Quite a bit packed into a couple of minutes:
- Talking over a reporter as she asks a question about the Republican frontrunner, Obama sedately says "oh no". The giggling gaggle's reaction confirms what we already know about the efficacy of the term "Establishment". Professional journalism is a joke.
- Over the course of an answer less than two minutes in length, Obama says "uh" a staggering 22 times, or about once every five seconds. This guy does more public speaking than just about anyone else in the world and yet his ability to speak extemporaneously is worse than that of the average middle manager in corporate America. That he hasn't been coached out of this distracting tick makes me think either that he's so surrounded by yes-men that nobody has the sense to point it out to him and he's not self-critical enough to realize how buffoonish it makes him appear, or that it's perceived to be an indication of how profound and thoughtful his word choices are.
- If the latter explanation is the better one, then it doesn't take much work to pull back that curtain. Revisit the video at the 30-second mark. After a pregnant pause and some bumbling "uhs", he manages to plumb the depths of his internal lexicon for the word "wackier". Profundity indeed!
- Draconian. Ah, yes, the ancient Athenian, Draco, under whose constitution capital punishment was prescribed for the stealing of a cabbage. Removing people from property they're illegally occupying is clearly analogous. What a perspicacious president this country has!
- Obama claims it is impractical to track money order remittances from the US back to Mexico. Money orders in excess of $2,000 already are tracked (something Obama may at least be aware of, as he does seem to catch himself when talking about "the notion that we're going to track every Western Union, uh, uh, bit of money..."). A few years ago, that figure was $1,000 but the amount was subsequently doubled. It would simply be a matter of reducing the dollar amount required to trigger reporting. That reporting, incidentally, requires a lot more work from the retailers of the money orders than it does from the federal government. This there's-no-way-to-do-it is a risible replacement for the real we-don't-want-to-do-it explanation.
It'll be nice to see Obama go. That he might be replaced by someone with more strength and honor, strength and honor: