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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:26 PM
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Sunday Morning talkshow preview courtesy of the New York Times
Here is what you probably hear a lot of tomorrow on the punditry world.
-basically trying to halt the landslide and take some wind out of his sails
-with the Republicans opinions (and beliefs of course) being presented as the majority view
-snippy retelling of tiny little moments that aren't anything like what happened /

Great Limits Come With Great Power, Ex-Candidate Finds
Sheryl Gay Stolberg

WASHINGTON President Obama showed up for his first full day at work on Wednesday determined, as he later told the nation, to make a clean break from business as usual. But it did not take long for the new president to discover that there were limits to his power to turn his campaign rhetoric into reality.

Yet he wrestled with fresh challenges at every turn, found some principles hard to consistently apply and showed himself willing to be pragmatic at the risk of irking some supporters who had their hearts set on idealism.
of course the challenges are "fresh" it his first week in office

When Mr. Obama wandered into the White House briefing room Thursday afternoon hoping to make small talk with reporters, he was instantly confronted by an unwelcome question: Why was he waiving his tough restrictions on lobbying for a Pentagon nominee? The president brushed it off, saying he would not return if Im going to get grilled every time I come.
Anyone who has seen the video knows that Obama stood the Politico twerp down...nicely

His plan to build bipartisan consensus around an economic package ran smack into discontented House Republicans. When he ordered the prison at Guantnamo Bay, Cuba, to be shut down, Mr. Obama put off the tough decision of what to do with the terrorism suspects there, a delay that his senior adviser, David Axelrod, attributed to the complexity of the issue the same argument Mr. Bush used to keep the prison open.
Bush....complexity uh-huh

Already, that has given rise to some contradictions.
Yeah I think I just read one

On his first full day in office, Mr. Obama declared that his administration would place a high priority on openness and transparency. Yet the first official White House briefing was given by two senior aides who, in the time-honored way of Washington, demanded anonymity.

Yet one mans flexibility is another mans wishy-washiness, and Mr. Obamas willingness to adapt carries the risk that he will either alienate his liberal base or fail to convert Republicans whose support he hopes to win. During his transition, Mr. Obama managed to charm conservatives; he wooed them at one dinner honoring Mr. McCain, and at another at the home of the columnist George F. Will.
Obama's base isn't going anywhere. Nice try to "divide and conquer" there Ms. Stolberg

But just days into the Obama presidency, some conservatives sound wary.
Oh DO TELL...moves to edge of seat to find out the minority party's salient opposition

I thought he did very well during the transition on things like the dinner with George Will, and all the words sounded good, said Newt Gingrich, the Republican former speaker of the House. But I think they are right at the cusp of either sliding down into a world where their words have no meaning or having to follow up their words with real behavior.

Many Democrats, and even some Republicans, say he succeeded. He is creating an image that he is making something happen, said Scott Reed, a Republican strategist.
So Republicans are suddenly all about consistency between words and actions AND distrust creating images???

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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:52 PM
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1. Ah yes, I think we all remember how "tough" the Times was
Between Judith Miller's slavering fiction from Iraq to Elisabeth Bumiller's weekly valentine to Dubya, they sure held Bush accountable for everything he said. For example, in the midst of the Valerie Plame scandal, when Bush said that he would stop at nothing to find out who the leaker was in the White House, remember the grilling he went through from the Times when he turned right around and commuted Scooter Libby's sentence? Man, I thought Bush and the reporters were going to come to blows!

Oh wait; that never happened at all.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:21 PM
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2. I foresee the brushing off of everything W got a pass on
Where is Obama's money?
Does he know what is in the blind trust?
Can he prove that he doesn't know?


The War in Iraq wouldn't have been possible with out the vaulted New York Times
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:45 PM
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3. the complexity with Gitmo is trying to figure out what the fuck went on
in there. Wait until they start digging into the black sites. Gitmo is only the most visible. There could be mass graves associated with the secret black sites. We have no idea what went on in them.

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