President Obama realizes he's not the cool candidate anymore. He's not the flavor of the month and he's not even the Messiah anymore. Yet, he has to campaign for re-election as though he deserves it.
“It’s not as cool to be an Obama supporter as it was in 2008, with the posters and all of that stuff,” he acknowledged to an intimate gathering of donors in Miami this week.
It’s a line he delivered with a chuckle, a variation on a theme that he is using with his base of supporters. But it holds an important truth for the Obama campaign: Obama is now a known quantity and he will not inspire voters this election the same way he did in the previous one.
He's sure not the hope and change guy anymore. He kept the business as usual position on absolutely every decision possible and then just ramps it up a notch or two. The very first day in office, he signed Executive Orders to go around policies he wanted to change without bothering with votes in Congress though he pledged on the campaign trail that he wouldn't govern as such - bashing George Bush along the way. It continues to this day. Now the latest is the article reporting the big dollar stimulus money that went to top campaign donors.
Nearly 200 of President Obama's biggest campaign donors -- the "bundlers" that raised at least $50,000 -- have "landed plum government jobs and advisory posts, won federal contracts worth millions of dollars for their business interests or attended numerous elite White House meetings and social events," an investigation by iWatch News has found.
What to do, what to do. Here's a tactic being used this week - First Lady Michelle Obama is doing big fundraisers in California - in Los Angeles and in San Francisco - and is telling a very sad tale of just how very difficult it is for her man Barack to be President of these United States. Yes, that's right. The Obama whining has gone from Barack to Michelle this time around. At this particular fundraiser, the guests paid $1,000 each for the privilege of hearing the First Lady talk about her husband's job:
First lady Michelle Obama on Monday told a fundraiser in Southern California of the toll the presidency has taken on her husband Barack Obama.
"I see the sadness and worry that's creasing his face," she said to a crowd of about 500 at the Pasadena luncheon organized by the Southern California Women For Obama. She described his worth ethic as “tireless,” according to pool reports.
"He reads every word, every memo, so he is better prepared than the people briefing him," she said. "This man doesn't take a day off."
She said the next two years of campaigning would be difficult for the Obamas and their supporters. "It is not going to be easy, and it is going to be long," she said. "Now more than ever we need your help to finish what we started."
Apparently this is her standard speech. Can you imagine? Are we to feel sorry for Barack Obama and the heavy burden of being President of the United States? He man asked for the job. We were told he is the most brilliant man to ever hold the office. The man was revered as a Messiah by his supporters. Grown people were reduced to babbling morons when speaking of him. He was saving civilization, certainly the world, by just being elected to the office.
And, of course, last time around we were all told we were racists if we didn't vote for Barack Obama. Never mind he wasn't qualified. Never mind if we simply had different political philosophies than Obama. He is a bi-racial man from all over the world and that alone made him special. Yeah.
Michelle Obama is an odd duck. What is it with her anyway that is so off-putting? She came on the campaign scene in 2008 by declaring that her husband could get shot just going to the gas station, since he's a black man from Chicago, and she was worried about his safety. Then she criticized President Bush's very small stimulus of sending taxpayers $600 each to infuse money into the struggling economy. She said she couldn't even buy a pair of earrings with that money. And the real red flag of her strangeness - she told a crowd that she had never "really been proud" of America until she realized how well her husband was doing in his presidential campaign.
She is not my idea of a woman deserving of empathy. She is boorish and self-centered, just like her husband. Both are now multi-millionaires thanks to his public office. They both had lives of privilege before the White House days, thanks to Ivy League educations and political connections in Chicago. They were not 'ordinary Americans' then or now.
Some tact would be nice for a change. We can only hope for it now.