Thursday, 28 October 2010

A Man Without Conviction

As Barack Obama is struggling to retain public confidence at home, and looks set for a thrashing in the forthcoming elections, he has chosen to defend his reforms on the The Daily Show hosted by Jon Stewart.

He trotted onto the show to an audience cheering him like he had just won the X Factor, so no packed audience there. Cue a little friendly banter and then onto the serious stuff. Jon Stewart asked him about his lightweight legislation and watered down healthcare reforms to which Obama replied in statesmanlike manner.................................'er, er, Jon, now you know I like your show........................'.

But why the hesitation? Surely Mr Obama is passionate about healthcare reforms? In which case he should have jumped in, told Stewart it was about time all people were given decent health care, that given the opposition from other parties no way was his legislation watered down and so on. However, struggling for an answer Mr Obama had to play for time to give his response

Now I've seen that response hundreds of times when interviewing people, as they play for time whilst trying to formulate an answer that they think will impress the interviewer, or audience in this case. But why would Obama have this reaction? Surely he knows why he has pushed through healthcare reforms and surely he is passionate about the subject, but strangly, couldn't give an immediate answer.

The only conclusion this leads to is that he is another political 'placement', just heading a state in a consultancy capacity, hired by incompetents to push through policies that he knows little about and certainly has no passion for. Basically spin without conviction. Mind you, I suppose it was a comedy programme.

But it really is 'time for change' from these appalling pretend politicians.

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