We are such optimists. We always try see things through Pink colored glasses.
We flagrantly displayed our optimism with our assessments of Barack Obama. We knew Obama would be a disaster but such a megatonage of disaster our optimistic eyes refused to see.
No, no, no, don’t try to justify our misplaced optimism. We have been too too kind. We plead guilty. Misericordia.
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That scamp Bill Clinton was asked by ABC News to judge the first month of the new celestial age. Bill as usual was generous, or was he? We’ll discuss Bill’s generous grading, but one month into the new celestial age here is a mild assessment:
Both Democrats and Republicans have spurned Obama’s leadership. The free-for-all over the stimulus bill portrayed Congress in the worst possible light — no surprise there — and led Americans to view not only the process but the bill with utter skepticism. Delivering a 1000-page bill to our legislators just two hours before the signing deadline (and then going on a long-weekend holiday before signing it) was outrageous. The mortgage relief plan hasn’t been received much better. Most Americans (ninety two percent, by some estimates) pay their mortgages on time; they’re darned if they know why they should bail out their neighbors. [snip]
The White House scramble has led to creeping fear that we’re dealing with the Junior Varsity. I’ve even heard people pining for former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson — hard to imagine, right? (No one quite misses Bush yet; let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.) [snip]
My concern is that recent events have squelched that optimism among consumers, and that the nation’s mood is even darker than it was a few months ago. Remember how Obama derided the “politics of fear?” He’s become its greatest champion.
The Junior Varsity would do better than what is going on these days. One month into the new celestial age and the stock market is down about 10%.
One month into the new celestial age:
There are many ways to assess his first month in office. And here are some numbers – in no particular order – from the CBS News database.
Days in Office: 32
Oaths of Office Taken: 2
(One at the Inauguration, and a re-do the next day because Chief Justice Roberts misplaced the word “faithfully.”)
States Visited: 7
(Maryland, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Illinois, Colorado, Arizona)
Flights on Marine One: 16
Flights on Air Force One: 16
Bill-signing Ceremonies: 3
(Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorzation Act, or S-CHIP; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aka the stimulus bill)
Increase in the National Debt: $163-billion
Cabinet Nominees Withdrawn: 3
(Bill Richardson, Tom Daschle and Judd Gregg)
Cabinet Posts Unfilled: 2
(Commerce and HHS)
Visits to Camp David: 1
Foreign Nations Visited: 1
News Conferences: 2
(One primetime at the White House; one joint session yesterday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper)
Nights Out: 7
(Including a visit to the Kennedy Center for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater)
Visits to Schools: 4
(Sidwell Friends, Bethesda, MD – which daughter Sasha attends; Capital City Public Charter School, D.C.; Concord Community H.S., Elkhart, IN.; Dobson H.S., Mesa, AZ.)
Executive Orders: 12
(The last one was yesterday, establishing White House Office of Urban Affairs)
White House Briefings by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs: 13
(Plus 8 “gaggles” on Air Force One)
Obama Visits to the White House Press Room: 1
(That we know of)
Visits to the Pentagon: 1
Big Media CBS is being generous (Obama jumped the gun on the oath and is wasting much more money than CBS tallies).
Associated Press is closer to the facts:
Rather than the bipartisan support Obama first sought, Republicans remain in near unanimous opposition. They contend that the stimulus package is tainted by wasteful spending and that the mortgage-foreclosure plan leaves out many struggling homeowners while rewarding lenders and borrowers who made bad decisions. Some Republican governors from the South even talk of spurning the new federal money.
Even while supporting the initiatives, some Democrats suggest the efforts won’t deliver enough quick help to make a difference, despite the eye-popping price tags.
Joblessness keeps rising. Consumers and businesses are cutting back. Bank lending remains down. And auto demand keeps falling, with two Detroit automakers saying this week that they may need up to $21.6 billion more in U.S. loans beyond what they received in January.
Rutgers University political science professor Ross Baker said, “There is a degree of skepticism involved. Not surprisingly, people are wary of some very expensive proposals with no guarantee of success or even a high probability of how well they’ll work.”
Even Joe Biden doesn’t believe in the Obama turkeys. Republicans and their allies are already unified and organized.
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One month into the celestial age the race-baiting continues. Cartoonists are afraid to ply their trade. Cartoonists you see, in the new celestial age, are racists.
Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz was in front of a classroom full of black and Latino kids, drawing presidents. He sketched Bush, then Clinton. Next came his favorite, the man he voted for: Obama. “Hey, those lips are big,” Alcaraz heard a black girl say from the back of the room.
Alcaraz was disturbed. “I try to bend over backwards not to make him look like a cartoon stereotype,” and certainly not a racial stereotype, he said.
Editorial cartoonists are bending over backwards a lot these days, as they try to satirize the nation’s first black president. And when they don’t, the result is the kind of outcry that erupted this week after a New York Post cartoon featured a bloody chimpanzee—intentionally or unintentionally evoking racist images of the past.
The problem is, cartoonists make their living by making fun of people—especially presidents—and exaggerating their features and foibles.
The best political cartoons are “like an X-ray machine,” said Amelia Rauser, an art history professor at Franklin & Marshall College and author of “Caricature Unmasked,” which examines the art form’s historical role in political discourse.
“You have to deform someone facially in order to make a larger point about their character,” Rauser said. “But that deformity reveals their inner truth and makes them look more like themselves.”
Cartoonists, racist by definition in the new celestial age, will soon be unemployed in this new celestial age.
Poor cartoonists! We’ve always thought there is something drag-queenish about Obama’s looks. It’s almost as if some cosmetic down-low of gray hairs on the head and cosmetic enhancement of brows and lashes – which exudes a bluish tint around the eyes. Then there are the lips (we dare not say purple-ish as in the video below) which cartoonists/racists portray at their risk:
Michael Cavna, who blogs about comics for The Washington Post, wrote that “an unnerving number of North America’s political cartoonists are bizarrely obsessed with President Obama’s lips.” He followed with a detailed analysis of several cartoons where Obama’s lips were large, some shade of blue, or both.
Mocking Obama will not be tolerated in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
“Being the typical American editorial cartoonist—doughy, white, middle-aged—I’m more than willing to accept that I don’t know what may or may not be offensive,” he said. “But editorial cartoons are supposed to be offensive, and provocative. We’re entering new waters here. What can you use or not use?” [snip]
Ted Rall, president of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists, said that Obama’s race has affected how his colleagues do their jobs: “Without a doubt, people are stepping more gingerly. People are tiptoeing their way through this.”
The cartoonists/racists also better not draw
Mary ToddMichelle Obama.
Short 18 second mild spoofs of despondent elfs (such as this timid use of Eric Carmen’s All By Myself) is all that will be tolerated in the new celestial age.
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Bill Clinton drove Republicans and Big Media crazy. In his State of the Union speech in 1996 Bill Clinton not only outlined all the great news,
[The state of the Union is strong. Our economy is the healthiest it has been in three decades. We have the lowest combined rates of unemployment and inflation in 27 years. We have created nearly 8 million new jobs, over a million of them in basic industries, like construction and automobiles. America is selling more cars than Japan for the first time since the 1970s. And for three years in a row, we have had a record number of new businesses started in our country.
Our leadership in the world is also strong, bringing hope for new peace. And perhaps most important, we are gaining ground in restoring our fundamental values. The crime rate, the welfare and food stamp rolls, the poverty rate and the teen pregnancy rate are all down. And as they go down, prospects for America’s future go up. ]
but Bill Clinton also declared “The era of big government is over” even as he listed new programs after new programs that would help the American people. Bill Clinton drove Republicans and Big Media crazy with his speeches which were wildly popular with Americans. They never understood Bill Clinton’s post-modernist English speeches. Bill Clinton spoke at the same time to many audiences in one speech and did it with such skill Big Media and the Republicans never really understood what he was saying.
Now, we have the Hopium addled addicts added to the list of the confounded. The Hopium addled think Bill is saying nice things about Obama, but the critique is deadly. The grade might be “A” in order to appease the rich endowment fund parent, but teacher knows the kid is just plain dumb.
“I personally believe, based on my experience over the years with the economy, that if we moved aggressively on this home problem a year and a half ago, even a year ago, as much as 90 percent of the current crisis could have been avoided,” he said.
A year ago experience was not a treasured commodity in the Hopium dens. A year ago, a year and a half ago, Hillary was proposing solutions and Obama was still mouthing flowery words. It was last year that Bill was talking about Obama Iraq “fairy tales” and Hillary was laughing (“cackling” in Big Media/Obama-speak) at Obama cupping his radar ears to hear celestial choirs.
Bill Clinton is a scamp. He wants Obama to do what Obama is incapable of doing. Bill Clinton wants Obama “to educate the American people about the dimensions and scope of this economic crisis”. But how can Obama teach what he doesn’t know? Obama doesn’t have Hillary answering questions first for him to crib from. Obama can only do pep rallies he does not know what needs to be done so therefore he sends nervous tax cheats to speak on economic issues.
In all the Bill Clinton faint praise did he ever mention the magic word “jobs”?
“I think you will see some good economic news from the stimulus fairly soon,” Clinton said. “I think you’ll start to see people express gratitude for getting the unemployment benefits, the tax cuts and the food stamps. And you’ll see the money flowing through the economy. Then I think you’ll see every state be able to quantify how much better shape they’re in, because of the education and health money.”
Damning with faint praise, no mention of “jobs” which is supposed to be what “stimulus” is about, while touting his own brilliant economic record, is repeated by the dim witted Hopium addled as “praise“.
“I think it’s absolutely the right thing to do,” he said. “And I’m a fiscal conservative. You know, I balanced the budget. I paid $600 billion down on the debt to the American people. I don’t like deficit spending. He has no choice. The economy is contracting. He has to prop it up.”
No mention of jobs created by an alleged “stimulus” scam, and then with a smile Bill calls “their” stimulus ragged “They’ve gotten their stimulus through in record time, and I think in pretty good shape. Like I said, it may be a little ragged around the edges, but they’ll be able to continue. Teacher thinks the dumb as rocks kid with the rich parents who might give an endowment, should keep trying.
Keep trying but don’t expect much.
We’ll have to remove our Pink colored glasses soon.
America is going from the frying pan and into the fire.
Things are going from bad to worse – and it’s only been one month.