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PoliCon
10-18-2009, 01:11 AM
Why he's losing credibility

By LYNN FORESTER DE ROTHSCHILD

Last Updated: 4:37 AM, October 17, 2009

Posted: 12:14 AM, October 17, 2009

IN "The Audacity of Hope," Barack Obama described himself as "a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views." This is a powerful tool in elections and explains why liberals, moderates, Democrats, Independents and Republicans joined together to give him 53 percent of the vote last November.

Since his election, this "blank screen" has been an asset, allowing the new president to maintain an illusion of progress, even as he has avoided the hard choices necessary for progress. But, as Americans ponder the unavoidable consequences of the president's policies -- particularly health-care reform -- the illusion is wearing thin.

The government has spent $3 trillion to prop up Wall Street and take over the big insurance and auto industries -- yet the middle class and small businesses continue to suffer. Fifteen million workers remain without jobs; 32 percent of Americans' homes are worth less than their mortgages -- and a whopping 61 percent of Americans are living from paycheck to paycheck.

For these reasons, the American people have begun to judge President Obama on his record, not his rhetoric; on his policies, not his narrative -- and on his ability to govern, not on his campaign machine.

The cool and reasonable candidate who gave hope to his voters, who promised to rise above the ugly politics and big money of Washington, is turning out to be as conventional a politician as any other. Indeed, as he runs a permanent campaign from the White House, he is proving to be more committed to protecting the vested interests of his party than standing up for actual change.

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Speedy
10-18-2009, 03:10 AM
When he starts to campaign for a second term, how will we be able to tell?

lacarnut
10-18-2009, 05:15 AM
When he starts to campaign for a second term, how will we be able to tell?

He will screw things up so bad that he will pull a LBJ and not run for a second term. Either that or Hillary will kick his ass in the primaries.

RobJohnson
10-18-2009, 07:06 AM
When he starts to campaign for a second term, how will we be able to tell?

By then, he will be President of the World!

Nubs
10-18-2009, 04:53 PM
In the world of marienettes - a blank screen is known as a puppet.