Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Thrill is gone - Media to Obama

American Media wants to say 'thrill is gone' to President Obama when stories like below start appearing:

"The town is turning on President Obama – and this is very bad news for this White House. Republicans have waited five years for the moment to put the screws to Obama – and they have one-third of all congressional committees on the case now. Establishment Democrats, never big fans of this president to begin with, are starting to speak out. And reporters are tripping over themselves to condemn lies, bullying and shadiness in the Obama administration. 

Buy-in from all three D.C. stakeholders is an essential ingredient for a good old fashioned Washington pile-on — so get ready for bad stories and public scolding to pile-up." 

-- Politico 

[Yup, Media is indeed 'in' this - case in point NYT Editorial. It will be to non-traditional Media - bloggers? - to bring forth truth though some credible bloggers are warning about ominous signs too.] 

"He wants no control over the actions of his administration. As the president distances himself from the actions of “independent” figures within his administration, he’s creating a power vacuum in which lower officials behave as though anything goes. Certainly, a president can’t know what everybody in his administration is up to — but he can take responsibility, he can fire people and he can call a stop to foolish actions such as wholesale snooping into reporters’ phone calls." 

Precisely this urge that White House MUST be in control all the time about what a machinery of millions of Federal Employees do or events in far flung parts of Globe; that President Barack Obama needs to break. Yes, it is defeatist attitude in some sense, but how can you continue the farce of 'being in control' when 535 recalcitrant folks in Congress are simply not going to listen to you and are going to react to what they perceive 'their voters want'? This is all non-sense going in Washington. Truth is: 

"The Benghazi controversy has been going on for months and as far as I can tell, hasn’t moved public opinion on Obama or 2014 voting intentions one iota. The AP bugging scandal seems to involve a legitimate national security issue and, again, seems highly unlikely to undermine support for the president or influence voting intentions. And unless the president and/or some of his top aides are implicated in the IRS scandal, I seriously doubt that it will have any lasting impact either." 

Number of analysts have pointed out that there is no culpability to White House in Benghazi controversy, even though for sure it failed to be 'on top of things' in these matters. But that does not constitute any cover up or impeachable offense. For AP controversy, AG Holder has recused himself and he has strong reasons to undertake all possible security precautions - because Americans are paranoid about terrorism and they want Justice Department to pursue terrorism related investigations to the fullest extent. Otherwise these same Republicans, which are complaining now, would again criticize Obama Administration for being 'soft on security'.

And for IRS scandal, to fire folks before even knowing what exactly has happened, which laws are broken and who are responsible for all that; that is just plain non-sense. No matter how much these Media types 'inch' for President Obama to act now, to fire someone; the whole point is to 'break this cycle of scandal gossip driven politics'. 

When President Obama avoids any gimmicks, is ready to sustain cheap political lobs from his opposition but ready to follow through scrupulously all appropriate Federal Administrative improvement measures as well as hold accountable those who failed in their duties - that is much more appropriate response than this constant urge to remain ahead of 24x7 news cycle.

In all probability Republicans are going to overplay the 'scandal card'. That will be the exact time to remind Americans how Congress has made itself naked - chasing scandals excessively rather than working for well-being of Americans and their employment. That is the opening President Obama is going to get so long as he remains calm and does not succumb to Media Pressure even if few Democrats join the fray. There will be voices in Media asking President to undertake staff overhaul. But do we remember Bill Daley? He was supposed to bridge the gap between White House and GOP, Business Community? How far did it succeed? Again, point is not haste; but ensuring all the 'follow through' in each of these cases.

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