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.