It has taken 10 days of lies, tear gas, baton-beatings — and finally cold-blooded murder by the corrupt Iranian mullahs and their marauding militias to get our president to even seem outraged.
He finally read a statement at his press conference Tuesday that came close to echoing the feelings of most Americans that we stand with the protestors who have the right to an open and honest election.
Having the president of the United States make a statement like this is not provocative or Bush-like, something Barack Obama is clearly afraid of seeming.
Go back to the early days of solidarity. Lech Walesa was thrown in jail by Soviet-backed General Jaruselski. What did our then-new President Ronald Reagan do? He had solidarity candles burning in the White House windows at night.
That image flew ‘round the world — and let everyone know just where America stood.
Why doesn’t our president wear a green arm band — an image that would say more than any telepromptered-statement read at a press conference?
Richard Wolff, in his new book about the 2008 Obama-Hillary Clinton campaign, reveals that when Obama ran for the House in a Democratic primary against incumbent Bobby Rush in 2000, Michelle Obama saw her husband as “cold and distant.”
That is how he now appears as president. He hides his emotions too well. He is too self-controlled, too self-disciplined in not allowing people to feel his emotions.
A leader must connect viscerally. His approval to this point is more for the “change” we all wanted after President George W. Bush — not for anything Obama has done or fought for. In fact, he has never fought for anything except his political advancement. His election and the racial aspect of it has made many admire Obama-the-Symbol. But when you get past that and look at Obama-the-Man, he is hidden, cool, and indeed distant.
Now we are again beginning to see the polarizing of the American electorate. The president’s honeymoon is coming to an end. The out-of-control spending is scaring Independents away from Obama. And he is beginning to suffer from a self-created over-exposure — a speech per day plus fawning media availabilities like this ABC-from-the-White-House health show.
It is inevitable that people are going to grow weary of Barack Obama. And he is then going to learn that his — any president’s — coin of the realm are his appearances, his speeches, and access to him. By doing so many such appearances, YouTube weekend speeches, town hall forums and press conferences, he is cheapening his power.
He needs to be seen a little less frequently.
And he needs to re-focus on one big thing at a time.
There are too many balls being juggled at once — and none are particularly popular.
As predicted here last year, Obama will not be too popular come October. Yes, the Democrats will adore him and the conservatives will oppose him. But the middle — where the action in politics and government really is — is where Obama will lose support. These self-described Independent voters, many of them former GOP voters who split for Ross Perot in 1992 and are still searching for sane fiscal policies, will have abandoned Obama by the fall.
But they will not be going back to the GOP either. They will sit alone and unhappy, and wait to see if anyone speaks to their issues of responsible spending and budget practices.
They have not even begun to figure out how to come back from the Bush Years.
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