Last I heard, Pope Francis was visiting Brazil and his car took a wrong turn. Obviously something dramatic happened because today it appears that Barack Obama is not only President of the US, he’s now Pope. This should, once and for all, put a stake through the heart of the “Muslim” rumors.
President/Pope Obama pontificated at a campaign rally at Knox College today for one hour and six minutes. A truly Clintonesque homily supposedly on his new initiatives to get the US economy moving. This makes his hundred and thirty second “pivot” back to the economy for a speech, and let’s be clear, talking about the economy is the only thing he’s done for the last five years other than working to regulate the US economy to be the western equivalent of Zimbabwe. Think of it as an affirmative action economy.
You’re probably asking yourself, “What’s this got to do with Barack being Pope?” and that’s an excellent question. Given the level of pontificating he’s been doing lately, well, here’s Webster…
I’m old, and honestly I can’t remember a more pompous or dogmatic speaker. I’m reasonably sure that he could be thinking he’s discharging the duties of the pontiff, and I know for sure that he’s in love with the idea of the Pope’s term of office (that would be “for life”).
The next question you’re going to ask is probably “What did he say?” Another excellent question. Here’s what Doug Schoen, a Democrat and a political strategist, pollster, author and commentator who writes for Forbes has to say.
Obama doubled down on his approach in 2012: division, polarization and moving to the left.
Much like in 2012, the President placed little emphasis on tax reform or growth. He spoke of bringing jobs back to America – specifically in manufacturing – but did not reveal many details of how he would achieve this.
We heard some talk of balancing the budget and deficit reduction, cornerstone issues of the protracted battle in the House at the end of last year and beginning of 2013. But there was no talk of a long-term deficit reduction plan or plan for entitlement reform that will save crucial programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
The President emphasized redistribution above all else …
You should read all of what Schoen had to say, I’m just quoting the positive part.
Then there was Obama administration flack Dana Milbank who writes for the DNC Hotsheet Washington Post.
But even a reincarnated Steve Jobs would have trouble marketing this turkey: How can the president make news, and remake the agenda, by delivering the same message he gave in 2005? He’s even giving the speech from the same place, Galesburg, Ill.
White House officials say this will show Obama’s consistency. …
Yes, but this also risks sending the signal that, just six months into his second term, Obama is fresh out of ideas.
I would question whether Barack Obama ever had any “ideas”, at least ideas that he didn’t get from Karl Marx.
Then, there is Chris Cillizza (I like to quote him just so I can prove I can type his name) …
You could be forgiven if you thought you had heard President Obama’s speech on the economy today before. Because you have. For most of the 2012 campaign. (Don’t trust us, read Obama’s 2012 acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.)
You’ve got the idea. No new ideas, the same regulation driven, top-down, centrally planned Soviet economy that he’s been pushing for the last five years. He did blame Republicans for a whole variety of things like causing gridlock, blah, blah, blah.
It will be most interesting to see how the TV media treat this first speech in what is billed as a whole series on the economy. I’m sure MSNBC will hail it as Lincolnesque, the real question is whether the other networks will have the good sense to recognize that it’s a rehash of the stuff that hasn’t done anything to actually improve the economy or put people – other than bureaucrats – back to work. If they figure it out maybe they’ll just ignore the speech and focus on new Prince George.
I find the print coverage interesting because it looks like President Obama is either losing or has lost the print guys. Last time around with this same speech they were throwing rose petals at his feet.
The next three years could turn out to be, as the Chinese philosopher intoned, interesting times.