Four years ago, candidate Barack Obama’s rise in Iowa was just being noticed. He was campaigning as a “change agent” who would bring “hope” to Washington. His campaign team was the best, and clicking on all cylinders. The media loved his story, and did not want to report on Obama’s deficiencies. The Democrat frontrunner at the time – Hillary Clinton – did not understand what was about to come down the pike, and did not adjust her campaign plan accordingly. When the Iowa Caucuses were over, Barack Obama was atop the numerous candidates, and on the road to the Democrat Party’s nomination.
Three years ago, Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States and the mainstream media was euphoric. In his victory speech President-elect Obama said, “Young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled, Americans have sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of red states and blue states. We have been and always will be the United States of America.” President Obama was riding high at that moment, but his words rang hollow when he took the oath of office months later.
Two years ago, after the failed stimulus did not produce any meaningful job growth and the president was fixated on ramming Obamacare through, two reformed-minded Republicans were elected governor in states that had gone for Obama in 2008. Republican Chris Christie won a significant victory in New Jersey against now possible white collar felon Jon Corzine. Governor Christie has made real union reforms in New Jersey and has brought fiscal sanity back to the Garden State. Republican Bob McDonnell won in Virginia, and took back a state many in the media thought was a solid blue after Obama’s victory. Governor McDonnell has governed Virginia well and is on many of the leading Republican presidential candidates’ short list for Vice President.
One year ago, President Obama told the media he was “humbled” by the drubbing the Democrat Party took in the Congressional mid-term elections. Republicans re-took the House of Representatives in an historic victory and narrowed their minority in the Senate. President Obama could no longer govern at will anymore because Republicans could keep him in check. After the failed stimulus, Obamacare, and multiple bailouts, the American people soundly rejected the first two years of the strong-armed Obama presidency.
Today, the most shocking aspect of Obama’s presidency is Mr. Obama’s failure to even attempt to deliver on his central campaign promise of “change you can believe in.” Perhaps more outrageous is the mainstream media’s refusal to acknowledge this big elephant in the room. Why has Obama The President been the polar opposite of Obama The Candidate? What happened to Barack Obama in those 75 days between November 4, 2008 and January 20, 2009? This is a question to which the American people deserve an honest answer. Over the course of the next 365 days this debate will play out and a verdict will be rendered.
Obama The Candidate was hopeful, optimistic, and inclusive. Obama The President is dismissive, angry, and divisive. President Obama has spent his time in office lowering expectations while pushing rehashed – and failed – big government policies via rigid partisanship. At a time when our country yearned for healing and thought it was getting moderation, Mr. Obama delivered exclusion and bare knuckle liberal machine politics that would have made LBJ proud. Conservatives knew Obama’s entire promise of change and bipartisanship was never genuine to begin with. There is now such a large body of evidence to support this notion that even the most hardcore Obama supporters in the media would have to agree. The tired partisanship and stale “Great Society” ideas were there from minute one and never relented.
During the campaign of 2008, it was a dangerous bargain for Mr. Obama to allow the mainstream media to make him into the utopian leader he couldn’t possibly have lived up to, but his ego got the best of him and he facilitated the tall tale. It was the height of irresponsibility but now here we are – America is on the brink, with a fraud at the helm. As we look back with 20-20 hindsight, we know Mr. Obama was not actually saying anything substantively different policy-wise than liberals from elections past. Think about it for a minute without the noise from mainstream media in the background. Why did so many expect a different result? President Obama’s average approval rating from various polls is currently at 44 percent.
Imagine how low it would be if the media allowed an honest discussion to take place.
One year from now, Americans will head back to the polls with the chance to begin to reverse the damage of the last several years. Under Obama’s failed leadership, America has seen our debt climb to nearly $15 trillion and unemployment remains at a stagnant 9 percent. The country is divided, thanks to President Obama playing class warfare, and 76 percent of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track. Obama played on the hopes and dreams of many Americans three years ago. Next year the eventual Republican nominee must make the case that President Obama’s “hope” and “change” was a complete fraud. This time the American people will judge him based on a subpar record that even the mainstream media can’t whitewash.