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Barack Herbert Walker Obama?

May 22nd, 2012 - 9:33 pm

The Washington Post regrets to inform its readers that the presidential candidate it was deep in the tank for in 2008 may be in trouble this time around:

[I]t is a rearview-mirror assessment that could hurt Obama’s chances for a second term. One key indicator has hardly budged this year: Asked where they stand financially compared with when Obama took office in January 2009, 30 percent say they are worse off, and only 16 percent say they are better off. There is not a widespread sense that things would be better had Romney been president for the past three-plus years, but for the incumbent it is a critical measure. On this question, Obama’s numbers continue to resemble those of George H.W. Bush, who lost his bid for reelection in 1992 amid a flagging economy.

At the moment, his campaign is giving off a similar tone as well, isn’t it? Meanwhile, Bush #43-era Secretary of State Colin Powell is having second thoughts about supporting Obama again as he did in 2008, leading Glenn Reynolds to write, “You don’t need a weatherman to see which way the wind is blowing: Not when you can watch a weathervane like Colin Powell, anyway.”

Oh, and let us recall “Obama’s Bush #41 Scanner Moment,” from April of last year:

“If he were a Republican, this would be his ‘Bush (41) meets a grocery scanner moment.’ But he’s not, so it is quietly buried.”

– A commenter at Ann Althouse’s blog responding to Obama’s punitive tone yesterday in the latter half of the above video, when confronted with questions over his Carteresque gas policy, found via Glenn Reynolds. Yes, I know (as does Snopes) that the first President Bush wasn’t surprised by a supermarket scanner — as the former head of the CIA, and a man who these days routinely skydives in his 80s, one would assume he’s well acquainted with technology.

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But at the Tatler, Bryan Preston has a nifty suggestion to drive its viewership much higher:

Note to the RNC: Download this video and mash it up with the Obama “under my plan energy prices will necessarily skyrocket” clip. Together they prove that this president cares much more about social engineering than about the economy or how his own policies are hurting Americans every single day. This video is President Obama’s Marie Antoinette moment: He tells a man who complains about high gas prices to buy a new car. Think about that for a second. The man is worried that gas prices are eating him alive. Obama’s response is to needle him to spend more money. That’s the response of an elitist jerk, not a leader who understands or even cares about the damage his policies are doing to the country. If that’s not indicative of this president’s arrogant and out-of-touch mindset, I don’t know what is. Hat tip to InstaPundit, who also has a screen shot of the AP story about this remarks, a story that AP eventually scrubbed to remove the remarks. So there’s a story about media bias in the mix as well.

In 2008, the media were happy to let Obama walk on water, to borrow a line from then-Newsweek editor Jon Meacham. But back then, all of anger from Obama, the MSM and the left could be channeled into a single direction: BUSH SUX.

In 2012, Obama will have to defend his own record as president — a challenge made all the more difficult by having to live up to the canonization the media performed on him before he took office. Can he win? Sure. But it’s going to be a much uglier process no matter what happens. And as with yesterday, we’re going to see many more examples highlighting that his bitter clingers rhetoric in 2008 was no accident — he really is that contemptuous of the people he’s deigned to govern.

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Similarly, while all of Obama’s promises come with expiration dates (sort of like the key moments in his life story), Obama has his own “read my lips” moment to live down, a la GHWB:

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Steve Green has had lots of fun with this pledge over the past three years. Or to put it another way — “Pay up, suckers.”

(WaPo article found via Orrin Judd, who adds, “And it didn’t matter for GHWB that the economy was improving” in ’92.)

Related: And then there are all of the down-ticket races in November.

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