Recently, it’s as if the president has been looking for ways to slip up when speaking to large, public crowds. In fact, his many gaffes have made it seem that these statements aren’t mistakes at all: they are just politically incorrect verbalizations of what Obama really thinks.
“‘We had to step in, it was the right thing to do, even though it is infuriating,’ Obama said, explaining why the government needed to bail out the troubled banks. ‘The same is true with AIG,’ he said. ‘It was the right thing to do to step in. Here’s the problem. It’s almost like they’ve got–they’ve got a bomb strapped to them and they’ve got their hand on the trigger. You don’t want them to blow up. But you’ve got to kind of talk to them, ease that finger off the trigger.'”
During an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Obama likened his sad bowling performance to the Special Olympics. Of course, the White House offered some terse explanation assuring people of Obama’s love for the disabled and how much the Special Olympics help people.
I can’t help but feel that Obama is not president yet (wishful thinking, I know). I mean, I know that he was sworn in–twice, just for good measure–and that he sits in the Oval Office, but I get a feeling that he is still in “campaign mode.” Rather than developing policies and working hard to implement them in these critical first 100 days, he is pandering to the crowd, going to basketball games, filling out his NCAA bracket, appearing (badly) on Jay Leno, and for what? How does this help America?
With regard to AIG, let’s go through a bit of logic: (1) the Obama administration agreed to give AIG the bailout money in order that AIG may continue on with its business. (2) Part of AIG’s business is giving bonuses in order to retain top executives [these are presumably the ones doing things right that will make the company profitable.] So, therefore (3) the administration is now angry with AIG for using bailout money to carry on their business. Something there just does not follow.
As far as Obama’s verbal faux pas, I think it is less of a misstep and more of his true character shining through his words when he strays from the teleprompter. I frankly do not find him as eloquent as so many others, mainly because eloquence requires not only good style, but substance. Obama lacks the second, and unscripted, he often lacks the first as well.
A stark contrast to Obama’s lack of respect for the disabled: