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The Rundown

Obama Again Leads in Pixel Generation

By Ben Pershing
It's not often that a politician gets so much attention for making so little real news, but such was the case Sunday with Barack Obama's appearance on Meet the Press. The apparent appetite for the president-elect's words of wisdom is such that he got a significant amount of ink (what's the Internet-age equivalent of "ink"? Pixels?) just for generalizations.

To wit: On the economy, "things are going to get worse before they get better," and on housing, "my team is preparing plans to address that foreclosure situation." Obama did stake out some clear ground on his plan for massive new spending on infrastructure, saying "we can't worry short term about the deficit" -- someone get the Blue Dogs on the phone. (Obama was more slippery on another question -- whether he has really quit smoking.)

As for the most pressing crisis of the post-election phase, Obama said the collapse of the U.S. auto industry was "not an option." Will this issue still be unresolved when he's sworn in? Negotiations on a bailout package remained intense Sunday, with Hill Democrats and the Bush administration agreed on providing bridge loans to automakers but still working out the details of an oversight entity or, in a helpful nod to pre-revolutionary Russia, an auto "czar" to run the show.

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Posted at 8:49 AM ET on Dec 8, 2008  | Category:  The Rundown
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Posted by: zachrd99 | December 9, 2008 12:14 AM

quitting is a process!

Posted by: richyuesq | December 8, 2008 1:32 PM

But I didn't inhale.....ina-goda-da-vida-baby....that's the REST of the Story

Posted by: doggit1 | December 8, 2008 1:24 PM

The ancestors of the (original) American are the Englishmen who have ever admonished each other:
-Produce much,
-Consume little,
-Labor diligently,
-Speak cautiously.
(English Proverb)

The rest is silence! --William Shakespeare

Tô Tấn Tài, FR, Boston, MA.

Posted by: huytu-4w_ed | December 8, 2008 1:18 PM

The deficit still matters. Not going into a depression matters even more. For those with an anti-Obama agenda that it is too complex a concept to understand. Besides if the country went into a depression mwhoke would blame it on Obama for listening to someone with as poor judgment as himself.

Posted by: Gator-ron | December 8, 2008 10:36 AM

Prior to the election the deficit mattered, after the election Obama now states it does not matter.

Another campaign promise goes down in flames.

It appears Obama would say anything to get elected but in reality is just another politician.

Posted by: mwhoke | December 8, 2008 9:13 AM

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