Open thread: Super-president to celebrate himself with press conference

posted at 7:28 pm on April 29, 2009 by Allahpundit

8 p.m. ET, all around the dial. A toast to 100 days of bloggy goodness, my friends. Traffic is up, Rush’s ratings are soaring, and FNC owns every time slot from morning til late night. Sure, America’s on the fast track to economic ruin, but the man’s a gold mine for conservative media. (And not-so-conservative media.) Your must-read while we’re waiting for tonight’s snoozer to begin is the AP daring to call The One on his mind-blowing lie that the crippling deficits to come aren’t really his fault. Quote:

Congress controls the purse strings, not the president, and it was under Democratic control for Obama’s last two years as Illinois senator. Obama supported the emergency bailout package in President George W. Bush’s final months — a package Democratic leaders wanted to make bigger…

Still, his response to the crisis goes well beyond “one-time charges.”

He’s persuaded Congress to expand children’s health insurance, education spending, health information technology and more. He’s moving ahead on a variety of big-ticket items on health care, the environment, energy and transportation that, if achieved, will be more enduring than bank bailouts and aid for homeowners.

The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimated his policy proposals would add a net $428 billion to the deficit over four years, even accounting for his spending reduction goals. Now, the deficit is nearly quadrupling to $1.75 trillion.

Christopher Buckley is, nevertheless, “delighted” at what he’s seen so far, notwithstanding the fact that he seems to disagree with most of The One’s policies. There’s no underestimating the value of “swagga,” I guess. To get yourself in the mood for what’s to come, enjoy video at Gateway Pundit of St. Louis tea partiers greeting Obama before his town hall today. No wonder he was cranky.

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