Obama No Great Communicator

Even the Gipper–Alzheimer’s and all–never took a TelePrompTer to his press conferences. He also had no problem taking questions from big media outlets.

Reagan also didn’t spend days figuring out what side to take on fundamental issues, because he fundamentally understood the implications of his core principles.

What Obama doesn’t realize is that, as President, it was the implementation of the agenda–the legislation for which he voted–that created Bonusgate. That he took a couple days before deciding where to focus on this is less about his humility and more about his abject ignorance of business.

Keep in mind that I am no fan of AIG, or Fannie, or Freddie, or even Big Business in general. I’m for free markets, and an integral part of that is letting people and businesses fail.

No one–not AIG, not GM, not Ford, not Fannie, not Goldman Sachs, not Citigroup–ought to get bailouts from government. If they need relief, we already have a Constitutional provision for that: bankruptcy.

That AIG paid out their bonuses to execs who destroyed stockholder value, is an outrage, but that is a matter for stockholders to resolve. If government wants to get their collective panties in a wad over the bonuses, then they have only themselves to blame for bailing AIG out in the first place.

3 thoughts on “Obama No Great Communicator

  1. I watched the first half-hour or so of Obama’s gig last night and was unimpressed. I didn’t think he made any major gaffes (not even the bit on delaying his rage for a few days), but in the Q&A he was very uncomfortable and it showed. He hesitated a lot and seemed to be trying extra hard to avoid taking a position or playing too many cards on any issue. He had decent command during his opening monologue, but a great orator can craft precise and hard-hitting responses on the spot, not just read from a teleprompter or recite a memorized speech. He not only didn’t do that, he made himself look grossly unprepared and/or unwilling to actually engage anyone’s words except his own.

    I don’t get why folks think he’s such a great orator. I’d almost say that’s more of a weakness of his.

  2. I had another deep thought…my aunt & uncle on my dad’s side said they were happy to have a clear-thinking president. Ummm, yeah, riiiiiight.

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