This is kind of a double OOTD with a twist. In order to get the entire picture, one has to see Barack Obama’s initial reaction to the woman who challenged him in a town hall meeting this week by telling the President that she was “exhausted” from having to defend him. Obama reacts by first laughing at her, apparently thinking she was going to say that she was tired of the criticism of The One, and then had to get serious when he realized she was talking about being tired of defending Obama’s failures:
Hours later at a high-priced fundraiser, Obama took a more serious tack among his supporters that could only be characterized by this description — shut up, he explained. Jake Tapper reported it:
The president this evening said he wanted supporters to understand that “we are just in the first quarter here. We’ve gotten a lot of stuff done, but we’ve got a lot more work to do.”
He criticized Democrats who complain that “the health care plan didn’t have a public option,” or say to him, “’You ended the war in Iraq but haven’t completely finished the Afghan war yet.’”
His message to them: “Folks wake up! This is not some academic exercise. As Joe Biden put it, Don’t compare us to the Almighty, compare us to the alternative.” …
It was not clear whom the president was talking about, specifically, but earlier today, at a town hall meeting broadcast by CNBC, the president was confronted by the angst of some frustrated supporters.
One woman, Velma Hart, described herself as a mother, a wife, a veteran and “one of your middle-class Americans. And, quite frankly, I’m exhausted. I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now. I have been told that I voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. I’m one of those people. And I’m waiting, sir. I’m waiting.”
Obama got it backwards. Velma Hart has already had her wake-up call, finds herself “deeply disappointed,” and she’s hardly alone. Instead of listening, Obama wants Hart and the rest of the people who have had the scales fall from their eyes after two years to just keep quiet because, well, Obama thinks the alternative is worse. I’m sure Velma will take that message to heart after hearing Obama deliver it from the Pyramid Club banquet room while she and her family return to the “hot dogs and beans” days.
As for academic exercises, doesn’t that describe Obamanomics rather well? It’s been an almighty flop, certainly.
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