Sticking to his Strengths

You’ve got to hand it to President Obama, he knows what he’s good at and he sticks with it. Obama is a terrific speaker when he’s reading from a prompter and the media acts as if finally, the spoken word lives up to its potential. Because we have so much more than politics going on in our lives, meaningless soundbites will always be well-received by a certain percentage of the electorate.

During an enthusiastic, campaign-style appearance in Maine’s largest city, Obama mocked the pundits and pollsters who say he isn’t getting a boost from his yearlong campaign to pass the sweeping reform.

Every story about President Obama contains some variation of this sentence. Obama continues to talk as if he can solve any problem at no cost, while promoting legislation that increases the federal government’s bulk without an honest number in sight. It’s difficult to defend life while catering to the abortion lobby; difficult to curb unemployment when your advisers are union goons and lifetime politicians; difficult to write bipartisan legislation in a room containing half a dozen left-of-left Democrats. It may also be challenging to save money by expanding entitlements, but I’m reaching a little here. At any rate, gravity eventually takes its toll.

That doesn’t mean Obama will abandon his “I’m from the government and I’m here to help — let me prove it by handing you these other suckers’ money” bit:

“Can you imagine if some of these reporters were working on a farm and you planted some seeds, and they came out the next day and they looked and – ‘Nothing’s happened. There’s no crop. We’re going to starve. Oh, no! It’s a disaster!’ It’s been a week, folks. So, before we find out if people like health care reform, we should wait to see what happens when we actually put it into place. Just a thought.”

This is exactly like that, if seeds cost $2,000,000,000.

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