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.
Posted at 8:49 AM ET on Dec 8, 2008
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