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Obama’s second term: Thunder, lightning, but likely little rain

I think Philip Klein has the best read on Obama’s second inaugural speech. Oh, it had lots of things to make the left wet itself in joy, but, well, here’s what Klein thinks (he bases his conclusion on 2 lines in the speech):

This brings us to the two lines in Monday’s speech. He declared that, “We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit.” This is Barack Obama, bold leader speaking (with an extra twist of irony given that the signature legislative accomplishment of his first term was supposedly aimed at containing the growth of health care costs). Then, he said, “But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.” Translation: he isn’t going to do anything to seriously reform Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, and wants more economic stimulus spending, too. So, within a breath of calling for hard choices, he rejected the need for them. I can think of no more fitting summation of Obama’s presidency.

I pretty much agree. He’ll talk tough and then go to Hawaii. He’ll claim the desire to do all sorts of things and then hit the links.

Leadership takes another 4 year holiday.

In his case, it might be a good thing, although it means nothing with entitlement reform will happen – again. We’re instead going to play around the edges of immigration, gun control and global warming.



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27 Responses to Obama’s second term: Thunder, lightning, but likely little rain

  • Or…
    more of my very special blend of Cloward-Piven, squared to continue to queer the productive aspects of the American economy.

  • The generation that built this country?  With respect, no.  They and we have added to it, and detracted from it, but the damn place wasn’t built by the last generation.  Talk about the ‘me’ generation.

    • The bulk of the generation that is collecting SS now is as guilty as the rest of us for letting the government spend above its means.  I have no problem with them sharing in the solution.

      • A discussion I frequently had with my father-in-law, who, after he pissed away his retirement funds on boats, motor homes and shop tools, suddenly thought that Social Security WAS his retirement right.

  • I can’t decide if I want Obama to really go full retard at this point…

    • I’d just like the country to notice.

      • The country has gone full retard at this point. Pink bubbleguns and fingers are now terrorist weapons.

        • Hilarious if it weren’t so pathetically true.
          and we wonder why half the male student population is on Ritilian to keep them ‘in check’.   It’s not the kids that re the problems, it’s the people who went into teaching thinking their students would all be obedient half well mannered little girls.

    • Just stopped watching PBS’ FrontLine on the banking crisis legal followup … i.e. the DOJ has done nothing for fear it will lose a case.
      They had documentary film makers who could find “whistleblowers” where the FBI couldn’t find one.
      The best part was the promo for the next show on the “fiscal cliff” et al

    • Yup … simply added a few layers of bureaucracy (+cost) and complexity (+cost)

      • The basic premise of this entire endeavor (ACA) is flawed.  There are many indigent clinics – I work for two – that have served the less fortunate for decades for free.  That is – no cost to the taxpayer or a token cost to the patient.  So we have taken something that was free / inexpensive, and replaced it with a behemoth which is so expensive and so complex that no one – and I mean NO ONE – can be complaint with the myriad regulations.

  • Well in a similar vain, Obama has pretty much surrendered in Afghanistan and Iraq.  But he’s let the troops linger for 4 years over there so he doesn’t have the ‘last helicopter leaving Saigon’ moment under him.  I thought it was to help get a 2nd term.  But now I bet they’ll linger there pointlessly for another 4 years to protect his legacy.

    • There’s no need now.  They will come home no later that next year … earlier than later.

      • I have to wonder if JP isn’t right.   As a reminder I have four words – support for gay marriage.
        The media doesn’t give a rat’s ass how many we lose over there any more, we only keep score when the wrong people are in office.
        If it were Bush we’d be hearing about the killing of American fleas that accidentally got imported in gear.
        And Big Ears doesn’t want to have a reverse Libya on his hands, I can guarantee you that.  The quickest way to prevent the danger is to leave us in place and continue while claiming he’s withdrawing, soon, very soon, tomorrow even, Friday at the latest.   That information will be available on the White House website, it’s classified, covered by executive privilege, Bush left us in a huge ditch and it’s going to take more to get us out, etc.
        Free Birth Control for everyone!   And take away guns!

    • I feel sympathy for those people left behind in Saigon. I feel none of that for the barbarians in Afghanistan. That place is Old Testament Land. Let the Taliban have it. It will be interesting to watch Obamas response when Karzai’s body is dragged through the streets of Kabul.

  • Over at Slate, they begin up Climate Change with this quote from President Barack Obama’s inaugural address …

    “That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.”

    Obama falls into the trap. Captain James T Kirk frames the question right in “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” (1989), … “What does God need with a starship?”
    Why does God need us to do anything ? God is God, the omnipotent.
    Every time I head something like that uttered by Obama, I think of the Crusaders and the Jihadists, the holy warriors, who tell us they are going it for God. No, they are not. They are doing it for themselves. An omnipotent God just doesn’t work that way.

    • I’ve always been quietly entertained by people who try and strike bargains with God.  “I’ll do thus and such if You will….”    What exactly is it a man has that God could possibly want?
      When it comes to the Almighty man should know his place.

    • “…commanded to our care by God.”
      The word is COMMENDED.
      “com·mend (k-mnd)
      tr.v. com·mend·ed, com·mend·ing, com·mends
      1. To represent as worthy, qualified, or desirable; recommend.
      2. To express approval of; praise. See Synonyms at praise.
      3. To commit to the care of another; entrust.”

      So much for that Harvard education. It amazes me how these genius graduates of prestigious schools and members of a profession where using the wrong word can have serious consequences can be so clumsy and even downright boring.  Especially with the aid of speechwriters, etc. Slick Willie was the same.

      • Surely we narrow minded inbred backwoods rubes can’t understand the nuance involved here.
        The average Obama proponent will sniff derisively at our observation and mumble “You know what he means!”
        Yes, PRECISELY, we KNOW what he may mean
        …….does he?


    That is a FINE essay on the Obama 2nd Inaugural speech.

    Where Wilson gave us a “living Constitution”, Obama in his speech articulated a “living Declaration”.

  • Bush spent more time in Crawford, Texas and hitting the links than Obama ever spent on vacation.

    • Bullshit.  And, yes, I DID read that screed.  Even when he’s IN the White House, he is often checked out.
      When was the last meeting of the “jobs counsel” Obama attended?
      Where was any mention of jobs in his 2nd immaculation diatribe?
      Isn’t that his self-proclaimed “number one focus”?
      You will swallow any load the Collective shoots.

      • I got no idea what Baracky is doing, I have opinions though.  But even I wouldn’t go so far as to say the man has been on vacation for 34% of his term in office.
        Hell, it’s a big country.  In my opinion it takes more work than that to actively destroy it.
        However, it DOES provide a handy measuring stick for what Tad will believe, and judgements can be made from there, no?

    • And THIS Tad, is why you’re considered a low info, talking points regurgitating individual – you’re trying to tell us through this article, that of the 8 years that Bush was President of the United States, he was on vacation for 2.79 YEARS?  Nearly three years?  I’m sure that makes the reading audience for that site a collection of sensible individuals, no?
      You see how you come across when you can’t even be bothered to do a simple smell check sanity check on a number Tad?   The claim the article makes is he was on vacation for just over a thousand days – “Calls to several Presidential libraries reveal that President Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, was on vacation more — 1,020 days — than any U.S. President since Herbert Hoover and possibly more than any other President in history.”
      ONE THOUSAND DAYS.   Didn’t that number strike you as, nearly three years? right there, without any other information?    and you SERIOUSLY believe Bush was on vacation for nearly three years?
      Hell, I’m on call every other week, you think the President, ANY President, including Dear Golfer out on the course or sitting in Hawaii is REALLY on vacation and just says “no, F* it, it’s my day off, let the world burn”.
      Use your brain Tad, that’s why it was installed.

  • McQ,
    It is among my fondest hopes that you are correct about this second term being all bluster and no results. This guy’s idea of rain is what happens when a flock of seagulls gets up and circles the building a few times, literally “raining”.
    Let’s not forget this quote “Wait till I’m re-elected, and I can be more flexible…” I don’t know about you all, but I just can’t WAIT for that shoe to drop.