Honeymoon’s Over, Mr. President

Yes, I’m on vaca­tion, and I should prob­a­bly be just relax­ing, play­ing Fall­out 3 until my fin­gers fall off… But I’m addict­ed to the Inter­net, and going through with­drawals on my vaca­tion does­n’t sound like a pleas­ant idea.

You know how infomer­cials, As Seen on TV ads, and the exu­ber­ant hosts there­of can make any prod­uct seem like it has almost mag­i­cal prop­er­ties of awe­some­ness? In the real world, though, these prod­ucts inevitably fail to live up to expec­ta­tions, but the sales­men did their job and got you to buy. 

I won­der if the same thing is hap­pen­ing nation­al­ly with Barack Oba­ma. He was pre­sent­ed as the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty’s gold­en boy, an agent of change in a nation that sup­pos­ed­ly so des­per­ate­ly needs it. Songs were writ­ten to his awe­some­ness, and his elo­quence caused angels to receive their wings. Okay, so I made that last part up, but giv­en the hype…

It appears, though, that Amer­i­ca is get­ting not only used to her “As Seen on TV” Pres­i­dent, but she’s get­ting a bit dis­ap­point­ed with him as well.

Presidential Approval Index

Per­haps we need a giant “Vot­er Beware” tag on the top of ballots.

Hat Tip: The Real Revo (quick­ly becom­ing my new favorite pol­i­tics blog)

(On a com­plete­ly unre­lat­ed note, I’m very dis­ap­point­ed that not only did Bris­tol Palin get a major inter­view a few weeks ago, but today I saw her baby’s dad­dy on tele­vi­sion being inter­viewed… They have done noth­ing to deserve this atten­tion. Peri­od. Do not pass go. Do not col­lect $200. To make mat­ters worse, both of them expressed that they had no regrets for their past actions. For­ni­ca­tion and ille­git­i­mate chil­dren… Yep, noth­ing wrong there.)


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4 responses to “Honeymoon’s Over, Mr. President”

  1. Michael Avatar
    Michael

    Rick,

    Not meant harsh­ly, but it has been TWO MONTHS…not 8 YEARS, and he inher­it­ed a nation on top of quick­sand no less…

  2. Rick Beckman Avatar

    I’m not for sure what 8 years has to do with it… It’s been just a cou­ple of months, and already Oba­ma is dis­ap­point­ing those who praised and adored him. This has less to do with the state of the nation he inher­it­ed and more to do with the fact that he promised all sorts of things which he isn’t going to accom­plish, among oth­er things.

    Go ahead and sub­scribe to The Real Revo, linked to in the above post. They’ll keep you up to date on all the things the media won’t tell you and I’m too lazy to research. :)

  3. Marc Avatar
    Marc

    You have to be care­ful about grab­bing onto one poll. It is true his num­bers have come down to earth — main­ly due to repub­li­cans whip­saw­ing back away from him — no real sur­prise there. He is after all a demo­c­rat. His test now is to nav­i­gate the igno­rant out­rage over the AIG bonus­es. Peo­ple are mad, whether or not the lev­el of out­rage is jus­ti­fied is debat­able. Now has he been a dis­ap­point­ment — not in the least he has made many strides — the econ­o­my is a mess — no it is not Bush’s fault. That is igno­rance of the polit­i­cal sys­tem and how things work. But they get cred­it for it when it is good, so they get the blame when it is bad — they knew that when they ran for office.

    We can all make the polls say what­ev­er we want to fit our own pre­con­ceived notions. The same poll you cite gives a 57–42 approval/disapproval rat­ing — sim­i­lar to the elec­tion result. We live in a divid­ed coun­try. There was no actu­al hon­ey­moon main­ly cause the GOP has coa­lesced into a region­al par­ty filled with hard­lin­ers. That won’t last cause they will wake up and real­ize the coun­try has moved cen­ter-left on a num­ber of issues and they will rush to cen­ter and away from the hard­lin­ers. Same goes for the democ­rats, peo­ple are tir­ing of the ultra left and the ultra right, they only serve to hold back progress.

  4. Shawn Avatar

    I trul­ly do not know what to think of Oba­ma. Not that he is a bad guy or any­thing, but he is a Human…just a human. so from the begin­ning I nev­er knew what all the hype was for. Instant gratification.…that’s all we want, but in the predica­ment we are in today, it will take more than Oba­ma to fix it.

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