I am curious to watch the media obeying, but so far, Politico tells us
RENO, Nev.— Barack Obama on Tuesday stepped up his advocacy for the Bush Administration’s endangered $700 billion bailout plan by making a round of calls to rank-and-file Democrats in the House and casting congressional inaction in dire, real-world terms. He also massaged his pitch, no longer using the word “bailout” to describe the bill.
Hmm, let’s see how the massage will travel through his surrogate media
But after the House defeated the bill with Democratic help, including a majority of the Congressional Black Caucus, the pressure began rising for Obama to make more direct appeals to his party.
So, what should we call it now? Crap sandwitch was used by the House republicans, but as Obama praises it,
it should be “transformational measure” or “fresh as a summer’s day bill”.
Whatever it is, I shall always connect it to Obama, no matter what.
And any suggestions for “massaging the pitch” – welcome
reading MSNBC swooning at it – the winner is “RESCUE PLAN”
RENO, Nev. — In a sweeping speech in battleground state Nevada, Obama made a direct appeal to the American people and to members of Congress to support the $700 billion rescue plan that failed to pass in the House of Representatives yesterday.
that was the editorializing, this is the Obama massaging
Obama said this was no longer just a Wall Street crisis, but an American crisis and that failure to pass a rescue plan could mean thousands of businesses could close around the country, millions of jobs could be lost and a long and painful recession could follow.
So, there. see? It’s our rescue now, you have to want it, cuz Obama ses so. In the bestest speech ever. And it befits a Savior. He’ll save us all.. or rescue us. The new emerging meme.
And the meme is launched: Obama campaign surrogate Thomas Friedman uses it twice in his headline
Rescue the Rescue
Watch Gergen on CNN using the new meme
Yesterday’s stunning rejection by the House of Representatives of the financial rescue plan represents one of the clearest signs yet of the deepening leadership problem we are facing as a people.
and CNN using it in a news story headline – at least as served in memeorandum
See? Forget crap sandwitch. Forget bailout. You shall love this.
Only one obstinate Real Clear Politics editorial calls it a bailout today
Bailout Would Impose Needless Economic Damage
This is the exception. They will be drowned in “Rescue” – just watch.
Soon, only old geezers like me will remember the times when we called this a bailout. And we knew it was government and Bush/Obama cronies feasting on our tax dollars.
Update October second
On Olbermann a few minutes ago (that basement classroom with the heavy paper over the windows and camera sure has come in handy lately!) a phrase popped out of my mouth: “Stockholm Syndrome”, with regard to the
How he feels about it? here’s a description:
And then it failed in the House, so the Senate has larded it up, with stuff like SEC. 503. EXEMPTION FROM EXCISE TAX FOR CERTAIN WOODEN ARROWS DESIGNED FOR USE BY CHILDREN.
and a more direct statement:
So am I for the bill? Yuk, phooey, I guess so. And I’m very angry at Paulson for putting us in this position.
Which pretty sums up the new Krugman – a campaign surrogate these days – with flares of honesty