Here's the deal - it sure seems like Pres. Obama has been spending a lot of time fundraising lately. And since he can't run again - it must be for the Democrat Party and its candidates.
Well, every president does this as elections approach, right? But, does every president do it during very public world or national crises?
The most recent; The Texas visit and the non-border visit - Pres. Obama was going to Colorado for fundraising - the illegal children immigrant problem hit the public conscience front and center - Pres. Obama alters his itinerary to include a visit with Texas Governor Perry - but doesn't visit the border, (mutters something about political photo-op - uhh... was the pool game a photo-op?), and still maintains his fundraising schedule...?????
Then the Malaysian airline tragedy - Pres. Obama still does a 3 day six function fundraising trip - with shot-down airliner statements and positions wedged in-between fundraising events...????
I say this looks pretty dumb to me. Doesn't anybody in his administration realize how this looks to the American public? Are the Democrats so cocky, (or desperate), that they think they are above the perception of politics first - come hell or high water? Or, could they really be that tone-deaf to the perception being presented to the American public?
I say it is a bone-headed move to continue political fundraising, as publicly as he is with so many domestic and international issues in the headlines.
I also say it is an indication of how desperately the Dems see their mid-term election prospects.
What say you?
Some people are born leaders, some are trained leaders, and some will never be leaders. I believe Obama definitely falls into the will never be a leader category.
When the pressure is on, many fall back to their comfort zone and stay there rather than making difficult decisions. Obama's strength is making speech's, as in reading someone else's words from a teleprompter. Because of his speech reading ability he is also quite good at fund raising and that is his comfort zone.
When the voters put him into this leadership role they should have known he had no experience whatsoever to qualify him for this job. But they listened to his slick dialog and promises of making America a better place and voted him into office twice. Now we are paying dearly for this mistake on the part of the voters.
Yes, the Dem's are in trouble due to Obama's mistakes and their own poor performance. But in truth it is time for most of our elected representative to go find a new job. We can't get them to agree to term limits, so it is up to we voters to impose term limits at the voting booths. When voters receive their sample ballots they need to take hard ;look at all of the incumbents and do some checking on their voting records and their attendance records.
This may come as a shock to many, but what politicians say and what they do are often complete opposites.
Bottom line is I think the fund raising efforts should be set aside until some of the current crisis are resolved. But that would require a real leader and we just don't have one right now.
You make good points, and to your reference to kicking the bums out - here is a sad testimonial to the intelligence and involvement of the American voter;
With a favorability rating in the single digits, (as in almost everyone thinks Congress is doing a terrible job), why is the incumbent reelection rate 85% - 90%?
We get what we deserve - and our Congress is exactly what 'sound-byte' voters deserve.
Neither, Obama does not have to face re-election, the money he raises will permit him to shape the Democrat Party for years to come. He is surrounded by and has placed in positions of authority, people who view America through the very same lens. The media is still reticent when it comes to direct and honest criticism of Obama. The problems the country faces are valuable as campaign fodder for the Democrats - look at those terrible Republicans trying to kick motherless children out of the country just because they are brown.
Why should he change now? What would motivate him to do so? He is certain he is right and he has throngs telling him so everyday. He is well aware of what he is doing and, judging by the opinions readily expressed in the forums, it is working quite well. Barack Obama may do more to change America than any President since George Washington.
You say it is neither option, but your answer fits the "cocky" option - as in cocky that there is no downside for him, and for all the other reasons you stated too.
There is no downside and he is aware that there is not. It is not cocky if it is not unfounded. He knows what he is doing. He is able to do it with little resistance and no damage. He is succeeding. There is now coming tumble from grace. He isn't doing the things he is doing just to show off, there is a specific end game.
Is a pool player cocky if he runs the table or is he good at pool. Obama is running the table.
I'm wondering in what way any democrat can be cocky? Desperate, yes. In what way did they fulfill what they promised to the people after Obama's election. If Obama is targeting Warren to shine for the democrats' colors, I understand why now? What is his popularity rating? Pretty low? When 24% strongly approve of his performing, 41% strongly disapprove. Rasmussen reports also states that it would give him a presidential approval index rating of -17.
Valid points. My reference to cocky was to the point that this administration has expanded many welfare programs to encompass many more families than just those that are deemed in poverty. When you are handing out goodies, and knowing the attention span and mind-set of too many voters - it is easy to feel cocky that no matter what your job performance is - you will still get the votes.
ps. as witnessed by several other threads in this forum, and national polls, a lot of people feel that Pres. Obama has fulfilled his pledges to them.
Have you read Obama, the postmodern coup? Webster Griffin Tarpley states he was put on his presidential seat to announce fascism. They set mediocrity with a faux socialist that people will resent to better install fascism. The parallelism drawn between the installation of the Italian and German fascism and the pending American one is believable and definitively feasible.
Do threads reflect reality? Does the mainstream media reflects people's suffering and opinions? Hubpages has a Republican majority, in what way can it reflect America?
There are democrats urging him to curtail his fundraising activities as well.
He may think this is his best way to deal with all the "crises" in the world or he doesn't know what else to do?
Glad to see your "roll eyes" sentiment, is there an emoticon for that? There should be.
Unfortunately, (because I think he is wrong), I would agree that he thinks he is dealing with things in an appropriate manner. As for not knowing what to do, again I disagree. I would bet he has a roomful of differing options being promoted to him, I think he is picking the ones that match his perspective of what America should be. (and do)
Sometimes, (I think), a leader just has to put aside political and ideological perspectives and do what they see as right. The problem then becomes who's right is right?
Just glad I don't have his job.
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