Via The Hill earlier this month:
President Obama told a small crowd in Fairfax, Va., … that he would stand in the hot sun with them and “feel their pain.”
What, did he forget sunscreen? Was his umbrella still being repaired?
He was meeting with a Fairfax family for a backyard discussion on the economy in an effort to improve voter perceptions about his empathy with ordinary people.
I see. Rather than standing on a grand podium surrounded by Corinthian columns, he decided that the best way to reach out to the commoners was to have a “backyard discussion” about the economy and prove that he’s really one of us. Like the infamous “feeler-in-chief” of the 1990s, Bill Clinton — oh, sorry, that sounds worse than it was supposed to — Obama now claims to “feel your pain” shortly after he returned from hitting the links with politician pals in Martha’s Vineyard and just before two big galas and a reception at the White House.
It’s interesting to note that Barry didn’t make his little “feel your pain” speech in someone’s backyard in Reno, located in the state which has the dubious status of being the most economically stressed in the nation: “1 in 4.5 Nevadans in July was either unemployed, owned a home in some stage of foreclosure or had filed for bankruptcy.” And Reno’s housing market is currently being described as an “American nightmare.” I guess it’s more comfortable to feel the pain of a city where unemployment is at 5.7 percent rather than a city in a state where unemployment is at a whopping 14.2 percent.
One also has to wonder if Barry feels guilty for his comments about wasteful spending that specifically targeted Las Vegas.
Nah. I doubt it. Barry probably worries more about his own hurt feelings when criticized by his opponents, like his latest whinge about being talked about “like a dog,” than he worries about making disparaging public comments about various states.
It would have been nice if our president decided to try to “feel our pain” during the early days of his administration when, according to the New York Times, the economy was already “spiraling down at an accelerating pace.” But instead, he chose to spend his time blaming Bush and the GOP (even as recently as August of this year) — forgetting that the Democrats have held both houses of Congress since 2006.