White House releases talking points to liberals ahead of speech
Published: 12:50 PM 09/08/2011 | Updated: 3:15 PM 09/08/2011
By Neil Munro - The Daily Caller
The teleprompter script for tonightâ€™s speech by President Barack Obama is still a secret, but the White Houseâ€™s script for spinning reporters, bloggers, and their audiences has been leaked to The Daily Caller.
White House officials distributed a set of talking points early Thursday to guide Democratic legislators and advocacy groups who will be filling up the airwaves, Internet message boards and printing presses before and after Obamaâ€™s speech tonight to a joint session of Congress.
The talking points repeat Obamaâ€™s favored campaign-trail themes, depicting the economy as a victim of President George W. Bush; the Republicans as unpatriotic and greedy partisans; and Obama as an optimistic, fair-minded, reformist, bipartisan, fiscal moderate.
Republicans spinners will likely disagree tonight with all of those depictions, and follow their own poll-tested script. Over the last few weeks, for example, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has been working hard to shift the GOPâ€™s message towards job creation rather than deficit-cutting. (RELATED: Boehner: Most Americans would choose pigskin over the president)
The White Houseâ€™s pre-speech spin ramped up this morning when Carney appeared on morning TV shows to announce that the presidentâ€™s package of proposals will be collectively titled â€œThe Americans Jobs Act.â€
The talking points begin with the claim that Obamaâ€™s proposals are â€œbased on bi-partisan ideasâ€ and â€œfully paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes and asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.â€
The GOP will likely insist that this is a poll-tested euphemism for a tax hike on business owners.
Obama has very little time to spur the nationâ€™s huge but stalled economy sufficiently for the public change their unfavorable impression of him before November 2012, so the talking points also urge liberal talking heads to claim his proposals will have swift benefits â€” â€œan impact on job and economic growth NOW â€” just as soon as Congress acts.â€
To downplay any impression that Obama is acting in a partisan fashion, the script also declares that all of Congress â€” not just Republicans â€” is at fault. â€œEvery day, people in this country are working hard to meet their responsibilities. The question now is whether Washington will meet theirs â€¦ The time for obstruction and gridlock is over. Congress needs to put country ahead of politics,â€ say the talking points.
The â€œcountry ahead of politicsâ€ claim has appeared in many of Obamaâ€™s speeches. The phrase suggests that GOP legislators and allies are unpatriotic, and is a notable turnaround from President George W. Bushâ€™s tenure, when many Democrats claimed that their Republican critics were illegitimately questioning Democratsâ€™ patriotism.http://dailycaller.com/2011/09/08/white ... of-speech/