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.
While Christmas is some time off as yet, yes, there is something to be cheerful about.
The invisible crown will not sit lightly on the president-elect. There is already some buyer’s remorse making the rounds in the MSM. I’m sure it’s just CYA more than remorse. Many of these thoughts could have/should have happened during the finally ended election.
The core problem is Obama, himself. He ran a great campaign, true, but in the speeches, the lofty rhetoric, the glitz and glamor, he promised to be “all things to all people.” His was a diverse coalition, made up of various groups, who all want different things. They will have profoundly competing ideas about what a President Obama should do.
Unfortunately, for him, the nation is still more conservative than liberal. Proposition 8 in California was shot down by the same people who voted for Obama. The success of the ballot has sparked a lot of rage on the left.
What of the MoveOn.org and DailyKos crowds? They played a huge part in getting him elected and they have certain expectations, many of which will run counter to what the nation as a whole wants. If he pleases the hefty lefties, he’s alienates the rest of the nation. However, if he doesn’t please them, the same machine they rolled out in support of him, will later be rolled out against him.
In his first speech addressing the nation, referring to the economic crisis:
“It is not going to be easy for us to dig ourselves out of the hole that we are in,” Obama said at his first news conference since winning the presidency on Tuesday.
I find that rather laughable in terms of the electorate. I remember another President saying something similar in reference to the war on terror due to crises he inherited from the previous president. 9/11/01 was five years in the planning which means “on Clinton’s watch” along with “bad intelligence” on Iraq, which also stemmed from the Clinton administration.
Given what happened to the current president, the “buyer’s remorse”/CYA of the MSM media, no, I don’t think that invisible crown is going to sit lightly on Obama’s brow. The majority electorate seems to be stricken with “I want it and I want it now!” Sorry, guys, it’s just not going to happen and the irony is: Obama knows it now; what he has gotten himself into, and isn’t quite sure what to do about it. On election night, the look on his face as he realized the job is more than trappings and status, says it all. For somebody who just won the highest honor that Americans can give, he doesn’t look all that happy about it, does he?
Not to mention the laundry list of abuses Pelosi, Reid, et al. are waiting to heap upon an… I would say unsuspecting but I believe they’re beginning to suspect now… electorate.
Investors Business Daily Editorials seems to agree with me.
Is it time to say “Merry Christmas?” While it certainly looks dim right now, there are things to smile about. Had McCain won, we’d still be fighting for the conservative right to find a place in the “new politics”/new tone. Now, we have two to four years to reach out and present our message in a way that is easier for the average American to understand rather than the lofty terms that have been used thus far to define it. Those terms are meaningless to this generation, not to ignore how they are wrongly defined by the left.
So let’s get to work on ’10 and ’12, shall we?