What's going on at the Washington Post?
In today's Metro section, Courtland Milloy is less than gruntled with the president:
If President Obama’s Labor Day talk in Detroit was a kind of first draft of his jobs speech to Congress on Thursday, he might want to tighten up that final version by cutting the political double talk and editing those tone-deaf attempts at people pleasing.I think that ship has sailed. Anyone who thinks Obama is a man of the people hasn't been paying attention. Acquired elitism is elitism just the same.
That means it should be a short speech.
“Here in Detroit and all across the country, we’ve got a lot more work to do to recover,” Obama told the audience of mostly labor union workers. “But I’m not satisfied to get back to where we were before the recession. We’ve got to fully restore the middle class, and America can’t have a growing economy without a strong growing middle class. And that’s at the core of why I ran for president.”
Cut all of that.
A lot of us would love to be back where we were before the recession. So could we at least get there before you start talking pie in the sky, to say nothing of campaigning for reelection? Right now, there is no light at the end of this collapsing economic tunnel, and we need a president who can at least bring a ray of hope inside the tunnel with us.
“I don’t know about you, but I’m not scared of tough times,” Obama said in Detroit.
That’s a pretty dim ray, Mr. President.
Of course you’re not scared of tough times. What’s to be scared of when you’re fresh from a $50,000-a-week vacation on Martha’s Vineyard? Going to an oceanside villa last month while millions are losing their homes and jobs suggests you don’t know much about these tough times. And stop trying to sound like a Baptist preacher when you say, “I don’t know about you,” least [sic] people start to take it literally.
On the editorial page, Richard Cohen finds zero support for President Zero in the Hamptons:
Over the Labor Day weekend, I went to a number of events in the Hamptons. At all of them, Obama was discussed. At none of them — that’s none — was he defended. That was remarkable. After all, sitting around various lunch and dinner tables were mostly Democrats. Not only that, some of them had been vociferous Obama supporters, giving time and money to his election effort. They were all disillusioned.Even the Fact Checker has it in for him:
Let me call the roll. I am talking about are writers and editors, lawyers and shrinks, Wall Street tycoons and freelance photographers, hedge funders and academics, run-of-the-mill Democrats and Democratic activists. They were all politically sophisticated, and just a year ago some of them were still vociferous Obama supporters. No more.
Obama’s claim of having passed the “biggest middle-class tax cut in history” is ridiculous. He might have been on more solid ground if he had claimed the “broadest” tax cut, but that doesn’t sound very historic.The final blow comes from lefty cartoonist Tom Toles:
We went back and forth over whether this was a three or four Pinocchio violation, until we found evidence that Obama knew he was saying a whopper. Here’s how he put it in his 2010 State of the Union speech: “We cut taxes for 95 percent of working families.” That phrasing, at least, would not have been so misleading.
Thanks to Michelle Malkin for the link.
Thanks also to Doug Ross for same.
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