Friday, February 13, 2009

Lessons From Behind The Big Desk

A few years ago, a news director and I were talking about the problems associated with hiring another producer for our station. The process wasn't going as smoothly or as simply as I thought it should. My boss agreed.

But he had to sit on his hands for reasons he couldn't disclose. "When you get to be on this side of the desk," he told me, "you'll understand."

President Barack Obama is reaching that understanding from his side of the desk as he gets ready to finally sign a hard-fought stimulus package. The struggle demolished whatever visions of bipartisanship he held before taking office. Republicans are still going to be Republicans, Democrats will still be Democrats, and partisan politics is here to stay. Towards the end, President Obama learned he would have to play the game by the old rules, as evidenced in his first prime-time press conference:
Now, my administration inherited a deficit of over $1 trillion, but because we also inherited the most profound economic emergency since the Great Depression, doing little or nothing at all will result in even greater deficits, even greater job loss, even greater loss of income, and even greater loss of confidence.

Those are deficits that could turn a crisis into a catastrophe, and I refuse to let that happen. As long as I hold this office, I will do whatever it takes to put this economy back on track and put this country back to work.
And what about partisan bickering? Just as pork is in the eye of the beholder, so is partisanship, as Nancy Peolsi indicated to Katie Couric:
We had an election and it was about a direction for our country. We have strong philosophical difference in the Congress. This isn't inner-party bickering; this is major difference of opinion on philosophy, on how our country should go forward.

We reject the failed Bush Administration economic policies, which got us where we are today. The proposals that the Republicans put forth were more of the same. We will not go back.
So much for post-partisan America. If you want to be post-partisan, don't join political parties. Don't vote for them. But sadly, that's next to impossible given political realities. The president is learning all about it on the job.


Anonymous said...

My dearest Viscount Francis:

I thought you might enjoy this:

This is a clip of my favorite Scottish band. I cannot wait to see them at the Highland games next week in Phoenix!

Happy Valentine's Day, my dearest pet!

Your friend and your sister in the Lord,

Madame Noire

Christopher said...

My Dearest Madame Noire,

Aye! The Wicked Tinkers! I shall be seeing them myself next weekend at the Highland Games in Phoenix in the full kilt. I love their live shows. Do not be surprised to see me doing a Highland Jig or Fling!

And, my lady, I hope to see you there!

Happy Valentine's Day to You, my Sister In Christ! As always, I bow to you from afar with tricorn removed...

Your Humble Servant & Friend,
Viscount Christopher
(aka, Christopher the Jacobite)