A surprise video of Barack Obama was presented to the ultra-liberal gathering of the Netroots Nation in Las Vegas on Saturday that included MSNBC's Rachel Maddow listing his accomplishments.
What does it say about this administration that it wouldn't find it at all unseemly to use the most left-leaning television network, along with one of its most liberal hosts, to propagandize political conference attendees?
Unconcerned with the picture this painted, Obama told the gathering, "Change hasn't come fast enough for too many Americans...But I hope you take a moment to consider all we've accomplished so far."
With that, the video switched to short clips from the June 25 "Rachel Maddow Show" (video follows with partial transcript and commentary:
BARACK OBAMA: Change hasn't come fast enough for too many Americans. I know that. It hasn't come fast enough for me either. And I know it hasn't come fast enough for many of you who fought so hard during the election. The fact is it took years to get here. It'll take time to get us out. We've known that since the beginning of our campaign. But I hope you take a moment to consider all we've accomplished so far.
RACHEL MADDOW, MSNBC: It turns out that a lot of things that have happened in the less than two years of this administration are the biggest or first or most important in generations. Wall Street reform agreement...health reform...the stimulus bill. It didn`t just throw a lasso around our entire economy and yank and yank it back from the brink. It also pumped about $100 billion into the crumbling embarrassment of our national infrastructure and transportation system...Tax incentives for renewable and clean energy...unheralded but giant investment in science and tech...also expanded state kids` health insurance to cover another four million kids...the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act...a nuclear arms deal with Russia that would reduce both countries` arsenals by a third...an international way forward on that radical left-wing proposition of Ronald Reagan, a world without nuclear weapons...The Hate Crimes Prevention Act, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act...dismantled the scandal-plagued Minerals Management Service...overhauled the astonishing stupidity of the student loan system...The last time any president did this much in office, booze was illegal. If you believe in policy, if you believe in government that addresses problems, cheers to that.
Potentially the most liberal president in American history needed potentially the most liberal commentator on television to help him sell his record to a gathering of potentially the most liberal people in the country.
Despite what Maddow thinks, what does that say about this man's job performance eighteen months into his presidency?
And what does it say about MSNBC?