Your morning jolt: Kasim Reed says Barack Obama suffered from ‘ring rust’

One day after an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to speak up for President Barack Obama, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed returned to the network to handicap Tuesday’s second presidential debate.

The question posed by MSNBC’s Chuck Todd was simple. What advice would you have for the president? To understand Reed’s reply, you need to know that the mayor is a very big boxing fan.

Reed’s advice for the president:

”Don’t over-correct. When you have sustained as much criticism as the president has, you can over-correct. The president had severe ring rust. You know what it’s like being around a president. He’s really not accustomed to people talking to him in the way that Mitt Romney did, after four years of running the country. He had ring rust.”

I.e., in boxing lingo, Obama was out of practice. Reed continued:

”I compared it to the Ali-Frazier fight in 1971, when Frazier knocked the champ down. Nobody expected that. But Ali went on to win the second and the third fights, and history remembers the winners.

“So I think he can’t over-correct, and he needs not to protect his likeability so much. I think he’s over-coached on his likeability, which is a very important quality. But the president will do what is needed. That’s why he’s been down for the last few days.”

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Late last week, during an interview with the AJC’s Daniel Malloy in Washington, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson – a former chairman of the state Board of Education — joined Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and declared his neutrality in the fight over the charter school measure on the Nov. 6 ballot:

Malloy: What do you think of the charter schools amendment?

Isakson: That’s up to the state board of education and the Legislature. I’m a member of Congress, so I’m not involved.

Malloy: What do you think about charters in general?

Isakson: I was a big supporter of charter schools when I was chairman of the state school board. The first charter we granted was Addison Elementary in east Cobb, and I was very proud of that. …I’m just a big supporter of charter schools, but I’ll let them determine how to structure it at the state level.

An AJC poll this weekend concluded that the contest over the proposed constitutional amendment has become a toss-up.

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The Atlanta City Council recently passed a resolution condemning the charter school ballot issue, and sent its opinion to members of the state Legislature.

State Rep. Steve Davis, R-McDonough, who lost a primary bid for re-election, has sent a reply that included this:

Thank you for sending me this very misguided resolution from your council. The very children that stand to gain the most from this amendment are probably in your city.

Anyways, I wanted to inform you that I was in your traffic court a few months ago and noticed that the court room had an old Georgia flag. The flag was changed almost ten years ago. While I could understand if this was someone’s office or board room, but in the court room that enforces our current laws? Change the flags in your court rooms to the legal State of Georgia flag as mandated in State Law.

Guessing here, but the “old state flag” is probably the one passed during the Roy Barnes administration, not the older one with the Confederate battle emblem.

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Dignitaries attending a Sunday wake/remembrance in Brookhaven for the late Dick Pettys, the long-time political reporter for the Associated Press and – for a few years – InsiderAdvantage, included former Gov. Roy Barnes, University Chancellor Hank Huckaby, a representative of Gov. Nathan Deal, retired political columnist Bill Shipp and Norman Underwood, the former U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidate.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson was one of those who delivered eulogies. His deputy chief of staff, Joan Kirchner, who worked with Pettys at AP for nine years, was another.

The most unusual aspect of the evening was “toast” to Pettys made with PayDay candy bars. Bite-sized packages were passed through the pews, followed by a simultaneous, group chomp. This rite was followed by another toast, made with 25-year-old scotch, to Pettys’ high school journalism teacher, led by a former classmate, state Rep. Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs.

My former AJC colleague Tom Baxter has one of the sharper appreciations written on behalf of the dean of the Capitol press corps:

There’s no telling how much money Dick Pettys saved the state over the years, but it would be enough to erect a state building in his honor. He did this not with any brilliant investigative stories, but by showing up in a lot of places and watching, by reading bills and asking about the fuzzy particulars, by remembering the tricks people tried to pull long enough to call them out when they tried to pull the same tricks again a few years later.

Simple things, you might say, but all manner of mischief can be uprooted by the patient repetition of those simple things. Sometimes all it takes is one set of eyeballs or one question to thwart a bald-faced grab for money or power. That makes it all the more disturbing that there are fewer eyes watching government these days, and fewer mouths to ask the questions.

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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner will be in Georgia today on behalf of Lee Anderson, the GOP challenger to U.S. Rep. John Barrow. From the Augusta Chronicle:

Boehner, an 11-term congressman from Ohio, will campaign for Anderson at a $250-a-head fundraiser Monday night at the West Lake home of Martinez businessman Wayne Brown.

Boehner’s appearance, on the heels of a appearance Thurs­day by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for Anderson in Sandy Springs, speaks to the high-profile nature of the House race. An Anderson win, along with a victory by state Rep. Doug Col­lins in the new 14th Con­gres­sional District, could shift Georgia’s GOP delegation in Congress from eight to 10.

Meanwhile, the National Republican Congressional Committee is out with another TV ad on Anderson’s behalf – which could have curious implications:

The ad takes Barrow to task for declaring that his support for President Barack Obama “is beside the point.”

That’s all well and good. But throughout the general election, Anderson has said he wouldn’t debate Barrow until the Democratic incumbent admitted his support for Obama on television.

Well, that condition has now been met, and in a GOP ad no less. So when’s the debate?

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Christmas has come early for a certain court official in south metro Atlanta. From a summary issued by Georgia’s high court this morning:

The Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled in favor of Fayette County Solicitor-General Jamie Inagawa, partially reversing a lower court’s ruling and finding that the Fayette County Board of Commissioners illegally reduced Inagawa’s salary and must now pay him more than five years of back pay.

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The tone-deaf headline over a Barack Obama press release that arrived Sunday:

Musician Bruce Springsteen Adds Iowa Appearance for Obama-Biden Campaign

Apparently, the Electrician Bruce Springsteen and the Actuary Bruce Springsteen were busy.

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One more tidbit to remind you that life is serious business. From the New York Times:

Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials and Middle Eastern diplomats.

That conclusion, of which President Obama and other senior officials are aware from classified assessments of the Syrian conflict that has now claimed more than 25,000 lives, casts into doubt whether the White House’s strategy of minimal and indirect intervention in the Syrian conflict is accomplishing its intended purpose of helping a democratic-minded opposition topple an oppressive government, or is instead sowing the seeds of future insurgencies hostile to the United States.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at an international Social Security agreement that, a group called the Senior Citizens League has declared, would give “millions of Mexican citizens” who become “a far stronger claim to benefits and protection against cuts than U.S. citizens!”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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36 comments Add your comment

Midtown Mike

October 15th, 2012
11:34 am

Whatever you think of his politics, it in enjoyable to see Mr. Reed representing Atlanta on such a prominent national stage. His analogy is perfect although I must admit the first thing that came to my mind was “Obama needs some CLR?” Oh.

Dirty Dawg

October 15th, 2012
11:42 am

Attaboy Johnny. Now that you’re firmly attached to the money-tit in Washington, don’t do or say anything that might scare off your rightwing base back home, no matter what your beliefs and principles might once have been…after all, it’s become a ‘profit deal’.

Brooks

October 15th, 2012
11:52 am

The idea of our Mayor having the time or bluster to go to DC whenever asked to shill for a presidential candidate, and that somehow being accepted as what the people of Atlanta expect from our mayor would have been laughable 20 years ago. It still is. Kasim is so out of his depth and such an outright liar, he ought to stay home and deal with potholes.

realitycheck

October 15th, 2012
12:06 pm

Obama will lose. Thank the good lord. Worst prez this country has EVER seen. So glad I dont live in Atlanta and have to deal with an idiot like Reed

muddy waters

October 15th, 2012
12:14 pm

I LOVE the wingnuts latest jargon: “Obama is the worst President ever.”

Talk about a short memory….

gsueagle

October 15th, 2012
12:36 pm

way to go anderson got our RHINO speaker to campaign!

Mark

October 15th, 2012
12:46 pm

I cannot wait until Nov 7th so that we can finally shut the GOP up for 4 more years.

Mary Elizabeth

October 15th, 2012
1:06 pm

Kasim Reed was outstanding on “Meet the Press” on Sunday (Oct. 14, 2012). He was not buying any spin stated by others. He was razor sharp in his perceptions and in his impacting remarks. Reed is an asset to Atlanta, Georgia, and America. I hope he continues to be given opportunities to voice his opinions in national forums such as “Meet the Press.” He is authentic and very well-informed. No “bull” from Kasim Reed. Straight to the truth. Bravo!

Georgia

October 15th, 2012
1:34 pm

BaRocky Obama will win Tuesday’s fight. (see Rocky 2)

Weetamoe

October 15th, 2012
1:46 pm

So according to Reed Obama is not accustomed to people talking to him the way Romney did. Fear of speaking truth to power for whatever reason –maybe afraid of being Cory Bookered or being called racist (doesn’t make any difference you will be called that anyway)–has done this guy no favors. He seems clueless about what is going on in the world. Another example of why every king needs a fool–as long as his name is not Biden and he is not next in succession to the throne.

Scrivener

October 15th, 2012
1:51 pm

Kasim Reed was an embarrassment to our city. He had nothing of substance to say, and one sentence he said I couldn’t believe: He defended Obama and made a sweeping statement like (paraphrasing – need to see the transcript) “whether YOU PEOPLE like it or not.” Wow. What was that supposed to mean? Talk about having a chip on your shoulder.

Bob

October 15th, 2012
2:21 pm

No, Mayor.

Brain rust.

Irreparable.

Robert

October 15th, 2012
2:32 pm

I think Mayor Reed was correct. President Obama did have some ring rust. Anyone remember Ali vs Forman. President Obama did a good job playing defense in the 1st debate. He used the ropes and allowed Mr. Romney to punch himself out. This strategy is known as “Rope-A-Dope”. In the 2nd debate President Obama knows Romney is ready to be knocked out. President Obama will “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee”and Mr. Romney will say “no mas”.

The American People

Retired Soldier

October 15th, 2012
2:35 pm

Robert-

Romney is no Duran, hope is not a strat. for success. Hope springs eternal for those with out hope.

Garth

October 15th, 2012
2:38 pm

Ring rust? I thought Al Gore said it was the altitude. I really think it’s just Obama. He has nothing to run on except a cash giveaway. For all practical purposes dump truck loads of money have been rolling out of DC, going no particular place, serving no particular purpose, just money flying out the back, driving this country deeper into debt. As several CEOs have said recently if he gets another 4 years to do the same thing he’s done in the past 4 then it’s over with for this country.

Mary Elizabeth

October 15th, 2012
2:51 pm

Readers can judge Mayor Reed’s performance on “Meet the Press” for themselves. Below is a video clip from yesterday’s “Meet the Press” broadcast, in which Reed defends Biden’s performance in the Biden/Ryan debate.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032608/vp/49407641#49407641

catlady

October 15th, 2012
2:52 pm

Someone should tell him to forget about being polite. Forget about trying to build consensus. Lay the truth of Romney’s lies out there coldly; strip his lies bare. Practice saying, “Nonsense, Governor!”

Decatur on Fire

October 15th, 2012
3:02 pm

Why doesn’t Obummer just tout his own record and accomplishments and then everyone wouldn’t really care what Romney had to offer, correct?

Mary Elizabeth

October 15th, 2012
3:02 pm

And, below is a video clip from “Meet the Press” (10/14/12) in which Mayor Reed defends President Obama’s authentic strength as opposed to the “Bushlike bluster” by Romney’s team. See below: (Reed speaks at the end of the clip.)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032608/vp/49407641#49407071

Decatur on Fire

October 15th, 2012
3:04 pm

Looks like Reed’s office staff has time to blog to try and make himself look good…..maybe to hide their utter imcopetence in almost every other area of city government.

Retired Soldier

October 15th, 2012
3:06 pm

catlady-

What are the lies? Unemployment? Deficit? Continued war in Afghanistan? Please inform the unwashed.

Call me crazy

October 15th, 2012
3:17 pm

Based on my observation I believe a better boxing analogy.. He looked tired of fighting and ready to throw in the towel. Like he had really had enough and is done….I am sure Ms Obama and the girl are over it as well

Kris

October 15th, 2012
3:21 pm

When you’re the POTUS you cannot just go shooting your mouth off which appears that is all mitty, knows how to do.
I predict that President Barrack OBAMA Will hand mittens his candy a$$ on a sliver platter along with his implanted silver spoon.

A Vote For America.
Re-elect President OBAMA

Retired Soldier

October 15th, 2012
3:23 pm

Kris-

Have you watched any of Obama’s stump speeches? His mocking tone is very unpresidential.

Lester Maddox....

October 15th, 2012
3:34 pm

“Ring rust?”…..More like stupidity. The boy forgot his teleprompters and the fool was clueless..

DownInAlbany

October 15th, 2012
3:59 pm

One shouldn’t have to knock the rust off when defending themselves, beliefs or policies. It shouldn’t be that diffucult. Emphasis on the “shouldn’t.”

cc

October 15th, 2012
4:04 pm

“He’s really not accustomed to people talking to him in the way that Mitt Romney did”

That is true: Obama is not used to being confronted with facts about his miserable record as president. He’d just as well get used to it, though. Fortunately for him, he won’t have long to suffer as he will be leaving the White House in January – forever!

Midtown Mike:
“Obama needs some CLR?”

He’s already well equipped with that : Can’t Lick Romney!

muddy waters:
“Talk about a short memory….”

Talk about being unable or unwilling to correctly assess the performance of the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!

Mark:
“I cannot wait until Nov 7th so that we can finally shut the GOP up for 4 more years.”

It’s not going to work quite that way. I doubt that we’ll be hearing from you on November 7th or at any time after that, unless you change your name.

Mary Elizabeth:
“Reed is an asset to Atlanta, Georgia, and America”

I guess you can speak for Atlanta, but don’t try speaking for Georgia and America for I believe they hold a different view.

Georgia:

You simply aren’t worth the time or effort.

Robert:
“President Obama will “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee”and Mr. Romney will say “no mas”.”

I wouldn’t bet the family farm on it, pal.

catlady:
“Practice saying, “Nonsense, Governor!”

I don’t believe Obama wants tat hand grenade to blow up in his face!

Kris:
“When you’re the POTUS you cannot just go shooting your mouth”

Why should Obama stop shooting off his mouth now? That is all he has done for the past five years!

Fry Big Bird!

Vote for the future of America, Romney/Ryan 2012!

Kris

October 15th, 2012
4:06 pm

@ Retired -

When the the headlines start with “Mitten camp mocks, slams, attack; Criticism of President Obama’s” In additonn smitts words about the President shows no respect for the office
At least the President shows some dignity.

A Vote For America.
Re-elect President OBAMA

Retired Soldier

October 15th, 2012
4:25 pm

Kris-

Really? When?

DownInAlbany

October 15th, 2012
4:43 pm

At least the President shows some dignity.

Like when he asked donors to forego wedding gifts and birthday presents in order to contribute to his re-election?

Retired Soldier

October 15th, 2012
5:00 pm

Down-

Guess we know what Obama’s priority is.

are you all serious?

October 15th, 2012
5:05 pm

I’ve heard every excuse for the POTUS from the last debate. Now it’s ring rust. Before that it was he’s setting Romney up for the next one, to a black man can’t come off too harsh or it will scare white folks, to the media has shielded him from hard questions for four years. Please just say he got beat up in the first one and keep it moving.

Republicans are cutting off the nose to spite the face and cutting their own throats

October 15th, 2012
6:03 pm

@are you all serious?

October 15th, 2012
5:05 pm
I’ve heard every excuse for the POTUS from the last debate. Now it’s ring rust. Before that it was he’s setting Romney up for the next one, to a black man can’t come off too harsh or it will scare white folks, to the media has shielded him from hard questions for four years. Please just say he got beat up in the first one and keep it moving.

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So….you are PROUD of Myth Robme’s lying debate performance?

“He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; this falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.”

Myth Robme is playing the LYING GAME.

are you all serious?

October 15th, 2012
6:28 pm

@Republicans are cutting…I’m an Obama supporter but getting tired of the excuses being doled out by supporters and surrogates alike. He caught a beat down the other night. If u were choosing which one to hire who would u have selected?? I didn’t see him counter the lies being said by Romney nor mentioning the 47% comment. Romney obviously thought he was going to go there and when he didnt he went on the offensive. The POTUS better grow a pair or borrow Joe’s before tomorrow night. So far I’ve only seen Bill Clinton and Joe Biden speaking matter of factly and w/ conviction. In case the president hasn’t noticed there are not a whole lot of good paying jobs out here. He needs to act like he wants to keep the one he’s got.

Will Jones

October 15th, 2012
10:00 pm

Romney’s life proves he has no character. When he’s called on the lies he put over in the first debate he’ll be crying on the floor like a little baby, just like he did during Vietnam.

Garth

October 16th, 2012
8:37 am

There have been 1600 federal investigations into Obama’s cash giveaway (stimulus) and dozens have been arrested and charged and billions wasted on such things as bankrupt wind mill farms and solar panel companies, yet, not a word from “investigative, balanced” newspapers like the AJC.