When President Obama faces a challenge, his first response is always the same: make a speech. Get in front of the cameras, roll the TOTUS (Teleprompter Of The United States), and let the magic flow. If he just talks long enough, hits enough of the right buzzwords, and keeps his tone calm and measured, all will be just fine.That’s his Plan A.
He has no Plan B. He never does. Instead, he leaves others to do the heavy lifting and waits for things to work out. Then he’ll come out and take the credit.
I just sat through his latest speech, and once again I am grasping to recall a single substantive thing he said. It was just more of the same, and we’ve gotten plenty of that over the last work.
When Boehner announced that he was cutting the White House out of the process and taking the negotiations back on to Capitol Hill, he reminded me of Jed Babbin’s observation: “Going to war without the French is like going deer hunting without an accordion — all you leave behind is a bunch of noisy baggage.”
Babbin perfectly captured Obama’s role in the negotiations.
I’m gonna go take a little road trip, just me, the car, and the radio. And I bet I’ll have more positive influence on the budget talks than Obama will.