The headline on the Drudge Report at the moment is, "Crisis is a Great Opportunity." Some right-wing blogs (for example) have been pushing a conspiracy theory that Obama is deliberately destroying the economy in order to enact a sweeping left-wing agenda. I find that ridiculous. The way I see it, Obama has no idea what to do about the economy, is listening primarily to left-of-center economists, and really believes that his measures are the best solutions.
But when Obama says things like,
"Yes, this is a moment of challenge for our country," Obama said. "But we've experienced great trials before. And with every test, each generation has found the capacity to not only endure, but to prosper - to discover great opportunity in the midst of great crisis."You have to ask: what great opportunity is he talking about? An opportunity for what? There's obviously no evidence that he's deliberately trying to worsen the crisis -- the opposite is far more likely -- but these kind of statements fuel conspiracy-theory thinking, and leave the administration open to charges that it's manipulating a national crisis situation for political gain. Along with Obama himself, you have Secretary of State Clinton making the comment that we should "never waste a good crisis." A good crisis? What's good about it? They might as well be asking for people to question their motives, if they are going to throw out these kinds of ill-advised statements.