Obama's Salvation in One "Smart" Step

Rick at Brutally Honest wonders if some member of the press might ask Obama to define what he means by socialism, given Obama’s statement yesterday:

“Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, I am an ardent believer in the free market,” Obama said in prepared remarks.
. . . “Getting this balance right has less to do with big government or small government than it does smart government. It’s not about being anti-business or pro-government; it’s about being pro-growth and pro-jobs,” he said.

Obama seems not to understand that what he calls “smart government” (like his “smart diplomacy”) has inspired most of the country to wonder if his administration knows what the word “smart” means. But I am more struck with this part of the report:

“Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, I am an ardent believer in the free market,” Obama said in prepared remarks.

Well, we all know that in “prepared remarks” Obama will say just about anything. He said he had no interest in taking over GM, just before he took them over. Anytime he says he is not interested in doing something, that’s usually about the time he does it. In his world words mean what he says he means.

Which, perhaps, is why much of the country is having a hard time believing any of the words that come out of his mouth.

They are, after all, just words. Since words have -ironically, considering how he loves them- stopped working for this president, perhaps it is time for Obama to take an action; to do something just dramatic enough to make people sit up and listen, and actually, truly, feel hopeful.

Obama needs to he opens up his absurd, pre-determined-outcome of a “healthcare summit” today by holding up the 2000 page health care bill that no one has read, and then inserting it into a shredder.

Then he can stand up, and announce: “now, we start anew.”

THAT would be “smart”. THAT would be leadership! THAT would be a bit of American Genius. THAT would be brilliant political theater. THAT would be unifying and post-partisan.

THAT would give him back his presidency.

I won’t hold my breath.

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