Dear President O: I have a simple problem

For those of you who managed to slog through my two "Barack Obama’s War on Me" posts now comes further proof of his obsession with me. Here is a direct quote from an interview he did with the New York Times the other day: "We don’t spend a lot of time looking at blogs." He went on ...

For those of you who managed to slog through my two "Barack Obama's War on Me" posts now comes further proof of his obsession with me. Here is a direct quote from an interview he did with the New York Times the other day: "We don't spend a lot of time looking at blogs." He went on to imply that the views offered in blogs were simplistic. 

For those of you who managed to slog through my two "Barack Obama’s War on Me" posts now comes further proof of his obsession with me. Here is a direct quote from an interview he did with the New York Times the other day: "We don’t spend a lot of time looking at blogs." He went on to imply that the views offered in blogs were simplistic. 

Blogs simplistic? Seriously? Michelle Malkin simplistic? The Daily Kos simplistic? Perez Hilton simplistic?  (I hate to lump Perez in with wingnuts Michelle and Kos. At least Perez has taken a strong stance against Sienna Miller.) But then again, the current economic plan is a far cry from simplistic. How could you do both a fat-laden, intellectually dishonest (see useless tax cuts) stimulus and then a summit on fiscal responsibility in the same week and call that simplistic? How can you argue the urgency of addressing the meltdown in financial markets and fail to move quickly to actually do anything about it and call that simplistic? You can’t take both sides of an issue and call that simplistic. It’s the opposite of simple. It’s incomprehensible. However, there is an exception to every rule and if you really do have an appetite for the incomprehensibly simplistic go read the part of Obama’s interview dealing with the economy. 

Seriously, I am predisposed to love you President O and want you to succeed. I am all for the vision you laid out in your budget. You’ve got a great team (at least insofar as it is in place). But don’t pick on the blogs.  It only makes us angry…and then we focus on interviews like the above and can’t help but notice that they are meandering, non-specific, and essentially long-winded ways of saying "leave it to us, we’re really smart, we’ll take care of this." Which is a statement that requires a little bit more hard evidence of progress before we can actually buy into it.  

David Rothkopf is visiting professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His latest book is The Great Questions of Tomorrow. He has been a longtime contributor to Foreign Policy and was CEO and editor of the FP Group from 2012 to May 2017. Twitter: @djrothkopf

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