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Barack Obama, Bauer-Wanna-Be

Barack Obama thinks Jack Bauer is cool. He must, because the President is obviously trying to be like him in pursuing his agenda. Jack Bauer started out in the first season as the head of CTU, a shadowy group who did pretty much as they pleased, accountable to no one, although Bauer was in frequent communication with the President, a tall urbane black man with no apparent qualifications for the job beyond his ability to speak seriously in deep tones. Barack Obama has made it clear he feels entitled to do as he pleases ("I won", he reminds those who question his strident partisan tone), and he is accountable to no one. Barack Obama is also a tall urbane black man with no apparent qualifications for the job beyond his ability to speak seriously in deep tones, although we have yet to see Obama in an Allstate commercial.

Many of Jack Bauer's discussions begin along the lines of "listen to me carefully and do exactly what I tell you to do." Many of Obama's early directives and orders are similarly lacking in debate and consideration of alternatives. As far as Obama is concerned, only his opinion matters. It's not like he thinks he's a dictator or some kind of king, though - he's just following after what Jack would do.

Jack Bauer has an effective way of cutting through annoying details like discussing whether his plan is an effective solution to the crisis or just a risky bit of ego and arrogance, by assuring people that "there's no time!". President Obama has no interest in discussing alternatives or defending the massive pork in his "stimulus" bill, so he simply warns that failure to do as he demands could lead to "catastrophe". Yet somehow Obama lacks Bauer's panache' when he tries that line. In fact, he begins to look distinctly uncool, almost Jimmy-Carterish in his clear inability to explain his program's functions and defend it's cost.

Barack Obama's essential mistake is that just as Jack Bauer does not in fact exist, so too Obama's explanation of his stimulus program is built using fictions and bald-faced lies. The Congressional Budget Office is no fan of Obama's plan, warning that "President Obama's economic recovery package will actually hurt the economy more in the long run than if he were to do nothing".


Worse, Obama's plan does not directly help people who have already been impacted the most by the recession and financial crisis:

• The crisis began with the sub-prime mortgage crisis, with many Americans losing their homes to foreclosure; the stimulus package offers nothing to address these conditions, but instead offers a tax credit for people buying homes, although someone who has lost their home to foreclosure will be very unlikely to be in a position to buy another one anytime soon.

• The secondary crisis for many Americans is the devaluation of their 401k accounts and the plummeting value of their homes. But rather than create a plan which protects the remaining savings and encourages thrift, the Obama plan depends on spurring spending, even when households cannot afford to spend money on the obligations they already have.

• The scariest part of the recession so far, is the loss of jobs. President Obama himself has repeatedly said that the top priority needs to be creating new jobs. But the stimulus plan endorsed by Obama does not create jobs to match the need. Much of the money spent is not going to create jobs at all. The Wall Street Journal observed that $90 billion is going straight to Medicare, another $79 billion to supplement state revenues, and $43 billion for government transportation projects already underway. The WSJ notes that the little bit designed to create jobs will have no effect until late 2009 at the earliest.

No one points out the hypocrisy in rushing to avoid debate on a bill because of urgent need, when that bill will not even begin to do what is promised for half a year or more, if it works at all.

• The bill which just passed the Senate will cost every American who still has a job about $8800 in new taxes, plus interest. This at a time when everyone admits spending needs to be cut and no one can afford extra burdens.

That's the biggest difference between Obama and Jack Bauer. When Bauer gets to be old or unbelievable, you can just turn off the TV. Obama plans to be controlling your life and eating out your wallet for a long, long time to come.


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Comments (32)

Why do I fell like I've bee... (Below threshold)
epador:

Why do I fell like I've been knee-capped?

Don't bother Obama with the... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Don't bother Obama with the facts, this is an EMERGENCY! Besides, "I won".

I have this painful feeling... (Below threshold)
SillyPuddy:

I have this painful feeling, as if I just got raped in arse.

Part of the reason the econ... (Below threshold)
retired miilitary:

Part of the reason the economy is frozen and noone is doing anything is because they are waiting to see what jackass socialist stunt the government does next. I mean why WORK and make money when the govt will just give you some if you cry hard enough and bribe the right senators.

Obama included in his 'news... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Obama included in his 'news conference' that he wanted to ease credit so that people would buy houses.

Isn't that what happened with regards to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae? The banks were 'encouraged' to give out loans to people who weren't credit qualified. Then Rahm Emmanuel, Tim Johnson and Franklin Raines got their outfits to back these unqualified lenders. Once the lenders began defaulting, the system blew up. While Emmanuel, Raines and Johnson cleaned up with massive bonuses thanks to FNMA's cooking the books; those who shouldn't have borrowed money, started defaulting.

BTW now that the major players in the financial crisis have gorged themselves with TARP funds, Timmy the tax cheat has decided to change the rules.

Obama's stimulus plan is no... (Below threshold)

Obama's stimulus plan is nothing more than a power play. Viewed through that prism of thruth, everything suddenly makes sense.
http://www.rightklik.net/

What most of the nation wit... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

What most of the nation witnessed last night was a very intelligent, effective and engaged leader, willing to take on and answer any reporter's question with knowledge and authority. What were you watching?

Unlike some I've hesitated ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Unlike some I've hesitated using the term "socialism", "socialistic" when describing the gov's events of the last year or so.

NewsWeek mag has put up some figures that may change my mind about their use.

A decade ago U.S. government spending was 34.3 percent of GDP, compared with 48.2 percent in the euro zone--a roughly 14-point gap, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In 2010 U.S. spending is expected to be 39.9 percent of GDP, compared with 47.1 percent in the euro zone--a gap of less than 8 points. As entitlement spending rises over the next decade, we will become even more French.
I love this from the last para in the article:

"The Obama administration is caught in a paradox. It must borrow and spend to fix a crisis created by too much borrowing and spending."

Or put another way... Bush III.

So much for "change".

hooson - "What most of ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

hooson - "What most of the nation witnessed last night was a very intelligent, effective and engaged leader, willing to take on and answer any reporter's question with knowledge and authority. What were you watching?"

I watched as Barack Hussein Obama was at his disingenuous best (or did he lie?) when describing Japan during the decade of the 90's. I also witnessed a compliant media give him a pass on it.

Not to mention watching a octogenarian moonbat ask about "so-called terrorists" in Paksitan and an extreme far, far left nutjob sitting in the front-row that if it were Rush "Limburger" the dems would have been squawking louder than a room full of crows.

"What most of the nation wi... (Below threshold)
apb:

"What most of the nation witnessed last night was a very intelligent, effective and engaged leader"

Hooson shows his stripes. Somehow I picture a bobby-soxer out of Bizzarro-world, swooning over every word from the new CIC. You aren't with the MSM, are you, Paulie?

Paul Hooson is still drooli... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Paul Hooson is still drooling from the press conference. I don't get it. His answers were boring. Way past the question. He lied very frequently.
"The people who oppose this package are the ones that have been here for years and created this mess". Pelosi and Reid, two of the very people who created this put the package together.

Barry also doesn't realize the congress is in it's third year of democratic leadership when all these crisis' began.

Did he lie or is he stupid. To close to call. ww

Paul Hasoon'What m... (Below threshold)
retired miilitary:

Paul Hasoon

'What most of the nation witnessed last night was a very intelligent, effective and engaged leader, willing to take on and answer any reporter's question with knowledge and authority. What were you watching?"

I can see you saw President Taylor on 24 just like I did.

"What most of the nation wi... (Below threshold)
retired miilitary:

"What most of the nation witnessed last night was a very intelligent, effective and engaged leader, willing to take on and answer any reporter's question with knowledge and authority."

Again the ones that didnt witness this missed the latest episode of 24.


Any reporter's questions?</... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Any reporter's questions?

Well, since the President already chose in advance who he was going to call on and that he knew the content of the questions, it was rather easy for him to already have the response well in advance so he could practice without a teleprompter.

Why do you think ABC, NBC etc all have those morning 'strategy' sessions with Rahm?

Instead of Jack Bauer, Obam... (Below threshold)
retired miilitary:

Instead of Jack Bauer, Obama is more like Jack Sparrow, making crap up as he goes along.

Obama will be sounding like... (Below threshold)
retired miilitary:

Obama will be sounding like Jack Bauer in (I think season 2)

"Wheres the nuke"
"Tell me where the nuke is"

Of course the answer will be known when a US city is glowing (maybe it will be DC) and we can start over with folks with more sense.

"What most of the nation wi... (Below threshold)
retired miilitary:

"What most of the nation witnessed last night was a very intelligent, effective and engaged leader"

Obama - "I will talk to Iran with no preconditions"

Iran - "Not so fast"

Yep. Mr Chump was outsmarted and shown to be a clueless buffoon by a 2 bit thug.

In case you are wondering Mr Chump = Obama. I know how easy you could be confused by calling him a 2 bit thug but I was referring to Iran with that comment.


George W. Bush is ... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

George W. Bush is George W. Bush. No analogy needed.

"George W. Bush is Georg... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

"George W. Bush is George W. Bush."

True. This country will miss W sooner than they imagine.

"This country will miss W s... (Below threshold)
max:

"This country will miss W sooner than they imagine."

Bwahahahahahaha!!!

Damn, you are one funny sumbitch, DJ.

Palin/Thune 2012!

Wrong again, DJ: the 'tall ... (Below threshold)

Wrong again, DJ: the 'tall urbane black man' wasn't the President in Season 1, he was a Senator targeted for assassination.

Steve, you moron - who was ... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Steve, you moron - who was President in Season 2?

DJ: you didn't write that h... (Below threshold)

DJ: you didn't write that he was President in Season 2, you were writing about Season 1 (and I also don't remember Jack being in 'charge' of CTU at any time, he certainly wasn't in Season 2 when the black guy with the good voice was President). And you're also wrong that he had no qualifications beyond a nice voice, the reason he was targeted for assassination had to do with his approving military strikes against (some sort of) Balkan military leader; the guy was much more than an empty suit. Yes, these are trivial infractions on your part, but when you attempt to use throw pop culture, you ought to get it right.

Meh, everyone knew Palmer w... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Meh, everyone knew Palmer would become President Steve, why else would they go try to kill him?

Interesting though, that yo... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Interesting though, that you can produce qualifications for the ficititious Palmer so readily, while America is still waiting for Obama to show the substance beneath the slickshow he sold last fall.


Assuming, of course, there is any there, there.

Bwa. Ha.

Worst president ever... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Worst president ever.

By time time Nov 2011 gets ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

By time time Nov 2011 gets here we will be longing for the days of Jimmy Carter.

Just think 3 weeks (and only $1 trillion ) down, 205 weeks (and all the money they can print) to go.

Within 2 years I would bet you can expect

11 supreme court justices (cant let the supreme court rule against The Annointed One now can we).

All fire arms will have to be registered. Ammuntion will have at least a $1 per shell surtax on it. In 4 years only government approved firearms (complete with complex trigger lock) will be the only gun legal to buy (think .22 caliber).

Illegal aliens will be naturalized.

The budget deficit will hit the $4 trillion a year mark.

Unemployement will hit 20 Percent

"Obama - "I will talk to Ir... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

"Obama - "I will talk to Iran with no preconditions"

Iran - "Not so fast"

Yep. Mr Chump was outsmarted and shown to be a clueless buffoon by a 2 bit thug.

In case you are wondering Mr Chump = Obama. I know how easy you could be confused by calling him a 2 bit thug but I was referring to Iran with that comment.

17. Posted by retired military"

I find it rather odd that none of our liberal friends want to examine that statement!

I'm old enough to remember Anwar Sadat making the statement that he'd like to visit Israel one day. And the immediate response from Israel was an official invitation to come visit.

Next thing you knew Sadat and Mier were sitting at a table, showing each other pictures of their grandchildren and telling each other about how happy they were to be grandparents. And then a peace treaty was signed.

Call me a skeptic, but that doesn't seem at all like the Iranian response to BHO's offer to talk. Seems to me that he was schooled by a couple of thugs on how he had to make an official apology and throw Israel under the bus. Well, at least that last condition is something with which he has ample experience.

Next thing you kne... (Below threshold)
Next thing you knew Sadat and Mier were sitting at a table, showing each other pictures of their grandchildren and telling each other about how happy they were to be grandparents. And then a peace treaty was signed.

Sadat was a remarkable man. It was he who was primarily responsible for that treaty, not Carter.

Of course, look what that got him.

Jeez, DJ, just read my comm... (Below threshold)

Jeez, DJ, just read my comment. He wasn't targeted because he was going to be President, he was targeted by the brother (or father, I'm not sure) of some Balkan terrorists killed in a raid led by Bauer (which in the perverse twist, led to the assassins trying to blackmail Bauer into pulling the trigger)

"Bauer was i... (Below threshold)
clark smith:

"Bauer was in frequent communication with the President, a tall urbane black man with no apparent qualifications for the job beyond his ability to speak seriously in deep tones.

Does skin color still blind so completely in 2009?!

I don't know if Drummond actually watched those episodes of "24," but the essential differences between President Obama and President Palmer are stunning.

Obama truly seems to be making things up as he goes ... wetted finger in the wind. President Palmer--conversely--seemed much more grounded, and imbued with a deep sense of moral conviction, prepared to lose everything for the sake of doing what's right. Compared to the fictional Palmer, Obama seems infinitely more the empty suit.

Barack Obama th... (Below threshold)
clark smith:
Barack Obama thinks Jack Bauer is cool. --DJ Drummond

All joking aside, BO actually considers Bauer a monster--worse than Hitler and almost as bad as W himself.

BO wants to close Gitmo, 'cause Gitmo's too harsh, whereas Bauer would go to Gitmo and scream at the guards: "You [w]ussies! Watch and learn; here's how you interrogate a terrorist!"




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