Obama’s Detachment is Political Genius
It is since he can constantly say it’s not his fault and blame others.
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The problem is you’re looking at it from legalistic constitutional sense, and the guy you’re talking about resents the hell out of the Constitution. Even Chris Matthews last night on MSNBC — Chris “Tingle Up His Leg” Matthews — is in real distress because the Limbaugh Theorem has finally hit him. He’s just realized it, although he doesn’t know that. He’s not saying that. But he’s finally realizing Obama doesn’t appear to like the job.
(impression) “This guy doesn’t like people. He doesn’t want to forge relationships. He doesn’t like the work on Capitol Hill. He doesn’t like it! He doesn’t like being an executive. He doesn’t like being an executive. He doesn’t really like it,” and that distresses people like Matthews, who savor this job. They sit around and dream about having this job. They look at this guy, and he’s conveying that he doesn’t like it, that it’s a problem, that it’s all too much red tape and stuff.
What they do not understand is that this is a purposeful construct. To illustrate this, if I must say, it’s rather… In a political sense, folks, this is rather genius. I don’t know of any other president who has been successful in detaching himself from the events of his own administration. I have never seen that happen. This last presidential election was the first in my lifetime — and maybe the first in many, many (and maybe all) elections — where the economic circumstances of the country were of no concern to the voters.
In most cases in the economy, the president owns it. Good or bad, it’s his. He gets the credit when it’s great; he gets the blame when it’s not. Obama has managed to pull off this detachment in a very (to get down to brass tacks), very easy way. He is constantly campaigning. His campaign never ends. He’s presidency is not one of governance. In fact, in one of these AP stories today there’s even a reference to the fact. Obama’s even quoted as saying, “Maybe it’s time for me to start governing.”