Morgen on September 27, 2011 at 6:54 am
In October 2008 with election day looming, and the financial markets reeling from the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the government’s takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac just one month earlier, Barack Obama sat down for an extended interview with ABC’s Charlie Gibson. There at the dawn of the economic crisis from which much of America is still reeling, our future president, with the clarity of vision he is known for, outlined his strategy for restoring confidence and leading America towards economic recovery. Just watch:
That’s the job of the president, to organize the best people out there. To rally the country, to give them a sense of direction and vision. And say: you know what, we’re going to keep on trying a bunch of stuff until something works.
Four trillion dollars worth of
stuff debt later, how’s that working out for you America?
I’ve long since let go of my frustration with the electorate in 2008: the election was a reality show, not a careful consideration of America’s future direction. Case in point, the buzz at the time after this Gibson interview was mostly over Obama calling out John McCain for not directly confronting him about Bill Ayers. (Remember “say it to my face”?)
It should come as no surprise that a law professor with less than one term in the U.S. Senate really had no idea what he was doing. Larry Summers was right, we are home alone. I guess give the president some credit for consistency, in following through and doing exactly what he said he intended to do. What he didn’t realize I think, because he was caught up in his own Hope and Change aura, was that most of the country does not share in his vision for transforming America. Too few were really paying attention at the time, but the American dream has never been about confiscating wealth and punishing success.
This has been, and always will be, Obama’s core operating principle. And it explains why most of the country never rallied behind him once he started translating his vision into action.
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