Barack Obama’s publicity stunt speech from the Oval Office tomorrow will clue us in on the answer to two questions. The answers to the questions will only be useful for comparative purposes.
When Obama bores the nation with yet another speech tomorrow, it is supposed to be a big deal because it will be the first Obama publicity stunt televised directly from the Oval Office. This Oval Office address is designed to show Obama in command and not a helpless buoy bobbing up and down on the oily waves of Fortune.
Tomorrow’s publicity stunt is yet another “news management” affair. Recall the picture of Obama hunched over like a long-legged Sandpiper on the beaches of the Gulf, digging into the sand and examining the despoiled terrain? This was a too clever, too thought out, attempt to juxtapose the iconic photograph of George Bush flying over Katrina ravaged New Orleans with a concocted picture of Obama’s hands-on empathy. Get it? Bush flies overhead but Obama digs into the very earth with his hands as his eyes carefully and closely examine the situation.
The attempted iconography of Obama caressing the sand lovingly did not work because Obama could not muster the acting skills to make it appear that he really, in any way, actually cares. What spoke more than the picture itself was the fact that Obama only spent 3 hours talking to the same bumbling officials who work for him and with whom he has conversed on the phone.
So today and tomorrow Obama will drag his sorry ass to the Gulf once again. Obama will force himself to stay overnight with those working class white people he so despises, and that, more than two golf games long visit, will be the set-up to tomorrow’s nationwide televised publicity stunt.
But before heading out to emote to the despised white working class people in the Gulf, Obama managed to get in another round of Golf. The people of Arkansas were flooded out, like their Tennessee cousins, but Obama golfed. When Bush W. golfed, he was attacked. Anyone who mentions Obama and golf, gets attacked by Big Media apologists for Obama. Golf before Gulf – it’s OK if you’re Obama.
So we know that Obama will attempt to bamboozle tomorrow and do the ol’ okie dokie razzle dazzle ’em. What can we possibly learn from this tiresome publicity stunt? The only thing we will learn from tomorrow’s publicity stunt is who and how far these whos have moved from Barack Obama.
When Obama attempted his greatest bamboozlement publicity stunt (not the fairy tale opposition to the Iraq war) he succeeded. Obama’s greatest bamboozlement publicity stunt was the Jeremiah Wright “speech” which did not address any of the issues raised by his attendance at Wright’s church for 20 years. Big Media loved that publicity stunt and immediately declared all Wright questions were answered. For some that toxic belch was a great civil rights speech and in retrospect the stupidity of those that praised that bamboozlement still astonish.
The great Jeremiah Wright bamboozlement race speech distraction was a triumph for Obama and his Big Media, Blog Boy boobs.
As we noted previously, the boys who basted Obama’s turkey, are doing their utmost to ignore the catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. They find it difficult to dig up excuses for Barack Obama and although many try to blame Bush or Bill Clinton for the incompetence in the response to the gushing oil, they know that is a risible defense. So the Big Blog boys ignore the story. Like the iconic George W. Bush flying over New Orleans picture, the Big Blog boys are barely taking note of the destruction of the Gulf coast and economy.
Big Media, unlike the Big Blog Boys, is conflicted. The profits to be derived from coverage of Gulf Coast events has driven “news” anchors like Anderson Cooper to the scene of the crime. Reporters want to spend the summer in beach resorts. Network accountants are happy to book long term and cheap hotel rooms in devastated tourist areas. The endless oil gushing forth is good and free television for networks and cable outlets. So Big Media is conflicted. The profits from the story conflict with the desire to protect Barack Obama.
So tomorrow, when Obama bamboozles, the only item of interest will be if there is informative, and therefore critical coverage of whatever nonsense Obama delivers. Or will the networks absolve Obama, like they did during the great Jeremiah Wright “God Damn America” episode?
Obama’s weak “Claims adjuster in Chief” act won’t matter. The New York Times editorializing on Sunday about Obama’s questionable competence and leadership won’t matter unless it is repeated after Obama speaks.
The only answers we will get tomorrow will be a reference point to see how far Obama’s star has fallen. As we have repeatedly advised, only an electoral 16 tons falling on their heads will wake Dimocrats up to the mess they are in by following Obama. But tomorrow if there is less praise and more critical analysis – what Obama knew and when Obama knew it – what Obama did and when Obama did it – then perhaps there is cause for hope and change.
If tomorrow the Obama publicity stunt gets Jeremiah Wright absolution from Big Media and their affiliate Big Blog Boys continue their silence, then not much has changed at all and Obama is free to continue to bamboozle until November. We’ll discuss the implications of these answers later this week.