Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Unintentional humor from Yahoo: "Is SNL right that Obama's accomplished 'nothing'?"

It's rare that an article encapsulates liberal compromise making as fully as this one. Written in order to rebut a sketch on Saturday Night Live where Obama said that he's done nothing since becoming President, the point by point accidentally illustrates the idea that while Obama has not literally done nothing he's compromised on many, many promises he made on the campaign trail. While it's obvious that nothing he's done is remotely close to what Bush did on a daily basis, it's still far from accomplishing everything that he set out as his positions during the campaign. Some examples:

"7. Changing the military's policies on gay soldiers: In his first week in the Oval Office, President Obama announced that his Administration would have to study the "implications for national security" before he could attempt to repeal the present "don't ask, don't tell" policy initiated by the Clinton administration in 1993. On Sunday, White House National Security Adviser James Jones reiterated Obama's commitment to fulfilling this campaign promise, but added that the president has "a lot on his plate" and would get around to addressing the issue at the "right time.""

Aha. A lot on his plate. Too busy.

"1. Close the American military prison at Guantanamo Bay: In one of his first acts as president, Obama signed an order mandating the close of the notorious lockup by January 2010. On Sunday, White House National Security Adviser James Jones said that he was "hopeful" that the White House would meet that deadline. Several legal and logistical questions remained to be answered, however, including the fate of the remaining detainees."

In actuality, it's extremely likely that that deadline won't be met. Those legal and logistical questions are the key terms here, because those are the weasel words that allow liberals to still believe that Obama is committed to ending Guantanamo Bay as soon as possible. Give me a ring when he actually closes it.

"4. Reform the nation's health care system: This year's health care reform debate has been one of the more contentious debates in American history. Originally, the president set an August deadline for Congress to pass legislation for him to sign. That obviously didn't happen. However, on Friday night the Senate Finance Committee finally released its mammoth health care bill -- the last panel to do so, with a committee vote potentially coming as early as the middle of this week -- setting the stage for an even more intense national debate as the full Senate and House finalize legislation."

No comment there whatsoever on the compromises that Obama has made during the health care debate, with the public option, which is essentially what his health care plan was about, being steadily diluted until the meaning of the health care reform has become the residual reforms that were originally secondary.

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