Cracks in the facade

| October 16, 2009
Obama in happier, simpler times

Obama in happier, simpler times

Eugene Robinson, at the Washington Post, expresses more disappointment about President Obama:

President Obama’s brief display of drive-by compassion Thursday in New Orleans was, for me, by far the worst outing of his presidency thus far — and the biggest disappointment. . . .

“I wish I could just write a check,” Obama said. If that was his message, he should have stayed home. We now know that our government can make hundreds of billions of dollars available to irresponsible Wall Street institutions within a matter of days, if necessary. We can open up the floodgates of credit to too-big-to-fail banks at the stroke of a pen. But when it comes to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, well, these things take time.

I doubt these are the priorities Obama wants to be remembered for.

Now, I don’t buy into the standard Democratic meme that the destruction of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina was due to Pres. Bush and his Adminsitration’s lack of responsiveness. It appears to be far more due to long-standing problems local to Louisiana; by contrast, just review how Mississippi dealt with Katrina’s aftermath. But I do agree with Robinson that if Obama wanted to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on ‘stimulus’, having some of that go to Louisiana would make sense.

After visiting New Orleans, Pres. Obama flew to San Francisco for a fundraiser — and the Tea Party folks showed up across the street from his hotel:

Hey, hey, ho, ho, health care reform has got to go!

Hey, hey, ho, ho, health care reform has got to go!

One can only imagine the massive media coverage if a similarly-sized crowd had showed up to protest Pres. George W. Bush on a fund-raising trip.

Obama has now flown to Texas to join Bush Sr.  at Texas A&M in an event to celebrate volunteerism — and may face yet more protests:

And conservatives on the Aggie campus are planning to protest, a wide-ranging complaint about everything from Obama’s healthcare plan to his recently announced Nobel Peace Prize. As one put it on meetup, “The opportunity to make sure Obama gets a very clear TEXAS-SIZED MESSAGE to stop the liberal assault on our country cannot be passed up.”

Worried the protests might get out of hand, Bush 41 wrote an open letter to “the A&M Family,” on Wednesday that began with “Howdy” and concluded, “I cannot wait for Obama to experience the open, decent and welcoming Aggie spirit for himself. This will be an important national moment, and a moment for Texas A&M to shine in the national spotlight as it always does. I hope and believe it will serve as a point of Aggie pride for many years to come.”

Interesting times, y’all.  ..bruce w..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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