Tonight President Obama will attempt to right the ship of his listless campaign during the second of three crucial debates. Set as a town hall-style debate, President Obama must connect with his fellow Americans in order to score some points. The problem is that President Obama has been in the White House bunker since he took office and has been out of touch with the average citizen for years.
Bad policies are bad policies. Working on his delivery and style won’t change the fact that Obama is attempting to sell the same old backward policies that has America going in the wrong direction. We are on the precipice of the proverbial “fiscal cliff” with over $16 trillion in debt and President Obama is worried about the celebrity feud between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. Seriously, is this what the President of the United States should be worried about during this time of fiscal crisis?
President Obama and his national security team should also be focusing on why and how Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other brave Americans were assassinated by Al Qaeda operatives at the American consulate in Benghazi. As was shown in a Congressional hearing last week, serious questions still remain as to why this tragedy happened and if it could have been prevented.
What is also galling is the constantly changing story by the White House and Administration in blaming this tragedy on a misguided video in the weeks after the attack. Time will tell what the White House knew and when it knew it, but this scandal has legs and will no doubt be at the center of the foreign policy debate slated for next week. It is pathetic to see President Obama’s chief political strategist David Axelrod blaming the Romney campaign for bringing up the issue. A United States Ambassador was assassinated for the first time in over thirty years. It should be and will be an issue in the closing weeks of the campaign.
With Governor Mitt Romney holding a slight edge nationally over President Obama with three weeks to go, it is fair to assume that we will see a different President Obama tonight. The problem is that after four years, the American people know their president and they do not like what they see. As Joe Biden showed last week, President Obama will concentrate on rallying his base. This will no doubt backfire because when you are playing to your base at this late stage of the campaign you risk turning off independent and other undecided voters who will decide the election. The Obama campaign is flailing around at a time when four years ago they were on the verge of victory.
Why? Because the proof is in the pudding and the facts do not line up with the narrative Barack Obama is trying to sell. With twenty-one days left in an election that will have implications for generations to come, President Obama is still in his White House bunker commenting on celebrity feuds. He needs to be concentrating on the American people.