Now the President has moved from the shrinking president to the virtually invisible president in regards to the debt ceiling. Well...most things. Here we have a man with such incredible intellect and wonderful speaking ability who refuses to use the one thing that every President must learn to utilize effectively. The Bully pulpit. How else does he think he can shape and mold the electorate? The White House is asking the business community to reason with the Congress about the dire consequences of not raising the debt ceiling by the August 2 deadline. If the debt ceiling isn't raised, interest rates could go up and throw the economy back into recession. Personally, to the common folks, it still feels like a recession, not a recovery, which is what Obama has to worry about if he wants to win next year. The administration states that if the government defaults, the republicans should shoulder the blame. Really? Both the Obama admin. and the Republicans bear the blame. Obama for his hands off, philosophical approach to leadership, hiring wall-street people responsible for the economic mess in the first place. When he was elected, the people wanted to feel that there was an adult in the room and that there was someone that could help. What did we get? Bubble gum feel good messages about how great things were going instead of focused, direct and targeted messages to expose the republicans lies of low taxes and deregulation. Reagan should follow his idol Reagan, hell Bush. They were so much better at proselytizing and lying to the public. To this day, people stupidly invoke Reagan as the greatest American president ever, utilizing his economic framework, language, and sentence structure. Where is the Obama from 2008? "I am from the government, I am here to help, hope and change?" There is nothing left but echoes and silence.
Obama has proven to be a conservative president, not a progressive, a liberal or a democrat. For the life of me, I don't understand why Republicans dislike him. He has continued every policy that Bush enacted, he's just more articulate, but nothing has changed. What does it take for him to understand? He is the reason that the Democrats lost the House, the midterms were a referendum on Obama. Romney is looking more credible and if the economy is the main issue, then Obama will have a difficult time arguing that he has done all he could to pull America out of the quagmire. His only saving grace would be having Newt or category 5 moron Bachmann winning the nomination, but that's highly unlikely. During this last year, he should be balls to the wall, take no prisoners, to the American people. So what if his maneuvering doesn't work. It will look like he is trying to get something done, and not pussyfooting around burning every last drop of political capital he has being the "Great Compromisor". Otherwise, he goes down in history as being Bush's third term.
This is Obama's election to lose and he doesn't have that electrifying energy and George Bush to demonize this time. Obama has wasted opportunities and chose to side with the corporations over the people time and time again.
He can only hope that he is the lesser of two evils at this point.