President Barack Obama was swept into office with charisma and slogans. He had all the answers and spoke eloquently and with passion.
He promised change you can believe in. He promised an open and transparent government. He pledged to listen to the people and return civility to governing.
Now within weeks of a pivotal midterm election where the entire House of Representatives and 37 seats in the Senate are at stake, the people are turning away from the president's policies and Democratic candidates and their leadership.
The public is finding out what the rest of us knew all along. The man who had all the answers to all that ails us in the campaign has no answers as president.
President Obama refuses to take responsibility for his actions. Instead be blames others. He tells us to suck it up and that things could be worse. He refuses to lead.
According to Rasmussen Reports, Obama entered office with an overall approval rating of 65 percent. This week it is reported that Obama's approval rating tanked to 46 percent.
Rasmussen reported on Sept. 22, 2010, that 2 out of 3 voters (66 percent) think the country is heading down the wrong track. The most damning news to the White House and Democrats standing for election on Nov. 2, 2010, is that 73 percent of voters not affiliated with either the Republican or Democratic parties believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.
The president and his Democratic leadership badly miscalculated their mandate for change. They did what they wanted to do, instead of what the American people needed to be done.
The president declared time and again that the recession we faced was the worst since the Great Depression, yet his handling of it was seen as failed.
Instead of dealing head on with the economy, he created a crisis on healthcare and rammed through generational healthcare legislation that the people did not want or need.
Americans from all over the country kept asking themselves, What good is affordable healthcare in 2014 if I do not have a job in 2010?
Today according to Rasmussen Reports, 61 percent of Americans now favor repeal of the new national healthcare law.
What has really turned the country sour to the president is his aloofness to their economic plight. The president promised us that if the over $700 billion stimulus bill were passed that unemployment would not exceed 8 percent nationally.
We now know that since the stimulus bill was passed unemployment shot up to 10 percent and still hovers at 9.5 percent nationally. In addition, in many urban areas unemployment is 18 percent and among the youth population those 18-29 the unemployment rate is 20 percent.
The most damning evidence of the people's frustration with the president and Democrats came recently at the president's own town-hall meetings.
In a recent town hall meeting Obama's former law school classmate Anthony Scaramucci said this to the president, "I am exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for." And who can forget the words of the African-American woman who described herself as a CFO, a mother and a military veteran who said this to the president at a recent town hall meeting: "I've been told that I voted for a man who was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class and I'm waiting sir, I'm waiting. I still don¹t feel it yet."
He has failed his ardent supporters.
These citizens like so many others are the ones that had such great "hope" for this president and Democratic leadership. But, now all they want is change.
Bradley A. Blakeman served as deputy assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001-'04. He is currently a professor of politics and public policy at Georgetown University.
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