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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Newsman's Remorse: "He's Done Everything Wrong"

The scales are falling from Mort Zuckerman's eyes:

Obama punted on the economy and reversed the fortunes of the Democrats in 365 days.

He’s misjudged the character of the country in his whole approach. There’s the saying, “It’s the economy, stupid.” He didn’t get it. He was determined somehow or other to adopt a whole new agenda. He didn’t address the main issue.

This health-care plan is going to be a fiscal disaster for the country. Most of the country wanted to deal with costs, not expansion of coverage. This is going to raise costs dramatically.

In the campaign, he said he would change politics as usual. He did change them. It’s now worse than it was. I’ve now seen the kind of buying off of politicians that I’ve never seen before. It’s politically corrupt and it’s starting at the top. It’s revolting.

Five states got deals on health care—one of them was Harry Reid’s. It is disgusting, just disgusting. I’ve never seen anything like it. The unions just got them to drop the tax on Cadillac plans in the health-care bill. It was pure union politics. They just went along with it. It’s a bizarre form of political corruption. It’s bribery. I suppose they could say, that’s the system. He was supposed to change it or try to change it.

Obama’s ability to connect with voters is what launched him. But what has surprised me is how he has failed to connect with the voters since he’s been in office. He’s had so much overexposure. You have to be selective. He was doing five Sunday shows. How many press conferences? And now people stop listening to him. The fact is he had 49.5 million listeners to first speech on the economy. On Medicare, he had 24 million. He’s lost his audience. He has not rallied public opinion. He has plunged in the polls more than any other political figure since we’ve been using polls. He’s done everything wrong. Well, not everything, but the major things.

I don’t consider it a triumph. I consider it a disaster.
It’s very sad. It’s really sad.

He’s improved America’s image in the world. He absolutely did. But you have to translate that into something. Let me tell you what a major leader said to me recently. “We are convinced,” he said, “that he is not strong enough to confront his enemy. We are concerned,” he said “that he is not strong to support his friends.”

A few thoughts for Zuckerman: his vaunted "ability to connect with voters" was a media creation. He was treated as a rock star and his faults were covered up. He was given the "Tiger Woods Treatment" during the election when all his ugly side was ignored and his dalliances with the Left were covered up. But just as Tiger's wife could only stand so much, the American people have had enough.

It's bizarre to say that he improved America's image in the world when major world leaders don't believe he can confront this country's foes or support her friends.

What's most amazing is that the Zuckermans of this country deluded themselves while deluding the country and the world about who and what Obama is. These are supposed to be the "smart" people, the ones who see politics in the raw. It now appears that they are as deluded as teen-age girls screaming they adoration of a rock star.

1 comment:

thisishabitforming said...

I really take exception to Zuckerman's claim that Obama has improved the world's view of America. I don't know of anyone who respects someone more because they grovel. He may have have brought change to the image, but not improvement, as the quote from the "major leader" implies, our friends can't trust us to stand up for them and our enemies don't fear us. Not sure I'd call that improvement over the days of the Evil GWB.