Joan Walsh: “Obama Just Doesn’t Get It”

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

When you lose Salon’s Joan Walsh, if you’re Barry Obama, you know you’re in deep bandini and that’s exactly what has happened.

Obama just doesn’t get it

Unemployment is a catastrophe, the recovery is stalling, but the president says his priority is “debt and deficits.”

I have underestimated President Obama more than once, starting when he was candidate Obama. At a few points when his campaign seemed shaky – the Jeremiah Wright fiasco, the serial defeats in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and more at the end of the primary season; the post-Palin surge after the GOP convention – he turned things around, becoming a tougher candidate better able to reassure voters he understood their anxieties about the country, and that he would fight for their future.
So I hope I’m wrong this time. But even after his Martha’s Vineyard vacation, and what he described to NBC’s Brian Williams Sunday as days of reading, thinking and relaxing, here’s what Obama said were his priorities for doing his “job”for the rest of his term:

“I think the next couple of years, we’ve got to focus on debt and deficits. We’ve got to focus on making sure that we make the recovery stronger. And a lot of that is attracting private investment. Making sure that these companies who are making good profits are actually seeing the opportunities out there in a whole range of new areas and new ventures.”

Even the New York Times, a trusty and loyal Obama supporter published the paper’s main editorial, “Waiting for Mr. Obama,” which sounded a similar alarm about the economy. Running down the list of terrible recent economic news; stubbornly high unemployment, weaker growth than projected, a surprising new drop in housing sales. the paper suggested: “If President Obama has a big economic initiative up his sleeve, as he hinted recently, now would be a good time to let the rest of us in on it.”

With the wagons circling, it may be time for the president to depart for his seventh vacation of the year.

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7 Responses to Joan Walsh: “Obama Just Doesn’t Get It”

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    This is shocking. Joan Walsh has been a trusty Obama foot soldier for years always on Tweety’s show ready to defend the president. I’m beginning to wonder who is left to support him in 2012, if he even bothers to run for reelection?

  2. Estacada says:

    Walsh is correct.

    Obama’s remarks about spending the second half of his presidency on reducing “debt and deficits” is just a cynical wink and a nod to independents and the GOP that they can trust him.

    At the end of the day, it is all about jobs. Not health care and not pretty awards. Obama doesn’t get it.

  3. VicoDANIEL says:

    Other than Keith Olbermann, I don’t hear much MSM support for the president nowadays.

    Even Ed Schultz is taking a hardline with Obama now.

    Frankly, I am much less concerned with “debt and deficits” than jobs creation. Without jobs, the entire economic engine of the country is at risk and I can now easily envision a future that is similar to the stubbornly high unemployment numbers that dogged Spain, France and Germany in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

    It may very well be the US’s turn.

  4. Brigadoon says:

    Obama told NBC’s Brian William that he can’t wear his birth certificate on his forehead. But maybe Rahm Emanuel or Valerie Jarret could spray paint “JOBS” on his forehead so the president understands what is worrying the American people most?

  5. Pechanga says:

    I have less than no trust in Obama’s economic team.

    Tim Geithner is too close to Wall Street to understand the fears of regular working Americans. He’s an elite who now visits the Bohemian Grove.

    Larry Summers is just incompetent. I almost expect to hear him say we should return to the gold standard.

    If Obama doesn’t direct the Federal Reserve to release some of the billions of tax payers dollars it is sitting on, then I think the economy will begin to contract.

  6. Rachel says:

    This is indeed a HUGE hit for the president. Joan Walsh was a loyal and enthusiastic supported of then candidate Obama all during the 2008 Democratic primary. After the election, she became a fixture on MSNBC, always there to caution patience with the newly elected president. Daniel hit the nail on the head. The only media figure I can think of who will still give Obama the time of day is Keith.

  7. DMason says:

    Everyone is turning on Obama. I’ve never seen such a precipitous fall from grace in such a short period of time. Even my African American friends are tired of Obama. They say he’s sold them out. Whatever that means.

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