In New York Times interview, Obama takes a Mulligan on Socialism, flubs second shot for triple bogey
Posted by danishova on March 8, 2009
Q. The first six weeks have given people a glimpse of your spending priorities. Are you a socialist as some people have suggested?
A. You know, let’s take a look at the budget – the answer would be no.
At 2:30 p.m., President Obama called The New York Times, saying he wanted to clarify a point from the interview. Here is a transcript of that brief call:
President Obama: Just one thing I was thinking about as I was getting on the copter. It was hard for me to believe that you were entirely serious about that socialist question. I did think it might be useful to point out that it wasn’t under me that we started buying a bunch of shares of banks. It wasn’t on my watch. And it wasn’t on my watch that we passed a massive new entitlement – the prescription drug plan without a source of funding. And so I think it’s important just to note when you start hearing folks through these words around that we’ve actually been operating in a way that has been entirely consistent with free-market principles and that some of the same folks who are throwing the word socialist around can’t say the same.
First Bogey: The Times was serious about the question, Barack. Gee, I wonder why!
Second Bogey: President Obama, you voted for the TARP program in your capacity as the Junior Senator from Illinois, so stop playing the victim. Being a whiner is unbecoming behavior for any adult, but it is unthinkable for the President of the United States ( and Commander in Chief) to indulge in this behavior. Buck up, Barack – It’s time to set aside childish things, remember?
Third Bogey: President Obama, you want to create a “massive new entitlement” with Nationalized Health Care but deride Bush’s (albeit ill-conceived) prescription drug plan as a “massive new entitlement”? Unreal. At least Bush’s plan did not fundamentally change how we get health care in this country. Moreover, for many Americans who don’t pay taxes, your phony “tax cut” is nothing but a Socialist welfare payment. And are we to ignore your “massive new entitlement” for “Green Energy” which you intend to pay for by redistributing wealth and through crushing carbon taxes?