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President must face ‘reality’



Published: Sun, October 7, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)


Barack Obama apparently believes that America is “Masterpiece Theater,” when, in fact, it is “Honey Boo Boo” — as the ratings for the television programs attest. Reality TV has taken the country by storm because it is, by and large, mindless.

Failure to recognize that if the U.S. Constitution were being written today it would be a sound bite may explain why the president flat-lined in Wednesday night’s debate against his Republican rival in the Nov. 6 general election, Mitt Romney.

The former governor of Massachusetts is being criticized today for his lack of specificity on his economic plans, but he gave the millions of viewers exactly what they understand: jibberjabber.

Obama, on the other hand, was so intent on proving that he is, indeed, a policy wonk, that he came across as wonky (British slang for shaky, groggy or unsteady.)

Post-debate polls show Romney to be the clear winner — in terms of getting the better of Obama on a discussion of domestic issues (the topic of the debate), and improving his “likability” rating.

Political reality

What happened to the president? He failed to realize that he was participating in the political version of the hit television reality show “Honey Boo Boo.” (A quick glance at one episode will fill in the blanks.)

Obama was on cruise-control — but it was the wrong kind of cruise.

Had his campaign staffers picked up a copy of Wednesday’s Vindicator, they would have found the perfect issue with which to make Romney eat his words — the ones that appeared in the New York Times in November 2008 under the headline, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.”

Here’s the headline from the front page of The Vindicator: “Cruze ranks No. 1 in US in sales of small cars.”

Now, that’s the kind of Cruze-ing Obama should have done during the debate.

The federal bailout of General Motors Co. and Chrysler Corp., which the president identified as a cornerstone of his economic recovery plan and which Romney publicly opposed, is a winning issue for the Democrats in auto manufacturing states like Ohio.

And yet, Obama didn’t push Romney to defend his position that GM and Chrysler should have been allowed to go through a managed bankruptcy.

In the New York Times opinion piece, Romney offered this observation:

“If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.

“Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.”

The Chevrolet Cruze, built in GM’s showcase assembly plant in Lordstown, certainly has proved Romney wrong. Indeed, the financial turnaround of both automakers clearly demonstrates that Obama was right about not letting the industry implode; Romney was wrong.

Obama could have referred to The Vindicator’s front-page story about the Cruze and asked his opponent this question:

“Gov. Romney, do you believe that the Cruze is an example of the product inferiority you predicted if GM were bailed out?”

There are two more presidential debates, one a town hall setting, and the other a traditional one that will focus on foreign policy.

Obama must show some passion, or he’ll lose.

Personal attack

A personal attack on him via Twitter during Wednesday’s debate should get him fired up.

It was sent on KitchenAid’s twitter account and read, “Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! ‘She died 3 days b4 he became president.”

Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, who helped raise him, died the same week as the 2008 election. The president mentioned his grandmother Wednesday during a segment on Medicare.

A top official for KitchenAid has issued several apologies.

But, Obama, who seems dispassionate at times, must not let the insulting tweet from that twit go unanswered.


Comments

1Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

More cheerleading from the Obama peanut gallery.

I'm glad to see his surrogates are defending him when he obviously is unable to do so himself. Yes Bertram, I am calling you an Obama surrogate because you do most of the cheerleading on his behalf these days. I don't know if it is to sell papers or if it is because you truly believe the Obama dogma.

This is what we have all come to expect from the media after the stomping Obama took last week: Romney won because he used sound bites that appealed to an uninformed and mindless audience (jibber jabber if you will), and Obama's superior intellect and grasp of the issues was too high above the thinking for the average American.

Maybe it was just because Obama sucked and was lazy preparing, not to mention he cannot defend the last 4 years of screwing up.

You think the domestic debate was bad for Obama? Wait until you see foreign policy.

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2chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

GM did go through a managed bankruptcy known as a Chapter 11 Debtor in Possession. This is exactly the same type of case Mitt Romney has espoused. Remember how the GM bondholders were totally stripped of their investment, which included many retirees

It's amazing the selective memory of the Obama supporters especially those in the media.

It sad that I have to turn to Wikipedia (instead of the Vindy) for facts as follows:

"The General Motors Chapter 11 sale of the assets of automobile manufacturer General Motors and some of its subsidiaries was implemented through section 363 of Chapter 11, Title 11, United States Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The United States government-endorsed sale enabled the NGMCO Inc.[1] ("New GM") to purchase the continuing operational assets of the old GM.[2][3][4] Normal operations, including employee compensation, warranties, and other customer service were uninterrupted during the bankruptcy proceedings.[2] Operations outside of the United States were not included in the court filing.[2]

The company received $33 billion in debtor-in-possession financing to complete the process.[5] GM filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in the Manhattan New York federal bankruptcy court on June 1, 2009 at approximately 8:00 am EST. June 1, 2009 was the deadline to supply an acceptable viability plan to the U.S. Treasury. The filing reported US$82.29 billion in assets and US$172.81 billion in debt.[6][7] [8][9][10]

After the Chapter 11 filing, effective Monday, June 8, 2009, GM was temporarily removed from the Dow Jones Industrial Average and replaced by Cisco Systems. From Tuesday 2 June, old GM stock has traded Over the Counter (Pink Sheets/OTCBB), initially under the symbol GMGMQ[11] and currently under the symbol MTLQQ.

On July 10, 2009, a new entity completed the purchase of continuing operations, assets and trademarks of GM as a part of the 'pre-packaged' Chapter 11 reorganization.[12][13] As ranked by total assets, GM's bankruptcy marks one of the largest corporate Chapter 11 bankruptcies in U.S. history. The Chapter 11 filing was the fourth-largest in U.S. history, following Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., Washington Mutual and WorldCom Inc.[14] A new entity with the backing of the United States Treasury was formed to acquire profitable assets, under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, with the new company planning to issue an initial public offering (IPO) of stock in 2010.[15] The remaining pre-petition creditors claims are paid from the former corporation's assets"

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3doubled(210 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Romney lied -- flat out during the debate. He said the exact opposite of what he had been saying for 18 months about his tax plan -- his actual written tax plan contradicts what he stated during the debate. It just shows you what a wishy washy scoundrel this guy is. After seeing that, I don't doubt for one minute the allegations about him shutting down Ohio and other American factories and shipping all of those jobs to India and China. What a rat. Now, Obama didn't lie during the debate. He stuck with what he's been saying all along. Obama won't allow Romney to get away with it again. And with unemployment now under 8%, and with 26 straight months of economic growth (despite the insane efforts of the teapublican party to keep the economy down), it is only a matter of time before romney falls even further behind in the polls. Not to mention the nearly impossible task romney has trying to get the 270 electoral votes needed to win. He has one path to 270, and that includes winning OH and FL. or PA and FL. And we're all pretty certain that's not going to happen. It must be depressing for the psycho baggers to see that no matter what happens, president obama still holds the lead over their candidate. I can't wait until Nov 7.

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4jeepers(127 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

saddad-nobody cares what YOU think. I do not care what religion you do or don't believe in. Obama is a piss-poor pres-no clue on foreign policy and his advisors just as clueless. 9/11 don't increase security when your ambassador begs for it in the middle-east. Where they CELEBRATE 9/11 as their victory. Obama is out of his comfort zone-probably a good human being. Far from qualified to juggle the whole scope of the job. Not competent enough to appoint the best to advise him. Saving GM was a great vote getter but guess what? GM is just about needing help again. His energy program? All the wasted money on FAILED alternative projects so a few got rich-a lot are now layed off. SOLYNDRA? The GM volt-loses thousands of dollars for each one sold. The battery factory built to provide volts batteries-sorry-no demand-jobs only temporarily created no longer needed. Change from Obama? you got it-it's the jingle in your pocket.

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5chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

"GM is alive and Bin Laden is dead."

Keep spiking the ball Obama surrogates. No wonder the Islamists worldwide hate the US,

Hope and change is coming in only four weeks.

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6georgejeanie(867 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm hearing that GM will be filing bankruptcy soon after the November election. I could easily see this happening. Sooner or later the UAW will bring this c ompany to it's knees. this time the American taxpayer will get the shaft.

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7300(562 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Where did you hear that, George?

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