The power of the Presidency is nowhere near as great as Obama believes it to be or would like it to be. Nor is his charisma. His presidency, to the extent it had any chance to succeed, is failing because of both beliefs.
Obama’s confidence in his powers of persuasion and charisma appear unlimited. Unfortunately, many citizens have seen through his shtick, making his behavior appear pruning, self-centered, egotistical and immature. During the presidential campaign, he was an extraordinary marketing success. But as they say in show biz “he has no legs.” Once tried, the product disappoints and repeat sales do not occur. Marketing can get a customer to buy once, but then the product must deliver. This one hasn’t. It was all Madison Avenue with no substance.
Now Obama’s “brand” is tired. It has been overpromised and overexposed. He is a case study in false advertising that no longer wears well. He does not unify, bring hope or govern. In that sense, the promises upon which people bought were fraudulent. Instead of improving the condition of the country, the product has been downright harmful.
The more people see of this man the more obvious there is no “there” there. Narcissism, arrogance and ego prevent the President from understanding what is happening. His relentless appearances on television, blaming everyone else for problems is old. His repeated use of “I” to take credit for the few things that have gone well, is not helpful. His obvious unwillingness to lead and his inability to manage are apparent to all but the Kool-Aid drinkers.
For most of us, he has morphed into a Public Nuisance, a common recurring annoyance that people want to avoid. His repeated appearances are empty. He has no solutions. Almost three years into this economic tragedy he promises to present a jobs program next week. Has he just discovered there is a recession/depression? Why has this taken three years to address? Does anyone think he will offer anything constructive?
President Obama is viewed by increasing numbers of the public as a mountebank, a Hollywood facade of a man, a common street hustler dressed up in nice clothes but with no record of achievement in anything. He will be seen by historians as an aberration, a mistake. Handlers likely recognize what is happening and recommend he spend less time in public and then only when he has something to contribute.
Apparently Obama’s ego prevents mitigating his fall. Tragically when a man trades solely on image, he must preserve it. Obama has squandered probably the only asset he had. Apparently Obama believes his own press clippings, even though they are written by sycophants in the mainstream media. As a result, he is in the process of destroying himself by exposing the empty suit that he is.
Karl Denninger discusses Obama’s recent performance in the debt ceiling debate:
That was an absolute disaster for Obama.
Let us not forget that this President came into office and ran the credit card to the extent of more than $1,500 billion a year for the last two years. He continued the bankrupt policies of George Bush who did the same damn thing. He has blown money like crazy, yet has utterly refused to face the fact that there is no way he can continue to do what we’ve been doing with these deficits for the indefinite future.
We were told these deficits were necessary due to a crisis in 2008. But we have also been told the crisis is over. That our economy is recovering. That Wall Street is “healthy.” That the banks are “ok” and “well-capitalized.”
These are lies and The President knows it! The economy is a damn wreck. The banks are only “solvent” because they’re lying about asset values. And Wall Street is punch-drunk – again – on cheap leverage, headed for yet another utter and complete disaster.
So now, having run smack into the Tea Party and Boehner saying “no more damnit; we’re going to blow up if this crap continues!” The President now turns around and throws a temper tantrum on national television threatening the old “tanks in the streets” (effectively) if he does not get what he wants – which is yet another blank check.
Well Mr. President I want to know when the blank check demands stop!
Why? Because there’s no damn money, that’s why. The US Government is unable to keep doing this crap forever.
It has to stop!
In fact S&P has clearly stated that if you pull the crap you intend the downgrade you claim you’re trying to avoid will come.
I know in advance it is going to suck when the deficit spending stops. I’ve been writing on it for more than four years and have been utterly consistent. There is no escape from the mathematical facts.
So, Mr. President, if you intend to demand this crap continue, you have the affirmative obligation to tell the American people exactly when and how this is going to stop because you are not a King, you’re a President and you are subservient to the people – not the other way around.
If you can’t or won’t then Congress has the absolute responsibility to say NO - period – and force a balanced budget right now, since you will have, by doing so, declared that you never intend to resolve the underlying problem.
It’s that simple.
The Democrat Party is coming hard upon decision time. Do they support what appears to be a sure loser or do they abandon him? Their decision could affect the survival of the party itself. For individuals in close races, it seems suicidal for them not to break with this albatross. Their careers in politics may depend upon which way they decide to go.