a sight of him and Pelosi leading the cheers.

hillbilly on February 25, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Chris Mathews should have been around the podium in his tutu or cheerleader outfit. What a sight of him and Pelosi leading the cheers.

hillbilly on February 25, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Much has been made of Matthews saying “Oh God” when Jindal appeared but that’s really unfair. Rather than showing contempt for Jindal, the “Oh God” was an involuntary post ejaculatory exclamation after Obama’s speech.
Hey, we’ve all been there, right?

CarolynM on February 25, 2009 at 11:09 AM

There’s an interesting discussion on CNBC about the nature of the policy of government among Kudlow, Santelli, and Liesman. Essentially, Liesman is arguing for a changing government, i.e. socialism. It’s interesting to here that side give their justification for it from a financial standpoint.

genso on February 25, 2009 at 11:18 AM

hear*

genso on February 25, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Agreed. I kept thinking that Nancy must have accidentally left her pom-pons at home.

Kafir on February 25, 2009 at 9:23 AM

I was just relieved she didn’t rip open her puke green snuggie for Mardi Gras beads.

chunderroad on February 25, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Democrats are so damnably stupid it’s mind-boggling. Only they could believe Obama when he expands government in a gigantic fashion and then tells them that he’s against bigger government.

Stupidity really ought to be a crime, but where to incarcerate half the country?

drjohn on February 25, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Stupidity really ought to be a crime, but where to incarcerate half the country?

drjohn on February 25, 2009 at 11:26 AM

I’m beginning to think that all politicians should have a small bomb implanted in their heads that will be activated whenever they lie. This is getting dangerous and insane.

genso on February 25, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Lets see…..Bernanke speaks yesterday…says it’s tough but there should be a recovery at the end of 09 into 10, that though the gov’t may acquire a stake it will not take control of banks….some definite positions and a vision…the market goes up despite bad news.

Jug-ears speaks all hopey-changey and the market tanks, until bernanke provides a definition of nationalization and says NO again.

It’s not exactly scientific or anything….but d@mn it Senator Hopenchange STFU!!!!!

Fighton03 on February 25, 2009 at 1:11 PM

I didn’t expect much actually, I didn’t hear anything in the speech to really sway the market in any direction.

reaganaut on February 25, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Actually, I did. He promised new, common sense regulation of the markets. Once he said that, I was sure the market would tank today. What are those new regulations? Nobody knows. But you can be certain that the uncertainty is causing a skid in the markets.

Agreed. I kept thinking that Nancy must have accidentally left her pom-pons at home.

Kafir on February 25, 2009 at 9:23 AM

This is what my lasting impression of the speech will be.

InCali on February 25, 2009 at 1:55 PM

My wife said she thought Pelosi was on a Pogo stick. She was in such a hurry she was jumping up 2 words into a sentence.

Also 2 phrases I would like to banish from Obama’s vocabulary.

1. “Let me make this perfectly clear”
2. “I get it”

Kevin in Southern Illinois on February 25, 2009 at 8:28 PM

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