Recognizing and admitting that there’s a problem is the first step in recovery.
From Real Clear Politics, here are some of the things MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, along with Newsweek’s (and possibly soon to be Newsmax employee… heh heh) Howard Fineman said last night after Obama’s speech on how the oil spill is a great excuse to tax energy to death:
Olbermann: “It was a great speech if you were on another planet for the last 57 days.”
Matthews compared Obama to Carter.
Olbermann: “Nothing specific at all was said.”
Matthews: “No direction.”
Howard Fineman: “He wasn’t specific enough.”
Olbermann: “I don’t think he aimed low, I don’t think he aimed at all. It’s startling.”
Howard Fineman: Obama should be acting like a “commander-in-chief.”
Matthews: Ludicrous that he keeps saying [Secretary of Energy] Chu has a Nobel prize. “I’ll barf if he does it one more time.”
Matthews: “A lot of meritocracy, a lot of blue ribbon talk.”
Matthews: “I don’t sense executive command.”
Not that it wasn’t apparent years ago, but these guys just outed themselves big time as the most gullible, swayed by all emotion instead of substance, dingbats in the media.
When has Obama ever exhibited “executive command”? When has he ever done anything except expect us to be impressed by academic & political credentials over real world experience? When has he ever demonstrated that he’s a problem solver instead of just a problem creator? When has he ever consistently “aimed” at anything other than power and money grab opportunities? Last night’s speech was even more evidence of that.
Hell, just days before the oil spill he was opening up more areas to offshore drilling, and now instead of using the accident as a catalyst to open up ANWR and other non-deepwater areas to drilling where an accident like this could have been capped long ago, Obama shut down all offshore drilling operations, potentially costing thousands and thousands of jobs, and then went on television last night telling us not to worry because these people will all soon be hired within a matter of years to build solar panels, windmills and electric cars. Whew! Economic crisis averted!
What Obama didn’t say, even though he speaks of “green jobs” often, is that nobody can even decide what the definition of a “green job” is.
Back to the reactions of Matthews, Fineman and Olberman… this is sad… it’s like watching kids who have been waiting for some X-Ray glasses they ordered from a comic book running to the mailbox, opening the package, and realizing they’ve been had:
Update: Et tu, Katie?
Update II: Robert Reich jumps from the Hope train.