Ron Klain (Washington Monthly): Among the many misconceptions about Barack Obama is that he is cautious. In fact, it is hard to think of a modern president in recent times who has been more willing to take big risks, not because he is reckless, but because he is willing to suffer potential short-term setbacks to achieve a desired long-term result. It is in that context that the much-maligned debt-ceiling compromise must be understood.

…. One example early in his administration was his choice to “bail out” the automobile industry …. Obama took action by investing substantial funds, demanding important management and strategic changes, requiring bankruptcy filings, and painfully shrinking auto-dealer networks. All were risky steps that could have quickly unraveled.

Two years later, that choice is paying off: Car sales have risen, auto-industry employment is up, taxpayers are getting their money back, and U.S. cars are getting higher consumer ratings than ever.

Health-Care Overhaul: …. many of the president’s advisers urged him to abandon the push for a comprehensive bill, and pursue a far more limited approach. But Obama wouldn’t bend, and took a gigantic risk: He pressed for a House vote on a bill that was passed by the Senate the previous year and was unpopular with many House Democrats.

Obama could have easily, and visibly, lost. Yet, once again, his gamble paid off, achieving a victory that had escaped his predecessors.

Bin Laden Raid: …. the president once again rejected the play-it-safe advice of many advisers, and ordered SEAL Team 6 to carry out its heroic raid to kill Osama bin Laden. The safer alternative – a drone strike – would have minimized the fallout if the al-Qaeda leader wasn’t at the target, or if the assault went awry. But the president believed the bin Laden’s death could only be verified with a manned raid; once again, the risky decision was the right choice.

…. So now we come to the recent debt-ceiling deal … In accepting a deal that swapped an increase of more than $2 trillion in the debt ceiling for discretionary spending cuts that Republicans wanted – without balanced, revenue-increasing measures – the president didn’t give up on his goal, as some progressive critics have alleged. Instead, he gambled that he would be able to reach his objective later.

The key to this wager is the package of contingent cuts that will be triggered if Congress fails to pass additional deficit reduction after a so-called super-committee makes recommendations in November….. the White House should do everything possible to convince the widest spectrum of voters that the consequences of activation of the trigger would be unacceptable.

…Ultimately, the only way that Republicans will accept what they consider unacceptable – revenue increases – is if the alternative is even less acceptable: horrific defense and Medicare cuts.

…. Obama’s willingness to mark his time and double down may be vindicated, and the critics who are betting against him now may be proven wrong once again.

Full article here

Thank you Loriah

42 Responses to “wednesday”

  1. 1 Fred
    August 10, 2011 at 8:43 am

    morning Chip.Thank you

  2. 4 Ceb
    August 10, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Good morning Chipsticks and TOD family

    The article sums up what I have long thought and observed about PBO’s strategies. Good for him and us that he has that go big or go home attitude. Remember he said that he wanted to be president to do something, not to become something and he has never disappointed. Have a great day everyone; we live to fight another day.

    Obama/Biden 2012!

  3. 6 dotster
    August 10, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Since Chris Matthews (Tweety) has taken a hard anti-Obama turn, he was invited to appear on the Today Show today. He just blasted Obama, blaming him for anything and everything, there isn’t anything Obama has done that is good or right. He was talking a million miles an hour, spit flying, seemingly in a rage at Obama. He would derisively call the president “THIS GUY”, saying he can’t do anything right. And couldn’t believe this one—-he said Obama has “no heart”. It’s like there’s a contest right now on which host can do the most damage. And anyone who speaks disparagingly of Obama is invited on a national program the next day. I saw Morning Joe was featurning Cornel West today. I can’t figure out if it’s because all want a horse race presidential election for ratings or if this is the final corporate takeover power move.

    • 7 ChristiMtl
      August 10, 2011 at 9:00 am

      $&(“*%&/*&”*(/&( what the hell is wrong with this jerk??? The President has no heart?? This guy???

      The corporate masters who owns the airwaves really sent their memo…destroy Obama or you lose your job.

    • August 10, 2011 at 11:30 am

      its swift boat time.. they did it to Kerry and the media was smack dab in the middle. Remember this, remember how this is the MEDIA attacking the President.. not another party, not the republicans or the tea party or a specific candidate.. this is the MAINSTREAM MEDIA attacking the President of the United States, making up their own news- starting with Politico- who used ‘unnamed sources’ on behalf of Romney to smear POTUS.. and Chris Matthews is their very own Media spokesperson. Think about this: he is the media. It is bizarre and it is wrong, and anyone watching needs to be asking WTF is MSNBC doing?

      • August 10, 2011 at 11:39 am

        and one other thing… we may be the team with the already elected proven unrivaled candidate: But we are the underdog, and we will always have to fight as the underdog.. like they said over and over to us in 2008… fight like we’re 20 points behind. We are fighting every lie, every republican/tea party member which includes ALLLL of the ‘MEDIA’. They are not and never have been on our side.

        Think about this: Where was POTUS yesterday?? What did he do yesterday?? He spent several hours with the remains and the family members of 30 of our fallen soldiers.. 30 of our young human beings who died just a few days ago.. did the media or the nation mourn with him, with these families?? Is this what led discussion on teevee last night?? Hell no, on FOX they accused POTUS of going to greet our lost soldiers: as a PLOY.. as a way to manipulate Americans into forgetting about the ‘bleak’ economy.. And then Chris Matthews suddenly crowns himself slayer of POTUS on behalf of effing Romney?? PUHLEEZE- this is a bloody opera orchestrated by GOP & THEIR wholly owned MEDIA. POTUS was in the midst of mourning yesterday- can you imagine the loss he encountered from the 200 people grieving their poor young soldiers yesterday?? And this is how our media plays it. Seriously I’ll say it: Fuck each and every one of them and their BS scheming lying tactics. And I tell you now it is going to be evil like none of us have seen before by election day.. and Msnbc has proven they do not want to keep their mantle as ‘the liberal station’. Consider them the enemy at all times.

        • 10 Anonymous
          August 10, 2011 at 6:38 pm

          Hi sherijr,

          MSNBC is the designated “Hit Man!” in the 2012 election campaign. Think about it…MSNBC seldom included black journalists/people in their programming until now! Now, they are giving a starring role to Rev. Al Sharpton. Also, several young black columnists/reporters are all over their programs. So they can say whatever they choose about the President because they now have “cover,” in the person of Rev. Sharpton and others. All media in America is owned by Republicans. Comcast owns NBC and MSNBC. The movers and shakers at Comcast worked for or supported George W. Bush! We must work to win this election. Not for the President, but for each of us. The President stands between us and the powerful who want to take every dime we have been able to amass. We must work to re-elect our President!

  4. 11 utaustinliberal
    August 10, 2011 at 9:01 am

    This is what short sighted pundits and so called activists never ever understand. All they do is skywriting. Yapping about this and that; trying to put him into some wrongly dimensioned box based on their confused preconceptions and spewing lava when he doesn’t kowtow or bow to their will. He has always and will always take the long term view. He has never been a knee jerk reactor. All his policies hit some snafu at one point or another, but at the end of the day, all the pundits had to eat humble pie when he kept pulling aces out of his sleeve left and right. I expect him to continue to frustrate them, because for one, he’s more intelligent that the lot of them combined.

    • 12 Sue in Minnesota
      August 10, 2011 at 10:08 am

      Are we being effective in pushing back on this utter and orchestrated bullshit. Last night I had my boxing gloves on at a couple other websites, that trend towards pro-obama which means naysayers usually descend upon the comment sections to attempt to stir up the shit, and at the very least inject their nasty attitudes and opinions into the mix. I was swinging, although I always try to be careful in how I represent my positions and opinions. But I had the sense if I was in the company of any one of these idiots there would be a rumble and I would have initiated it, and I would have refused to lose.

      Do I need to take a chill pill, or do we need to be more organized and devise a more concentrated and direct plan to counter act
      this mind-f&%k that the media is intentionaly perpetuating. I understand the DOJ is considering if Murdoch can be investiagted under RICO
      -wouldn’t that be sweet if we could rid America of that cancer. I wonder, honestly where the majority of Americans are getting their information or their propoganda from. We see the disconnect because we are paying very close attention, the insidious influence of the media is what is worrisome to me, because I suspect most people do not have the luxury or the interest in devoting as much attention to what is going on as those of us here do.

      Tweety is off the chain. Is this orchestrated to in part to increase viewership or to intentionally heat up the campaign in efforts to serve the corporate bottom line? America has a culture that is addicted to drama and human failings. We are caught up in win/lose scenarios and a win at all cost mentality. I am personally disgusted with what is amplified all around us. I want to believe this is not the majority of Americans, but at this moment my beliefs are being sorely tested.

      Should we start a campaign to redirect people to Randi Rhodes programs, and other fact based information sources and encourage people to abandon the corporate media sources? With respect to Tweety should we be forwarding video evidence that makes lies out of his admonitions on the Morning Show. How can he say the President has no heart, yesterday he spent 5 hours in the company of those whose loved ones made the supreme sacrifice for our country, consoling them and paying his respects to our fallen heros. Wherever he goes the connection he makes with people is deep and obvious. Because he checks his emotions at the door in matters of policy and debate, this is considered weakness. I’ld like to do bodily harm to that bloviating, blind piece of over paid crap Matthews. Maybe toothpicks to prop open his eyes that he refuses to use. I am so disgusted I wonder if I will get through this day with any hair left on my head.

      I trust President Obama, I have far less trust in our general public, and zero trust in the Republican party, the MSM and admittedly am afraid of the entrenched powers, and influence of the likes of Alec, Koch brothers, Grover Norquist, Dick Army, Anthony Scalia, John Roberts, the Murdoch machine…….I believe it is their intent to destroy America and return us to a slave based economy.

      My hair is absolutely on fire………..I doubt this will be my last rant of the day Good thing the Dentist has plans for me that will at least serve as an uncomfortable distraction.

      • 13 ChristiMtl
        August 10, 2011 at 10:25 am

        Sue, I know it’s discouraging, I couldn’t believe the turn around of Chris Mathews, foaming at the mouth, enrage about the President.

        I watched a replay of his show last night, just 15 minutes, it was 2 am, I couldn’t sleep, I was disgusted. Ron Reagan was on and some other guest, that annoying woman who’s often there, don’t know her name.
        The new meme now is that NOBODY knows what the President stand for but oh golly did they know about what Bush was for, Clinton, Reagan.

        It’s so infuriating, I know what the President stand for and I know what he doesn’t stand for. It’s like the freaking Congress and Senate don’t exist for these PL and emoprog, it’s just a figment of our imagination, the President doesn’t do so and so because he doesn’t want to do it, he doesn’t stand for anything…..no it has nothing to do with the insane opposition, the cowards Democrats who stabbed him in the back so many times, the filibuster abuses. Of course not.

        It is so pathetic, knowing what the opposition is, what the implication far-right policies are that the so called PL deliberately help them by constantly bashing the President..

        They are heartless, all of them. I like your idea about a campaign to redirect people to Randi Rhodes programs and other fact based information sources. We have to find something!

      • 14 Debz
        August 10, 2011 at 10:42 am

        This is disgraceful behavior by CM. What is with him. No one can accuse him or anyone else of having been supportive of the President. What i find most disgusting is the disrespect, “this guy” “that one” the refusal to use his title. And bringing on PL to attack from the left. Just curious, was Ron R. negative towards PBO too? After all, it was his effing father who destroyed the economy. We haven’t watched CM at all this week, Hubby got PO’d about the calls for WPA programs as if the Prez can just demand it, and it gets done. I am glad I haven’t watched. It sound like Tweety’s show has become a Fox news nightmare.

  5. 15 joyce
    August 10, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Just sent Chris an email.

  6. 16 Pam
    August 10, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Why would so-called President Obama supporters watch, listen and then come to TOD to give a report on this crap? By watching, listening and reporting regardless you’re giving them exactly what they want.

    • August 10, 2011 at 9:41 am

      But Pam, you can’t counter this media crap unless you keep an eye on it. Irritating as it might be, I think it’s better to hear what these creatures are saying so supporters of the President can try to push back against it.

      • 18 nospin
        August 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm

        Your comment is on point. And THAT is why Chips you and your blog is an invaluable resource for the majority leading up to this election. We can’t fight what we don’t know.

    • 20 ChristiMtl
      August 10, 2011 at 10:09 am

      Ignoring the information that is out here is not a solution, it’s like sitting in your living room and ignoring that there’s a raging fire in your basement.

      I want to know. The republicans owns the airwaves, there’s almost no representation of the ”left” just emoprog who bash the President as bad as the right.
      We have to fight these lies and propaganda. Most people get their information from them unfortunately,

      Ut had good information yesterday about ratings. If you don’t have a Nielsen box, it doesn’t affect their ratings.

      Me personally I don’t have the stomach to watch most of these shows, I get too upset, but I’m sure glad that many watch them and send information about what’s going on so I can participate by sending emails or tweets to these corrupt buffoons.

    • August 10, 2011 at 11:42 am

      A whole lot of America watches Chris Matthews and they watch these morning shows for hours, many of them.. those shows are on in doctors/dentists/ VA offices all across this country.. and I personally do not watch any tv at all and yet WE have to know what they’re doing and saying.. and how coordinated it all is. Frankly President Obama is counting on us to do so.

  7. August 10, 2011 at 9:56 am

    My question, folks is how do we hit Matthews where it hurts? And Morning Joe. I mean really. We need to go on the attack. Matthews and the rest of the media are ramping up the attacks because the Rs are losing big time in the eyes of the American people and to the President in all the polls. They can’t stop him. So they are attacking more.

    We need a huge attack strategy directed at the media.

    • 23 dotster
      August 10, 2011 at 10:33 am

      I have noticed a huge amp up in intensity lately. I think it’s because none of the Repub candidates are really catching on, all have serious detriments, the polls show Repub favorables dropping like a rock, and the corporate media looks to be in orchestrated attack mode in an attempt to drag Obama down to Repub levels.

      • 24 Debz
        August 10, 2011 at 10:48 am

        It really doesn’t matter what the reasoning is for the intensity, these are vile personal attacks against PBO’s character. I don’t know how many people watch all these shows, including The Today Show, but A rational person would think that this hate speech toward PBO would turn off viewers.

      • 25 Sue in Minnesota
        August 10, 2011 at 10:54 am

        That makes sense to me. The Republicans will do anything, and clearly they are underway.

      • 26 askew
        August 10, 2011 at 10:55 am

        MSNBC and other cable stations get their big ratings booms during presidential election years. They need the race to be competitive to increase their ratings. Since the GOP primary has been a big dud for now, they are focused on tearing Obama apart. It’s going to be like this until November I’d expect when the GOP primary really starts heating up.

        I really think that this insane anti-Obama rhetoric on all 3 cable “news” stations is going to backfire. At some point the general public is just going to tune out the never-ending negativity and smearing and make up their own minds.

        • 27 Debz
          August 10, 2011 at 11:03 am

          I hope you are right about the anti-Obama rhetoric backfiring. My hope comes from my neighbors, an elderly couple who are republican fox viewers. A few months ago, they got so disgusted by the disrespect show to the POTUS, that they stopped watching fox.

        • 28 nospin
          August 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm

          You are right about the msm needing the race to be more competitive. “I really think that this insane anti-Obama rhetoric on all 3 cable “news” stations is going to backfire.”

          Agreed however, in the interim we have to fight back

    • 29 Sue in Minnesota
      August 10, 2011 at 10:41 am

      I want to be organized in a way that makes the most impact. We have been tweeting, writing and calling, I don’t think it is enough. Do we go after advertisers. Do we form strike forces that commit to letter writing, calling, tweeting….and report back documenting action taken and responses. Do we collect data. How do we expand the reach of this website without destroying Chipsticks under the workload, or compromising the spirit. Can we campaign to increase viewership, and the listening audience for those sources we trust and rely on.
      Could be make Bobfr our wordsmith, forwarding his wisdom and clear ideas to our Congressional reps, the administration ,et al .,on a daily basis. Can we make the You Tube Channel a reality, and work to seriously manifest taking it to the streets. I think we need to become an active force, but I think we need to be more focused and direct in the use of our energies. I am open and available, but I am a techno retard, which relegates me to phone/writing duty or in person contact. Should we create another site for this activity, or join ranks with WiW…my brain is jumping.

      • 30 Sue in Minnesota
        August 10, 2011 at 10:55 am

        And I have to leave for most of the day…..will check in later. Hopefully we can formulate a more organized effective effort to turn the fire hoses on these dirtballs.


  8. 31 cathy2va
    August 10, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I have stopped watching everyone but Rev. Al. Keeps me saner!

  9. 32 Pam
    August 10, 2011 at 10:05 am

    That slobbering idiot CM, has long been trying to figure a way out of being teased for his thrill up his leg every time he hears Obama speak comment he made about candidate Barack Obama. I think he thinks he found it in the arrival of Al Sharpton, who supports President Obama. Wrong!

    • 33 nospin
      August 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      Tweety (CM) has issues Pam. It will be funny as heck if his ratings tanked and Al Sharpton’s increased.

  10. 34 Mae who love our CIC
    August 10, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Ut I am so happy that you listen to inform. I tried but I do not have the stomach for their flagrant lies. Corporate America and the big money makers know that as long as President Obama is in office the tax code will be changed and President Obama shines a light on their plotting and schemes against the American people. It is about the money. They will sell their souls for it.

    I am still amazed concerning the loyalty to the Republican Party. Folks sit and watch them and are told by them we want it all and I don’t care what you get and they still vote for them even though they know they are not going to do absolutely nothing to help them. To demolish the educational system in this country will allow the majority of Americans to remain ignorant and to be used as puppets. We don’t need you to think, just do as you are told is their motto.

    The media have marching orders to ying and yang President Obama. Too slow, too angry, not fast enough, should have said this didn’t act quickly enough ,etc., the polls say this and who is the next republican running for office and can they beat our president. It is so tiredness. After all of this President Obama still manage to succeed and he will win the election in 2012. When God anoints and appoints you, the devil in hell can’t do nothing about it. Weapons form, they don’t succeed.

    Glad to have this spot to share with like minded persons.

  11. 36 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    August 10, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Reverend Al is all we got on TV folks and Randi Rhodes on radio.

    • 37 dotster
      August 10, 2011 at 10:36 am

      That’s not good enough, sorry to say. Their audiences are very limited to dedicated Obama supporters. We need the MSM, NBC etc. which has a huge audience for their news programs, to at least present some semblance of fair programming. We need to let our voices be heard so they know we’re watching and are disgusted and they stand to lose half of their viewers.

      • 38 askew
        August 10, 2011 at 11:00 am

        Remember that the audience for cable news show is very tiny. Most Americans still get their news from their local media coverage (TV and print) and the national news on the big 3 networks (NBC, ABC, CBS). So, instead of wasting our time on the cable nets which have very low audience #s, we should be watching the the big 3 networks and local media. When they are factually wrong, we call them out in twitter, e-mails and phone calls.

        We could set-up a list of shows/newspapers to monitor and when reporters do something right or wrong we alert everyone and tweet, email and call. We call them out using facts, no name calling, no ALL CAPS, no hyperbole (Obama’s the best president EVER!!!!! – is unnecessary and unhelpful.

        That’s my solution anyways.

        • 39 criquet
          August 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm

          I think this is a most thoughtful and effective strategy.

          • August 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm

            Askew, I think your suggestion seems very viable and I hope it can be organised, then shared with other proObama groups. [Actually I should say shared with other pro-America groups because IMO this is really a struggle for America and its future (The President just happens to be the leader the country needs right now)]. I particularly support the idea of ‘no name calling, no ALL CAPS, no hyperbole’ just the facts. In fact, I would add no put downs, no sarcasm, no swearing, or whatever – JUST THE FACTS shared calmly and succinctly, in the manner of the President. I would also say be brief in the sharing of each fact. No need to give all of this admnistration’s accomplishments/positions in each response, because it’s unlikely that they’d all be read and too much info can be a turnoff for some. Point out one or two relevant to the topic under discussion that could be easily grasped by anyone, or everyone. If our side (we the people) could organize and be relentless in our truth sharing while being relentlessly respectful, classy (dare I say ‘elite’ 😉 ), or whatever, I believe we could make a difference. I like to think that if we persisted in this approach in increasing numbers we would start to be noticed, step by step, over the next 15-16 months. If the response is large enough, relentless enough, respectfully delivered, I believe we could make a difference, even if it’s only to make pundits and journalistic aspirants tone down their lies. There has often been talk here about hashtags (?), maybe we could find a handle for this battle – #JUST THE FACTS, #FACTS ARE FACTS, #FACE THE FACTS, #USE THE FACTS, or whatever creative name our collective brain chooses, and then this could be used consistently for this activity, whether we tweet, email, or call. This seems like something most of us could join in in a concerted way if we organize. As I said earlier, I think Askew’s solution has potential that we could (should?) explore.

      • 41 EDP4BHO
        August 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm

        Actually, dotster, listening to Rev Al on radio today, a real nutjob called in calling him a racist, anti-semitic, hater of white women, on and on…..Rev Al let her talk. Then she called back within a half hour with the same venom. He let her rant on about he didn’t file taxes on 2 mil dollars, “read the blog” yada yada. He again let her vent, and told her he had some strong pills for her if she needed them. Also said that the more he is heard supporting the President, the more people will be listening to him, pro and con. In other words, he’s struck a nerve. So his audience is not so limited and will be heard by more and more. Akin to throwing a rock into a pig pen, and the pig that hollers is the one hit……referring to Limpballs, who Rev Al’s NAN helped put a stop to Limpballs, acquisition of a sports team. Rev Al said he likes his adversaries “hot” as in mad, and he will pour hot sauce on them to assist their anger, so he can smack them down. Just my take on the show. As for those others losing viewers, they have been losing, which is why they are so desperate. There will always be folk who take the drama as real information. And as for Chris, I can’t say what I think of that spitty bastard. If I find a way to get to him, I will take my shot.

  12. August 10, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Hey Everyone, there are some great ways to protest the media but I’m telling you the best BEST way to shut them up is to help Obama raise a shit ton of money. Make them eat their words and make them even more bitter. Nothing says ‘Obama Ain’t Going Nowhere’ than huge fundraising numbers.

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