Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Freedom, Politics | Tags: "In Over His Head", More Cowbell, The Education of a President
President Obama, even Democrat pundits admit, is toxic in the campaign. He does not have Democrat candidates clamoring to have him campaign with them; yet he nevertheless is omnipresent. An interview with Peter Baker of the New York Times that appeared on Tuesday, was titled “Education of a President.” The president, Baker says, finds himself vilified by the right, castigated by the left and abandoned by the middle.
Obama said he had no regrets about the broad direction of his presidency. He let himself look too much like “the same old tax-and-spend liberal Democrat.” He realized too late “that there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” when it comes to public works. It’s not enough to be supremely sure that he is right if no one else agrees with him.
When Obama secured the nomination, Baker says, he told an admiring crowd that someday “we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth.”
“I make no apologies for having set high expectations for myself and for the country,” Obama responded, “because I think we can meet those expectations.”
Baker had spent time previously talking with nearly two dozen of Obama’s advisers. The basic mantra among them: “Obama inherited the worst problems of any president in years. Or in generations. Or in American history. He prevented another Great Depression while putting in place the foundation for a more stable future. But it required him to do unpopular things that would inevitably cost him.”
It is an interesting interview. The extent to which Obama is surrounded by sycophants and true believers is probably not unusual. Presidents choose aides who agree with them. What I found fascinating was that they seemed surprised that Republicans did not support their policies and help to form a “bipartisan” coalition, by which they meant agree with them. Bipartisanship to their minds is all one way. Their policies were quite splendid, and it was baffling to them that Republican leaders resolved to stand against Obama. Dick Durbin (R-IL) said “The American people have a limited attention span. Once you convince them there’s a problem, they want a solution.”
Democrats simply do not know what it is that Republicans stand for. They assume that Republicans just stand for tax-cuts which they want to give to rich people on Wall Street and corporate CEOs. Ideas of limited government, freedom, individual responsibility and individual choice simply do not penetrate the progressive mindset. The American people need controlling by the wise people in Washington. Republican extremists like those Tea Party people are dangerous. Who knows what they might do if not properly regulated?
“We probably spent much more time trying to get the policy right than trying to get the politics right. There is probably a perverse pride in my administration — and I take responsibility for this; this was blowing from the top — that we were going to do the right thing, even if short-term it was unpopular. And I think anybody who’s occupied this office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can’t be neglecting of marketing and P.R. and public opinion.”
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