Astroturf Reactions

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TelePrompter Jeebus gave another speech last night:

A fired-up Barack Obama ditched his TelePrompter to rally House Democrats and rip Republican opponents of his recovery package Thursday night – at one point openly mocking the GOP for failing to follow through on promises of bipartisanship.


Obama’s words bore only a vague resemblance to the prepared remarks the White House distributed to reporters as he began to speak. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Obama appeared to ditch his TelePrompter about a third of the way through the speech.

Wow, no TelePrompter and Uh-bama remained coherent?  It must be true, cuz a U.S. Congressman said it, and we know we can trust the Honorable James Clyburn, right?  Of course if you watch the video (I don’t recommend it but YMMV) you’ll notice that Obama spends 99% of the time looking 45 degrees to his left and right, which is exactly where the TelePrompter screens are located.

I first caught wind that Obama was performing without training wheels while I was at Balloon Juice amusing myself watching Obamanationals getting gobsmacked by reality.  When I saw these delusional comments it brought back amusing memories:

“Just watched the speech. He crushed it. The GOP underestimates this guy at their own peril.”
“Oh man, I’m watching the speech and he’s making them all look like fools.”

You see, a year ago I was a regular at Balloon Juice but eventually had to leave because I refused to drink the Kool-aid.  I was still a regular there on March 18th when Obama gave his “Greatest Speech on Race EVAH!” and I posted this 90 minutes before the speech began:

March 18th, 2008 at 8:37 am myiq2xu 

I have a copy of an leaked reaction to Obama’s speech today:

“It was his best speech EVAH! Barack Obama was uplifting and inspiring, while addressing the controvery with honesty, humility and specificity.

Obama masterfully showed how Rev. Wright was falsely smeared while simultaneously denouncing Wright’s controversial statements that Obama obviously never heard.  Barack Obama said it, I believe it, that settles it.”

The speech began at 10:15 a.m. EST and I was quickly proven to be psychic:

March 18th, 2008 at 10:28 am Mary
I haven’t watched it—I’ve see comments elsewhere that he seemed tired and off and I can’t stand the dread—but I read the transcript and thought he covered everything sharply and honestly, with the Ashley closer making me cry.  But how well will this work in soundbite culture?


March 18th, 2008 at 10:48 am Jen

Good grief, I teared up reading the transcript. It’s a good thing I can’t watch it or I’d be looking pretty pitiful.

That’s right, not one but TWO different commenters claimed to have been moved to tears just reading a transcript of the speech where Obama boldly proclaimed he could never, ever disown the spiritual mentor he would disown a few weeks later.  Although they were the only two that claimed the speech inflicted them with facial wetness, they weren’t the only ones gushing over it.

After writing my fake “reaction” I actually watched the speech, the first and last time I watched an entire episode of Obama reading someone else’s words from a Teleprompter.  I was not impressed.  Other than the part about not disowning Reverend Wright and calling his grandmother a racist can anyone remember anything else that he said that day?

By March 18th of last year I had realized that during and after every speech, debate or news event concerning Obama the lefty blogosphere was flooded with similar if not identical comments praising Obama and criticizing his opponents.  Different blogs and different commenters simultaneously spreading the same talking points.  That pattern continued through the primaries, the general election campaign, the transition and is still continuing.

There was one major exception – the announcement that Sarah Palin had been selected as McCain’s Vice-Presidential candidate.  For a few hours after the announcement Obamanation seemed to speak with many voices and then suddenly they spoke in unison again.

From Business Week:

The Obama campaign’s chief strategist is a master of “Astroturfing” and has a second firm that shapes public opinion for corporations

Probably just a coinky-dink.


One Response to Astroturf Reactions

  1. Fran says:

    Yes. They are still doing it. They even brag that they have an army ready to mobilize to support O’s agenda. This is not exactly talking points, but same idea.

    Fran —

    Last night, President Obama recorded a series of national network and cable news interviews about the urgent need for an economic recovery plan.

    Watch the video and share it with your friends and family:

    President Obama discussed why we need an immediate effort to create millions of jobs while investing in long-term challenges like energy and health care.

    He called for swift investment in job creation while continuing to assist those who are out of work, without health insurance, or in danger of losing their homes.

    The Economic Recovery plan passed the House of Representatives, and the Senate is preparing to vote on it very soon. The final version can and will be improved. But the President’s core plan will positively affect families and communities all across the country.

    You can help make sure the American people have all the facts so they can support this crucial effort to boost our struggling economy.

    The President is leading. Help is on the way.

    Lend your voice by sharing this video with everyone you know. Then sign up to join thousands of people across the country who are organizing Economic Recovery House Meetings this weekend:

    Thank you for staying involved,


    David Plouffe
    Campaign Manager
    Obama for America

    Paid for by Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee — 430 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

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