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Jay Leno joked last night: “President Obama decided today to deploy an extra 40,000 troops against Fox”

He might not have been the one deciding when to close Guantanamo, nor the one deciding to cut the CEO’s salaries, but Obama surely is bravely leading the charge against Fox. Personally.

I used to think this was some brilliant strategy devised by Ailes and Axelrod to get their bases/ratings fired up and money flowing but I know better now. First of all, it’s not brilliant, but quite obviously dumb. And then, Obama’s fingerprints are on this more then they are on healthcare reform or the stimulus.

How do we know this? Little tidbits of truth coming out, such as his comment about avoiding a food channel show because it had a Fox-like audience:

He personally decided not to go on “Paula’s Home Cooking,” because according to White House sources, the Georgia-based Paula Deen’s cooking was not healthy enough, and her demographic skewed to the same demographic as Fox News. According to one very high-ranking source, “We are going to screw her just like we screwed Fox News.”

Which teaches us several things:

Obama thinks withholding his presence is the equivalent of “screwing” someone. (See Michelle similarly punishing South Carolina)

He wants to screw not just the show people – but their audiences – which makes his delusion about denying them his presence even more ridiculous.

He personally takes pleasure in finding new theaters for hostilities.

When Time chronicled the declaration of war against ANY OPPOSITION IN THE MEDIA made by Anita Dunn, there was the revealing bit:

Obama, fresh from his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, cheered on the effort, telling his aides he wanted to “call ’em out.”

Going further back in time, during the campaign – it took all Obama’s handlers some time to manage to stop him from personally attacking Sarah Palin – it was only after finally McCain remarked on the sexist nature of the attacks that Obama agreed to let surrogates have all the fun.

So, now that we know he likes wars (only not stupid wars as per his mythical speech), let’s see what he’ll do with the war he stole from Cheney. Will his fits of pique fuel his interest? Will his Nobel peace prize make him stick to the war on Faux?

Because I suddenly I am having deja vu of W being overheard screaming: “F–k Saddam, he’s going down”

What made news yesterday was the slashing of CEO’s compensations.

What was newsworthy was that this was a move decided by Obama’s pay czar on his own, without even briefeng the White House on it

But on Wednesday night, administration officials said that the president of the United States didn’t have all that much to do with a decision that will, in many ways, come to define his relationship with Wall Street.

In fact, sources within the administration say the decision to cap corporate pay was Kenneth Feinberg’s, and his alone. A senior administration official tells POLITICO that Obama did not sign off on the pay master’s decision.

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Which reminds me of another newsworthy story that barely made news: the much praised decision to set a dateline for closing Guantanamo, was made by the White House Counsel Greg Craig. Since now, even CNN fact checking SNL had to give Guantanamo to them, it is Craig who is being scapegoated.

in the case of the CEO pay slash, we are in the celebration phase, so the pay czar us being used as ammunition in the “war on Fox” – with the White House trying to bar Fox from interviewing him and all the other networks refusing to join in the shunning. Maybe they are now understanding the meaning of the White House reserving the privilege of deciding what’s news and what’s not

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In other news, Cheney is at war with the White House on the war with Afghanistan. This is not a pretend war like before Among other things Cheney accuses Obama of taking credit for their plan

“bears a striking resemblance” to the one announced by President Obama in March.

Bush administration handed Obama’s transition team a policy review of the Afghan war conducted last fall to meet the new challenges posed by the Taliban.“They asked us not to announce our findings publicly, and we agreed, giving them the benefit of our work and the benefit of the doubt,” Cheney said.

And it is true that Cheney did praise Obama in March, when stealing their plan

Leaving aside the dithering – not dithering debate, when Gibbs was asked about Cheney’s remarks – and delivered some – deserved attacks, the  non-answer on the stolen strategy was interesting

“I have not looked at that review,” Gibbs said. “I don’t know whether what he describes is accurate.”

oops! Seems that like in the debates, Obama got to say “I agree with what they said”. Only he didn’t, he just pretended he said it.

So, the Nobel peace prize laureate, just stole Cheney’s war! Now, if he only could figure out what to do with it!


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Not Your Sweetie

October 2009