Monday, November 08, 2010

That’s not particularly persuasive to us

Obama was interviewed by 60 Minutes, which has provided an unusually folksy transcript, with many lottas and gottas and dropped g sounds being attributed to Obama.

It’s all pretty much the same thing as he’s been saying since the election: it’s the fault of the economy not his policies, he hopes for more cooperation between the parties, etc. Any faults were of implementation rather than policy, and that is attributable to the “emergency” he found upon taking office: “But necessity created circumstances in which I think the Republicans were able to paint my governing philosophy as a classic, traditional, big government liberal. And that’s not something that the American people want. I mean, you know, particularly independents in this country.” So Americans hate liberals. And all “independents” are to the right of the Democratic Party. In fact, there is nothing and nobody to the left of the Democratic Party.

Indeed, asked about the Tea Party, he said, “We have a long tradition in this country of a desire for limited government, the suspicion of the federal government, of a concern that government spends too much money. You know? I mean, that’s as American as apple pie.” Any minute now, he’s going to start ranting about death panels.

George Bush had a lot of (or as the CBS transcript would doubtless put it, lotta) made-up conversations with the American people and with the voices in his head. Let’s see what Obama’s made-up conversations sound like: “So, people are looking and saying, ‘Well government intervened a lot, spent a lot of money, and yet, I still don’t have a job or my neighbor still doesn’t have a job or that home is still being foreclosed down the block.’ And our argument was, ‘Well, we had to take these steps to stabilize the economy and things would be a lot worse if we hadn’t taken these steps.’ And people say, ‘Well, you know what? That’s not particularly persuasive to us.’” Yes, the fake America that Obama talks to, in his head, says things like “not particularly persuasive”. Don’t ever change, fake America in Obama’s head.

WHAT OBAMA ENJOYS MOST ABOUT THE PRESIDENCY: “You know, the thing I enjoy most about the presidency is when I’ve got a chance to interact with folks in a backyard town hall, in you know, buyin’ some donuts in a store. You know, that’s when things aren’t scripted, that’s when you’re not, you know, spending all your time just goin’ through a bunch of talkin’ points.” So what he enjoys most about the presidency is buying donuts. Hey, do you suppose he knows that you don’t have to be president to take to people in backyards or go buyin’ some donuts in a store? He doesn’t even get free donuts, and he’s the freaking president.

GET BOUNCING, PEOPLE! “And you know, the country has bounced back. It’s not bounced back all the way, but people are tough, and folks work hard, and they’re not easily shaken.” Line from the next James Bond movie: “Vodka martini, shaken, not bounced.” Also, maybe we’d bounce better if we were less tough and more, you know, rubbery.

Asked if he ever gets discouraged and indeed if he is discouraged now: “No you know, I do get discouraged, I mean, there are times where you think, ‘Dog-gone-it you know, the job numbers aren’t movin’ as fast as I want.’” Boy, the fake Obama in Obama’s head is a lot less erudite than the fake America in Obama’s head.

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