Friday, June 19, 2009

Cracks Appear in His Armor

Cracks Appear in His Armor

Almost five months in, and finally some cracks are appearing in Obama's armor. His stalwart allies in the media, who worked and risked all to help him get elected, are finally beginning to report on negative elements of the rule of The Won. The imperial presidency may just be beginning a return to Earth. Toady has been a breathtaking departure for mainstream reporting on his mendacity.

The AP reports
"His vow sounds reassuring and gets applause, but no president could guarantee such a pledge."


"If he was a king, he would deliver that, but he's not king,"
In another example of disaffection from Obama by his former supporters, McClatchy runs the headline: "Obama's promise of a new beginning now hollow." The piece goes on:
Who stole our change?

Who hijacked a popular uprising that was going to put a stop to business as usual in Washington, D.C.?

What happened to Barack Obama on his way to the White House?

The Republicans have been so busy trying to paint President Obama as a socialist, as a radical, as a Marxist, as a Muslim, as the Devil, that they haven't even noticed that he has become one of them.

What a difference a year can make. A year ago Barack Obama was on the campaign trail, promising an American electorate disheartened and disgusted by eight years of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney that he was going to change everything if he was elected President.
The piece concludes with this gem:
His promises of transparency in government weren't worth a pitcher of warm spit. He sent the new, cleaner Justice Department lawyers into court to use the same limp arguments of national security to ask judges to back off on doing their jobs.

And bit-by-bit the possibility of change disappeared; bit-by-bit the hope of a renewed and reinvigorated American democracy and way of government faded away. Those who had held a dream in their hand closed their hand and crushed it.
The decidedly left of center New Republic ran with this one today "The Good and (Mostly) Bad News for Democrats in 2010" with such entries as this:
But dark clouds are visible on the horizon. First, the people have little confidence in government as an effective instrument of public purpose. Trust in government remains near an historic low and has not improved significantly since the beginning of Obama's presidency. Only 34 percent think that government should do more to solve national problems, down seven points in the past three months. Sixty-nine percent express "a great deal" or "quite a bit" of concern about the expanding role of the federal government in areas such as automobile companies, corporate compensation, and health care.

Second, people are unsure about Obama's overall economic strategy. Only 46 percent say that they are "extremely" or "quite" confident that the president has the right set of goals and policies to improve the economy; 53 percent are not. According to Pew, approval of the president's handling of the economy has declined by eight points (from 60 to 52 percent) since mid-April.

Third, evidence is accumulating that the administration misjudged the public's reaction to increased spending and rising budget deficits, which now rank second in the list of top concerns in the NYT/CBS poll, behind only job creation and economic growth, and ahead of health care costs as an economic issue. Indeed, Pew finds that concern over spending and deficits is now the most frequently cited reservation about the administration's economic policies. Only 30 percent think the administration has developed a clear plan for dealing with the deficit; 60 percent do not.

It goes on and on. Is the beginning of the end of Obama's honeymoon with our leftist media? We shall see.