Well, we knew he wouldn’t be ready on Day 1 – but, really, an oath-taking boo-boo in the very first minute?
Followed by another oath-taking boo-boo on the first full day?
Followed by Caroline Kennedy
given the boot quitting?
Not to forget the wardrobe misjudgments, the Guantanamo broken promises, the latest preacher problems, and the absent celestial choirs.
And a Big Media outlet breaking ranks and issuing warnings that the celestial choirs might not sing at all?
And the television home to the Hopium addled addicts, the Daily Show, kinda sorta agreed with us that Obama is the Third Bush Term.
Oh, dear. Blind Hope hit a wall called Reality on Day 1.
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Ordinarily we would not bother to mention some new Obama boobery. But the Hopium addled addicts are really making a big deal of the Obama boobery during the inaugural oath. The Hopium addled addicts expected to produce YouTube videos by the thousands mashing the oath ceremony with computerized celestial choirs. Thwarted, they forlornly walk into walls, unable to utilize the great video moment, because it is marred by Obama boobery.
Big Media cooperated in the Obama boobery cover-up by targeting Chief Justice John Roberts as the culprit. But the video speaks for itself, and it is Obama who mucks things up. Imagine, Obama the Harvard graduate, neither his grades nor his writings available, mucked up the few words that George W. Bush, the ridiculed as a boob George W. Bush, was able to repeat – without mistakes or boobery. Oh, dear.
The Obama boobery with the oath, led to a second oath. But the Bible, like the once disdained flag lapel pin, was nowhere to be seen. Expect a third oath when bitter small town gun and Bible toting America finds out. Here’s what happened:
Don’t worry, the White House says: Obama has still been president since noon on Inauguration Day.
Nevertheless, Obama and Roberts went through the drill again out of what White House counsel Greg Craig called “an abundance of caution.”
This time, the scene was the White House Map Room in front of a small group of reporters, not the Capitol platform before the whole watching world. [snip]
No TV camera crews or news photographers were allowed in. A few of Obama’s closest aides were there, along with a White House photographer.
Roberts put on his black robe.
“Are you ready to take the oath?” he said.
“Yes, I am,” Obama said. “And we’re going to do it very slowly.”
Roberts then led Obama through the oath without any missteps.
The president said he did not have his Bible with him, but that the oath was binding anyway.
The original, bungled version on Tuesday caught observers by surprise and then got replayed on cable news shows.
It happened when Obama interrupted Roberts midway through the opening line, in which the president repeats his name and solemnly swears.
Next in the oath is the phrase ” … that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States.” But Roberts rearranged the order of the words, not saying “faithfully” until after “president of the United States.”
That appeared to throw Obama off. He stopped abruptly at the word “execute.”
Recognizing something was off, Roberts then repeated the phrase, putting “faithfully” in the right place but without repeating “execute.”
But Obama then repeated Roberts’ original, incorrect version: “… the office of president of the United States faithfully.”
Craig, the White House lawyer, said in a statement Wednesday evening: “We believe the oath of office was administered effectively and that the president was sworn in appropriately yesterday. Yet the oath appears in the Constitution itself. And out of the abundance of caution, because there was one word out of sequence, Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath a second time.”
The Constitution is clear about the exact wording of the oath and as a result, some constitutional experts have said that a do-over probably wasn’t necessary but also couldn’t hurt. Two other previous presidents have repeated the oath because of similar issues, Calvin Coolidge and Chester A. Arthur.
Such boobery reminds one of the maligned Dan Quayle spelling “potato”. As to the lack of a Bible, Obama could have called one of his many preacher friends to ask for a Bible. Obama could have gone to a hotel to get a Gideon Bible, or maybe there is a Bible in the White House library.
Perhaps, instead of an Abe Lincoln Bible, so useful as propaganda when millions were watching, Obama could have requested the Coolidge or Chester Arthur Bible.
But Obama is as cavalier with Bibles apparently as he is with documents and flag lapel pins. We usually wouldn’t mention the Bible and flag lapel pin missing but Obama makes such a display of them these days we don’t want him to think we are careless.
Obama and the Hopium addled addicts are not cavalier or careless about protecting Obama however. Big Media, continues to blame the Chief Justice and exonerating Obama. Joe Biden joined in the blame game too:
This time, the recitation jibed perfectly with the prescribed oath and took 25 seconds. Obama raised his right hand and kept his left at his side. There was no Bible, Lincoln or otherwise. [snip]
The re-inauguration came just a few hours after Vice President Joe Biden mocked Roberts for his misstep.
“My memory is not as good as Justice Roberts,” Biden said at the swearing in of White House staffers Wednesday afternoon.
The staffers in the room laughed, but Obama stood stone faced and visibly annoyed.
Obama does not like to be reminded of his boobery even when someone else is blamed. Obama also almost voted for Chief Justice John Roberts but eventually cast a “no” vote instead of being absent – because it would not look good in a Democratic primary. Obama also realizes that John Roberts, as Chief Justice, is not exactly helpless nor useless. Roberts could legally hurt Obama in more ways than one.
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On Day 1 we also waited for an apology, or some sort of action from B.O., for the remarks by a preacher, not Rick Warren, at the inaugural.
The Rev. Joseph Lowery, a leader during the civil rights movement and former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, delivered the inaugural ceremony’s benediction Tuesday on the west front of the U.S. Capitol.
“We truly give thanks for the glorious experience we’ve shared this day,” Lowery, 87, said in delivering the prayer.
He asked that Americans cling to the spirit of fellowship embodied at the inauguration.
“We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right,” Lowery said.
Obama who spoke pretty words asking for an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics has yet to say a word about Reverend Lowery’s hurtful words. Reverend Lowery is a good man with a long history, but at the inaugural he was much too low. When will Obama speak out against Lowery’s petty grievances, recriminations, and patently false anti-white diatribe? On Day 2?
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The Obama Drama surrounding Caroline Kennedy ended the day. It’s too painful to recount. A story published in the New York Post stated that Caroline Kennedy had been told by Governor David Paterson that she would continue to have lots of free time.
Then NBC, with its typical low standards and misinformation, informed the nation that Caroline Kennedy was still chasing the fox with her hounds. She was still in the hunt. She had not quit before getting fired. Around midnight, “for personal reasons” as believable as her ability to do the Senate job, Caroline put a feather in her cap and called it Macaroni. Caroline, in other words, drove over the bridge, quit.
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The finger bowl crowd in Washington, D.C. hated the Clintons. People like Caroline and Ted Kennedy merely bided their time to stick a knife in the backs of Hillary and Bill Clinton. One favorite and silly line of attack was Bill Clinton’s love of do-overs when playing golf. A do-over in golf is called a “mulligan”. Obama on Day 1 became the Mulligan Man.
Obama was not ready to even take an oath consisting of a few words. Perhaps he should have employed a TelePrompter. Instead, a mulligan was taken. Caroline, well, it turned out she was no Roland Burris. Caroline has had plenty of mulligans in her life.
Obama is also taking a mulligan on Guantanamo. We thought so. We wrote so. The Third Bush Term. In classic doublespeak Obama is saying ‘I will shut down Guantanamo and keep it open.’ Ohhbama can’t be trusted. The Center For Constitutional Rights is wringing its hands. Reality is Reality and Blind Hope has hit a wall.
It was always to be expected it would turn out this way. Only the Hopium addled, Obama lava lamps burning, did not know.
Here are seven reasons to be skeptical of Obama’s chances — and the Washington establishment he now leads:
1. The genius fallacy
There is no disputing Obama has built a Cabinet of sharp and experienced public officials. His staff, especially on national security and economic matters, is often praised as brilliant — and that’s by Republicans.
But recent history teaches us to be wary of the larger-than-life Washington figures supposedly striding across history’s stage. Consider the economy. Everyone seems to agree Larry Summers and Timothy Geithner are smart, vastly qualified to manage and repair the economy.
Everyone was saying the exact same things about the two economic geniuses of the 1990s: Robert Rubin and Alan Greenspan. Now Rubin has been reduced to making excuses for his involvement in high-risk investments and for helping oversee the demise of Citigroup, which lost $10 billion in the past three months alone. The onetime oracular Greenspan has admitted to Congress that his once-revered economic philosophy had “a flaw,” and many blame him for turning a blind eye to the housing bubble. [snip]
The reception of the Obama economic team recalls the reception of President George W. Bush’s foreign policy team eight years ago. Many Democrats applauded the experience of Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell.
As Bush named his national security team in 2000, The New York Times editorialized: “Putting superstar players on the court does not always guarantee harmony or success.” In retrospect, that was an understatement, indeed.
Need we mention that it was two Harvard men who could not get a simple oath right?
2. The herd instinct
Some of Washington’s biggest blunders occur when the government moves to do big things with big support. Bush won the much-regretted Iraq war resolution of October 2002 with strong Democratic backing.
The current economic crisis produces similar pressure to get on board the train — never mind for sure where it’s going. [snip]
First up is the stimulus package that could top $900 billion. It is a mind-numbing number rarely contemplated in U.S. history — and yet it might not work. There are no guarantees people will spend money the government doles out or that it will be enough to offset miserable economic performance elsewhere.
The history isn’t encouraging.
Rewind just a few months back. Republicans and Democrats alike said the best of many bad options was to approve $700 billion to prop up banks, mainly to thaw the credit freeze and juice the economy. Half the money is gone now. Many banks took the cash and sat on it. Some used it increase lending. But much of it was wasted or unaccounted for. Now Washington wants to spend the rest of it.
Did we mention we opposed the bailout bills last year? Hillary Clinton knew what to do. Obama? Not a clue.
3. We are broke. [snip]
One month from now, Democrats will likely have passed the massive stimulus bill and Obama will have signed it into law. The new Treasury Department will be well on its way to spending the second $350 billion chunk of the $700 billion bank bailout fund.
After this rush of activity, the ability to spend during the balance of Obama’s first term — never mind if there is a second — will be sharply constrained.
Instead, the new administration and lawmakers on Capitol Hill will awaken to another first: the prospect of the national deficit approaching $2 trillion. For most, these numbers are simply too big to ponder. But ponder this: This country has never reckoned with deficits like these.[snip]
Social Security’s surpluses “begin to decline in 2011 and then turn into rapidly growing deficits as the baby boom generation retires,” according to one recent report. “Medicare’s financial status,” the report said, “is even worse.”
Basically, the government needs more money than ever at a time when people are losing jobs, income and confidence.
A lot of people want their pockets filled with that Social Security money that does not belong to them. Social Security is not in crisis no matter how many times Obama and Big Media say so. Stop looting Social Security and all is well. The problem is the crimelords from Chicago want that money.
4. Words, words, words
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, though starkly different men, both viewed the presidency as pre-eminently a decision-making job. Clinton often waved away speech drafts bloated with lofty language by saying: “Words, words, words.”
Obama seems to have a different view of the presidency. He thinks that the right decisions can be reached by putting reasonable and enlightened people together and reaching a consensus. He believes his job as president is to educate and inspire, largely matters of style. [snip]
We don’t know yet how justified Obama is in his self-confidence — or how naive.
But he is almost certain to face many tests, probably imminently, in which the test will be Obama’s ability to act quickly and shrewdly — and not merely describe his actions smoothly or impress people with nuance. And an unlike a governor — who must decide what’s in a budget and what gets cut, or whether a person to be executed at midnight should be spared — Obama has not made many decisions for which the consequences affect more than himself.
Now they tell us that Obama has only done for himself; that Obama just might be naive; that he has never done anything but talk, talk, talk.
5. He rarely challenges the home team. [snip]
In fact, there are few examples of him making decisions during the campaign or the transition that offended his own party’s constituencies, or using rhetoric that challenged his own supporters to rethink assumptions or yield on a favored cause.[snip]
This is not a good sign. By Obama’s lights, the national interest usually coincides with his personal interest. Back to you, Church Lady.
Now they tell us. It’s what we have been writing since April 2007 and getting attacked for saying. Now they echo us.
6. Everyone is winging it.
No matter how much confidence Obama or other politicians project, the reality is the current economic crisis has totally scrambled the intellectual assumptions of almost every policymaker. People who used to bemoan deficits want to spend like crazy. Improvisation is the only proper response. But the chances that improvisation will take the country to exactly the right destination — without some serious wrong turns along the way — seem very slight.
Did we mention Obama is not qualified to be president, does not know what he is doing; that Obama is a flim-flam man who brings with him the looting crimelords of Chicago?
7. The watchdogs are dozing.
The big media companies that once invested in serious accountability journalism are shells of their former selves. The Tribune Co. — in other words, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune — has slashed its Washington staff by more than half. Newspaper chains such as Cox are fleeing D.C. altogether.[snip]
Think back eight years to the pre-Iraq war reporting and consider the words of Scott McClellan in his otherwise humdrum book.
“The collapse of the administration’s rationales for war, which became apparent months after our invasion, should never have come as such a surprise,” McClellan wrote. “In this case, the ‘liberal media’ didn’t live up to its reputation. If it had, the country would have been better served.”
Rigorous reporting is even more important when you have one-party rule in Washington. Democrats, like Republicans, are simply less likely to scrutinize a president of their own. The end result here: Don’t expect the Democratic Congress to investigate the Obama administration or hold a bunch of tough oversight hearings. That means the only real check on Obama is the same one it’s always been — the voters.
Big Media will not investigate their tool – Barack Obama. The economy will be looted. Obama will be the Mulligan Man forever.
The voters will eventually fight back.
But for the next few months, the rats will loot and feed.