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.
1. Idiot Dictator Quote of the year:
Elsewhere, Chavez found time to defend Venezuela’s human rights record and vaunt his country’s oil reserves, but also gave his views on less weighty matters like fashion, pop music and the British royal family.
Cuba’s Fidel Castro was the world’s most stylish leader, he said (“His uniform is impeccable. His boots are polished. His beard is elegant”), he was aware of the newly-reformed Spice Girls and admired Britain’s Prince Charles.
He also refused to rule out following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s example and posing for topless photographs. “Why not? Touch my muscles,” he reportedly told the supermodel.
2. Hillary Doozy of the Year
ABC News’ Eloise Harper Reports: Senator Hillary Clinton, in an interview with ABC News’ Cynthia McFadden for ABC News’ Nightline, was asked about President Clinton’s controversial comments about race and Senator Obama in the past weeks. Clinton apologized for her husband.
“I think whatever he said which was certainly never intended to cause any kind of offense to anyone,” Clinton said, “if it did give offenses then I take responsibility and I’m sorry about that.”
“Can you control him?” asked McFadden.
“Oh of course,” Clinton replied.
3. The “Reach Out to the Other Side” Quote of 2008
I hate the Republican Party and everything it stands for, including, but not limited to, its interest in denying women reproductive health rights, denying children the right to legally recognized two parent homes if their parents are gay, and their not-so-subtle “be afraid of anyone who isn’t pasty white” message.
But I’ve learned to HATE with a passion that I never knew prior to the November 2000 Election, and I will *never* forget it.
Republicans are Evil, and I hate them.
4. The “I Just Hate People Except for My Six Children” Quote of 2008 – With an Added Bonus Globaloney Warming Kicker
TED TURNER: Not doing it will be catastrophic. We’ll be eight degrees hottest in ten, not ten but 30 or 40 years and basically none of the crops will grow. Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals. Civilization will have broken down. The few people left will be living in a failed state — like Somalia or Sudan — and living conditions will be intolerable. The droughts will be so bad there’ll be no more corn grown. Not doing it is suicide. Just like dropping bombs on each other, nuclear weapons is suicide. We’ve got to stop doing the suicidal two things, which are hanging on to our nuclear weapons and after that we’ve got to stabilize the population. When I was born-
CHARLIE ROSE: So what’s wrong with the population?
TURNER: We’re too many people. That’s why we have global warming. We have global warming because too many people are using too much stuff. If there were less people, they’d be using less stuff.
5. “All My Liberal Friends Say I’m Completely Unbiased” Award
“I do like McCain and the people around him, and I consider him still to be a friend. But I have fundamental differences with John McCain on the issues and always have. I don’t have any problem criticizing John McCain….It was no secret to the reporters around me that I have Democratic-leaning views. But they said I was always fair.”
— Former ABC and CBS reporter Linda Douglass, now a spokeswoman for Barack Obama, as quoted by the Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz in a June 16 profile.
6. Media Twit of the Year
CBS News journalist Richard Butler said he believes he was kidnapped in Iraq by policemen with sympathies toward the Hezbollah but isn’t entirely sure who held him captive for two months or why.
Butler, a British journalist kidnapped with his interpreter on Feb. 10, was rescued by Iraqi troops on April 14 when he was found with a sack over his head in a house in Basra.
Butler said he felt it was better to be kidnapped in Iraq then taken into custody by Americans in Afghanistan.
“I was pleased I wasn’t being mortarboarded in Guantanamo or being held for six and a half years like an Al-Jazeera cameraman, for instance,” he said.
How good is it that the New York Times is looking to borrow money in a down economy with a shrinking revenue base? Apparently the Schultzberger family will take out every penny before going to the government for a newspaper bailout.
And the Tribune Company (LA Times, Orlando Sentinel, Cubs, etc.) sure didn’t last long with their little buyout. They go down in flames with $13 billion in debt and $7.6 billion in assets.
The Obama cheering section continues to get thinner and thinner in the dead stream media ranks.