Friday, February 13, 2009

Now hold on, Mr. President

Oh, where have you gone, Sam Donaldson?

Been talkin and readin about the O-Man's first Presser this week. The infomercial we watched on Monday night was supposed to help The Mother of All Stimulus Packages get by the public, the majority of which is even now trying to score entry into the President's next Town Hall Meeting so that they can win the lottery for a new kitchen or car or the odd play-by-play annoncer gig.

One professional media trainer site that I visited had graded him the next day with "A's" and "B's." And I'm like, "Dudes, which press conference were you guys watching? (They are so eager not to offend while everyone's still basking in the afterglow.....)

A's and B's! The temerity!

Well like Bo Diddly told Dan Aykroyd in "Trading Places":

Louis: "This is a Rouchefoucauld. The thinnest water-resistant watch in the world. Singularly unique, sculptured in design, hand-crafted in Switzerland, and water resistant to three atmospheres. This is *the* sports watch of the '80s. Six thousand, nine hundred and fifty five dollars retail! ... (I)t tells time simultaneously in Monte Carlo, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Rome, and Gstaad.

Bo: "In Philadelphia, it's worth 50 bucks."

Because the Official Circles & Arrows Rating system is gonna be brave and call it like it was: A "C" at best, but only because it was his first one.

Rationale/Scorecard:
  1. Use of teleprompter for prepared remarks -- He's supposed to be the smartest guy ever in the Office, not a good sign right off the bat. He's more addicted to that teleprompter than he is to cigarettes. (In fact, THAT would have been a better question than some of the ones he got. See #11 below) SCORE: 1 Demerit
  2. Looking presidential. SCORE: bonus points. He fits in that space already.
  3. Use of pre-designated "reporter list" instead of calling on them. SCORE: another demerit. So what if W did the same? O couldn't swing a dead cat in that room without hitting a friendly reporter. If he's got such an incredible "command of the issues" he should be able to figure out a seating chart. Speaking of which,.....
  4. Not knowing where the "chosen" reporters were seated. SCORE: demerit to the press office team AND the Prez.
  5. Not calling on Helen Thomas first. SCORE: Bonus points!!! (Just kidding)
  6. Stacking media pool with talk radio shill Ed Shultz and Huffington Post. SCORE: 1 demerit (and my how low have the legit media fallen!?)
  7. Low number of questions. SCORE: 1 demerit
  8. Excruciatingly long, rambling, plodding answers. SCORE: 2 X double demerits
  9. Sticking to message. SCORE: 1 bonus point. Eventually did come back to "4 million jobs" a lot, but took WAY too long to get there.
  10. Getting the timeframe right about what got us to this point. SCORE: bonus point
  11. Getting the reason partially right about what got us here ("the actions of the past 8 years"). SCORE: 1/2 bonus point
  12. Implying the wrong part of the equation got us here. SCORE: 5 demerits. Continued Drunken Sailor spending (not tax breaks) is what buildt up the deficit.
  13. What was it, 10 minutes on the first Question; 2 questions in the first 1/2 hour? SCORE: 1 demerit
  14. Not answering the questions posed to him. SCORE: 1 demerit.
  15. Answering the Wash Post's softball A-Rod steroid question was embarrassing. SCORE: 1 demerit on general principle, and 2 demerits to TWP for wasting a Q on this while almost a TRILLION dollars is being debated. Note to Wash Post: next time, why not ask him "Boxers or Briefs?" (Idiots.)

He'll no doubt get better. Bubba sure did. But Monday was not what we've come to expect from the "new" Great Communicator.

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