Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Tiny Wonkism

I've been hearing and reading a lot about President Obama's "mistake"...about the "bad" day yesterday when Tom "Doesn't Everyone Have a Chauffer?" Daschle withdrew his name from nomination for a cabinent post....about how the President was out on the news shows (all scheduled before Dash decided to withdraw) beating his breast and sighing "Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa". Golly, Mo Dowd just got all up in his bi-nis in her latest editorial.

Well, while the honeymoon may be over, I for one had the following reaction to yesterday's news:

a) Good. Dashchle should have withdrawn. I know he is a fundamentally a good man, a policy wonk without peer with regards to health care and has over 30 years of public service under his belt. He'd likely have been an excellent Secretary of Health and Human Services. And I'll even grant you that folks make mistakes on their taxes. You bet they do. But this one was huge and it did show a decided lack of being-in-touch. Most folks don't have cars and drivers given them by satisfied clients.

2) Good again. The President of the United States went on national television and conceded a mistake. Because even the President of the United States isn't perfect (and really, until we little folk get over the notion that our leaders must be perfect, we're always going to end up disappointed). But I think that the reason it is all playing so large in the media right now is that i) people are tired of hearing about how crappy the economy is and more importantly, ii) everyone is just shocked and blatherpatted in the face of such candor out of the White House.

The news isn't that the President made a mistake, it's that he admitted it. Personally, I found it refreshing as hell.



Blogger Sling opined...

You've nailed it here Rainey.
After 9/11,which was an attack on all of us,we were suddenly aced out of the picture with Bush's unilateral knee-jerk policies as if we were the enemy.
Barack seems to get it that we're in this boat together,and is showing us the common courtesy of keeping us engaged.
He will make mistakes,of this there is no doubt.
Don't bury them,bring them out in the light of day so we can all deal with them,and move on.
That's leadership..

February 04, 2009 8:37 AM  
Blogger sageweb opined...

Ha...I love that he admitted he made a mistake..takes the wind out of FOX news..but they will continue to remind us of this mistake.

February 04, 2009 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

Ba Ha Ha Ha

Hhhhmmmm. For those that havent noticed "The media" has done 0 comparisons of our medical system (or criminal justice) with those of similiar countries in Europe.

It would be nice if "The Liberal Press" made some effort at doing so. President Obama's job would be just so much easier with some decent reporting. Probably too much to ask though.

But saying President Obama really does make me feel better. Honeymoon over? In the medias dreams.



February 05, 2009 10:09 AM  

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