Obama’s New Spin Machine

March 7th, 2011 at 12:00 am | 17 Comments |

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On Sunday, the White House sent new Chief of Staff Bill Daley out to do Meet the Press for the first time since Mayor Rahm bounced from the post to run Chicago.  Daley’s performance was so fun that we thought we would translate a few of his answers out of politics and into English.


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On Speaker Boehner: “The last thing I’d ever do is speculate about the Speaker’s ability to control his caucus (I am about to speculate about the Speaker’s ability to control his own caucus). My sense is — and I have great admiration for him (I really love him, specifically because I don’t think he has control over his caucus) — I think there’s no question that (it is highly unlikely that) he understands that, as Speaker, he not only speaks for his party, he leads the House of Representatives. They and the Senate have to get together and agree on a budget, or this government doesn’t fund itself, and we look ridiculous (we will blame this all on Boehner.  So what I’m saying is that Boehner will look ridiculous) If anyone thinks that out of this last election, the American people were voting for more partisanship, more saying ‘no’, they’re going to have a rude awakening in the next election (we are big fans of the current House Republicans.  We think they are going to score us four more years!)


On Ambassador Huntsman: ‘His support of the Obama administration, his support of the president, the things he did on behalf of this administration, and the closeness in which he worked with the President is much appreciated (Michelle Bachmann and the Tea Party People!  You should read about this guy on Wikipedia!  He is SUCH a RINO!  He is President Obama’s boy!   The President just loves and respects him so much!)…and I’m sure we’ll talk about that in the primaries. (Because we know that the quickest way to eradicate any chance this Huntsman fellow has of winning the nomination is to make sure everyone knows that he is the President’s friend….also, did I mention that he is a Mormon?)


On a “No Fly Zone” for Libya: Well, you know, lots of people throw around phrases of “no-fly zone,” and they talk about it as though it’s just a game on a video game or something and some people who throw, throw that line out have no idea what they’re talking about.  (I hate Fox News.  These fools that keep carping about “no fly zones” are windbags who don’t have the slightest idea what the hell they are talking about.  Don’t you think if this problem could easily be solved by some magic “no fly zone,” we’d be doing it?  This isn’t Star Fox for Nintendo 64.  This is real.  Why the hell did I take this job?  What was I thinking? )


On “Leading the Way” with Libya: It is in our interest…. there should be no violence in these changes that are going on in the Middle East.  You have to protect the basic human rights (and stabilize oil prices).  And at the end, there has to be a process, both political and economic, for the people in these countries to have some opportunity of real change in their government.  (Look, Gregory: what do you want from me?  If I say that we are committed to securing human rights, the neocons will start banging the drums of war and the anti-war left will start supporting another candidate.  The budget busters will start yelling about how we can’t afford a war.  The neo-liberals will start lobbying us to talk to the UN more.  Meanwhile, the price of oil will just keep going up and up and no one will vote for us in the middle.  So just shut up….next question.)


On President Karzai’s Complaints about Civilian Casualties: Well, well, President Obama spoke with President Karzai recently (He told him to shut his mouth or else we were going to defund his security detail). No question we’ve–we feel terrible about–and, and not only the general, the president has stated his sorrow over this tragedy that occurred.  Obviously, these are difficult actions when you’re in the middle of a war. (“President” Karzai knows we are busting our asses to try to avoid civilian casualties because it undermines our efforts.  So, it would be great if Hamid could stop calling press conferences every time it happens.)


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17 Comments so far ↓

  • SFTor1

    Sorry, not good enough.

  • mickster99

    Nice bit of spin on the spin.
    Actually reveals far more about Golinkin’s imaginary spin then it does about Daley.

  • Rabiner

    You put a smile on my face by making a reference to Star Fox on Nintendo 64. Otherwise worthless.

  • JeninCT

    Couldn’t get him to take your calls so you made up your own interview? I really know nothing about Daley but this was juvenile.

  • talkradiosucks.com

    Childish and moronic — and yet it gets a lead placement “above the fold”.

    Seriously — doesn’t this place have any standards for guest postings at all?

  • Houndentenor

    If this were reversed (someone mock-parsing Boehner, for example) on Huffington Post, Frum would be the first one to throw a hissy about it. This is exactly the kind of thing that FF was supposed to oppose. Oh well.

  • ggore

    Where’s the posting about Michelle Bachman’s absolutely ridiculous appearance on Meet the Press Sunday? She came prepared with a sign! She came prepared to do only ONE thing: beat up on Obama because of $100 million in “secret” funding for Obamacare. Secret because she and NO other congressman knew it was in the bill. And despite all the moderators attempts, that was ALL she was going to talk about. She redirected every one of his questions into her spiel while wanting to hold up the card with $100 million in big bold letters on it. The saddest display I have ever seen on TV. Fortunately David Gregory was having none of it and cut off her spiel once it became apparent that’s all she wanted to do. And this woman thinks she can actually win the Presidency???

  • talkradiosucks.com

    “This is exactly the kind of thing that FF was supposed to oppose.”

    Exactly. I mean, we all know politicians parse and phrase and, well, act like politicians! And that goes ten-fold for a servant paid to talk to the media.

    Where is the news here? How does this advance the dialog or anyone’s knowledge about any issue?

    David Frum is an intelligent and thoughtful writer. Why doesn’t he insist on the same from his guest bloggers?

  • Smargalicious

    No spin can help BHO. He’s exposed himself and the mainstreammedia outlets who supported him can’t bail him out or ignore him anymore.

    Countdown to November 2012…

  • ottovbvs

    Is this juvenile rubbish the best Golinkin can do? President’s Chiefs of Staff spin (and Daley who is an old hand is pretty good at it)? This is news?

  • talkradiosucks.com

    “Is this juvenile rubbish the best Golinkin can do?”

    Golinkin appears to be a student — one who should be spending a lot more time learning from the guy who’s employing him, rather than embarassing him in public.

    • ottovbvs

      I assume he is a student, one with arrested development. This is the sort of stuff 15 years olds do. Of course it appeals to those suffering from arrested development.

  • Smargalicious

    ^^^Why are you guys so vicious when a article you disagree with comes out?

    You two are the Carvilles of this website. :D

  • balconesfault

    Did anyone find this readable?

    I bolted after the first 2 paragraphs.

    I hope this was written as Golinkin +6, assuming he’s of legal age.

  • sweatyb

    The article starts out all smarmy, but fails to deliver any smarm in the content of the article. So maybe Golinkin actually is a fan of Daley’s performance. If you read it that way, then it becomes more of a “Political Interviews 101: How to express yourself without forcing your hand”.

    Once again, the article is content free, while the headline and the intro are incendiary. Almost like Frum is trying to drum up traffic to this site (and burnish his right-wing cred), but can’t bring himself to actually take any right-wing positions.

  • chicago_guy

    I actually read it as a compliment to Daley’s effectiveness of saying what he wanted to say in between the lines.

    And most of them are probably correct; I’ve gotta believe that the Obama folks are loving how unruly and whacky the House Republicans are proving to be, and how feckless Boehner appears as their leader.

  • zephae

    “I assume he is a student, one with arrested development. This is the sort of stuff 15 years olds do. Of course it appeals to those suffering from arrested development.”

    Why did you mention “arrested development” twice in your comment? The movie’s not gonna come out any faster!