Skip to comments.Barack Obama is so last season (" [...] thinks he is doing the country a favor by gracing it")
Posted on 12/03/2009 7:01:04 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
For Barack Obama, the magic is gone. He's here, but the glamour has vanished. He still talks, but few people appear to be listening.
Sometime in spring, it began to be noticed (by Fred Barnes, among others) that he was losing the power to move people, or shape their opinions. When his agenda began meeting resistance, he gave a series of speeches and resistance grew stronger. The more he explained, the more people disliked what he said he was doing.
The base remained loyal, but three other subgroups had become disenchanted. "The thrill is gone," said E.J. Dionne, who seemed at a loss as to where it had gone to. In the interests of clarity, and of diagnosis, let us attempt to explain.
There was one group that fell for Obama the Moderate, the man who kept his head (or appeared to) in the financial meltdown last autumn, the temperamental conservative who seemed incremental, the one David Brooks would call "Burkean." Unfortunately, the temperamental conservative turned out to be an ideological radical, intent on ramming through on a narrow majority (and against the wishes of most of the country) a massive redo of the health care delivery system, an immense stack of paper that no one has read.
There was a second that fell for Obama the Story, the half-African waif, whose rise to the leadership of a powerful, once-slave-holding nation was the matter of legend, and tears. He was Reaganesque, he was JFK Redux, a figure of glamour and eloquence.
But Reagan and Kennedy saw themselves as temporary custodians of a tradition older and bigger than they were, and thought they were lucky to serve it. Obama seems to think he is doing the country a favor by gracing it.
Reagan and Kennedy wanted to project and increase American power and influence; Obama wants to walk it back from what he thinks its delusions of consequence. Reagan and Kennedy talked about freedom, which gave their speeches their eloquence. Obama is bored with the subject of freedom (ask Iran and Honduras), and talks of himself.
It is a topic that gets stale fairly quickly. In fact, it already has.
Then there's the third group, perhaps the most painful, which is the young voters, who fell for Obama the Fad. "In 2008 the torch really was passed to a new generation of voters," Dionne had said hopefully. A year later, however, the torch has gone missing, or simply slipped out of their hands.
Democratic pollster Celinda Lake found "a dramatically lower level of turnout from Obama surge voters," whose lack of interest seemed terminal. "I don't like what any of them are doing in Washington," an ex-voter complained. It was all so confusing, or perhaps so exhausting. "I'm tired of politics," as another one told her. "I need a rest."
"Barack Obama ... is now being treated as a new fashion icon," one fashion blog had reported. Anna Wintour held fundraisers for him. Diane von Furstenberg designed a tote in his honor. Donatella Versace dedicated her collection to him, during Fashion Week in Milan.
Obama was sold less as a pol than a fashion accessory, which is how the young bought him. It didn't hurt that he looked like the models in catalogs. He was so young and so hip, and so trendy and slender.
They bought less his ideas than his aura and ambiance. And what was the problem with that?
Well, quite a lot. As any fashionista will tell you, the problem with being this year's "in" fashion is that sooner or later, you're out.
Obama now is "so 2008," which might be 1908 to Celinda Lake's voters. They've been there and done that, and want the new model.
All presidents fail in some things, and some fail in most things, but Obama is the first to become a true fashion victim. Everyone knows what happens to fashions that go out of style: They get shoved on a rack to the back of the closet, and slide in a heap to the floor.
HopeyChangieDork has no new ideas- only good, old-fashined SOCIALMISM but he is afraid to say the actual word
All he promised was ‘hope’ and ‘change’ (and the people were stupid enough to buy it
(Apparently they could not figure out that no other candidate was running promising ‘despair’ and ‘the same old thing’)
Just wait 'til they get my health insurance bill. Schmucks.
Obama is so last season... like the boob belt.
E. J. Dionne??? I though he was brain dead. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day
That’s gonna’ leave a mark.
“Barack Obama ... is now being treated as a new fashion icon,” one fashion blog had reported.”
Here’s a idea for you brain dead, socialist-loving fashion morons... how about the “Barack Obama A$$ Hat”? Redundant, but I’m guessing sales will go through the roof during the next three years of his “reign”.
Brooks, the idiot savant who compares the marxist Kenyan entity to Burke and calls Sarah Palin a 'joke', really needs to be sedated and placed in a rubber room before he becomes a danger to himself and others. Just another heavy left, potted plant, as it were.
And young Hollywood also bought into this....
Then stuffed in a bag and given to Salvation Army. Can't happen soon enough.
Oblahblah is so 1917.
But, Kennedy and Reagan, though one was a Democrat and the other a Republican, saw liberty as having its foundations in America's Founding ideas, protected by the Constitution:
"The world is different now. . . And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forefathers fought are still at issue around the globe --the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God." - John F. Kennedy
"Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: 'We the People.' 'We the people' tell the government what to do, it doesn't tell us. . . . And we decidee where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world's constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which 'We the people' tell the government what it is allowed to do. 'We the people' are free." - President Ronald Reagan - Farewell Address
Bozo Obusta = The American Idol President
I believe that everyone who voted for the great zero has shown that they are mentally incompetent and should lose the franchise.
Yeah, and, hopefully, those propaganda polls listing all the RINO’S will go out of fashion.
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