Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Compare & Contrast

Item: Washington Post, in its October 17, 2008, editorial endorsement of Obama for President:
Mr. Obama is a man of supple intelligence, with a nuanced grasp of complex issues and evident skill at conciliation and consensus-building.
Item: Reuters article, April 3, 2009:
Where President George W. Bush was known for his "cowboy diplomacy," his successor, President Barack Obama wants to be known as a listener and a builder of bridges. . .

As financial markets rose on relief that the G20 summit had not ended in argument, Obama played up his role as a consensus-builder -- an image he emphasized during his political rise in the United States.
Item: PBS's Frontline, quoting the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza, April 13, 2010:
Obama's identity was he was a consensus builder.
Item: Gallup poll, February 4, 2011:
President Barack Obama's job approval ratings were even more polarized during his second year in office than during his first, when he registered the most polarized ratings for a first-year president. An average of 81% of Democrats and 13% of Republicans approved of the job Obama was doing as president during his second year. That 68-point gap in party ratings is up from 65 points in his first year and is easily the most polarized second year for a president since Dwight Eisenhower.
Conclusion: As Instapundit says, "A divider, not a uniter."


OBloodyHell said...

> As Instapundit says, "A divider, not a uniter."

AH... so "57 states" was a dream, a plan, not a mistake??


No sh**: the word V is "revere"

MaxedOutMama said...

Supple, nuanced, skilled....

Sounds like a sex worker "She used her supple, skilled lips to build his consensus."

Or perhaps a circus acrobat. Nothing to do with real life, nothing to do with getting the trains there on time. Conflict avoidance rather than conflict resolution.

You know, half of Chris Christie's following is probably due to the contrast. Obama is glib. He can talk for hours, and at the end you walk away with nothing definite except a distracted impression that he never met a green energy beam he did not like. Christie acts like a disgruntled bull dog defending his supper dish. But you do know where he stands.

The country may be getting a little fed up with the supple nuance of complexity.

I have never seen an interview with Mitch Daniels. How does he come across?

OBloodyHell said...

> Christie acts like a disgruntled bull dog defending his supper dish. But you do know where he stands.

I don't care where he stands, I care that he Gets Things Done That Need Doing.

And in a world where, "after all is said and done, a lot more has been said than done" it's nice to find someone for whom that's not true, rather than the Poster Boy for the saying.

LOL, on a roll with the word V's here: "undso"

Carl said...

M_O_M probably is asking that question because I agreed with her on Mitch Daniels, As as a supporter, I have to say that Daniels has the charisma of stone. He's the un-Obama, electable only when running against that "supple," "nuanced," "skilled lips" politician.