Obama Should Listen to Putin’s Remarks About Politicians
"You cannot turn into promisers," says the Russian prime minister. In Obama's case, he's a touch too late.
February 26, 2010 - 12:00 am
President Obama, as we have repeatedly been assured, is a highly educated and very intelligent intellectual. It is a shame that he has to try so hard to please the masses who simply don’t understand what he means when he reads from his teleprompter.
There sure are a lot of them, and many of them don’t like anybody very much. It is a cross President Obama has to bear if he is to save the country from the tea partiers and other dissatisfied miscreants. In the spirit of Obama-like post-partisanship, and wishing to be as frank as he is, I offer these suggestions.
On February 5, Vladimir Putin, Russia’s premier, scolded party leaders about the discontent seemingly rising in parts of Russia. He did so following the biggest anti-Putin rally since he took power a decade ago. It occurred on January 30 and involved approximately ten thousand demonstrators. The rally took place in Kaliningrad, Russia’s westernmost city, where unemployment is 10.5 percent, 21.9 percent worse than the 8.2 percent national average. Premier Putin told
senior party officials they should avoid raising expectations by promising “everything all at once” only to ignore voters after election day.
“You cannot turn into promisers, who make promises only to … get into power and then spend their time solving their own personal problems … ”
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Unemployment, which has grown by one-third to more than 6 million in since 2007, and big rises in prices charged by state-run monopolies are adding to discontent in many regions.
Putin told the leaders to warn voters of the consequences of voting for untried opposition parties.
United Russia must always explain that “proper and well organized leaders are always capable of solving any problems and that in the absence of such leaders, anarchy prevails,” he said.
President Obama should take lessons from him, except for the part about not promising what he can’t deliver; it’s a bit late for that. Some promises just are not meant to be kept, and some are only partially and reluctantly to be kept after half a century or so. There is no point in reminding the masses of this.
President Obama should focus instead on the bit about not voting for “untried opposition parties” such as the tea party movement. That should be easy. President Obama was at the bottom of the heap as an untried, outside-the-beltway guy when he ran for the presidency. He should know from sad, personal experience what a mess he initially made of things due solely to his inexperience. He has already come a long way. He should emphasize this; it would provide unparalleled opportunities to say again and again but with admirable humility: “Look at me.”
With Putin’s helpful guidance, President Obama could greatly assist his colleagues in the Congress who seem — but only seem — to face disheartening odds in the 2010 elections. Keep Reed, Pelosi, and the whole crew. They are extraordinarily experienced and belong to the only party ever to rise above petty politics and to do what’s best for America. As Premier Putin said, “proper and well organized leaders are always capable of solving any problems.” Obviously, that’s true. Without them, the country would sink into anarchy. The future would be far worse than the present. Just look at the lamentable history of the United States! President Obama must explain these things to the common people, in terms so simple that even they can understand.
It is wrong — simply wrong — that Sarah Palin and her idiotically misguided colleagues should be so brainlessly euphoric. They have no right to be happy! Only thirty-five percent of United States voters think a new party is needed, and forty-seven percent just say no. Not only that, their euphoria highlights the fact that they are rank amateurs. They are all preposterous.