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A Generated Crisis

84660752WM031_PRESIDENT_OBA“Gird your loins,” Biden told the crowd. “We’re gonna win with your help, God willing, we’re gonna win, but this is not gonna be an easy ride. This president, the next president, is gonna be left with the most significant task. It’s like cleaning the Augean stables, man. This is more than just, this is more than – think about it, literally, think about it – this is more than just a capital crisis, this is more than just markets. This is a systemic problem we have with this economy.” – Joe Biden, October 20, 2008

When now vice-president, then Senator Jo(k)e Biden (D-Mastercard) made his less than cryptic remarks about the possible scenarios facing his running mate should he be elected, his comments were largely passed off as yetjoe_biden1 another, “Oh, Uncle Joe’s found the brandy, again” moment and not really given the scrutiny they deserved.  However, in light of ensuing developments, perhaps we should take a closer look at Jo(k)e’s “off-the-cuff” campaign rhetoric.

The first part of Biden’s “mark my words” statement was generally seen to be in reference to foreign policy:

“Mark my words,” the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. “It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”

“I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate,” Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. “And he’s gonna need help. And the kind of help he’s gonna need is, he’s gonna need you – not financially to help him – we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.”

However, everything after “gird your loins” was clearly economic in nature.  Could a “generated economic crisis” have been what he was talking about all along?  The events I explored in an earlier post, “Inside The Wall Street Whisper Campaign” could certainly add kerosene-type fuel to the bottled acetylene torch Molotov cocktail of that kind of speculation.  The possibility that Obama’s scripted response to the global economic crisis we now face represents the validity of Biden’s now-prescient warning, and indicates that the first few weeks of their joint administration are rather smoothly proceeding according to plan, somehow doesn’t seem as far-fetched to me as one might reasonably expect.

Watching and reading the initially gushing, yet, now more tempered, media reviews of President Black Obama’s not really a State of the Union speech that they keep calling a State of the Union speech even though it was really just a Getting to Know You speech to the joint Congress that he’s supposedly been working with since he’s been president to pass the historic legislation he read to them about from a TelePrompTer, I get the feeling the rest of the country and I, or, in ObaSpeak, me and everybody else, are living in parallel universes.

It was a speech.

Period.

Not even a particularly well delivered one, either, and I don’t care how many people try to tell me otherwise.  Barack Obama is just not a dazzlingly brilliant speaker.  In fact, as I’ve said before, he’s not even that good.  His head-swiveling, squinty-eyed, nose-in-the-air, stumbling, boy-stood-on-the-burning-deck delivery is not only annoying, if it passes for anything more than mediocre, that only shows just how far we, as a nation have lowered our intellectual standards and expectations.  Frankly, the man sucks.

That’s why listening to “bubble-headed bleach blondes” and their multi-hued comrades in arms on what passes for “news” wax idiotic through endless cycles about not only the new President’s oratorical skill, but his verbal healing powers, is in itself, a Herculean exercise in restraint.  To listen to them tell it, merely forming words aloud imbues him with abilities, strengths and unlimited gifts not just far beyond those of mortal men, but those of a leader begotten of a beneficent God.

Forget “laying hands,” “open mouth” cure cancer.  “Clear debt.”  Debt, be gone.  It is spoken, so it is done. Whooosh!  I know I feel better.

Not.

If I remember correctly, on Monday, the world sucked.  Our banks were broke and only going through the motions of normal functioning.  They were on life support, even though they had already been pronounced dead.  Their rotting corpses were infecting global markets, and we were facing the end of the world as we know it.  Then, yesterday, Obie made a speech.  Now, all is right with the world, the sun has come out, the sky has opened up, a light is shining…you get the idea.  No wonder Oblahblah has such reverence for “just words.”

After forcing myself to read the transcript of this miraculous speech that I couldn’t sit through to its conclusion, due to the fact that, between the constant  jumping up and down of the elderly in the audience, cruelly insisted upon by the ObaTurfers insistent upon making “good TV,” and the excruciating drone of the vapid Spokesmodel-in-Chief, I was not only having trouble keeping my dinner down, I was getting dizzy and genuinely afraid for my mental health when I realized something.  This “outside looking in” feeling I have, while at the same time being “in it, but not of it,” is akin to being the only one at a Creeple People on Mars Meet the Three Stooges cartoon movie marathon who was sitting outside on the porch when the bong went around.  Under those circumstances, folks get pissed off at people who point out how stupid the whole situation, including the movie, is, too.  And, they tend to get downright nasty if you refuse the bong that would bring you their level of “clarity” and “enjoyment” the next time around.  They never even seem to appreciate it when you point out that your leaving the room doesn’t make the movie any better.

I’m sorry, but there’s not enough KoolAid flavored Boone’s Farm and hopium smoking in the world to make me believe that “just words” can solve a “generated crisis” of “cleaning the Augean stables” proportions overnight.  Unless the “generated crisis” itself was only “just words” from the beginning, the Creeple People are still on Mars this morning, and we all need a deep bong hit to make it funny.

Fraudulently generated cheerleading of an inartfully articulated bogus rah-rah response to a possibly “generated crisis” so at odds with reality, is what we’ve been trained by the media and the Obama administration to expect and accept as sufficient.

And that’s a truly frightening wonder to behold.

We may not “be quitters,” but Obama and Co. should really cut it out.

*NOTE: I got the Biden (D-Mastercard) idea thing from Chicago Tribune’s John Kass.  He does that kinda thing alla time.

44 Responses

  1. Great post Cinie! I also loved your “sum up” of Obama’s speech on your site! LOL

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  3. I am sitting in my office overhearing colleagues talking about the wonderful Obama and it is making me nuts. One guy disagrees with him about Afghanistan and about education, but other than that…The other one concedes there is corruption in Chicago, but Obama, Ooooobaaammmmaaaaahhhhh. I think somebody out there just had an orgasm. Yuck.

  4. I think somebody out there just had an orgasm. Yuck.

    Remember how the wingnuts reacted to “Commander Codpiece?”

  5. Thanks Angie, we gotta keep doing all we can, you know?

    Chimera, isn’t it maddening? The news has pulled back a bit on the “greatest speech, blah, blah, blah, but last night and early this morning, I wanted to scream, they were laying it on so thick.

  6. What they don’t seem to get, is that if average people were as susceptible to obama’s speechifying as the media, then everyone would have already bought the hopium. So they can keep chanting hosannahs every time he opens his mouth, but even the vast majority of his voters will remain skeptical.

    Awesome post, cinie.

    • The only problem is, Seriously, what if the constant haka works subliminally? Maybe if you hear the same drumbeat over and over, you might not accept it, you could just get so used to it, you get tired of fighting.

      • RD wrote about “learned helplessness”

        Ya gotta be ornery and obstinate (me and you both got that covered) and keep encouraging the others.

      • But people are fighting for something more important, now. If times were good, the Haka might beat people down and just not seem worth bothering, but IMO as things get worse they’re gonna say stop talking and give us results. Look at the primaries, it was important enough that state after state kept fighting after being told the fix was in.

  7. Wonderful post, you took my feelings and put them to words very eloquently, thank you.
    This whole thing has made me sick for two long years now, how much longer must we scream in unison that this man is a fraud and not an American citizen!
    How our courts can tell the American people that it is up to us to prove Obama is not an American citizen and not up to Obama to prove he is!
    I beg to differ, and so to our fore-fathers who wrote our Declaration of Independence!
    WTF is going on here? Has our entire country excluding those on the blogs, been put under some kind of spell, why cant they see what we see?
    Why has justice left the building, especially our Supreme Court building?
    I thank God that there are at least a few rational human beings that really see things as they are and provide us with such important information.
    We will keep shouting, keep talking, blogging, demonstrating, anything we need to do to insure that justice is served to the American people with Obama ‘s ass on a silver platter!
    I wait for him to fail, he has failed nearly everyone so far that has helped him get to where he is.
    The only people that Obama has not failed are Nancy Pelosi, Donna Brazile, Howard Dean & Co. These are the most corrupt individuals on Capitol Hill with exception of Obama. They have lied, cheated and stole for Obama, they have failed the American people and have been derelict in their duties. I believe every last one of them should be in prison, along with all those in the Automobile industry who used our money to buy hookers, hotels, food, vacations, jets, they needed our money so badly because they had habits they couldn’t afford on their own so we paid for them.
    Now they want more money, I guess they need sex more than once a month, this time though I refuse to foot the bill for their immoral behavior!
    Obama is throwing around money like we could just make more! What a moron!
    I sit here now waiting for Obama’s embarrassing departure from the White House, I want him thrown out on his ass, and I hope I am not kept waiting long for the justice We The People, so richly deserve.

    • Thanks DD, Dean got stuffed under the bus a while ago, but he’s been making let me out noises lately. I dunno though, the DudFather’s got a long memory, and he blames Dean for not giving him Fl and Mi right away, and prolonging the primaries, if you can believe it.
      And as far as money goes, he is just making more, there’s nothing to back up all this money he’s promising but his and Bernanke’s say so.

    • My sentiments exactly! I am betting the Kool-Aid company does not need a government bail-out, they got theirs when the primaries started. If the people would only fact check after one of his “pretty speeches” they might actually find out that it is nothing but a load of BS. Just goes to show my Grandma was right. TALK IS CHEAP!!!!!

  8. Sorry it’s—the Constitution not the Declaration of Independence.

  9. Cinie, I always catch your posts a little late, but I’m SOOO happy to catch this oneearly – I’m in awe of your break down skills and I love reading your posts always!

    • *hugs SM* You!! I’m so glad to see you. It’s been too long.

      I heard what happened and I’m so sorry. If there’s anything I can do to help, let me know.

    • Thanks,SM, but I don’t care if you never read them as long as you take care of yourself, okay?

      • I’m in your business everyday reading your blog, even though I don’t comment – you are truly a soothsayer with style! Thank you for thinking of me – we’re a family here – hell we’re all we got in this crisis. Thank you always for breaking it DOWNTOWN!!

  10. Cinie, great post and so was the one on your blog about “the speech”….thanks

  11. Great post, Cinie. I’ve been wondering the same thing about Biden’s remarks about the “generated crisis.” After reading your post about the Wall Street whispers, I think it’s definitely possible. Paulson just couldn’t resist letting Lehman bros. fail, and now it’s way too big for them to stop.

    BTW, did you hear that Chris Dodd is introducing legislation to make Obama’s dream of forcing middle school and high school kids to “volunteer” to work free a reality?

    http://www.theday.com/re.aspx?re=f7992b69-4488-424f-8ec9-60a7c9167c6b

    • Sheesh, mandatory volunteering is on its way. Good thing Donn’s got it contained in Conn. for now. See, it’s groundwork laying like this that has me so suspicious of a hide-in-plain-sight agenda.

      • It’s not just for CT, he’s introducing the bill in Congress with some other guy from down South. And did you notice that people over 50 are going to get a whole $1,000 for 250-300 hours of work?

      • somebody should explain to them it isn’t really “volunteering” if you make it mandatory.

  12. Hi SM!

    Where have you been? Are you feeling OK?

    • Yeah – it’s funk – that relative dying off threw me off, I’m passive-aggressively in mourning – I’m going to write about when it’s time. THANK YOU & LOVE YOU BB!!!

  13. From Chris Dodd’s website:

    http://dodd.senate.gov/?q=node/4796

    It’s the beginning of the “Civilian National Security force!” Yay! Even 80 year olds are going to be asked to work.

    • “he wants to make sure that everyone who wants to volunteer gets the opportunity”- what a load of friggin’ hooey. There is nothing out there that prevents anyone who wants to volunteer from volunteering. This is about REQUIRING our youth to provide services free of charge to non profits like ACORN. This way they don’t even have to pay a minimum wage.

  14. Outrageous writing Cinie. Righteous stuff. Lovin it. Oops, think I mixed up the time for BTR.

  15. wow, another great post Cinie … amazing how senator bankcard creates the worst bankruptcy process ever and then suddenly is put in charge of the situation forcing every one into it …

    isn’t it ironic?

  16. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/19303.html

    Well Byrd isn’t completely hooked on kool aid

  17. Thanks, Three Wickets. I wish I could listen, but circumstances don’t allow.

    Dakinikat, funny that, huh? It’s just almost unbelievably fortunate how the stars have stayed so perfectly aligned and things have fallen into place for our Obamessiah. Maybe he should bring his act here to Vegas and let it all ride.

  18. Brilliant, Cinie! So glad to have found you and you us!

  19. Cinie- You have described my feelings exactly. On the outside looking in. And the snark, omg, the snark. Love, love, love it. I go back to lurking now, but wanted to add my applause to the rest. Thank you!

    • Indeed, the snark is the best – kind of the iron fist in a velvet glove approach – I love it! Keep it coming – I too read your blog – your ability to get complex thoughts across so all can grasp is great! Thank you.

  20. Aww, PJ, emjaybee, shucks, you guys!

  21. This is a great post, thanks cinie. I really loved your summation of BO’s speech over at your place too, priceless!!

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