We like it in here. They take care of us
--Creature Comforts, Nick Park
Go do that voodoo that you do so well!
--Blazing Saddles (1974)
A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And no one can talk to a horse of course
--The Famous Mister Ed
Movin', movin', movin',
Though they're disapprovin',
Keep them dogies movin', rawhide
--Rawhide, Frankie Laine
Mr. Obama's posture vis-a-vis the economy is redolent of that of a bronco-buster.
You may ask, how? No matter how hard a horse bucks, he can be ridden if the rider secures a solid seat and stay ahead of the horse. This means the rider's center of gravity must remain forward of the horse's withers.
Once a rider is thrown to the rear of the balance point, he is gone.
It seems to me that Obama is trying to ride the horse without a saddle, bit or reins, thinking that he can't be thrown. He lacks the tack to sit this horse.
It is instructive to remember that there ain't a horse that can't be rode, or a rider that can't be throwed. Perhaps Obama is hoping that the horse will calm down if he ground breaks him with the promise of hope.
Most animals are grounded beasts, and don't do well with pie in the sky ambiguous promises. A carrot to come doesn't look as good as one in hand.