A White House Without Prestige

February 20, 2009

After previously picking a fight with Rush Limbaugh, the White House has now officially confronted CNBC financial reporter Rick Santelli. I don't think it's about a White House that wants to oppose Santelli, as opposed to a plumber. Although I might be concerned about any private info on file with the government were I Santelli. I think we're seeing a WH that looks like it's being run more like a Chicago Ward, than the house that most presidents lived in. This is about attacking everyone and everything that opposes you. In the end, it demeans the office and raises serious concerns as to whether these people can be trusted with the power they now have.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs jumped at the chance Friday to rebuke a CNBC reporter whose attack on President Barack Obama’s anti-foreclosure plan caught fire on the Internet.

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  1. Lala says:

    I don’t know who bigbob is but he posted this song parody on freerepublic and it’s pretty good –
    The Day They Drove the Market Down (Rick Santelli Song Parody)
    2/20/09 | Bigbob
    Posted on Friday, February 20, 2009 10:19:43 PM by bigbob
    The Day They Drove the Market Down
    Rick Santellis’ my name and I report from the Board of Trade
    Til Obamas MBAs came and tore up the market again
    In the winter of 2009, we were wondering, would the country survive
    After a month, it was easy to tell, we were heading in a hand basket straight to Hell
    The day they drove the market down, and all the bells were ringing
    The day they drove the market down, and all the traders were singin’ They went
    “I don’t want to have to pay for – my neighbors house and bad behavior”
    Back on the the air with CNBC, the anchor turned it over to me
    “Listen People – don’t you see – It’s up to us to stop this insanity”
    Now I didn’t mind when the Democrats won, cuz I wasn’t that thrilled with Bush’s son
    He kept us safe, and we’ll live with the rest
    But these Socialists, they’re ruining what made us the best
    Unlike those morons in DC, I’m a workin’ man
    Like these traders around me, I take a conservative stand
    This is madness and it’s gotta end. So here’s the message that I wanna send:
    “I swear by Founders and this mob behind me
    There’ll be a Tea Party in Chicago, just you wait and see!”
    (Chorus and fade)

  2. mark l. says:

    who knows more about the economy?
    obama or santelli?
    instantly, someone could offer the defense, obama has advisers, which begs the follow up,
    why isn’t this wonderful adviser(s) speaking openly with the press?
    I caught geithner at his tarp rollout, and have more faith in santelli.

  3. Lala says:

    Evil Conservative Radio (don’t you love the name) has the exchange plus Matthews vs Santelli – all on the same tape- Matthews calls Santelli Ebenezer Scrooge – enjoy

  4. RB says:

    Amazing. Did Bush, or his press staff (OK, perhaps McClellan excepted) EVER act this childishly about the media that so mercilessly pounded him for 8 years???
    Just asking…

  5. Chaz706 says:

    Santelli/Wurzelbacher 2012!

  6. Mark Turner says:

    If the Obama White House wants to chase down and rebuke everyone who questions or criticizes it, it will leave little time for any real meaningful focus on policy. In view of his penchant for hard-left liberalism, that might be a good thing (cynicism implied here).

  7. Dan Riehl says:

    Nope, Bush had the good sense and respect for the office to stay above it. In some ways, he stayed too far above politics if you ask me – letting his opponents get too much of an upper hand.
    I don’t think this current crew respects the office as most every former crew did. I think they’re political hacks and haven’t woken up to the fact they are supposed to be leaders. If this is how they intend to lead going forward, it will be even rougher sleding than it already would be, given the challenges we face.

  8. Mark Turner says:

    If the past few weeks are just a warm up for what is to come, I have no confidence in any meaningful, long-lasting positive outcomes from this administration. There will be change as promised, but certainly not change we need or can believe in. Obama is still being given a chance – look at his popularity ratings – but pretty soon I see him alienating even his core Democratic base if he continues along his current path.

  9. Neo says:

    When do we get the plan to ..
    – return our 201k’s back to 401k’s
    – return our stock portfolio back to it’s former value
    It’s just too bad that those clowns mortgaged their asses off
    so if they can get a bailout so can the rest of us
    .. or better yet .. maybe like the kid who had his scoop of ice cream fall off his cone, we all learn to live with our choices and move on to a better tomorrow.

  10. WBestPresidentEver says:

    We are doomed. All these programs that are going to be put in place will not be able to be undone. Things are really going to get bad as time goes on.
    God help us all.

  11. Neo says:

    .. and please .. will somebody rid me of this pesky Chris Dodd
    This guy opens his mouth with the regularity of an unwanted season bring pestilence upon the land with each and every breath.

  12. Lala says:

    While watching this video you will want to pull your hair out and scream –
    There’s a lot of videos so you need to pick the right one which is Non-Profit Pickets for Foreclosure Victims.

  13. Terry H says:

    I agree. This Robert Gibbs character goes into full attack mode everytime someone criticizes the WH. Instead of laying out what the housing plan is and does he tries to publicly berate Santelli. Completely childish and unprofessional I believe. Doubt the WH reporters call him on it.

  14. elaine says:

    Whenever you hear an inveterate liar mention something odd, it’s an indication of what’s really on their mind. I’d submit that Gibbs beginning his attack on Santelli by saying, “I’ve watched Mr. Santelli on cable the past 24 hours or so. I’m not entirely sure where Mr. Santelli lives or in what house he lives…” is an indication that the White House may well be kicking around the idea of hitting Santelli where he lives…
    I’m just sayin’…

  15. Lala says:

    If Gibbs was an official of the Teamsters Union or a member of the Mafia I’d take that as a threat.

  16. Mark Turner says:

    It almost appears to me that Obama is behaving like someone who doesn’t really care about the genuine consequences of his actions, as long as his ego is not bruised. Is he really troubled about the economy, the nation’s future, or is he just trying to leave some kind of “historic” legacy that can’t be undone, regardless of the outcome? If not adulation based upon great achievement, then infamy? Narcissism gone wild? God, I hope I’m wrong…

  17. Peg C. says:

    Calling out your enemies – American citizens – by name when you are president is such a petty and undignified thing it’s hard to really articulate it. This man in the WH is diminishing by the day, looking very small and mean. Undignified is the best description.
    When Bush was president, he made it very clear he was president to all the people, even those who hated him. This is indisputable. I have as much respect for this pretender in the WH as he has for me, which is to say zero. He is not my president. He does not like or respect me, my views, or the people whose views I admire. He openly mocks me and everything I believe in. To hell with him.

  18. MG says:

    If you still have money in the market I would trade for guns and ammo. b.o. and his gang of thieves are on the way to destroying everything. Fresh water and seeds is what I need.

  19. texhomeboy says:

    i wonder what everyone is going do with that extra 65 dollars a month with the new tax break?? i know!!!!!!!!!! i can make my house payment now!!!! lol

  20. Patsy says:

    I’ve already signed the online petition for the Tea Party, and I have every intention of being in Chicago for it!
    You know, the inauguration of a new president has always been kind of a bridge for me. Win or lose, you look at the new guy and say, okay, let’s give him a chance. My thought after watching it was that this man was unworthy of the moment.
    The president, like his politics or not, is the representative of this nation. Bill Clinton was not my favorite president and I did not agree with his policies or his character, but when it counted, he was able to project and rally people. He knew how the game was played and what quid pro quo waa all about in the political realm.
    Obama is making it clear it’s all about him. When he signed that God awful bill he pushed through, he had none of the congressional leaders around him. When he appeared at a high school in Mesa, Arizona, the kids were kept in their classes away from him (expect for those who escaped to protest his policies outside), and his remarks were broadcast to them.
    Rush Limbaugh was right. Obama is a product of the Chicago political system and he is practicing that brand of thug politics.
    If you haven’t read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, you should. It’s like looking at next month’s headlines. It is time for the productive majority to refuse to subsidize the leeches of society, both economic and political.
    If we didn’t produce it, there would be nothing for the thugs to redistribute. It’s time we reminded them of that.

  21. MMOVER says:

    You are being to hard on Obama with this homeowner bailout thing. He simply wants all homeowners to have their homes subsidized…just as he did with Tony Rezco. Obama knows from personal experience just how helpful a handout/handup is when buying a home. Subsidizing the cost, special rates for loans. He really is just a good guy trying to get everyone this deal.

  22. Todd says:

    Sort of makes you nostalgic for the prestigious good old days when gay porn star Jeff Gannon got to throw softball questions to George W. Bush in his press conference. Or nostalgic for all those prestigious hand-picked-Republican-only-town-hall-meetings where the sheep would fawn all over Bush and thank him for attacking Iraq, instead of actually asking some tough questions about the policy failure.
    On the other hand, I agree that Robert Gibbs is a joke and a laughingstock, deserving of all the criticism.

  23. Brian says:

    I just don’t believe this characterization that Dan’s promoting and I hope that FireDogLake will address this in their first question reporting from the Press Gallery at the President’s next nationwide news conference.
    /sarc off