The incompetence reaches new highs (or would that be lows?):
During a hastily-called Rose Garden event during which the sound system failed him, President Obama attempted today to communicate to the American public that his administration remains on top of the economic crisis.
The event in some ways could be seen as a metaphor for the administration’s flailing on the economy. Originally no remarks were scheduled, then on Sunday evening, the White House announced the president would make remarks in the Oval Office after his economic daily briefing.
Then on Monday that was upgraded to remarks by the president at 12:30 p.m. ET in the Rose Garden after his briefing, signifying a more formal event.
Then those remarks were pushed to 1 p.m.
Finally the president approached the lectern at 1:20 p.m.
Only five sentences into his remarks, the P.A. system fizzled.
“What we did know was that it took nearly a decade — what we did — how are we doing on sound, guys?” the president asked
“Is it still going to the press?” he asked, checking to make sure even if he couldn’t be heard clearly in the Rose Garden, broadcast networks were getting clean sound, which they were.
“OK,” the president said.
A plane flew nearby, drowning out his voice.
“What we did know was that it was going to take nearly a decade in order for — can you guys still hear us?”
“OK,” he continued, “let me try this one more time.”
Here’s the gist of the message they had problems getting out.
We blame Bush.