Thursday, July 14, 2011

"Bluffmeister in Chief"

Interesting to see in the recent Obama debt extension crisis where our learned president was meeting with congressional leadership that President Obama said to House Majority leader Eric Kantor (R-VA), "Eric,Don't call my bluff" as he left in a huff from the meeting. This president thinks quite highly of himself and his ability to manipulate the "masses" to his point of view; perhaps because he sometimes enunciates properly words and sometimes can appear to be "inspiring" when he reads certain messages and speeches from his teleprompter. President Obama is not however quite so "polished" in his speech during interviews or press conferences where he has to "think on his feet" and often assumes the role of a wind bag pedantic professor.

For those of you who don't know what a "bluff" is: A bluff in poker terms is a representation of a "strong hand" when you actually have a substandard hand. When you "bluff" you try to get the other poker players to fold their hand by betting an amount that the other players will not match so you win the pot by default. By saying "Don't call my bluff", President Obama is acknowledging that he has a "weak position or a weak hand" and is trying to get the Republican congressional leadership to agree to tax increases during a high unemployment weak economy. This "Bluffmeister-In Chief" thinks he can "win the crowd" as actor Russell Crowe did in the movie "Gladiator" where the gladiator won the crowd away from the corrupt Roman emperor.

A Gallup poll released today said that "Republican" would beat President Obama if the election were held today. Now, it is a long time in political terms between now and November 2012; and who knows for sure who the Republican nominee will be at this time but this poll does show that the "crowd" is not currently with President Obama.

What President Obama probably should have said to House Majority leader Eric Cantor before he "took his ball and went home" like a little pre-adolescent child is; "Eric, I'm not bluffing on this. I am going to take my case directly to the American people and we're going to tax the rich folks and close all their tax loop holes so my administration can keep spending (oops I mean "investing") in the future for social justice and a more fair society and to "spread the wealth around".

It is tough I understand to think on your feet without  your teleprompter, Mr. President, but as "Bluffmeister -In -Chief; You have to know when to "hold'em and when to fold'em" and the current polls suggest you are truly holding a weak hand.