President Reagan was an obvious and active force in American Policy. In addition to his many speeches as well as meetings with world leaders, he stayed in the forefront of the American eye. His policies were responsible for the collapse of the Soviet Union, he beefed up our military, he presided over the refurbishment of the Statue of Liberty - the list goes on and on.
President George H.W. Bush was also in the forefront of the American eye. His dealings with Iraq, his meetings with world leaders, his policies, they didn't just seem to fade away.
President William Jefferson Clinton was most assuredly in the forefront of the American eye. I'm not even discussing his many sex craven habits opened to public scrutiny.
President George W. Bush was yet one more American President that we were all aware of. Iraq, 9-11, his policies, his meetings with world leaders, all of them showed an active President.
Each of the men listed above, love them or hate them, all showed a personal strength and power in American politics. Where is President Barak Hussein Obama?
President Obama's star power seemed to explode in the middle of 2008, with women literally fainting at his feet during his election campaign. When he was elected, the media and liberals the world over praised him as the next messiah. For the first six months or so in office, liberal women blushed at the very thought of Obama, while liberal men spent nights dreaming of how cool it would be if they could only look like him! Then something seemed to happen. His polling numbers started to decline, and all of a sudden, his star power was gone. Even a personal appeal to the IOC could not persuade the voting members to allow the U.S. to host the Olympics in Chicago (Perhaps they were fearing for the safety of the world's athletes?). Stumping in New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts could not persuade the voters to herald in a new Democrat, and his once vaunted "health care reform" has suddenly become dead in the water.
When the average American ponders this current administration, "Obama" does not come to mind. Instead, names such a Pelosi and Reid take center stage. And why not? They have been the obvious political force behind the slew of new legislation flooding the halls of congress, while the "Sainted One" seems to hide in the shadows.
During his first year in office, President Obama made a whopping 411 Speeches, comments or remarks; He held 42 news conferences, and 158 interviews. Yet the majority of those occurred during the first six months of his Presidency. The American public has heard very little from him as of late.
Indeed, during the recent Massachusetts Senatorial election, Democrats were virtually pleading with Obama to not show his face - to not stump for Coakley. Yet when the weekend before the election came about, it was obvious that Brown was taking the lead in the polls. Thus, having no choice, they sent in Obama.
But, with the race this tight, Democrats needed Obama to rally their loyalists. That said, the president's popularity isn't what it was when he took office on Jan. 20, 2009. Polls now show Obama's job approval hovering around 50 percent or below it. In Massachusetts, a Suffolk University poll released Thursday showed that only 48 percent approve of Obama's performance.
Obama's ability to persuade voters to back Democrats if he's not on the ballot is in question. In November, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine and Democrat Creigh Deeds, the Democratic nominee to replace Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine in Virginia, both lost even though Obama campaigned hard for them.
During my three decades on this Earth, I cannot for the life of me recall any time where a President's own people did not want him to stump for their candidate!
To be sure, the media continues to push his "sainthood," yet Obama has lost all connection with the majority of Americans. Innumerable stories are being told about people who regret the vote they cast in his favor. Mention 2009, and Tea Parties, ACORN, Pelosi and Reid will be on the tips of most peoples' tongues. Sure, they'll mention that the first black president was elected, and they'll be able to recall at least part of his name, (but don't dare mention his middle name!) yet other than that, there's not much to say.
It boggles the mind how infective this President has been. With filibuster-proof control over both the House and Senate, Obama should have been able to get what ever he wanted. Sure, he managed to bankrupt America with his numerous failed bailouts (which had money going to non-existent zip codes!), but what else has he managed to accomplish? Other then a bunch of apologies to the world for America and a few bows here and there, I can't think of a single thing!
Is it me, or has the "Messiah" transformed into the ineffective "Invisible Man?"