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Obama’s New Approach Shows Foundering Clout And Zero Change

March 13, 2013 by  

Obama’s New Approach Shows Foundering Clout And Zero Change
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has a new tactic.

What is going on with the President’s main mouthpiece?

A column in The Washington Post relates that, since the beginning of March, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has found a new tactic for handling any press corps questions that aspire to any semblance of incisiveness: The petulant PR hack simply tells reporters they don’t know how to ask questions.

Over the past two weeks, the report notes, Carney has done the following:

  • Told the AP’s Jim Kuhnhenn he was “misrepresenting the group” when asked whether President Barack Obama’s new, friendlier approach to the press was ill-timed to coincide with the President’s recent address to Organizing For Action, the Democrat-affiliated social welfare program that’s evolved from Obama’s first-term campaign.
  • Told veteran NPR correspondent Mara Liasson that her question on the President’s forthcoming budget “makes me think that you’re still working on a typewriter or something.”
  • Told Ann Compton of ABC News that she didn’t possess an adequate understanding of why the President had met with Congressional delegates last week.
  • Told Bill Plante of CBS News: “Bill, how long have you been covering Washington? Has there ever been a Presidential budget that was enacted, word for word, into law?” Plante, who’s been with CBS since 1964, had deigned to ask when the President would come forward with a budget — not exactly a shot across the bow.
  • Another reporter interrupted to point out that the President never times his budget proposal to follow the House and Senate versions. “Well, I disagree with that,” Carney said.

A McClatchy poll and analysis this week ties the President’s evaporating approval rating to the drying up of his political capital. That’s a reasonable conclusion.

The still-young first year of Obama’s second term has so far seen the President outrage gun owners and local governments who still value the 2nd Amendment; lie about who’s responsible for sequestration, the severity of its effects, and his own role in artificially and selectively emphasizing the “pain” of all the spending cutbacks; and get a good, old-fashioned humiliatin’ — hemming and hawing over his Administration’s drone policy while Rand Paul emerged as a strengthening voice to challenge liberals from the right.

It’s been a rough go for the President. Tuesday saw yet another attempt at analyzing where the President’s PR strategy is headed, with the National Journal opining that Obama’s dwindling political clout is forcing him — at least for the moment — to abandon one the sacred Saul Alinsky tactics to which he’s adhered through four years of obfuscation and intellectually bankrupt doublespeak: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” In its place is a supposedly kinder, gentler Obama Administration; one that courts Republicans — or at least RINO Republicans — and purports to give the beleaguered White House press corps more access.

But the President’s ivory-tower condescension has had its trickle-down effect, and staffers don’t just unlearn their long-taught instincts.

Just ask Carney, and then prepare to duck.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Warrior

    How does one advertise for a “marxist mouthpiece”? Between gibbs and this slub, axelrod has certainly been successful in selecting a couple of enormously annoying twits I would say. Amazing thing is, they’re “cut” from the same cloth as their “boss”!

  • RobinPC

    How can I read anything with that stupid “like, tweet” garbage following me down the screen. I KNOW HOW to make comments there WITHOUT this harrassment!!


      @RobinPC – I would like to think you are joking, but by your response I highly doubt the intend was jokingly which leads me to believe you sound like a liberal – all things going on in the world and you complain about software functions on a blog and refer to it as harassment. I highly doubt you poses the ability to recognize the difference between true harassment and convenience.

      If you didn’t pick up on the hint – it follows down the page for “CONVENIENCE” not harassment so one don’t have to scroll all the way to the top or bottom. I suspect you would likely complain if your ice cream was to cold. Get over it and stay on topic rather than distract from the topic with your childish whines about some program icons.

  • Bev

    Carney reminds me of the little animal that Jabba the Hut kept on a leash.

  • nobodysfool

    Every time I see Jay Carney try to handle press questions, with his lame answers prescribed to him by oBlamer or oBlamer’s minions, I wonder how much Carney was paid for his soul?!?!? Clearly, he is soulless because he can tell the company lie without batting an eyelash. His mama and daddy have probably changed their name to avoid harassing questions about whether he was always a Satan worshipper or did that just come on him in his association with oBlamer?

  • Ted Crawford

    Yes, the mindless little twit is beginning to resemble Walter more than Peanut! Appearently he is experiencing discomfort from Obama’s arm being shoved up the back of his front. Tell ole barack to take a lesson from Mr. Dunham, Jay “use more lotion!”

  • ibcamn

    You guys just figured this out now?…(sigh)wake up…..


    Obama’s New Approach Shows Foundering Clout And Zero Change…

    Well of course there’s no “change”…there was really only “dope/opiate”. No surprise here!

  • Peter 10-nov-1775

    The halfrican and his minions do nutlike to be questioned. Just do what we say, and we won’t have to censure you. Question us more, and we will ban and destroy you. How is that transparency working for you now?

  • Michael Shreve

    Sadly, the media will accept its beatings and continue to fawn over its master.


    You get the idea that Carney is a form of sabotage by the R”s when it comes to backing up the Faker’s denials…I could not help but laugh at how the Faker claimed he had no hand in the closing of the WH tours and Carney stated it was his call after the NSA informed him of their sequester dilemma…It’s getting so they cannot even co-ordinate their own lies..

  • Wowie

    Ben Bullard faces reality. NOT!!!! Obma’s ratings are soaring, but Ben Bullard must make the powers that be like him. I guess the next step up from ass wipe is the brown stuff that comes next.


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