Skip to comments.Obama Is Losing His Rock-star Status Among Young Voters
Posted on 04/30/2012 6:50:46 AM PDT by lbryce
Last week, Barack Obama delivered speeches at universities in Chapel Hill, N.C.; Iowa City, Iowa, and Boulder, Colo. The trip was, press secretary Jay Carney assured us, official government business, not political campaigning.
It's part of a pattern. Neil Munro of the Daily Caller has counted 130 appearances by the president, vice president, their spouses, White House officials and Cabinet secretaries at colleges and universities since spring 2011.
Obviously, the Obama campaign strategists are worried that he cannot duplicate his 66% to 32% margin among young voters back in 2008.
Recent surveys of young people show inconsistent results. Gallup's tracking shows Obama leading Mitt Romney 64% to 29%, and a Harvard Institute of Politics poll shows him leading Romney 43% to 26% among those who said they had an opinion.
But a March survey of 18- to 24-year-olds by the Public Religion Research Institute showed Obama ahead of "a Republican" by only 48% to 41%. Only 52% had favorable opinions of Obama, and 43% had unfavorable opinions.
Where the surveys seem to be in accord is that young voters are less engaged, less likely to vote and less enthusiastic about Obama than in the days when he was proclaiming, "We are the change we are seeking."
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You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time. Abraham Lincoln, (attributed) 16th president of US (1809 - 1865)
Considering that those ‘fools’ who were voting and working with Obama were 18-25 yrs old when he first ran; a vast majority of them have already graduated and are reaping the benefits that he promised. They are now 22-29 yrs old and are likely under-employed, unemployed and graduated with a school debt that is creating a great financial burden to them.
This is the age range where many young folk get married, buy their first house and begin raising a family. Chances are, many of these folks are living with their parents (and many are married with children, living with one of their parents).
Meanwhile, those in the younger age range (18-25) are observing the lack of affluency of their older brothers, friends and neighbors; and are realizing that things look to be even worse for them when they reach graduation.
Some graduates (Creative Writing, Theater Arts, Womyn Studies, Home Economics, Medevial History, etc) are just now beginnging to realize that there is no realistic employment opportuntity that will begin to repay the school debt they have incurred to study their chosen field. Instead of blaming themselves - they will blame Obama. Unjustly (in this case), but nonetheless - Obama has been a disaster for Americans of all ages.
Obama is a legend in his own mind.
Just ask Max Headroom. Ren & Stimpy. Pinky & The Brain. The Scottish rapper McHammer. I'm sure there are more.
It's just not cool to be into what the previous class was into.
It’s a sorry act when the lead singer only knows the first few lines of one 40 year old R&B song.
I think that they will, until they graduate without a job.
That’s right, Pollster1. What passes for “Rock-stardom” these days leaves a lot to be desired by people who recognize good genuine quality when they see/hear it. It’s unbelievable how many people seem to have bad taste in music and art. To me, all of PC is conceived in bad taste but purveyors of it don’t expect us to enjoy it, they expect us to obey it.
Seems like the dogs are coming home to roost for Obama. The effect of three years of economic catastrophe with no end in sight, ballooning debt, ineptitude, scandal, lies, abject, total failure, the betrayal of the American people has him running head long into the sagacity and wisdom of a predecessor of his, Abraham Lincoln, who might very well have been divining the fate of some future president, almost as if talking directly to, at Obama.
I guess their eyes were opened after his latest singing performances. They realized he can’t sing.
Are we having a metphor mixing contest??? ;^)
One factor I think Obummer and his crowd have forgotten how cynical the young can become.
Can’t pick basketball teams.
Can’t do foreign policy.
Can’t run the economy.
Can’t do crap................
You’ll have to be quiet,my parents are upstairs!
Obama's just a bitch.
Nothing cool about a nerd in mom jeans.
I figured dogs were more appropriate than chickens coming home to roost for Obama in light of his epicurean proclivity for canine.(if that is in any way grammatically correct.) and before posting I checked google for the phrase “dogs coming home to roost” and surprisingly received eighteen search results. So it seems its not as rare as one might think.
Barry is but a symptom.
After he’s gone, we’ll still have an illiterate electorate.
Barone's observations on Obama's visits to these particular college campuses last week represent just another of his schitzophrenic re-election tactics, similar to the comedy, campus visits, and TV "performances" to attract the "youth" vote.
His campaign tour of college campuses touting the "non-issue" of the expiring reduced interest rate for college loans already being handled by the Congress and the inference that he is "saving" of that rate for them, together with his unsubstantiated claims about his own difficulty paying off college loans may make for good political theater, but it relies on the naivete and "dumbing down" these students have experienced in their schools.
Submitted here is an example of student reaction to one of his visits yesterday.
Had students been taught that the debtor is slave to the debtholder, and that the role of government is not to enslave people by offering to make them indebted, but to provide a framework of laws to protect their freedom, they might not be attracted to shallow "rock star" style leadership, but would demand someone of substance who would tell them the truth about civilizations's historical struggle for individual freedom and of their own Constitution's limits on power in government.
Sadly, the public schools from which these students came have not taught them the uniqueness of America's founding ideas, but, instead, have propagandized them to accept the idea that "government" exists to "take" from other citizens and "give" to them.
Such students likely will not find jobs available because of the "taking" and "spending" philosophy of the redistributionist policies of the past 3+ years, and decades of government's ignoring Constitutional limits on spending, deficits, and debt.
When, in 1776, our ancestors felt the heavy hand of the British government "taking" their earnings, regulating their lives, interfering with their beliefs, and asserting coercive control over their actions, they did not waste their time on such trivia.
They wrote great treatises such as "Thoughts on Government" and "Common Sense." They educated their young on the merits of liberty, as opposed to slavery to government, and they did the groundwork which allowed for a written Constitution for self-government to be ratified in the states only eleven years later.
America is about to be bankrupt, both financially and philosophically, and those who have benefited from the Founders' ideas, who call themselves "conservators" (conservatives) of those ideas, should come together to place those ideas before millions of young people who must participate in voting in November on whether they desire liberty or slavery. Women, youth, men, so-called "seniors"--all need to have the choice presented clearly that this election pits the ideas of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and America's other Founders against the ideas of Marx, Lenin, and Keynes.
There are always "useful idiots." That's what every oppressive regime has relied upon. A "useful idiot" with a big megaphone is more dangerous to liberty than millions of ordinary ones, because of the ability to lull more people into a sense of complacency.
America, awaken! This decades-long battle for your liberty has been engaged. But, for decades, you have allowed the ideas of your liberty to be censored from your nation's textbooks and public discourse.
Your best weapon is contained in your Declaration of Independence and the Constitution which leaves all the power in your hands. Read them, amplify upon their principles and ideas by accessing the Founders' writings and speeches.
For a quick review of those principles and your nation's first 50 years under its Constitution, consult John Quincy Adams' "Jubilee" Address here, or a recent reprint of a 1987 Bicentennial collection of the Founders' principles, here.
James Madison stated: "Although all men are born free, slavery has been the general lot of the human race. Ignorantthey have been cheated; asleepthey have been surprised; dividedthe yoke has been forced upon them. But what is the lesson? ... the people ought to be enlightened, to be awakened, to be united, that after establishing a government, they should watch over it ... It is universally admitted that a well-instructed people alone can be permanently free."
It was only a mater of time—the youth wised up. He caught fire in 08 because he wasn’t Bush and he wasn’t Clinton. He was seen as Change! What they got was a half baked politician who wasn’t even a very good one to boot. His anti-Bush message, and historic First Black status isn’t enough to keep their support.
It’s hard to fool the exact same people for years... young people are catching on...
Cant pick basketball teams.
Cant do foreign policy.
Cant run the economy.
Cant do crap................”
Actually, crap is all he can do.
“Cant do crap................”
Crap is all he does right. He’s crapped all over America and has made it a pile of manure.
He may be losing his rock-star status but he still has his messiah status to fall back on, no matter what.
There are hardcore types out there who will crawl over broken glass to vote for him again.
He is the darling of all those Progressives out there.
“Barry is but a symptom. After he’s gone, we’ll still have an illiterate electorate.”
Not to mention the literate ones who want to be
re-education camp guards and wear cool uniforms and tell people what to do and maybe make good on that union man’s suggestion about what to do with Tea Party members.
It’s no longer novel to have a half-Black President with a weird name.
I’d rather vote for Dave Mustaine.
I think you're right. I know several young couples that bought homes during the housing boom only to lose them a few years later when everything crashed down. They're very bitter, and although it was their own fault, I have some sympathy for them and understand their not-so-rosy outlook on life.
The college vote in 2012 wasn't around for all the media driven drool from 2008--Bush hatred, first black president, hope and change, all the rest of the perverted hoopla. Now all the new crop has is a poorly defined, inarticulate wannabe who doesn't tell jokes very well.
The desperation gamble of the 'rats trying to sell the turd worlder as "cool" is doomed. How many youts want to have their parents telling them what "cool" is? Not very many.