Thursday, April 30, 2009

The 101st Day

It was during Franklin Roosevelt's first term that the first 100 days became the media standard for judging a President's early performance. Of course, in the days of FDR there was no CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News. For that matter, the press as we know it didn't exist. The only thing resembling instantaneous news dissemination which the people made use of was by radio, and much of the radio news came by telegraph, teletype, and tape delay. News content printed in the paper at it related to federal or State politics often didn't get there without public officials knowing about it well beforehand, largely due to the lack of speed with which political happenings were able to be shared with the population.

As everyone knows, we now live in a different age of instant news. Options for obtaining information, news, and opinion are endless. News talk radio is a popular means to express opinion, but news can also be obtained by television not only from the three major networks, but from two cable news networks, and a third cable network which acts as a cable arm of one of the Big Three. Newspapers must compete with a myriad of internet news sources, and bloggers express opinion at the touch of a button.

Into this new media atmosphere the President and his staff last night attempted to stage a show for the cameras yesterday as a commemoration if Barack Obama's 100th day in office. In 100 days, his Administration has moved with alarming speed to spend States' rights into oblivion and destroy the republic by way of total dependence on Washington. Last night's news conference was an attempt at doublespeak and press manipulation by Obama. Much of the press allowed themselves to be manipulated, for the most part refusing to ask tough questions (except perhaps on the downward spiral in Pakistan), and fawning over the President as though he were somehow an angel of the Lord. For their part, the President, his Press Secretary, and the White House staff behave as though Amateur Night has taken over on Pennsylvania Avenue. The President does not merely dodge questions, but when he handles the press, he does so as though he expect them to do his bidding.

Barack Obama is used to a world of Chicago politics where he doesn't have much in the way of political opposition. The honeymoon is over, and the President is in for a very rude awakening indeed.

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At Friday, May 01, 2009 10:46:00 AM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

You are simply dellusional. I don't know what planet you're reporting from but we finally (after 8 years) have a President with a brain, the ability to think on his feet, a command of the issues and all you can say is ... this garbage?
You're so wrapped up in your right-wing philosophy that you can't admit:
#1.) conserativism has failed,
#2.) more Americans like Pres. Obama than Pres. Bush, John McCain or Newt Gringrich,
#3.) you guys lost!! There's a reason - see #1.
America is not going to "wake up" and "realize" that Pres. Obama is the scion of the Anti-Christ.
The more you retreat into your hard and fast (and ideological purity) the more Americans see failed ideology populated with delusional nut cases.


At Friday, May 01, 2009 11:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Face it, Obama is driving you to the brink of insanity. While it's fun to watch, you really do need to reach out and get a firm grip on reality. Obama is simply trying to fix what the boy-king royally screwed up. Obama remains highly popular because he's proving himself to be highly competent - in other words, he can do more than two things at the same time.

Your philosophy has failed - quite frankly, I think it's morally bankrupt. You need to get over it, hop on the bandwagon and help get America moving forward again.


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