Even The Politico Is Having A Tough Time Being Positive About Obama’s Speech

One of Politico’s biggest Obama cheerleaders, Carrie Budoff Brown, must have been sighing quite a bit while writing the article. Not the hopey changey 2008 campaign sighs of adoration, but the kind of sigh one gets when the puppy poops on the carpet for the 10th time this week. She was even nice enough to include a picture of TOTUS, who tells Obama to say

Anyhow

Obama faces high stakes on jobs speech

After three weeks of buildup, the stakes for President Barack Obama’s jobs speech Thursday couldn’t be higher – and the expectations couldn’t be lower.

Republicans are so certain he won’t offer anything new that some aren’t even attending. Democrats are questioning why the White House is pouring so much of its capital into another big speech. And both parties are skeptical that any concrete action will come of it in Congress

She also (helpfully) provides 5 things to watch for during what will surely be the lowest rated presidential address ever

  • Substance, not just size, matters (there won’t be any)
  • Conciliatory or confrontational? In other words, no matter what, he will once again refuse to act Presidential
  • A deficit of deficit talk (supposedly, he will challenge the deficit panel to reduce the deficit even more. More “so let it be said, so let it be done)
  • It’s not the speech, it’s the follow-up (obviously, we won’t find out till after the speech, so, I’m not sure how we are supposed to watch for this during the speech, but, we can expect him to mostly forget about the speech the day after)
  • Icebreaker, anyone? (Carrie thinks Obama should start with a joke, because he’s basically an NFL pre-game show. The one few will watch. I suggest he just hold up his record as president, that’ll get a good laugh)

And then Obama plans to take his same old same old plan on the road, which looks eerily like a campaign trip. Much like his bus trip. And tonight’s speech.

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