President Not

“I am President Not… from the enchanted land of Nope.”

One thing all the issues have in common is the way Obama argues, or demonizes, them. He is not content with telling us what he is going to do, he always has to frame it by saying what he “will not do”. I’ve been sick of this as long as he’s been in office. Every issue that comes up, he rolls out the “not” machine.

While Obama insisted he was “very open to compromise” in future talks, he emphasized he would not negotiate with Congress over the debt limit.

“I will not have another debate with this Congress over the debt ceiling,” Obama said. [Huff Po]

In November he said, “But what I will not do is to have a process that is vague, that says we’re going to sort of, kind of, raise revenue through dynamic scoring or closing loopholes that have not been identified.”

Obama’s acceptance speech in 08:

“But what I will not do is suggest that the senator takes his positions for political purposes, because one of the things that we have to change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree without challenging each other’s character and each other’s patriotism. “

In April, 2008: “… but what I will not do is to continue to let the Iraqi government off the hook.” And keep the straw men firmly on the hook.

You can count on him trotting out the same twisted rhetoric every time he speaks. Why doesn’t he come out and just tell us his concrete plans or what he will do, instead of continually telling us what he won’t do?

So I was thinking about trying this out, and because it happens to be New Years, so I am going to make an exhaustive list of things “I will not do” in the next year. Let’s see how far that gets me.I can just sit here thinking up endless things that “I will not do”. It should b a fun exercise because I can stick anything in the list I want, and be as creative about it as possible. It is just a rhetorical tool.

Aren’t the people sick of hearing what Obama “will not do”? His inauguration is coming up and the State of the Union. How many times can he tell us what he won’t do? How come he never says he will not spend more money or all the other things people want to hear. How come he does not say “I will not demagogue the issues”? Or say “I will not mock my opponents”?

But the reality is if someone took that device away he’d have nothing left. He spends way more time saying what he will not do than what he is going to do.

The 2012 State of the Union:’
“And I will not stand by when our competitors don’t play by the rules.”
“And I will not go back to the days when Wall Street was allowed to play by its own set of rules.”

He uses this almost as much as his other favorite phrase: “Let me be clear.”

Sort of reminds me of Abbott and Costello, “who’s on first?”