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Translation: It’s still going to be Bush’s fault four years later.

President-elect Barack Obama and his inner circle fear that some voters expect him to turn around the economy, wind down the war in Iraq and, perhaps, cure cancer — all by the Fourth of July.

They know they must manage and lower those expectations, CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery reports.

A top economic advisor to Obama had a glum warning for the rest of us Thursday morning: Neither the job market nor the stock market will be turning around any time soon.

“This might be a long haul,” said Robert Reich, who was President Bill Clinton’s secretary of labor. “2009 is going to be a very hard year. Some economists say we won’t be out of this for two years, others are saying it may be three, or four, maybe five years.”

Now on Obama’s transition team, Reich worries about what happens after the new president is sworn in Jan. 20.

Sorry, but the man campaign on such promises. He is the one, along with his handlers, who swore he would work miracles. To tell people now to temper expectations is nothing more than a political stunt to find a way to get him reelected for a second term. I find this endless political campaigning to be a bore and there’s only so much of it that people can take before the politician campaigning will be considered a bore, too, no matter how much celebrity he enjoys at present.

But then, that’s all Obama knows, isn’t it? Campaigning. He’s never run anything on his own before and now he’s supposed to take on an office that is way beyond his capabilities. He decided to muscle his way even before taking the oath, making decisions he doesn’t have the right to make yet, and it looks like he’s suddenly realizing he bit off more than he can chew. Have I mentioned Carter x 10 before? Or maybe it was x 20…

No wonder his advisors are telling the public to temper expectations. Sorry, Mr. President-Elect, you got yourself into this by making promises you knew it would be impossible to keep and others that you’re now finding out are impossible to keep. You have to live with those expectations since you spent the better part of 2 years creating them.

Update: I forgot to put a link to the story in the post. There’s more to it than the part I quoted.

13 Responses to Obama Advisers To Public: Temper Expectations

  • Kathy says:

    Well we know what they did to the real Messiah when He didn’t do what they expected (overthrow the Romans and restore the kingdom – thus the mocking sign “King of the Jews”). Imagine what they’ll do with the faker. WallStreet is still hissing at the election results.

    O will be lucky to make it four years. There is so much dirty laundry on him, when he proves as ineffective as he has demonstrated in the past, people will figure it out, and some enterprising newspaper will print the truth at last.

    The American public doesn’t have patience, but it does have a temper.

  • hillbilly says:

    Considering the temper of the people who put him in power… that’s an awful lot of temper. I have a feeling he’ll need that national security force in place very quickly to contain the unwashed masses when they find out they’ve been conned.

  • BB-Idaho says:

    Hillbilly? SephC? Falcon? Gee, its like ‘Name That Celebrity. I gotta hunch that even if the new admin could produce a Dow at 18000, gas at 75cents/gal and full employment, ya’ll would find something to grouse about. Having gotten through the last 8 years, I have low expectations…. 😉

  • StephC says:

    Nope, I’d be pleasantly surprised, BB. I don’t believe that will be the case with this particular president. For all the change he promised, he’s sure doing a lot of keeping things the same and those things he might change won’t be for the better.

    Granted, McCain wouldn’t have been much better but when you’re looking at crumbs… a little is better than having someone take the few crumbs you have.

  • StephC says:

    Oh, James has a job again. It looks to be very promising. Also pays well because most of the work is “scale” wages. Excellent benefits, too.

  • Gary says:

    “…I gotta hunch that even if the new admin could produce a Dow at 18000, gas at 75cents/gal and full employment, ya’ll would find something to grouse about…”

    That is ironic coming from you, BB. Seems to me it’s been the left that has whined, cried, sniveled and otherwise miss-behaved over the last 8 years about the current administration. This country had a reasonably good life until about 2 years ago when the first 100 hours of the 110th congress ensued… Has that finished yet?

    Naw, our expectations are already very low. If O just makes it a full term, we’ll be ecstatic I think all those who were romanced into putting their faith in a man will be sorely disappointed, and will be lookin’ for retribution; scorn lover and all.

  • BB-Idaho says:

    Good point, Gary. It is your turn to cry, whine, snivel and otherwise misbehave. Its the American way. 🙄
    Since you took it in such a mature manner, so shall I.

  • StephC says:

    …cry, whine, snivel and otherwise misbehave. Its the American way.

    I have to admit we do that…a lot. But then we get down to work and start fixing things ourselves… that’s also the American way.

  • Jeanette says:

    Just read your husband got a job. Great news! I’ll still be praying for you. You can’t keep a good man down if he’s persistant and it sounds like he is.

November 2008


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