MSNBC Turns on Obama, Trashes Address: “I don’t sense executive command”

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

MSNBC, once a totally owned subsidiary of President Barack Obama, tonight turned against the president and compared his first Oval Office address to former President Jimmy Carter.

Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and Howard Fineman reacted to President Obama’s Oval Office Address on the oil spill. Here are the highlights of what the trio said:

Olbermann: “It was a great speech if you were on another planet for the last 57 days.”
Matthews compared Obama to Carter.
Olbermann: “Nothing specific at all was said.”
Matthews: “No direction.”
Howard Fineman: “He wasn’t specific enough.”
Olbermann: “I don’t think he aimed low, I don’t think he aimed at all. It’s startling.”
Howard Fineman: Obama should be acting like a “commander-in-chief.”
Matthews: Ludicrous that he keeps saying [Secretary of Energy] Chu has a Nobel prize. “I’ll barf if he does it one more time.”
Matthews: “A lot of meritocracy, a lot of blue ribbon talk.”
Matthews: “I don’t sense executive command.”

The only two MSNBC personalities absent from the Obama-bashing are the relatively new on-air talents of Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz.

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20 Responses to MSNBC Turns on Obama, Trashes Address: “I don’t sense executive command”

  1. Adirondacky says:

    I knew you would be on this like white on rice. When MSNBC turns on Obama I think we can all concur he has a gigantic problem with his political base. These guys were the cheerleaders in the 2008 campaign and now Tweety, Keith and Fineman appear to have washed their hands of the president.

  2. Massagatto says:

    Stick a fork in Obama. He is done.

    Like Carter and Poppy Bush, he’s a one term president. BP has done and sunk the USS Obama.

  3. majii says:

    I pay as much attention to what pundits and commentators on MSNBC say as I pay to those on Fuchs Noose, and that’s none.

  4. Pechanga says:

    The biggest mistake President Obama made was to tell the American people he trusted BP to do the right thing and trust they had the operational and technical expertise to cap the well and clean up the oil.

    He was wrong.

  5. fran says:

    I did not appreciate his “war verbiage” doing battle, the assault & siege.

    One comment in particular struck a nerve with me:

    “IF there are problems in the operation”

    If?? IF!!! There have been nothing BUT problems.
    I’ll admit I found myself thinking blah blah blah in the middle of this speech.

    Yea yea lots of talk…. what are you going to actually do? As soon as he said the word moratorium, the Drill Baby Zombies started yelping about Jobs.
    So it will be interesting to see the spin.
    Looking at the magnitude…. no way BP will have enough money to “make this right”, as they have promised.

  6. Stephan Iversonn says:

    What I found extraordinary is the complete lack of communication between President Obama and BP CEO Tony Hayward.

    The USA is under attack from a foreign invader and our way of life is threatened but Mr. Obama appears to be afraid of going mano-a-mano with top man at the oil giant.

    Perhaps Michelle Obama is available for the job?

  7. joost says:

    Fifty-seven days into the Gulf oil crisis and Obama still spoke in the calm, even-toned manner people have criticized him for. Nothing, and I mean nothing seems to anger this guy. If one of his daughters were kidnapped, or God forbid, worse happened, would he still respond like a robot? Calm is fine on the golf course but, the Gulf states have been bitch-slapped and here is a Harvard constitutional law professor who offered no details for the cap or clean up other than praise for Dr. Stephen Chu. I’m at a loss over his stony behavior.

  8. Matteo says:

    Public Policy has a startling poll of Louisianans and what they think of Obama’s handling of spill. I know we have 2 1/2 years to go but, I think Democrats need to start looking for a viable challenger for ’12.

    Majority of voters there think George W. Bush did a better job with Katrina than Obama’s done dealing with the spill.

    http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2010/06/fallout-from-spill.html

    50% of voters in the state, even including 31% of Democrats, give Bush higher marks on that question compared to 35% who pick Obama.

    Overall only 32% of Louisianans approve of how Obama has handled the spill to 62% who disapprove. 34% of those polled say they approved of how Bush dealt with Katrina to 58% who disapproved.

  9. Estacada says:

    So the plan, as I understand it now is, we wait for the pair of relief wells to be finished in August but what if they don’t work as planned?

    Will the idea of nuking the well closed return?

    The Russians have used this technique several times and successfully, I might add. Are we prepared to sit on our hands until the well runs dry in another 20 years time, destroying not just the Gulf of Mexico but all the oceans of the world?

  10. feminazi says:

    I don’t understand Mr. Obama’s confidence in both Ken Salazar and Stephen Chu. If these two are as superb as the president wants us to believe, then why is the oil still spewing out into the Gulf of Mexico? If it were my decision, I would convene a Manhattan project of the best minds in the field from every nation in the world, pay them whatever they want and devise a strategy to cap the well. What does the Obama administration plan to do if the relief wells fail to work later this summer? I am losing hope.

  11. Woodcliffe says:

    If you feel like making a trip to an alternate universe go over to the Democratic Underground today.

    They’re falling all over Obama’s short-on-specifics speech like he’s Churchill! I’ve never seen anything quite like it. The DU is Obama’s last frontier of true support he can take to the bank and beyond. But do check it out.

  12. Tim Waters says:

    My two cents…his speech sucked. Nothing that I wanted to know was addressed. This was his chance to be who we thought we elected. The Commander and arbitrator could not seem to make himself presidential. I keep hearing things like, well he’s better than Bush… a freaking snail is better than Bush.
    Come on have a bit more higher standards here.
    We voted for what we believe to be another FDR. Instead we got Percy Dovetonsils .

  13. Harry says:

    I turned the channel to HGTV when I heard Obama mention “prayer.” Sorry, but we need more than prayer to stop the oil.

  14. Prairiedog says:

    I’ll leave the politics to the pundits but here’s my concern with the call for a liability escrow account.

    It’s going to be in the neighborhood of $20 billion dollars. Sounds like a lot, right? But $20 billion can be exhausted fairly quickly when you’re looking at an environmental disaster on the scale of the BP oil spill.

    What happens when claims exceed the $20 billion dollars BP deposits into the liability account? BP and its shareholders can say they’ve through. They can’t afford to pay more.

    This escrow scheme is a terrible idea.

  15. TOM339 says:

    Obama is in an untenable position.

    He’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t because the American people — understandably, won’t be happy two things happen: cap the oil well and clean up the Gulf region.

  16. Brigadoon says:

    Well, I hate to be cynical but, I think what we learned last night is, BP isn’t vetting Obama’s remarks about the oil spill. The National Clergy Council is vetting his administration’s comments to the American people. I wonder if Rick Warren signed off on the speech?

  17. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Until the oil stops flowing into the Gulf, I really don’t have any need or interest in hearing from anyone in Washington.

    Including the president.

  18. Joe says:

    I suspected Obama would be another disappointing Clinton. However, I had no idea what a disappointment he would be.

  19. Randy Arroyo says:

    All is not lost for the president vis a vis MSNBC. Ed Schultz has his nose buried so far up Obama’s rear end that he can smell doody.

  20. Jenette Shier says:

    Obama is not doing a bad Job, but the media makes it look that way. but there are many that prefer to hate him than see him succeed. This is so sad because when he succeeds this country succeeds. I guess some are so clouded by hate, can’t see the forest for the trees. If Obama should start speaking in a harsh tone, he would be called the Chicago gangster or angry ghetto black man. DAMNED IF YOU DO THE SAME IF YOU DON’T!

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