America is still awaiting the hope of positive change, which was, after all, the mantra of Obama’s 2008 election campaign. Looking back at a speech he made in Denver, he attacked Bush philosophies while promising change. Obama said of his predecessor’s administration:
“Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps – even if you don’t have boots. You’re on your own….. Well it’s time for them to own their failure. It’s time for us to change America.”
Two years later, here’s the change: the unemployment rate has increased from 6.1 in 2008 to 9.5% today with the long-term unemployed (27 weeks or more) making up 44.9 percent of that total. 131-thousand job losses were reported in July alone, according to the Department of Labor. So now that more Americans are left to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps” under the Obama administration, no wonder left-wing chronies are trying to strike up an updated version of Bushophobia: Republicanophobia.
Judging from Obama’s overall approval ratings based on his performance as leader, it will be a tough challenge to devise any platform of substance for midterm elections, with at least 36of the 100 seats in the Senate being contested. One thing is for certain: the smiling, pop-star image is wearing out fast for Obama and it is the hardly the fault of the “Palin-Fox-Beck-Breitbart bomb-throwers”, nor of the Tea Party movement. Obama has no one to blame but himself.
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