Why Obama Is Unstoppable
Simply being on the Obama e-mail list was (and is) a gas.
Obama as President
Just as candidate Obama arranged for me to have an insider’s ride on the campaign roller coaster, President Obama and the administration are blitzing me with e-mails that keep me in the loop of national and international affairs—health reform, job creation, Afghanistan, the economy, education, terrorism and the bailout.
Some of the e-mails are as boring as a suitcase full of rocks; others are electric. For example, I am routinely sent the text of upcoming speeches with the caveat, “EMBARGOED UNTIL [time, day and date].” When the president is on the road, I receive the raw press “Pool Reports.” This personal treatment makes me feel like an administration insider.
Two weeks ago, during the brouhaha caused by the Delta Airlines underpants bomber, President Obama—who was on vacation in Hawaii—caught hell from the right for his silence and being soft on terrorism.
Never one for knee-jerk reactions, he waited a few days and then came out swinging. On Jan. 7, I received three documents:
- “Summary of the White House Review of the December 25, 2009 Attempted Terrorist Attack”
- Transcript of the remarks by the President on Strengthening Intelligence
- A copy of the action memo to the cabinet and intel agencies ordering them to quit the turf wars and start connecting dots—or else. This was the real thing, complete with Obama’s signature.
I didn't have to rely on secondhand coverage from the media with their various agendas, slants and spins. All three were the original source material, enabling me to make up my own mind as I sensed the president’s controlled anger between the lines.
Talking heads on the left, right and center are writing off the Obama presidency because of the deficit, terrorism, bailouts, jobs, Wall Street bonuses, the cost of health care reform and his seeming inability to work with the opposing party. (A possible loss of the U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts today cannot be blamed on Obama, but rather on an abysmal and amateurish campaign by an arrogant elitist who didn't like shaking hands with strangers and single-handedly blew a 40-point lead.)