Obama-Boehner speech spat should worry Democrats
By James Downie
When you thought Washington couldn’t get any lower, now the two parties are squabbling over when the president can speak to Congress. The White House asked if President Obama could address a joint session on Sept. 7 at 8:00 p.m., the same night and time as the next Republican presidential debate. House Speaker John Boehner, citing scheduled votes that would make a security sweep before the president’s speech impossible, asked the White House to move the speech to Sept. 8. Should this even be a story at all? No, of course not, but the whole episode should still have Democrats concerned.
Of the two, Boehner is acting less dignified. Citing a cluttered House schedule when he controls said House schedule is ridiculous, and citing the logistics of security sweeps on top of that is even more so, especially when Boehner’s rejection of the president’s request is historically unprecedented. Frankly, though, his actions aren’t surprising, given his antics during the debt ceiling debate.
But I’m more disappointed with the White House, because this spat sums up so well the image problems that Obama has faced since the start of his term.
● If the White House has spent months working to appear above the partisan fray – as they insist they have – then pulling a blatantly partisan stunt like this torpedoes all of that PR work.
●Pretending the timing was a coincidence has backfired with the press and pundits. Did the White House really think, when it sent Jay Carney to his press briefing, that people would swallow his line that the timing was “coincidental”?
●In the aftermath of the announcement, the narrative of the afternoon on cable news ran in part that the White House had not cleared the date with the speaker, with some outlets suggesting that Boehner’s office had only been given 15 minutes notice. If true, the White House was disrespectful and should rightly be admonished.
● Since Boehner’s rejection, several outlets have now reported (and the White House is now insisting) that the speaker’s office “raised no objection or concern.” Yet if that is true, that’s scarcely better news for Obama, because that means his staff somehow let the opposite narrative in this “nuh-uh, ya-huh” debate get a multi-hour head start. Now they’re scrambling to correct the record. If only there’d been some kind of press conference where these details could have been mentioned.
If there is anything that gives me a good vibe is the atmosphere and passion of Philadelphia. From the way they support nearly all their sports teams, to the absolutely staggering amount of restaurants. Philly is blue-collar by nature, but people who live there are genuinely Pennsylvanians. You got to love the Pennsylvania hospitality, the openness and the ability to have a small town mentality with a big town cover.
Philly is real, the atmosphere, the down home mantra that nearly everyone displays, the entertainment. But there is literally nothing like Philadelphia Sports. From the Phillies to Eagles, to the Flyers, one thing is sure, Philly loves its sports. You could write an entire blog just on Philly sports. The Big story this year was the redemption of Michael Vick. Philly did not embrace Vick at first, but one thing brought the Philly fans on board. Vick starting doing miraculous things on the football field and won games that they would have otherwise lost.
What are you going to do? Continue be a hater or give a guy like Mike Vick props for how he rehabilitated himself on the field and off. Philly loves it sports and they roots for underdogs. So goes the story of how they accepted and embraced Mike Vick.
The Vick story was the highlight of the year. The Flyers and Phillies both made miraculous runs and the Sixers well, were just the Sixers. Thanks Philadelphia for being real.
I watched 30 for 3o, ESPN DVD Sports presentation of Crossover- The Trial of Allen Iverson and I came away impressed with a few things, most notably the directing done by Steve James of Hoop Dreams fame.
It was a fascinating first person interview of all the people involved in the Allen Iverson story , during his pre NBA, pre Georgetown years; the high school years. A story that culminated in a bowling alley brawl that landed Iverson and four other classmates in jail in Hampton, Virginia.
This classic and I will call it a classic, was directed by Steve James, who has to his credit directed one other monster basketball hit, called Hoop Dreams. I will say this much about James, He should stay in the business. This was one of the most fascinating basketball documentaries that I have seen. For those of you who saw Hoop Dreams, the same can be said.
The way James weaved the story around the black and white residents of Hampton Roads, to get their feeling about AI is magnificent. Make no mistake Iverson is a complicated guy, but James did a lot to bring out this sad segment of a period of Iverson’s life when his future was in the balance after being sentenced for his involvement in a brawl, which nearly curtailed his his famed NBA career.
If you have the inclination, purchase 30 for 30 Volume 01, Films 01-15. You’ll be glad you did and you will also have the opportunity to enjoy a library of other 30 for 30 documentaries.
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
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Although good fortune is not a promised by what you do, what you give back to others should come from the heart, and not predicated on your expectation of recognition.
Americans are in a climate where they expect excellence and proven value. They also expect everyone to deliver on promises. Mediocrity is not an option.
Americans are mad and they aren’t going to take it anymore. They are mad at politicians, they are mad at doctors, institutions, government, local government……the list is huge!
Politicians over promise and under deliver. Retailers, banks,
, lie, cheat and steal and deny it with a straight face. It is without a doubt a climate ripe with deceit.
Is there an end to this madness? Not in the short run. We created this mess over a lifetime and now we just have to dig ourselves out.
No political party can turn this ship around quickly. Our political system is not set up to allow it. Too many checks and balances.
The solution is to work with the party in power and try to get all parties to come to a consensus/ agreement. Over a period of years things will change.
But we just can’t keep changing parties, because we are impatient. This will only make matters worse.
My take on the ” Decision” is “that LeBron James may have made a wrong decision in choosing to participate in an hour long infomercial. But he absolutely made the right decision in choosing the Miami Heat.
James by nature is at best a reluctant leader. No one can ever accuse him of being a ball hog. In this regard he is another Magic Johnson. James will make a huge difference and impact in Miami. He is a multi-dimensional player, who will average triple doubles nearly ever game.
Did he let Cleveland down? Absolutely. Will they get over it? No