Dezinformatsia and The Demo-Gogues

Posted on Thu 12/04/2008 by



Gushing: “[T]hey’re very — I don’t know how to put it. I don’t want to gush. They’re very cute, and very — and very funny in this interview together.” –ABC’s Barbara Walters previewing her “Good Morning America” interview with Barack and Michelle Obama

Checking the cabinet: “Two initially surprising centrist choices for [Barack Obama’s] so-called team of rivals — Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, and of course Bush Defense Secretary Robert Gates. In a way, this inoculates President-elect Obama from criticism that he is somehow soft in the area of foreign policy, doesn’t it?” –CBS News anchor Katie Couric ++ “We have not seen this kind of combination of star power and brain power and political muscle this early in a cabinet in our lifetimes.” –ABC political analyst George Stephanopoulos

Good grief: “Enough with the Lincoln analogies; Reagan is the president that Barack Obama is most closely modeling himself after.” –Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift ** Of course! We’re always confusing the two.

Hope for change: “[T]here are many who had such an optimistic and hopeful opinion of things, and you certainly can’t expect things to change on a dime overnight, but there are many who suggested that with the outgoing Bush administration and the incoming Obama administration there would be something of a lull in terrorism attacks. There had been such a global outpouring of affection, respect, hope, with the new administration coming in, that precisely these kinds of attacks, it was thought — at least hoped — would be dampered [sic] down.” –MSNBC’s Alex Witt on the Mumbai attacks

Please, no: “Will the mountain of crises our country faces make Barack Obama do great things?” –MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews with another tingle running up his leg

Caution is foolish?: “I mean this is an enormous crisis, you’ve got to hit it with an enormous stimulus to buck the economy up. I’m still worrying that they’re going to be a little bit short, because you just have to put all your notions of what is prudent aside. Being cautious is actually a very foolish thing right now.” –former Enron advisor Paul Krugman in The New York Times

Newspulper Headlines:

Good Thing No One Listens to Records Anymore: “Atlantic Hurricane Season Blows Away Records” –Associated Press

Gunns Don’t Kill People, Gunns Rob People: “Gunn Pleads Guilty to Robbery Charge” –Paris (Texas) News

The Same Thing He Says About Everything Else: ‘Arf!’: “What Your Dog Says About You” –

Maybe With His New Job, He Can Afford Tires and Air Conditioning: “Richardson Seen as Tireless, Warm” –Boston Globe

Everything Seemingly Is Spinning Out of Control: “Russia Turns Away From Vodka in Hard Times” –Daily Telegraph ++ “Vatican Warns That Mobile Phones Threaten the Soul” –

News You Can Use: “Tips to Stop Wild Turkeys From Terrorizing You” –Boston Globe Web site

Bottom Stories of the Day: “Obama Doodle Not for Sale, Owner Says” –Chicago Tribune

(Thanks to The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto)


Look out: “Understand that I will be setting policy as president. The buck will stop with me.” –Barack Obama ** Somehow, that’s not reassuring.

Not exactly: “I hope and believe that the American people will come to feel as I do that we brought together one of the most talented national security teams ever assembled. A team prepared to meet the serious challenges we face today and the emerging threats that will confront us tomorrow.” –Joe Biden

Don’t forget what he said then: “What exactly is this foreign policy expertise? Was she negotiating treaties? Was she handling crises? The answer is no. … It’s what’s wrong with politics today. Hillary Clinton will say anything to get elected. … She’ll say anything and change nothing. … The question is, what kind of judgment will you exercise when you pick up that phone … In fact, we’ve had a red-phone moment. It was the decision to invade Iraq. Sen. Clinton gave the wrong answer.” –Barack Obama during the campaign on his pick for secretary of state, Hillary Clinton

Uh oh: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. Things that we postponed for too long, that were long-term, are now immediate and must be dealt with. This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not do before.” –Obama chief-of-staff select Rahm Emanuel

For the children: “In the first weeks [of the new administration], we will pass the bill for insuring 10 million children in America right off the bat.” –House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

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