‘obama is suffering because of his achievements, not despite them’

Vanity Fair / Todd Purdum – Extracts: With this weekend’s decisive Senate repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy …. can anyone seriously doubt Barack Obama’s patient willingness to play the long game? Or his remarkable success in doing so?

In less than two years in office — often against the odds and the smart money’s predictions at any given moment — Obama has managed to achieve a landmark overhaul of the nation’s health insurance system; the most sweeping change in the financial regulatory system since the Great Depression; the stabilization of the domestic auto industry; and the repeal of a once well-intended policy that even the military itself had come to see as unnecessary and unfair.

So why isn’t his political standing higher?

Precisely because of the raft of legislative victories he’s achieved. Obama has pushed through large and complicated new government initiatives at a time of record-low public trust in government ….

… Obama knows better than most people that politics is the art of the possible, and an endless cycle of two steps forward, one step back. So he just keeps putting one foot in front of the other, confident that he can get where he wants to go, eventually.

… The Obama White House is reportedly considering whether the president should hold one last pre-Christmas news conference before heading off to Hawaii for vacation. There wouldn’t seem to be any real downside to doing so. But I’ll wager that the part-time law professor in Obama is remembering the maxim Res ipsa loquitur. “The thing speaks for itself.” Ah, if just once it could.

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11 Responses to “‘obama is suffering because of his achievements, not despite them’”

  1. 1 Jessica
    December 21, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    It just amazes me whenever something gets passed or gets done the left scream “it’s not good enough” when 3-5 years ago (maybe even 4 months) people never could imagine it would happen.

    Stimulus = “Where are the jobs, you suck?”

    Healthcare Reform = “Not good enough, no public option. Scrap the whole damn thing.”

    Financial Reform = “Not good enough, you suck.”

    Combat troop withdrawal in Iraq = “You still suck, there are troops in Afghanistan.”

    Middle Class Tax Cuts and EUI Benefits = “Screw the poor people, spend 3 weeks fighting Bush tax cuts and risk everyone getting a tax hike.”

    Hunger-Free, Healthy Kids Act = “What’s that? Who cares.”

    DADT Repeal = “Compromise bill, you suck again.”

    P.S. Michelle hates fat kids!

  2. 7 Teri
    December 21, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Good find, chipsticks, and good on Mr. Purdum.

  3. December 21, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Great read..thank u 🙂

  4. December 21, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    The reason that the president and his party are not more popular is that they pursued a deliberate strategy of allowing the banks to make lots of money again, to make up for their losses in the housing market. And people on both the right and left are furious to see Wall Streeters seemingly being rewarded for their misdeeds. But the alternative would have been either to let a lot of banks fail, which would have caused a much bigger crash, or to nationalize the banks, and then you would really have heard screams of socialism from the right. So the president’s economic team saved capitalism but could not satisfy the people’s urge to punish the villains. That means they are not going to get any credit for saving capitalism, because people never saw what the alternative would have meant, but they had to bear a lot of anger for failing to punish the villains.

    You combine that with a scary new health insurance reform bill that a lot of people don’t understand and don’t like, and adding a couple of trillion to the debt, which was mainly caused by the recession itself, and to a lesser extent by stimulus spending designed to get us out of the recession, and it’s amazing that the president is still as popular as he is.

    • 10 Chi
      December 21, 2010 at 11:03 pm

      Spot on Joe…

      Would only add that the scary in the new health care insurance reform bill should be in quotes…”scary” …:-)

  5. 11 vitaminlover
    December 23, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Our President isn’t suffering. He is above so much of what the naysayers are doing and saying. He is on a mission. Barack is so focussed that many things just roll off of his back. He’s prevailing in every way shape and form. Sometimes there are attacks but God is keeping him, spirit, soul and body. Great people rise. He is a contiual rising star who is shining greatly. He is just plain impressive.

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