Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Obama's Permanent Campaign [Amy Holmes]
Anyone else notice something peculiar about today's bill signing?
Typically, a bill signing takes place in the East Room, or in the Rose Garden if the weather is nice. The president is flanked by the bill's co-sponsors who get to share in the glory and bask in the reporters' flash bulbs and television cameras.
Not this time. There was no Congressional procession to the White House. No press conference on the driveway. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, and Steny Hoyer did not get to stand beaming with pride as Obama signed into law billions upon billions of dollars of democratic spending. Nope. President Obama stood at a lecturn a thousand miles away from Pennsylvania Avenue, and sopped up the applause and credit alone.
The president may have been trying to de-politicize a most partisan bill, and infuse it with his goodwill and high approvals. But the absence of his Congressional allies at the signing of the biggest spending bill in American, make that world, history was notable. He may have said today that the bailout was for all Americans. But the optics of the event said something different: that the credit was his alone.
From my brilliant attorney friend Mike B:
This is dangerous.
Check out the photo. Obama is signing the Theft Act while Biden looks on. I don't ever want Biden and Obama in the same room. If something happens to both of them, Pelosi becomes President. Bush had the good sense to never appear in public with his VP, to keep that football coach guy from Illinois from becoming President in the event of an attack. We are stuck with Obama but he should at least make sure that Nancy has no chance of becoming President.
Mike makes an intriguing point - and illuminates something even the National Review writers missed. All of this capping off a week in which (so far) Obama's New Deal, collectivist policies have been criticized by none other than Vladimir Putin, Sweeden, scores of state Governors and...
Barrack Obama! Right out of the Audacity of his own mouth:
"If these conditions do not hold -- if nobody outside Washington is really paying attention to the substance of the bill, if the true costs . . . are buried in phony accounting and understated by a trillion dollars or so -- the majority party can begin every negotiation by asking for 100% of what it wants, go on to concede 10%, and then accuse any member of the minority party who fails to support this 'compromise' of being 'obstructionist.'
"For the minority party in such circumstances, 'bipartisanship' comes to mean getting chronically steamrolled, although individual senators may enjoy certain political rewards by consistently going along with the majority and hence gaining a reputation for being 'moderate' or 'centrist.'"
- from "The Audacity of Hope"
Congrats Democrats!! Well done. My daughter's quality of life thanks you very, very much.
(the only ones speaking truth to power nowadays are from the Right).