Obama giving a speech on job creation seems odd. Maybe we can have a fox give a speech on how to protect chickens in hen houses. Or perhaps we could schedule a bear to give a speech on vegetarianism. Obama, the anti-job master of disaster, cannot give any speech on job creation that is credible, unless it consists of two words: "I resign!"
Of course, Obama's planned speech is more about his re-election than it is about jobs. The Big O is hoping to recapture some of that 2008 magic where a majority of voters saw him as some kind of Shaman, a being of light who spoke profound truths and was to be believed no matter how absurd or ambiguous his claims. Now even liberals have recognized that the Magical O's Golden Oratory was an illusion borne of self-deception and fantasy. His speeches now fool few and may even further harm his shrinking chances for re-election. As one former believer states:
But here's the other observation: Not only isn't Obama the gifted TV performer he seemed to be during the 2008 campaign, TV is now one of his worst enemies.Meanwhile, the White House has announced that unemployment will remain persistently high through 2012, so why bother with a jobs speech? Probably so Obama can justify a new round of crazy, high spending and deficit expansion. Reckless spending may not create jobs, but it does buy votes from the underclass.
My first fuzzy notion of this idea came while I watched Obama address the nation after the debt ceiling compromise with its crackpot, kick-the-can centerpiece of a so-called Super Committee. Obama had performed pitifully during the crisis, and yet, here he was on TV thinking he could spin the economic embarrassment as "Good President Battles Bad Congress" or Responsible Adult reins in Mean, Selfish Children."
But as I looked at the screen, I couldn't help thinking how diminished Obama looked and how thin his voice sounded. I wondered if there actually was something happening physically with him.