Friday, September 3, 2010

How DID Obama Become Unpopular?

The Beer: I have four right now, but I'm finding if I keg, it goes faster. Not that it's a bad thing.

The Bicycle: Getting ready for Maywood. Beautiful day today. I should go for about 40 today and 50 on Sunday.

The VRWC: This is only part of the story. Yes, he's unpopular by any measure. But he was divisive right out-of-the-box. The Chosen One was either hugely popular or hugely unpopular from his first day on the campaign. His "cult of personality" mesmerized many. But at the same time, he lost people at every stop.

  • When he told Joe-the-Plumber he would "spread the wealth", he lost anyone who works for a living and recognized what that meant.
  • He lost many with his "bitter clingers" comment.
  • He lost the "National Security" folks when he said he would talk with our enemies without preconditions.
  • He lost those of us who believe in American Exceptionalism when he said he believed in "American Exceptionalism in the same way Greeks believe in Greek Exceptionalism".
  • We who understand energy fell away when The Chosen One said he would bankrupt anyone who tried to build a coal-fired power plant and that under his plan, energy prices would "necessarily skyrocket".
  • His clear arrogance at the Convention turned many off and confirmed what many others already believed.
After he was elected, he continued to alienate not only those who did not support him in the election, but also many of his supporters.

  • While former President Bush was extremely gracious during the transition, The Won bashed him and has continues to blame Bush nearly 2 years into the Obama presidency.
  • Obama's "apology tour" drained his support further, as did his claims to the effect, "well, we might just have to do with less".
  • The disasterous attempt to close Gitmo and equally stupid idea to try KSM and the boyz in NYC made things worse.
  • Many of us said the "Stimulus" was a lousy idea. It was.
  • "Obamacare"...need I see more?
There are a large number of other examples I suppose I could put in here, but they all fall in the same category: "I know better than you".

Nobody likes to hear that.

1 comment:

Big Fat Gini said...

Nobody likes to hear that, mostly because the majority knows that it's not what the Founders had in mind. It goes directly against everything we know about how and why this country was formed.