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Obama's first gaffe

Saturday, November 08, 2008

If any of you caught President-elect Obama's short news conference yesterday that followed his hastily called economic summit, you surely noticed how somber the affair was, a dramatic first step in the transition from running for office to governing in office.

It's natural to wonder if this change in mood is anything like what might be experienced by a dog with a penchant for chasing cars who, after finally catching the object of their desire, doesn't know quite what to do with it.

The American economy is the car whose tire Mr. Obama has just bit into and the first taste must be rather unpleasant. Admittedly, when the chase began almost two years ago, things were fundamentally different than they are today - early-2006 seems like it was many years ago - but the car and the economy are what they are.

Just watch the gray hairs sprout over the next year or two.

As if the task wasn't already hard enough, the press scrutinizing every carefully chosen word will only make it more difficult. This is clear to see today as the word "gaffe" seems to be popping up everywhere after the President-elect commented on his recent consultations about restoring growth and prosperity to the U.S. economy.

In terms of speaking to former presidents, I've spoken to all of them that are living. Obviously, President Clinton -- I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any seances.
This story in the LA Times fills in some of the details:
The passing reference to the former First Lady's alleged interest in horoscopes struck some observers as a gratuitous slap at an old lady at a time Obama was trying to set a positive, professed bipartisan tone for his transition.

The Obama press office received numerous inquiries for explanation and reaction. And this afternoon issued the following statement:

"“President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan today to apologize for the careless and off-handed remark he made during today’s press conference.

"The President-elect expressed his admiration and affection for Mrs. Reagan that so many Americans share and they had a warm conversation,” said President-elect Obama Transition Team Spokesperson Stephanie Cutter."
Well, one crisis averted - now it's on to the economy.

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Anonymous said...

And now Obama comes to the stunning realization that Romney ran a lousy campaign because he didn't want to be president. He just wanted to make an appearance, and will probably be the next "Messiah" after the Democrats take us from the frying pan to the fire. McCain ran about the same as Bob Dole did in 1996. His turn to run, no chance in hell of winning, and it showed. Good luck Barack.

Democracy Lover said...

What struck me about that press conference was that Obama seemed as though he had been recently frightened. Did the assembled economic gurus tell him that his whole platform was off the table because the money is gone?

Anonymous said...

The change (don't you love it) in
Obama's tone is because he just realized he will not be able to vote present anymore....

Troy said...

What struck me about that press conference was that Obama seemed as though he had been recently frightened

that would be due to the briefing he got on the Eisenhower-era UFO basing treaties, most like.

John S said...

"Obama seemed as though he had been recently frightened..."

Maybe he assumed that the media were exaggerating how bad the economy is, simply for his benefit. And now, off the campaign trail, he's learned that the economy is far worse and unwinding into a global depression.

You have to wonder as September unfolded if Obama began to have doubts whether he really wanted to be president. He may have thought it would be better to lose. Unfortunately for him, McCain figured that out first.

little larry sellers said...

I see no evidence that McCain or Romney didn't want to be President. As far as I could tell from these past two years of relentless campaigning, Ron Paul was the only candidate with any inkling of how messed up our economy really is. He made the other GOP candidates look like buffoons in the debates, at least the debates Paul was actually invited to.

I suspect most of our leaders from both parties will be in denial until the bitter end, just like most of the American public.

Ted said...

People please take a step back and consider the new opportunity we have to create new wealth here. If we want jobs, we just need to drill for oil and gas on the oil company's dime, expand the electric grid on the government's dime, and convert housing over to solar paneling using local union electricians installing American made panels. Tax gasoline to keep the pressure on, and use the gas tax to feed the conversions and make the grid.
You don't need to criticize Obama, just let him make the choices that will either vindicate his agenda or seal his fate the other way.

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