The Chicago Tribune – of all newspapers – seems to be making fun of Big Guy's Twitter-fest:
Twitter is casual, fast-paced, funny, anarchic and egalitarian. Politicians were never any of those things.
They seem to imply that our Big White (BW) Twitter town hall (TTH) and Big Guy (BG), by extension, is none of those things.
I beg to differ. We’ve so nailed 4 out of 5.
BG, getting down with his peeps, and a casual ROG (round of golf)
Run Bo, run! Faster!
And egalitarian? Are you kidding me? Do any of you remember Joe the “we’ve got to spread the wealth around” Plumber? (JTP)
How much more egalitarian can we get? We’ve even got bumper stickers.
I guess I’ll concede on the charge of not being “anarchic.” We’re much more into Organizing for America (OFA), Big, BIG government and tyranny, butt sometimes despite our best efforts things end up in chaos that even a dyed-in-the-wool anarchist might approve of.
Obamacare Bill (warning: embiggens on its own, no clicking required)
Obamacare flowchart: click to embiggen (CTE). The picture, not government - it does it on its own.
So we’ve got that going for us.
Anyway, we think the tweet-fest went just swell. So you can just disregard what Major Garrett had to say on the Dr. Laura Ingra-ham radio show. After all, he doesn’t even work for FOX News anymore:
“[I]f people aren’t listening to you on that core message, it doesn’t matter what you say anymore,” he said. “And I think the president is dangerously close to losing that connection with the American people on what he knows about the economy and what he can predict about the economy. And presidents who can’t lead on the economy tend to be replaced.
And I think today’s Twitter town hall is evidence of a low-level degree of anxiety bordering on panic within the Chicago reelection headquarters because back in 2008 and 2007, I watched this develop on the ground. There was a sense that ‘oh social media created the energy.’ No, social media harnessed and built it out. It made it exponential. But it didn’t create it in the first place and you see a lot of sort of feverish attempts to engage social media as if that’s the means by which to create energy. No – you create energy by what you do, what you say and how you lead, especially if you’re seeking reelection and it’s at that level that I think the energy pool is much more shallow for President Obama than the campaign would like it to be.”
Panic schmanic. David Plouffe has everything under control. He knows what’s important to the American people: and it’s not that 3 letter word: JOBS.
“The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers,” Plouffe said. “People won’t vote based on the unemployment rate, they’re going to vote based on: ‘How do I feel about my own situation? Do I believe the president makes decisions based on me and my family?’”
Then they probably won’t care about Big Guy putting Social Security and Medicare on the table in order to get some new tax increases either.
The 2012 election is going to be a breeze; maybe we don’t even need to do any more Twitter Town Halls (TTH).
Somehow, I don’t think that would be a bad thing. And it would leave more time for Big Guy (BG) to get casual, funny and fast paced – in order to create some of that old energy around our HOPE and CHANGE meme.
Be sure to catch this weekend’s rap up of Wills and Kate’s North American tour. The more I see of them the more I see how much the Duchess and our Queen have in common.
It’s a mighty wind.
BTW: June unemployment numbers just in, 9.2%. OUCH!