I had this conversation with my mother just yesterday. She lamented the fact that "all the news is bad." She said every time she picks up the newspaper there's nothing but bad news in it at every turn. Then she said, "I think most people are starting to see that Obama was just a mistake, that he's not qualified to do the job."
I disagreed with her. I think the same people that thought he was unqualified in the beginning are even more convinced of that now, but many of the die hard Hope 'n Changers still believe in him and think he's doing great. I've talked to them and I see their comments in various social media. They love him. They think he's saving the world.
They are wrong.
Back to Politico. This article is such a fawning love fest that you'd think it was in The New York Times. Written by Mike Allen and Glenn Thrush, the thesis seems to be that Obama's presidency has been rocked by more absurd, unexpected catastrophes than is fair to expect and he's responded with aplomb, dealing with each skillfully and accomplishing splendid major legislation along the way, such as financial reform, health care, and soon, cap and trade.
Don't you just love this line:
"But privately, Obama advisers talk of being prisoners to uncontrollable events and deeply uncertain about how all of this will play out."
Seriously? "Prisoners to uncontrollable events"? Which president ever got the luxury of avoiding that one?
And another head banging moment - Rahm Emanuel praising Obama for saving the day:
“If you take a wide-lens view of the domestic and international accomplishments, he has brought America back,” Emanuel said. “We have righted the ship on the crises we inherited, and laid a new foundation for long-term economic competitiveness.”
Yet, the landscape remains befuddling: an angry country, a stubborn economy, and a pair of wars where victory can’t be defined, perhaps much less achieved.First this "angry country" comment. Why is the country "angry" if the savior Obama has "righted the ship" and saved the day? What's to be angry about?
But what galls me is the insinuation that victory in Afghanistan or Iraq can't be achieved. Have Thrush and Allen not seen the success in Iraq? You've got to love that support for the troops, don't you? They've all but said in this piece that our troops are fighting for nothing.
Thrush and Allen point out that the White House is pleased with the progress and accomplishments of the Obama presidency:
Nonetheless, West Wing officials are feeling very good about how the BP and McChrystal crises turned out -– and believe that their response may help the president pivot to the offensive. In each case, Obama did little second-guessing and acted decisively, according to participants in presidential meetings.