By Carole on Mar 26, 2010
In front of a friendly crowd in Iowa on Thursday, President Barack Obama gave a speech that was billed as the first of many meant to sell Obamacare to voters But instead of a president confidently explaining his policies, the audience saw an arrogant and immature hyper-partisan attacking his political opposition and the majority of Americans who agree with them on this issue. (source)
Speaking of efforts to repeal Obamacare, the president dared Republicans to "Go for it" and see how well they fare with voters. "Be my guest," the Campaigner-in-Chief said in his prepared remarks. "I welcome that fight." He went on to accuse those who oppose his new law of "fear-mongering and overheated rhetoric."
After over a year of on-the-job training, Mr. Obama is still choosing to play politics instead of his sworn duty to lead the American people, all of the American people, including those who disagree with his policies. Perhaps his complete lack of experience in the private sector has made selling an alien concept to him, but a reputable sales person does not confront objections from customers with ridicule and does not respond to competitors with contempt. Racist undertones of his comment aside, Dan Rather's recent observation that President Obama "couldn't sell watermelons if you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic" is probably the most accurate assessment the disgraced former anchorman has made in decades.
Just how tough a selling job Mr. Obama will have if he wants to save the political careers of those who supported his health care overhaul is evident in a new Quinnipiac University poll. Voters say they are more likely to support lawmakers in the November election who voted against the measure and oppose legislators who supported it and disapprove 55% to 36% of the way Democrats in Congress are doing their job. (source)
No matter how dismissive President Obama's attitude and tone remain, he won't be able to ignore the voters in the mid-term elections. This allegedly super-smart man doesn't seem to realize he might have to work with the same people he is mocking today if he hopes to accomplish anything in the second half of his term.
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