A New President??

The President’s speech has, no doubt, been analyzed fully from nearly every point of view.  The problem for your humble servant is the existence of too  many opinions.  The challenge of arriving at a point of view as free of transitory influence as possible can be daunting.  

That said; the President was brilliant in his rhetoric.  That was how it felt in the moment; a reading of the transcript did not diminish the impact.  The Pep Rally feel was annoying, frequently inappropriate, but not a dominating factor. 

The President managed to channel the optimism of Ronald Reagan combined with the connection of a Bill Clinton.  The President, finally, appeared Presidential, even opponents should recognize the value in that as well as the challenge. 

The President used more “we” and “they” than “I”, breaking a long standing trend contributing to a degree of “tune out”.  The “as I’ve said before” attitude was, thankfully, abandoned in that moment.  The President has possibly learned how to externalize, to associate elegant phrasing with simple expansions.  Hearts and minds!

The President has faced a number of choices pitting an ideological point of view against the potential for engaged solutions.  Many choices, in effect, delegated to Congress but by way of support or silence, those decisions  are also affixed to the President.  So far ideology has won out at all levels of the federal bureaucracy , at a price.  Presidential and Congressional approval ratings dropped in each case and on nearly every issue.  As a result the President has tested the boundaries of disapproval and no doubt realizes that 41% – 43% approval is not a success strategy for re-election.  The right track wrong track numbers are 2 -1 against and have been for, seemingly, a very long time.

The President faces choice again as a result of electoral reality.  The President has often pointed out electoral reality as things stood in his favor.  The Memorial Service may have revealed his recovery plan in a new reality.

The President appealed to the innocence and idealism of youth, he appealed to our desire to be worthy of our children.  He devalued accusatory rhetoric absent evidence or justification.  What politics may have been present were reasonable in context and enjoyed a degree of decorum.

The President called for engaged debate absent the wounding that is so often the case.  He called for toning down the blame game.  He recognized evil in the world and warned against simple explanations.  He used the occasion to ask that we not use the tragedy to turn on one another, to expand our moral imagination and sharpen our empathy.  He insisted that we align our values with our actions; superior sentiments all, clearly the rhetoric of effective leadership.   President Obama in Tucson could justifiably lay claim to being everyone’s President in that moment, absent the lunatic fringe.

The President is correct; we must “make sure we align our values with our actions”.  The President’s challenge is to define which side of the values argument he represents.  Are they the rejected values of the last election or the values that exist in the vast middle of America?  The values represented by the President’s history of leftist affiliations and influences or those that grow out of the realities of American life and history?

Was it a speech or the President’s strategy for re-election?  Will the President adapt or simply use this manner of rhetoric as cover.  For the Tucson speech to be truly important the rhetoric must be matched with observable action.  While the President subtly called out some of his own, will he do so expressly when the time comes?  This is the President that decided early in his administration that denigrating Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, or the industry of the month.   There has been a constant march of straw men to be cut down in service to the President’s agenda, this approach passed for good political strategy, at least up till now.  This is the President that refused to engage the opposition for 18 months.  This is a President with no reluctance to take advantage of one party rule.  Is that our President or was it the man at the Podium in Tucson?

The President seemed to establish a set of standards and expectations that will have to, by necessity and definition, transcend ideology and embrace engagement.  The President’s history of leftist influences will make this an exceptionally difficult “talk” for him to  “walk”.  Should he do it, he will have the most significantly  negative impact on the hard left since Reagan.  However, should this strategy result in re-election, will the President fall back on his original influences?  Will the first two years of his administration serve as a mirror image of the final four? Fool me once; fool me twice?

Perhaps reality has bitten the administration, perhaps there is a change in perception, perhaps there is a recognition that good ideas do in fact exist in opposition.  Whatever the case the President has set a high bar for political engagement; he must be the first to jump over it!  That is the demand of leadership beyond rhetoric.

  • Bill Hedges

    “A New President??”

    No. Same guy that lied to Joe the Plumber !!!

    “Recent PostsLog inSign UpObama The False Messiah Lies About Gifford Opening Her Eyes For The First Time”

    Thursday, January 13th at 12:40PM EST

    “During last night’s memorial in Arizona for “the dead and wounded, Barack Obama claimed that Gabrielle Giffords opened her eyes for the very first time moments after he had left her bedside. Of course, the audience cheered with the revelation, and Obama beamed in response.”

    “There’s a bit of a hiccup to this story. This morning as I listened to talk radio, I learned that The Sonoran Chronicle had published a story over the weekend, well before the memorial service, in which a doctor mentioned that Giffords could open her eyes and respond in other ways. However, doctors were keeping her heavily sedated to control swelling of the brain. I Googled the internet to search for that or any other article on this, and simply used the keywords “giffords eyes open sonoran”. Google immediately returned a link to The Sonoran Chronicle, but when I clicked it, the article had indeed been scrubbed from the newspaper’s website.”

    “This certainly gives the appearance that Obama’s miraculous revelation to the audience was staged to enhance his image.”

    “Someone’s got some ’splainin to do.”

    http://www.redstate.com/ericathunderpaws/2011/01/13/obama-the-false-messiah-lies-about-gifford-opening-her-eyes-for-the-first-time/

    _________UNDENIABIABLE PROOF__________

    “The Sonoran Chronicle”

    “Covering the Arizona and Sonora borderlandsUPDATE: Giffords survives the night; can open eyes” Posted on January 9, 2011 by cachocurt

    By Curtis Prendergast

    http://sonoranchronicle.com/2011/01/09/giffords-survives-the-night-can-open-eyes/

  • Landreaux

    Sorry for the typos, corrected.

  • Landreaux

    Bill,

    There and scrubbed! I appreciate the paranoia, have a bit of that myself if the truth be told. But, it could have been scrubbed for lack of sourcing, we’re not talking the Wall Street Journal here.

    Stories much bigger than this have been “repressed”, stories like Stanley Kurtz’s work in advance of the 2008 election connecting Senator Obama to a wide variety of American Socialist organizations and influences. Actual evidence!! Not a derisive label, but facts.

    In context it will fade away and we will revisit the idea that election or no, we’re going to be lied to and shaded by politicials. Surprise!!!!!!!! Bet you never saw that coming? The real story would be if the Docs adjusted the sedatives to allow for the “eye opening”. No matter I think everyone knew theater when they saw it. At least I hope so.

    The event has already been defined in peoples minds and if eyes opened a day or two before the “announcement” the story won’t make it into the mainstream. See Stanley Kurtz.

  • Bill Hedges

    I am willing to give barry as much benefit of doubt as liberals gave G.W., the dumb President !!! One that they say caused the recession. Liberals are using this shooting as a cross to burn us. A cause to reverse movement of Nov. 2. Take advantage of a bad situation.

    Barry said he got permission to repeat this open eye story. How likely is it the astronaut husband did not know his wife had opened eyes before ? Doctors explained the procedures they where following to husband. Keeping her in unconscious state. Like you pointed out , Doctors surely have reduced medicine. Husband was informed.

    Liberals have really irritated me using unprofessional sheriff remarks, jumping to his liberal conclusions without any evidence from this shooter. Like the plane crashing into building in Texas, was TEA fault the first call. I could more realistically blame shooter reason on Gabrielle stance for stronger boarders. I don’t say that because reason has no place in explaining a sicko’s mind.

    Considering the manner in which liberals have exploited this shooting, nailing barry with this conflicting truth just makes my day…

  • Bill Hedges

    barry wanted the converastion cooled. Naturally left assumed he meant us. So hard they wanted to connect shooter to right. Sarah was stupid, a favorite topic for left.

    Well, now we have left poison connected to threat against TEA leader. On national network show tape no doubt. Like shooter, internet had Fuller blaming us. Wonder where he got that idea ?

    “Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 15:40 ET
    “Ariz. shooting victim arrested for threatening tea party leader”

    “After making death threat, one of the 19 victims shot in Tucson is hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation .”

    “An Arizona shooting victim accused of threatening a tea party leader at a televised town hall meeting also yelled at those in attendance, at one point calling them all “whores,” authorities said Sunday. ”

    “James Eric Fuller, 63, was arrested on disorderly conduct and threat charges and taken for a psychiatric exam after he a took picture of Trent Humphries, the co-founder of the Tucson Tea Party, and yelled “you’re dead,” authorities said. The event was taped for a special edition of ABC’s “This Week.”

    http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/01/16/us_congresswoman_shot_11

    I wonder if liberal garbage led to this ? There are like 10,000 hits for Sarah Palin and AZ.

    Someday a tea member will go bonkers. We will never hear the end of it. Matters not the number of on left preceeded him…

  • Bill Hedges

    Strike “Like shooter,”…

  • Obama will never compare to the great communicator President Ronald Reagan. It important to note the that Reagen wasn’t just a good speaker, that communication skills were exemplary. It became apparent during the cold war and his dealings with Mikhail Gorbachev. If the United States were to have any other President at that current time I do believe the outcome would have been different.

    Reagan was comfortable in being himself, this bozo we have now as president is a polarizing figure. I’d give examples but jeez, they’re just to many.

    Obama has certainly changed his tuned lately, however, he’s still a wolf in sheep clothing.