The other day I noted that Barack Obama promised outlandish things when he was running for president. Along with the farfetched promises to close Guantanamo and end the Iraq war "now", he said the oceans would begin to slow and the planet would begin to heal but only, of course, if we elected him president. His supporters were full of passion and always spoke about him as if they were 14, it was 1999 and he was one of the Backstreet Boys. It was all about the way Obama made them "feel." Who could forget a grown man talking about the tingle he got up his leg when the candidate Obama spoke.
Two years into his presidency Obama still thinks it's 2008 and he's going to fix the world just on the power of his personality. His words, pretty and well-delivered though they may be, have ceased to have any connection whatsoever to the reality of most Americans. He keeps repeating the same tired "tax the rich" ideas while blaming his predecessor for our current troubles. At what point will Obama take responsibility for tripling the deficit since taking office? Can anyone explain to the president that taxing the wealthy will not solve our out-of-control spending problem (must-watch video at the link)?
It continues to seem that our president is not a serious man tackling serious problems. Perhaps some of that is because the leg-tinglers make him believe he doesn't have to *do* much when his rhetoric is so passionate. Jonathan Capeheart in the Washington Post called this a "muscular address that drew lines in the sand." Laughable. Putting aside that over-taxing the rich is a losing economic strategy, how can anyone believe what Obama says about anything? How can his fan base listen to his promise not to extend the tax cuts "again" and take it seriously? Reminder: Obama campaigned on specifically getting rid of the Bush tax cuts and then went back on that pledge the moment he faced a little political midterm heat. He extended the tax cuts he so opposed. What's "muscular" about that? What is Capeheart applauding, exactly, more empty promises? As Allahpundit points out:
His central idea is to somehow control health-care spending, presumably by performing the Jedi mind trick on doctors coast to coast to get them to lower costs. Either that or, as Time admits, he’s probably talking about rationing, although he was so (deliberately) vague that even they’re not completely sure. No matter, though: It’s silly, frankly, for any of us to be parsing this speech as though these were earnest policy proposals.
It's been two years of talk and nothing else. Vice President Biden is completely bored to sleep by it and so am I. I don't have to agree with our president, I disagreed with Bush on much, but I like when our leader stands for something, anything, and actually acts on his convictions. Those who remain convinced that Obama is a president of principle should really take a hard look at themselves and wonder why they continue to project their hopes and beliefs on a man who is simply voting "present" from the oval office. What are Obama's principles and when will he live up to them? It's time for his supporters to break the magic spell, there continues to be no bunny in the hat, stop waiting for it.
Born in the Soviet Union and raised in Brooklyn, Karol Markowicz is a public relations consultant in NYC and a veteran of Republican campaigns in four states. She blogs about politics at Alarming News and about life in the city with her husband and baby at 212 Baby. She can be followed on Twitter.