Skip to comments.The Obama Administration : What Went Wrong
Posted on 08/17/2009 9:16:58 AM PDT by RobinMasters
We are witnessing one of the more rapid turnabouts in recent American political history. President Obamas popularity has plummeted to 50 percent and lower in some polls, while the public expresses even less confidence in the Democratic-led Congress and the direction of the country at large. Yet, just eight months ago, liberals were talking in Rovian style about a new generation to come of progressive politics and the end of both the Republican party and the legacy of Reaganism itself. Barack Obama was to be the new FDR and his radical agenda an even better New Deal.
What happened, other than the usual hubris of the party in power?
First, voters had legitimate worries about health care, global warming, immigration, energy, and inefficient government. But it turns out that they are more anxious about the new radical remedies than the old nagging problems. They wanted federal support for wind and solar, but not at the expense of neglecting new sources of gas, oil, coal, and nuclear power. They were worried about high-cost health care, the uninsured, redundant procedures, and tort reform, but not ready for socialized medicine. They wanted better government, not bigger, DMV-style government. There is a growing realization that Obama enticed voters last summer with the flashy lure of discontent. But now that they are hooked, he is reeling them in to an entirely different and, for many a frightening agenda. Nothing is worse for a president than a growing belief among the public that it has been had.
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The real 0bama is coming out and people don’t like what they see .
Epoch Fail!! Health care Waterloo.
So is it the old "bait and switch" technique, or was Obama just "feeding us a line"?
Soon to be a lameduck.
Hell - the Dems are going to demanding the birth certificate.
Just wait until this winter as more states cut social services drastically, unemployment continues upward, and people are freezing their arses off.
The public has been had, and they have also had it with this president.
How about just wait until Hillary resigns and begins running against baRack. He can’t run against W again.
It is a function of trajectory. Most meteoric rises are accompanied by a similar fall from grace. Who is he? where did he come from? no one knows - it was never properly explored. Media’s Fault!
Yes, the Clinton operatives will covertly start to clamor for the birth certificate setting themselves up for a 2012 run.
Read DU today, meltdown like I havent seen since 2004 election. They concede the House healthcare plan is done for. They blame it on of all things MSM collusion, special interests feigning support and moles inside the Obama administration. And they say we are nutters.</
Glibness and cunning. The aforementioned are the only two attributes “The Divine One” possesses.
We all knew something was wrong when Obama got elected...
I’m just glad we are finally here instead of where we were in March and April. Adulation is never good for a democracy.
I don’t think it will be Hillary, but you’re right, someone will.
IMO It will probably be Kuchinich..... because Obama isn’t far enough left for the majority of Dems.
What went wrong is voters didn’t percieve the economic crisis to be another Great Depression.
Roosevelt had an almost free hand because voters perceived the Great Depression to be a crisis that required extrodinary action. They allowed Roosevelt to “reshape” America and government.
Obama wanted to reshape America and government also. Unfortunatly, American don’t think things are so bad that we need to throw everything out and start over (as Obama seems to be trying to do.) They want our economic problems addressed, not our economy reshaped. They want health care improved, not rebuilt from the ground up.
Obama didn’t get the crisis he was hoping for. That’s what happened.
Except perhaps treating the public like they are stupid. Calling us un-American, Nazi's and evil mongers doesn't help either.
Even your run of the mill gun toting bible clinging hick knows it is a lie to say you can provide health insurance to 46M people without increasing the deficit.
The rejection of Obama is more about the deficit than anything else, IMO.
Ha! That'll be the day... ;)
No legitimate and viable candiadate could or ever should be indulged the way “O” was indulged in the run-up to the campaign or during the campaign. I know more about the guy I bought my last car from than I know about this ‘President’. Just think about that for a moment.
This is over-the-top (because McClellan is such a dolt), but it made me laugh:
"Press Secretary Robert Gibbs makes Scott McClellan sound like a Cicero by comparison."
I don’t think he’s going to go quietly. I just had a truly creepy experience.
I was at a volunteer project when suddenly a group of strangely smiling, somewhat hyper people in their early 30s descended on us. My first thought was that they were Moonies or Hari Krishnas.
But they were worse: it turned out they were a crop of some 30 Americorps volunteers who had been “assigned” to my town and apparently are to be placed in each elementary school classroom. These people are absolute goofballs. They started gushing to us about how “the government” was going to do all these wonderful things and how they had been sent here to “help” us. Then they announced that they had one place left on their “team” and asked a couple of our volunteers if they wanted to “work in the community” and receive a salary for it.
I was stunned. I had no idea these people were fanning out across the country. This is one of the creepiest things I have seen yet. What exactly are they going to do sitting in our elementary school classrooms? Fortunately, I don’t think they can get into our Catholic school (a good argument for sending your kids there).
Even a rather liberal lady I was working with muttered “Hitler Youth” under her breath when they left. We were all very unnerved by this.
I know my world is not that significant, but I can tell you that more and more people who used to not give a rats rear end about politics are sickened by what Obama and the democrats are doing to this country.
he was doomed from the get-go because of his arrogance and beligerance...
the fact is 58 million of us voted against chairman zero....there were almost as of us who voted against the heavenly president sent from above in ‘08 as those who voted against “evil” ticket of GWB/Cheney in 2004....
yet chairman zero and his beligerent administration treated us like the enemies from the get-go....his arrogance somehow thought we would follow in line....
And this foreign joker tries to rub the public's nose in it by arrogantly reminding everyone that "he won".
I see the Pelosi / Read crowd as rabid in every sense
If McCain had done his JOB and told the American people who BO really is/was... he might have won the election.
But, we had to play nice.
This is what happens when radical left liberals think they are in the drivers seat....America rejects them!
there’s no there, there.
the left wants the government to run everything but they picked a guy who hasn’t run anything in his life.
That implies that there was something right with it to begin.
right, it’s bad but not ridiculously bad. and if it gets ridiculously bad, Obama won’t be able to blame that on Bush anymore.
Very good analysis, BrookHaven. I couldn’t agree with you more.
It means the average schmuck who voted against the POS because they could tell he was a ...POS....has more political acumen than Noonan, Parker, Brooks, Powell, and most of the NRO staff.
Becoming cult-like? Huh? It has been since the beginning...didn't the little symbol tip you off?
Hitler had his own symbol too you know?
"Watta dumb***. You screwed up healthcare bigtime.
Now the Repubs are surging and have taken over public opinion.
How frickin' stupid can you get? Jeeze, Now I gotta trot out your
frickin' wife and kids in those ugly Gap clothes to try and make you
look good again."
Obama's "healthcare reform scam" is just the tip of the iceberg. Here's a short list that is fueling America's spiraling rage.
Theres (1) Obamas endless Czar politburo, (2) the loathsome Rahm Emanuel and Robert Gibbs, (3) Third World takeover (amnesty/illegals/La Raza/ Sotomayor), (4) smarmy Barney Frank posturing on finance issues, (5) letting Sen Dodd go scot-free w/ VIP mortgages,
(6) Obama's billion dollar financing of ACORN's Civilian Security Force, (7) trillion dollar bailouts of bonus-rich businesses vacationing at luxury resorts, (8) a self-absorbed jetlining Congress more concerned with perks and privileges than constituents concerns,
(9) Americans' disgust with being called Astroturf, The Brooks Brothers Brigade, being told to "get out of the way."
CITIZEN ALERT Obama/Rahm are purposefully antagonizing large groups in middle America, goading us into civil unrest. This would give these America haters an excuse to declare Martial Law.
How will they do it? Easy. Obama has given ACORN billions of tax dollars to form a Civilian Security Force to silence the populace, and march us to reeducation camps.
Except maybe kicking us when we are down. The apology tour probably would have been praised five years ago. But in this climate, you do not trash the USA and expect the people not to despise you.
Very good article.
Thanks to “Mack Daddy” the dumb-o-crat blood bath starts in 2010 and continues through 2012.
Epoch fail - clever play on words, whether intentional or not.
I think her 2012 campaign began about a year ago when she knew she was beat. She may have even lost on purpose, if she could see the coming economic situation and decided that she didn’t want to be associated with it. Better to lose the primary without kicking and screaming, take the SoS job to look like a team player, then come out in 2012 and say, “Look, you picked him and I honored your decision, but it turns out he’s not up to the job and it’s time to put in the A team”.
She couldn’t use the classic Clinton campaigning tools against him, and found out that unlike the hubby people just don’t empathize with her. She got out played at her own game, or probably just didn’t see him coming. But she ain’t down for the count.
Paging Predident Momjeans--Mr. Alinsky is holding for you on line 5.
It will probably be Kuchinich......
Where has the little big mouth been on health care? During his campaign for reelection he went to nursing homes and senior meetings warning everyone that republicans were going to take away their social security, why isn’t he warning them about democrat ‘end of life’ counceling starting at age seventy five and death panels?
“I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear...”