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White House Cheat Sheet: Bypassing the Media Filter


President Barack Obama is using the grassroots machine built during the campaign to short-circuit the media. (Photo by Ron Charles of the Associated Press)

During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama and his team learned a very important lesson that they are seeking to put into practice in the White House: the power of the media is overrated.

Time and again during the campaign, Obama used his burgeoning grassroots army -- now more than 13 million email addresses strong -- to push out the message that he wanted to dominate the day rather than the message the media was focused on.

Utilizing You Tube and a variety of other social networking media, Obama was able to speak directly to his supporters and, as importantly, to undecided voters about the issues of the day.

That strategy has carried over in the White House, the most striking example of which has been the use of YouTube to turn a non-news event -- the weekly Saturday radio address -- into a newsmaker.

And this week, in the midst of a self-inflicted mini-crisis regarding the withdrawals of Nancy Killefer and Tom Daschle, Obama was at it again.

In an email -- with an accompanying YouTube video from Obama -- campaign manager David Plouffe urged support for the president's economic stimulus plan. "You can help make sure the American people have all the facts so they can support this crucial effort to boost our struggling economy," wrote Plouffe. "The President is leading. Help is on the way."

Because of Obama's reach -- 13 million email addresses is a stunning number -- these sorts of tactics (Daschle? Daschle who?) have the potential to quickly re-focus the American public on the economic stimulus package rather than allow people to linger on the Daschle withdrawal and what it says about Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and the president's judgment more broadly.

All of that is not to say the media doesn't have a role to play. But, Obama has a unique ability to end-run the media filter and use technology to make it stick.

News Nugget: President Obama will significantly ramp up his salesmanship of his economic stimulus plan over the next week with a prime time news conference planned for Monday and an address from the Oval Office on the topic also being considered. Obama is coming under increasing pressure to convince wavering senators of the necessity of the $900 billion stimulus package following a report in the Post on Wednesday that Democratic leaders do not have the votes to pass the bill as is. Obama outlined his plans for the press conference and potential Oval Office address during a stop at the Senate Democrats' retreat at the Newseum on Wednesday in response to a question from California Sen. Barbara Boxer about how he would sell the American people on the bill, according to a source in the room.

Sked Stuff: President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will huddle with House Democrats today in Williamsburg, Va. -- the first chance for many members of the House to kibitz with the new president since his swearing-in last month. Remember that Obama has a powerful liaison to the House in White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel -- a former member from Illinois and past chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Kaine Meets and Greets: Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine met with the full staff of the Democratic National Committee Wednesday, his first such meeting since being appointed as chairman of the group in January by President Obama. Kaine echoed the goals he laid out when he was introduced publicly -- promote Obama agenda, build on the work done during the campaign and serve as a strong surrogate for the party -- and took questions from the staff. "He spoke to the fact that transition can be anxiety provoking and that while there will be some changes, new people, he really tried to tell people not to worry," said a source in the room. Kaine also taped the video that will be shown at this weekend's economic recovery house parties being put together by "Organizing for America."

Chidlow Moves On: Speaking of the DNC, the organization is losing its finance director as Carl Chidlow is leaving to join the D.C. office of the lobby shop Tew-Cardenas. Chidlow oversaw fundraising at the DNC during the 2008 cycle and prior to that led Grassroots Democrats -- a liberal 527 group. He also spent roughly a year (Jan. 2003 to Nov. 2003) as the deputy finance director for Sen. John Kerry's (Mass.) presidential campaign. "I look forward to working with this
talented team of attorneys and professionals," Chidlow emailed the Fix.

Strickland's Senate Choice?: Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has weighed in on behalf of Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher in the open seat race to replace retiring Sen. George Voinovich (R). "My commitment is to him first," Strickland told Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Mark Naymik. "I believe Lee would be the strongest candidate if he were to choose to run." Some knowledgeable Democrats suggest that Strickland's comments do not constitute an endorsement but rather simply a required vote of confidence in his lieutenant governor. Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Reps. Tim Ryan and Zack Space are all still looking at the contest and new polling by Quinnipiac University suggests that there is no clear favorite for the Democratic nomination. Fisher received 18 percent to 16 percent for Brunner and 14 percent for Ryan. On the Republican side, former Rep. Rob Portman received 33 percent to 11 percent for state Auditor Mary Taylor.

Yepsen Says Goodbye: David Yepsen, the legendary political reporter for the Des Moines Register, is leaving that post to take up residence at Southern Illinois University (Go Salukis!) where he will head up the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Yepsen, 58, has covered every caucus since 1976 -- two years after he started at the paper. In an interview with the Fix, Yepsen fondly remembered a press conference in 1975 when he was the only reporter to show up to cover then Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter (D). Yepsen, Carter and press aide Jody Powell had lunch and talked politics, he recalled; "It was a kinder, gentler, simpler time," said Yepsen. Yepsen hopes to focus on ethics reform and higher education from his new post although he will keep a foot in Iowa as his wife will continue to live and work in Des Moines. With Yepsen gone from the Register, there is an opening for a new dean of Iowa's political reporters. The names to watch according to Iowa insiders: Associated Press' Mike Glover, Des Moines Register's Tom Beaumont and Radio Iowa's O. Kay Henderson.

Swift Boat Vets Vet Opens Shop: Rick Reed, one of the media consultants behind the famous/infamous Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads during the 2004 presidential campaign, is opening up his own shop. "I plan to keep my fingers in the politics game but this new venture gives me greater flexibility to take on projects that have nothing to do with politics," said Reed. The firm Reed is leaving -- SRPC Media -- is coming off a very successful cycle, having made the ads for Reps. Lynn Jenkins (Kan.) and Bill Cassidy (La.), both of whom knocked off Democratic incumbents last November.

Say What?: "The sausage race is the beginning of the next inning. So just stay tuned." -- White House press secretary Robert Gibbs seeking to draw on this as a metaphor for the economic stimulus package.

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If Barack Obama is bypassing the media, he's in good company.

I too joined... perhaps as many as hundreds of thousands of Obama supporters... in listening and watching the 21st century version of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's fireside chats.

In a series of 30 evening radio broadcasts between 1933 and 1944, FDR appealed to Americans for help getting his agenda passed and getting us through the Great Depression and World War II. Letters would pour in to Congress following each of these "chats," which helped pressure legislators to pass measures Roosevelt had proposed. President Obama, I am sure, is hoping for much the same.

In the video address – e-mailed to the hosts and hostesses of Economic Recovery House Meetings, in neighborhoods coast-to-coast – Obama discussed his plan to solve our economic crisis. He explained the need for urgent action and outlined the core principles that, he says, will guide our road to recovery.

“America is facing an urgent and unprecedented challenge,” Obama presidential campaign manager David Plouffe, e-mailed supporters over the weekend. “The economic crisis requires bold and immediate action. It’s up to all of us to make sure friends, family, and neighbors know the facts about this plan and how it will affect them and their families.”

Talk about a “bully pulpit” !!!

For more, please go to: http://www.examiner.com/x-2292-Chicago-Obama-Administration-Examiner

Posted by: lhweston | February 9, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Politics of the "Small Government" "No Regulations" "No Taxes" is dead. If Republicans wants to hang on to the deadwood of the past it's up to them. Old dogs seldom learn new tricks! What president Obama is trying accomplish to create a strong future for America. His plain is to build and lay the foundation for a strong future in terms of healthcare, infrastructure, schools and universities, research and science, education and jobs, business and industry to prosper and America to be strong and lead the world. That required ground-work. Just like FDR did and Eisenhower did. Who’s holding all this back? Fairly and squarely it is obvious Republicans are holding America from going forward by their narrow-minded, provincial and past-based politics.

Posted by: elytis | February 7, 2009 3:07 AM | Report abuse

"Organizing America" is a crazy George Soros propoganda website. Watch out! This is how Fabian Socialism takes hold. Free speech not welcome. Try to ask some real relative questions about what's going on in D.C. today -- you get cut off. It is really weird for our president to have such a weird organization -- it's creepy if you ask me. It also happens if you go to one of these "Organizing America" Obama videos on youtube and try to leave a comment. You get cut off -- only comments that kiss Obama's rear can be posted. Well, as you know Eric Schmidt (Obama's BFF) owns Youtube. It's all too strange. I love free speech -- I appreciate dialogue -- and often you can find it on the internet -- but when there are sites that moderate to this freaky degree, then you've got to question their motives.

Barry, the campaign is over -- the propaganda should stop and you should start doing what's best for all Americans -- you're dealing with more than just the moveon people now, and the rest of us know a little more about history, the constitution, economics -- we aren't going to fall for that college student nonsense. Time to grow up, Barry -- I know you've never had one, but this is real job now.

Posted by: scecil1 | February 6, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking forward to learning more about the economic recovery plan at one of the parties this weekend. That's another way Obama is "getting around the media filter" to use your language.

As a big fan of the media, though, I don't see this as "getting around the media," which implies the media is some kind of obstacle or barrier. It isn't. I love the Fix, the Wapo, lots of other sources, and can't get enough of them. The Fix HyperTwitter of the RNC Chair race took up an entire afternoon and I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

To me, the parties and grassroots activism, YouTube, WhiteHouse.gov, and so forth, are "in addition to" the media, not "getting around" the media. The more information the better.

The media gives me an outside perspective and a more cynical horse race, political perspective (like your sad but accurate point in another post that Michael Steele's first job may be to oppose Obama's choice for Supreme Court Justice, no matter who that choice may be and regardless of the merits). These alternative sources give me more actual details and an explanation of what the idea or rationale is behind them, and how they fit into a coherent approach.

I like having them all.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | February 6, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't passing this have helped the real-estate market? Maybe I'm missing something.
The tax cut, as I read it, would have benefited those in lower tax bracket.

"A plan by Republicans in the Senate aimed at pushing mortgage rates lower has gone down to defeat at the hands of Democrats.

The plan by Nevada Republican John Ensign would have encouraged banks to issue mortgages with interest rates of 4 to 4.5 percent. The government-controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would have bought the mortgages on the secondary market. Jumbo loans would have been ineligible.

Democrats killed the idea Thursday night by a 62-35 vote.

The plan also contained an assortment of expensive tax cuts such as cutting the bottom 10 percent income tax rate in half for two years.

New York Democrat Charles Schumer said the plan was too expensive and would provide a windfall to banks charging fees to refinance mortgages."

Posted by: njtou | February 6, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

This is ridiculous.

Posted by: newbeeboy | February 6, 2009 7:50 AM | Report abuse

"and let's see...it's day 17. And you all expect miracles.
well isn't that special. How about this.
How about we put Bush back in office and he can shove the Bush Doctrine down our throats as well as trying to shove it down every other country's throat.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo"

You've said it well. The best thing people can do is top watching the news outlets. Then they can stop thinking these problems should be cleared up by noon. It will take years to fix this mess.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | February 6, 2009 7:23 AM | Report abuse

What? People didn't expect the Republicans to behave like children with an Oppositional Defiance Disorder?
Where have you people been for the last 8 years?


The Repuglicans have majored in denial, distraction and defiance over anything remotely Democratic for about 30 years now. Its sort of like Abby Hoffman's ,
"Revolution for the Hell of It", only its really, "Anti-Change for the Hell of It".


There is no reasoning with Repuglicans because they care more about their decrepit ideology than the good of the country and they always have. There are no principles involved with them. You would think that after getting blown out in two straight elections and having their party shrink down to the point where they are basically just a regional party (the South) that they would finally start acting reasonable...and you would think wrong. Reagan was a myth. Bush was a Nightmare on Wall Street and the battlefield.


You need any more proof?

Posted by: DrainYou | February 6, 2009 1:17 AM | Report abuse

SEAN (HATES AMERICA) HANNITY SAY'S PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IS USING SCARE TACTICS.

SAYING THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA IS USING OUR ECONOMY AS A TERROR TOOL. TO HELP TO HAVE HIS BILL PASSED BY CALLING OUR ECONOMY THE WORSE IN MODERN HISTORY. AND WE WILL REGRET THIS IF WE DO NOTHING NOW.

SEAN (HATES AMERICA) HANNITY, CAN YOU AND DICK CHENEY COME OUT OF YOUR BUNKERS FOR A MINUTE AND SMELL THE FRESH AIR?

JOE THE PLUMB, SARAH PALIN AND NOW YOU AGAIN?

Posted by: opp88 | February 5, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

for commoncns, Seamless which is now part of Sojourner, against both abortion and the death penalty might present some compelling arguments for you, also former Governor Dan Evans of Washington was among Republicans against the death penalty, i dont know if his views have changed in the intervening years, especially considering the horrible irony of Ted Bundy, mine havnt

Posted by: saacsonpaul | February 5, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

"I’ll bet that American Idle wins the ratings game…who wants to listen to the twaddle that is going to flow from B. Hussein Obama’s mouth.

Q - Know how you can tell he’s lying?

A - His lips are moving!"

Dude, is there some Drudge link to this page? Where the hell are all these lunatics coming from?

Posted by: DDAWD | February 5, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I’ll bet that American Idle wins the ratings game…who wants to listen to the twaddle that is going to flow from B. Hussein Obama’s mouth.

Q - Know how you can tell he’s lying?

A - His lips are moving!

You can keep the CHANGE…I’ll keep my GUNS!

Posted by: Larry_Boyd | February 5, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama has no need to bypass the media, since the Main Stream Media is totally and completely in the Democrap Socialist Parties hip-pocket. Like Bernie Goldberg said last night on the Hannity Show, "(the slobbering for Obama MSM) will blame President George W. Bush with whatever goes wrong during the Obama administration, and will credit Barack Obama with anything that goes right- including things he's had nothing to do with".

Posted by: armpeg | February 5, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

10 bucks says the money never makes it to where it is needed.

16. S.AMDT.102 to H.R.1
To ensure that assistance for the redevelopment of foreclosed and abandoned homes to States or units of local government impacted by catastrophic natural disasters may be used to support the redevelopment of homes damaged or destroyed as a result of the 2005 hurricanes, the severe flooding in the Midwest in 2008, and other natural disasters.
Sponsor: Sen Landrieu, Mary L. [LA] (introduced 2/2/2009) Cosponsors (6)
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2009 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 102 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 5, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to President Obama for continuing to bypass the media.

The unfortunate thing is that the media, whether print or visual, is interested only in the sensational and the negative. They also choose stories that require little critical thinking and can be reduced easily to 30 second sound bites.

The media, especially the video media, is populated with folks who talk endlessly about subjects they no little or nothing about. I am reminded of Spiro Agnew's great descriptive line:
"nattering nabobs of negativism."

Sorry to say that Mr. Cilliza is one of the nattering nabobs.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | February 5, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

don't be too upset today, day 17 folks.

the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is on the senate floor.

gee whiz

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 5, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I've never read a comment that made more sense than the one below. i'd add to those who aren't entitled to be labelled pro-life those who favor a war we entered based on lies, in which we killed hundreds of thousands of civilians. here's the comment:
CommonCns- I just don't see how someone who condones killing grown adults "pro-life." They are obviously "pro-death" when it comes to capital punishment. I understand they think that type of killing is justified but that doesn't make their name for their views any more accurate.

I'm just asking them to get a new label. Maybe "anti-abortion" or "pro-minuscule clumps of tissue."

Posted by: dsbyrd | February 5, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zipflock | February 5, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"If you want to see what's in the ridiculous "stimulous" plan, check it out here:

http://www.stimuluswatch.org/"

Of course, right there in the first paragraph...

"These projects are not part of the stimulus bill."

People are so mindnumbingly stupid.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 5, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

AS LONG AS OBAMA'S TELEPROMPTER CONFERENCE DOESN'T INTERFERE WITH "24". KIEFER SUTHERLAND IS A BETTER ACTOR.

Posted by: KPSMITH1 | February 5, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

well now.....looky at this.

23. S.AMDT.109 to H.R.1
To strike the $246 million tax earmark for Hollywood production companies.
Sponsor: Sen Coburn, Tom [OK] (introduced 2/3/2009) Cosponsors (3)
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2009 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 109 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 52 - 45. Record Vote Number: 34.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 5, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

CommonCns- I just don't see how someone who condones killing grown adults "pro-life." They are obviously "pro-death" when it comes to capital punishment. I understand they think that type of killing is justified but that doesn't make their name for their views any more accurate.

I'm just asking them to get a new label. Maybe "anti-abortion" or "pro-minuscule clumps of tissue."

Posted by: dsbyrd | February 5, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

the OFFICE of the Speaker of the House has a plane. As do most federal agencies.

Not the person, the agency has it.

And yes, we probably paid for it.
We paid for Air Force One and Marine One too.....
so now you can all bi** about the President flying in those now.
Or would you rather have him in a convertible with the top down, going around a curve in Dallas.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 5, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

cause mommie and daddie made us what we are today.

and what poison apple did our President extend? Senate just poisoned HR1 up the ying yang.

What if HR1 reaches President Obama's desk with so many Senate amendments and tweaks that he doesn't sign it. What will you all cry then?

Flooding a bill:
"Purpose will be available when the amendment is proposed for consideration"
Best have 109 purposes SENATE !!

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 5, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

IS IT TRUE?:

Does the Speaker of the House have her own airplane, furnished by the taxpayers of our country, for use whenever she wishes it? And, does the main man, Rahm Emanuel, know it? Or is true, BHO made another mistake?

Posted by: Youvegottobekidding1 | February 5, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"there been a more immoral group of criminals nominated to such lofty posts in our history. "

I LOL at the as&clown who posted this, after the last 8 years of being ruled by violent, greedy, amoral war criminals.

Posted by: drindl | February 5, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey, DSBYRD...you ask why Repubs are okay with the death penalty but are "pro-life"......simple...those on death row are GUILTY of murder but those in the womb are innocent and haven't committed a crime. Why are you liberals okay with aborting innocent babies and not okay with putting a child rapist & murderer to death by simple injection.....tell us, why?

Posted by: CommonCns | February 5, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama SAYS he is reaching out for bi-partisanship with the Republicans. Obama extends the POISON APPLE and calls it "reaching out", demands immediate approval, and declares "I don't like their ideas: (paraphrased). The critics are not only Republicans, they are Democrats, the General Public and various policy gurus. I fear Obama is the President only of those who agree with him. OKAY, so be it, but don't tell me that I work for you, Sir. You will be replaced one day, as are all the presidents. I am a large part of the American people; I will not go away!!

Posted by: vltg | February 5, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

oh goody.....in God We Trust, as long as the Ten Commandments stay off court of law land, eh?

103. S.AMDT.189 to H.R.1
To allow the free exercise of religion at institutions of higher education that receive funding under section 803 of division A.
Sponsor: Sen DeMint, Jim [SC] (introduced 2/3/2009) Cosponsors (4)
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2009 Senate amendment proposed (on the floor)

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 5, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

yeppers broadway....i agree.
Or the fact that Iran launched its first satellite this week (with help from Mother Russia).
But NOOOOOO, press wants the blood on the floor !! And yesterday, it was Daschle's.

Hey, for your reading enjoyment...
here's a recent amendment to HR1 done by our lovely Senate. I think it spells PORK:

#92. S.AMDT.178 to H.R.1
To provide an additional $6,500,000,000 to the National Institutes of Health for biomedical research.
Sponsor: Sen Harkin, Tom [IA] (introduced 2/3/2009) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2009 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 178 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 5, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Hooray for BHO's bypassing the MSM.

The MSM has long since stopped reporting the news: instead we get daily bloviating from media types whose conflicts of interest and politics completely distort the coverage.

Through the election, we had to rely on non-MSM journalists like Charley (S-mbogate) James and Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson (who wrote the definitive profile of Mac) for fact-based information.

Yesterday, when the important news of the day was the total collapse of the economy of Iceland, which two years ago was the world's richest nation -- an event with major global implications -- our MSM was spending literally hours fulminating about whether it was a good or bad thing that BHO admitted he "messed up" with Daschle's appointment. Who cares?

As BHO's Axelrod and Gibbs quickly concluded during the election (they cut off any staffer who began a sentence with "They said on cable news today..."), the American people have tuned out the MSM as a legitimate source of news. Direct contact with the people is the way to go for BHO in the 21st Century.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 5, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

is this pending PC coming up on the new Father Josh...... ??

I have no speakers.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 5, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey DOUG852- Why do Republicans claim to be "pro-life" yet support the death penalty?

Posted by: dsbyrd | February 5, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

and i think it is very devious how Senate flooded the bill for their last "grasp from our dead hands" tactic.

President Obama has all the reason in the world to be mad as hell today.
As I am.
I need jakey cause I am throwing shoes all over the place.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 5, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I think the republicans were very devious to make all these liberals not pay their fair share of taxes. George Bush must have done something, maybe a CIA program, that mind melted Tom Daschle to misremember that he had a limo and a driver from a corrupt liberal CEO media tycoon. Oh, I just know Dick Cheney made Leon Panetta take some funny money froma EduCorp. which is under investigation for defrauding money from student loans, spending taxpayer money lavishly, including luxury private jets to secluded island. I just know that Tom Delay is behind the billions for ACORN that the public hates, and that Drudge is doing its best to ruin Obama's honeymoon by letting the American People know what is in the stimulus.

Obama is right, it is none of our business what is in the stimulus plan. We have absolutely no right to know, we should be very scared and totally shocked in frozen fear and unable to question our elected officials.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | February 5, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

no--if you want to find out what is in the proposed LAW--as our lawmakers read it,
go to thomas.gov.
go to government sites folks. not .ORGs or .EDU or .COM

it is HR2.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 5, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

And post that link in every blog, news site, etc., you can find. Even liberals would have a hard time defending most of what is on that list!

Posted by: beaconeer | February 5, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

If you want to see what's in the ridiculous "stimulous" plan, check it out here:

http://www.stimuluswatch.org/

"Porkulus Plan" is more appropriate.

Posted by: beaconeer | February 5, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

"Rather than printing all these "gotcha" pieces, why don't the MSM help Americans understand what's in the stimulus before they begin denigrating it?"

What gotcha pieces?

And the Washington Post had a huge front page article on the stimulus and many of the major provisions within when it was first introduced.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 5, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

well angry...kinda sorta like the Executive Branch electing the President.

gee, did that happen in 2000?

yes, we have lawyer elitists who will finally get some jobs done instead of breaking regulatory requirements in the USCODE. Like what Bush's 8 years in office did.
President Bush: we have UScode all you mortgage bankers have to follow, but since I didn't really get elected, none of it matters, so you can breaking the regs if you want to. We can pay for it when I am out of office. It's cool, 'cause by golly, Daddy told me to do it this way.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 5, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

There is no politicain, Republican or Democrat, that I trust with that much money and power. The best thing to do with that money is to return it to the taxpayers where it belongs!

Posted by: mcwhat | February 5, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

The Foxes Are in the Hen House

It is now clearly apparent to any one willing to make an objective assessment of those chosen by Obama to comprise his cabinet that never before has there been a more immoral group of criminals nominated to such lofty posts in our history. Contrary to all of the claims heralding the dawn of an age of responsibility those whom the liberal messiah has chosen to surround himself with represents the typical elitist who dominate the so called progressive movement. This sort double standard is typical operating procedure for this group of scandalous do-nothings whose only pursuit in life would appear to be contriving ways to siphon wealth away from the producers so that they can distribute it amongst the dregs of society in order to garner themselves just one more vote. As they sit ensconced in the robes of authority and influence they imagine that the very laws with which they burden the creator of wealth simply have no meaning for those who occupy such lofty positions. The very people who Obama, in his blind obstinacy, has chosen to enforce the laws of the land are themselves guilty of their most egregious violations, violations which if committed by the average citizen would be met with financial devastation at the hands of the IRS and the sting of the jailers lash.

http://www.hostileopposition.blogspot.com

Posted by: TheAngryCapitalist | February 5, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

hey owl...
i've got a print out of the Bush Doctrine at home. It's about 15 pages.
He released it to the U.N. in March 2003-prior Iraq...along with a wonderful document on Saddam called
"A Decade of Deception and Defiance"

there sure is a Bush Doctrine and it is in print.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 5, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo ranted: "How about we put Bush back in office and he can shove the Bush Doctrine down our throats as well as trying to shove it down every other country's throat."

I was going to respond by pointing out that there never was a "Bush Doctrine," despite what that nitwit Charlie Gibson said to Palin.

But I think your comment actually has a smattering of truth in it. Obama's policies so far ARE the Bush policies, but on steroids. Come to think of it, they're even more like LBJ's policies, whose new and massive spending programs, along with his disregard for public opinion, ultimately gave us Richard Nixon.

Posted by: owlcreekobserver | February 5, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

yeah...for reporting failure.
and where President Obama has his next cigarette !!!

I am mad too. Our system is trying to set our new President in a bad light.
Like always.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 5, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I applaud Obama for seeking to bypass the MSM. The MSM is a distraction. Obama hasn't been in office a month yet, but the MSM are slamming everything he's trying to do. It took the Republicans eight years to shipwreck America. I'm willing to give Obama a few more months to set it aright.

Rather than printing all these "gotcha" pieces, why don't the MSM help Americans understand what's in the stimulus before they begin denigrating it?

Posted by: Seneca7 | February 5, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

hey...i would be mad as hell too.
Senate floods the HR1.
Their last ditch effort.

I am all for President Obama and Rahm givin' hell. Repulsives used their last grasping tactic of flooding the bill.
Thanks Senate...for stalling, delaying and not getting anything done. Forget about filibusting, we'll flood and stall.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 5, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The media incuding CNN, ABC,CBS,MSNBC, Olberman,Matthews,Maddow, and The Fix BLOG have been doing a great job in their coverage and should be commended for it.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | February 5, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I just watched Obama. He basically said "How dare you question where your tax money is going. I will rule this country, and you can't do anything about it".

Remember when the media use to protect minority rights? 47 million people did not vote for Obama. We were the smart ones.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | February 5, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

i would bypass our messed up media too.

reporters are rabid.
and they are rabid for FAILURE.
gearing up to rack President Obama over the coals on anything and everything.
Or would you like the Princess Diana scenario folks. Uh??

wait for the 100 days. Press is going to have a field day.
They are looking for our President's blood on the floor and they won't stop.
No matter that he signed SCHIP and senate bill 181. No matter that he has restored hope for change.
Report just the mistakes, the blood.

Sadly, this is the same pattern of behavior of the collective American society we currently live in.

We want it gory. We want bad news. We want it gruesome so we can tell OURSELVES that WE are better off than our neighbor, who is going broke.
Or wait.....kill your neighbor because his tree hangs over your fence. Or OMG....my Truly Nolen car (with whiskers and all) is parked in front of my house (that I own) and everyone bit**ches.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 5, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama is out in full propaganda mode today, telling us that his tax rebates to those who don't pay income tax is better than tax reductions for the 10% and 15% tax rates (the Middle Class - remember them, Obama??). It is a sad day that the American People have to click on Drudge to find out the junk in this bill.

There is $200 million for men in the Phillipines who happened to work alongside our soldiers in WWII. Tens of thousands of Americans died trying to save the Phillipines, but Obama wants to give hundreds of millions to another country.

Why $8 billion for buildings on universities? They make a fortune, have huge endowments, and overpaid professors. As academics were his #1 contributors, behind Wall Street, this is his payoff.

$4 billion for ACORN? Is it for the legal fees for the thugs and criminals?

Posted by: Cornell1984 | February 5, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

As a bhobama voter, it looks like I have been sold a bill of goods by the msm. I believed what the msm put out their versus what the wingnuts issued vitriol about the guy.

It looks like the msm did not exactly cover the news and I got hoodwinked. It looks like America may have gotten screwed by the same old DC politics which obama said was going to change - this in not looking good.

When is the media going to hold this guy to his campaign promises of change. I thought the tone was going to change and Pres Obama was going to do tax cuts and help the American people?

Now the president wants to give my money to his political cronies and the other repub types in big business - what is the deal with this president - now the media is being treated like BS and they dont seem to mind.

I fear this country has been sold a pig in a polk. The stimulus is not for the good of the American people - it is only good for sycophants like the email supporters and this is not good. The obama email list appears to be like the bush bible freaks list

It appears that it is going to be a long 4 years.

Posted by: M_Algore | February 5, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

WOW! Obama is trying to bypass the media. This is the same media that annointed, and elected, him. It's not just "anti Obama" people critisizing him. It's seasoned adult Americans. Americans that have been around the block several times and know history. We have seen the failure of Obama's proposed programs and strategies fail in the past going back to the great depression. Obama is now resorting to scare tactics to try to get the young people, with no historical background, to get on his bandwagon once again. Let's not let Obama turn a recession into a great depression. Too many Americans today lack what it would take to survive a great depression. They would rather let the "state" take care of them, ie socialism!

Posted by: granny1 | February 5, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

The 'anti-Obama nut jobs' as another poster put it, are pitiful whiners so you might as well ignore them. The MSM, however, which is cheering right along with the rightwingers for the President to fail, is another matter. They are enabling the loons on the right, as they always do. If they wonder why their circulation is falling, they might want to examine how one-sided and sloppy their coverage is, how they are propping up the feeble arguments of the feebled-minded and bestowing credibility on those who do not deserve it.

Posted by: drindl | February 5, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

as i read scroll on the entries here, you sure do all "hate". I can feel the vibes from your entries. Lighten up America. This is going to be a long haul.

-we have our wonderful scrivener posting the same worn out entry.
-tl4sa is sprewing hate. Must be a honky who hates the brothers and sisters.
-scecil1 is complaining about things shoved down our throats.

and let's see...it's day 17. And you all expect miracles.
well isn't that special. How about this.
How about we put Bush back in office and he can shove the Bush Doctrine down our throats as well as trying to shove it down every other country's throat.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 5, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The entire world economy relies on the American Middle Class to spend.... Until I feel confident in the future, I will not spend. Period. No amount of "stimulous" will save this economy until we all feel better so dont think that supporting this waste of money is the right thing to do. Just use your own brain and a little logic instead of watching the TV all day/night.


Personally I havent heard one POSITIVE thing about the future from the guy I voted for last year, Obama... Or is it Carter now?.... so I am beginning to assume its all show just to get his money into the pockets of his buddies.

Welcome back to the 1970's

Posted by: indep2 | February 5, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

To all those criticizing those of us who appear to be Anti-Obama, you've got it all wrong. I would love for the President to succeed. But you have to admit, so far, all the promises he made in the campaign are slowly disappearing. And he's surrounded himself with some slime like Emanuel, who goes around taunting everyone with gems like "Let's not let a good crisis go to waste". I think that's pretty indicative of the thinking behind closed doors. And it's a huge disappointment. We're looking forward to 4 years of the Nancy and Bawney show, and every wasteful package known to man rearing its ugly head, to advance their cause. Nothing is happening to help the current families losing jobs. It's just more of the same, only this time, the morons aren't even capable of paying their taxes. And these are the supposed intellectuals that are the best and brightest?!? Now that's something to be frightened about!

Posted by: Jenny65 | February 5, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

"The Congressional budget office says doing nothing will be better than this spending bill."

No it didn't.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 5, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

"Hurray for Republicans defending our freedoms. Join the REVOLUTION"

Because of Republicans I am free to have my telephone calls listned to by the government. Because of Republicans police no longer need worry about the 4th Amendment. Because of Republicans my Government is broke and massively indebted to COMMUNIST CHINA. Because of Republicans many Americans are free from working everyday because your guys let the jobs be shipped overseas. Because of Republicans $350 billion went out the door to Wall St. with no accountability.

I think this is one revolution we can all afford to miss.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | February 5, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I think you overestimate the "bypassing the filter" possibilities available to the national government. Communication is so highly fragmented and decentralized these days that even single broadcast messages such as what you describe for Obama are filtered in ways totally independent of the national media. To see what I mean check out my response to your article, "Technology Hasn't Given Us a "Direct Democracy" - Yet" http://www.ddmcd.com/democracy.html

Dennis McDonald
Alexandria Virginia

Posted by: ddmcd1 | February 5, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

One thing is that Obama's attempts to bypass the media filter will become news itself. These emails he sends out will make it to the news. His op-ed will do so as well. Not only does he bypass the media, he helps to shape its focus. Not 100%, but every little bit helps.

What's with all the anti-Obama nut jobs on here? I think he's like the anti-Palin or something.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 5, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully Obama's strategy can help counteract the media's tendency to get lost in the weeds. The loss of Daschle is a modest setback because Daschle seemed to have some momentum built up and because his experience with the Senate might have been a significant plus in actually getting some legislation passed. But the reality is that we are still at the start of Obama's health care agenda and its future is unpredictable at best. His second choice could easily turn out to be more successful than Daschle would have been. But, in any case, we have no way of knowing what Daschle would have done. The stimulus package in a different case. There is a real priority on getting it done quickly. Inevitably the process is going to surface political differences among both the Democrats and the Republicans. It will be an early test of Obama's effectiveness in managing the legislative process and of the prospects for his agenda of achieving substantial bipartisan support on major economic issues.

Posted by: dnjake | February 5, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I still do not get how anybody is supporting this hack. All you hear from his supporters is silence about his policies but they will rush to tell you how "hip and with it" he is and what a great communicator he is, and how isnpried they are listening to him. All I ask is "inspired to do what exactly?" and am usually answered with silence or a quick subject change to how Bush was bad. I dont care how great a motivator he is or how inspirational and warm and fuzzy his speeches make you feel, if his policies are not sound and will not benefit the entire country for years to come then he has no business being our leader. Obama does not meet this mold, his policies only seek to shape America into his own socialistic image that will leave us in economic ruin. He was not qualified to even run for president and it shows with every statement that comes out of his mouth. 66 million people were duped and your grandchildren will hate you for it.

Posted by: SonOfLiberty64 | February 5, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

How about THIS, Obama:

STOP confiscating money from people.
STOP pitting groups of citizens against each other. Divided we fall.
STOP fear-mongering about the economy. The Congressional budget office says doing nothing will be better than this spending bill.

Hurray for Republicans defending our freedoms. Join the REVOLUTION:
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/we-demand-true-conservative-leadership.html

Posted by: ensignbay | February 5, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

There's a media filter on every piece of news that bears watching. Take, for example, the blather the past few days, about warnings from the E.U. about the "buy American" provisions in the stimulus package. Now, it was reported that 70% of Britain's would "think less" of President Obama and the U.S if there was any hint of protectionism. At the same time, however, in the British press, with unemployment at historic highs, Brown's Labor Party is likely to be turned from office because the vast majority of the British public, and especially labor, are demanding the end of guest workers, prison camps for illegals, and strict protectionism for British made goods and services. The same is true in Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark, all over Europe. The "liberal" European public may be all for the U.S. buying their goods, but they are taking steps to see to it that no U.S. (or Chinese or Indian) imports get into their country.

The same sort of thing is true of stories on illegal immigrants, executive pay, Israel (the fear, by the European public, is of a cutoff of oil; they could care less about "the Jews"), Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp (European's will take prisoners, but only if we can *prove* they are innocent) , and on and on.

Almost nothing we read in any newspaper passes the smell test.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | February 5, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Let's all stop trying to one up the other. We have been had. We can all complain about about this or that but no good is coming from it. Bottom line - Obama says one thing to us and does something different then what he says. He knows the American people are yes, stupid. We pay no attention. Look at these appointments he has made. I don't care if you are a Dem or Repub use your common sense. Oh yes, this Administration is flooded with Lobbyist. It is what it is.

Posted by: kstrus | February 5, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

As Obama wags his finger at Wall St. and tries to shove this greasy pork sandwich down our throats, he and D.C. legislators are on a retreat at luxury resort & spa to 'sort out there issues'. Dudes, get your arses back in D.C. -- I'm paying for you to work -- I'm paying for the rent of your offices and the excessive fuel to heat them (certainly the Oval Office which is kept at tropical temps) -- I do NOT want to pay for your spa massages and manicures. IS THIS THE TWILIGHT ZONE? -- because this is so outrageous I can't even believe it's true!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to know the price tag on this nice little spa trip to Virginia -- NOW -- that would be some real investigative reporting. Who's going to tell me, the New York Times, MSNBC, CBS, ABC? I don't thinks so.

Posted by: scecil1 | February 5, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

WHILE THE MEDIA SLEEPS...

...there are more disturbing signs that the Obama administration is playing into the hands of its entrenched bureaucratic and political enemies by endorsing Bush-Cheney policies on government secrecy regarding torture.

Today, even the staunchly pro-Obama ACLU has weighed in -- criticizing the new administration for supporting the British government's refusal to release evidence pertaining to the torture of a Guantamano prisoner who is a British subject.

http://blog.aclu.org/2009/02/04/obama-endorses-bush-secrecy-on-torture-and-rendition/comment-page-1/#comment-5449

Moments also, I attempted to post a comment on the need for The Obama administration to dismantle the "extrajudicial punishment network" that has led to human rights abuses abroad and at home...

...and the need to ban silent, injury- and illness-inducing radiation weaponry that the Bush D.O.J. and Homeland Security agencies are helping to deploy to police departments nationwide.

Once again, my attempt to post a commentary critical of certain federal "multi-agency actions" failed. This time, I received a full-page message headlined "Comment Submission Error."

I believe this is yet another example of prior restraint and censorship of political blogs by government censors -- in this case, I believe, the work of a DHS "Fusion Center" located a few miles from my home in suburban Philadelphia.

If President Obama does not start to stand up and fight for the principles upon which he was elected, he risks the co-optation and subversion of all the good he promised to do.

Team Obama, please read this article, one that my apparent censors to NOT want to gain wide circulation:

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens

OR (if link is corruped):

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 5, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The demands of a 24-7 news cycle coupled with the means to affect it through the internet make all news sound earthshaking, or worse, like a soap opera cliffhanger. Every pol will soon be the proprietor of a ghost written weblog.

There is very little that is newsworthy here, IMHO.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 5, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

"Why is it the Democrats are against the Death Penalty, but are rabid in their support for Abortions?"

I think the death penalty is wrong, so I'm against it.

I think that like 80% of people who staunchly are anti-abortion are self-righteous pricks, so I support abortion rights. Just to piss you guys off.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 5, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I NEVER watch or listen to Chimpy Boy. That's what MUTE and channel changers are for. We won't watch this scum even if he fills every channel with his satanic spewing. I wish every time I hit mute when he or his hideous wife speak they'd feel a hard pain in their heads and lose a year of their lives. I do not HAVE to respect him, support him, or claim him as "my" president. You voted for him and your kids and grandkids will hate you for all time to come for what you've done to them and to their country. Hope you sleep well.

Posted by: tl4sa | February 5, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

During the campaign, Obama's message was clear and inspiring--whether via the main stream media or the Internet. During his first weeks in office, he has spent far too much time to court the opposition and in the process has lost public support for his stimulus package.
E-mail campaigns and YouTube posts alone will not do--he needs to go public via addresses to the nation, prime time news conferences, major speeches. Going Washington alone will not do.
For more, read:
http://www.reflectivepundit.com/reflectivepundit/2009/02/president-obama-and-the-promise-versus-reality-gap.html
and
http://www.reflectivepundit.com/reflectivepundit/2009/02/two-observations.html

Posted by: bn1123 | February 5, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

During the campaign, Obama's message was clear and inspiring--whether via the main stream media or the Internet. During his first weeks in office, he has spent far too much time to court the opposition and in the process has lost public support for his stimulus package.
E-mail campaigns and YouTube posts alone will not do--he needs to go public via addresses to the nation, prime time news conferences, major speeches. Going Washington alone will not do.
For more, read:
http://www.reflectivepundit.com/reflectivepundit/2009/02/president-obama-and-the-promise-versus-reality-gap.html
and
http://www.reflectivepundit.com/reflectivepundit/2009/02/two-observations.html

Posted by: bn1123 | February 5, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

They can't govern, but Republicans certainly are good at whining and moaning.

Posted by: nodebris | February 5, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

oh yeah baby.
i will kibitz with Rahm anyday !!!
you bet...

besides, we now have all this time on our hands since our LOVELY SENATE has "flooded" HR1.
Nice going Senate.
We need to "pry this bill from the cold dead hands of the Republicans in the Senate".

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 5, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I don't know where Obamacrats got the idea that he's not getting enough press coverage. Every time I turn on the tube, he's there. He seems to have borrowed a page from Al Sharpton: If there's a TV camera anywhere in the neighborhood, he jumps in front of it.

It started when he assumed he was President a few months ago and has increased significant since his coronation.

It's only been a couple of weeks or so since he moved his family to DC and I'm already suffering from Obama fatigue.

I get it, okay? You won!

The worldwide economy is in trouble and you believe that immediately putting my great grandkids trillions of dollars further in debt will fix it.

Fine, BO, you and your lockstep congress need to just pass this monstrosity and stop the grandstanding. Then the rest of us can spend our time watching what little we have left evaporate under the burden of government ownership.

Posted by: owlcreekobserver | February 5, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Chris you are a joke pal. There was no media filter during the election .You and the rest of the lame stream media promoted this guy and never asked the tough questions.At the same time you hypervenilated about the economy to talk it down so people panic voted for Obama.Not to mention attacking Bush and tying Mccain to him. Obama is in the process of destroying this country and you are complicit in making it happen. His army of lazy government tin cuppers are what's wroung with this country.

Posted by: joes06 | February 5, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Great! Now we get the "Gloom and Doom" Report right before Bedtime! Makes it easier to contemplate Suicide !

Just what I needed in a President !

Posted by: drruss47 | February 5, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

marmac5, while I don't agree with putting ALL of WaPo in the same basket; they have a pretty good balance of left and right, Chris is one I have felt frustrated with for awhile. He would state 'Clintonista's are angry and bitter at her not getting the VP slot', without offering any names or sources. How Tabloid!!! Then there was his Jan.07/09 blog where he states he has known Chip Saltzman (GOPer who put out 'Barack the Magic Negro')a long time and is the furthest thing from a racist. I submit that perhaps Chris hasn't had the life experiences to recognize racism and bigotry, as most white men haven't been discriminated against. At the very least, a recognision of how tasteless, insensitive, offensive and ignorant the CD was would be nice. The Dixie Chicks get death threats for one sentence spoken in another country, their professional carrers embargoed and boycotted for awhile, and Chip gets fierce defense without any reasons, and we're supposed to accept that. I'll accept Chip isn't a racist when Chris publicly acknowledges that releasing the CD was an ignorant, insensitive, offensive, vulgar thing for his friend to do. Perhaps Chip would benifit from a course of sensitivity training to help him get in the 21 century, instead of being the poster boy for everything that is wrong with the GOP today. Has anyone asked Michael Steele how he felt about Chip's CD? I've noticed alot of the MSM, mostly TV, seem stuck in the same-old same-old crap of tabloid reporting instead of issues REAL people care about.

Posted by: katem1 | February 5, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Why is it Democrats are for protecting the rights of terrorists that have killed American Soldiers and Citizens, but then refuse to protect the rights of the unborn?

Why do Democrats say water boarding is inhumane, but crushing the skull of an unborn infant is OK?

Why is it the Democrats are against the Death Penalty, but are rabid in their support for Abortions?

Why is it, the Democrats berated Bush for his deficit spending of $18 billion, but $1 trillion is OK?

Posted by: DOUG852 | February 5, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

I congratulate you on your sang froid as you discuss the "media filter." Don't you realize that as more and more people see the Post as the propaganda arm of the Republican Party, they will find fewer and fewer reasons to buy and read your work?
I now read the editorial page mainly for laughs; you still have a lot of reliable, even excellent, reporting. But that is getting tainted too; consider yesterday's Congressional story which discussed the need for 60 votes to pass the Republican-opposed stimulus bill, without ever explaining why or how that came about.
I can put up with your editorials carrying Republican water, but if your news stories are not reliable, then what is your purpose?

Posted by: kstack | February 5, 2009 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Marmac5 says "For eight years, they kow-towed to the Bush administration as that administration led this county into the dark recesses of the human soul and trashed our beloved nation in the process."
What planet have you been on?

Posted by: jim_bevan | February 5, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans simply do not get it. Not only does President ask for money he asks for input of ideas. It creates great buzz, but who will read 13 million sets of input. A layer down, this is the biggest scam of all. Being a master on a smaller scale this used to work fine with planning meetings with large numbers of people who traveled to Washington to submit their ideas. We got them in a large room where they piled up the paper, while the two or three meeting callers made the actual plan. Everyone was happy but the leadership agenda was accomplished with little push back.

Posted by: warrior5 | February 5, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Media FILTER? Since when did we require homage to this invention? Self serving sour grapes maybe is the main issue here. Speaking of issues, isn't it ever so terrible that the attention can now be focused away from such top priority issues as some smell of political scandal (that no doubt has been a staple for selling more newspapers) to something like keeping the country from going to hell in a handbasket. Go filter that.

Posted by: razbainieks | February 5, 2009 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Well why wouldn't he [go to the people who got him elected]? The media has been giving him the business. This morning I watched CBS Early Show interview Bill O'Reilly about the Stimulous Bill, as if O'Reilly is an economics expert! Come on! All week the "news" shows had republican talking heads with limited democrats to counter the media blitz (and some of the dems selected were weak and acted more like republicans). Main Street believes the media contributed to bush co destroying the country and economy, so why should they listen to them now? One only has to check who owns the media for an answer as to why they would be against provisions in the stimulous bill.

Bravo, Mt. President. Skip the media swiftboating and go right to the people.

Posted by: dsul93 | February 5, 2009 7:23 AM | Report abuse

I like this guy! Didn't vote for him, am certain that the idea of bigger government wlll cause widespread corruption and not stimulate a bit, but he gets tech!

Yes, he understands the power of the Internet and instant communication. And sooner or later, everyone, not just those who "believe" will catch the same fever they use in their business and personal lives to label stupidity -- stupidity.

So other political party -- Anyone there? Take a look at what happened to win the election and what is working at getting a political philosophy pushed down throats. Or you could just listen to telephone calls from fat cat contributors and lobbyists until both desert you because you hold three seats in Congress!

Posted by: tommariner | February 5, 2009 7:06 AM | Report abuse

The correct video for the sausage race comment should be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4HMRtxY-ik as it reflects the REAL sausage race in Milwaukee, not the Presidents' race that the Nats do.

@marmac5 regarding alleged deference to President Bush and "negativism and anger" toward President Obama -- I think you've got the story turned around.

Posted by: jfw9 | February 5, 2009 7:04 AM | Report abuse

I sincerely hope that the Obama team continues to do an end-run around the media, which has been, and continues to be, irresponsible. The media has sold its soul and no longer deserves to be listened to. For eight years, they kow-towed to the Bush administration as that administration led this county into the dark recesses of the human soul and trashed our beloved nation in the process. For the past two-and-one-half weeks, the press has decided that President Obama can do no right and have collectively become cheerleaders for negativism and anger. CC and his cohorts at the WaPo are among the most egregious of the pack.

Posted by: marmac5 | February 5, 2009 6:43 AM | Report abuse

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