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6/15/2010

MSNBC Trashes Obama’s Message

Filed under: Obama — DRJ @ 7:13 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

Joined by Chris Matthews and Howard Fineman, Keith Olbermann declares that President Obama’s BP oil spill speech tonight didn’t aim low … it didn’t aim at all:

Olbermann: “I got the feeling, Howard, that the President would have said “Hey, I was as surprised by this as you were.” He talked how he had approved the expansion of the offshore drilling and said he been assured that everything was going to go all right.

And then he had the analogy, which many people expected would be more contemporary about 9/11, but instead was about World War II and he said something that I found just extraordinary. It’s nice speechifying, but let me read it again:

“… our determination to fight for the America we want for our children. Even if we’re unsure exactly what that looks like. Even if we don’t yet know precisely how we’re going to get there. We know we’ll get there.”

It’s nice but, again, how? Where was the how in this speech when the nation is crying out for how?”

RealClearPolitics also highlights these Chris Matthews’ quotes:

Matthews: Ludicrous that he keeps saying [Secretary of Energy] Chu has a Nobel prize. “I’ll barf if he does it one more time.”

Matthews: “A lot of meritocracy, a lot of blue ribbon talk.”

Matthews: “I don’t sense executive command.”

Click here to absorb the entire segment, and here is the text of President Obama’s speech.

H/T Allahpundit at Hot Air, whose pithy summary you do not want to miss.

— DRJ

28 Responses to “MSNBC Trashes Obama’s Message”

  1. If you don’t know where you’re going—and this twerp clearly doesn’t, well then heck, any old road will get you there.

    Mike Myers (3c9845)

  2. Those that were blinded by the brilliance, are beginning to recognize that the Emperor is Starkers!

    AD - RtR/OS! (728434)

  3. We are not in good hands.

    JD (4b684a)

  4. Day Fifty Seven
    Da Keerisis in Da Gulf
    Big O awake yet?

    ColonelHaiku (79bc23)

  5. O say “I” “I” “I”
    people ask “who at fault?”
    O say “them” “them” “them”

    ColonelHaiku (79bc23)

  6. Brutal review from MSNBC! I almost feel sorry for the O. He is in so far over his head…

    Wait, I feel sorry for me! The guy is killing us.

    This spill is just an opportunity for another takeover–this time, he’s supplanting our legal system with a czar! That went over well in Russia.

    Patricia (160852)

  7. #5 is brilliant. Pure brilliance.

    JD (4b684a)

  8. President Propeller Head!!!!

    We have Nobel prizes everywhere around this dang White House!

    HeavenSent (a9126d)

  9. It is now pretty clear that Teh Won has so devalued the Nobel Prize that using it to burnish your credentials is kind of laughable.

    JD (4b684a)

  10. Why is it that I keep thinking of Steve Urkel tonight?

    Huey (efe02b)

  11. If I’m BP, no way I’m handing a multi-billion dollar patronage slush fund over to Obama without a fight.

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  12. Wow, we didn’t get an inspirational or an informational speech–we got an infomercial for Cap and Trade. Way to go BO!! Way to totally misread the temperature of the country! Among other things this guy obviously needs a speech writer or two who are out of their 20’s. Someone who gets what people mean when they compare Obama to Jimmeh Carter. Maybe someone who could properly apply historical context and depth to speeches about crisis situations instead of boring people to death with inanities and campaign slogans.

    I sense tonight was a major turning point for a bunch of Obama bots. If you skim across the internet this evening clearly it is now possible and even trendy to criticize the president– without being accused of being a racist.

    elissa (e0508d)

  13. colonel haiku know
    when Big O hands and lips move
    hold wallet BOTH hands

    ColonelHaiku (79bc23)

  14. daleyrocks – I would be surprised if they hand over billions to the government or the “independent 3rd party”, given the stated position of the Barcky admin that BP should pay for all of the losses resulting from the ill advised politically driven drilling moratorium.

    elissa – Great point. It was an infomercial. I was trying to figure it out, just could not put my finger on it.

    JD (4b684a)

  15. Obby and Leg Thrill
    Beginning to see the light.
    Guess they’re racists too.

    harkin (865845)

  16. deer in headlights look
    baffle with bullshit not work
    where hide that race card?

    [note: released from moderation. –Stashiu]

    ColonelHaiku (79bc23)

  17. How can you ‘fight for something’ when you’re not sure what it looks like? This is a leader? Holy crap!

    Icy Texan (8b63a0)

  18. I sense tonight was a major turning point for a bunch of Obama bots. If you skim across the internet this evening clearly it is now possible and even trendy to criticize the president– without being accused of being a racist.

    I agree, elissa. We’ve passed the point of ignoring, spinning, denying, or flat out lying. This was a defining moment of his presidency. Unfortunately for him.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  19. daleyrocks – Considering all of the claims ads bp is running today, it does not sound like they are going to roll over for Barcky.

    JD (4b684a)

  20. I thought we already had one of those impartial third party thingies to referee financial disputes. We call it “the courts.”

    Patricia (160852)

  21. Matthews: Ludicrous that he keeps saying [Secretary of Energy] Chu has a Nobel prize. “I’ll barf if he does it one more time.”

    Matthews: “A lot of meritocracy, a lot of blue ribbon talk.”

    Matthews: “I don’t sense executive command.”

    I’m not sensing a lot of warm tingle-leeeys anymore. Welcome to our nightmare, which started in 2008.

    I did not see the speech (could care-a-less as he always says the same thing, which undoubtedly was summed up nicely by ColonelHaiku in #5), but it does sound like a “jump the shark” moment.

    Pons Asinorum (be0f4b)

  22. O&M’s trashing of the empty suit is a little like Maddoff issuing an apology after the money’s gone.

    At their trial, will Olbermann and Matthews claim that they were “just following orders”?

    Apogee (49749b)

  23. I’m not sensing a lot of warm tingle-leeeys anymore.

    Wasn’t Chris Matthews also the one who said that during a particular speech given by Obama several months ago, he didn’t even think of the guy as being black? Or words to that effect, and not much less patronizing than that.

    Matthews, Helen Thomas and her apologist, Eleanor Clift, are like the Three Stooges of a very absurdly laughable version of limousine liberalism.

    Mark (411533)

  24. One hundred seats.

    Kevin Murphy (5ae73e)

  25. “I don’t sense executive command.”

    Well, he didn’t have any executive experience. At least Mccain had some, albeit decades ago in the Navy. I guess Mccain was too conservative for a Carter shill like Matthews, and I don’t really want his support.

    It was fundamentally a failure of the media to discuss just how terrible Obama’s experience level was, and to learn more about his secretive background, his school activities, his terrorist friends, etc. They really let their country down. Obama will always be a story about his so many conspired to convince everyone Obama was something he was not. Everyone thought they were doing this because secretly, Obama was tailored to their preference.

    It reminds me of the beginning of ‘The Dark Night’, when the Joker’s dunce burglars are fooled into shooting eachother.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  26. There is a limit to rhetoric. Everyone knows that, except Barack Obama. Oh, what to do when you can’t vote present.

    500 million for a presidential campaign, plus about two billion in free uncritical support from the MSM and yet this guy just isn’t getting it done.

    It isn’t that he knows it, or we know it, but the world’s leaders know it. He is weak, ineffectual, and not that smart.

    I am more and more convinced that the MSM couldn’t see past his black skin to the man beneath.

    Jack (e383ed)

  27. I thought the speech was okay. There were parts that rubbed me the wrong way, like his attempt to turn the oil disaster into a war. I also didn’t like how he shifted into ‘we need to reform xyz’, telling us things we already knew.

    What would have made this speech better is if he had given it a week after the disaster. If he had said, “here is what we know, and what we’re going to do”. And then followed up last night with “this and this didn’t work, now we’re going to try this”.

    Honestly, I think it simply boils down to Obama’s style of leadership. He isn’t being an executive. He is being a community organizer. An executive selects the right people for a job, ensures they have what they need, and then runs interference by keeping the media and the congress off their backs.

    A community organizer gets hopping angry and calls people and threatens them that if they don’t get such-and-such problem fixed then they’re going to have to face so-and-so. They bully to get things accomplished, and talk about making people pay. This is what Obama has been doing.

    He may talk like he is being an executive, but his actions have been that of a community organizer.

    p.s. I consider a Nobel Prize to be a sign of eccentricity and not necessarily well grounded in a particular discipline. Except for medicine.

    Nathan (136b95)

  28. A community organizer gets hopping angry and calls people and threatens them that if they don’t get such-and-such problem fixed then they’re going to have to face so-and-so. They bully to get things accomplished, and talk about making people pay. This is what Obama has been doing.

    That would be a good point, except that Obama didn’t get anything accomplished during his brief run as community organizer in Chicago. He actually left the neighborhood worse off than before, but he still ran through millions of taxpayer monies in order to burnish his resume.

    Dmac (3d61d9)


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