The Recovery Mishmash (updated with new video)

Hi guys,

First, thank you so much for the warm wishes yesterday. I feel a little better today and happy to welcome the weekend. 

Thank you even more for the terrific mishmash you created. It was a real delight to go through the comments this morning, and see so much information and a real grownups discussion.

I also realized that i missed the latest faux outrage.  I was shocked, I tell you – shocked!! – to see the professional left wetting their pants yet again. It’s like what Michael Douglas said about Michael J. Fox’ character in ” The American President”: “It wouldn’t be a Monday morning if Lewis wasn’t angry about something I did on Sunday”.

But more seriously, I heard Lawrence O’Donnell pointing out that never before a Democratic president has been criticized by fellow Dems for his choice of Chief of Staff. This is it, in a nutshell. People who were not on President Obama’s corner to begin with, now think they own him. Yea, it’s racism too. Don’t tell me it’s not.

And really, how narcissistic one should be to think that the president chose his CoS with one thing on his mind: “Punching the Hippies”. Again, dear PL, you were NEVER on his side, he couldn’t be bothered with wasting energy on “punching” you. Beside, you’re not a real “Hippies”.

Some of the self-appointed “speakers for the left” are not the sharpest pencils around, and the very sharp pencil  Rachel Maddow needed no more than a week to go straight back to la-la-land. I guess her gushing over the president’s brilliant maneuver to repeal DADT didn’t go to well with the herd. Oh well, the mea culpa will be coming in  to 6 to 8 months.

Since we are the adults here, let’s admit the truth: The 2012 campaign is on its way. At this point – excluding some unforeseen disaster, god forbid – the only thing that can prevent PBO from winning again, is the unemployment rate. If in order to get those ugly fat cats to start hiring – we need to have a business friendly CoS, then I’ll live with it. It’s not like the president is expecting to sign too many bills in the next couple of years. I doubt he’ll have any contact with Congress, beside the occasional Veto.

And finally, didn’t we learn anything from the past two years? No one can force Barack Obama to do anything. He is a the *decider*, only a smart, courageous and moral one.

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If you didn’t see the president mimicking Pete Rouse, well, you have too. 🙂

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And while it pains me every time I donate Huff-Crap a click, this Howard Fineman piece is worth reading:

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President Obama is doubling down on Chicago, and on what the city means in the history and operational style of the Democratic Party, by choosing Daley to be Emanuel’s permanent replacement.

Chicago is the “city that works,” and Chicago Democrats pride themselves on being a pragmatic, realistic lot. Daley, the son and brother of Chicago mayors, has always been the Inside Daley, the one who deals quietly with the powers that be in the city and country — the brokers of money, commerce, family and tribal politics.

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He was not close to Obama, but his vast contacts make him instantly central. In some ways, in fact, Daley (and the Daleys) built the operational platform upon which the Obama Presidency now rests.

Here’s a partial list. Daley was a key ally and original supporter of Joe Biden’s 1988 presidential campaign. Daley has worked closely with Obama’s top advisor, David Axelrod, ever since Axelrod first became a political consultant in Chicago in 1984. Daley was Emanuel’s original sponsor and patron in politics, and now his protégé stands an excellent chance of becoming mayor. Daley is very close to Tom Donilon, a lawyer and former political operative who is now National Security Advisor.

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2. You won’t catch me within one mile from any of those sites, but I hear that there’s a serious effort to put a negative spin into the unemployment drop to 9.4%. Again, I’m shocked!!!! Anyway,  Austan Goolsbee explains as clearly as always. 

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The 1.3 million private sector jobs created in 2010 alone, is more than what’s-his-name created in his entire 8 years:

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Is it wrong that I simply missed seeing this man talking? 😉 What a beautiful human being, and what a wonderful little address he gave this morning.

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3. Thanks to the awesome Obama Diary for this wonderful item. Not that any “true progressive” will ever give the president any credit for the Recovery Act being one of the single most effective pieces of anti poverty legislation in decades, keeping 4.5 million people out of poverty in 2009 and helping keep poverty flat:

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4. This too is against the memo:

Pentagon Seeks Biggest Military Cuts Since Before 9/11

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5. Repeal this, idiots:

More Small Businesses Offering Health Care To Employees Thanks To Obamacare

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6. One of the 35 bills the president signed the day he returned from Hawaii, is the America COMPETES Act, which is a super-bill.

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7. Finally, *the* most important thing this weekend, is the election in Sudan. You can actually watch the election from your computer. Keep your fingers crossed, this is huge.

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