As the mainstream media would say, what a week for President Obama!
We'll start with the ironic:
Tech-savvy president wages Twitter campaign against GOP, loses 36,000+ followers
President Obama created a barrage of activity on Twitter on Friday afternoon when he began urging his more than 9 million followers to tweet at their Republican Congressmen to “ask them to support a bipartisan solution to the deficit crisis" ...
....some users felt the state-by-state tweets were creating way too much noise — the President has lost nearly 37,000 followers so far today.
To put it another way, he lost twice as many followers today as jobs created last month....
What is it with Democrats and Twitter, anyway? Whether it is Barack Obama or Anthony Weiner, why can't they get a functional grip on a technology that is handled smoothly and effortlessly by your average teenage girl? These are the folks, remember, that mocked John McCain for having trouble using a keyboard due to fingers that were mangled while being tortured in a Vietnamese prison camp...
A Senate Republican staffer told National Journal that Republican Senators, in total, added about 6,500 new followers throughout the afternoon.
Expect Obama to issue an executive order putting Twitter under government control by Tuesday, limiting accounts to those who are down with the program - liberals, union thugs, and South American strongmen...
Next, let's move on to Iraq - Obama will go on the campaign trail claiming to have ended the war in Iraq, but the truth seems to be he seems to have lost it instead. Like blowing a nine run lead against a last place team with two outs in the ninth:
Frequent bombings, assassinations and a resurgence in violence by Shiite militias have made Iraq more dangerous now than it was just a year ago, a U.S. government watchdog concludes in a report released Saturday.
"Iraq remains an extraordinarily dangerous place to work," Bowen concluded in his 172-page quarterly report to Congress and the Obama administration on progress — and setbacks — in Iraq. "It is less safe, in my judgment, than 12 months ago."
The report cited the deaths of 15 U.S. soldiers in June, the bloodiest month for the U.S. military in Iraq in two years. Nearly all of them were killed in attacks by Shiite militias bent on forcing out American troops on schedule.
In response, expect Barack Obama to fire the Inspector General Bowen, much like he fired the Special Inspector for Americorps five minutes after he blew the whistle on fraud within the organization. Asked why he broke the law by not giving a 30 day termination notice, Obama claimed Inspector Walpin was "confused and disoriented". Expect Bowen to be accused of the same. Perhaps the president can set up special institutions for the "politically insane", like they used to do for dissidents in the Soviet Union...
And the denouement of this sad three-act play is rather predictable...the audience has walked out:
Obama’s approval rating averaged 46% in June and was near that level for most of July; however, it has stumbled in the past few days, coinciding with intensification of the debt ceiling/budget battle in Washington.
Every time George W. Bush's approval rating dropped a point, it was headline news. Not so for Man-Child. Seems like every time the American people seem to actually pay attention to how he's doing his job, his approval ratings plummet. Which does not bode well for his re-election campaign, but which does hold hope for a better future in about 15 months.
Meanwhile - how does Barack Obama top this week? Let's see...folks are now coming to realize that Apple, GE, and Microsoft have more cash on hand than the U.S. Government, and that default date is when, exactly...?