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Quote of the day–Warm up act edition

Say what you will about Karl Rove, but he knows politics.  He has an article in the WSJ today in which he talks about the president’s mistaken belief that he had the power to schedule an address before a joint session of Congress and how he was reminded what “co-equal branches of government” meant.

He then discusses why Obama had to move the speech and how it now ends up in non-primetime before the opening NFL game of the season.  Which brings us to our quote of the day:

The great danger facing Mr. Obama tonight is that the public simply tunes him out, viewing his pronouncements as either irrelevant or annoying.

It’s been a dramatic fall for a man who was, his supporters assured us in 2008, America’s best orator since Abraham Lincoln. Now he’s reduced to a warm-up act for a football game.

Amazing how that works, no?  Talk, talk, talk and no action and pretty soon, well, people begin ignoring you.  Imagine that.

Oh, and on the leadership issue?  Rove discusses some recent polling, compares it with some previous polling and then tells a simple truth:

There was one other telling number, buried in this week’s NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll: When he was inaugurated, 70% felt that Mr. Obama had "strong leadership qualities." Today, only 42% feel that way. And when voters stop seeing a president as a strong leader, they generally stop seeing him as president.

Call it our second quote of the day.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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14 Responses to Quote of the day–Warm up act edition

  • Off topic, but of interest the day that Obama will give a speech about jobs and throwing money towards his Union constituents -
     
    Tea Partiers storm port in Washington, destroying private property and holding guards hostage….news at……uh….oops
     
    I still blame right wing, tea party, christian conservative rhetoric though.
     
    And while I’m gloating – the FBI raided the half billion solar power boondoggle plant in Kalifornia.

    • FBI found the “barn door” was left ajar.

      • What’s important isn’t that we find wrongdoing, or wrong doer’s, what’s important is that Obama’s campaign hustle rich guy from Oklahoma gets his investment back.
         
         

    • Is it just me, or does this reek of “cover-up”?  You know: any questions that MIGHT get asked about Solyndra will now be met with, “We can’t comment about an ongoing investigation.”

  • Talk, talk, talk and no action and pretty soon, well, people begin ignoring you.  Imagine that.
    Oh, but it is worse than that.  He has talked AND done the opposite of what he said.  That is a killer.

  • We are now left with the “clap” after so many of are fellow-electorate decided to go with the guy with the tongue of a $2 whore.
    InstaPundit was rubbing it in this morning.  He figured that if you don’t run their noses in the sh*t, folks will forget too soon.
     

  • All in all, how many slaughters do you have to undergo before you realize your leader, is a boob.
     
    Took these people THIS long to discover Obama isn’t a leader?  THIS LONG?
     
    And as sick as this is, I have to believe there are still sycophants who are hoping we get a repeat of 9/11 so Obama can prove he really IS a leader, THIS time.   Cause 100th time is the charm.

  • I’m a Pats fan, and I would rather watch a Jets reality TV show (with all the attendant pain that would cause me) than watch a presidential speech.  That sentiment does, though, also extend to any other politician as well; I’m a bi-partisan loather…

  • Who are these 42% who STILL think he’s a “strong leader”????

    • Mostly Dems and government employees.

      • Some government employees may agree for fear for their jobs should they say otherwise.  More than one friend of mine within the government has asked me to send any e-mail communication to their home address and not their work site.  One, a GS-15, told me he feared his e-mails were being monitored.

        • “he feared his e-mails were being monitored.”

          I hope so. And I hope his computer account is audited on a regular basis. It is called a “work site” for a reason.

  • The great danger facing Mr. Obama tonight is that the public simply tunes him out, viewing his pronouncements as either irrelevant or annoying.
    In fairness to the President, I can’t remember I thought anything else about a speech by any President in my lifetime.
    Since I realize the President is not a Sun King, and has to deal with Congress, I know that his jaw-jaw isn’t important in itself (at least not so important that I should feel compelled to listen to it in real-time), and it’s always annoying.