Wednesday, September 9, 2009

263 Speeches in 231 Days

Aside from the military, the most powerful weapon at the disposal of the President of the United States is what Theodore Roosevelt called the "bully pulpit" -- the premiere platform from which to advocate an agenda.

CBS newsman Mark Knoller has chronicled President Obama's use of the bully pulpit as follows:
  • 263 speeches or remarks
  • 231 days in office
  • 32   more speeches than days served
Unfortunately Teddy forgot to tell President Obama that the bully pulpit is an asset class of diminishing returns.  The more a President uses it, the less it's worth.  And like every account at the government's disposal, this one has been spent down to zero and now runs a deficit.

Rather than lay off the bully pulpit credit card for a while to let the account rebuild, Obama will pull out his Presidential Gold Card one more time tonight at a joint session of Congress.

What's he planning to buy (or should I say sell)?  Health care, of course.

But that account is overdrawn too:
  • 28   speeches on health care
  • 121 remarks mentioning health care
Like the dizzy dame who can't understand how her account can be overdrawn when she still has checks left, the President will attempt to pass some more bad paper tonight.

Except for gender, the dizzy dame analogy is spot on.  Obama refuses to believe there's anything actually wrong with his health care proposal.  It doesn't matter that our existing government health plans, medicare and medicaid, are in the red to the tune of $53.7 Trillion (with a 'T').  He's still got checks in the check book!

He believes that by the force of his own magnetic personality he can finally persuade the electorate and the Congress to accept his bad check tonight.

As my father likes to say, "You're just not holding your face right."

But even the bully pulpit won't save Mr Obama's health care plan.  And with it's demise perhaps the nation will have a chance to put it's financial house in order.  Maybe.


  1. All presidents make speeches, most of them make something that could be called a speech just about every day.

    And the "bully pulpit" is a relic of early 20th century America, a time when almost no one else had a pulpit, outside of actual preachers. Those days are long, long gone.

    Now it's pretty much a cacophony of incredible ignorance.

  2. Great article Libertywatchman. This is a man who likes the sound of his own voice. He is way overexposed.