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Obama, Congress, and the War for the Media Battlezone

We just witnessed another inept attempt by the White House to control the national conversation fall flat on its face. Although the Republican primary debate was long scheduled to be held at the Reagan Library for Sept. 7 at 8PM, the brainiacs at WH Campaign Command decided the President absolutely, positively must address the assembled Congress, at that exact same time, because of the fierce moral urgency of the crisis facing the country…..

Which anyone paying attention knew was an utter bullshit excuse for selecting those precise time/space co-ordinates, and then acting like it was a complete co-inky-dink. Oh, sure, the White House’s reasoning seemed…reasonable:

In his letter, Obama wrote: “It is my intention to lay out a series of bipartisan proposals that the Congress can take immediately to continue to rebuild the American economy by strengthening small businesses, helping Americans get back to work, and putting more money in the paychecks of the middle class and working Americans, while still reducing our deficit and getting our fiscal house in order.”

At this point, talking to Congress is just passing gas; Obama needs to convince the American citizenry that he has an actual plan. And if he does, he should have laid it out yesterday, and sent a copy of it to Capitol Hill.

Personally, I don’t believe we’ll hear anything new. Obama will wheel out the same, tired bullshit he has been peddling ever since he tried to justify Porkulus. I believe–but can’t understand–the sole reason the WH picked that time, and that venue, can be summed up in two words:

Rick Perry. No other reason makes a damn bit of sense.

If he gave the speech from behind the Resolute Desk, chances are the GOP debate would blow him out of the water, ratings-wise. People are tired of hearing the same damn bromides being read off the TOTUS, and would more likely be interested in watching a political food fight among the declared GOP candidates, especially with Gov. Perry, relatively unknown to all but the politics junkies who litter the fruited plains (and unless you’re from Texas, still a bit of an unknown entity), added to the mix. He’s been getting a God-awful amount of media hype since declaring his candidacy, so this debate would amount to his public ‘coming out’ party.

Or, most likely, they’d blow off both dog and pony shows for baseball or some ‘reality TV’ folderol, to let them escape from the world, if for just a few hours; a few hours where paying the mortgage, the kid’s education, and putting food on the table wasn’t beating them into despair.

But, if you draped the speech in a cloak of importance akin to a State of the Union Address, well then!, people might be inclined to tune in to see what the POTUS has deigned to deliver to the nation.

Of course, he’s never said shit worth listening to in any similar milieu. Obama basically offers platitudes and berates his opponents. Same Old Same Old.

UPDATE: Oh my: White House “furious” that Boehner made them postpone speech until Thursday

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