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Monday, August 20, 2012

The spin that Obama aides are spinning

The Obama campaign is so caught up in their own garbage that they are saying the most extraordinary things.

The New York Times had a story about how the crowds coming out to see President Obama are big, but just not of the impressive size that he drew in 2008. When asked about it, Obama aides say that they are deliberately limiting the size of the crowds that can come out to see him.
“Our focus right now is on exciting our supporters and winning over undecided voters and the smaller and medium-size events are the best venue to accomplish that because the president can closely engage with the crowd.”

Big rallies are expensive, especially given the logistical and security challenges for a president as opposed to a mere United States senator. And Obama campaign operatives, both at the Chicago headquarters and in swing states where Mr. Obama recently has stumped, say the campaign intentionally limits crowds by restricting tickets. The reason is to allow the president to better connect with supporters, aides say.
Yeah, sure. That bit of spin reminded Mark Steyn of the scene from This is Spinal Tap when they notice that they're appearing in smaller venues. Here is Steyn's version.
ROB REINER: The last time Spinal Tap toured America, they were, uh, booked into 10,000 seat arenas, and 15,000 seat venues, and it seems that now, on their current tour they’re being booked into 1,200 seat arenas, 1,500 seat arenas, and uh I was just wondering, does this mean uh…the popularity of the group is waning?

BAND MANAGER DAVID AXELROD: Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no…no, no, not at all. We have plenty of time for big stadium gigs. But our focus right now is on intentionally limiting crowds by restricting tickets – to allow the band to better connect with fans.

Yeah, that's the ticket. Obama's appeal is just more selective. Sure. As if Obama is better connecting with his supporters in a group of 1,000. But what are they going to say when confronted with an uncomfortable question?

Stephanie Cutter, Obama's deputy campaign manager, went on CNN and was asked about Obama's media strategy of the past few months of not answering questions from the White House press corps for two months but giving interviews to People magazine, "Entertainment Tonight" and a New Mexico pop radio station. And this is the spin she put forth:
“I don’t think that they’re more important, but I think that they’re equally important,” Cutter said. “I think that’s where a lot of Americans get their news. And I think the president’s going to continue doing that.
And then she immediately swiveled to asking for Romney's tax forms.

I guess it's to be expected that a man who got elected because he was a celebrity should try to campaign for reelection as just another celebrity. And why shouldn't we find out about Obama along with stories about Kim Kardashian or Katie Holmes?

Actually, the people most upset about this are the members of the White House press corps and who really cares about them. I just think it's funny that, despite the lack of challenge that the White House press corps has presented to President Obama in press conferences that he still wants to avoid them.

Of course, Stephanie Cutter is the same aide who denied knowing anything about Joe Soptic who appeared in that noxious Super PAC ad trying to connect Mitt Romney to the death of his wife. Then she was confronted with the fact that she had earlier been on a conference call during which Mr. Soptic narrated the same story. She is still denying that she knew anything even though there is a tape of her on that conference call that she was narrating. But why not lie? No one cares except for people who already are ticked off about the ad and they're probably not voting for Obama anyway.

Stephanie Cutter is the gift that keeps on giving. Yesterday she denied that Obama cut money from Medicare even though just a few days ago she was bragging about the $700 billion cut in Medicare that the President achieved through health care reform.

I guess lying is just the business that they're in, but they don't seem particularly good at it.


mark said...

Of course, Cutter and others were lying about their knowledge of Soptic. No hard evidence. Just common sense.

Let's talk about dishonesty: Paul Ryan has been caught telling lies three times this past week: regarding the value of stimulus funds, denying he requested stimulus funds, and saying that Obama closed down a car dealership that actually closed under Bush. Where's the outrage?
If repubs are going to push radical "right-wing social engineering", at least try to get an honest guy to carry it out.

Rick Caird said...

Mark, you are still full of it. After Cutter hosted a conference call with Soptic, you are still claiming "no hard evidence".

I can find nothing that says Ryan lied (or was mistaken) about the amount of the stimulus as you claim.

Ryan did miss that he wrote a letter asking $20 million in stimulus funds for an energy conservation company, but that hardly constitutes a lie as ThinkProgress, Maddow and Kos would have you believe. Why do you even parrot those idiots?

Finally, Obama did speak at the Janesville plant and said

"I believe if our government is there to support you, and give you the assistance you need to re-tool and make this transition, that this plant will be here for another hundred years,"

So, it was a politicians weasel words. not a real promise, just let them think you promised. Ryan did not lie. Obama spoke those words, but neither TPM nor Mark will not actually tell you that.

All three of these little incidents are already forgotten except by the hard left like Mark, but they will have zero influence on people's opinion of Ryan or not the election. Give it a rest, Mark. Like Obama, you just keep shrinking: getting smaller and smaller.

AJsDaddie said...

Links, please, to documentation of these statements? Especially the car dealership one. That's a new one on me. There is some confusion on the Janesville plant closing: Obama spoke there in 2008 and said that a government partnership with automakers could keep the plant open. The plant closed in 2009.