When the president was elected for his first term, he demonstrated
the picture of a young, articulate, well-informed contrast to what
the war-weary people of the country had grown tired of in the former
president. The young candidate was starting a "new day" with "hope
and change" that people were longing to move into. They were swept
up in his rhetoric, mesmerized by his words and genuinely believed
his promises of beginning a new tomorrow.
The candidate was to appear in Indianapolis, where I was working at
the time in an office right downtown, across from a giant space next
to the War Memorial on Meridian Street. He was to speak for a few
minutes that morning, and preparation was being made for his
arrival. I decided to go downstairs and join the vast crowds to
listen to him.
They had established a maze of rope-lines to push
people through in single file, filling up the standing space with
people packed in so tightly they were touching each other
standing shoulder to shoulder. Two square city blocks were filled with
thousands of people packed in so tightly a person wouldn't even fall
down if he or she passed out.
After the "warm-up" with a couple of local
politicians and the Democrat Indiana U.S. senator, the candidate
senator from Illinois ran from a huge bus parked behind the podium,
around a created pathway designed to appear as a winning athlete
trotting directly from the winning finishing line to the victory
circle to claim his prize.
Amid thunderous applause and many "thank-you" expressions, the
senator-candidate raised his hands and finally the crowd quieted.
His speech was the same stump speech I had heard before from
previously televised rallies. He began to criticize the
administration and promised to end the war in Iraq. He then launched
into his speech that criticized the wealthy in America by
essentially stealing the resources they had accumulated from the
"rightful" owners who had done the work for them. He castigated the
titans of industry and the Wall Street "fat cats" who had taken all the
money from the poor and had reduced the lifestyles of many
Americans. He promised to "grow the economy" from the "ground up"
and "redistribute" the wealth back to the rightful owners.
His words flowed from the podium and the people responded to the
rhetoric with upraised arms. Looking around, I could see hundreds in
the crowd jumping up and down, tears in their eyes, with hands
raised toward heaven, praising their newfound leader with adoration
and joy. Many were repeating his name over and over, and many others
spontaneously, with raised hands, began to sway back and forth,
praising his name and giving him glory that was meant for their
newfound messiah. I had been to other political gatherings in the
past that had never treated the political candidate with such
After a full four-year term, re-election and another year into the
second term, the actual implementation of his presidency has left
him tarnished. The media has uncommonly thrown their support behind him and his
efforts. Ironically, he has delivered what he promised during the days leading
up to his first election. His efforts have been to grow the government into a
much larger entity, capture the economy with his Affordable Care Act,
redistribute the wealth of America by expanding entitlement programs. Seemingly,
however, this has not been enough to satisfy many of the people who initially
backed him; the liberal media included. Piers Morgan and Barbara Walters had
this to say during a recent interview televised:
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PIERS MORGAN, HOST: "You have interviewed every president of my
lifetime. Why is Obama facing so much opposition now? Why is he
struggling so much to really fulfill the great flame of ambition and
excitement that he was elected on originally in 2009?"
BARBARA WALTERS: "Well, you've touched on it to a degree. He made so
many promises. We thought that he was going to be — I shouldn't say
this at Christmastime, but — the next messiah. And the whole Obamacare,
or whatever you want to call it, the Affordable Health Act, it just
hasn't worked for him, and he’s stumbled around on it, and people
feel very disappointed because they expected more.
"It's very difficult when the expectations for you are very high.
You're almost better off when they are low and then they rise and
rise. His were very high and they’ve dropped. But you know, he still
has several years to go. What does he have, three years, Piers? And,
you know, there will be a lot of changes, one thinks, in that time."
(Written by Noel Sheppard; reported by NewsBusters on Dec.
17, 2013, 21:33)
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It is interesting that Barbara Walters would admit to the title of
messiah. With such disappointment the two of them commiserated the
president's downfall due to his signature achievement, the
Affordable Care Act. But not to worry, their journalistic instincts
kicked in and they quickly recovered from their chagrin at his
tumble. They believe he has enough time left in his administration
to recover much of his luster; there are three years left in his
second term that will give him the chance to rebuild his
credibility and win back the full support of the media and the
people who initially supported him. So much for their supposedly
unbiased, journalist style. I think we all know that any reporting
story from them about the president will be peppered with their
personal biases, and anything but the truth will flow from their
Beyond the reporting, beyond the people's desires for a "hope and
change," the reality seems always in the old saying, "The devil is
in the details." Through the implementation of the president's
policies and regulations, the gridlock in Washington, the end runs
around Congress by executive orders, the continuous lies told about
Benghazi, the tax evasion of Cabinet-level people, the continued
debt pileup, the misuse of government agencies to spy on Americans,
the faltering of foreign policy and the destruction of the standing
of America around the world, the appeasement of American's enemies
and the loss of trust from allies have all led to a mosaic of
incompetence, mismanagement and downright destruction of the
American brand throughout the world. This has not resulted in any of
the promises people on that day in Indianapolis thought the
candidate was promising.
He has accomplished what he said he would do, not what his followers
thought he said he would do. That vast difference has lost him the
respect of the very people who lifted him to power, even the liberal
media. Of course, only for the time being. I believe we are
witnessing the fall of the presidential messiah.
[By JIM KILLEBREW]
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