Half-Time for Obama

As hard as it is to believe, President Obama is nearing the halfway-point of his first presidential term. Regardless of your politics, this linked blog from the New York Times site contains some pretty interesting insight:

In an hour-long interview with the Times’s White House correspondent, Peter Baker, Mr. Obama predicted that his political rivals would either be chastened by falling short of their electoral goals or burdened with the new responsibility that comes from achieving them.

“It may be that regardless of what happens after this election, they feel more responsible, either because they didn’t do as well as they anticipated, and so the strategy of just saying no to everything and sitting on the sidelines and throwing bombs didn’t work for them,” Mr. Obama said. “Or they did reasonably well, in which case the American people are going to be looking to them to offer serious proposals and work with me in a serious way.”

Republicans had better not recoil at that statement, because there is plenty of truth behind it.

GOP supporters across the nation are foaming at the mouth as November’s elections draw near. They believe the House and the Senate may very well fall into the hands of the Republican Party as a result of Congress’ rapidly sinking approval ratings. Since America’s honeymoon with Obama has ended, even the President seems to concede that a Republican victory is likely.

However, if Republicans talk big but fall short (again) once in power, they are going to find themselves in a familiar place in a few years: home.

Even if Republicans take the House and Senate, the President still holds veto power, and they will have to work with Obama to get anything done. This does not necessarily mean conceding their principles in the name of political advancement. It could very well mean using the voting public’s support to force Obama into concessions, which reminds me…

In the magazine article, Mr. Obama reflects on his presidency, admitting that he let himself look too much like “the same old tax-and-spend Democrat,” realized too late that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” and perhaps should have “let the Republicans insist on the tax cuts” in the stimulus.

Well, there’s a clear and simple way to fix that, Mr. President.

He also predicted that in the next two years, his administration would focus less on trying to pass new legislation and more on implementing and consolidating what passed in the first two years.

…because it proved so overwhelmingly popular?

Mr. Obama — unlike most of his senior staff — does not have an iPad. Asked why, he said: “Because I have an iReggie,” a reference to his personal aide, Reggie Love.

Mr. President, just give in. Trust your staff. They’re all using them because they’re hocking awesome.

According to his wife, Michelle Obama, Mr. Obama is not particularly fond of the presidential retreat at Camp David. Mrs. Obama reports that her husband, a longtime resident of Chicago, is more at ease in an urban setting.

The man resonates with city-dwellers for a a reason (and clashes with rednecks for that same reason).

Seriously, how can you not like this place?

I’m not Obama’s biggest supporter, but I do thing we should honor the office. When the Republicans win this November, (and they will certainly at least take the House), I hope they remember what their constituents are demanding, and base their actions on conservative principles: cut government spending, re-institute tax cuts, and LIVE THEIR LIVES WITH INTEGRITY.

Seriously, if I hear of another 50-year-old Republican trying to pick up 18-year-old boys or visiting high-dollar prostitutes, I’m going to lose my mind.


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