Every time there is a Presidential election in the United States, there are many promises that are made, and expectations that are set. It’s part of what happens to get elected. And then the politicians walk back their promises the best they can to try to preserve their reputation—seeking someone else to pass the buck to or finding another reason to change their mind.
This is especially obvious with the current President.
The Anti-Bush Who Makes Bush Look Better Every Day
The Obama campaign realized that there was a lot of animosity toward then-President George W. Bush, and positioned themselves as the opposite to win the Democrat Primary against the more moderate tones of then-Sen. Hillary Clinton who was supposed to win.
The problem was that it was all words, all rhetoric, and when it came to implementing these policies, they cost too much. The bitterly divided electorate would not allow for all of the changes to happen.
What’s Left is a Mess
You know that when the media turns against you, it’s spells big trouble. More so when the media lifts you to a high pedestal—for there is far to fall. It’s the same thing they do with many celebrities.
Hence the Telegraph’s article, The end of the road for Barack Obama?:
The root of the problem seems to be the management of expectations. The magnificent campaign created the notion that Mr Obama could walk on water. Oddly enough, he can’t.
A thrashing of the Democrats in the mid-terms would not necessarily be the beginning of the end for Mr Obama: Bill Clinton was re-elected two years after the Republicans swept the House and the Senate in November 1994. But Mr Clinton was an operator in a way Mr Obama patently is not. His lack of experience, his dependence on rhetoric rather than action, his disconnection from the lives of many millions of Americans all handicap him heavily. It is not about whose advice he is taking: it is about him grasping what is wrong with America, and finding the will to put it right.
The paper then turns this into a cautionary tale, asking the reader to ignore the candidate that is all rhetoric and no experience or action.
Would that America had paid attention over a year ago.