Monday, April 06, 2009

"Oceana Was Always At War With Eurasia" of the Day

A BBC journalist asks, and Obama answers, at a joint news conference with British PM Gordon Brown:
Nick Robinson:"A question for you both, if I may. The prime minister has repeatedly blamed the United States of America for causing this crisis. France and Germany both blame Britain and America for causing this crisis. Who is right? And isn’t the debate about that at the heart of the debate about what to do now?"

PRESIDENT OBAMA: "I, I, would say that, er. . . [PAUSE] . . . if you look at. . . [PAUSE] . . . the, the sources of this crisis . . . [PAUSE] . . . the United States certainly has some accounting to do with respect to . . . [PAUSE] . . . a regulatory system that was inadequate to the massive changes that have taken place in the global financial system. . . [PAUSE] I think what is also true is that. . . [PAUSE] . . . here in Great Britain. . . [PAUSE] . . . here in continental Europe. . . [PAUSE] . . . around the world. We were seeing the same mismatch between the regulatory regimes that were in place and er. . . [PAUSE] . . .the highly integrated, er, global capital markets that have emerged . . . [PAUSE] So at this point, I’m less interested in. . . [PAUSE] . . . identifying blame than fixing the problem. I think we’ve taken some very aggressive steps in the United States to do so, not just responding to the immediate crisis, ensuring banks are adequately capitalised, er, dealing with the enormous, er. . . [PAUSE] . . . drop-off in demand and contraction that has taken place. More importantly, for the long term, making sure that we’ve got a set of, er, er, regulations that are up to the task, er, and that includes, er, a number that will be discussed at this summit. I think there’s a lot of convergence between all the parties involved about the need, for example, to focus not on the legal form that a particular financial product takes or the institution it emerges from, but rather what’s the risk involved, what’s the function of this product and how do we regulate that adequately, much more effective coordination, er, between countries so we can, er, anticipate the risks that are involved there. Dealing with the, er, problem of derivatives markets, making sure we have set up systems, er, that can reduce some of the risks there. So, I actually think. . . [PAUSE] . . . there’s enormous consensus that has emerged in terms of what we need to do now and, er. . . [PAUSE] . . . I’m a great believer in looking forwards than looking backwards."
Imagine the media outrage had George Bush been so verbally indeciferable.

Note, this is the un-annotated version.

(via Don Surber)

1 comment:

bobn said...

Sorry, but it *still* beats Bush. "Strategery"? "Misunderestimated"?

Take out the pauses and it flows pretty well. It parses as English. There are no non-existent words. Pauses are a small price to pay for that.

Oh, now you got me using the Internets:

"I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here." --at the President's Economic Forum in Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, 2002

"We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease." --Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14, 2001

"I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family." --Greater Nashua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000

"Do you have blacks, too?" --to Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2001

"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." --on "Good Morning America," Sept. 1, 2005, six days after repeated warnings from experts about the scope of damage expected from Hurricane Katrina

See? Even Bush admits it:

"So what?" –President Bush, responding to a an ABC News correspondent who pointed out that Al Qaeda wasn't a threat in Iraq until after the U.S. invaded, Dec. 14, 2008

Orwell would be proud:

"I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace." --Washington, D.C. June 18, 2002

"Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?" --Florence, South Carolina, Jan. 11, 2000

"Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." --Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004

And that's just the stuff that's silly on its face - it leaves out the stuff that actually parsed but was wrong, wrong, wrong. On the other hand we can look forward to plenty of that from Obama.