The great communicator? That’d be Ronald Reagan. And if Tuesday night’s rambling press conference is any indication of how this President will communicate with the American people, it’s clear that Barack Obama is not another RR. He seriously lacks the ability to connect with the common man.
He may, in fact, be the least effective communicator to occupy the Oval Office since the advent of television. If the American people have any doubt about what’s ahead and the least bit of worry about deficit projections of $9.3 trillion for the next decade, towering deficits that steal quality from our grandchildren’s lives, worry not. As President Obama reassures, "we have to bend the curve on deficit projections." And in so doing, the children to come will get on just fine. We guess. And in some of those "out years" after the curve’s been bent, we’ll all have free Bubble Up and be eating that Rainbow Stew. Or something.
At times Tuesday night, President Obama appeared to be filibustering the media. Responses wandered aimlessly without enough specifics even to comprehend what he was saying. He keeps referring to spending as "investments," as most liberals do, apparently making the argument that more spending will reduce deficits — though he never quite explained how.
One response was just simply amusing. When asked about how he weighed the ethics and morality of his decision to allow federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, he could not bring himself to utter the words "human life." He almost choked when he’d constructed a sentence that absolutely commanded he utter the words "human life" in proximity to some form of the word "embryo" and finally managed to spit out
uh, you know, human life issues…"
Without the Teleprompter he’s a terribly undisciplined speaker. And what was the substance of his press conference, the news angle? Hard to say. But I’m thinking things will be better in the out-years when those who have benefited from the prosperity of the past eight years have sufficiently transferred the residuals of that prosperity to somebody the President deems more deserving.