President Obama has wasted no time establishing a grand new White House tradition: Every week or two, whether he needs to or not, he pops up and gives a speech about how terrible the economy is. His latest was delivered yesterday at Georgetown, where he suggested that lawmakers have to stop acting like a nest of cocaine-addled rodents with ADD and start acting like serious humans with some concept of a "future" beyond their next appearance on AC 360:
There's also an impatience that characterizes this town -- an attention span that has only grown shorter with the 24-hour news cycle that insists on instant gratification in the form of immediate results or higher poll numbers. When a crisis hits, there's all too often a lurch from shock to trance, with everyone responding to the tempest of the moment until the furor has died down, the media coverage has moved on to something else, instead of confronting the major challenges that will shape our future in a sustained and focused way.
"Sustained and focused"? Uh, excuse us, Mr. President, but aren't "sustained and focused" economic plans rather Communist?
President Obama has had, what, nearly 12 whole weeks to fix a financial crisis many decades in the making -- one begun, of course, by Democrats Christopher Cox, Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Barbra Streisand, Fannie Mae and ACORN. Now he's telling us that he needs possibly 12 more weeks or even longer to set things right again? Obama only got elected because people believed he was a magical superhero. For him to now throw up his hands and ask people for this thing called "patience," a virtue that went out the window around the same time as piety and temperance (1800?), is to admit that he might be ... human.
Rhetorician, speechwriter, and clinical pharmacist Sara K. Smith writes for NBC and Wonkette.