Halftime in America? Or the End of a Failed Rookie Season?

By Proof

Many of you remember that Chrysler Super Bowl commercial, "Halftime in America":

Many people saw this as an oblique Obama ad from a government bailed out Chrysler: "Yes, the last four years under Obama have been tough, but we'll come back 'in the second half'." A few even saw this as an endorsement of Obama by Mr. Eastwood.

I think that was part of the brilliance in having Clint make an appearance at the Republican convention. Last February, it looked like Dirty Harry may have been in the Obama camp. Now, it is clear that he is telling Mr. Obama, "a man's got to know his limitations!"

Apart from the gleeful images ( mine included) of Eastwood's character from Gran Torino telling Obama to "get off his lawn", there is something in the earlier sports analogy that caught my attention. A flaw in reasoning behind "halftime in America", if you will.

When it comes to presidential politics, four years is not "halftime", since there is no guarantee the same team will even be on the field after four years. No, four years is a full season. And typically, after a horrendous losing season, the team owners get themselves a new coach.

We hired a rookie coach in 2008. He talked a good game. He promised that the oceans would recede, the world would love us and there'd be jobs for anyone who wanted one, if only he could spend enough of your hard earned tax dollars to do it. And he spent more money than had ever been spent by one country, including ours, in the history of the world.

He benched two of our best players, Coal and Oil, and guaranteed a multimillion dollar contract to a rookie with bad hamstrings and a torn ACL - Solyndra. And the economic and employment scoreboards kept showing losses. Energy costs skyrocketed, which, incidentally may be the only promise Obama kept!

As our prospective coach, he promised to go through the budget playbook "line by line" to root out any weaknesses. Maybe he even took it with him on the hundred or so rounds of golf he played this season. Maybe if he'd spent more time in the clubhouse and less time with his clubs, he might have made a difference? Maybe Obama thought the ability to coach would seep in through osmosis from his golf clubs, or his chair in the Oval Office, or Air Force One.

His assistant coach, Harry Reid, never even drew up a playbook for the team for three of the the last four years of the season. Funny how they always blamed everything on the former coach, but they never replaced his budget playbook with a real one of their own! Who was it that said a failure to plan is a plan for failure?

Coach Barry went to all the social events coaches go to, attended all the gridiron dinners, even accepted a coaching award from some Norwegians before his team ever took the field, but never produced what he promised: a winning season.

Ladies and gentlemen, fellow team owners, frustrated fans, it's time to fire the coach and get a new one. One who knows that when you are dealing with the jobs and livelihoods and futures of every living American, it is just as important to keep score as it is how we play the game. Everyone in Obama's administration, from the lowliest unnecessary cabinet member to the the hundreds of Czars in charge of making sure all the Czars have their own tee time, received a "participation trophy" from Coach Obama. Most of them will leave with lavish pensions and will soon find cushy jobs lobbying their comrades who remain. But American needs to be about the task of winning. Because we will never "win the future" if we do not win the present.

Have a great retirement in Chicago, Coach Obama. You might apply as head coach of the Bears. I'm sure the Vikings and the Packers will both give you glowing letters of recommendation!

Cross posted at Proof Positive


  1. I admit that it sounded like an endorsement of Obama, but I didn't even think that when I first heard that ad b/c I don't believe the president has that much to do with the economic cycle. Bush started the bailout policy, and Obama continued it. It "worked" in that the economy is roaring back, but it cost billions of dollars. We must balance the budget.

    I also think we should try to change things in the economy so that the next major recession doesn't require billions of dollars of debt to fix. The best fix is for individuals to prepare for periodic ups and downs, and have the gov't admit which few things are gov't backed (Treasuries, FDIC, and now Fannie) and then promise not to back anything not explicitly backed by the gov't.

    If you focused on these ideas and completely rejected wedge social issues, most people would probably support it.

    1. Not quite sure where you see the "roaring economy". A tepid whimpering perhaps?

    2. We're in 1996. People are still talking about the recession of '91, but we're headed into a major boom. All booms must end, and there'll be bellyaching in six year's time when we're in 2002.

      I am certainly not saying this is because Clinton and Obama were president. They just lucked out on the economic cycle.

      It turns me off when GOP criticizes Obama for saying US economy is doing well. It really is. I don't like when Dems criticize Romney out of context for saying he likes "to be able to fire people". Even out of context, it is good to be able to fire people and companies when the relationship isn't working out. That's fundamental to a capitalist economy.

      The economy is going gangbusters, and Obama will benefit from the timing.

    3. Sorry to turn you off, but I'm still not seeing it. How can the economy be going "gangbusters" and so many people be out of work? Inflation and the cost of living are up. If we're lucky, then the housing market has bottomed, but if there's any recovery there, it is minimal. I don't "talk down" the economy for political reasons, but I'm not a Pollyanna cheerleader in the face of reality either.

      And unless you're clinically insane, could you explain how we're in 1996. Have you been in a coma for the last sixteen years? That would explain a lot!

      Do you have any specific examples of the "gangbuster" economy. It turns me off when people talk in cliches and vague generalities.

  2. Reality Check: Spain plundered the Inca empire and most of the new world of gold and silver to the tune of about $130 billion at todays values. That money went to the elite and the king.

    We spent 6 times that on the stimulous under Obama and all the jobs created occured years later after "tea party" supporters took congress in 2010 and restored some economic confidence.

    The stimulous made things worse for America. It went to unions and other elitists. They didn't just tax and spend. They borrowed at our expense and stuffed their pockets.

    Obama is not a failure, he is a plunderer for his elitist cronies like the world has never seen.

  3. Eastwood should get a Nobel Prize for illustrating the fraud that is our president. Improv theater from a talented actor that connected with the common folks. Clearly got under the Narcissist in Chief's skin as shown by the tweet.

    Well played Mr. Eastwood. Well played.....


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