Saturday, April 4, 2009

When Good Interviews Go Bad

Evidently we're not the only ones that are less than enamored with the oratorical skills of our leader when he forgets TOTUS.

I don't even know for certain if this is verbatim for the interview but it was worth a chuckle. Have a great Saturday.

The question that flummoxed the great orator

John Crace
The Guardian, Friday 3 April 2009
Article history

Barack Obama, the World's Greatest Orator (™all news organisations), didn't exactly cover himself in glory when the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson asked him a question about who was to blame for the financial crisis. Normally word perfect, Obama ummed, ahed and waffled for the best part of two and a half minutes. Here, John Crace decodes what he was really thinking ...

Nick Robinson: "A question for you both, if I may. The prime minister has repeatedly blamed the United States of America for causing this crisis. France and Germany both blame Britain and America for causing this crisis. Who is right? And isn't the debate about that at the heart of the debate about what to do now?" Brown immediately swivels to leave Obama in pole position. There is a four-second delay before Obama starts speaking [THANKS FOR NOTHING, GORDY BABY. REMIND ME TO HANG YOU OUT TO DRY ONE DAY.] Barack Obama: "I, I, would say that, er ... pause [I HAVEN'T A CLUE] ... if you look at ... pause [WHO IS THIS NICK ROBINSON JERK?] ... the, the sources of this crisis ... pause [JUST KEEP GOING, BUDDY] ... the United States certainly has some accounting to do with respect to . . . pause [I'M IN WAY TOO DEEP HERE] ... a regulatory system that was inadequate to the massive changes that have taken place in the global financial system ... pause, close eyes [THIS IS GOING TO GO DOWN LIKE A CROCK OF SHIT BACK HOME. HELP]. I think what is also true is that ... pause [I WANT NICK ROBINSON TO DISAPPEAR] ... here in Great Britain ... pause [SHIT, GORDY'S THE HOST, DON'T LAND HIM IN IT] ... here in continental Europe ... pause [DAMN IT, BLAME EVERYONE.] ... around the world. We were seeing the same mismatch between the regulatory regimes that were in place and er ... pause [I'VE LOST MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT AGAIN] ... the highly integrated, er, global capital markets that have emerged ... pause [I'M REALLY WINGING IT NOW]. So at this point, I'm less interested in ... pause [YOU] ... identifying blame than fixing the problem. I think we've taken some very aggressive steps in the United States to do so, not just responding to the immediate crisis, ensuring banks are adequately capitalised, er, dealing with the enormous, er ... pause [WHY DIDN'T I QUIT WHILE I WAS AHEAD?] ... drop-off in demand and contraction that has taken place. More importantly, for the long term, making sure that we've got a set of, er, er, regulations that are up to the task, er, and that includes, er, a number that will be discussed at this summit. I think there's a lot of convergence between all the parties involved about the need, for example, to focus not on the legal form that a particular financial product takes or the institution it emerges from, but rather what's the risk involved, what's the function of this product and how do we regulate that adequately, much more effective coordination, er, between countries so we can, er, anticipate the risks that are involved there. Dealing with the, er, problem of derivatives markets, making sure we have set up systems, er, that can reduce some of the risks there. So, I actually think ... pause [FANTASTIC. I'VE LOST EVERYONE, INCLUDING MYSELF] ... there's enormous consensus that has emerged in terms of what we need to do now and, er ... pause [I'M OUTTA HERE. TIME FOR THE USUAL CLOSING BOLLOCKS] ... I'm a great believer in looking forwards than looking backwards.

13 comments:

Always On Watch said...

How can BHO be a Harvard graduate? And in law, at that! He doesn't even have the speaking skills of a middle schooler!

Leslie said...

I agree with AOW. Enough said. Close your mouth BO, it works better that way.

Anonymous said...

Barack Obama can't even lie without his teleprompter. That performance was the worst I've ever seen for a US President. Chuck, do you remember the drubbing President Bush was subjected to by the mainstream media when he flubbed just one word? Can you imagine what they would have done to him if he had hemmed and hawed like this? And Congress, they'd probably have found impeachment grounds.

Sal's Gal

Brooke said...

And Bush was stupid?

Puh-lease.

Chuck said...

AOW and Leslie, agreed

Sal and Brooke, this is what annoys me is the way Bush was treated for 8 years. Now the libs get indignent and say that this is all irrelevant.

Anonymous said...

Someone mispronouncing a couple of words, or flubbing a line, that's irrelevant. The contrived attacks on President Bush should be criminal.

Likewise the lack of candor and honest reporting about Barack Obama's complete incompetence. Journalism is no longer an honorable profession, it's racketeering.

All of the major MSM outlets, print, radio and TV, should all have RICO charges filed against them. The massive fraud they perpetrate on a daily basis is disgraceful.

Sal's Gal

Flavor Country said...

Wow when liberals attacked W. for his famous speaking skills, you those words he made up, we were called petty.......so does they make you guys petty hypocrites?

Flavor Country said...

Chuck......looking through your post for some pokes at W., he had many remember, no Mccain in here either........oh I get it, this is all you guys got, no power, leadership, no direction, no candidates, no ideas........Keep it up!

mksviews said...

What Obama should have told those wankers in Europe looking to blame America is that, he is the president of the USA, and only the USA. If the financial system in America is so effed up, why did all you morons invest in it. Did someone hold a gun to your head and tell you to invest your money in America.

Spare us the America's fault bullsh!t and i'm speaking as a outsider. We in Australia also lost due the screw ups in America, but we must take responsibility for our own mistakes. I realize that we're all inter-connected, but that's no excuse for being irresponsible and too lazy to do due diligence.

Nice post by the way.

Chuck said...

Flavor, the issue here is that for 8 years the left attacked Bush mercilessly. Do you remember how much time was spent on how he mispronounced "Nuclear"? That's not petty? Turns out though, the joke was on the left. He knew how to pronounce it (there are tapes of him pronouncing it right), once the left started attacking on it, he did it on purpose to screw with them. Who are the idiots now? What is hypocritical is doing this for 8 years then all of a sudden we are supposed to stop when there is a Dem President. This argument is way past old. You guys need to stop whining and deal with it.

What is really happening here is that Obama is being shown to be a fraud and the left doesn't like it. He is not an eloquent speaker, he's an eloquent reader. Turns out the man cannot put together a coherent sentence without his teleprompter.

As far as writing an anti-Bush post, I have not. Partly because I support him, partly because I started this during the camapaign and that was what was relevant. How many blogs have you written attacking Obama?

This is a conservative blog, I write from a very slanted viewpoint. No apologies here.

As far as leadership, the left has Pelosi, Reid, Obama, Frank, Dodd, Gore, Kerry, Blagojevich (need I go on?) etc. If this is leadership I will continue wandering in the wilderness thank you very much.

MK, thanks. There is enough blame for all of the countries to share. What I have found amusing is that these countries were not complaining when they were enjoying our prosperity. They are looking like a bunch of little piglets grunting about getting knocked off the teat.

Anonymous said...

I think what really happened was Obammies telepromter stiffed him to tour Buckingham Palace instead of being there at the interview to answer the quetion for him. I believe it's time to start interviewing for a new telepromter. Maybe the new 2010 model is out.

Flavor Country said...

Chuck my point is both are petty, so why do we as people who are above that even bother with.

During campaign time maybe.....but now.

Sure plenty of wackos on the left, plenty. Now all the wackos on the right are coming out in droves.

The only time I bring up Bush is to use it as a defense mechanism. I criticized his actions when it came to policies, not his speaking or dumb looks on his face.

Bush had plenty of gaffe moments far more than any president in history, but that's not what I criticized him for. Find one post in my blog where I did so.

We are quick to call the opposing party petty, clowns and morons for criticisms like this one in the post. SO WHAT DOES THAT MAKE US THEN?

And my friend believe, not an insult to you, but just trying to get us to realize if we focus on the little petty things we will always be at odds and be democrats and republicans instead of Americans.

kevin said...

The point is how BO responded to this question. The Guardian is a liberal paper, even by UK standards. Thusly, the American press has positioned themselves to the left of the Euro media in order to protect their Messiah.