"An underperforming president"
An underperforming president
[The title of the Economist article which is now quoted.]
AT THE very last moment, and just before his 50th birthday this week, Barack Obama got the deal that raised the debt ceiling by between $2.1 trillion and $2.4 trillion and so prevented the United States from going into default on his watch. But this does not mean that the roof is not still in danger of falling in on his presidency. The superstar of 2008, who once looked like a shoo-in for re-election, now appears extremely vulnerable. Despite talk that he will raise a record $1 billion war chest, Democrats in Congress have begun to whisper that Mr Obama’s fading chances of winning a second term are coming to depend on the absence—so far—of an exciting Republican challenger.
[Paging Marco Rubio! Do you feel a DRAFT yet?]
Single events seldom determine the fate of a presidency. Those who said just over a year ago that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico would doom Mr Obama were as wrong as those who thought May’s killing of Osama bin Laden would make him unbeatable. The debt fight is in similar danger of being over-interpreted. Mr Obama’s fate depends more on two big bets he placed well before the Republican capture of the House in November’s mid-terms. The health-care reform that chewed up political capital in his first two years tanked with voters, and more than $800 billion of stimulus spending has so far failed to deliver the hoped-for growth in jobs. The outcome of the next election will depend more on unemployment than on Mr Obama’s handling of the past month’s comic opera on the debt ceiling.
[And now the input from the DUmmie Peanut Gallery...]
Just what is this President supposed to do to create jobs when the wealthiest corporations and individuals are sitting on their hands with mega bucks of cash? How is he supposed to force them to turn loose of their money and hire people? What incentives are there available to him with his budgetary hands tied by the Republicans in Congress? Nothing will get out of the House because the yahoos control it. And Democrats do not have 60 votes in the Senate.
[A blizzard of lame excuses from this DUmmie.]
That may be true, but you can't win an election by making excuses...you have to give people hope, which is what was promised, but never delivered.
[Loose change and no hope.]
Okay, how does he turn the circumstances into hope? What needs to happen is the right wingers need to be voted out!!!!
[And what is your excuse for when the Democrats controlled both Houses of Congress plus the White House?]
There was another President who made an end run around the oligarchs. What was his name?
We Had House and Senate in 2008 and Wasted It.
[Obama fiddled while the Democrats burned.]
The campaign is already coaching their workers to steer clear of policy questions. I agree, it's time for him to declare just how Democratic he is, principle-wise. I know I'm tired of this Mediator-in-Chief position he's carved out. It's not working.
[Just like Obama steers clear of actually offering any solutions. Notice that he offered NO deficit reduction plan of his own? It would have cut in to his golf time and planning for his big birthday bash.]
This Presidency was Obama's to lose and with every passing day, it becomes more apparent that he will, in fact, lose it. And it's too late to primary him even if we had a credible challenger, so he isn't the only one to lose - we all do.
[It's going to be incredible FUn to watch you LOSERS on the night of Nov. 6, 2012. And now to cook up my FREE thick sliced smoked bacon and eggs purchased for FREE via coupons yesterday. Make a note to stock up on FREE beer for that Nov 6. 2012 party.]