The screaming headline at The Huffington Post says it all. I think it’s safe to say that Barry & Co. never imagined they would wake up to the words “JUNK SHOT” in response to The One’s first Oval Office speech. The words that follow are just as harsh:
Reviews of the speech were harsh. Environmental reporter Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones wrote:
On the Gulf disaster, Obama could have offered clear direction on several issues: for instance, by clarifying the administration’s stance on eliminating the liability cap to protect oil companies from damages following a spill, or by offering a hard number for how much money BP must set aside for the independently administered fund the government has proposed.
Then there are the questions about wider energy and climate policy that remain unanswered. Obama largely avoided the issue of climate change, only uttering the word “climate” once as part of the phrase “a strong and comprehensive energy and climate bill.” He at least hit the right notes on clean energy, talking about solar power, wind, efficiency, and electric cars, an improvement over his State of the Union address this year, where nuclear power, “clean” coal, and offshore drilling figured heavily. But what his speech lacked was specific directives, which is what the Senate needs at this point. There wasn’t even a clear call for a carbon cap, which I fear all but dooms its chances this year.
Similarly, the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein noted the “pessimistic take” on Obama’s vague language about an energy bill was that the president “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.”
MSNBC personalities Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, and Howard Fineman were particularly disappointed. “It was a great speech if you were on another planet for the last 57 days,” Olbermann said, adding, “Nothing specific at all was said… I don’t think he aimed low, I don’t think he aimed at all. It’s startling to have heard this, isn’t it?” Fineman agreed: “He wasn’t specific enough,” and failed to lead as a “commander-in-chief” should.
There is a link to the MSNBC video. I highly recommend it. I’m a sucker for punishment and watched the Keith & Chris smackdown after the speech and had to lift my jaw off the floor at their comments delivered with such snark.
I was finally able to download the rest of the pictures from the Tea Party on the Boston Common yesterday.
(Scroll for new photos courtesy of Tank)
These people must have missed the memo that anti-war protests have fallen out of fashion since Obama’s election.
So angry. It could incite violence…
What’s this? There goes your narrative, Comrade Keith.
The only Hitler references/imagery came from the Lydon LaRouche DEMOCRATS. That’s supposed to be Barney Frank sitting next to Barack H(itler) Obama.
Sorry, Husky Blogger…just another LaRouche DEMOCRAT.
Barack Obama, mmm mmm good!
A Palin impersonator. Keep your day job, honey.
The kid on the left called me a retard and said he thought Obama’s Special Olympics joke was hilarious.
This was my favorite sign of the day.
Clearly a raaaacist from Southie.
This young woman actually started crying when she couldn’t explain her t-shirt to me. It might have had something to do with the (lovely) black Tea Partier standing next to me. Or the gay man holding the pro Tea Party sign. Or perhaps she was furious at herself for being caught up in a wave of disinformation provided by her college friends and felt like a total ass for wearing a shirt that made her look like an uninformed fool.
James P. Gannon of The American Spectator brilliantly sums up what is driving the anger across America and points out that the majority of those who are fed up are seething in silence.
It is the fury of the voiceless, the powerless, the ordinary nobodies of Flyover Country who are ridiculed, preached to, satirized and insulted by the Celebrity Loudmouths of the two Left Coasts, the Jon Stewarts and Keith Olbermanns, the Paul Krugmans and their ilk.
It is the salted wound of the millions who see that ruling Democrats in Congress are not listening to them but are willfully ignoring public opinion and the verdict of recent elections in passing a huge new health care entitlement when the existing entitlements of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are already going broke.
It is the frustrating helplessness of citizens who revere the Founding Fathers and the genius of the Constitution that they wrote, who actually believe the words of the Constitution mean what they say, not more and not less. They who watch politicians and the courts stretch and bend that Constitution — finding “rights” not enumerated, powers never granted, meanings unimagined — believe that their country is being redefined without their consent.
Most of the angry are not out marching in the streets, waving signs or shouting into bullhorns. And they are not smashing windows or phoning death threats to politicians. They are simply waking up angry in the morning, and going to bed angry at night. And their resentment is multiplied by the media’s efforts to portray them all as dangerous, crazy people, and by the effort of certain Democrats to tar them with brush of violent intent.
Read it all and be prepared for spontaneous fist waving.