Obama “weak executive”,”say one thing do another politican” – MSNBC 03/21/09

Obama’s campaign promises don’t mesh with reality: Report By MSNBC

Just a month ago claims like this would have been considered “heresy” by the liberal left and the powers that be at MSNBC. Is this the first cry of “The Emperor Has No Clothes” from the liberal left?

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s optimistic campaign rhetoric has crashed headlong into the stark reality of governing.

In office two months, he has backpedaled on an array of issues, gingerly shifting positions as circumstances dictate while ducking for political cover to avoid undercutting his credibility and authority. That’s happened on the Iraq troop withdrawal timeline, on lobbyists in his administration and on money for lawmakers’ pet projects.

Obama’s budget message was overshadowed for much of the week by the public furor over millions of dollars in executive bonuses paid by American International Group Inc. after the insurance giant had received billions in federal bailout funds.

It’s the same delicate dance each of his predecessors faced in moving from candidate to president, only to find he couldn’t stick exactly by his word. [Is this MSNBC’s “delicate” way of admitting Obama didn’t bring the promised  “CHANGE” to Washington – that the American people are getting more of the same old tried and true Democratic formulas of “Big Government”, “Big Spending” and “Big Taxes”. What is instore for the future when MSNBC has been forced to make this “delicate” observation in the first 90 days] 

Once in the White House, presidents quickly learn they are only one part of the political system, not in charge of it. Inevitably, they find out that it’s impossible to follow through completely on their campaign proposals. [Follow through on promises? No President in the history of the Country spoke to the American Public and asked for fiscal restraint, promised to cut the deficit in half  and lobbyied Congress to pass the larset spending bill in the history of the world, all on the same day. Not only has the President “missed the target” of cutting  the deficit in half – his spending proposal  passed by Congress that day helped increase the deficit by 400%.]                                                                                               http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29791927 , http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29791927

That is an 800% error. Promising a 50% reduction and ending up with a 400% increase is an 800% “mistake”. For those of you, who like me, need to work every day to get by, let me provide a ”real life” comparison. The next time you stop for a cup of coffee and leave a $1 “tip” remember that an 800% increase would be an $800 “tip” for that coffee. The Obama Administration is spending hundreds of our tax dollars as if they were dimes.

MARK MY WORDS – OBAMA WILL BE ASKING FOR MORE MONEY AGAIN THIS WEEK – SPENDING AT LEVELS NEVER SEEN BEFORE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD – AND IT IS NOT ENOUGH – HE WILL BE BACK ASKING OFR MORE THIS WEEK – GUARANTEED HE WILL BE BACK – AND NOT JUST THIS WEEK – THE NEW WASHINGTON “MONEY PIT” HAS NO BOTTOM.

For now at least, Obama’s deviations have served only to invite occasional cries of hypocrisy from some Republicans and infrequent grumbles of disappointment from some Democrats.  …. People could perceive him as a say-one-thing-do-another politician and the Democratic-controlled Congress could see him as a weak chief executive.  [What? “say one thing do another politician”, a “weak executive”. Just a month ago such a statement from MSNBC would have been considered “heresy” by the liberal left.]  

While campaigning, Obama frequently swiped at lobbyists, saying, “When I am president, they won’t find a job in my White House.”Then he took office and had to fill thousands of positions. He did allow former lobbyists to join his administration. But he imposed ethics rules, however, in several cases, he has made outright exceptions [to his rules].

MSNBC is now willing to consider that Obama is a “say one thing do another politician” or a “weak executive”. There are those who believe he never intended to keep many of the broken promises and many more who believe he has no idea what “fiscal responsibility” means.  

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