In his Morning Jolt newsletter (available by subscription), Jim Geraghty linked a sweet from Joe Pounder which pretty much summed up the president’s solution to the current crisis, indeed, to any crisis, “House Republicans have passed a budget, passed CCB, proposed another debt ceiling bill and Obama will deliver a speech. #Typical“.
Maybe his reaction is understandable. After all, it was a speech which catapulted the then-state Senator to national fame — and considerable fortune.
Great speakers, however, know one thing that the president seems to have neglected: sometimes silence is an effective means of communication.
The editors of the Wall Street Journal deemed the president’s address last night “unprecedented“:
A President using a national TV address from the White House to call out his political opposition as unreasonable and radical and blame them as the sole reason for the “stalemate” over spending and the national debt.
We’ve watched dozens of these speeches over the years, and this was more like a DNC fund-raiser than an Oval Office address.
He was far too partisan. He offered nothing new. He didn’t seem engaged. He may have hoped to use the address to strengthen his bargaining position, but in the end, he seems to have strengthened that of House Speaker John Boehner who won raves for his speech from his base while Obama’s base had a more “downbeat reaction“. A recent poll shows his base crumbling.
Instead of giving yet another speech, the president should have tried listening more, to the concerns the American people expressed last fall at the ballot box, that protesters have expressed in Tea Parties over the past two years and that Speaker Boehner expressed last night. We have, to borrow an expression of a presidential candidate, “been living beyond our means” and need a “net spending cut.”
And we do need to break that “pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame.“
RELATED: Over at the New York Post, Michael Walsh writes, “The time for talk is over, but alas, talk is all this president has.” Read the whole thing and ask yourself why people thought this guy had a first-class temperament. (Via Instapundit.)