Guess who’s gotten pretty quiet this week

posted at 4:28 pm on July 28, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Jim Geraghty notices that the man who has spent July all over our TV screens now seems strangely … shy:

This is not a complaint, but an observation: President Obama has made no public speeches, appearances, or remarks since Monday night.

According to CBS News’ Mark Knoller, he has no public or press appearances scheduled for today.

This seems more than just a coincidence.  After all, this is crunch time on the debt ceiling.  If the President wanted to pick a time for conspicuous leadership, this would be it.  By tomorrow, there may not be enough time to get any solution through Congress, let alone one the White House likes.

Jim speculates that Obama’s advisers may have decided that Obama’s media blitz the last three weeks has just not moved the needle, but I think it goes farther than that.  I’d guess that the White House is getting worried about Obama’s relentless scolding while pursuing the no-plan strategy.  The White House press corps has begun insisting on seeing Obama’s plan in writing, and since it’s not forthcoming, Obama’s team may be afraid of putting him out in public.

This could also reflect some frustration from Senate Democrats.  The Reid and Boehner plans share a similar structure, and Reid might want to get the Senate into position to pass his proposal so that a conference committee can quickly produce something that will pass both chambers.  Having Obama out front demagoguing the issue doesn’t help move that process along, as Republicans could filibuster Reid’s efforts if they really dig in their heels.

But Jim has the bottom line right — Obama very obviously didn’t help matters over the last three weeks with his all-mouth, no-plan strategy.  If one doesn’t want to offer a solution, then perhaps the One shouldn’t be spouting off about those who do — and have.

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That pic…is just hilarious.

He’s just revolting.

aquaviva on July 28, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Mitt Romney?

portlandon on July 28, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Or, he’s just sitting back letting the GOP implode over it.

changer1701 on July 28, 2011 at 4:32 PM

I’d guess that the White House is getting worried about Obama’s relentless scolding while pursuing the no-plan strategy.

Can we Hope that will Change and he will Sacrifice a little and Share with us his plan?
[Peas be upon him]

Chip on July 28, 2011 at 4:32 PM

I thought he quit last week.

forest on July 28, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Yep, he and Mitt are secluded comparing health care plans…

d1carter on July 28, 2011 at 4:33 PM

This is probably because his last two public appearances were so devastating to his image.

teke184 on July 28, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Wow, 2 1/2 whole days. Is that really so unusual for this President? Sad, if true.

Missy on July 28, 2011 at 4:33 PM

It has to be medical. This guy will give an opinion on anything even he doesn’t know the answer.

Oil Can on July 28, 2011 at 4:33 PM

BHO does his best work on late Friday afternoons…

d1carter on July 28, 2011 at 4:34 PM

He’s on strike, because the old media is being mean to him. Demanding to see his plan! How could they! Is it because he is black?

slickwillie2001 on July 28, 2011 at 4:34 PM

he been packin’ for vacation….

ted c on July 28, 2011 at 4:37 PM

the time for talk is over???/

ted c on July 28, 2011 at 4:38 PM

all-mouth, no-plan

Going to be my next bumper sticker.

BacaDog on July 28, 2011 at 4:38 PM

The White House press corps has begun insisting on seeing Obama’s plan in writing, and since it’s not forthcoming, Obama’s team may be afraid of putting him out in public.

Why does it matter when he’s already indicated his full support for Reid’s package? Isn’t that in writing? Obama could play politics by releasing a plan that has the full support of the Dems, but the House would simply announce it dead on arrival. We need results, not more political posturing.

This is the time for presidential leadership in finding a way to negotiate a solution with Boehner and the GOP. At this point, I’m sick and tired of both sides playing political games at the expense of our country’s credibility and the stability of global financial markets. Both the Boehner and Read bills are nearly identical in their failure to make tough spending cuts. Both are inadequate, so debating the ‘superiority’ of one bill over the other is a complete farce.

bayam on July 28, 2011 at 4:38 PM

I’ll bet Obama is wishing he had another $800 billion to spend right about now.

forest on July 28, 2011 at 4:40 PM

The dems are determined to force the deadline to expire so they can blame the GOP. If Obama is front and center “leading” then the appearance is he lead the failure.

Best just hang back let Boehner take all the press (read: heat) when the engineered train wreck occurs.

Mr Snuggle Bunny on July 28, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Mitt Romney?

portlandon on July 28, 2011 at 4:31 PM

+1

mankai on July 28, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Related: Slurpee sales up.

mankai on July 28, 2011 at 4:42 PM

An inside source close to the President reported that he had a comment this morning:

“FORE!”

fossten on July 28, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Priorities – it’s time to start packing for vacation

wubu on July 28, 2011 at 4:44 PM

From Schadenfreude’s link: Harry Reid 12-9-10:

but I think it may be better to do the debt ceiling, raise it next year rather than now.”

Why?

“I want the Republicans to have some buy-in on the debt,” he said. “They’re going to have a majority in the House. I think they should have some kind of a buy-in on the debt. I don’t think it should be when we have a heavily Democratic Senate, a heavily Democratic House and a Democratic president.”

So there you have it. It was a Democrat political game and abdication of responsibility and accountability from the get go.

forest on July 28, 2011 at 4:49 PM

He’s stretched out in his political grave. He didn’t know the real meaning of “shovel ready” when he used it.

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2011 at 4:49 PM

If a leader is afraid of being accountable, he is not a leader. Mr. Unaccountable is in so far over his head that we may never recover from his incompetence.

volsense on July 28, 2011 at 4:49 PM

He is just leading from behind. He is seeing how far behind He can get. Pretty soon you will not see Him. That is all.

IlikedAUH2O on July 28, 2011 at 4:50 PM

An inside source close to the President reported that he had a comment this morning:

“FORE!”

fossten on July 28, 2011 at 4:44 PM

“Michelle? Have you seen my swimming trunks?”

portlandon on July 28, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Waitin’ for the pubs to cave.

Kissmygrits on July 28, 2011 at 4:50 PM

I’m praying hard that Obama will have an epiphany – because this is gonna take a miracle.

disa on July 28, 2011 at 4:50 PM

I wonder if people are sick of him entirely or if he can win them back by chanting hope & change?

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2011 at 4:52 PM

This is a real mess and either the dems (dingy one) have a last ditch plan or their plan is to shut down the gov. If they plan on shut down the House should sit on their hands and wait for the dems plan. This 135 billion deficit a month has got to end, time to call in Barrys tab.

tim c on July 28, 2011 at 4:53 PM

The One who can never shut his prompter up is all of a sudden quiet.

Carney is making a big fool of all of them.

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2011 at 4:53 PM

If the President wanted to pick a time for conspicuous leadership, this would be it.

Uh, when has he demonstrated ANY leadership in the past?

The only thing Barry wants is that the solution PUT OFF any more discussion of the DEFICIT until after the 2012 elections.

GarandFan on July 28, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Best just hang back let Boehner take all the press (read: heat) when the engineered train wreck occurs.

Mr Snuggle Bunny on July 28, 2011 at 4:40 PM

nope, not so…an year from now all people will remember is that Obama is the President-Default, forget about Boehner, he’s not a candidate, most people won’t even remember his name this time next year…This strategy is not working for O’Bama and it won’t in the future either…so, yeah, he should have let this crisis gone to waste :-)…to Rahm’s much chagrin :-(…well, at least he tried…

jimver on July 28, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Obama is sitting in the pool with his swim trunks and favorite beverage watching the establishment Repubs belittle and reprimand the one group of people that can destroy the Repub and Democrat elite establishment.

bej on July 28, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Since when has this WH had advisors who would admit that the One should stay quiet…..? They are all acting like spoiled brats. That is, the WH and it’s staff, from top to bottom!

The topper to this development is the latest PEW poll showing BHO losing, among Independents, to a generic Republican! Maybe that’s why he’s sucking his thumb in the Oval Office.

tomshup on July 28, 2011 at 4:59 PM

he been packin’ for vacation….

ted c on July 28, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Birthday Boy’s got a cash-n-dash fundraiser BD partay to plan for. Probably getting a wax, mani-pedi and some Just For Me hair color treatments. And a crisp new crease in the pants to generate support from the Chris Matthews David Brooks fawning camp of “gosh-how-I-love-this-deity-they-call-just-a-president crowd.

Pathetic, but predictible.

Key West Reader on July 28, 2011 at 5:00 PM

You can’t vote on a package.

blink on July 28, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Mark Halperin hardest hit.

Barnestormer on July 28, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Why does it matter when he’s already indicated his full support for Reid’s package?

bayam on July 28, 2011 at 4:38 PM

You can’t vote on a package. Why doesn’t Reid bring a vote to the Senate?

blink on July 28, 2011 at 4:59 PM

I guess a “package” is a step up from the ol’ “framework” dodge, but it still looks like total abdication of responsibility to me too. These guys are pathetic.

forest on July 28, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Guess who has gotten quiet?

Well I wonder which Elephant is chasing it’s tail. There is no deal, no compromise, no plan. This is all about 2012 finger pointing and I have no illusions who the majority of the public will be told to point at.

The Reps are chosing trench warfare in the era of the tank. What a great crew the RNC has put together.

Limerick on July 28, 2011 at 5:04 PM

“… The White House press corps has begun insisting on seeing Obama’s plan in writing,…”

Didn’t Carney say it was in someone’s drawer over at the Capital?

JimP on July 28, 2011 at 5:05 PM

I’d guess that the White House is getting worried about Obama’s relentless scolding while pursuing the no-plan strategy.

ding ding ding

cmsinaz on July 28, 2011 at 5:06 PM

He’s off eating his peas…

ornery_independent on July 28, 2011 at 5:08 PM

He’s got a fresh wax job on his chest, ready for some cheesecake shots on his vacation. Look out Chris Matthews!

slickwillie2001 on July 28, 2011 at 5:09 PM

You know Obama is in trouble because Harry Reid and David Plouffe have gone absolutely batsh*t crazy in their press remarks. Destroying Christmas and all that.

I mean, what is their excuse when some cheap deal passes and the U.S. gets its credit rating downgraded anyway?

DaydreamBeliever on July 28, 2011 at 5:10 PM

“… The White House press corps has begun insisting on seeing Obama’s plan in writing,…”

Didn’t Carney say it was in someone’s drawer over at the Capital?

JimP on July 28, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Sandy Berger stole it.

slickwillie2001 on July 28, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Geezus Mary Joseph…..wake the hell up. We are being set up to be the goat. Climb on up to the altar. Expose your throat. There were two choices. Expose the bastard for the hack he is or expose your throat. How does that mable slab feel under your back?

Limerick on July 28, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Sandy Berger stole it.

slickwillie2001 on July 28, 2011 at 5:10 PM

lol :-)…priceless…

jimver on July 28, 2011 at 5:11 PM

He’s getting his hair colored to match his eyebrows, and a mani and pedi in preparation for his upcoming birthday bash next week. Meanwhile Moochelle was getting a ‘brazillion’ wax.

Brat on July 28, 2011 at 5:14 PM

“… The White House press corps has begun insisting on seeing Obama’s plan in writing,…”

Didn’t Carney say it was in someone’s drawer over at the Capital?

JimP on July 28, 2011 at 5:05 PM

then maybe someone should go fetch it :-)…to end this ‘crisis’ already :-)…

jimver on July 28, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Meanwhile Moochelle was getting a ‘brazillion’ wax.

Brat on July 28, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Oye. It was a $500k wax she dined and dashed on Tuesday in Utah and in Vale, CO. Not a bazillion wax.
LOL!!!

Key West Reader on July 28, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Victory! 10 millions Americans are reading the blogs. 320 Million watching prime time.

Wave the flags.

Limerick on July 28, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Victory! 10 millions Americans are reading the blogs. 320 Million watching prime time.

Wave the flags.

Limerick on July 28, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Eyore much?

Chin up! :o))))

Key West Reader on July 28, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Meanwhile Moochelle was getting a ‘brazillion’ wax.

Brat on July 28, 2011 at 5:14 PM

I thought she was all about au naturelle :-)….isn’t she preaching the natural everything? :-)…

jimver on July 28, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Key West Reader on July 28, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Victory disease. We’ve all seen. We’ve all heard it.
Count those chickens, go ahead. I refuse.

Limerick on July 28, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Key West Reader on July 28, 2011 at 5:15 PM
jimver on July 28, 2011 at 5:19 PM

brazillion wax = brazilian bikini waxing requiring LOTS of wax.

Brat on July 28, 2011 at 5:24 PM

It in words of Admiral Halsey…

ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK

Limerick on July 28, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Victory disease. We’ve all seen. We’ve all heard it.
Count those chickens, go ahead. I refuse.

Limerick on July 28, 2011 at 5:21 PM

I just can’t stop thinking about what happened in 2010 when Nanzi Pelosi Harry Reid and the Lib’s were defeated in DC and Nationwide. Hang in there. Go for the long game; November 2012.

Harry will have to cave.

Key West Reader on July 28, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Brat on July 28, 2011 at 5:24 PM

OK. Ewwww.

/Phoebe from Friends.

Key West Reader on July 28, 2011 at 5:29 PM

I have a gift.

a capella on July 28, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Teleprompter is in shop for annual software update and waxing

Ditkaca on July 28, 2011 at 5:36 PM

I heard that M’chell is going to have an Obama 2012 logo waxed onto her back.

slickwillie2001 on July 28, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Barry is always quiet on Thursday. Hungover from the Wednesday night bbq beer bash. No wonder – his dad was a legless drunk. Literally.

BHO Jonestown on July 28, 2011 at 5:44 PM

brazillion wax = brazilian bikini waxing requiring LOTS of wax.

Brat on July 28, 2011 at 5:24 PM

:-) I know that…I was just thinking that she’d skip that entirely and go all natural :-)…(oh, gawd, that’s gross :)… given her propension for mother nature everything :-)..but you guys are right, it’s Barry’s B-day, a l’il presie for him is in order :-), especially after all this ‘crisis’ thingy…

jimver on July 28, 2011 at 5:47 PM

He’s too busy packing for his next vacation and planning his big birthday bash. Party hearty big guy while you still can.

UnEasyRider on July 28, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Obama very obviously didn’t help matters over the last three weeks with his all-mouth, no-plan strategy. If one doesn’t want to offer a solution, then perhaps the One shouldn’t be spouting off about those who do — and have.

ROFL! In the world of ….put up or shut up…I’m guessing Obama chose to shut up. FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!

capejasmine on July 28, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Related: Slurpee sales up.

mankai on July 28, 2011 at 4:42 PM

I just had one this afternoon!

Fallen Sparrow on July 28, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Whatever. I’m just glad there’s something that could shut Obama up.

RebeccaH on July 28, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Don’t worry, I’m sure Barry will be back on the air and in our face again shortly.

vcferlita on July 28, 2011 at 7:01 PM

“Better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”

- Abraham Obama

Except that Barry forgot the part about remaining, thus there is no doubt.

turfmann on July 28, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Mitt Romney?

portlandon on July 28, 2011 at 4:31 PM

zing!

Tim_CA on July 28, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Why can’t I just have my spa day?

Fallon on July 28, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Maybe he’s planning his big fund-raising birthday party.

Dhuka on July 29, 2011 at 12:47 AM

Our Pu$$y in Chief is afraid of that big mean Fox News reporter that keeps asking, “where’s your plan?”

MNHawk on July 29, 2011 at 8:29 AM

BHO does his best work on late Friday afternoons…

d1carter on July 28, 2011 at 4:34 PM

You mean when he has more than 20 hours before Rush can destroy his latest attempt at leading from the rear.

The White House behavior over this issue is certainly the MOST pathetic out of everyone involved, but the establishment RINOs are coming in a close second. The Power of the Purse is supposed to mean something. Don’t send them anything with a compromise, send them what you want. Everything that you want, including enough cuts to bring the debt down by 25% in 5 years. When they reject it, demand more cuts. The House owns the power on this.

USE IT.

If the Republicans had the guts to do this, whatever budget resulted from it would cause business, consumer spending, and job creation to almost instantly skyrocket. There are hundreds of thousands of businesses around the globe holding good cards in their hands, and refusing to bet because they don’t like what’s happening here. The moment we can unleash them, the boom would be deafening.

Freelancer on July 29, 2011 at 6:50 PM