It got a little hot in the backyard the other day.
The White House had been putting on these great little shows for a while where Obama heads into the home of “average” Americans, gives them a little pyschotherapy about the economy, and then heads out to the backyard to meet the neighbors.
Except that the other day the neighbors got unruly and roughed Obama up with critical questioning about his health care law, his treatment of small businesses, and so forth.
And since then, Obama’s been staying out of people’s backyards. I guarantee you, someone at the White House who was strutting around accepting praise for his “backyard discussion” idea is now quietly working at his computer, trying to stay out of sight.
Instead, Obama’s now hanging out with those who still love him, namely the Democratic base. To be sure, the main purpose is to get them to the polling booths in November. But one can’t help but think he may, as some of my readers have pointed out, be finding fewer places where he can be sure of a polite reception.
He’s held two events in recent days staged before largely black audiences. He did a “Town Hall” meeting this week with members of Organizing for America, who were unlikely to ask him any tough questions since IT’S HIS ORGANIZATION.
And this afternoon at 4 pm he goes on MTV for some extra softball hitting practice.
But even the kids may be starting to think Obama’s not alright. A poll of college students puts the number who think he’s doing a good job at only 44 percent – down from 60 percent last year – with 27 percent saying they are not happy with his performance.
Dude, you’re like, messin’ up!