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Obama Overload?

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Posted on Jun 29, 2009
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President Obama is still wildly popular and he seems determined to revel in it by popping up three times a day to make a statement or greet a world leader. However, Joel Connelly writes in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, “a president should take time out of the public eye, and not tire out the country.”

“The effort by presidential image-masters to control the 24/7 news cycle has tipped to excess,” Connelly warns.

Joel Connelly in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

... Obama really should regulate, and reduce, the flood of words out of the White House. The effort by presidential image-masters to control the 24/7 news cycle has tipped to excess.

On Thursday, for instance, Obama joined an ABC News town hall on health care. He spoke to the cameras after meeting members of Congress on immigration. The president and first lady made remarks [at] a “United We Serve” service event. On the eve of a key House vote, Obama boosted the clean energy bill and debunked its critics.

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By Xntrk, July 1, 2009 at 2:19 pm Link to this comment

I am old enough to remember when a speech by the President was rare enough that the whole world tuned in. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Johnson hyping the gunboat attack [NOT] by the North Vietnamese, Then, 4 years later, telling us he would not run in 1968. Nixon resigning. Carter in his sweater asking us to turn down the thermostat.

See what I mean about rare? And memorable!

I tuned out when Reagun was elected. Actors are a dime a dozen and learn to manipulate a camera and reporter in their cribs. I am still tuned out. If I listen at all, it is only on the radio. This includes the debates. You can “hear” a speech and pay better attention without the visuals, which intentionally distract from the words.

I have only watched Obama on TV on election night - and yes, it was a great speech. Now, when he is almost unavoidable, I keep up with the news via the internet, and garden rather then watch, or listen.

I especially hate the commentators who come on immediately after a speech and tell us what was ‘really’ said, and what we should think about it. They make me feel like I am in some remedial class for slow learners!

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By ardee, June 30, 2009 at 3:23 pm Link to this comment

ApprxAm, June 30 at 1:51 am #

  That funny because the president is doing exactly the opposite of the last administration

Oh brother, where on earth to begin? Your statement above represents such a distortion of the reality of this administration as to be laughable, except it is not at all funny.

Obama pledged to restore openness to government, he has continued the Bush policies of secrecy.

Obama pledged to close Guantanemo…oh thats right, he didnt say when.

Obama pledged to cease torturing, but he has not, renditions continue as under Bush.

Obama never said he would end the war, just as Bush never said he would either. A few less troops in Iraq and a few more in Afghanistan, yeah a whole lot different from Bush…not!

Obama spoke of re-regulation, right up until he occupied the White House that is.

The list goes on and on but I grow bored. I end with the suggestion that , because someones opinion differs from yours, they are not the enemy..Perhaps they know something you dont.

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By Eileen, June 30, 2009 at 5:40 am Link to this comment
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I know I am sick of him already.

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By ApprxAm, June 29, 2009 at 10:51 pm Link to this comment

Awwww…..too damn popular, hey?  I guess the need to quiet him requires him to comply with stupidity of disappearing and laying low.  That funny because the president is doing exactly the opposite of the last administration.  So as long as someone is out of sight, they can lie and steal and send young men and women to the deaths for oil….or “Iraqi’s freedoms” because we don’t want to see them on television doing it.

This is beyond silly…even for lying arse RePugZ!

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By liecatcher, June 29, 2009 at 7:29 pm Link to this comment



Joel Connelly in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

... Obama really should regulate, and reduce, the flood of words out of the White House. The effort by presidential image-masters to control the 24/7 news cycle has tipped to excess.

That is such a naive statement. Like asking the grease pits to stop hawking hamburgers & fries.

However, with FASCIST OBAMA, this is just a blitzkreig effort to humanize him as he buries us
deeper & faster than anyone in the history of the U.S.

His signing statements,boosting Afghan poppy production,billions of dollars for KING COAL,trillions of dollars for WALL STREET with zero transparency,won’t even reveal the White House visitors log so we the people can see who actually writes the legislation, like big oil during Bush / Cheney. Yes indeed folks, we have been snookered by one of the best deceivers: hence the relentless
“positive” exposure.

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By hippie4ever, June 29, 2009 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment

I think Commune115 has nailed it.

I take issue with those describing Obama as a leftist; in certain speeches regarding gay rights or Iraq, made before the election, he may have sounded like it. In reality Obama’s a moderate who enables the status quo to continue in its efforts to economically inflict “shock and awe” here at home, in order to establish Milton Friedman fascist economics in (their words) “the Homeland.”

Obama has bailed out Wall Street, told Main Street (by his actions) to go feck itself, hung the LGBT community out to dry, expanded imperialist warfare deeper into Afganistan and Pakistan, produced a mostly nonstimulating stimulous. His “global warming” legislation is a piece of shit but hey, Cheerleaders, tell us its delicious chocolate mousse.

Anyone who thinks that’s liberal needs to do some serious reading—trashy American newspapers don’t county, sorry. And as a free society, we’re done.

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By Cathy, June 29, 2009 at 1:40 pm Link to this comment

I should also ad, in light of this article, that I am starting to tune Obama out because I am feeling Obama overload.

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By Virginia777, June 29, 2009 at 11:23 am Link to this comment

Obama being “wildly popular” is in spite of the MSM who have been blasting him.

Perhaps his many appearances are an effort to thwart that.

Good for him.

and to Thomas Mc, I don’t know how you can say the Left has turned Obama into a religion,

he gets soundly trounced every time his name is mentioned here on Truthdig.

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By Thomas Mc, June 29, 2009 at 9:30 am Link to this comment

The Left has turned Obama into a religion, exactly the same way the Right did with Bush. Both refuse to see the truth about “their man.”

Which means you can forget about Hope or Change in America.

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By Commune115, June 29, 2009 at 9:20 am Link to this comment

Obama remains “wildly popular” because we have a population that reads very little, never bothers to inform itself and just worships the cult of celebrity. We have a tendency to just obey whatever fad the TV promotes. Most people became Twitterers over Iran because it was “cool,” now they’ve moved on to buy Michael Jackson CDs while Honduras burns following a military coup.

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By ardee, June 29, 2009 at 8:56 am Link to this comment

Wildly popular is both a fact and an indictment, not of Obama perhaps, but of an electorate that judges popularity on rather superficial standards.

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