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OBAMA: How about reviving fireside chats?

Letter by Mark Litchman, Olympia on Jan. 24, 2011 at 10:31 am with 45 Comments »
January 24, 2011 10:31 am

President Obama gave a remarkably moving speech at the Tucson memorial service. He showed his keen intelligence as well as his compassion for the fallen and those affected by the terrible loss. His profound words gave comfort to many, and his speech was highly praised by those on both sides of the political aisle.

The U.S. is currently divided, with economic troubles, job loss, general uncertainty about the future of the nation, gun and violence issues, and vitriolic political metaphors. There is a need for the political parties to truly work together for the common good, and a stronger effort to agree to disagree without resorting to being disagreeable and incendiary.

Obama’s speech after the tragedy in Tucson reminded me of the Depression days, when President Franklin Roosevelt’s “fireside chats” restored hope to the American people. Everybody tuned into the radio to hear what the president planned to do for the country. FDR gave us hope when we needed hope.

Obama should speak more frequently to the American people, in the vein of FDR, explaining his plans and hopes for the American people. As then, we need hope and inspiration now.

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  1. “…what the president planned to do for the country.”

    Why on this earth would you hand over the life you have to live to a person (or entity – government)? What do you want to do with your life and how do you plan to do it? I am not saying don’t ask for help and take advantage of the resources available to you but what is government going to do for you that you can’t do for yourself? Just askin’

    “FDR gave us hope when we needed hope.”

    Looking for hope and change…. Look in the mirror, you will find it there…

  2. JudasEscargot says:

    Mark – the Right Wing Sound Machine will be cranked up in full volume this week after the State of the Union address. Included in their responses will be the following:

    1. Teleprompter

    2. Too much TV exposure by the “lamestream” media

    3. No birth certificate

    4. Job killing health care reform.

    Now, repeat several times and you have FOX programming for the next five days.

  3. Sadly Mark, I never made it to his speech because I turned it off. The whole thing seemed like a democrat pep rally. It was quite sickening considering it was a memorial for murder victims.

  4. Roncella says:

    Mark, We have had two full years of President Obama’s speeches. Our unemployment is still over 10% in most areas of the country.

    Obama and the dems. in congress have attacked businesses and with Obamacare looming scared them into not hiring or expanding their businesses at this time.

    Obama has hired a few very good political advisors, in Daley and others. He will soon start sounding more and more Conservative every day as the election gets c;loser and closer.

    He did a masterful job pretending to be a moderate in the run up to the 08 elections and won, now he will do the same thing to win again in 12.

  5. HIs success in Tuscon notwithstanding, he would be politically well-advised to share as little of what he plans to do as possible if he wants to be reelected. All his talk from 08-10 led to The Great Shellacking in November.

    If I thought he could be trusted to be transparent and honest about his plans for the future, I’d encourage him to have at it in the hopes that Phase II of the Shellacking might commense.

  6. For two years we have been hearing pretty speeches without any results.
    Now that the current tax law has been extended, perhaps America can move
    again. So long as Republicans maintain control of Congress, Obama’s agenda
    is on hold. Thank God!

  7. hansgruber says:

    Here seems to be a re-occurring theme:

    “Jobs are priority number one”

    Obama said it in 2009, 2010 and will say it again 2011!

    Wanna bet he says it in 2012 too?

    Feb 25, 2009:
    9.26pm: “Now is the time to act boldly and wisely” — take a stiff and cautious drink! Jobs are priority number one, Obama says, and “I am pleased to say “that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is now law.” Cheers and whoops — from Democrats, of course. “Over the next two years, this plan will save or create 3.5 million jobs.”
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/deadlineusa/2009/feb/25/barack-obama-obama-administration

    Jan 27, 2010
    In his first State of the Union address, President Obama said job creation will be his administration’s top priority this year
    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/State_of_the_Union/president-obama-state-of-the-union-address/story?id=9678571

    Jan 22, 2010
    And so my principal focus, my number one focus, is going be making sure that we are competitive, that we are growing, and we are creating jobs not just now but well into the future,” he said.

    “And that’s what is going to be the main topic of the State of the Union. ”
    http://nationaljournal.com/whitehouse/in-address-obama-to-unveil-compeitiveness-blueprint-hold-for-sat-am-20110122

  8. Roncella says:

    hans, well done.

    President Obama has good speaking skills and will do a great job at the state of the union.

    The problem is what he says at the state of the union may not be what he will actually do in the next two years. He ran as a Moderate in the run up to the Presidential election in 08. Everyone including many Republicans believed he would govern from the center.

    As time went on he showed his beliefs to be very far left and moved quickly to push as many liberal/left programs including ObamaCare through the congress, in most cases without a single vote from the republicans.

    When republicans raised questions about what the democrats were doing and planning and President Obama, both Obama and the dems. answered them with, WE WON, You can ride along but it will be in the back seat, and so on.

  9. We need more Obama speeches like Sheriff Dupnik needs another term.

  10. Have to concur, velmak; can’t WAIT forthe State of the Union self-congratulatory schpiel! Not unique to the Dems, mind you. I wish they’d all just send it in at this point.

  11. JudasEscargot says:

    We’ll get around to job creation after the Republicans in the House get done with their dog and pony show with the Health Care repeal. Watching the line of Republicans on Cspan this weekend was comical as they all stumble through their talking points, avoiding the interviewer’s questions.

    You see, they really don’t want to fess up to cutting insurance for pre-existing conditions or any of the other popular items in the legislation, but to allow Obama to have any success would be against all the GOP stands for.

    While our local Right Wing Sound Machine has owned this thread, Obama’s job approval ratings have probably increased another point or two. I can’t wait for tomorrow night to see who is the selected Congressional representative to holler “liar” during the State of the Union address.

    As to the Tucson memorial service – all I can do is laugh as they try to make something of that. They are better off with the teleprompter complaint.

    I notice none of our resident Conservatives aren’t mooing about Cantor’s backing down on the budget.

    Hey, Eric – you guys are in charge. This time you have to have something on the pages of your budget.

  12. JudasEscargot says:

    Oh…and as to President Obama in 2012…….

    Who’s going to beat him?

    Let the fun begin.

  13. JudasEscargot says:

    “uscha says:
    January 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm
    For two years we have been hearing pretty speeches without any results.
    Now that the current tax law has been extended, perhaps America can move
    again. So long as Republicans maintain control of Congress, Obama’s agenda
    is on hold. Thank God! “

    Now THERE is a prime example of what we love to call “low information voter”.

    Republicans control the House. Democrats control the Senate and the Administrative. The “repeal” has a snowball’s chance in hades, as does some of the other ridiculous promises make by the TEApublicans.

    If Republicans are a sign of “God’s work”, God needs more practice.

  14. Does anybody read J.E. ?

    It’s like an empty lot. An abandonded bird house. The car down the block with the alarm droning on and on…

  15. harleyrider1 says:

    Yep nothing like a funeral for a speaker to turn it into a pep rally regardless of political beliefs. Inappropriate at times.

  16. This morning, I am watching the media pundits preview the SOTU tonight… my God, Chris Matthews is not the only one with a thrill up their leg.

    I’m sorry I can’t allow myself to envision these fireside chats. I can ignore the President but it will be impossible to ignore the pre-preview to the chat, the preview to the chat, the non-stop, what he will say bloviating spin prior to each chat. The “Special Coverage” immediately before each chat. The post-chat thrill fest. The post-chat what we heard him say thrill fest. The post-chat what will he say next chat thrill fest…. The post-chat…. STOOOOP! click…

    Thank God for DVRs

  17. what says he didn’t watch the speech. Then he says it was sickening, which doesn’t make sense because by his own admission he didn’t watch the speech to be able to assess what actually happened. Having already decided how he will judge something before actually occurs must save him time for little things, like archiving decontexturalized posts.

  18. How about this BB….

    TV Pundits get thrill up their legs in anticipation of the SOTU… spin, spin, spin…

    “Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States” followed by appluase ad nasuem, lots of handshaking and lately hugging… smiles, more applause…

    President speaks…
    We are great… we have done a great job…. it has been hard… (new item – blame previous administration)… we have work yet to do… item #1… item #2… item #3… item #…., please give me money to do them… my party – you guys are great, thanks for the support… the other party – you guys need to support me and my agenda otherwise you suck… some pithy line that closes the speech… applause…. more appluase…

    TV pundits begin the spin, from thrills up leg to it is the wrong way to go…

    By this time my bottle is empty and I am too drunk to make it to bed…

    BB – Have I not just described every SOTU since the dawn of time?

  19. you got me laughing this morning rr98…good summary of what goes on!

  20. Don’t get too upset with JE’s verbage, whatido…. When you are an expert in virtually everything, you no doubt feel compelled to set all your stupid neighbors straight. Like his liberal cohorts, he seems to operate under the illusion that we all need him desperately or what WILL become of us?

  21. JudasEscargot says:

    “whatIdo says:
    January 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm
    Does anybody read J.E. ?

    It’s like an empty lot. An abandonded bird house. The car down the block with the alarm droning on and on…

    sozo says:
    January 25, 2011 at 8:16 am
    Don’t get too upset with JE’s verbage, whatido…. When you are an expert in virtually everything, you no doubt feel compelled to set all your stupid neighbors straight. Like his liberal cohorts, he seems to operate under the illusion that we all need him desperately or what WILL become of us?

    Obviously two little drones are following my every word. Unfortunately, they can’t bring anything of substance to the conversation at hand.

    Alas……..

    WhatIDo – can you go back to stalking beerBoy? I’m far too busy with sozo’s resentments to help you.

  22. JudasEscargot says:

    “By this time my bottle is empty and I am too drunk to make it to bed…”

    Hmmmmm………

  23. JudasEscargot says:

    “harleyrider1 says:
    January 25, 2011 at 4:34 am
    Yep nothing like a funeral for a speaker to turn it into a pep rally regardless of political beliefs. Inappropriate at times.

    Two things come to mind when I read this.
    1. You would have been really offended at my grandmother’s memorial as we all exchanged humerous stories about her. When you live to be 94, you do some funny stuff.

    2. You didn’t watch the entire memorial in Tucson and you just took FOX’s word for it.

    For a guy that has no birth certificate and uses teleprompters, he sure has a magical ability to make a venue full of people do what they don’t want to do.

  24. JudasEscargot says:

    From my favorite book:

    ..a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness.

    The hours in which we allow futility and unhappiness in our lives are not worth while. Resentments waste our lives.

    Resentments shut us off from the sunlight of the Spirit, thereby preventing the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience.

    There you go, sozo. Free of charge.

  25. “Hmmmmm……… ”

    Hmmmmm………

  26. Based on some of the comments by JudasEscargot, I suspect this individual
    is one of the whiners who like nothing better than to live off the hard work
    of someone else. You’re a dinosaur of the past but have yet to accept your faith. Get off the couch!

  27. Yes Judas, I did attempt to engage you in a reasonable dialogue on another thread, and I don’t resent you, not at all. However, your argument ran aground (though you are loath to admit it I’m sure) so odds are I will be moving into the passing lane more often than not now when I see your moniker. I gave it my best shot.

  28. “From my favorite book: …”

    I gotta ask… how is this book working out for ya?

    Just askin’

  29. From one of MY favorite books, “To thine own self be true and it will follow, as the night the day, thou cannot be false to any man.”

    Of course it helps if one knows one’s own self and agrees to be truthful with it. Given your gift to me earlier JE, I’m guessing self-awareness is not your strong suit.

    (Give you a nickel if you can say where that quote comes from without Googling it,.)

  30. yabetchya says:

    whatIdo says:
    January 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm
    Sadly Mark, I never made it to his speech because I turned it off. The whole thing seemed like a democrat pep rally. It was quite sickening considering it was a memorial for murder victims.

    bB It is hard to believe that you are a teacher with such horrible reading comprehension. I suggest you go back and re-read his post, maybe a couple of times. He never said obama’s speech was sickening.
    The beginning of the coverage it was moer like an Intertainment Tonight red carpet event, with all the polititions mugging for the camera.
    oh, and 2 questions for you…
    1. What is your problem with archiving ? Afraid of your own words?
    2. What is your thing about What,, you act like you have a crush or something, it’s kinda sad in a way, watching you shadow someone who is clearly out of your league….Nope, I have it wrong,,,It is actually quite funny.

  31. JudasEscargot says:

    “uscha says:
    January 25, 2011 at 9:42 am
    Based on some of the comments by JudasEscargot, I suspect this individual
    is one of the whiners who like nothing better than to live off the hard work
    of someone else. You’re a dinosaur of the past but have yet to accept your faith. Get off the couch! “

    Sorry, I couldn’t respond to you. I was working.

  32. JudasEscargot says:

    “rr98411 says:
    January 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm
    “From my favorite book: …”

    I gotta ask… how is this book working out for ya?

    Just askin’ ”

    perfectly, for 8,130 continuous days

  33. JudasEscargot says:

    sozo:

    Pray for your broken arm to heal. Avoid patting yourself on the back to avoid another break.

  34. yabetcha beat me to it. Thanks.

    It is amazing how someone who touts his teaching history has a problem with comprehension.

    … and it’s telling that he didn’t dispute what I said…

  35. Good to see you aRE indeed being true to “thine own self” here Judas.

    All the best to you.

  36. JudasEsgargot: It’s truly mindboggling how a liberal can establish a job
    description which requires “going to a government office and pick up monthly check.” And then, they have the audacity to call it “work.”

  37. ..and crickets from the “teacher”… beerBoy.

    Kooky.

  38. Oh look jimminy cricket has a fan who thinks he needs help in his ongoing project to try to make me look bad.

    You stated that you didn’t watch the speech. Yet you feel qualified to comment upon it (or the audience’s response).

    Now, if we can get beyond the childish obsession with me…….

    The SOTU took me back about 30 years….it was filled with a whole bunch of meaningless platitudes meant to make us feel good about the US and our future. Obama wasn’t as successful as Reagan in putting forth this blather……he doesn’t have that grandfatherly thing going for him.

    But, this goes back to what I have always said – Obama gives good speech. He is a perennial candidate who, unfortunately, is not a statesman.

  39. I think we agree on the SOTU, bBoy, and on the fact that Obama is not a statesman. I think we have come to a point in politics where we are looking for good actors to elect, so maybe Reagan understood it all better than we thought.

    Ironically, though, whether you loved or hated Reagan, I always thought he was true to himself in his role as president, very sincere, transparent and presidential.

  40. My point about Reagan being sincere is really this — I still don’t think any of us know who the real Barack Obama is, and I’m NOT talking about his birth certificate.

    After the shellacking he and his cohorts took in November, he appears to be morphing.

    Will the real Barry Obama please stand up!

  41. Funny, you keep coming back “teach”.

    Let’s do this by the numbers…

    Sadly Mark (the letter writer), I (me) never made it to his (Barry’s) speech because I (me) turned it (the memorial) off. The whole thing (the parts leading up to the speech that I/me watched before I/me turned it/memorial off) seemed like a democrat pep rally. It (the memorial) was quite sickening considering it (memorial) was a memorial for murder victims.

  42. So, as a moderately educated person should be able to see, I commented that I turned the memorial off before the teleprompter began scrolling. I made no comment about the “speech”.

  43. yabetchya says:

    Big OOPS there people, sorry. :)

  44. Roncella says:

    Judas, You asked who could beat President Obama in 2012 ? Your only part right on asking that question.

    The Real Question is who could beat the Main/Lame Stream Media, NPR, Link, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, ABC, CNN, New York Times, L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, and on and on and on and on.

    You see Judas, its not just running against Obama, its running against the whole left leaning press in all its many forms, plus Obama.

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