Several of my readers have reacted quite viscerally to a post I wrote yesterday that had to do with Obama’s comment that Hispanics should “punish” their “enemies” at the polls.
At the risk of speaking for others, I believe I have some idea why. At least, I know why his remarks upset me so.
Obama is frequently the victim of Freudian slips that reveal his true self. The “spread the wealth around” comment to Joe the plumber was but one of the first examples we became aware of.
And the more he reveals himself NOT to be the person he presented to us in 2008, the greater the anger of his opponents on the right and the disillusionment of his allies on the left. Obama himself is feeding both trends.
You cannot possibly be a man of hope and change, who wants to mend Washington and the country, and also refer to your political opponents as enemies. You can’t be Martin Luther King one day, and Richard Nixon the next. You just can’t.
When you try to, everything else you say and do, as one White House Dossier reader intoned, begins to look like “bullshit.”
Obama’s attempt to pull it back, saying yesterday that he should have used the word “opponents” – and doing so just hours before Boehner was to make a speech slamming him for the remark and a full week after he made it – only accentuates to stench of disingenuousness.
Obama promised ethereal things he said only he could deliver: Namely, hope and change, his increasingly hilarious looking promise of redemption. This wasn’t something he said he would try to do, as long as Republicans were willing to go along. This was something that he uniquely, being The One, could deliver.
If the Democrats just wanted liberal policies pressed forward by a practical politician, they would have taken Hillary. But they took Obama, even though nobody knew a single thing about him.
Today, as he takes a rhetorical wrecking ball to Republicans, bashing them day by day – suggesting even that they don’t particularly like blacks – it’s only natural that people begin to wonder just who exactly they’re dealing with.
The Obama campaign was supposed to be about coming together. What the country got was a leftist agenda steamrollered over Republicans, who were then accused of not cooperating in what Obama himself said at a ritzy Hollywood fundraiser was “the most progressive legislative agenda . . . not just in one generation, maybe two, maybe three.”
You can’t tell Americans you want to reach out to Republicans and then go tell Barbara Streisand that you are the most liberal president since Franklin Roosevelt.
The American people don’t like to be taken for suckers. They’re beginning to think the man of inspiration they fell for – and even many who voted against him kind of fell for him – was actually just another Chicago pol.
They’ll let him know what they think today.