Deja Vu All Over Again

I’m gonna have to go with the pessimists on this one: Our president seems incapable of stopping his slide into mushy irrelevance. Ezra Klein:

Obama did not make any specific promises about the bill he would support, or even that he wanted. He did not say he would price carbon, or that we should get a certain percentage of our energy from renewables by a certain date.

But his language was a close echo of the language he used in the health-care fight. “There are costs associated with this transition,” he said, using a formulation many will remember from health care. “And some believe we can’t afford those costs right now. I say we can’t afford not to change how we produce and use energy.” Similarly familiar was his reminder that “I am happy to look at other ideas and approaches from either party – as long they seriously tackle our addiction to fossil fuels,” and his promise that “the one approach I will not accept is inaction.”

The optimistic take, at least for environmentalists, is that this is the language and approach Obama uses when he really means to legislate. The pessimistic take is that Obama shied away from clearly describing the problem, did not endorse specific legislation, did not set benchmarks, and chose poll-tested language rather than a sharper case that might persuade skeptics.

17 thoughts on “Deja Vu All Over Again

  1. When I heard that “fierce defender” thing from his mouth, I wated to puke. He aid the same thing for gay rights and we know how that’s going….

  2. Once again BO meticulously eschews the populism that got him elected. But he’s dynamite at moving deck chairs.

  3. He’s only there to distract us from the on-going looting of the treasury. America is going down in flames thanks to the last bunch of ass-clown “presidents” (including Obama) coupled with the worst corporate-shill Congresscritters imaginable, and backed by the right wing “Just – Us” dept.

  4. Another sweet and effete mush melon of wordy faithey hopey biblical metaphysicality from President What’s for Lunch.

  5. Lambert,

    Why would anybody think that Obama’s doing anything other than what his owners want him to do?

    Well, I can’t speak for others but *I* thought I was voting for a Jack Ryan.

    Turns out, we got a Richard Nixon lite…

    Michale32086

  6. If you are as disgusted as I am with the Oreo cookie, vote out incumbents!!

    Uh… That’s kind racist there, Rose…..

    It’s a list of DC congresscritters who accept large donations from AIPAC.

    What does the Israel issue have to do with the Oil Spill???

    Michale32086

  7. don’t feed the troll michale.

    That’s eliminationist speech.. 😀

    It’s also completely inaccurate.. You may be entitled to your own opinions, but you are not entitled to your own facts. And you certainly are not entitled to your own definitions.

    Michale32086

  8. Yea, it’s amazing what White House pressure can do to someone’s opinions..

    Michale32086

  9. i bet they are glad Helen Thomas isn’t there to ask a question that required a “definite answer.” Truth is not in Obedient Obama’s script. Kabuki theatre for the masses.

    all we need here are the Christians and the Lions to add to the entertainment.

  10. But his language was a close echo of the language he used in the health-care fight.

    So maybe BP, Exxon, Mobil, Shell et al aren’t the only ones doing a little cut and paste here? 🙂

  11. Bernard,

    i bet they are glad Helen Thomas isn’t there to ask a question that required a “definite answer.”

    She would have just blamed the Oil Spill on Israel…. :^/

    Truth is not in Obedient Obama’s script. Kabuki theatre for the masses.

    True… But he sure has plenty of HOPE and CHANGE….. Or is that HOPE TO CHANGE???

    Michale32086

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