Where I come from, when you’re awesome, you don’t need to have someone to tell other people of your awesomeness. But according to George Clooney, the only reason that Obama’s Presidency isn’t being deemed successful is because Democrats stink at telling everyone about Obama’s wonderful accomplishments.
Sitting down with NBC’s David Gregory (who thinks Obama is awesome in his own right), Clooney mentioned that if Obama were a Republican, he’d be touting how he had saved the auto-industry, passed a healthcare bill, and killed Bin Laden; and that somehow the messaging would be resonating with the American people because Republicans are so good at messaging. Not.
DAVID GREGORY: What about the guy who does have interest in being re-elected. There are some who believe that he’s now heading into calmer waters for re-election and that he looks pretty good. Do you see that as a danger sign. Do you think President Obama looks good to be re-elected?
GEORGE CLOONEY: I think he’s always looked good to be re-elected, even before the field, as we’re still looking to find out what the field is, because I happen to believe that Democrats are just very poor in general at explaining what it is when they accomplish something, I think they’re pretty bad at it. Republicans are very good at it. You know, I’m an old Democrat but I grew up around a lot of Republicans and, you know, if I was a Republican, if Obama was a Republican, I would be selling all of the, you know, you saved the auto industry and you got Osama bin Laden and you passed a health care bill that nobody could pass — if that was a Republican issue. I would be able to sell his presidency as a very successful one. But Democrats are bad at that. We like to pick each other apart. That’s our thing, you know. So I think it’s going to be an interesting time, you know. Listen, The worst thing you could do is feel in any way safe or cocky about it because you will always lose.
Let’s ignore for a moment the ridiculous premise that Republicans are great at selling their accomplishments while Democrats stink at it, and focus on the three issues that Clooney believes should have all Americans singing the praises of Obama. First, the killing of Bin Laden. The way I see it, that’s not a Democratic or a Republican issue. That’s an American issue. Bin Laden was a bad guy who did bad things, and a lot of really good people gave their lives and did really hard work over a long period of time to see that he was brought to justice. Obama just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Secondly the auto industry hasn’t really been “saved” per se. Sure they’re still around, but are they better off? Are they on solid footing? Has government intervention made them stronger? Just because they haven’t folded up shop and disappeared altogether doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve been saved.
Third, healthcare. Please. Do I even have to go there? Just because a big government guy was able to ram a big government program down the throats of the American people doesn’t deem it a success. If it’s not repealed, it will only weaken the country over time. Most polls indicate that Americans regard Obama’s signature piece of legislation as the turd that it is.
Did George Clooney ever stop to think that there may be a good reason that Democrats aren’t touting these accomplishments and others as evidence of a successful Obama Presidency? Obama and Democrats alike would love for as little of Obama’s record to be mentioned during the campaign as possible. A successful leader who has accomplished successful things that benefit the country would have no need for cheerleaders.
And since I already referenced turds once, I’ll do it again. You can sprinkle a turd with sugar all you want, but you’ll still have a hard time convincing people to eat it. Because after all, it’s still a turd.
George Clooney is obviously a man who believes in the idea of sugary turds.