Starved for leadership

Americans want answers, guidance that Obama hasn't delivered

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As the president embarked on an odd bus trip into the Midwest this week – what the Mitt Romney campaign dubbed the “Magical Misery Tour” – Gallup said Mr. Obama’s job approval rating has sunk into the 30s.


Kind of like the economy.

The trip is official business, not campaigning, and a total coincidence, the White House claimed, that the three-day excursion included Iowa, scene of this past weekend’s Republican straw poll. This way, taxpayers can foot the bill.

Now seems a bizarre time for some sort of victory lap for this president. But he seems stuck in the groove of campaign mode, unable to actually govern us out of this historic quagmire.

“When many critics, including Democrats, are clamoring for Obama to do something big on the economy,” writes the Los Angeles Times, “a three-day jaunt down America’s backroads could end up looking like just the opposite.”

Even the liberal establishment is crying out for leadership from the Obama White House.

“Anyone hungering for a robust vision to invigorate the economy and increase employment is still hungry,” The New York Times wrote a week ago of Obama’s unmoving, unconvincing pep talk as the markets nosedived around him. Indeed, the Dow fell another couple hundred points after Gipper Jr.’s speech.

What has happened to the next Ronald Reagan, the Great Communicator? Why does the soaring rhetoric now fail him? How could he have laid yet another egg such as his inconsequential stock market pitch?

The answer is twofold: He’s got nothing new left in the bag to sell; and his lame lectures delivered from on high, in which he blames everyone and everything around him as if he’s not a part of the country’s leadership infrastructure, have become predictable, wearying harangues.

A third answer, which one simply must entertain after nearly three years of his chasing parked cars, is that this man is all style and no substance.

As The New York Times wonders – where’s the president’s plan? Where’s the vision? Where’s the innovation?

Weren’t we the ones we’ve been waiting for?

Consider, too, what liberal Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank wrote after the stock market yawner: “(T)he most powerful man in the world seems strangely powerless, and irresolute, as larger forces bring down the country and his presidency.”

History may record that this presidency was, at this moment, stalled at a crossroads. Does he continue down the dead-end of rigid, spread-the-wealth-around, class-warfare socialism? Or does he finally agree, as he promised in his campaign, to go through the federal budget line item by line item to eliminate waste and unnecessary bureaucracy? Does he follow through on his oft-stated pledge of entitlement reform?

Does he stop “leading from behind” as his own entourage put it?

The public is increasingly skeptical of the president’s leadership and fatigued of his empty platitudes.

“Obama’s leadership lacking as markets plunge,” blared an editorial headline in The Star Press in Muncie, Ind. The editorial called his market speech a “pathetic” effort, wondering, “Is anybody listening to President Obama? Apparently not... Instead of leadership from the White House, we got slogans.”

Noting that Obama should have offered his bland reassurances before the markets opened, the newspaper wrote, “America needed a clear sign of the president’s leadership, and he failed to deliver.

“And when Obama did address the American people, he offered no substance and certainly no clue that he knows how to handle this mess.”

What Mr. Obama could have done, writes The (Washington) Examiner, was “for the greater benefit of the country, shed all pretense of political posturing and simply told the truth about the situation we are in.” Instead, what we got was “vintage Obama: political double talk with a sprinkling of empty promises and baseless accusations of selfish intentions on the part of opponents. What it was not was presidential leadership.”

And even in the Deccan Herald newspaper in India: “A politician who was elected on the promise of a different kind of leadership is having difficulty in projecting any kind of leadership. The U.S. economy remains in doldrums and Americans are blaming Obama now. He can no longer blame George W. Bush.”

Barack Obama let another leadership opportunity slip through his fingers last week. He’s running out of time to show that he has any hope of rescuing either his presidency or the country.

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thewiz0oz
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thewiz0oz 08/16/11 - 06:01 am
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When you board a plane and

When you board a plane and the passengers vote among themselves which one will pilot the aircraft and the one elected to fly the plane has no experience in doing so--does anyone survive the flight? Welcome aboard Obama Airlines.

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 08/16/11 - 06:20 am
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They survive, they just don't

They survive, they just don't go anywhere, don't get a refund, and lose their belongings.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/16/11 - 07:03 am
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Ahhh! "Hope and Change".
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Ahhh! "Hope and Change".

Bruno
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Bruno 08/16/11 - 07:45 am
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If he is "leading from

If he is "leading from behind" you know where we are taking it.

Chillen
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Chillen 08/16/11 - 09:58 am
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Obama's team knows he will

Obama's team knows he will lose in 2012. His wife is making noise about the "toll" the presidency is taking on him. His pal Robert Gibbs was quoted as saying that obama is not "obsessed" with a second term.

This way when it becomes apparent he will lose, he can drop out of the race and he'll save face by saying he's too "tired" to continue and wants more "family" time. After all, the seeds have been planted.

That of course will open the door for some other radical left wing community organizer to step in. Maybe domestic terrorist and bomber Bill Ayers, Mao enthusiast Anita Dunn or communist Van Jones can fill his shoes - it would be just like obama looking into a mirror.

allhans
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allhans 08/16/11 - 10:00 am
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A smart oaf said that the

A smart oaf said that the Obama's royal coach has turned into a pumpkin. He certainly has enough brass on his face to supply the armor.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/16/11 - 10:43 am
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Obama is campaigning because

Obama is campaigning because that is the ONLY thing he knows how to do. He has screwed up everything else he has touched from foreign policy to making the economy worse. He was a good campaigner and you folks elected him. I sure hope enough of you out there are familiar with that old "fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me" saying. He's gone back to doing the only thing he knows how to do. Spending other people's money and campaigning. Everything else he has tried has been a disaster.

Jane18
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Jane18 08/16/11 - 11:12 am
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He can only do what he does

He can only do what he does best..."blah, blah, blah, blah,.................", and he's so good at it!

faithson
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faithson 08/16/11 - 11:56 am
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You republicans run one of

You republicans run one of those 'right wing zealots' next fall, all bets are off. Come in with a moderate sounding, we can make this mess work kinda message and their is hope. Sides are starting to form along some pretty stark differences in policy. This attitude from some republican politicians of 'my way or the highway' will be your undoing. Run a campaign on 'policy' not 'righteousness'.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 08/16/11 - 01:20 pm
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FAITH, liberals are always
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FAITH, liberals are always quick to point out that 9/11 happened on Bush's watch. Well, we've had an economic 9/11, the downgrading of our credit rating from AAA to AA, for the first time in our history, on Obama's watch. According to the polls I've seen, the country is fed up with Obama's "policy." Just calls em as I sees em.

Chillen
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Chillen 08/16/11 - 01:54 pm
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So faithson, Republicans must

So faithson, Republicans must run a "moderate" candidate but liberals can put forth far left wing extremists like obama?

Yea, that seems fair.....

kmb413
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kmb413 08/16/11 - 02:30 pm
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Obama should just donate his

Obama should just donate his billion dollar campaign fund to the national debt.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 08/16/11 - 02:56 pm
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faithson--was it not obumler

faithson--was it not obumler that told republicans that you can sit on the bus in the back ...that i guess is a way for bi-partianship..at least the obumler way.. the smartest person in the world..as long as his teleprompter doesnt trip him up....and was it not the dims who wrote the stimulius and health care bills in the back rooms after promising complete transparency on c-span..yea those terrible conservatives who want to balance the budget are the villians..just act like compromise did not get us 15 trillion in debt..on some issues there can be no compromise ..the stakes are too high!!!!!!!!!!!!!

allhans
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allhans 08/16/11 - 03:32 pm
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If it was coming from anyone

If it was coming from anyone other than Obama or his cronies I would resent the fact that he thinks he can delude us into believing the Democrats are the great "compromisers'.
Obama should have been vetted as ALL other candidates (the big thing right now from the Lefties on TV is to get Rich Perry vetted as soon as possible, even telling columnists they will make HEADLINES if they find he is lying about his record) have been and not so many would have been duped into believing Obama has any liking or concern for the U.S.

bushwhacker
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bushwhacker 08/16/11 - 05:02 pm
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Bachmann's our only hope. But

Bachmann's our only hope. But she needs our money and support as God fearing people to rid ourselves of that evil obama.

Bruno
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Bruno 08/16/11 - 06:17 pm
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If Bachman gets the nod,

If Bachman gets the nod, Obama will win in 2012. I find it very interesting that all of the news outlets are completely ignoring the person who came in second in the Iowa straw poll. I don't think that he is electable either but he still is second in the top tier.
Obama never was a leader. His message during his campaign was vaporous and vague. People fell for it.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/16/11 - 06:29 pm
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The conservatives need take
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The conservatives need take NO prisoners.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/16/11 - 07:59 pm
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Well, at least he's off

Well, at least he's off blaming George Bush and moved on to blaming Congress. Since their approval rating is less than his; he can't help but pick up a few supporters.

allhans
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allhans 08/17/11 - 11:15 am
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Ron Paul, is being ignored

Ron Paul, is being ignored because he has a few good ideas and way too many radical ideas. He means well I think, but as with most Libertarian views they are just a bit too radical, and not in line with Republicans.

allhans
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allhans 08/17/11 - 11:15 am
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No POTUS has ever known less

No POTUS has ever known less about our exceptional history nor done more to destroy our future

Bruno
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Bruno 08/17/11 - 01:42 pm
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allhans, I can agree with you

allhans, I can agree with you that he has some good ideas and a lot of radical ones but then the same can be said of Bachman. My point is that they are putting a great deal of emphasis on the Iowa poll but only in relation to who they think are candidates. Paul came in second in that poll and if the poll is that strong of an indicator they should be speaking of Paul as the runner-up not as the, as John Stewart put it, "the 13th floor" of the building.

allhans
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allhans 08/17/11 - 05:02 pm
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But then you hear that no (?)

But then you hear that no (?) candidate that led in Iowa went on to win the nomination...so on we go.
TOO much importance being placed on the Iowa vote.Yep!

Of course John Stewart would like us to have Ron Paul run against Obama...a different kind of person as McCain but with the same outcome.

allhans
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allhans 08/17/11 - 05:04 pm
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The energy saving president

The energy saving president has a caravan of 40 vehicles as his escort?

Did I hear that right.

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