So Much To Talk About And Weigh In On: Iraq, Economy, POTUS and More

IMG_1845Let’s start with president Obama. I have seen in the news media a piling on of negative criticism of everything he does. Now I am not one of those that thinks he walks on water and if you have read any of my blog you’ll see the many things I disagree with him on and think he has done wrong. But, I feel like it’s open season to bash him everywhere, for everything and that’s not right.

Maybe presidents shouldn’t have second terms. I feel like this is a complete replay of the end of George Bush’s second term. Everyone criticized everything Bush had done and it was a negative spiral that encompassed the entire 8 years. What pisses me off about Obama is he doesn’t know messaging. He makes no attempt to talk about his successes and lets the right call him weak and taking America down a notch. All of Syria’s chemical weapons have been removed and are being destroyed. I shouldn’t have to read that in the newspapers, Obama and his team should be out there talking up these things. No, success does not speak for itself. People follow a narrative given to them by a lazy media. George Bush, or Karl Rove, was brilliant in convincing the media and American people that war was needed in Iraq. He had his entire team out the with excellent messaging talking about why it was essential. We know the results of that. But, the point is Obama makes no attempt to talk up his victories. That is a grave mistake because people don’t pay attention and listen to the squeaky wheel: Dick Cheney.

Iraq is a complete disaster. Anyone who claims that it’s Obama’s fault doesn’t understand the situation. If he had left 10k troops in Iraq that would not have stopped what’s going on now. When we had close to 200k troops there we couldn’t contain the situation. Bush opened a Pandoras Box with toppling Saddam. I believe that was the catalyst for the Arab Spring, the uprising in Syria. Yes, you can clearly state that Mr. Obama has not explained a coherent foreign policy. I think all of the criticism of him from the right is what makes our Country look weak. We should be united in times of crisis.

In my view, the only way the U.S. could make an impact on Iraq and Afghanistan is to have 1 million military troops in each state  there for about 100 years. We can’t remake those states, they need to want to remake them themselves.

Turning to domestic issues, again Obama has failed in messaging. He should know the basics; people pay half attention to issues and believe what they hear the most. Has the Obama team been out there saying this problem with the immigrant children coming here is that president Obama is following a law president Bush put into place? No, he and his team are not informing people of the facts. It was the Bush law that made it impossible to return children immediately. Instead, Obama says, I won’t go there for a photo op. The American people can see this as complete arrogance and being out of touch. Once again Obama is letting the GOP try to frame the story. When, what’s needed for Obama is for him and his team to get out there and talk about why they are doing what they are doing.

And, in reality, what most Americans are focused on is jobs and unemployment. I keep seeing articles about why the public doesn’t feel better about the ‘improving’ economy. That’s because it’s not improving for tens of millions of people. The public’s #1 focus is their economic security. With approximately 40 million adults unemployed and millions more only being able to find part time jobs this is why the public isn’t feeling good. It’s why they aren’t spending money. The unemployed don’t have money to spend. The employed are too fearful of losing their jobs.

No one is focusing on job creation, job growth and good paying jobs. Raising the minimum wage isn’t going to solve this. We need jobs that pay much more than that.

Whether warranted or not, people hold POTUS responsible for everything, especially the economy.



I’m Talking To You Barack Obama – I’ll Try Michelle Too

Let me say it as simply as I can, I think you are losing the messaging and optics of this campaign to the Republicans.  You need better spokespeople, sometimes it just seems like its you against the world.  Your advisors are all extremely intelligent I would imagine, but they are generating excitement for you.  Axelrod, Plouffe, Garret, all smart articulate and level headed, they make good points, but they also bore the audience.  You need some people with charisma to go out at state your case, talk about your accomplishments.  Think back in time to 2001 and 2003 or actually all of the Bush years; Bush had his whole crew out there pushing the wars we went into.  Cheney spoke with such conviction and authority he made you believe what he was saying.  Don Rumsfeld was also a very charismatic man who took the message of the president out there and convinced people it was true.  They both spoke with certitude and were able to convince the American people that they were right.  Even Condi being out there talking about a mushroom cloud.  My point is he not only had a team getting his message out there, the team was anything but boring or droning.  Like I said, they spoke with authority, conviction; the fact most of the things they were talking about were wrong isn’t important to what I am trying to tell you.

Why isn’t your team out there?  Why isn’t Hillary talking about Syria on the Sunday shows, talking about Iran, talking about the new sanctions; reassuring people our siding with Israel.  Why isn’t Penetta out there talking about what is going on at the Pentagon, the spectacular finding and killing of Osama bin Laden; why isn’t he talking about the drones that have been so effective, why isn’t he making the case that you, Mr. Obama, are fighting a much more intelligent and successful war or terror than W did?  Why aren’t the Sunday shows filled with non partisan economist who could tell the American people what would have happened if there was no 2009 stimulus, or if TAARP never happened, or if the auto bailouts never happened.  The economy is not strong and the Republicans are saying you have no leadership and blaming the slow recovery on you, and you are letting them.

I would get everyone out there talking up what you have done, what would have happened if you didnt do what you did.  I would get some people or one person with some charisma, enthusiasm, and authority to go out and talk about your record and your vision for your second term.  Like I said, the people you have might be intelligent but they aren’t convincing.  Don’t be painted into a corner, you set the tone and get a team around you.  It can’t be just you.  If you want more info email me!