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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Obamavision

I don't watch the news - local, national, commentary, whatever. I gave it up for Lent and haven't looked back since. Even FOX was spiking my blood pressure. The Internet and radio comprise my sources today, along with the now 3-days-a-week delivery of a Detroit newspaper.

Oh, I still watch tv - sports mainly, a lot of EWTN and the occasional syndicated episode of Law and Order or Without A Trace or Cold Case. I'll watch an episode or two of Mythbusters with the Sons of LarryD. No reality shows, no Dancing With Bachelorette American Idols Who Have Talent And Eight Kids. One show I do make time for is Dr Who, of course. Can you believe that it won't be on again for another 7-8 months? What's up with that?

Anyway.

A lot has been in the news lately as to how much Obama has been on television since being elected. He's already held five press conferences in his first 200 days - that's more than Bush held in his first term, IIRC. Making statements here, there and everywhere. Webcasts, radio spots, town hall meetings, op-eds. ABC News broadcast from the White House for an entire day. Brian Williams had an exclusive one-on-one interview. Made a guest appearance on Jay Leno's show.

The guy is everywhere, 24/7 - more so as of late to push Obamacare, even though he's supposed to be on vacation. Interestingly enough, the more visible and vocal he is, the lower his numbers fall. Zogby's poll had his approval rating at 45% today. Rasmussen's Presidential Approval Index stood at -8 this morning. Support for his health care reform is tanking. You'd think his handlers and administration officials would suggest he pull back from all the appearances and lay low for a little while.

Nope. Now the One's going to be on an After-School Special.

From MSNBC.com: Obama Helps Kids Get in Back-to-School Spirit

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will appear in a back-to-school television special with singer Kelly Clarkson and basketball star LeBron James next month.

Obama is appearing in a 30-minute documentary that will air at 8 p.m. Sept. 8 on BET, MTV, VH1, CMT, Comedy Central, Spike TV and Nickelodeon, all of them Viacom networks. Obama also plans to deliver a back-to-school speech to the nation's students on the same day.

In the program, the president says education is the key to people living out their dreams.

Hmmm. Given the trend in the polls, this move might guarantee future Republican voters.

So rather than disparage the President for this onslaught of over-exposure, I say forge ahead. Continue to appear on late night TV talk shows and schedule those prime time press conferences. Hold more town hall meetings and sync up those webcasts. Why stop campaigning? Look at how far it's gotten you! To help out, I've come up with some ideas for you to consider:

  • Sing the National Anthem before every game of the World Series.
  • Appear as a contestant and a judge on Dancing With The Stars.
  • Get a recurring role on General Hospital (maybe as a death panel bureaucrat?) so you can continue to push health care reform.
  • Be a torch bearer for the 2010 Olympics.
  • Sub for Larry King from time to time.
  • Become an animated character on South Park or The Simpsons.
  • Be a judge on Iron Chef America.
  • Take over for Billy Mays on The Pitchmen - you'd be a natural!
If you were to do these things, two things would happen. You'd have less time to run America into the ground, and your approval numbers would continue to plummet. Sounds like a win-win to me!

Got any other ideas for the President?