Matthews calls on Obama to dump his teleprompter again

… and make the woman at the CNBC town hall meeting his campaign manager. It is a rare moment on tape from the MSNBC crowd. Clearly they see the young President is out of touch with America, which of course can happen when your idea of a quick getaway is a cookout with Oprah and the NBA crowd. Or maybe its the traveling chef he brings with him on vacations? Or maybe it’s the vacations, or the parties or the … oh never mind. Line of the day: “She’s better then he is.” Indeed.

Don’t be swayed by Matthews whacking the teleprompter again. That’s just the fun part. What follows is even better as Matthews and Arianna Huffington try to convince Howard Fineman that the President is just plain out of touch. Howard, of course, thinks he’s just a bit too Professorial? Is the tide turning? Can the lefties see finally one of the main reasons the Tea Party movement is picking up steam? It’s not just the message anymore?


BTW, for a guy that the President really leans on … I think it’s time to stop bashing TOTUS, don’t you?

17 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    I think "out of touch" would be an improvement.  I don't think he gives a flying fig, as evidenced by his party schedule and his golf.


    He has to be spoon fed everything he does or allegedly believes.  As Arianna said: "He doesn't have compelling answers".  Those only come from mulling over a problem and understanding it.  And believing in your answers.  He can't do that.  He is a lightweight.


    The "professorial" comments make me laugh.  He was a lecturer, a fancy name for an adjunct, the lowest animal on the university teaching food chain.  The guys they hire because they don't want to pay the tenure track professors (real professors) to do the work.  Given his apparent ignorance of the Constitution, both in content and literal passages, it could not have been much of a class.

  2. chris-os
    chris-os says:

    UC Law Official Statement: "The title of Senior Lecturer is distinct from the title of Lecturer, which signifies adjunct status. Like Obama, each of the Law School's Senior Lecturers have high-demand careers in politics or public service, which prevent full-time teaching. Several times during his 12 years as a professor in the Law School, Obama was invited to join the faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he declined."

    BTW, he taught constitutional law.

    Dims, you need to expand your internet searches to beyond the rightie talking points of the sites listed at the right of this blog.

  3. NH-Jim
    NH-Jim says:

    ["…Setting him up with these goof-ball ringers…asking 'what is it like to be grayed?'" Geez, Mr. Matthews, all this time I thought those were the legitimate questions.]

    To add to the out of touch part, Mr. Matthews lambastes the President on the definition of tax cuts in this closing monologue (he actually sounds like Cavuto; go to the 1:30 mark)
    "I have one small tweak to make to what the President said today.  He should stop saying that giving people tax cuts is giving people money; it's their money!  A tax cut is when the government doesn't take our money.  It is an important distinction.  He talked…about getting a check from the government in the form of a tax cut, that's not the way it works!  If tax rates are kept lower, it's a matter of the check going to the government being smaller."


    I think Matthews gets it…..finally.

  4. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Let's see the documentation of those offers, chris.  You do know you are talking about Chicago.  And you do know that you are talking about academia.


    And I do know what a instructor/lecturer/adjunct is.  I know what he was alleged to have taught.  I don't have to reference any sites.


    Now how about addressing the real point of the topic, i.e. his inability to think on his feet?

  5. chris-os
    chris-os says:

    UC Law Official Statement-didja miss that?

    Where are the repub's town halls-would love to see Boehner answer questions (i mean not the town halls that repubs did with the invitation only and pre-written questions kind).

  6. RoBrDona
    RoBrDona says:

    Chris- I have taught college level courses for years and at a variety of levels. It is painfully obvious that BHO was at Chicago Law as a poster child. For his benefit he got excellent resume material. For Chicago however, he was not close to tenure material.

    Fact: He was well liked and taught on race, gender and rights. You could call that Constitutional Law, but only pieces of it. To his credit his offerings were considered balanced for the most part. Parsing what they consider adjunct status is meaningless.  

    Fact: He did not publish one page of academic paper.

    Fact: The faculty never started a vetting process and DID NOT vote on tenure for him at any tim 

  7. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Nope.  Didn't miss it. Did you miss Chicago and academia.  Did you miss "where are the actual OFFERS on dated documentation?  For that matter, where are all of his college transcripts, but I digress.  Officials do what they are told.  If there is more docs, then let's see them.  Offers are not verbal.


    Now how about coming back to the point of the post: why can't the "great professor" Øbama think on his feet?

  8. weregettinghosed
    weregettinghosed says:

    Chris Matthews poor soul still does not fully get it however he gets 2 points for seeing a small amount of what We the People know. There just might by mutiny in DC if POB keeps in the direction he is going, at the pace he is going

    To say that an answer to the woman's question should be, your children will get healthcare until 26 and money for education, now that really would make one feel good now would it not? That is the answer I want to hear, give me more handouts, from a government that has no money except that which they take from me. So let us logically look at this answer, Mr. Obama you want me to help myself, exactly what I would like to be able to do but without my money going through your greedy hands first and trying to tell me it is your money helping me. Really, Mr. Obama, do not for a moment think We the People are stupid, we are not and we know the score, your score and it is standing a near zero.

    Matthews needs to stop fully drinking from the Obama kool aid pitcher. He just might find the evident truth and abandon the ship too.

  9. chris-os
    chris-os says:

    Dims, did you watch the whole town hall-the point is he is a good communicator, has a casual sense of humor-he is much better without the teleprompter.

    Is he the best the dems ever had-no, that would be Clinton, hands down.

  10. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    But he is no Reagan!  (nor was Clinton, but he was good, even if you had to parse his statements).


    He was a bit circuitous at that last press conference though.


    And not to let the "professor" thing get away from us, here, from the NYTimes ( is an interesting quote from a person that was a real professor:

    "What is unusual is the University of Chicago’s “promotion” of Senator Obama to the position of “senior lecturer.” As the law sSchool correctly points out on its Web site, that title is used for such long-established legal scholars as Richard Posner and Frank Easterbrook, both of whom continued to teach after their appointment to the United States Court of Appeals. Both were (and remain) extremely prolific scholars as well as teachers, and the “senior lecturer” title was acknowledge of that status and their judicial “day job.” Barack Obama never achieved such a scholarly stature—indeed, it does not appear that he engaged in legal scholarship at all. And to my knowledge, the title of “senior lecturer” has never been applied to someone who was basically an adjunct professor."


    There is more, but that should suffice.  I will possibly go with "smart but inexperienced" as a compromise.



  11. RoBrDona
    RoBrDona says:

    There is no question he is smart and good at scripted oration with which he can tug at targeted heartstrings. The lurking questions are what does he really believe in – and what does he know about the real world outside of polemical churches and universities. There was some charm in these mysteries for some people, but that is long gone. The growing suspicion is that he knows very little about much of anything that is practical. It is my firm belief that he dare not go to a podium without TOTUS, because if he does, he CANNOT ANSWER basic questions. He looked and acted like a "professor" yes he did. He looked like a professor that was taking over a class for a fellow educator in a discipline he was totally ignorant of.  Smarts can only get you so far. Eventually there has to be substance.  

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