Obama is Public Enemy #1 —to Himself

Obama is Public Enemy #1 —to Himself

Janice Lacy,California Political Review

Despite President Obama’s obvious
allure in California and other bluish states,his political foes are popping out
of the woodwork nationwide as the political season gears up after Labor
Day,begging the question:Who is Obama’s worst enemy? Oddly,it really isn’t the
raging ire of the Tea Party. It isn’t the sequential,cool logic of Mitt Romney’s
59-point economic plan,or even Rick Perry’s rampant boasting about job creation.
And it certainly isn’t the prospect that Ron Paul will somehow gain speed and
run Obama out of the White House on a platform of abolishing the Transportation
Security Administration.

Obama’s worst enemy is himself. It is Obama’s role in which he appears to be
most comfortable:that of a community organizer.

We watched him deliver his
Labor Day speech
before auto workers in Detroit,at an event sponsored
by the AFL-CIO
,where he confidently paced before union members,striking his
community organizer cadence. He empathized with them. He shared their burdens.
He told them he was fighting for their economic security. He exclaimed:“I’m not
scared of tough times because I know we’re going to be all marching together and
walking together and working together and rebuilding together.” At one point,he
even resurrected his old campaign slogan,referring to naysayers:“…for everybody
who keeps going around saying,‘No,we can’t – for everybody who can always find a
reason why we can’t rebuild America,I meet Americans every day who,in the face
of impossible odds they’ve got a different belief. They believe we can. You
believe we can.” In essence,he gave them,well…hope. He played his base for all
it was worth,evoking the “we/they” class warfare dynamic of union workers while
vilifying “the CEO in the corner office.” On TV at least,the union crowd seemed
to like his message.

But in a time of raging economic fear—replete with a 12 percent unemployment
rate in California (and our 9 percent unemployment nationally),a faltering stock
market with the worst September start in recent history,and talk of a double dip
recession that may extend two more miserable years—it is hard to believe that
voters will
resort to a “community organizer”
to oversee this economic mess.

However rational a political argument may be made,people vote with their
emotions. Drew Westen’s book on this subject, The Political Brain,uses
research from the fields of psychology and political science to demonstrate the
dominance of emotion over reason as people vote. Mr. Westen states:“The
political brain is an emotional brain. It is not a dispassionate calculating
machine,objectively searching for the right facts,figures,and policies to make a
reasoned decision.” The voters who are the subjects of his research were
thinking “with their guts.” This emotional thinking applies to political
arguments,policies,and leaders:“We are not moved by leaders with whom we do not
feel an emotional resonance.”

Even though the unions clearly supported Obama with his Labor Day,“community
organizer” speech,the polls are undoubtedly showing an overwhelming lack of
emotional resonance between voters and Obama on economic issues and his
leadership generally. According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll
released Tuesday (9/6),62 percent of Americans….

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The ‘hidden meaning’ found in Obama’s words

The ‘hidden meaning’ found in Obama’s words


John Merline of
has a funny, but true compilation of “code words” and phrases used by
Obama in all of his speeches on jobs:

When he says: We inherited $1
trillion in deficits and an economy headed for a second Great

What he means is: It’s all Bush’s

When he says: Thanks to my efforts,
the economy was growing until this year.

What he means is: It was Bush’s
fault, but now it’s the House Republicans’ fault.

When he says: We need to focus on

What he means is: After $830 billion
in stimulus spending, an auto bailout, cash for clunkers and several other
multibillion-dollar “jobs” bills, none of which has worked, we need to try more
of the same, but please don’t call it a stimulus.

When he says: It’s time to put
country ahead of party.

What he means is: If you don’t pass
my plan, you’re unpatriotic.

When he says: Our politics are

What he means is: Republicans
stubbornly refuse to act like potted plants.

When he says: My Republican

What he means is: Those narrow-minded
miscreants who are beholden to Tea Party barbarians that we need to “take out”
and who, by the way, put party ahead of country (but I’m not questioning their

Obama will no doubt get a bump in the
polls with this speech, but it is equally likely that it will be as shortlived
as his other poll bounces. The reason is simple; people have lost confidence in
Obama’s ability to do anything positive for the economy. Once the feel good
rhetoric fades away, the stark reality of a nation in crisis with a president
who doesn’t know what he’s doing will return.

No need for “code words” to figure
that one out.

Hat Tip: Ed