CBS analysis of Obama’s speeches: He’s identified 13 separate “top priorities”

posted at 7:29 pm on August 13, 2010 by Allahpundit

Amusing but unfair. Isn’t this a standard rhetorical tic used by any politician to prove how much they care? If you asked Bush, say, on any given day whether Random Issue X was “a top priority” for him, wouldn’t you most likely get a “yes” in response no matter what the issue was? We all knew that national security was his real top priority, so if he blew a little smoke in some random interview by claiming that, say, seatbelt safety was a priority too, who would care, really? Same with The One: His top priority clearly was health-care reform, so now he’s free to get crazy with the rhetorical cheese whiz about any other subject he’s asked to speak on.

Long story short, for a sitting president, what isn’t a “top priority”? Aside from deficit reduction, I mean.

Early in his administration, Mr. Obama also assigned the “top priority” label to his campaign promise to overhaul America’s health care system. But a check of his speeches since taking office, reflect a bevy of other “top priorities:”

FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS: “…that’s something that’s going to be a top priority.” (4/27/10)

ENERGY SECURITY: “And that’s why my energy security plan has been one of the top priorities of my Administration since the day I took office.” (4/28/10)

EDUCATION REFORM: “To train our workers for the jobs of tomorrow, we’ve made education reform a top priority in this Administration.” (2/24/10)

STUDENT LOAN REFORM: “This is something that I’ve mad a top priority.” (2/1/10)

EXPORTS BY SMALL BUSINESSES: “This is going to be a top priority.” (12/3/09)

And on and on it goes. See now why his staff is stressed out and he needs five vacations or whatever? If you had to patronize a different constituency every day by assuring them you take their concerns very seriously when in fact you hadn’t thought of them in months (that means you, amnesty shills!), you’d be tired too. Once again, America: You’re welcome.


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“I will not rest…”
Yeah, everything is top priority

Electrongod on August 13, 2010 at 7:32 PM

After listening to/watching this, no one will have any doubt as to what Obama’s “top priority” should be.

It’s only a matter of time until every voter in this country knows that President Obama’s words are worthless.

dnlchisholm on August 13, 2010 at 7:34 PM

It seems Obama’s only real top priority is angering the citizenry and eliminating Democrat majorities in the House and Senate!

IntheNet on August 13, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Obama is….

ladyingray on August 13, 2010 at 7:34 PM

This is more symptomatic of his tiny vocabulary than anything else.

TexasDan on August 13, 2010 at 7:35 PM

The point is…Bush never pandered this much to special interests…and even then, I thought he did it way to much. This was the guy who was going to heal the earth and make the oceans recede.

Being a God isn’t easy…much more difficult as a part time job.

AUINSC on August 13, 2010 at 7:35 PM

I knew before I looked that this was written by Mark Knoller…

d1carter on August 13, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Being a God isn’t easy…much more difficult as a part time job.

AUINSC on August 13, 2010 at 7:35 PM

I concur. :)

Electrongod on August 13, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Destroy the country
Bankrupt the treasury
Castrate the military (Those with balls that is!)
Shall I go on!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on August 13, 2010 at 7:38 PM

This man isn’t the President of the United States, he the president of whoever he can get to vote for him. He has basically flipped off red states. He insults have the country and can’t make the ones he is pandering to happy. Cry me a river. Oh, and taking another vacation is BRILLIANT.

Cindy Munford on August 13, 2010 at 7:38 PM

have the country = half the country. Sorry.

Cindy Munford on August 13, 2010 at 7:39 PM

NObama never finishes the sentence: “I’m making this my top priority…to really screw it up.”
Once he’s screwed it up and appointed a czar and a “commission” about it, he forgets about it and lets it spin out of control.

What he won’t say is that his real top priority is destroying the country and making sure Caucasians, going back all the way to the Founding Fathers, know he thinks they s*ck.

Jenfidel on August 13, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Let me be clear, my top priority is voting “present”. You know, show up, act important, get written into the history books as the first black president. It’ll be a cake walk.

Scrappy on August 13, 2010 at 7:43 PM

This lyin Pinnochio “Cousin Eddie” has one top priority:
Destroying this country,
quickly followed by:
ripping up the constitution,
quickly followed by:
takin as much free stuff as “Cousin Eddie” and his kin can before they are drug out of The Peoples House!

Anyone can’t see this better go to the pot smokin thread and light up!

dhunter on August 13, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Our debt, deficits and fiscal responsibility are in the top 2: here’s a fantastic presentation by David Walker at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.

ak2ary on August 13, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Obama’s top priority (based upon his behavior) is partying and vacationing on our dime. Next up would increasing the size and scope of government and it’s reach into the lives of everyday citizens.

Pretty obvious to everybody now what this man really is. He’s a radical black man who hung out with really violent and crazy people for at least twenty years. This man really hates the average citizen and has a real dislike for white people. It really is pretty simple at this point. His words no longer have any meaning, as people are paying much closer attention to his actions.

Keemo on August 13, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Maybe priorities in the Obozo Administration are like olives. The smallest ones are “Large” and it goes up from there. Barry isn’t paying attention to your issue at all until it reaches priority “Super Colossal.”

Cicero43 on August 13, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Anyone can’t see this better go to the pot smokin thread and light up!

dhunter on August 13, 2010 at 7:44 PM

That’s pretty funny!

Keemo on August 13, 2010 at 7:46 PM

His top priority for this Friday the 13th – Nightmare on Main Street

faraway on August 13, 2010 at 7:47 PM

He may have 13 top priorities, but we the voters have only one—make sure he doesn’t have a majority to further his agenda come November.

texabama on August 13, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Let me be clear and Make no mistake, Reaching out to the other side of the aisle won’t happen overnight, This isn’t about me Hitting the reset button.

Hope and change is False choice and a Teachable moment on the Failed policies of the past, that is our priority.

Colbyjack on August 13, 2010 at 7:52 PM

When all you are doing is reading the teleprompter, who is accountable for what lies they tell. I suspect if the audience was ignorant Kenyans, no would would notice.

tarpon on August 13, 2010 at 7:54 PM

In one of ObaMao’s “greatest hits speeches” he claimed to build his administration’s goals on five (?) pillars, coincidentally the same number that Islam is built on. His Freudian slips are epic.

onlineanalyst on August 13, 2010 at 7:56 PM

I think Vacations and Golf are more his top priorities.

upinak on August 13, 2010 at 7:56 PM

faraway on August 13, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Crap.. they have been in D.C. to long. Some one.. Get them Outta thar!

upinak on August 13, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Lazy rhetoric from a disengaged President.

Mallard T. Drake on August 13, 2010 at 8:02 PM

I hate to wish away time but 2013 can’t get here fast enough.

ncborn on August 13, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Me thinks his top priority will show up on every paycheck soon.

Limerick on August 13, 2010 at 8:08 PM

When advised of this situation Obama promised the matter would be straightened out immediately. In fact, he’s going to make it his top priority.

tommyboy on August 13, 2010 at 8:10 PM

“Reform.” The new scariest word in the English language.

rrpjr on August 13, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Isn’t this a standard rhetorical tic used by any politician to prove how much they care?

Sounds like my boss some days.

“Which project is highest priority?”
“All of them.”
“But which one do you want me to concentrate on working on?”
“All of them.”

malclave on August 13, 2010 at 8:23 PM

It would also be entertaining to see the list of things Bammie has called ‘unprecedented’. It’s kind of his favorite word like Hannity’s is ‘besmirch’.

slickwillie2001 on August 13, 2010 at 8:24 PM

An obvious amateur!!

We had a PM here a few years ago that LISTED his top priorities. All 40 plus of them.

Jim708 on August 13, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Oh, h*ll, ObaMao has been on top of ALL of his priorities since DAY ONE, when he hit the ground running, doncha know?

onlineanalyst on August 13, 2010 at 8:33 PM

His top priority is sucking up on all the Pres bennies before his a$$ is voted out in 2012.

Dingbat63 on August 13, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Amusing but unfair.

Oh, I disagree.

This twat of a President has sold himself as the messiah who was going to slow the rise of the oceans. He’s also been hailed as a linguist genius, so I’m giving him any slack for poor choice of words.

The fact is that the emperor had no clothes and would say anything for a good soundbite.

You-Eh-Vee on August 13, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Prediction:
By Labor Day he will have some approval numbers in the high 30′s. He was close before. The opptics are not good. His marketing brand is wearing thin and he can’t change who and what he is.

CTSherman on August 13, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Reminds me of the Canadian campaign a few years ago. The Liberals had a new leader (Paul Martin) that at every stop when asked about something replied with “that will be a priority in my gov’t” and the Conservative leader (Harper) just retorted with “when everything is a priority then nothing is” and went on to form the government.

Paradox Drive on August 13, 2010 at 8:48 PM

It depends on what the meaning of “top” is. /

CWforFreedom on August 13, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Gosh! This whole central planning thing is tough.

Mojave Mark on August 13, 2010 at 9:03 PM

“I will not not rest.”

catmman on August 13, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Wow, someone figured out how to do a text search for the string “priorit”

Sharke on August 13, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Defeating Obama is the TIP TOP PRIORITY.

Remember November!

profitsbeard on August 13, 2010 at 9:10 PM

A quick search in Lexis Nexis on “Obama top priority” returns 1000+ hits. Some examples: “Fortunately, President Obama [...] have made improving food safety a top priority.”; “Obama tells Afghan leader: fighting terror is top priority“; “For Obama, the top priority is to rescue the reeling US economy”; etc etc.

A similar search for “W Bush top priority”: 999 hits. Some examples: “Bush Gives Education Top Priority in Budget”; “Bush to make US bank reform a top priority“; “Tax code ‘top priority‘ for Bush”; etc etc

Yeah, I’m with AP, I think whatever you’re focused on at the moment is a “top priority” and that’s ok.

LastRick on August 13, 2010 at 9:18 PM

I have 2 kudos:
1. To Allahpundit for your always-entertaining writing style, chock full of little zingers. This post is a prime example.
2. To CBS, who obviously worked super-hard researching this, given the bazillion speeches the One has subjected is to.

KS Rex on August 13, 2010 at 9:24 PM

malclave on August 13, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Does your boss have pointy hair?

KS Rex on August 13, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Tomorrow:

My top priority will be to determine what my top priority is, today.

BobMbx on August 13, 2010 at 9:54 PM

They saved the economy.

You’re welcome, wingnuts.

Good Lt on August 13, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Puleeze. The speechifying is all the same and has been since the 2006 speechifying session.

/Equal Opportunity Poverty.

That is the Agenda. It won’t work, but that’s the Agenda.

Key West Reader on August 13, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Let me be clear, like I’ve said, like I’ve always said, no what I said was, inartfully, er, ah, ah, er, the last eight years, the Republicans got us into this ditch, cleanin up the mess, my top priority, on the job from day one,

Puleeze. The speechifying is all the same and has been since the 2006 speechifying session.

Key West Reader on August 13, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Yep pretty much TOTUS is stuck on the same phrases which for the most part are meaningless or LIES!

dhunter on August 13, 2010 at 10:14 PM

I don’t think it’s a “rhetorical tic” that most politicians have. I think it’s a tic spineless men born without principles have.

Obama is a man-child. It reminds me of a kid telling everyone he meets their his new best friend. It’s immature. And it reflects a clueless man with zero moral compass.

simon on August 13, 2010 at 10:25 PM

I would like to respectfully ask Ed Morrisey, Allah Pundit, Michelle Malkin, Andrew Brietbart, Markos Moulitsas, Alan Colmes, Ace of Spades, Jon Stewart, Anderson Cooper, Ann Coulter and Connie Chung to join America in a debate. The Best American Minds. Real people. In Real Time… In Prime Time… Discussing and debating the issues that affect Real Americans, All Americans. From East to West and North and South and On the Border.

/I’d pay to see it.
Thank me later.

Key West Reader on August 13, 2010 at 10:35 PM

I really think Obama had no idea what a President did.

He sat back and criticized Bush, because he thought the job was ceremonial and other people did all the work.

He tried to do it that way. Then he found out people expect him to work, not just cut tape at openings.

I think the most telling sign of this is how much of Bush’s way of doing things he has continued. And how he tries to blame Bush for the bad but take credit for the good.

He really doesn’t know what to do.

I wish we could have a do over on that election, knowing what we do now.

petunia on August 13, 2010 at 10:56 PM

“when everything is a priority then nothing is”
Paradox Drive on August 13, 2010 at 8:48 PM

That is so true.

Amusing but unfair.
Oh, I disagree.

This …. of a President has sold himself as the messiah who was going to slow the rise of the oceans. He’s also been hailed as a linguist genius, so I’m giving him any slack for poor choice of words.

You-Eh-Vee on August 13, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Yes, this man stood in a Greek Temple to accept the nomination for Pete’s sake!

And how many times have we heard he is the Democrat’s secret weapon… we will all agree as soon as we hear Obama explain it… he gives the best speeches ever heard in the halls of American government…

Just last week he was bragging that Republicans forgot he was pretty good at politicking! Hah!

And Wednesday, this week, they were bragging about a Democrat winning a Democratic Primary in Colorado as proof that he really is the Messiah!

No this man gets no pass.

When all the world’s dictators get together and sing “Kumbaya, America is the greatest country on Earth, we will now usher in a fair democratic government for our people…” Then I will say he kept his word!

He promised us the world! He convinced millions that he knew what he was doing.

He LIED!

He never should have allowed himself to be nominated.

If he was smarter he would have known he couldn’t do this job.

petunia on August 13, 2010 at 11:19 PM

Worst President EVAH!

dhunter on August 13, 2010 at 11:35 PM

I like, soooooooooooo misjudged him.

I though his top priority was to take as many vacations as possible cuz of all the people who can’t take vacations cuz their unemployed!

DSchoen on August 13, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Key West Reader on August 13, 2010 at 10:35 PM

The ‘best American minds’, -and you include Markakolitas? He needs help tying his own shoes.

slickwillie2001 on August 14, 2010 at 12:05 AM

Obama won’t rest until every one of these top priorities have been addressed.

Oh wait…FORE!

disa on August 14, 2010 at 12:21 AM

…now he’s free to get crazy with the rhetorical cheese whiz about any other subject he’s asked to speak on.

Allah, I didn’t know you were a Beck fan!

Tzetzes on August 14, 2010 at 12:40 AM

UNFAIR???????????????

Maybe he shouldn’t have run on that words have meaning…”Just Words” Crapola then!!!!!!!!!

roflmao

donabernathy on August 14, 2010 at 7:45 AM

If he was smarter he would have known he couldn’t do this job.

petunia on August 13, 2010 at 11:19 PM

Reminds me of a video of Obama I once saw. It was from the early 2000′s, when he was running for U.S. Senate in Illinois. The t.v. interviewer was asking Obama to confirm a promise he had made to Illinois voters that he would use the Senate office to work on promoting Illinois citizens’ interests, instead of using it as a platform to launch himself into the presidential election in 2008.

Obama assured the interviewer that he was not going to run for president in 2008, pointing out that he would be nowhere near qualified to be president in 2008 because at that point, he’d still be a novice in the workings of the federal government, a green newbie still trying to learn where the Senate bathrooms were located.

He was right, of course, about his lack of knowledge and qualifications to be president. Too bad more voters didn’t notice . . . or care.

AZCoyote on August 14, 2010 at 7:52 AM

Allahpundit, another great expose, thanks.

What you and other Hot Air readers have uncovered is that we must box up all of these Presidential ideas and make sure to secure it so it can never be opened again.

To do this, we the U.S. must adopt a basic call for survival, such as. “Win in 10 to prevail in 12”

MSGTAS on August 14, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Allah inexplicably misses one minor detail in his rhetorical equivalence apology for O’Blahma: this was CBS Snooze noting his idiotic blather.

If Bush had, as AP suggests, called 13 different policies “top priority” in his first 18 months in office, CBS would have led the Nightly News for two straight weeks with clips of W wearing it out.

They didn’t, presumably because he didn’t.

Jaibones on August 15, 2010 at 11:09 PM