Obama 2012: We Gotta Finish This Thing!
I remember Ronald Reagan. And Obama is no Reagan.
In one of the illuminating, unscripted moments of the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama said—much to the dismay of his core constituency—that the Reagan presidency had been “transformational” in a way that Bill Clinton’s hadn’t. Needless to say, Mr. Obama aspired to a transformational presidency of his own.
Obama wanted to transform America too, but not in the same manner as Reagan; for Obama it was about redistribution here, and appeasement abroad.
Amid the enthusiasm of his ascent to power, the choreography of a brilliant campaign, and a justifiable sense of pride that an African-American had risen to the summit of political power, it had been hard to tease out the pessimism at the core of Mr. Obama’s vision. His economic program—the vaunted stimulus, the bailout of the automobile industry, the determination to overhaul the entire health-care system—gave away a bureaucratic vision: It was rule by emergency decree, as it were. No Reaganesque faith in the society for this leader.
Obama is a pessimist, because he simply doesn’t think the American public can handle their own affairs. They have too much, or too little money. They make poor decisions. They cannot be trusted. They simply are either not smart enough or selfish. Nannystate needs to control just about everything, to make sure we even survive.
In 2008, shaken by a severe economic recession and disillusioned by a difficult war in Iraq, Americans voted for charisma and biography.
America voted for Hope and Changed, encouraged by a media that endorsed him. A media that, for the most part failed perform their job, and abdicated their responsibility.
We’ve now seen what he can do, as we (possibly) head into a second recession. The Obama recession.