Presidential Bloviation Is Contagious

President Barack Obama is succumbing to the same malady that infected his predecessor, George W. Bush — falling in love with the sound of his own voice. 

Bush would begin his news conferences with a rambling discussion of something or other, and then as the media representatives asked questions, he would get really revved up, and his answers would get longer and longer and more and more rambling.  Even Mr. Bush’s very last news conference before he left office on January 20th, was excruciating to watch and listen to; as the soon-to-be ex-President rambled on and on about the accomplishments of his soon-to-be ex-presidency, and obviously enjoying what he apparently perceived as eloquent and insightful bloviating.  Of course, the former President’s answers to media questions were, like his more formal speeches, anything but eloquent.

President Obama, who is by any objective measure, a gifted speaker and clearly more knowledgeable about sentence structure and word useage than his predecessor, does not help himself or the policies he seeks to implement by his increasing tendency to pontificate.  The still-novice President appears to find it increasingly difficult to do what at least some of his predecessors (not including George W. Bush) were able to do — answer questions clearly and make the points they wished to make concisely, and then move on.

Instead, Obama more and more is starting to repeat himself, restate positions unnecessarily, and return to topics best left alone. Perhaps Mr. Obama actually believes it beneficial to deepen the hole in which one finds oneself, by returning to a prior mistake.  Or maybe he really does just like to listen to himself talk.  What is clear is the President is talking too much but saying too little.  Two examples — health care “reform” and the “Professor Gates” case.

Regarding health care “reform,” the President just a few days ago consumed an hour of prime time television discussing once again his proposal.  Apparently unaware of the adage that the person who keeps repeating the same thing either has something to hide or doesn’t himself believe what he’s selling, Mr. Obama offered up the very same simplistic answers and “explanations” as he had done for the previous several weeks.  His comments are woefully short on facts. 

The problem Obama faces is that such sound-bite ruminations will carry you only so far, and sooner or later people will see through such rose-tinted rhetoric.  The President’s crack aides might remind their boss that one of his historic mentors, Abraham Lincoln, was right when he noted that even a president can only “fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people only some of the time”; but that no one can “fool all of the people all of the time.”  Recent polls suggest the public has reached the saturation point for empty administration rhetoric on health care “reform.”

Mr. Obama over the past week or so, has enmeshed himself in another issue that should not have occupied the public attention of the President — the controversy between Harvard Professor Henry Gates and Cambridge Police Sgt. Crowley.  He voluntarily stepped into that briar patch before arming himself with the facts, and then kept returning to that same thorn bush.  At one point in one of his several public pronouncements on the Gates-Crowley controversy, Obama urged his listeners (press and public alike) to “step back” and defuse the situation; even as he kept stepping into the melee and igniting the very fuse he lectured others to snuff out.

Unfortunately, in this last situation, the result of all this presidential attention has been to create and focus on a racial scenario that obscures the real problems the Cambridge incident brought to light – questions involving the sanctity of one’s own home; the proper basis for a police search and arrest; the burden of proving one is who one says they are in their own home.  But these are topics for perhaps a next Blog. 

For now, let’s hope this President quickly educates himself so he understands and accepts the value of short, clear, accurate, fact-based answers to questions.  Ahhh, wouldn’t that be refreshing?

95 comments Add your comment

Mrs. Norris

July 29th, 2009
11:56 am

There’s a little known law called “Pissing Off the Police”. It also goes by the name of “Disorderly Conduct”. Believe me, it has nothing to do with the color of your skin. Bob is absolutely correct in stating that is the real issue we should be concerned about. While we argue over the motivations of the police, the government continues to grow and our rights continue to shrinks.

Pennsylvanian

July 29th, 2009
12:06 pm

Disorderly conduct was the best the cops could do since being a racist jerk is not against the law.

clyde

July 29th, 2009
12:16 pm

There are two racists in the never ending saga of the cop,the professor and the President and neither of them are white.

Jefferson

July 29th, 2009
12:23 pm

Bob, you can do better. If you shake a coke before opening it, it will spew. (works with infants also, just remember to hand them back to the designated parent of the day)

WBK

July 29th, 2009
12:28 pm

Mrs. Norris

July 29th, 2009
11:56 am
Well stated…
Chris Salzmann

July 29th, 2009
11:33 am
Marring a white woman does not eliminate racism from a person as we can see in the Professor. The university wont write him up for misconduct the reflects on the University either because of its fear of racism. Racism exists more than ever in the Black communities and now they are acting upon it. That is against the law too…but who is going to punish those poor blacks for racism.

Raider

July 29th, 2009
12:47 pm

You guys ever seen Robert Gibbs talk. GOOD LORD! The man is an idiot! And this is our White House Press Secretary. Every time I watch him he does not know one thing, its always, “I’ll have to get back with you on that” If there ever was a person that should be FIRED from his job, its Robert Gibbs!

The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar

July 29th, 2009
12:55 pm

I was reading my Mencken last night. He talks about the base, common, mean politics of the South in the 1920s, which if anything, have actually gotten worse. He speaks of common white southerner’s “fierce jealousy of the emerging black man as the cornerstone of all their public thinking.”

Alas, true then, true today, expanded to women and to other minority groups.

Witness base little scum-of-the-earth creatures like Jeff Sessions, Lindsey Graham, John Cornyn, and Tom Coburn wailing and moaning because Sotamayor is Hispanic and better educated and better qualified than they are for high office.

Face it, folks. Obama is smarter, better-looking, better educated, better with other people, and cleaner than 99.99% of his fellow Americans, and 99.9999999999999% of you southerners. Your jealousy will not change that. Your outspoken whiny bigotry will not change that either, it only serves to make you look even more stupid.

Here is what you can do to change it. Go back to school and this time, apply yourself. Get a decent education. Bathe every day. Dress like you care. Be optimistic, instead of a perpetual whiner.

Yes, you’ll still be ugly, but a little personal charm will ease your difficulties, less whining will make it easier to be around you, and your whole outlook on life will improve.

Face it. Obama, Sotamayor, et. al. got to where they are by being hard-working, optimistic Americans.

Hard work. Optimism.

Good luck with that!

Chris Salzmann

July 29th, 2009
1:00 pm

WBK July 29th, 2009 12:28 pm SAID: Marring a white woman does not eliminate racism from a person as we can see in the Professor.

CHRIS SAYS: “Marrying” a white woman does not eliminate racism on the part of the professor??? No that’s funny. Oh, I get it, what you are implying is that he married a white woman to show up the white man, right??? Who’s the “We”? You mean the racists like you? Must be….

WBK July 29th, 2009 12:28 pm SAID: The university wont write him up for misconduct the reflects on the University either because of its fear of racism.
CHRIS SAYS: The university should write him up for protesting the police’s conduct on his own property even when legal experts in MA say that it was the police’s conduct that is in question? LMAO. BTW, who was the PUBLIC SERVANT here paid by taxpayer dollars? The professor or the police? What’s that they say about “Protect & Serve”?

WBK July 29th, 2009 12:28 pm SAID: Racism exists more than ever in the Black communities and now they are acting upon it. That is against the law too…but who is going to punish those poor blacks for racism.
CHRIS SAYS: Yes, racism exists in every community. But what are blacks doing here that’s racist and against the law IN THIS CASE? What RACISM are they acting upon in this CASE? Oh, I guess, in your opinion, they should know their ” rightful place”, right? Dude, you just keep on digging that hole because YOU are the one who’s being exposed here as the one having a problem with race.

The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar

July 29th, 2009
1:10 pm

Yes, Chris, what we see happening here is the perception that Obama has a high opinion of himself, an ‘uppityness’ if you will, that unfortunately reminds many white folks of their low opinions of themselves.

Obama does, indeed, have a lot to be proud of himself for. Most of these white folks – the poor poor pitiful me crowd, the perpetual victims – complaining do not, so perhaps their self-loathing is deserved, but it is not fair or productive for them to hate on Obama for using the gifts that God have him.

Obama himself seems to me to be fairly grateful and humble, considering his considerable gifted-ness.

Paul A

July 29th, 2009
1:25 pm

Obama – Hard Work?

Are you kidding? What work? What job?

Community organizer? huh????

Giftedness?????????

OH MAN!

TRASHY – YOU’RE NUTS!

Paul A

July 29th, 2009
1:29 pm

“that unfortunately reminds many white folks of their low opinions of themselves.”

TRASHY IS THE RACIST!

Paul A

July 29th, 2009
1:29 pm

FRIES ARE READY TRASH MAN!

AFTER THAT… go get a mop!

whatfor

July 29th, 2009
1:36 pm

Hey Chris Salzmann – Why not just save us the trouble and just move to Canada – since you were too ashamed to be an American

CookMyOwnFries

July 29th, 2009
1:38 pm

Apparently the Prez has been getting a 6-month head start on Mr. Gates and Officer Crowley. Isn’t the Presidency a 24/7/365 job? If the rest of us were drinking on the job, we would get fired.
The man has even been photographed drinking a beer at the All-Star game.

The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar

July 29th, 2009
1:46 pm

I see a touched a nerve of my friend Paul A.’s, still another perpetual victim crying racism.

Poor poor little man!

Blue

July 29th, 2009
1:47 pm

So from most of liberal rants here, I get this; if I choose to rob someone’s house, and then the police happen to show up and I INSIST that I am the owner of the house, it is my house and get verbally hostile, the police should just take my word for it and let me go in the house by myself to get my I.D.? COOL!!!

Blue

July 29th, 2009
1:48 pm

Paul A 11:26am; please don’t confuse any of these people with the facts. Thanks!

Aloha Gator

July 29th, 2009
1:50 pm

NYC is buying one way tickets for the homeless to leave town.

Let’s start a collection plate for Chris Salzmann and Trashy. We can send them to Iran, North Korea, Cuba or Venezuela.

Chris has nothing to fear – He’s ashamed of his country. As for Trashy, he can put his “hard work” skills to use in a labor camp.

I”ll start with $50.

Hey, hey, hey – Goodbye !

Road Scholar

July 29th, 2009
1:55 pm

Paul A: So Bush worked so hard, because he told us doing his job was HHHHHaaaarrrrddd ! Maybe he should have been watching Cheney! Or better yet, not being on vacation so much himself (remember all the trips to the Texas ranch!)

Cook MOF: Are you a Georgia graduate? (”Do you want fries with that?”)
Grow up! Americans are so hung up over nudity and alcohol! Italians drink wine at lunch (let alone dinner), even though they work the rest of the day…after a short break. I grew up around alcohol, having drunk wine at 6 yrs old (watered down with ginger ale). I can take or leave alcohol, while the rest of you, esp the southern rednecks, can’t stop at one or two beers!

Obama as well as any other president or elected official should take time to sit back and socialize…with all types of people…which is why you conservatives generalize about independants and demos. Talk to someone different than you in a non-business setting…You may learn something if you truley listen.

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 29th, 2009
1:55 pm

Bob, you’ve done your fair share of bloviating over the years yourself.

Road Scholar

July 29th, 2009
1:59 pm

Blue, after you show an ID and proof of residence, the police should leave immediately. While the prof was not right about ranting (although he had just arrived from China-I bet you’d be tired also), the whole issue could have been avoided if the police acted on why they were there to begin with and then left.

WBK

July 29th, 2009
2:00 pm

Chris Salzmann

July 29th, 2009
1:00 pm

Are you trying to shoot me down like your ilk is doing to Palin. Well, you called me a redneck. I call that racist. That offends me! Just like IF I used the “N” word toward you.

I am talking about a racist Professor who will not be admonished for his behavior OUTSIDE his home. You do not have private property rights anymore because you liberals have already taken that away. The 4th ammendment does NOT apply. The professor (if you want to call someone like that a professor) should have had a little more self discipline.

The “officer of the law” was sent there for a legal purpose. Oh well, it does not matter. Who cares.

CookMyOwnFries

July 29th, 2009
2:12 pm

Road Scholar -
Yes, I went to UGA. You’re right about Italy. That country is a HUGE economic powerhouse. TRULY I have underestimated the President’s ability to socialize. I think your folks didn’t water your wine down that much.TRULY….

Tom

July 29th, 2009
2:26 pm

Mr. Barr’s employment of the term “useage” in Paragraph 3 makes me wonder about his skills at hitting the spell-check tab.

dgroy

July 29th, 2009
2:54 pm

Thank you, Bob Barr, a Great American for teaching me a new word (oblivation). The reason BHO talks like he does is, he doesn’t know enough about the subject that he is trying to answer questions about. In other words, he’s trying to Bulls*** his way through it. This might work for a little while but it’ll catch up with him. Most people aren’t stupid.

The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar

July 29th, 2009
3:25 pm

Now look, WBK. Redneck is not a race. You are a Caucasian, I am a Caucasian.

You are a redneck, I am not.

People aren’t prejudiced against rednecks because they are white, they are prejudiced against them because they are ignorant and stupid, and perversely proud of it.

The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar

July 29th, 2009
3:31 pm

Chris, I have never met an African-American or black African of any sort named “Salzmann”, so why are some of our redneck friends calling you the n-word?

While are redneck morbidly obsessed with race, it seems they are also hopelessly confused…

But that’s the continuing problem with being willfully ignorant and congenitally stupid.

Crazy Joe

July 29th, 2009
3:37 pm

Oh wow, we have the elite minds of the GOP on this blog!!! Here’s such notable minds as wbk, (which stands for why billy “kant” read), Frycooker, (a UGA grad and a fine scholarly type. He graduated with a C average and his major was “domestic science” or “short order cook”), I see AlohaGator who chimed in with his thoughts, (limited though they are) and the grand dame of all GOP think talks, George, (formerly found in the bathroom at the Atlanta Airport trying to pick up a “date”).
You guys ROCK!!! Just because you’re deaf, dumb and blind; doesn’t mean that you’re wrong!! It just means that you’re deaf, dumb and blind!!! Oh and stupid.

they used to call me Crazy Joe but now they callme the batman!

July 29th, 2009
3:40 pm

Bob Barr:

Married anymore high schoolers lately? Someone said that you’d even start dating s*p*e*r*m as long as it could prove that it was young and female.

gatorman770

July 29th, 2009
3:45 pm

Being unemployed since December 2008, I really want to see those 3 million new jobs we were promised. Of course I guess I won’t see any of those jobs till the 3 million more lost jobs since January are replaced.
I also been wondering which group of 3 million new jobs all the new Obuma administration Czars will go against. Does anyone know?

CookMyOwnFries

July 29th, 2009
4:52 pm

Crazy Joe –
You are MY he-ro. I just wish I could come up with such wonderful put-downs as you. Just so you know, sperm is neither male nor female. It only has one sex chromosome(X or Y), not two (XX or XY). I learned this in my burger-flipping class.
Maybe you could use your superior wisdom to explain what Obama has done that has actually helped this country.

CookMyOwnFries

July 29th, 2009
4:55 pm

Wait! I think I got it. Obama is trying to solve unemployment by making everybody a “Czar”. I just got offered the position of “Fry Cooking Czar.” See you scholars in Washington!

Elephant Whip

July 29th, 2009
5:05 pm

WBK:

See above comments. And read the 4th Amendment. It applies to any arrest.

Were you hoping your ignorant comment would be hidden down here after such a long chat?

Republicrat_Slave

July 29th, 2009
5:42 pm

“SS, DD”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOnYnIDX0Eg

meet “the new boss” – same as the old boss…

All I'm Saying Is...

July 29th, 2009
5:51 pm

“…obscures the real problems the Cambridge incident brought to light – questions involving the sanctity of one’s own home; the proper basis for a police search and arrest; the burden of proving one is who one says they are in their own home.”

I agree with you wholeheartedly, Bob, that Gates (understandable) reaction and the President’s subsequent involvement took the spotlight off of the real issues here which are as you have outlined. I for one can’t wait for your take on this.

All I'm Saying Is...

July 29th, 2009
5:54 pm

If asked (and I keep my behavior in check no matter whether I’m right or how I feel) and I provide proof that I am the legal resident, then the police presence at my home should end. They should not have the right to continue to search the premises and, furthermore, should not have the right to force me to step outside. These are the things that warrant much additional discussion.

Chris Salzmann

July 29th, 2009
6:12 pm

whatfor July 29th, 2009 1:36 pm SAID: Hey Chris Salzmann – Why not just save us the trouble and just move to Canada – since you were too ashamed to be an American

CHRIS SAYS” Not ashamed anymore. Rather proud of the fact now. But then if I left, who would show the mentally challenged here how the better half think?

Chris Salzmann

July 29th, 2009
6:33 pm

WBK July 29th, 2009 2:00 pm SAID: Are you trying to shoot me down like your ilk is doing to Palin. Well, you called me a redneck. I call that racist. That offends me! Just like IF I used the “N” word toward you.

CHRIS SAYS: You obviously aren’t that smart if you’re comparing yourself to Sarah Palin. Now even I wouldn’t stoop THAT LOW!!! LOL, If only all of us could be enlightened enough to aspire to her great intellect!!! Called you a Redneck??? LOL, I called you a racist, dude!!! Funny that you consider “redneck” a worse insult. Tells me how that little mind of your works. You pretty much called Professor Gates the “N” word so calling me that wouldn’t be a stretch……though it would leave people confused since I’m of good German stock. But go ahead, as Clint Eastwood said” Make my day”!!!!

WBK July 29th, 2009 2:00 pm SAID:I am talking about a racist Professor who will not be admonished for his behavior OUTSIDE his home. You do not have private property rights anymore because you liberals have already taken that away. The 4th ammendment does NOT apply. The professor (if you want to call someone like that a professor) should have had a little more self discipline.

CHRIS SAID: For behavior OUTSIDE his home? You mean on his PROPERTY outside his RESIDENCE? Don’t know which state you live in but we STILL HAVE private property rights. LOL, the Professor should have had more self-discipline? On his own property? ROFLMAO. Hey guys, no more wearing tacky shirts or wife beaters on your OWN PROPERTY!!! Ever heard the saying about your home being your castle? But then you will realize that once you move out of your Mom’s house.

WBK July 29th, 2009 2:00 pm SAID:The “officer of the law” was sent there for a legal purpose. Oh well, it does not matter. Who cares.

CHRIS SAYS: Yeah, the cop was sent for a legal purpose and once he identified the legal resident, he should have backed off. Now, hopefully, the Professor sues the local cops and lets the courts sort it out the LEGAL way.

Stumpy

July 30th, 2009
12:14 am

CHRIS SAYS” Not ashamed anymore. Rather proud of the fact now. But then if I left, who would show the mentally challenged here how the better half think?

Chris, are you only proud of your country when you like the President? I have never called myself Canadian because I was ashamed of what I dislike about my country. I do like Canada though, great beer. But, even when Clinton was our President and I was ashamed of him, I was still proud to be American.

However, you are the first Liberal I’ve seen (in a long time) that could actually admit when they were wrong about something. I’m intrigued. It means you’re a thinking human and there’s a chance for dialog. I have had to admit I was wrong on ‘Huffington Post’, and believe me, I got roasted severely. Perhaps we can have lively, actual debates and not just rhetoric spewing. I look forward to it.

Chris Salzmann

July 30th, 2009
1:15 am

Stumpy July 30th, 2009 12:14 am SAID: Chris, are you only proud of your country when you like the President? I have never called myself Canadian because I was ashamed of what I dislike about my country. I do like Canada though, great beer. But, even when Clinton was our President and I was ashamed of him, I was still proud to be American.

CHRIS SAYS: I wouldn’t call myself Canadian either, eh? To say you love everything about a country or even a person ALL THE TIME without any misgivings or reservations whatsoever is naive idealism. I have been called idealistic many times but rarely naive.

Stumpy July 30th, 2009 12:14 am SAID: However, you are the first Liberal I’ve seen (in a long time) that could actually admit when they were wrong about something. I’m intrigued. It means you’re a thinking human and there’s a chance for dialog. I have had to admit I was wrong on ‘Huffington Post’, and believe me, I got roasted severely. Perhaps we can have lively, actual debates and not just rhetoric spewing. I look forward to it.

CHRIS SAYS: Actually, this may surprise you but I consider myself an independent. Many left wing talk radio and news shows turn me off as much as the ones from the right. I rarely find myself watching MSNBC, CNN or FOX because I find them pandering to an ignorant and uninformed audience. I voted for Bush Sr. in 92 (always liked Papa Bush), for Clinton in 96(other choice was pathetic Dole), for Bush in 2000 (couldn’t stand Gore), for Kerry in 04(would have voted for the dog catcher if he/she ran against Bush at this point) and Obama in 08(Sarah Palin omfg/what was McCain thinking?). As you can see, not the typical liberal voting record. I may have voted for Obama but I also disagree with a lot of his decisions.

Sorry for the let down but not what you were expecting, eh? :-)

Steve

July 30th, 2009
7:33 am

The greatest thing Obama will ever do for this country is fade into the sunset when his time as president is over. I hope to hear as little from Obama when his day in the spotlight is over as I hope to hear from Bush II now that his is over. By the end of his eight years at the helm I was tired of Bush II but never have I thought of Obama as the answer. If Obama is the answer, we asked the wrong questions.

StJ

July 30th, 2009
10:53 am

We’re asking for clear, fact-based, concise answers from politicians?! Seriously. It’ll never happen…especially from the current set. There’s too much hidden fine print to conceal from the public…so the spin will continue unabated. So much for “transparency”.

Pennsylvanian

July 30th, 2009
12:05 pm

Pennsylvanian

July 30th, 2009
12:06 pm

Or, try this -
Who is the dumbest; Obama for inviting Crowley and Gates for beer in a pathetic attempt to spin his gaffe, or Crowley and Gates for accepting?

david wayne osedach

July 30th, 2009
2:33 pm

Obama MAKES SURE that he is on national television each and every day. His ego is getting bigger than God’s. Heaven forbids – he starts to think that he is in fact God.