February 15, 2009
— Gabriel Malor Indecision, backtracking, waffling. After 26 days in office, these are the words that best describe the Obama Administration. Actually, given the serial flip-flops during the campaign and then again during the transition, I am certain that Obama's inability to make a decision, communicate it clearly, and then stick to it will be the hallmark of this presidency.
His latest victim is the Car Czar idea, which he told us was necessary to shepherd the ailing Big Two automakers along the rough road ahead.
The unexpected shift comes as G.M. and Chrysler race to complete broad restructuring plans they must file with the Treasury by Tuesday. The companies plans are required to show progress in cutting long-term costs as a condition for keeping their loans.
The administration official said the president was reserving for himself any decision on the viability of G.M. and Chrysler, both of which came close to bankruptcy before receiving federal aid two months ago.
The automakers had been expecting the appointment of a car czar to break the logjam of negotiations with the United Auto Workers over the finances of a retiree health care trust, and with bondholders about reducing the companies debt.
Their mistake was believing him. This president does not make promises he intends to keep. Instead of a car czar, which I admit was a dumb idea anyway, the Administration has hired the steel workers union's "in-house banker", Ron Bloom, as the senior adviser on the auto crisis. I expect that's going to turn out well.
Anyone taking on bets as to when both companies declare bankruptcy?
Posted by: GarandFan at February 15, 2009 06:03 PM (237hA)
Posted by: jaleach at February 15, 2009 06:04 PM (gHrZU)
In principle, I still support you, but I have to admit I get a kick out of watching you sweat a little bit.
Now go negotiate with the UAW some more . . .
Posted by: AD at February 15, 2009 06:05 PM (Rwguk)
Posted by: jaleach at February 15, 2009 06:05 PM (gHrZU)
Posted by: Jean at February 15, 2009 06:05 PM (xCBQ4)
Posted by: Powdered Milk Man at February 15, 2009 06:07 PM (QOw4s)
But we're missing it entirely. Obama's just so damn smart (and clever ubermensch like Robert Reich who advise him from their booster chairs) that we're misinterpreting brilliance for fraud.
Personally, I admire our new overlords. Already Obama's solved Iran, the economic meltdown, and the trick of getting into TGI Fridays with Michelle on Valentines Day without reservations. Now if he could only do something about making her Klingon ass look good in Prada...
Posted by: HatlessHessian at February 15, 2009 06:19 PM (7r7wy)
Actually, given the serial flip-flops during the campaign and then again during the transition,
No, no, no. John McCain is the serial flip-flopper. Reggie Miller said so for absolutely no fucking good reason during the three-point shooting contest yesterday.
Flip-flopper John McCain. Some labels you just can't shake, even when they're invented by a goofy-looking halfwit whose greatest claim to fame is being the least "butch" professional basketball player in his family.
That was roughly 24 hours before El Presidente Obama exhorted the unwashed ghetto thug masses who are the most reliable consumers of the NBA's product to start digging and/or filling in ditches to "remake" this country.
Which was about 15 minutes before Craig Saeger crammed in a "President Obama has called for change" line when asking John McCain why the Phoenix Suns weren't meeting expectations this season.
Something I have to keep reminding myself of as I watch this flaming trainwreck of a President work tirelessly and cluelessly to burn this nation to the ground: it doesn't matter that this guy is already the most embarrassing, recklessly stupid, stumblefuck of an assclown that this nation has ever inflicted upon itself, because the TeeVee is going to be sledgehammering him into the dumb-and-getting-dumber consciousness of the American public at every opportunity.
Ask your Obamabot buddies next time if they're still in love with the Messiah (they are). And then ask them their opinions on the disastrous spendulous, or the repeated botched appointments, or the fact that both international opinion and the Dow have eroded dramatically since Obama was elected, or his naked abandonment of too many campaign promises to count.
They don't know about any of that shit, and they don't want to know. Being informed and engaged and curious and analytical just harshes their mellow, and they came for the mellow and only for the mellow. But they did see Dan Akroyd just stick it in the face of those Hannity-worshipping Republicans on SNL! Take that, whoever the hell Republican he was supposed to be!
Posted by: VJay at February 15, 2009 06:22 PM (k87Wm)
Only being a high school gradjit I guess at I should be shivering in awe at the One's magnificence, but it sure feels more like abject incompetence to me.
Posted by: chad at February 15, 2009 06:24 PM (Fdmhw)
Posted by: eman at February 15, 2009 06:24 PM (ZsOIJ)
Posted by: alexthechick at February 15, 2009 06:30 PM (NuqWW)
Posted by: David at February 15, 2009 06:31 PM (HAdov)
Posted by: sears poncho at February 15, 2009 06:31 PM (uj/0b)
Posted by: Hammer at February 15, 2009 06:32 PM (1kwr2)
Posted by: CoolCzech at February 15, 2009 06:33 PM (iafWn)
Spot on, VJay...it's easy to think your guy is infallible if you never hear about his mistakes. Why would the uninformed get informed about Obama now? They wouldn't have voted for Huggy Bear if they were informed.
THE ONE is already the best president EVER for 52% of the country. It's been almost a month, after all.
Posted by: gator at February 15, 2009 06:34 PM (yUiO3)
I'm beginning to think that Barry is a complete fuck up. Wait until Putin gets a hold of him.
Posted by: Hammer at February 15, 2009 06:35 PM (1kwr2)
Posted by: jbarntt at February 15, 2009 06:37 PM (qSalV)
How long before the fall? Any projections on the year our borders change?
Posted by: gator at February 15, 2009 06:39 PM (yUiO3)
Bingo. I've been saying for a long time that things are going to get very very ugly when Gen X is asked to start paying for the Boomers retirement and the Boomers discover that demanding that the kids they ignored now pay for them won't play very well. It's going to be even uglier when those of us whose retirement funds have dropped 50% still have to pay for the UAW to get every freaking penny.
Posted by: alexthechick at February 15, 2009 06:42 PM (NuqWW)
As much as I love reading that, I didn't come up with it. I think it was Tom Maguire, but I'm not quite positive that's the case.
Posted by: alexthechick at February 15, 2009 06:44 PM (NuqWW)
words that best describe the Obama Administration. Actually, given the serial
flip-flops during the campaign and then again during the transition, I am
certain that Obama's inability to make a decision, communicate it clearly,
and then stick to it will be the hallmark of this presidency."
DosTranslation: President O'Drama's a G_ddamned liar.
Posted by: Additional Blond Agent at February 15, 2009 06:47 PM (d4LHu)
Posted by: MrsPaulsFishSticks at February 15, 2009 06:48 PM (PBGAP)
Posted by: Terry at February 15, 2009 06:51 PM (foKte)
Posted by: sears poncho at February 15, 2009 06:51 PM (uj/0b)
And yes, I've shamelessly stolen this line from people more clever than me. Sue me. I plan on wearing that line out and making it the Obama version of "Bush lied, people died" BS - except that we know only one of those lines is true. If you can't figure out which is which, you're a liberal Democrat. And a fool. But I repeat myself.
Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at February 15, 2009 06:52 PM (sI5Ho)
Due to the unforeseen shortage of Unicorns, the administration has decided to switch to an alternate skittles delivery system.
Drawing upon Obama's experience as a community organizer, his campaign's impressive network of grass-roots activists and ability to identify qualified individuals to assist in skittles disbursement, the new administration has come up with an effective plan to deal with disruptions in the skittles supply.
Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs has announced plans by the administration to engage in a bold nation-wide campaign to drum up support for the new administration. During this critical time in our nation's history, the president will undertake a grueling travel schedule in order to make an appearance in virtually every state. On the ground, President Obama plans to personally insert skittles up the poop-chutes of thousands of designated skittles dispensers so that they may be later popped out one by one at the local level according where need has been determined to be greatest.
Due to the severity of this crisis, even top level cabinet members such as Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner have been pressed into service as skittles dispensers. Sources speculate that it is this unprecedented expansion of the scope of the duties of high level Obama appointees and Rahm Emmanuel's determination to take charge of the Census and become the arbiter of where and who will be dispensing skittles rather than dispense them himself that may have led to the otherwise inexplicable withdrawal of Judd Gregg from consideration for the position of Commerce Secretary.
Posted by: Deety at February 15, 2009 06:53 PM (1jglO)
Posted by: billypaintbrush at February 15, 2009 06:54 PM (dcaua)
If you don't want me, set me free
Exactly whom I'm supposed to be?
Don't you know which clothes even fit me?
Come on and let me know
Should I cool it or should I blow?
Posted by: adamthemad at February 15, 2009 06:55 PM (aUyuV)
Posted by: Jean at February 15, 2009 06:57 PM (xCBQ4)
Man, this guy's terrible. I bet he doesn't even have the common courtesy to drop down on his bulldog-jawed wife. I bet he doesn't pass the basketball when you cut to the basket, either. Typical selfish prick.
Posted by: gator at February 15, 2009 06:58 PM (yUiO3)
I do not think it is a matter of Obama promising things he doesn't intend to keep-
I think it is more he is indecisive, scared, unprepared, and without a clue.
He doesn't have any plan, any idea, any viewpoint- he has floated into the presidency supported by the basking waves of adulation from CNN, MSNBC, MTV, the NWT, and Comedy Central (God help us, those are the sources of power to pick a president- I am going to re watch "Idiocracy" and scream "WHY...Why?").
I will give him credit, he actually meant to do those things he has nowe decided not to do-
He changes his mind when he is told by someone else he should do differently.
The dude (our President) is clueless.
Posted by: Gerry Owen at February 15, 2009 06:59 PM (oGv5F)
Posted by: Hugh Jass at February 15, 2009 07:01 PM (rtmtS)
So this is what President Unicorn ment when he said "The fierce urgency of now!!". What matters is NOW!! If it contradicts what was said 5 minutes ago, meh. Who would have thought that such a hokey phrase would be such a wonderful governing philosophy.
Posted by: Gen. Sherman at February 15, 2009 07:04 PM (blNMI)
"The administration official said the president was reserving for himself any decision on the viability of G.M. and Chrysler"
Holy fucking shit. We live in a country where that statement causes no double-take. I missed the meeting where Obama was imbued with mad business sense.
Holy fucking shit.
Posted by: Gabriel Syme at February 15, 2009 07:05 PM (X2xSP)
LAT writer Richter noted all the Obama foreign policy and national security guys NOT getting Cabinet jobs. A few minutes with Google and "Duh!" Of course they're not -- they are uncomfirmable, with nutty statements, like Winnie the Pooh is a good national security policy guide, or conflicts of interest galore, or old fights over Affirmative Action and anti-White male that will come up in Senate hearings, guaranteed.
So all these guys are basically crammed into the West Wing staff positions, to avoid confirmation fights.
There is no car czar, not because Obama is just a habitual liar (how much would it have cost to appoint a guy that everyone respected?)
Obama probably is a cogenital or habitual liar, but that's not the point.
The point is his team is very thin, filled with flakes, loons, nutballs, conflict of interest cases, disasters, who are basically uncofirmable. Which is why you have all these Clinton retreads. And policy being made by whatever staffer talks to Obama last, and has the best personal relationship. Think the Court of Versailles, with a side order of Borgias and extra back-stabbing. Not sound way to create a good team.
Even the most talented man in the Oval Office needs a good team. Obama does not even have a competent team. How hard could it have been to find a guy with some Car Business experience trusted by pretty much everyone? Apparently, quite difficult for Obama.
Posted by: whiskey at February 15, 2009 07:05 PM (t3UKO)
Posted by: Ron Burgundy at February 15, 2009 07:05 PM (6zr+u)
Posted by: A.G. at February 15, 2009 07:05 PM (JoIvi)
Did not see that coming. What a wacky world.
And by wacky, I mean "totally, unerringly predictable." Like the skittles unending exodus from my unicorn.
P.S. It's almost as if Obama has no executive experience at all.
Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at February 15, 2009 07:18 PM (sI5Ho)
I here by submit myself to be considered for thr post of Commerce Secretary-
Since the Census Bureau is being removed from the Post, and that was the only real work left for the dept, I pledge to-
1) Settle the "who makes the best BBQ" question once and for all. I suspect this will take a lot of taxpayers' dollars and require an on staff Cardiologist, but this must be resolved.
2) Take numerous trips to our nations' Microbrewerys, since Drunk is a necessary component to understand and suffer through the current regime.
3) Spend a lot of time examining the commercial impact and economic output of Strip clubs (Hey, your tax dollars go to this already, at least I am upfront about it).
4)Promise to Break wind loudly in Cabinet meanings, and blame them all on Hillary.
5) Commision a study on the underutilized, underfunded, and underexploited trade in this country involving Unicorns (Ok, playing to the home crowd here...)
6)Pledge to send every Commerce Dept Employee out on Fridays with a Stimulus backed Credit Card to spend frivolously on things like Putt Putt Golf, Chuckie Cheese, and the Sham-WOW guy.
Posted by: Gerry Owen at February 15, 2009 07:21 PM (oGv5F)
Fuck it. We're on the fast track to becoming the NAU in four years anyway...
Posted by: Fritz at February 15, 2009 07:47 PM (ad8lc)
Posted by: George Orwell at February 15, 2009 08:13 PM (v6gTb)
Posted by: MayBee at February 15, 2009 08:20 PM (B/3tb)
You are right, but he is screwing up so badly on domestic policy that almost nobody notices that foreign policy has gone right down the crapper too.
My favorite was from the Foreign Minister of India, when he was informed that Holbrooke was stopping by, and oh by the way, he was going to take care of that pesky Kashmir problem while he was in town:
"You're barking up the wrong tree."
Posted by: Robert at February 15, 2009 09:01 PM (VotgB)
Posted by: emdfl at February 16, 2009 03:37 AM (Mkonf)
This restructuring plan on paper will probably be like the exams I used to turn in when I didn't know the answer. "Use the word 'quotient' in a sentence." A: "The word 'Quotient' starts with the letter 'Q'."
The plan we have to save our automobile companies is to restructure things. By restructuring, we mean to take a look at how everything works and see if we can shake things up a bit. You know... restructure.
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