Saturday, July 31, 2010

President Bush Was A Community Organizer Revisited

From the WaPo we find this:

"If I were to characterize the mood here, I would say it was a combination of rage and panic," said Joanne Carter, director of the anti-poverty group Results and a board member of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The rage is directed at the Obama administration, which many activists say is reneging on a commitment to continue big annual increases in global AIDS spending. The panic arises from the knowledge that in some African countries, patients who want antiretroviral treatment are being turned away and will soon start dying.

Some activists pine for former president George W. Bush, who launched a much-praised multibillion-dollar fund to fight AIDS around the world. But now, in the eyes of many, the U.S. government has replaced the pharmaceutical industry as the main impediment to progress.

I won't hesitate to say, I told you so:

And what’s the difference between Bush the Community Organizer and Obama the Community Organizer?

Results.

Bush inspires hope … AND … helps realize dreams [...]

Obama inspires hope … THEN … heads off for the next big job [...]

It is certainly politically fashionable to run against President Bush in this election. And certainly politically wise.

That’s a shame.

For while the Democratic nominee to be the next President has talked a big game about helping “the least of these” and being his “brother’s keeper”, he has loved the sound of his own voice and the trajectory of his own career more than the people he has been talking about. Contrariwise, the current President quietly went about the business of actually doing it.

Standing up for President Bush may not be popular these days – may not be fashionable.

But it’s the right thing to do.

Still is. Still is.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Obama And The Internet

Mary Katharine Ham at the Weekly Standard points us to an Obama infomercial for healthcare.gov that would make Billy Mays proud. In it Obama demonstrates how easy it is to use and all the wonderful benefits it offers. MKH says:

All the techies and Obama fans will undoubtedly think it's just fab that the President himself is showing the American public the super-sweet drop-down menus on a government website, but isn't this what the Secretary of Health and Human Services or the Chief Technology Officer is for?

A valid concern, perhaps. But what struck me most was not that Obama was giving the tour -- but what appears on Obama's screen on one of the opening shots:

Obama Surfs the Web During PSA
(click to enlarge)

That's not healthcare.gov!!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I Have Confidence They'll Put Them To The Test

A Gallup poll was making the rounds last week in which Congress was ranked dead last in confidence among the institutions included in its survey. Ed Morrissey at Hot Air covered it here. One note that Ed made got me thinking:

Gallup doesn’t chart the presidential confidence level over the same period of time it does with Congress. The highest Congressional level in the last 10 years was 30%, but it would be interesting to see how Bush fared in that same period. Something tells me it took him a little longer to get down to 26% and on a gentler slope than the 15% drop in a year Obama has had.

But instead of wondering how presidential confidence compared, I wondered how this form of Congressional "approval" was influenced by which party was in the majority. See if you detect a pattern:

Senate Control and Congressional Approval
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Well. When Republicans control the Senate, Congressional "approval" rises. When Democrats control the Senate, look out below. The notable exception was Republican control from 2003 through 2006, in which the index dropped steeply -- a movement the Democrats have seen fit to continue, to unprecedented depths ahead of the elections this fall.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The FEC Messes With Joe

Remember back in 2008 when Obama's claim to executive experience was that he managed a big honkin' campaign? Good times.

Well, that would make Biden's claim to executive experience that he too managed a campaign! One that was 2/3rds the size of . . . Wasilla.

In all, Biden, who dropped out of the race after coming in fifth in the Iowa caucuses and was tapped eight months later to be Barack Obama’s running mate, received $857,000 in taxpayer money for his campaign, which raised $8.2 million from individual contributions, according to the report.

The 2/3rds claim isn't mine. It's Obama's:

"My understanding is that Gov. Palin's town, Wasilla, has I think 50 employees," Obama told CNN on Sept. 1, 2008. "We've got 2,500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe 12-million dollars a year"

Speaking of Biden running his campaign, apparently he ran it so well that he was fined $219K last Friday for campaign violations:

The Federal Election Commission has penalized Vice President Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign $219,000 for accepting over-the-limit contributions and a discounted flight on a jet owned by a New York hedge fund. His campaign was also charged with sloppy record-keeping.

Sloppy record-keeping? Accepting illegal contributions? Accepting a gift from special interests? On Wall Street? Yike!

Well, at least Obama wouldn't put Joe in charge of overseeing stimulus spending or anything.

Wait. What?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Obama And The Shadow (Puppet)

Some people think all Obama does is play golf and go to parties.

Wrong. Sometimes his tee times get rained out.

And Obama really buckles down:

Obama Hard At Work

Obama gestures while leading a session
on the Gulf spill in the White House.