I continue to enjoy the musings of the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan. I consider her the anti-Maureen Dowd.
An appearance yesterday on ABC’s “This Week”, she makes the pertinent point that President Obama has reached a point where we’ve stopped listening to him. At least with any sense of validity. For the most point, the President’s speeches, sound bites, and comments are nothing more than fluff and nonsense. He makes no argument based on reality…on common sense. Nothing. It’s all politically based. Arranged and displayed to boost his perception. The harsh truth is just that. The truth is irrefutable when it comes to the President’s claims and statements.
Back to Ms Noonan’s thoughts….
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST: You are seeing (ph) more populist Democrats, I agree with that, but Peggy Noonan, you know, the president going back to the country one more time, it’s unclear that these speeches are doing much to move public opinion, much less Washington.
PEGGY NOONAN, WALL STREET JOURNAL:” Yes, I think that’s true. But when the White House calls it a pivot, somebody counted it up and said it’s probably the tenth pivot to the economy the president has done since he came in.
I noticed that in one of the speeches, it went over an hour. There was a heck of a lot jammed in. That tells me something. It said we’re not sure exactly what to say, so we’re going to say everything, but a speech about everything is a speech about nothing. Beyond that, I think every president in the intense media environment we have now, certainly every two-term president, gets to a point where the American people stop listening, stop leaning forward hungrily for information. I think this president got there earlier than most presidents. And I think he’s in that time now.”