#1 Is The Presidency Above Obama's Mental Pay Grade?
08-25-2008, 05:57 PM
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Is The Presidency Above Obama's Mental/Pay Grade?
It's interesting to hear the euphemisms bandied about in campaigns.
After Barack Obama's and John McCain's appearance a week ago at Saddleback Church, for instance, the former's ardent supporters were as effusive in their praise as ever.
His stammering and copious "uhs" weren't signs of a befuddled and muddled mind, but of "thoughtfulness" and "nuanced" thinking.
Yeah, sure, and when President Bush occasionally invents a new word, we can chalk it up to creativity.
The truth is that, sans teleprompter and prepared speech and contrary to myth, Obama is at best a mediocre speaker.
(If you say that we're electing a president and not a professional orator, fair enough. But given that Bush's wanting speaking skills have made him the butt of jokes and have been used to paint him as an idiot, I think it bears mention.)
Yet neither this nor "thoughtfulness" explains his fumbling tongue. After all, politicians are people who are supposed to live and breathe issues and policy, so there should be few things they haven't been asked about or at least pondered before.
Thus, they should have oft-rendered, memorized, standard responses at the ready. For sure, John McCain did, despite his supposed status as a septuagenarian with senior moments. And if politicians don't have them - neither sublime answers nor slick dodges - what does it tell us? Well, perhaps it means they haven't put much thought into things at all. For if a person makes it a practice to think deeply about issues, he doesn't have to think about them on stage. It's the difference between preparation and improvisation. snip
08-25-2008, 06:55 PM
08-25-2008, 06:56 PM
Excellent question and very well phrased.
The answer is a definate - YES!!
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08-25-2008, 07:20 PM
At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
08-25-2008, 08:35 PM
There is no evidence that would convince you. Nothing. Half the Manhattan skyline could be under water within the decade and that wouldnít convince you. Arrogance is fueling the global warming ignorance and childish denial, and our great-grandchildren will hate us for it.
: ďIt's all shits and giggles until someone giggles and shits.Ē
Ē I wondered why the rock was getting larger. Then it hit me.
08-25-2008, 11:29 PM
08-26-2008, 11:45 AMAt Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
SonnabendGuest08-26-2008, 11:55 AMWe were comparing a former Emperor of Rome to the current president. Which is funny - because Claudius was known for his massive public works projects and GWB will forever be known as the father of the Katrina disaster.
1. A hurricane
2. Piss poor planning on the part of the governor and the Mayor, and even more piss poor planning on their part NOW.
3. the fug ugly and utterly pathetic cowardice of ther police and emergency services that also beat feet and abandoned their posts.
Nagin fucked up then, he has fucked up now, if another hurricane hit TOMORROW he would still be pathetically unprepared and would be yelling for help again.
Prove me wrong, LP, show me here and now the online documents and evac procedures and planning Nagin has initiated to deal with future emergencies.
You wont find it, because it doesnt exist, and Nagin would sit and wet his panties if he gets another storm warning,
Repeat after me: all together now
Prior preparation prevents piss poor performance.
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