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Will Slow and Steady Win the Race?

By Dan Balz
"I'm a big believer in persistence," President Obama said at his press conference Tuesday night. No wonder. Just two years ago, Obama was struggling -- not always successfully -- to learn how to be an effective presidential candidate. Now he's in the Oval Office. There are many reasons for his success, but persistence is certainly one of them.

In his first 60 days in office, Obama has nearly overwhelmed Washington with his proposals to stimulate the economy, fix the credit crisis, help struggling homeowners, regulate the financial industry, reform the health care system, initiate a potentially costly program for alternative energy and push to revitalize the nation's education system. Too ambitious, too costly and too much at once, his critics have said.

Yet there is another side to this president-in-a-hurry and that was the Obama the nation saw Tuesday night. It might be too much to call him the plodding president. But there is a distinct clash between the culture of cable, which demands instant action from and renders instant judgments on politicians, and the style of the new president, which is to try mightily to resist succumbing to those pressures.

It's easy to think of this president as the embodiment of the Internet age. His campaign skillfully exploited new media to build a nationwide network of donors, volunteers and advocates. This is the president who demanded that he keep his BlackBerry, which is symbolic of the always-on, always-connected culture that accelerated the flow of information.

But he learned from his campaign that the velocity of information can instantly change the conventional wisdom, for better or worse, and that there is no more to be gained from trying to anticipate those shifts than from trying to time the market.

Three weeks ago, Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner were being hammered for the sharp drop in the stock markets. Obama said he would not be overly influenced by short-term movements in the market, either in judging the performance of his Cabinet or in setting his recovery policies.

Over the past week, the markets have staged the biggest rally since the financial collapse occurred last fall. That doesn't necessarily reflect a vote of confidence in the administration, but no doubt has given Obama greater confidence to resist responding too much to those market movements.

Last week, public outrage over bonuses for AIG executives seemed to threaten the equilibrium of the new administration. This week, after a series of steps by various parties to recapture much of that money, the AIG controversy has begun to cool. Public anger at corporate executives who abuse their powers has not stilled, but responding to those sentiments has been channeled into a less inflammatory process.

Obama's press conference was a reminder that he hopes to operate on a different clock than the 24/7 media culture that surrounds him and his advisers. Part of that is strategic, an effort to buy time. He has said from the moment he was elected that it would take a long time to fix the problems of the economy and repeated that in his opening statement on Tuesday night. "It will take many months and many different solutions to lead us out," he said. "There are no quick fixes and there are no silver bullets."

Obama is in the middle of many battles. His budget faces revisions on Capitol Hill and could emerge without some of the most important of his initiatives. The jury is still out on whether his stimulus package will truly create the number of jobs he has promised. No one can say whether Geithner's plan for the banks will work.

Overseas, the challenges are equally daunting -- though largely ignored during Tuesday's press conference. Obama is finishing up his review of Afghanistan, where the problems continue to grow. The new government in Israel is less enthusiastic about the peace process than its predecessor. International economic cooperation remains elusive.

Obama applied his slow and steady theme to a host of problems with which he's dealing, from the Middle East to reforming health care and education to Geithner's plan to detox the banking system to relations with Iran -- even to changing the lobbyist-dominated culture of Washington. "We've been in office now a little over 60 days," he said. "What I am confident about is that we're moving in the right direction..."

Obama's answers on Tuesday night did not fully address all the concerns that exist about his budget, the projections of massive deficits or whether the public should have confidence in his administration's capacity to handle everything it is doing. Just as he took time to adapt to the rigors of running for president, so too is he now adjusting to the presidency itself.

Whether things are truly moving in the right direction -- and whether, if they are, it is thanks to his policies or other, larger forces at work in the economy -- are questions that can't yet be answered. Obama's message Tuesday was interpreted as "trust us and give us time" -- but what he really seemed to be saying was, "I trust myself."

Posted at 2:19 PM ET on Mar 25, 2009  | Category:  Dan Balz's Take
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JakeD wrote: "For the record, using someone's GIVEN NAME is not an ad hominem personal attack."

For the record, ad hominem attacks are not the only way, or even the worst way, to be repulsive.

Posted by: nodebris | March 31, 2009 12:05 AM

INNOCENT BUT TARGETED.

Google it.

YOU could be next.

Unless Team Obama acts now.

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 26, 2009 1:32 AM

lcarter0311:

Are you certain that Obama was born in Hawaii?

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 5:51 PM
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No he wasn't. His parents were aliens from outer space that landed there and faked his birth certificate. Because they knew their biracial kid living in a racist country would some day grow up and run for president and win.

And that sounds as stupid as the question you asked.

Posted by: AverageJane | March 25, 2009 9:08 PM

I watched Obama press conference on CNN. Whatever your opinion is of Obama... It will be a sad day if newspapers all disappear because the
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I know. I am so sick of the crap. What happened to real news. All this reality T.V. crap is distorting what is real and what is not. All of them have turned into a bunch of talking heads.

What happened to reporting on the news and not what Tom, Dick, and Harry believes and what they said. It's enough to make a person want to blow their head off.

No wonder Jake is high as a kite. In some ways, I can't blame him.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | March 25, 2009 8:45 PM

Everyone,

I think Jake is "high" as a kite.

Didn't I just read on one of the these post that he lives in San Diego some where? Isn't that the part of the states, where the U.S. is having to fight the Drug Cartels from bringing all of that dope into San Diego, El Paso, and Phoenix.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | March 25, 2009 8:41 PM

I watched Obama press conference on CNN. Whatever your opinion is of Obama... It will be a sad day if newspapers all disappear because the chatterheads after press conference whether on CNN, FOX, MSNBC etc... Are just embarrassing. They all want these instant opinions on what was said, who slighted who, how the president looked (he looked TIRED??)William Bennett who has a right to his opinion opining Obama had a bad night?? That he wanted to leave after Ed Henry asked and followed up with that AIG question. What I saw was Obama answering questions and making some good points (I think he made a good point about the charity deductions. Who donates to charity for the tax deduction. You donate from the heart and get a bonus with deduction) and trying to make his case for his budget which is in question. Henry then patted himself on back for asking tough questions. That's fine and is what press should do. In fact after the laziness of covering Bush. It seems the press is getting fired up to challenge Obama which I think is good for Democracy. Obama isn't gonna get everything he wants in his budget and he knows that. Cable talk plays it out like it's a lose situation if he doesn't get everything he wants. Washington politics is about trying to get what you want and then compromising to get as much as you originally wanted to get a real bill passed. Cable news talk shows (not the news itself) where they need controversy 24/7 to drive ratings has caused alot of the bickering and anger between the left and right in this country. When people quit reading and just get news from TV/video... I rue that day if it ever comes.

Posted by: tjirish34 | March 25, 2009 8:39 PM

lcarter0311:

Are you certain that Obama was born in Hawaii?

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 5:51 PM
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Jake, I am not even certain you were born in Hawaii. By the way, where were you born?

Posted by: lcarter0311 | March 25, 2009 8:35 PM

I don't think the phrase (not a sentence) "next question" needs a question mark after it - it's not a question.

There ya go, Mr. Correct.

And yeah, JakeD...we give up. There is no proof that Obama was born in Hawaii. I guess you could say that the fix is in...but it is most assuredly all the way in, as in, nobody in any official capacity is entertaining the thought of trying to have Obama removed from office. It's a dead letter. The train has left the station. Barn door is open, horse is gone.

So STFU - go find another hobby, preferably one involving less cruelty than this one.

Posted by: achilli | March 25, 2009 7:57 PM

The trouble with Obama - is no trouble at all excep, the trouble is, he is in the fast lane, and most all others are in the bicycle lane. It's time to catch up and "get smart" - peddle faster.

Posted by: mzbond | March 25, 2009 7:09 PM

jaked,
You live in San Diego? I happen to be enjoying your fair city this week with my family. Everything has been great except for the traffic. Now, to the point ... I can't believe that you live in such a paradise and have these radical and irrational views. Maybe you ought to walk along the beach or visit a park. Perhaps you live in a bunker papered with Cheney wallpaper. Redecorate! You could also volunteer at the local hospital to hold those premature babies in the NICU. They'll melt your heart. Best wishes!

Posted by: patriciacaldwell | March 25, 2009 6:43 PM

euroguy:

I will walk and talk about whatever I want. Why don't you worry about your continent? As for impeachment, if Biden is legally Acting President, there's no need to impeach Obama as he holds no office (although prosecution for election fraud is still available ; )

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 6:33 PM

jakeD: Stop talking about Obama and his birth certificate, and start working to impeach him, if you are so confident. You talk the talk, now walk the walk. You are such a weenie.

Posted by: euroguy | March 25, 2009 6:29 PM

I am certainly not ashamed of Piyush "BOBBY" Jindal's name. And, nothing is perfect, but I know the difference between major and minor indicators, as indicated on the very link I provided:

"Economic growth is the increase in value of the goods and services produced by an economy. It is conventionally measured as the percent rate of increase in real gross domestic product, or GDP. Growth is usually calculated in real terms, i.e. inflation-adjusted terms, in order to net out the effect of inflation on the price of the goods and services produced. In economics, "economic growth" or "economic growth theory" typically refers to growth of potential output, i.e., production at "full employment," which is caused by growth in aggregate demand or observed output. As economic growth is measured as the annual percent change of National Income it has all the advantages and drawbacks of that level variable. But people tend to attach a particular value to the annual percentage change, perhaps since it tells them what happens to their pay check.

The real GDP per capita of an economy is often used as an indicator of the average standard of living of individuals in that country, and economic growth is therefore often seen as indicating an increase in the average standard of living. However, there are some problems in using growth in GDP per capita to measure general well being. GDP per capita does not provide any information relevant to the distribution of income in a country. GDP per capita does not take into account negative externalities from pollution consequent to economic growth. Thus, the amount of growth may be overstated once we take pollution into account. GDP per capita does not take into account positive externalities that may result from services such as education and health. GDP per capita excludes the value of all the activities that take place outside of the market place (such as cost-free leisure activities like hiking).

Economists are well aware of these deficiencies in GDP, thus, it should always be viewed merely as an indicator and not an absolute scale. Economists have developed mathematical tools to measure inequality, such as the Gini Coefficient. There are also alternate ways of measurement that consider the negative externalities that may result from pollution and resource depletion (see Green Gross Domestic Product). The flaws of GDP may be important when studying public policy, however, for the purposes of economic growth in the long run it tends to be a very good indicator. There is no other indicator in economics which is as universal or as widely accepted as the GDP. Economic growth is exponential, where the exponent is determined by the PPP annual GDP growth rate. Thus, the differences in the annual growth from country A to country B will multiply up over the years. For example, a growth rate of 5% seems similar to 3%, but over two decades, the first economy would have grown by 165%, the second only by 80%."

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 6:27 PM

JakeD - NBER has come out and confirmed that the economic contraction started in December 2007, hence the universal consensus among economists that this is thus far the longest recession since 1982.

Furthermore GDP is a lagging economic indicator, so when you point to a chart that shows a negative figure in the early part of 2009, it’s merely encapsulating historical economic output and holds no forecasting power as to the efficacy of policy prescriptions that were enacted after the economic period under measurement. Even if you were to draw some kind of conclusion from this you'd be well advised to acknowledge that the negative economic output that you reference actually occurred under Bush's watch. Last I checked Q4 equals October 1 to December 31, and we all know who was running the show then now don't we.

Unfortunately you appear to be as misinformed in economic matters as you are on legal minutia. My advice to you is to learn the difference between a “lagging” economic indicator versus a “leading” (such as the stock market, housing starts, the ISM Survey, etc.) indicator. Or simply go back to writing Obama’s middle name in caps. On that subject, why can’t we say Piyush’s (aka Bobby Jindal) first name?

Why can’t we say his name?!?
Why can’t we say his name?!?
Why can’t we say his name?!?
Why can’t we say his name?!?
Why can’t we say his name?!?

Posted by: htruman | March 25, 2009 6:16 PM

Slow & steady, ie: Incrementalism. Thank you Noam Chomsky.

Posted by: reginacoeli | March 25, 2009 6:10 PM

No thanks, Livelife (the "majority" elected Hitler once upon a time too).

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 6:09 PM

i believe that Obama will be a great president. within his 60 days of being president he has done a lot already considering what Bush has done his 60 days. he has mostly accomplished most of the platforms that he wanted to do. although it cost a lot to get these jobs done i think it is worth it. he is a responsible president and he keeps to his words. hopefully he will be the one to change the country and make it better. within this short period of time he has gotten so much done already, imagine him 4 years down the road? this is the kind of person that we need as a president. we, citizens should try to not pressure him so much and give him time to do what he has to do. not everything will be done all at once but as time goes by we will start to notice the good things or even if not the bad things. we should have faith in this president because this is what the majority voted for. just let time settle everything.

Posted by: Livelife | March 25, 2009 6:02 PM

For the record, I am not "certain" that our last President was born on July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut. But, that was never questioned as to his Constitutional eligibility. Nothing prevents me from questioning Obama's eligibility.

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 5:55 PM

lcarter0311:

Are you certain that Obama was born in Hawaii?

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 5:51 PM

The Domestic Policies of the U.S., were either ignored, trampled on, and in some ways have come close to destroying the sovereignty of our nation by the last administration and those that voted for the last administration, not once, but twice.

Thank goodness, we now have a man in office, who has the skills, abilities and hindsight to deal with so many issues.

It is very much understandable why Mr. Obama needs to use a teleprompter to communicate the truth and honesty to the masses. After all there are so many toxic issues that the last administration left him and the nation.

I am surprised he is not using a big screen T.V., to display a list of all the toxic waste that the GOP left him, along with the details of how he plans to deal with everything.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | March 25, 2009 5:47 PM

Excuse me while I barf.

Posted by: birvin9999 | March 25, 2009 5:47 PM

Another question is whether Obama's parents were legally married.

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 5:45 PM

vote_with_your_brain:

I am not contending that Hawaii wasn't a State. Obama's mother, however, was not 19 (for persons born before November 14, 1986). Next question?

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 5:39 PM

For the record, using someone's GIVEN NAME is not an ad hominem personal attack.

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 5:36 PM

Jake D,
I like to be informed so I did a little research and you are misinformed.

Read at your leisure:
http://www.uscis.gov/files/nativedocuments/Citizenship_2004.pdf

"Birth Outside the United States to Citizen Parents
Certain individuals born outside of the United States are U.S. citizens because of their parents, according to the principle of jus sanguinis (which holds that the country of citizenship of a child is the same as that of his/her parents).74 A child born in wedlock outside the United States is a United States citizen if,
• Both parents are U.S. citizens and at least one parent lived in the United States at some point in his or her life; or
• One parent is a U.S. citizen and that parent lived at least 5 years in the United States before the child was born, at least 2 of which were after the citizen parent’s 14th birthday (for persons born before November 14, 1986, the citizen parent must have lived in the United States for at least 10 years, 5 of which must be after the parent’s 14th birthday).75"

Last time I checked, Hawaii is a state.

Posted by: vote_with_your_brain | March 25, 2009 5:32 PM

JakeD doesn't do ad hominem. He prefers canards and red herrings. With a goodly admixture of nuts. But ad hominem is beneath the dignity of this creature who spent a year capitalizing Obama's middle name.

He's something like a worn-out tramp who is quite proud of keeping his tattered tie straight.

Posted by: nodebris | March 25, 2009 5:25 PM

Agreed.

BTW: your = you're

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 5:22 PM

JakeD, it's better to have people think your a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Posted by: kburnett1 | March 25, 2009 5:15 PM

P.S. please note that I never resort to ad hominem personal attacks like "buffon" (although you probably meant "buffoon") against anyone here.

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 5:10 PM

lupercal:

I don't expect him to give up Secret Service protection or even travel by commercial airliner / taxi. If he simply announced that he would stay put at the White House until this financial "crisis" was over (LarryG62 has a valid question whether he even wants the "crisis" over that quickly), that would save $1 BILLION right there.

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 5:07 PM

vote_with_your_brain:

Actually, the standard in place at the time was different for an under-aged mother alone vs. BOTH parents being American citizens. That's why I did not question John McCain's legitimacy to be POTUS. Next question?

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 5:03 PM

jakeD, like why doesn't travel coach instead? why does he even need a personal limousine? that's what taxis are for, right? i fact, i don't even know why he needs all these secret service guys. they're taking a significant toll on the budget.
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this is what i like about you buffons. you're so quick to run your mouths but you have no real solutions.

Posted by: lupercal | March 25, 2009 5:03 PM

darn-i forgot the noon quiz:

follow the bouncing ball folks:

Mr. President writes a speech.
Mr. President wants to take the speech and speak TO THE PUBLIC with it.
He practices and memorizes. (gee, i think every president does this)
Instead of pages on the podium to look DOWN upon...
he looks you straight in the eye, via the camera line of sight (which is right above the teleprompter mind you)
and states his speech.


all together children:
We write speeches and they are uploaded to a teleprompter so we don't have pages to flip and look down upon at a podium.

is that too high tech for ya all?????


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 25, 2009 5:00 PM

JakeD,

John McCain was born in Panama but is still considered natural born because he was born to an American mother. That is the standard, are you not aware of that? Why did you not question John McCain's legitimacy to be POTUS?

Posted by: vote_with_your_brain | March 25, 2009 4:59 PM

JakeD,

John McCain was born in Panama but is still considered natural born because he was born to an American mother. That is the standard, are you not aware of that? Why did you not question John McCain's legitimacy to be POTUS?

Posted by: vote_with_your_brain | March 25, 2009 4:54 PM

JakeD's posts are a little frantic today, aren't they?

Posted by: nodebris | March 25, 2009 4:51 PM

When are all you smart guys going to figure out that Obama doesn't want the financial crisis to end?
He keeps doublespeaking and slamming Wall street and banks. He knows just what he is doing, and that is setting the stage for nationalizing the banks.
Wake up you dummies. This leftist is just doing what his sleazy chief of staff said. He is not letting a crisis get in the way of opportunity. The crisis is a crutch for him to use to socialize our economy.

Posted by: LarryG62 | March 25, 2009 4:48 PM

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 4:37 PM

Wiggan:

It costs over $2 BILLION per year to run that White House! If Obama really wanted to lead by example, he would start by cutting at home and not taking Air Force One everywhere.

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 4:35 PM

Obama certainly has been very consistant. His recurring theme is spending and doling out political candy is something to do now, while the hard decisions on cuts and balancing the budget is something that comes later. Later is a time, ill defined, at some point in the future after he spends TARP, Stimulus, Budget and has time for all of his programs to develop into fruition.

When pressed about where savings will come from, he points to procurement overruns of 30-50%. What is he doing about that now? Nothing. But one day he will convene a summit on fiscal responsiblity. Just not now.

He points to needs to make cuts in Medicare, Medicaid. Has he done any of that? No not now. He wants to cut those and other social programs that are not working after he ADDS brand new social programs for universal health care and education. Does he mention that his new programs may require gutting and overhauling and may exacerbate the problem? No, he waves his hands around and says without an educated workforce we cant grow, and with health care costs soaring, we cant grow. Does he demonstrate how his budget is actually going to achieve an educated workforce or drive down health care costs? No. I suppose that is something to be delt with later.

When asked what sacrifices he will ask, Obama says people are hurting and he will ask nothing. This again is consistant. Sacrifice, pain are something to happen later. Obama is the bringer of Joy.

THe thing is to those of us who have lived long enough, we see that goodies now, cuts later usually amounts to goodies now, MORE goodies later, with never any cuts. For Obama to have any credibility he needs to cut first. He wont do it.

Posted by: Wiggan | March 25, 2009 4:29 PM

mstratas:

Did you notice that Obama threw his teleprompter under the bus and used a giant TV screen toward the back of the East Room instead?

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 4:23 PM

With each press conference, Pres. Obama shows his mastery of the subject matter and of the English language. In contrast to the simpleton we had in the past 8 years, Obama continues to improve. Jake D and the Bushies are green with envy.

Posted by: mstratas | March 25, 2009 4:23 PM

Well Obama is certainly persistant in his priorities. Budget balancing is something that occurs later, after he convenes a summit on fiscal responsiblity, after all of his stimulus, tarp, and budget spending programs have been passed. Fiscal responsibility happens in the future. Now is time for spending with Obama.

When pressed for savings, he talks about things like 30-50% cost overruns in procurement, or the tremendous waste in Medicaid and other social progams, which, of course, he will deal with later. Now is the time for him to create NEW social programs for education and health care. Who knows how wasteful those will be. We musn't focus on that. No, balancing the budget is something to be addressed after he increases the budget.

When asked of sacrifice he would ask of Americans, he points to pain and how he will not ask for sacrifice.

You see all he wants to do is avoid the hard decisions of office and just dole out the goodies with promises to be responsible later. And what is sad is people are swallowing this swill with a smile.

Posted by: Wiggan | March 25, 2009 4:22 PM

Bomer:

I live in San Diego, CA and am retired (meaning I fend for myself). Did you see the chart of GDP that I posted a link to?

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 4:21 PM

gce1536:

The economy was going just fine until September of 2008.

And the housing market was booming right now we know why

Posted by: gkgreen0973 | March 25, 2009 4:21 PM

With each press conference, Pres. Obama shows his mastery of the subject matter and of the English language. In contrast to the simpleton we had in the past 8 years, Obama continues to improve. Jake D and the Bushies are green with envy.

Posted by: mstratas | March 25, 2009 4:20 PM

Jake, you think it was going just fine until Sept 2008? First I have to ask where you live and where either you or your parents (depending on whether ou are dependent on their income or not) work

Posted by: Bomer | March 25, 2009 4:17 PM

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 4:07 PM

gce1536:

The economy was going just fine until September of 2008.

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 4:04 PM

tisch:

I am neither a "moron" nor a "racist" and even if I were, that doesn't change the fact that Obama has not released his LONG FORM birth certificate. For instance, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a "citizen of the United States" and he can't legally become President either. The question is whether Obama was born outside of Hawaii or was otherwise not a "natural born" citizen.

And, yes, I would really keep questioning his NATURAL BORN citizenship if he was white (I supported Alan Keyes -- who is black, last time I checked -- so, I am not the one who needs to grow the heck up). Any more questions?

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 3:59 PM

Bush/Cheney ran this economy into the ground over 8 long years; it's unrealistic "magical thinking" that Obama is going ot suddenly come in and fix it in a few short months.

IT WILL TAKE YEARS AND DRASTIC CHANGES.

Posted by: gce1356 | March 25, 2009 3:51 PM

Obama! (... wherein America changes ...)

Pith: The election of Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States has been taken as a signal to the world that the centuries-old era of race bigotry in America is finally closing.

Explanation: History alone will decide why the United States of America finally chose a person of color to sit in their highest office. To his credit, Obama handled himself with integrity and poise throughout a gruelling campaign, exposing a very keen intellect and thereby shattering all at once the many gross and unfair stereotypes about people with black ancestry. His most famous quote may become his simple comment upon winning the Democratic nomination: "This isn't about me - it is about you."

Consequence: For once, America has done something unpredictably bright. Though Obama is but one man, the symbolism that flies into the White House on his shoulders has mobilized energy and hope among millions of people around the world, of all races, ages, religions, orientations and nationalities. What he has helped us remember is that hope can be manufactured in huge quantities at a very small cost per person. Once we learn this properly the world will be less reliant on single inspiring leaders and can move forward relentlessly by the initiative of billions of diverse, self-propelled individuals.

References: Since this is one of the rare American presidents who speaks for himself, we at socialfarts.com would recommend that the reader consult his own published books, which are widely available through Internet book sites.

Posted by: WilyOldFart | March 25, 2009 3:40 PM

Ok moron Jake D. let go of the birth certificate bs. He is a citizen of the United States. He was born in Hawaii 2 years after it became a part of the union. If you think for one minute that he could even begin to run for President if he was not a citzen, you are more of a moron racist that you realize. Would you really keep questioning his citizenship if he was white? I doubt it. Both parents don't have to even be citizens of this country for the child to be born american. If that were the case there would be a whole lot of issues with all of the military men who marry foreign women and have children born here. Get past it. Grow the heck up

Posted by: tisch | March 25, 2009 3:39 PM

Nobama, great spender-in-chief, is to quote the great Barney, "a hack." When will the i****-in-chief figure out that we are running out of money. Wait a minute, that's right, we can print it all day long. Problem is, who out outside of the U.S. will continue to accept dollars. U.S. dollars will in the near future be akin to Confederate dollars.

Nobama says that all this debt is necessary though. Why you may ask? Because Nobama continues the Democratic mantra, "we inherited all things bad," Nobama has laid out a multi-trillion dollar spending binger that will bankrupt the country and lay the burden on future generations. I wonder why didn't Nobama's grandmother ever teach him about personal responsibility?

Last night in his press conference the Great Nobama tried to associate the CBO with the Republican dark side to minimize the impact of projections showing we will be spending almost a trillion dollars a year by 2019, just to service the interest that his efforts to turn the U.S. into a socialist nation will cost. Yet, the faithful continue to sway back and forth and chant, "Nobama, Nobama."

Read the headlines from around the world:

China warns U.S. on growing deficits, advises austerity (UK Times Online)

China pushes new world currency (MSNBC)

Russia to push new world currency at G20 (Reuters)

EU President: U.S. economic plans "a way to hell" (AP)

Bank of England warns Prime Minister to stop spending (UK Mail Online)

House Dems Slash more than $100 biliion from budget (Wash Post)

WEAK DEBT AUCTION SPOOKS MARKET CBS Marketwatch)

STAND UP AMERICA, STOP IRRESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT

Posted by: 2tired | March 25, 2009 3:27 PM


President Obama has the Chicago work ethic. It's the best work ethic in the USA.
Like the old commerical...
we are the Union Pacific, we can handle it.

of course, attending to the many irons in the fire only opens him up to criticism, in which, the press and others takes full advantage of, since they consistently only see the glass half empty.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 25, 2009 3:20 PM

Time to face facts: we elected a teleprompter. Whoever enters the data in it controls the free world. Obama should end every address with "I'm Ron Burgundy?"

Posted by: zippyspeed | March 25, 2009 3:12 PM

Interesting, you mean President Obama has not solved all our problems in his first 60 days? Wasn't former President Bush on vacation for his first 60 days?

I am very skeptical with this young President (his task seems impossible), but thus far, he's passed every test. The opposition will never cooperate with him (obstructionist, Limbaughist Republicans). It is interesting to watch as his presidency endters its third month. I am wondering how much he can accomplish in his first year ... because it will mean that we all accomplished something.

Posted by: free-donny | March 25, 2009 3:09 PM

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 25, 2009 2:46 PM

According to the early Nielsen ratings, Barack Obama's Tuesday night press conference showed some audience slippage compared with his two most recent live events.

The news special drew a 21.1 metered market household rating across the four major broadcasters -- down 14% from from his Feb. 24 address and Feb. 12 conference (which drew a 24.5 and 24.4 in the metered markets).

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 2:44 PM

PRESIDENT OBAMA CANNOT FULFILL HIS MISSION UNTIL HE DISMANTLES THE BUSH-CHENEY LEGACY 'EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK'

TO: President Obama, White House staff (c/o Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod)


Mr. President:

First things first. You must restore civil and human rights in America before your goals can be accomplished. You must immediately join with GOP defenders of the Constitution to dismantle the nationwide extrajudicial punishment network...

...authoritarian bureaucrats and security/intel officers and their nationwide network of citizen vigilantes fronted by federally-funded volunteer programs.

This nationwide, Gestapo-like operation has made a mockery of the judicial system for the past eight years and has claimed many unjustly "targeted" victims from all strata of society.

Crimes against humanity are being committed across the nation via the use of so-called "directed energy (microwave radiation) weapons" which the Bush D.O.J. recently confirmed are being widely deployed to police forces nationwide.

These RADIATION weapons emit silent, pulsed bursts of various forms of radiation -- degrading and damaging the health of those on the receiving end as well as their operators.

This weaponry has NO PLACE in civilized society -- much less in the hands of security personnel who interact with the public, or with the nation's leaders.

The widespread deployment of this weaponry virtually assures its misuse.

Imagine if rogue actors tried to use its silent, deadly force to induce illness or to disorient, prematurely age, sicken or disable our political leaders.

Perhaps they already have.

Victims of this extrajudicial punishment network also see their finances and livelihoods expropriated and destroyed by coordinated "multi-agency action" "programs of personal destruction" that deny them due process of law while degrading their lives and destroying their families.

The IRS, under Bush-Cheney, has been transmogrified into an ideological weapon of social control and recrimination by these covert "multi-agency actions."

Obama administration officials must address these abuses IMMEDIATELY, before these affronts to the Constitution destroy more American families -- and subvert the Obama presidency.

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IT IS DAY 65 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU *REALLY* KNOW WHAT YOUR SECURITY/INTEL 'MULTI-AGENCY ACTION CENTER' IS UP TO?

http:/www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted):

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 25, 2009 2:42 PM

If all fails, he will blame it all on the previous administration. I inherited this, I inherited that.....SSDD. Just another good talker without any real vision for the future of this country.

Posted by: hvdo2001 | March 25, 2009 2:40 PM

Obama is also "persistent" about not releasing his original LONG FORM birth certificate.

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 2:23 PM

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