Obama Still Has Time for Tweeting
On Labor Day, a day that most of us spent relaxing and doing nothing, 64-year-old swimmer Diana Nyad successfully swam from Cuba to Florida. It was Nyad’s fifth attempt at the feat, and she is the first to do so sans shark cage. For us, it’s impressive and applaudable, but we’re not the President of the United States with some very serious issues on the table.
Apparently Obama still has some spare time to dilly dally in pop culture media to congratulate Ms. Nyad for for accomplishment. Obama tweeted, "Congratulations to @DianaNyad. Never give up on your dreams." Nice gesture? Yes. But this is one of those very poorly timed actions in a really terrible time for our country.
Personally, I have no more tolerance for the President's celebrity-bonding, and it's just insulting now. Let us celebrate Nyad's victory for you because you don't have time to celebrate right now. Nyad's swim to Florida doesn't affect our homeland, but starting a war in Syria does. And "Never give up on your dreams"? How about we don't give up on our dream of this country not becoming a bigger disaster than it already it, Mr. President?
Posted by bigtex at September 4, 2013 4:33 PM
Small minds find small problems to turn into big things for them to use. I don’t agree with you and I do appreciate our President giving recognition where it is due. Couldn’t you have just as easily made your point without bringing the President into it and then using that to turn your personal beliefs about him into some justification for your rant? Try hard and you might be able to find the words to do that. I don’t think you add to the conversation when you all you do is show your stupidity and bias.
American Presidents with the world’s weight on their shoulders have congratulated all kinds of adventurous, high-achieving Americans for all of our history.
But Obama spares the time to write one sentence, and you’re outraged?
It’s a sign of the intellectual poverty of the movement that this is something to be outraged about.
It is very unlikely Obama tweeted that. Some staff member, maybe an unpaid intern, probably does that for him. We really cannot fault the president for this. All celebrities do it, or more correctly have an intern who does it.
Regardless of who’s doing it, he’s not writing a huge War and Peace size novel here. One sentence. That’s the relevant fact. And to what purpose? Something utterly unremarkable in Presidential history. I bet you that Your former bosses all released similar statements. The President could write this walking down the hall, but the author of this entry basically pretends like it’s some huge distraction.
Not only are your standards double, but they’re very unreasonable.
As for “celebrity” Geez, we elect one charismatic guy rather than a fence post, and suddenly it’s all glamour and empty suits. Sounds to me like you folks have a problem with being relentlessly opportunistic critics. You’re looking to trash him for anything, what he does well, whatever mistakes he makes, no matter how small, anything.
And that is how I know bullies to act, and bullies act that way because they want power over their target. So what this all boils down to is that Obama has power over you, and you guys can’t stand that. Same thing happened with Clinton.
The Longer term problem is Republicans are beginning to adopt an attitude that rejects the necessary, mutual recognition of each party’s elected official’s right to govern as elected officials. Without that recognition our system becomes more unstable.
I was DEFENDING the president.
Read carefully - It is very unlikely Obama tweeted that. Some staff member, maybe an unpaid intern, probably does that for him. We really cannot fault the president for this. All celebrities do it, or more correctly have an intern who does it.
I would be very upset if I thought ANY president actually took the time to tweet this kind of crap. I am happy that an intern does it. I suppose you could find fault with my use of the word celebrity, but even there it simply explains that all celebrities do it.
You are always ready to be insulted, so you look for offense when none is given. You are an angry young man. You should lighten up while you still can.
From his Twitter Profile:
This account is run by Organizing for Action staff. Tweets from the President are signed -bo
Hmm. So you were actually using celebrity and Barack Obama together without using the word to imply something bad about him. Well you see something new every day. :-)
Obama is a type of celebrity and he was treated as such by his fans. I have indeed said that in other posts and I stand by the idea, although his celebrity status is fading. If that was all the bothered you, why the talk about the double standards, rejecting the right to govern etc?
And I am also not sure of who you mean by “my” former bosses.
Previous presidents is what I meant.
As for the rest? Look, when I went after Bush and his failure to lead, My concerns were with real problems I saw brewing, the Sunni and Shia uprisings in the early days of the Iraq war are an example. Things I thought a responsible President, given the lessons of history, would not let go unchecked.
People will make mistakes. What bothered me about Bush’s mistakes is that instead of acknowledging things, Bush and the Republican Party reacted to the political problem, and not by taking care of what was giving them the political problem, but trying to manipulate public opinion and destroy their critics instead.
I started being more politically active, in part, because I felt this excessive tendency towards political ass covering was giving them a false sense of security about accountability, meaning they would do that, rather than say to themselves, “things got screwed up, we need to rethink this before this swallows us whole.”
Let me repeat that, because it’s critical to my principle of what good politics is: I want leaders who, when they want to influence public opinion to give them a break on a mistake, try to solve the mistake, rather than try to use rhetoric and PR plans to deflect blame, create scapegoats, say its all a morale problem the enemy having too much and the homefront too little.
If you want me to really be blunt, I think the whole Tea Party thing is an extension of that political fiasco that was Rovian politics. Same thing with all this talk of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, same thing with all that other stuff out there. And Obama? The attacks on Obama represent an especially pernicious political distraction.
Look, I have a long memory. I know what the Republicans supported, what, if you asked them, they would promote. I know that up until about 2004, it was standard practice to adopt Bill Clinton’s Era of Big Government is over sentiment, and the DLC wing of the party was dominant.
That’s why you really don’t get any slack from me when you point out that Democrats were voting like Republicans, because I remember WHY they were voting like Republicans. I remember what the status quo, the conventional wisdom had become under Republican control of Congress.
I see these repeated cycles of Republicans trying to pretend that a policy that didn’t work did, and that it’s all just a misunderstanding, a bump in the road that should be ignored. And it doesn’t wear any less on my patience than it has for the last few years. I feel like taking somebody by the lapels and saying, “You don’t get it, do you? Whether the policy is liberal or conservative, it failed! Why aren’t we moving on?”
I want Republicans, even if they remain committed conservative to realize that conservatism gains no traction when the policy doesn’t work, and that relying on rhetoric and poisonous levels of anger at the Democrats won’t increase the traction, either. You got to find the expressions of conservatism that work, really work, and be willing to cast aside what doesn’t. You can only weaken your party by doing otherwise.