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Obama on Trust Issues

By Marisa Katz

George Will has written that Obama is approaching the beginning of his presidency as an "exercise in psychotherapy for a nation suffering a crisis of confidence." And tonight, at several points during his first prime-time press conference as president, Obama did sound quite like a marriage counselor.

There's been a lot of mistrust built up over the years, so it's not going to happen overnight....

I made a series of overtures... designed to try to build up some trust over time. And I think that, as I continue to make these overtures, over time, hopefully that will be reciprocated....

We've got to open things up and restore some trust.

Somewhat amusingly, though, Obama offered that same analysis for three rather different relationships. The first line was in reference to the United States and Iran, the second was about congressional Democrats and Republicans, while the third was about banks and public transparency. It's going to take at least a few sessions to work through all those issues.

By Marisa Katz  | February 9, 2009; 9:08 PM ET
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Dear Marisa,

I just love your dripping sarcasm. Wow, this is really helpful - to excoriate Obama for everything he does. I think your attitude points to the value in what Obama is saying - Bush & Co. have so poisoned the well that the only reaction that seems possible for people that are not in the Obama camp is to paint him as some sort of nutjob, laughing snidely, and to dismiss his supporters as brain-dead yes-men. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: marecek | February 10, 2009 2:15 AM | Report abuse

I thought you had to have something to say when you get your article published in a paper. I see now all that is needed is innuendo. As the major point in this piece involves George Will, perhaps he should have written it. It would then have had some depth.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | February 10, 2009 7:57 AM | Report abuse

President Obama's Media Trips to Indiana and Florida:

How many 50 foot RV's from Elkhart, Indiana will be part of Obama's Green Economic Stimulus Plan and how many jobs will be restored?

How many RV's that get 3 miles/ gal or 3 gal/mile will recieve exemptions under Obama new CAFE mileage requirements?

Could new RV's receive the $15000 new home tax credit?

How many 2nd homes for Rich Snow Birds in Ft. Myers and Naples Florida will be part of Obama's Foreclosure Rescue Plan?

How many real estate speculators from all over the country that bought in Ft. Myers and Naples Florida will be bailed out by Obama's Foreclosure Rescue Plan?

How will 90% of Obama Stimulus Plan jobs will be private sector, world class, long term, information technology economy jobs?

He doesn't make "walking around sense"

Posted by: bamvol | February 10, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

When all you've got is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. For our current and immediately former presidents, that hammer is the concept of fear. Bush used it to prod our country into an unwise Mid-East conflict. Obama is using it to goad us into accepting an unwise fiscal policy with implications every bit as harmful as our war in Iraq. The sad thing is that we buy their respective rhetorical garbage of "protecting freedoms" and "restoring hope and trust."
Well, Obama is proving himself as no agent of change. How does the saying go? "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."

Posted by: bend1 | February 10, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

It really is frightening, isn't it? The only thing Obama knows how to do is campaign. Sad. What good is running all over the country spending big bucks? He needs to be in DC talking with economic advisors that know something!! But that is not really in his plans. He is the fear within.

Posted by: annnort | February 10, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

sounds like you and george will have trust "issues" (god how i hate that word);
somebody cheat on you lately? maybe george will (haha) make a good hubbie.

Posted by: sellingpencils | February 10, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

annnort, I never thought of that. You are spot on. He doesn't know what else to do, so when a decsion needs to be made, he delegates, as he did with the bill to Pelosi. This is a real problem.

Posted by: mmourges | February 11, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I was disappointed with the "scary" language that the President has used these past few days. If using fear alone was wrong to sell our "war against terrorism" why is it OK for our "war against depression?" His response to questions during our press conference were long, but told nothing new. I would prefer one to refuse to answer to wasting 7 minutes on a reply that doesn't offer much.

Nothing much new? Or not new enough to meet our expectations? Either way, I am disappointed. The only salve, at least we don't have a Republican in the WH - is that a good enough salve?

Posted by: Illinoismom | February 11, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama’s Flying High

The latest example of corporate greed and corruption is the corporate jet. These expensive, fuel-gulping, exhaust-belching demons of the airways are the epitome of just what is wrong with capitalism and America in general. At least that is what those inclined to the left would have you believe. Even President Obama has taken a shot by implying that the use of corporate jets by executives is not a prudent way to spend money.

Golly, I guess it never occurred to Barry that a corporate jet costs way less to operate and uses way less fuel than his 747. And I guess it never occurred to him that corporate jets generally travel alone, unlike his company plane that always travels with an identical back-up plane behind it…. not to mention the several C-130’s that also go along to haul his motorcade, his helicopter, and about a gazillion people. And I guess it never occurred to him that a ‘quick little trip’ to Elkhart, followed by a trip back to Washington the same night and a jaunt to Florida the next day was not exactly prudent planning. And it didn’t seem to bother him that he was not really doing anything important but stumping for his pet project.

While corporate jets are flying executives around the country – spending thousands of company dollars - to make deals which create profits that drive the economy and keep people employed, the greenhorn President is spending millions of the taxpayers’ dollars flitting about for no other purpose than to promote his pet program – a program which will spend billions more of the taxpayers’ dollars.

His presentations could have been made just as easily and effectively from behind a microphone in the Oval Office. I guess that wasteful spending is merely in the eye of the beholder.

Posted by: MaggieMay2 | February 11, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

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