Can Obama seize the Moment; has it come down to a make or break speech.

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    Can Obama seize the Moment; has it come down to a make or break speech.



    Tonight its the GOP Debate and tomorrow the Preseident has the NFL pregame show, can he seize the moment?  Maureen Dowd is giving the President an et tu Brute moment with her "Maybe Obama was not even the person he was waiting for" comment.


    OP-ED COLUMNIST

    One and Done?


    WASHINGTON

    ONE day during the 2008 campaign, as Barack Obama read the foreboding news of the mounting economic and military catastrophes that W. was bequeathing his successor, he dryly remarked to aides: “Maybe I should throw the game.”

    On the razor’s edge of another recession; blocked at every turn by Republicans determined to slice him up at any cost; starting an unexpectedly daunting re-election bid; and puzzling over how to make a prime-time speech about infrastructure and payroll taxes soar, maybe President Obama is wishing that he had thrown the game.

    The leader who was once a luminescent, inspirational force is now just a guy in a really bad spot.

    His Republican rivals for 2012 have gone to town on the Labor Day weekend news of zero job growth, using the same line of attack Hillary used in 2008: Enough with the big speeches! What about some action?

    Polls show that most Americans still like and trust the president; but they may no longer have faith that he’s a smarty-pants who can fix the economy.

    Just as Obama miscalculated in 2009 when Democrats had total control of Congress, holding out hope that G.O.P. lawmakers would come around on health care after all but three senators had refused to vote for the stimulus bill; just as he misread John Boehner this summer, clinging like a scorned lover to a dream that the speaker would drop his demanding new inamorata, the Tea Party, to strike a “grand” budget bargain, so the president once more set a trap for himself and gave Boehner the opportunity to dis him on the timing of his jobs speech this week.

    Obama’s re-election chances depend on painting the Republicans as disrespectful. So why would the White House act disrespectful by scheduling a speech to a joint session of Congress at the exact time when the Republicans already had a debate planned?

    And why is the White House so cocky about Obama as a TV draw against quick-draw Rick Perry? As James Carville acerbically noted, given a choice between watching an Obama speech and a G.O.P. debate, “I’d watch the debate, and I’m not even a Republican.”

    The White House caved, of course, and moved to Thursday, because there’s nothing the Republicans say that he won’t eagerly meet halfway.

    No. 2 on David Letterman’s Top Ten List of the president’s plans for Labor Day: “Pretty much whatever the Republicans tell him he can do.”

    On MSNBC, the anchors were wistfully listening to old F.D.R. speeches, wishing that this president had some of that fight. But Obama can’t turn into F.D.R. for the campaign because he aspires to the class that F.D.R. was a traitor to; and he can’t turn into Harry Truman because he lacks the common touch. He has an acquired elitism.

    MSNBC’s Matt Miller offered “a public service” to journalists talking about Obama — a list of synonyms for cave: “Buckle, fold, concede, bend, defer, submit, give in, knuckle under, kowtow, surrender, yield, comply, capitulate.”

    And it wasn’t exactly Morning in America when Obama sent out a mass e-mail to supporters Wednesday under the heading “Frustrated.”

    It unfortunately echoed a November 2010 parody in The Onion with the headline, “Frustrated Obama Sends Nation Rambling 75,000-Word E-Mail.”

    “Throughout,” The Onion teased, “the president expressed his aggravation on subjects as disparate as the war in Afghanistan, the sluggish economic recovery, his live-in mother-in-law, China’s undervalued currency, Boston’s Logan Airport, and tort reform.”

    You know you’re in trouble when Harry Reid says you should be more aggressive.

    If the languid Obama had not done his usual irritating fourth-quarter play, if he had presented a jobs plan a year ago and fought for it, he wouldn’t have needed to elevate the setting. How will he up the ante next time? A speech from the space station?

    Republicans who are worried about being political props have a point. The president is using the power of the incumbency and a sacred occasion for a political speech.

    Obama is still suffering from the Speech Illusion, the idea that he can come down from the mountain, read from a Teleprompter, cast a magic spell with his words and climb back up the mountain, while we scurry around and do what he proclaimed.

    The days of spinning illusions in a Greek temple in a football stadium are done. The One is dancing on the edge of one term.

    The White House team is flailing — reacting, regrouping, retrenching. It’s repugnant.

    After pushing and shoving and caving to get on TV, the president’s advisers immediately began warning that the long-yearned-for jobs speech wasn’t going to be that awe-inspiring.

    “The issue isn’t the size or the newness of the ideas,” one said. “It’s less the substance than how he says it, whether he seizes the moment.”

    The arc of justice is stuck at the top of a mountain. Maybe Obama was not even the person he was waiting for.

     
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    Re: Can Obama seize the Moment; has it come down to a make or break speech.

    This captures the essence of Obama's campaign and presidency, right down to the attempts to connect him with the great human-gods of the greeks.  This is a presidency bound by limitations and speeches, where the speeches add to the limitations, and set the goal of success out of reach.

    Obama fails not because the mean republicans attack him,  he fails because on the few ideas he has for the problems that face us, he is wrong.  No speech on spending more money will change that.
     
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    Re: Can Obama seize the Moment; has it come down to a make or break speech.

    The election is 14 months away.  That is like calling game a May a make or break game for the Red Sox. 

    The Republicans will offer nothing of substance regarding the economy in their debate and then rip whatever Obama says.  It is a tired strategy. 
     
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    Well we know where the GOP stands, even without hearing the proposals they have just cut to the chase and already said "no".
     
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    In Response to Re: Can Obama seize the Moment; has it come down to a make or break speech.:
    The election is 14 months away.  That is like calling game a May a make or break game for the Red Sox.  The Republicans will offer nothing of substance regarding the economy in their debate and then rip whatever Obama says.  It is a tired strategy. 
    Posted by Thesemenarecowards


    Maureen Dowd has switched to the Republican Party?  Now, that is news!
     
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    In Response to Re: Can Obama seize the Moment; has it come down to a make or break speech.:
    The election is 14 months away.  That is like calling game a May a make or break game for the Red Sox.  The Republicans will offer nothing of substance regarding the economy in their debate and then rip whatever Obama says.  It is a tired strategy. 
    Posted by Thesemenarecowards

    32 months into a 48 month term, we're 2/3 in or early August in baseball parlance.  You can put your rally cap on but this is his last real chance to get it together.

     
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    In Response to Re: Can Obama seize the Moment; has it come down to a make or break speech.:
    Well we know where the GOP stands, even without hearing the proposals they have just cut to the chase and already said "no".
    Posted by DamainAllen


    I repeat:  Maureen Dowd has become a republican?
     
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    In Response to Re: Can Obama seize the Moment; has it come down to a make or break speech.:
    In Response to Re: Can Obama seize the Moment; has it come down to a make or break speech. : I repeat:  Maureen Dowd has become a republican?
    Posted by skeeter20



    I'm not talking about her, I am referring to Mitch McConnell's latest comments about the speech
     
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    Re: Can Obama seize the Moment; has it come down to a make or break speech.

    In Response to Re: Can Obama seize the Moment; has it come down to a make or break speech.:
    Well we know where the GOP stands, even without hearing the proposals they have just cut to the chase and already said "no".
    Posted by DamainAllen

    So you didn't see Mitt's 59 step plan yesterday? He is a Republican. A RINO but still a Republican.
     
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    Re: Can Obama seize the Moment; has it come down to a make or break speech.

    In Response to Re: Can Obama seize the Moment; has it come down to a make or break speech.:
    In Response to Re: Can Obama seize the Moment; has it come down to a make or break speech. : I'm not talking about her, I am referring to Mitch McConnell's latest comments about the speech
    Posted by DamainAllen

    Well the WH has been leaking tid bits of the Jobs Plan since late last week, so why wouldn't McConnell comment on them.  If they're no good, they're no good.

     
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    Re: Can Obama seize the Moment; has it come down to a make or break speech.

    I am seriously wondering whether Obama really wants a second term. He is smart enough to know he is in way over his head and he nor his children will ever have to worry about anything again.
    Why would he not just want to fade out, make 100's of millions doing speeches and play golf at will!!

     
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    In Response to Re: Can Obama seize the Moment; has it come down to a make or break speech.:
    Always thought this kind of idea is silly. Why should it "come down" to one speech? A "make it or break it" speech? Well the people covering it would like that, I suppose. Helps ratings. Media invention. What it really will come down to is whether things get any worse by the election, and whether the GOP runs a sane candidate who is more of an old guard Republican. Not one of these fringe bible-thumping r*tards.
    Posted by WhatDoYouWantNow

    He's running out of time to have a postive impact on the economy and have it resonate by 2012.  If he doesn't get some traction with the public that results in legislative support he is toast.

     
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    Re: Can Obama seize the Moment; has it come down to a make or break speech.

    Man they claim any speech hes made is a make or break since the end of 09.


     
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    Re: Can Obama seize the Moment; has it come down to a make or break speech.

    Speaker John Boehner will mark his own silent protest with his guest list for the speech. More than a dozen www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/09/08/obama-eat-dessert-first/#" class="kLink">business owners, each with a media-friendly story about suffering under regulation, taxation and uncertainty, will be his guests in the speaker’s box. That includes the boss of Gibson Guitar, the firm raided for allegedly using improperly sourced hardwoods.


    I like his style.



     
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    Re: Can Obama seize the Moment; has it come down to a make or break speech.

    A SPEACH??!!

    Did we all forget that it'll be nothing more than the reading of a teleprompter of which the MESSiah starts his 2012 campaign?

    Instead of wasting time watching this fantastic moment, here's a summation:
    "I should be reelected because the republicans are evil and are to blame for all that is wrong. Since I have no experience with anything, nevermind getting America back to work, I'm gonna spew a bunch of rhetoric, nonsensical ideas, and some downright lies. I hope this magic act will trick you into voting for me again."
     
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