May 29, 2013

Scrutinizing the logic of Obama's to-do list.

Email, received just now, from Obama with the subject line "My to-do list."
Ann --

I keep a to-do list in my desk.

It's ambitious, but you and I didn't set out to do easy things.

As long as I can count on you to be a part of this, we will find a way to make progress on all of it -- continuing to create good-paying jobs, fixing our broken immigration system, finding a common-sense way to reduce gun violence in this country, and more.

No president can do it alone.

Say you're in:

There's a lot of work to do -- thanks for doing your part.

So... as long as you can count on me to be a part of this, we — not just you — fill find a way to make progress on all of it. I'm contemplating the consequences of my noncontribution. Sounds like he'll still make progress on some of it. If I do contribute, he — or, that is, we — will make progress on all of it. Yet still, it will only be progress, not actual goal achievement. He's cagey about what he's promising in there with his guilt-tripping.

Also, in case you didn't get enough of this topic a month ago: He said "good-paying jobs."

ADDED: That email makes me want to quote Bob Dylan:
Half of the people can be part right all of the time
Some of the people can be all right part of the time
But all of the people can’t be all right all of the time
I think Abraham Lincoln said that


Jane the Actuary said...

Of all three items on the list, only one shows up as a serious concern for most Americans: jobs. A carefully-constructed poll question will get Americans to agree to amnesty or to expanded gun-buying background checks, but not with any enthusiasm. So does Obama not recognize that this list won't resonate with the "typical American" or is this exactly what his base wants?

Anonymous said...

Re: "I keep a to-do list in my desk."

Wouldn't it be more effective* ON his desk? By the stapler, perhaps?

Or is this a version of a Freudian Slip: of course I have a To-Do List! Where is it? I keep it in my Desk. No, you can't see it. But it's There. Really.

*realize, obviously, that wanting Obama's effectiveness is another question.

john said...

I am pleased to find that he keeps this list in his desk. If I did that I would have more time to golf too.

john's mom said...

Or there is the Lincoln quote . . . "you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time" . . .

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

Obama's real to do list:
1. Cancel Memorial Day fly-overs.
2. Plan another White House Beyoncé Bash Party w/ leftwing celebrity ivory tower bubble-dwellers and willing propagandists.
3. Campaign and ask for money
4. Golf and send wife and kids on expensive tax payer funded trips on Air Force One.
5. Amnesty for illegals + free goodies. Democrat get out the vote project.
6. Remind the lap-dog pro-democrat progressive press to cover up all the scandals and re-focus on Obama as-the-Boyfriend angle.
7. Guns. Damn those guns and those gun owners and the damn 2nd amendment. Check with Big sis to make sure she is still buying up all the ammo.
8. Lie
9. Schmooz with foto-op fatty in NJ *(check)*
10. All is well. Happy days are here again. Make sure pro-democrat hack media spin lies about Obamacare.

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pdug said...

"Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed."

It's really his only political mode. "I need you to do stuff for me"

I'm Full of Soup said...

Obama To Do List:

Monday May 27th:
Watch Spurs -Grizzlies game. Done!

Tuesday May 28th:
Watch Pacers- Heat game. Done!
Watch end of Yankees - Mets game. Done!

Wednesday May 29th:
Practice football tosses for next trip to boardwalk with Christie.
Watch Spurs- Grizzlies game.

Levi Starks said...

My favorite would be give away a trillion in stimulus to public employee union members, instead of replacing our nations crumbling bridges- AKA "shovel ready jobs"

Jay Vogt said...

P. T. Barnam

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Eric the Fruit Bat said...

You'd think somebody with the talent to become president would be better at making lists.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

On my to-do list is drain the water heater and check the anode rod.

n.n said...

Unqualified "progress", but at least it's progress. Human history is replete with "progressive" cycles, including progressive corruption, progressive dysfunction, progressive devaluation of capital and labor, etc. Even premeditated murder is now considered to be "progressive".

Perhaps Obama should explain his concept of "progress." It exhibits all the hallmarks of "progress" which lead to a dysfunctional convergence.

MayBee said...

It bothers me that they didn't bother to type it out like a real to-do list. Also, you can't put "and more" on a to-do list.

Known Unknown said...

Obama Fatigue is going to be epic.

Curious George said...

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool Mom."

- Captain Penny

SteveR said...

What he's really asking for is money. If we could just focus on getting a house majority, Nancy and Harry will take care of the rest.

Curious George said...

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool Mom."

- Captain Penny

Clyde said...

I saw a mailing from Obama to his supporters with "Let's Finish What We Started!" on the front.

Because the country isn't completely wrecked yet. There's work to do, comrades! Forward!

veni vidi vici said...

The problem here is the same as on the other team. Namely, all of these asinine, cloying and uber-phoney "Hi friend" letters/messages are written by the same person, not remotely close to the politician who's ostensibly signed the thing.

I have for whatever reason found myself on a mailing list for North Dakota Democrats. I think Bill Richardson's campaign sold my info after I donated, since there's nowhere else from which I can imagine they'd have gotten it. Anyway, I get at least 3 different messages a day, all with the same cloying, vaguely asshole-ish tone, from different "senders" on the "team", with annoying as hell subject lines, always pumping up the outrage (in mountains from molehills fashion, natch), mixing it with a solicitation and a frisson of guilt to goad one into donating or responding. When I responded once to the email calling out the shoddy factual allegations (which were obviously and demonstrably incorrect) and requested to be removed from the list, nothing happened. They cycle the senders' names every few weeks so you can never actually escape these worthless buggers, so it's more than slightly annoying.

It's great to see, though, the billion dollar president using the same writer(s) for these worthless communique's as freshman Dem congresswomen's mid-level staffers are using out in ND. Says a lot, I think.

edutcher said...

If he keeps it in his desk, it means he never looks at it.

And the only thing on his real to-do list is "Destroy America".

pm317 said...

The "can't I eat my waffle" guy says the president can't do it alone -- yeah, YOU can't do it, that is the problem. What a weaselly set up!

Lem said...

Fund raising is not on the list?

The list must be lying.

Obama is going to get to the bottom of it.

Brent said...

What bothers me is that it is signed


Very sophmoric. Very unPresidential (quelle surprise).

Any letters from Lincoln's Presidency to Americans he didn't personally know signed "Abe"?

Anything letters to the thousands from the desk of JFK ending with "Jack"?

Did we miss the ones signed "Ike" or "Bill".

Or is it email that changed everything to the familiar.

Or maybe the Prez is on close, buddy terms with his supporters and nobody else?

Or is it a black thing, and I just wouldn't understand?

Michael K said...

"and more" must include golf and vacations.

Anonymous said...

I would rather see Bob Dylan's To-Do List:

1. Finally finish writing that epic twelve-minute song about Sarsaparilla.

2. Trim moustache like a Carnival Barker (clean-up).

3. Take all those rolls of Pennies to the Bank.

4. Google "Bob Dylan Naked 1974" to see if That Picture has shown Up Yet.

5. Google "Miley Cyrus Naked." Research.

6.Write Song for Miley Cyrus. Remember "Cyrus/Papyrus" rhyme.

7. Already used "Kings of Tyrus." Take Off Rhyme List.

8.Have My People Contact Her People to Let Her Know about the Song. See What Happens.

9. Check Air Ducts for Spiders. The Pest Control Man says they are Not There But I Know That They Are.

edutcher said...

Brent said...

What bothers me is that it is signed


Very sophmoric. Very unPresidential (quelle surprise).

Any letters from Lincoln's Presidency to Americans he didn't personally know signed "Abe"?

Anything letters to the thousands from the desk of JFK ending with "Jack"?

Did we miss the ones signed "Ike" or "Bill".

Bet there are plenty signed, "Bill".

firstHat said...

He should be careful with that Royal we. I'm tempted to say, as my ailing Grandfather said when a well-meaning nurse suggested that "we should take our bath now," OK, YOU GO FIRST!

edutcher said...

She's lucky, Granddad might have said, "I'll take off your clothes and you can take off mine".

Anonymous said...

A to-do list, don't ya say?

That would mean he holds himself responsible for accomplishing something.

Chip S. said...

Eric Holder studies the intersection of Obama's to-do list and his enemies list.

jacksonjay said...

So this is the 504(c)(4) created to perform acts of "social welfare" for Saint Barry?

Do you get a look from the IRS if you don't pony-up?

Did they sell the e-mail list to his Kenyan half-brother?

I know, Shut-up racist!

FullMoon said...

Dylan verse
"Well, I am liberal
Vut, to a degree.
I want everybody to be free.
But if you think I'd let Barry Goldwater
Move in next door and marry my daughter,
You must be Crazy.
Wouldn't let him do it for all the tea in Cuba........

Big Mike said...

I'm not going to follow the link for fear of viruses or trojans. If it includes "pivot to jobs" then Barack Obama must be the worst procrastinator ever to be president.

Sam L. said...

His To-Do list:


Anonymous said...

My partisan take:

1. Organize
2. Give Lofty Speeches
3. Get Elected, beat Clinton machine, appoint czars
4. Give Lofty Speeches, play a moderate on T.V. try hand at legislation thing with Cash 4 Clunkers
5. Have Pelosi Pass Obamacare
6. Give Lofty Speeches, Play politics better, reward cronies,talk a good game, take what you can and box out your opponents split the difference on everything, keep Bush's policies, stoke up the base
7. Organize, get Re-Elected, play politics, keep the lid on things, go on the View
8. Give Lofty Speeches
9. The buck doesn't stop here
9. Organize for Action

Anonymous said...

That was such an important list, I put '9' twice.

Aridog said...

Interesting. "...from Obama...?" eh, or is that Obama soliciting through the new 501(C)(4) organization morphed from his campaign organization. Wahlll by golleeee, it is "Organizing for Action" and not "Obama" per se...except for the photos and messages and solicitations. Got their certification from the IRS in 3 weeks in January 2013 they did! :-))

Tom said...

Be sure to drink your Ovaltine!

Methadras said...

What an arrogant motherfucker he is.