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    Arrow Dear President Barack Obama: Stop being a celebrity, start being a leader

    Stop Being a Celebrity, Start Being a Leader

    by: David Sirota

    Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 09:15

    Dear President Obama, As you back off the public option and demand an extension of the Patriot Act, I'm fairly disappointed in you on policy grounds. However, I'm downright irritated with your seeming desire to be a celebrity icon first, and a political leader second - so friggin' iritated, in fact, that I'm resorting to the super-irritating cliche of this, the open letter format.

    Between seeing you grab headlines in the Kanye West "controversy" and now hearing of your upcoming television tour, it seems clear that right now, you are very interested in attracting attention from the pop and D.C. media. Now, I'm sure you argue that those media are decent conduits to deliver political messages - and that may be true. However, it seems to me that if you were genuinely interested in immediately passing a serious health care bill, you would refrain from the celebrity media and the D.C. chat shows that almost no one but D.C. insiders watch, and do some of the less glamorous work that could actually deliver results.

    Specifically, it seems to me that if you went to states like, say, Montana, Iowa and Maine and publicly hammered Sens. Baucus, Grassley and Snowe as obstructionists, there's a decent chance they would fall in line (especially Baucus, who is a Democrat who always worries about losing a primary). At minimum, doing that kind of thing, rather than spending time on national/glam television and courting elite journalists/talk show hosts, gives you a better chance of delivering concrete legislative results, even if it might make you momentarily less of a pop culture celebrity.

    Then again, actually doing the unglamorous, hard work of putting pressure on wavering legislators would require a willingness to be a bit confrontational; to spend some political capital rather than hoard it; and to use the element of electoral/political fear - all of which you have refused to use. Indeed, I agree with the Politico - for all the talk of you hiring "tough" people who curse a lot, you and those supposed "toughs" have helped make you one of the only presidents in modern history that most members of Congress do not fear in the slightest.

    Perhaps that's because the very things you eschew (ie. actually going into someone's district and pressuring them) is what might make them nervous, and the very thing you embrace (national media celebrity) is something they aren't afraid of.

    I'll end just by stating the obvious: As president, you'll always be a celebrity. But what we really need right now is a leader.

    Hoping you'll take this under advisement,
    David
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    I think Bill Maher also talked about this a few months ago.

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    He did but its getting worse, He needs to get over himself and get down to business
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    He needs to stop placating the rethugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cupcake View Post
    He did but its getting worse, He needs to get over himself and get down to business
    This is one of the reasons I was very concerned about his lack of experience when BO was running in the primaries. If he had actually spent any time in the senate before declaring, he might have had a better understanding of how things get done there.

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    Well he seems to be concerned about his ratings and I guess that when he makes these appearances they go up a bit. Im over the smooth talking, charismatic speaking and appearances, just go do your job
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    I agree. Not sure what to make of his 5 Sunday talkshows and Letterman Monday night blitz. Is it going to change one Republican's mind to vote for any bill he puts forth? No. So go back home, work on an awesome fucking bill that has nothing to do with appeasing the dicksucking lobbyists, and put it out for a vote. The GOP already made up their minds to sit in the corner and cry like babies, so who needs them. Bipartisanship, as much as I would LOVE for it to exist, is a joke.
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    That's my point. If he had a better fix on who it was that he was dealing with, BO would understand that there is no such thing as 'bi-partisanship' with those people. Look he has the votes. This is all wasted time and makes him look weak.

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    Barack Obama was surprised to be booed by progressives when he mentioned support of the Baucus health plan that did NOT include a public option and would force people to buy shitty insurance.

    He was SURPRISED.

    Either he's a complete and utter retard, supports this plan with full knowledge of what it does, or he's so insulated from what's going on as to be practically useless.

    Those are the only choices, and they're all bad!
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    To add to that:

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    It's usually Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony who do the singing, but Gossip Cop has learned that President Obama led a group of senators and congressmen yesterday in a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for Anthony, who turned 41.

    On Wednesday, the couple began a whirlwind visit to Washington, DC, where they were first given a private tour of the White House, along with their 19-month-old children Emma and Max. Gossip Cop is told that while his parents spoke with Obama in the Oval Office, little Max amused himself by running wild around the White House.
     
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    He's a cool president, IMO. Even though he is getting himself into the entertainment media and stuff like that, I guess it just goes to show you, you can't take life too seriously. I don't really know much about politics or why healthcare is so important, but I think he's at a bad time of presidency where we might be floating towards the next "great depression..."
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    Cool doesn't get the job done. Yes he says pretty words, but his actions are pretty lame so far.
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    Cool is such an important aspect of being the President, so I'm so glad he's cool. Fuck healthcare, Afghanistan, Iraq...he's cool and that's all that counts. We shouldn't take life so seriously.

    But he'll never be as cool as Martin Van Buren.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Queen Mab View Post
    He's a cool president, IMO. Even though he is getting himself into the entertainment media and stuff like that, I guess it just goes to show you, you can't take life too seriously. I don't really know much about politics or why healthcare is so important, but I think he's at a bad time of presidency where we might be floating towards the next "great depression..."
    This is NOT the time to show you can't take life too seriously.
    As far as I'm concerned, he's sending mixed messages.
    Entertainment shows are not the right platform to promote
    your health care plan because of something as serious as
    47 million Americans who cannot afford health care insurance.
    He's beginning to rival that idiot Chimpy McSmirkface as far
    as photo ops go.
    I voted for the guy, but he should really wake up and smell
    the garbage. Also, his administration should take the signs of
    racism seriously and should not respond so politically correct
    stating it is NOT racism but just a difference on issues.
    Jesus Christ, I know Dubya dug the hole America is in right now,
    but instead of closing it, Obama seems all too eager to just
    jump in.
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