The Disenchantment and Downgrade Blues

Obama reprimands gullible believers who voted for misty “hope and change.”
Speaking at a fundraiser in Chicago President Obama expressed frustration:

When I said, ‘Change we can believe in,’ I didn’t say, ‘Change we can believe in tomorrow.’  Not, ‘Change we can believe in next week.’ We knew this was going to take time, because we’ve got this big, messy, tough democracy.

But he did attract votes by planting the impression in the mind of gullible voters that he had a spiritual power to bring about immediate “change.”  Then, after he was elected, he sold Congress and the people with the promise that massive deficit spending would, in his words:

immediately jumpstart job creation and long term growth

Today, in the wake of the debt downgrade and the carnage wrought by his economic agenda, Obama is reduced to scolding the voters who were taken in by his campaign hype for… believing his campaign hype!

In the prologue to his second book Barack Obama wrote what would become the conceptual foundation of his Presidential campaign:

“…I am new enough on the national political scene that I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.”

Candidate Obama went on to exploit this blank screen concept for maximum political gain.   He built a cult of personality around himself, with huge audience events where he delivered soaring but largely meaningless rhetoric about “hope and change.”  He encouraged supporters to project their own visions of desirable change onto his blank screen by telling the cheering throngs that the campaign was about them, not him, and by talking about “change from the bottom up.”

The key to Obama’s success was attracting  people whose vision of change was ambiguous or impossible to implement or Unconstitutional, and different from the vision of the people standing with them in the adoring crowds.   They voted for Obama because they believed he would bring their own visions to life through his Presidency.

But now, of course, most are disappointed.  It’s safe to assume that today not a single Obama voter has experienced the vision he or she projected on the blank screen.  Some expected a lot of free stuff, most expected a more streamlined, less acrimonious legislative process in Washington, leading quickly to full employment, higher wages, free healthcare and prosperity.  None of them foresaw Obama’s radical agenda awakening the tea party sleeping giant.  None anticipated a moment 33 months later when a defensive and failed President would be scolding them for believing his campaign promises that “change” would be immediate!

Since that phantasmagorical election night spectacle in Chicago’s Grant Park a an old fashioned, and ruthless, progressive, power-to-the-government agenda has played out across the blank screen.  Those who projected more secure financial future than they felt in the closing months of the Bush era are the most disappointed.  But it should be no surprise that a President with no experience in, or respect for private enterprise has not been able to fulfill his promise of millions of new jobs.

10 Comments so far

  1. Drew on August 8th, 2011

    I have to apologize to everyone I’ve criticized on the site before with respect to Obama, whom I’ve portrayed as a man with no skills whatsoever other than a smooth tongue.

    I watched the Sunday talk shows. He and his administration actually have a tremendous skill: tap dancing.

  2. AzTex on August 8th, 2011

    No surprise – Another cleverly myopic graph that fails at basic context. The numbers are meaningless because they don’t explain how and why. And by starting when it does it covers up the Bush factor, years of unfunded wars and unfunded tax cuts and a structural deficit.

    S&P admitted to a multi-TRILLION dollar math error but wouldn’t change their minds about the tea party downgrade! This is the same S&P that neck deep in the Republican-wall street crime conspiracy that wrecked our economy and is still throwing hard working people out of their jobs and out of their homes. Obama should stop trying to be politie and tell S&P to F off.

    Today’s results show virtually all the world’s most savvy investors are still eager to invest in America at very low interest rates. The whole debt ceiling trainwreck was a tea party manufactured “crisis” that everyone who is isn’t a knuckle dragging right winger will soon forget about.

    We need a smart, activist government to step in since the “invisible hand” of conservative econo-myth dropped the ball. America needs thousands of infrastructure projects. Kick the stupid tea party goons out of the way! Ignore the army of lobbyists. Raise taxes on the rich and corporations to fund jobs for working, middle class Americans.

  3. Drew on August 8th, 2011

    Look! AzTex has read the lefty talking points!

    Meanwhile, back in the real world, thinking Americans know the truth: Obozo is not up to the job. DOW: down 600.

    Troll, troll troll your boat, gently down the stream……..

  4. AzTex on August 8th, 2011

    The man without a clue writes off serious issues and facts calling out “talking points”

    Back to your conservative fantasy land of zero taxes and no gub’mint to irritate you by taking care of the real needs of real people. In the real world!

  5. Drew on August 8th, 2011

    “The man without a clue writes off serious issues and facts calling out “talking points”

    Here’s the problem. You know you are just a troll. I know you are just a troll…….but worst of all… know that I know you are just a troll.

    Bluster on….

  6. MojoUprising on August 8th, 2011

    The Tea Party finally got what they wanted a downgrade.

    The purpose of our government is to help people. It is the way we implement the social contract. Social security for example isn’t meant to turn a profit for stock holders. It is, as FDR said “a compact between generations” to ensure people are not destitute in retirement.

    Government is not a corporation that only exists to amass profits for stock holders. How can Wall Street apply a corporate grading system to our government?

  7. Ancient War Horse on August 8th, 2011

    Obama is a cry baby blaming the tea party and S&P for the troubles he caused with his big government policies. For 2 years he ran the whole operation just the way he wanted. This is his downgrade and his depression. If you think the voters are going to let Obama stay on you are bonkers!

  8. ConservativeLA on August 8th, 2011


    S&P has different set of criteria to grade governments.

  9. AaronK on August 8th, 2011

    According to Rasumssen, the conservative’s favorite pollster, Obama approval is 47% and disapproval is 51%. Does that sound like the worst loser of a President ever? It’s a stastistical tie. It’s a better score than Bush had a year before he was reelected to his second 4 years.

    Obama is better raising money than any politician in history. 2012 will be an easy win. the idiot tea party will be just a bad memory.

    Bye bye Republicans!

  10. Drew on August 9th, 2011

    Apparently AaronK doesn’t care about substance, about real policy. Just who wins. How trite and uninteresting a person. A zero.