The president of the United States is stressing “fiscal responsibility” during his first Cabinet meeting.
The media is ushered in and cameras scan the assembled group of political heavyweights as the president reads some canned, rehearsed comments that staffers had prescreened.
He emphasizes trying to find savings in each executive branch department. A few secretaries proudly announce that they can save the taxpayers’ hard-earned cash.
Sounds good, eh? Especially in the midst of an economic meltdown.
Is this real life, with Barack Obama announcing he was tasking his Cabinet to “save” $100 million in expenses?
Or is this fiction, from the 1993 movie “Dave,” in which Kevin Kline portrays Dave Kovik doubling for stroke-victim President Bill Mitchell for a few weeks and has a wonderful time doing so?
Dave is so good at imitating the actual president that even the first lady, played by Sigourney Weaver, isn’t sure whether this is her husband, although she is puzzled at the kinder, gentler man he has become.
Before becoming a presidential stunt double, Dave actually runs a temp employment agency and does gigs on the side imitating the straight-laced, tough Mitchell. But when the president has a stroke while philandering with his secretary, the Secret Service, and corrupt White House chief-of-staff rush Kline/Kovik into the Oval Office.
But Dave is actually a good, honest guy who soon discovers that the federal government’s books are cooked. His personal temp agency accountant, Murray, played by Charles Grodin, tells him, “If I did the books this way, I’d be put in jail!”
Thus Dave uses his first Cabinet meeting to try to save the taxpayers some hard-earned money.
Now comes our real president, Barack Obama, who repeated the scene for real during his first Cabinet meeting. He asked his Cabinet secretaries to “find” $100 million in savings.
What a total farce this is!!!
In a budget of $3.5 trillion he is photo-opping a Cabinet charge to “find” $100 million.
All for headlines as he “pledges” to be a fiscal hawk — while, in fact, he spends money at a rate never imagined before.
This may be an opening into the Obama we do not yet know. Is he Dave Kovik, the nice guy who loves being president and also wants to change things for the better?
Or is Obama actually a more cynical politician who plays the nice guy while actually changing nothing? Remember his pledges not to hire lobbyists or enact earmark pork spending programs? Both of those have already been discarded and lost in the clutter of the still-adoring media stories about Bo the first dog and Michele’s arms.
But eventually we are going to see just who the real President Obama is: the Dave-like nice naif outsider who goes to D.C. to shake things up — or the cynical, clever actor who plays a Dave-like figure while actually running an inside-the-beltway Democratic takeover of all levers of federal power in order to enact an extreme left-wing agenda.
If he is the former, then the Big Boys in D.C. will roll him.
If he is the latter, then we are the ones who have been rolled — by Obama himself.
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