By Carole on Dec 6, 2011
As his never-ending campaign goes on, President Barack Obama keeps trying to mimic past presidents who were able to succeed at the job. Unable to run on his own dismal record; he is stealing their strategies, imitating their rhetoric and co-opting locations they made famous in a desperate attempt to wrap his weak and ineffectual presidency in their achievements.
Experts heard "echoes of FDR" in Obama speeches but his big government programs have done nothing but waste trillions of dollars the nation could not afford to spend. He has mimicked Harry Truman's run against a do-nothing Congress but ignored the fact that Truman presided over a period of strong economic growth. And today he is touting his failed progressive agenda in Osawatomie, Kansas - the same place Theodore Roosevelt famously spoke about his own progressive agenda 101 years ago.
H.W. Brands, an historian who has consulted with President Obama suggests that, "One of the ways of deflecting criticism is to put your own positions in the mouths of great figures from the past." No doubt President Obama is in serious need of a way to deflect the criticism his failed policies have generated over the past 3 years.
There's a common phrase in our political language: Anyone But ______. The blank is filled in with the name of a politician who is in such disfavor with a large segment of voters that they would prefer to elect/re-elect anyone but that person. With his approval rating lower than that of Jimmy Carter before he lost his re-election bid, it seems that even Mr. Obama himself is choosing anyone but him, preferring to slip under the cloak of a past chief executive in an attempt to cover his own inadequacies.
With all indicators suggesting it will be difficult to earn votes based on his own merit, Candidate Obama is trying to con his way into a second term with insinuations that a vote for him is a vote for FDR or Harry Truman or Teddy Roosevelt. But unfortunately for him, the majority of the American people don't seem to be falling for the bait and switch.
In a statement released today, Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kristen Kukowski brought common sense to Mr. Obama's political theater by suggesting that, "instead of trying to be like other presidents, Obama should try being president...The fact remains the president is desperately trying new slogans and messages to see what sticks because he can't figure out how to sell his last three years of high unemployment and more debt."
Of course it's understandable why Mr. Obama doesn't want the American people to see him as he is, but he has been wholly unsuccessful at becoming Truman, either Roosevelt or any other historical figure. He remains, as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called him, the bystander in the Oval Office and a failure at his job.
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