Seems like cruel and unusual punishment that the translators don’t get burgers or even fries!
Obama Learns A Lesson! Never Say You’re A Fan Unless You Actually Can Name A Player On Your Favorite Team!8 Apr
I love this video. You get at least three things out of it. First, the president may prove to be a better president than his predecessor, but clearly he’s NOT the better pitcher.
Second, President Obama learns a key lesson. If you’re going to represent yourself as a “southside kid” and a Chicago White Sox fan, good to have your staff brief you on some names of actually Sox players first!
Finally, I like the president, but this video proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that he’s in fact a politician. Look no further than him wearing a Nationals jacket, but putting on a White Sox hat. You know, the team that’s his favorite, but he can’t remember any players… Typical politician, trying to have it both ways.
I’ll give the president this. He does NOT like to take the easy way out.
Case in point, today I read that he’s revamping US nuclear weapons strategy to make it less vague. He’s going to move the US towards a policy of a more narrow use of nuclear weapons.
According to this NY Times article online at MSNBC:
the president even has the US not using nuclear weapons in the case of certain biological attacks.
Now I’m no blood-loving hawk and I generally think the less we rely on nukes the better. On the other hand, I’m not some hippy dippie tree hugger who doesn’t believe that we in fact have some enemies that look to hurt us. 9/11 taught us that much.
Mostly, I’m no expert on nuclear weapons as effective deterrents, but I kind of liked a vagueness to our policy. Sure, it’s not the perfect moral policy. But, I do think it helps to keep our enemies a little unsure of what our exact policy is. Why spell out when we wouldn’t use nukes? Isn’t that just asking for trouble?
For all any of us know, this may in fact be the right policy decision. I for, one, was none to comfortable with the last adminstration’s attitude of shooting first and asking questions later.
But, if I’m asking questions then I can only begin to imagine what mileage the talk radio right will be getting out of this.
President Obama’s decision on nuclear policy is debatable. What’s not debatable is that short-term it’s awful politics. It plays right into the hands of the stereotypes the right-wing media loves to dole out.
It wasn’t the easy road. That would have been doing 800 other smaller and non-controversial things. In the president’s mind though, I’m guessing it was the right road.
And so here’s the point. Long wait! I know.
But, if this president is so willing to take on the tough tasks, not take the easy way out, and stay committed to doing what’s right, than I’ve got one last guess about him.
This is probably a man who is faithful to his wife.
Either that or he’s addicted to taking huge risks. Wait, that would be another of my favorite presidents, Bill Clinton.
With tonight’s historic votes, Democrats may have finally pushed healthcare reform across. In the process, they might have also proven that they’re not completely stupid after all.
On this blog, I’ve argued that Democrats had no choice but to vote yes and get healthcare reform done. After all, this November they’ll be facing Republicans reminding all of America about the Democrats’ push for healthcare win or lose.
The fact is that history is written by the winners. So, as I see it Democrats had a choice, they could either run in November as the majority party who failed to pass healthcare reform, which the Republicans would have spun as a failure to impose socialism or worse on America thanks to the kindly GOP.
OR… They could go into November’s elections as the majority party who actually got something done. Sure, half the country is pissed right now. But, that won’t last. Already on the local news, I saw a woman interviewed on the street who opposed healthcare reform but now that it passed said “she hoped it would be good for the country.” That sentiment will be more and more the case as time goes by.
What people are REALLY mad at is incumbents on both sides who seem to be less and less able to get anything of real substance done. Well, wake up America. The Democrats just got substantial. They’ll now go to the polls as the party that opened up health care to 30 million people AND got rid of the whole “pre-existing conditions” thing. Not too shabby.
So, yes, there will still be people angry about this so-called “power grab” and expansion of government intrusion into our lives come November. My guess is that that group is the fringe. A very very large fringe, but a fringe none the less. And remember, you don’t have to win elections by anything more than one vote.
Now, the president needs to focus even more on jobs and the economy. Then, the Democrats can claim true momentum come November.
And the GOP? Oh yeah, they’re the ones who are fine with the government requiring us to buy auto insurance, but feel that requiring that everyone has health care coverage is a nake power grab. Nevermind that that naked power grab just opened up health care to millions and made it illegal for your insurance company to deny you coverage due to “pre-existing conditions” also known as “you might cost us too much money so we’d rather than you die as soon as possible”.
I think we’ll be talking more about that fractured logic come November.
I believe that abortion should be legal. I also believe everyone should have access to decent health care. But now, there are some abortion rights supporters in the House of Representatives who are willing to see health care reform go down the tubes if the reform legislation bans federal dollars from paying for abortions. Not making it illegal just not paying for it, mind you.
These are people who are willing to keep 30 or so million people shut out of access to healthcare unless it covers abortions.
Is abortion really the issue to get stuck on?
As I said, I believe in the right of a woman to abort her pregnancy and don’t want to see women have to resort to back alley abortionists. But, honestly why should 30 million people suffer if the federal government isn’t willing to cover what was ultimately a personal mistake made by two people that they after the fact want to undo.
I’m not judging here. Mistakes happen. I get it and I’m no saint. But, for the 30 million not covered by health insurance right now, the mistake isn’t theirs so much as a function of our broken health care system and values.
What we’ve lost both between our two major parties and EVEN WORSE within each party itself, is the art of compromise. This will never be a perfect bill. No one is going to be 100% happy with it. That’s just the fact if it stands any chance of being passed.
So, for the idiot House Democrats threatening to vote no over abortion coverage I suggest this or a lobotomy.
Why not pass the bill which benefits all of us ultimately by giving 30 million access and getting rid of pre-existing condition bans now and continue the debate of abortion coverage after health care reform is enacted?
After all, something is better than nothing here and it’s always easier to tweak something once it’s law than starting all over. Anyone for another year of health care debate? Nah? Didn’t think so.
A lot of Democrats are nervous about their election prospects in November should health care reform become law. The political truth is that it’s a lot easier to go before the voters as a winner versus a “politician who tried to engineer a government takeover of healthcare but lost“, which will be the Republican spin.
If on the other hand Democrats go to the polls as winners in the health care battle, the Republicans will have to take a moment to explain how they fought against eliminating pre-existing condition bans. Good luck on that one, GOP!
When Barak Obama was elected he talked a lot about bringing people together. We assumed he was talking about Democrats & Republicans.
The reality now is that he must unite Democrats. He must turn them into winner even if the victory isn’t perfect. And even the ones who are idiots and are willing to squander the opportunity to achieve something of historic benefit in the name of a objections based on a narrow interest group.
Let common sense and compromise prevail!
OK, so clearly I’m a bit cranky today.
Stupid seems to be on my mind, having just pointed out Ohio Republican John Boehner’s ignorance, I feel compelled to highlight the shortcomings of his opponents in Congress.
Maybe the reason I’m cranky is that I spent some time earlier today reading reaction to this week’s election results. Some pundits and a number of (stupid) Democrats have made the case that Democrats should run for the hills.
The theory goes that two Republican wins in Governor’s races in Virginia and New Jersey show that the public is unsure about President Obama’s agenda. Of course, it shows nothing of the kind.
First off, why the focus on these two races.? Didn’t any of them read about the race for the Rep seat for New York’s 23rd District? In can you didn’t, in that one, a super conservative forced out the Republican’s nominee only to be trounced by off all things the Democrat in the race. And this was in a very conservative district! So essentially in a lay up situation, the GOP clanged it off the rim. So, why no stories about the end of conservatives?
Getting back to the governor’s races, it’s fair to ask if Obama can take any hint from the results. There’s a saying that all politics are local and some pundits and Democrats are saying that people were voting on local issues in VA and NJ and not on the President’s agenda.
I know people in NJ. Many. And I can tell you that Corzine could have been a Republican or Independent and still lost. NJ simply didn’t like John Corzine. Whether bad timing or simply bad performance, Garden Staters simply didn’t see many accomplishments. People in NJ voted against a sitting governor who could not lower the nation’s HIGHEST property taxes and who’s party has a fantastic track record of corruption. Many of the people I know in NJ voted against Corzine and still support the President.
As for Virginia, from everything I’ve read the Democrat there simply ran an awful race while his Republican opponent ran a smart race focused on the issues people care most about. But, bottom line is that despite Democrat’s significant gains there, is it really a surprise when Virginia goes to the GOP??
So back to stupid Democrats… I read earlier today that this week’s election losses suggested a change in tactics. They felt they should perhaps not be so on board the Obama bandwagon.
Nothing could be stupider.
Hear me now, Democrats. The people voted you in for change. And that’s what you need to deliver. The answer is not backing down, but standing up for what you believe in and delivering on the promises you made to your constituents.
I belive John Warner made a very fair point that the climate change bill (as well-intentioned as it may be) might not be the very best use of Congresses’ time when people are struggling to keep their houses, jobs and lives.
So, if Democrats must change tactics, then follow that line of thinking. Make changes, but make them about what matters most to Americans right now, pocketbook issues. Work to create jobs and opportunities.
I believe healthcare reform is a big part of that. It’s time for Democrats to be bold, get it passed on move on to tackling other big issues that will affect the quality of all our lives.
Better to have an imperfect victory or two to bring to voters in 2010’s midterm elections than the same old same old.