Instead of calling for more sober observances of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on the occasion of King’s birthday, the first black President of the United States appears to have introduced Chinese Socialism Appreciation Week at the White House.
Some thought Barack Obama would tack toward the political center after the 2010 mid-term denunciation of much of his presidency to date. He even took up space (and that’s putting it kindly, this being the era of new civility) on the op-ed page of The Wall Street Journal this week to detail his imminent “executive order” to review regulations that could be strangling American businesses. How center-right of him.
Many fear, correctly so, that Dear Leader Obama will invoke executive orders to circumvent the GOP-led House of Representatives during the next two years. But what really ought to scare the daylights out of Americans is Obama’s proclivity for achieving his goals not by proclamation but by slight of hand deception.
Exhibits A and B during Chinese Socialism Appreciation Week:
A. The White House figuratively bows before Chinese President Hu Jintao during his Washington visit, underscored by a state dinner that needed its own stimulus package when the check was presented. Among attendees, General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, who is basking in the afterglow of FCC approval this week of the joint venture between GE’s NBC Universal television networks and cable TV leviathan Comcast Corp.
B. As reported today by The National Journal:
President Obama today will name General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt chairman of the new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, the White House announced overnight. … It will advise the president on job creation policies and on the establishment of a long-term growth strategy.
Note the phrase “announced overnight”. The White House literally released this news in the middle of the night (for most), at 12:30 a.m. Eastern time. The only people awake might have been China’s Hu and his delegation, which had moved on to Chicago for more toasts and praise from fellow aging dictator Richard Daley, the city’s soon-to-be-former mayor. (He’s not seeking re-election after 22 years).
Meanwhile, the Journal adds …
Immelt, GE’s CEO since September 2001, met with the president earlier this week and attended Wednesday’s state dinner with Chinese President Hu. He will guide the president (our Dear Leader, not their’s) on a tour of GE headquarters in Schenectady, N.Y., today.
So, let’s see, in the same week, Immelt gets his joint venture with Comcast — even though it is loaded up with what the Wall Street Journal describes as “an array of (FCC) conditions aimed at preventing the cable giant from unfairly hindering competitors” including a requirement that will “force Comcast to make more of its content available online” — and Obama gets Immelt as his captain of industry puppet, allowing Obama to bask in the symbolism of his newfound love of the private sector. (Well, actually, GE’s slice of the private sector).
Therein lies the art of Obama deception. He says he is embracing robust business growth but he’s really orchestrating the subtle infiltration of government tentacles into over-the-air TV, cable TV and the internet.
Who would have thought we’d live in a United States where the federal government is exerting tighter control of vital mediums even as a well known executive from an iconic American brand (GE) “agrees” to become a White House mouthpiece in exchange, no doubt, for VIP access to Chinese contracts?
Actually, there’s a Chinese dignitary about to fly back to Beijing with a very full tummy and a Cabernet hangover who comes to mind. Hu would have thought of it, that’s who.