Politics and Media Headlines 4/30/09
The First 100 Days of… (by Stateofdisbelief at The Confluence)
Click through for more of TOTUS’s accomplishments, including instructive videos.—Caro
[W]hat has TOTUS done in his/her’s/its first 100 days?
Started a blog
Barack Obama’s Telepromter Blog
Twittered (or is that tweating?)
TOTUStelepromt on Twitter
Obama's 100 Days: The Mad Men Did Well (by John Pilger)
It is more than 100 days since Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. The “Obama brand” has been named “Advertising Age’s marketer of the year for 2008”, easily beating Apple computers… No one knew what the new brand actually stood for. So accomplished was the advertising (a record $75m was spent on television commercials alone) that many Americans actually believed Obama shared their opposition to Bush’s wars. In fact, he had repeatedly backed Bush’s warmongering and its congressional funding… In his first 100 days, Obama has excused torture, opposed habeas corpus and demanded more secret government. He has kept Bush’s gulag intact and at least 17,000 prisoners beyond the reach of justice…
Perhaps the biggest lie – the equivalent of smoking is good for you – is Obama’s announcement that the US is leaving Iraq, the country it has reduced to a river of blood. According to unabashed US army planners, as many as 70,000 troops will remain “for the next 15 to 20 years”. On 25 April, his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, alluded to this. It is not surprising that the polls are showing that a growing number of Americans believe they have been suckered – especially as the nation’s economy has been entrusted to the same fraudsters who destroyed it. Lawrence Summers, Obama’s principal economic adviser, is throwing $3trn at the same banks that paid him more than $8m last year, including $135,000 for one speech. Change you can believe in.
Obama, with his toothpaste advertisement smile and righteous clichés, is a godsend. At a stroke, he has seen off serious domestic dissent to war, and he brings tears to the eyes, from Washington to Whitehall. He is the BBC’s man, and CNN’s man, and Murdoch’s man, and Wall Street’s man, and the CIA’s man. The Madmen did well.
Hillary is ’suprise winner’ of first 100 days, Rothkopf says (Foreign Policy, thanks to mablue2 at The Confluence)
FP blogger David Rothkopf has picked his surprise winners and losers of Obama’s first 100 days, and one of the winners is Secretary Clinton. After stating that National Security Advisor James L. Jones is the surprise loser in the “foreign policy division,” Rothkopf writes: “[A] good place to look if [Jones] wants an example [of] how to do it all right thus far is over in Foggy Bottom where the surprise winner of the first 100 days in this division is Hillary Clinton. She was supposed to be the uncontrollable ego, but instead she has turned out to be the team player who is using her star-power to very effectively advance the Obama agenda.”
Obama To Fox News And Tea Baggers: ‘Let’s Not Play Games’ (Think Progress)
President Obama spent part of the 100th day of his presidency today in Arnold, Missouri where he hosted a town hall meeting with local residents. During the town hall, Obama recognized criticism he's been receiving from the far right. "I know you have been hearing all these arguments about, 'Oh, Obama's just spending crazy, look at these huge trillion dollar deficits, blah, blah, blah.'" Obama then noted that the real fiscal problem facing the United States is the skyrocketing costs of Medicare and Medicaid, not the Recovery Act or bank bailouts, which he said are "one-time charges." "If we aren't careful, health care will consume so much of our budget that ultimately we won't be able to do anything else," he warned…
"That’s why I have said we've got to have health reform this year to drive down costs and make health care affordable for American families, businesses, and for our government," Obama said. Referring to the tea baggers' grievances, he later added, "We tried that formula for eight years. It did not work, and I don't intend to go back to it."
My comment: Please stop using the term tea bagger when referring to these people. It's not only a silly slur against them, it's a silly slur against gay men, as well.—Caro
Obama To GOP: You Have To Start Meeting Me Halfway (by Sam Stein at the Huffington Post)
From the budget, passed by the Senate on Wednesday night, to a stimulus package, the current administration has put in place an economic framework that will shape domestic policy for decades to come. Those achievement, however, have come at a cost to another tenet of the Obama agenda: the dawning of a bipartisan age… Confronted by the fact that, in his words, "there is still a certain quotient of political posturing and bickering that takes place even when we're in the middle of really big crises," Obama offered a stricter definition of what he views as a Washington bipartisan. The GOP, in short, has to start meeting him half way.
No, they don’t, President Obama. You continue to misunderstand the situation in Washington. The Republicans are the OPPOSITION party. They believe in OPPOSING the majority. It’s what we netizens wanted from the Democrats when YOU were in the minority. An opposition party doesn’t meet you halfway, it tries to make you stumble. And fall. And hurt yourself. That’s the JOB of an opposition party. I understand that your political experience was almost solely confined to the state of Illinois, where both parties work together to fleece the taxpayers. It’s not quite that cozy in Washington, and the sooner you figure that out, the better.—Caro
Toobin: "On this whole issue of bipartisanship, can I just ask, who cares?" (video at County Fair, Media Matters for America)
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