Urbin Report

Saturday, March 07, 2009

The shifting perception of Obama

Tapscott nails it in his DC Examiner column:

Now, though, the mask is off and the disconnect between rhetoric and reality is emerging as the dominant driver of the Obama narrative. The contrast is no longer between the young, personable, historic candidate Obama and a creaky, cranky old Republican White Guy, it's between what America thought it was getting in a President Obama (cool, reasonable and beyond partisanship) and what it now sees as the reality of a President Obama (government spending out of control, an uncertain hand on foreign policy, broken promises, more bureaucrats, etc. etc.).

Put another way - what we see now is neither what we were promised, nor what we expected.

That's the money quote. There is a lot of detail to back it up.

Perhaps more people should have listened to our Dear Leader's former Spiritual Adviser when he pointed out, "Barack's name ain't Jesus. Barack ain't gonna improve your child's reading score. There are things we've got to do on our own."