A couple weeks ago, after watching yet another speech from President Obama on the Bush tax cuts, a liberal friend on Facebook wryly remarked: “4 years later and Obama finally realizes he’s the president. *golf clap*”
You know it’s bad when even college-educated twenty-somethings in the Northeast are trading some hope and change for a healthy dose of cynicism.
The Romney camp has found religion in chiding Obama for running from—rather than on—his lackluster record. If my liberal friend is any indication, the message might resonate with millions of voters who wonder why Obama basically ignored policies he now claims are crucial to economic recovery. I hate beating a dead horse (almost as much as Democrats hate passing a budget or taking responsibility for anything), but how did we go from a president many (mostly on the left) assumed to be an idiot to one who assumes most of us can’t remember the day before yesterday?
Now, our allegedly eloquent demagogue-in-chief is on the stump claiming “somebody else” built everything that we foolishly thought could be credited to the ingenuity of American entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors. Curiously enough, the president eased us into that novel bit of insight by noting, in professorial tones, that “there are a lot of smart people out there.” They presumably just don’t do anything valuable.
I assume “somebody else” wrote that speech.
Ever out of touch, Mitt Romney was quick to respond:
“[Obama] describes people we care deeply about, who make a difference in our lives…we value schoolteachers, firefighters, people who build roads. You really couldn’t have a business if you didn’t have those things. But, you know, we pay for those things. The taxpayers pay for government…We appreciate the work that they do and the sacrifices that are done by people who work in government, but they did not build this business.”
Clearly, Romney just can’t understand what it’s like out in real America. Just look at him smugly trying to take credit from our hardworking citizens to make a cheap political point. Oh, wait…
What intrigues me about this whole episode is how well it hearkens back to 08’s infamous “guns and religion” remark that reminded Middle America just how little many of our friends on the Academic Left think of people supposedly less enlightened than them. So I’ll let arch-Democrat Hillary Clinton say what many of us are thinking:
“[Americans] don’t need a president who looks down on them. They need a president who stands up for them, who fights for them, who works hard for your futures, your jobs, your families.”
What these two incidents have in common is how remarkably little has changed in four years. Back then, Senator Obama was running an aggressive campaign-of-personality built on selling himself as an inspirational nigh-Messiah and America’s problems as the result of profound Republican mismanagement that he was powerless to stop. Now, President Obama is running an aggressively negative campaign-of-I-didn’t-build-that-bad-economy-somebody-else-made-that-happen. He has progressed from selling himself as merely inspirational to claiming the mantle of “Only Grownup In The Room.” America’s problems are still the result of dastardly Republican mismanagement that Obama was obviously powerless to stop.
Because we all know that presidents with big majorities in Congress are powerless to do things or even push for necessary reforms. It’s not like the 111th Congress, with its Democratic supermajority, was the most active legislative session since the Great Society. And clearly nobody was blaming George W. Bush for the abysmal economy on his watch just because he was in office and had modest Republican majorities at some point.
That would be crazy talk.