The Obama brand

AlterNet
by Chris Hedges

01/25/10

Excerpt from Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, by Chris Hedges. “Barack Obama is a brand. And the Obama brand is designed to make us feel good about our government while corporate overlords loot the Treasury, armies of corporate lobbyists grease the palms of our elected officials, our corporate media diverts us with gossip and trivia, and our imperial wars expand in the Middle East. Brand Obama is about being happy consumers. We are entertained. We feel hopeful. We like our president. We believe he is like us. But like all branded products spun out from the manipulative world of corporate advertising, this product is duping us into doing and supporting a lot of things that are not in our interest...

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Obama doesn’t know his job description

Nolan Chart
by John Armstrong

01/25/10

This is what your President thinks his Job Description is: You know, there is a tendency in Washington to believe our job description, of elected officials, is to get reelected. That’s not our job description, Obama said. Our job description is to solve problems and to help people. — January 25, 2010. This is what your President’s Job Description actually is: I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. — January 20, 2008...

//www.nolanchart.com/article7307.html



Obama and the “hard pivot”

QandO
by Bruce McQuain

01/26/10

President Obama is about to do what the pundits love to describe as a ‘hard pivot.’ What that really means is he’s going to try to change the subject enough to divert attention from his troubles and give the impression he’s doing something for the people that they actually want. The first part of the hard pivot was his attack on banking and Wall Street. Meeting with a modicum of populist success there and in the wake of the message from Massachusetts, he’s decided it is now time to focus on jobs, the middle class and, of all things, spending. Well sort of...

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//www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/01/26-2



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