A few of the things I expect to hear and read during and after The Messiah’s speech tonight:
- “Gosh darn it, I’ve said it before but the thrill running up my leg is a 13 on a scale of 1-10” – Chris Matthews
- As we remember Ted Kennedy and his brave and life-long fight to provide a fair health care system for all Americans….
- We have heard and seen a lot from a small and angry segment of the population, but tonight the President has reset the terms of the debate so we can proceed with clear and calm confidence…
- The President’s clear restatement of the guiding principles all Americans agree with regarding health care will guide the debate as the bill is considered in Congress….
- I don’t know how many times we have seen it, but again the President demonstrated his ability to lead the country through times of calamity and crisis….
- We can only hope that others with follow the lead of the President as they consider the actions needed to fix our broken third-world level health delivery system….
- We know that the vast majority of American support the President as he seeks to correct one of the most intransigent issues of the past half century….
- Our polling shows that 99% of the non-kook Americans believe that simply sipping a glass of water that He has touched will cure them of every disease and unhappiness
Well maybe not that last one.
Oh that one:
Our Fearless Independent Media:
“Obama Takes On Health Care Critics” –NPR.org
“Obama Takes On Health Care Reform Critics” –Voice of America Web site
“Obama Takes On Health Care Critics” –Associated Press
“Obama Takes On Health Care Critics” –USA Today
“Obama Takes On Critics at Town Hall Forum” –Chicago Tribune
“Obama Takes On Health Care Critics” –Slate.com
“Obama to Take On Health-Care Critics” –Washington Post
Thanks to the Patriot Post
From The American Thinker and Andrew Thomas:
A few of my favorites from the long, long list of gushing and fawning yesterday.
1. The Beating the “Literally” Dead Horse Award
The great leaders in the US weren’t the cheerleaders who promised morning in America. They were the ones that forced us to look in the mirror. Since Reagan there has been this tradition, which has become a cliche, of promising morning in America, this fake optimism, we’re the best, the city on the hill.
2. The 12-year-old Schoolgirl Thrill Award
It is, however, mere moments before footage of the crowd – that amazing, breathtaking crowd – makes me giddy with anticipation and disinclined to look backward, no matter how thrilled to see the back of Bush I am.
And oh how thrilled I am.
Barack Hussein Obama gives his first speech as our president, and its every word and every beautiful turn of phrase appeals to our better natures. It implores us to service, to sacrifice, to shared responsibility. It asks for our imagination and our participation. It says, in each idea, each exhortation, each question, each sentence: I am a uniter, not a divider.
3. The I Can Name The Most Dead Guys In One Paragraph Award
Mr. Obama talked, with echoes of Churchill, of the challenges of taking command of a nation beset by what he called “gathering clouds and raging storms.” As a student of past Inaugural Addresses, he knew what he needed to accomplish. He had to evoke the clarion call for national unity that Lincoln made the centerpiece of his second Inaugural Address, in 1865, married with Franklin Roosevelt’s warning that the market had been allowed to go haywire thanks to the “stubbornness” and “incompetence” of business leaders. And he needed to recall the combination of national inspiration and resoluteness against new enemies that John F. Kennedy delivered in his Inaugural Address, just over six months before Mr. Obama was born.
4. The Of Course My Expectations Aren’t Too High Award
Kenya – From The Times of London
“This man is Jesus,” shouted one man, spilling his Guinness as Barack Obama began his inaugural address. “When will he come to Kenya to save us?” If Barack Obama’s spin doctors have been trying to lower expectations since his election victory, the message clearly has not reached the land of his father.
“Now he is president we will get food and jobs,” said Ben Ochieng, as he danced to the traditional music that replaced the planned show.
“It is right that when people get power they look after their family, so we know that Obama will build lots of good things for us, like schools and roads and clinics,” said George Opiyo as he left the theatre.
5. The How Can I Impress The Importance of This On You Any More Award
Few public utterances can have been more keenly anticipated by more people in more places than the inaugural address of President – President, now, how does that sound? – Barack Obama.
(And we need to be aware that this includes things like The Sermon on the Mount, Moses and the 10 Commandments, and any address by the Pope – me)
6. The Undeniable Force Tin Foil Hat Trophy
But Barack Obama is our new leader, our new son of freedom. He is at once at the center of a force and the force itself. That he is the right person for this job can not be denied, indeed there must be no more Orwellian denials of the sort the outgoing administration engaged in daily, hourly.
7. The Economic Idiot of 2009 Award
As the president gave his campaign cry of “yes we can!” the reality of an exuberant walk up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, cynical men and women eyeing their assets with that very greed the new President had condemned in his inaugural speech were whining “no we can’t.”
As the country rose to heights the most hopeful could scarcely imagine, these cynics were pushing the stock market down to new depths — more than 300 points down, below 8000. This knee-jerk vote of non-confidence in the economy in the face of the most impressive vote of confidence in democracy the country has ever seen reveals a dangerous schism. It sets how we think as investors against how we act as citizens. It makes Wall Street more important than Constitution Avenue.
(We swear in a proud “wealth spreader” and you are surprised people want to take the money and run?)
8. The Death to Conservatives and Neocons and Especially BUSH!!!!!!!!! Award
For all the immensity of the symbolism, though, yesterday was about something more tangible and practical. It was a day of change as well as a day of ceremony, and Mr Obama made clear, in his hugely anticipated inaugural address, that this moment in Washington marked the death and burial not just of the George Bush presidency, but also of the neoconservative approach to foreign policy, the hands-off-the-markets approach to the economy and to what Mr Obama called the era of “petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas” in public life which underpinned the past eight years.
From the Chicago Sun-SlimeanyRepublican:
The press corps, most of us, don’t even bother raising our hands any more to ask questions because Obama always has before him a list of correspondents who’ve been advised they will be called upon that day.
think about that for a second – they just lay down and die for the Messiah.
And let’s not forget this little piece of worshipfulness from the WaPo and Eli Saslo:
The sun glinted off chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weightlifting sessions each week, and a body toned by regular treadmill runs and basketball games.
Can’t you just hear everybody breathing heavily in the background?
And in an example of just how much the media hates W – what about this headline over at Newsweek:
Traffic Jam? Blame Bush.
I’m not kidding – its all Bush’s fault because Obama and his bunch came to town two weeks early and couldn’t be put up at Blair House and just because President Bush had invited John Howard to come and be recognized and was already booked into Blair House – well, its all W’s fault. All. The. Time. Forever.