Now he wants them to “wake up”…

According to The Guardian report that’s the message US President Barack Obama is sending to the Democrats ahead of the up-coming mid-term congressional elections, as another advisor leaves.  From The Guardian report

Obama deployed a carrot and stick approach at the three events – a televised town hall meeting and a fundraising dinner in Washington, and a speech to party members in Philadelphia. On the one hand he attempted to assuage Democratic doubts about his administration, but he then went on to berate leftwingers for their misguided criticism of him.

“When I hear Democrats griping and groaning and saying ‘the healthcare plan didn’t have a public option’ … or, ‘yes, you ended the war in Iraq, but you haven’t completely finished the Afghan war yet’, I say, ‘folks, wake up’.”

In Philadelphia, he said: “This is not some academic exercise. Don’t compare us to the Almighty; compare us to the alternative.”

The same report, however, notes what happens when they do “wake up”

What Velma Hart said to Obama

 “I am a chief financial officer for a veterans service organisation, AmVets, here in Washington. I’m also a mother, I’m a wife, I’m an American veteran, and I’m one of your middle-class Americans. And quite frankly, I’m exhausted. I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for – and deeply disappointed with where we are right now.

“I have been told that I voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. I’m one of those people, and I’m waiting, sir. I’m waiting. I don’t feel it yet. And I thought, while it wouldn’t be in great measure, I would feel it in some small measure.

“I have two children in private school. And the financial recession has taken an enormous toll on my family. My husband and I joked for years that we thought we were well beyond the hot dogs and beans era of our lives. But quite frankly, it’s starting to knock on our door and ring true that that might be where we’re headed again.

“And quite frankly, Mr President, I need you to answer this honestly, is this my new reality?”

As I mentioned at the time, “we didn’t actually enter magical unicorn fairyland on November 5th”

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  • Anon

    What Obama hasn’t fixed the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression in two years? And having to deal with a super obstructionist Republican Party, who if they can’t filbuster will attempt ot anyway just to waste time? Shocking. Labour could still play fear of the Tories ten years later.

    Jonathon Chait has been nailing this one recently:

  • Pete Baker

    And what exactly do you think it is that he has ‘nailed’ there?

  • Anon

    “Conservatives often find it natural to muster enthusiasm on behalf of a party in power. Liberals seem to do so only on behalf of an idealistic alternative, which inevitably falls short of their dreams.”

    If you wnat more I sugest you follow the links, Pete.

  • circles

    Oh yes – how the world is now yearning for President Palin…..

  • pinni

    It’s hilarious to watch all the former Obama enthusiasts attempting to slither away and try to pretend they did not give The Empty Suit their support. People have wakened up and that’s why it looks like it’s going to be a crushing defeat for the liberal, left-wing Dems in the upcoming elections.

    Kudos to Pete, nonetheless, for having the courage to talk about the Obama disaster.

    I think most folks are now thinking that anyone would be better than he is, even Palin, eh, Circles? lol!

  • Anon

    Empty suit?

    Stimulus Bill several provisions of which would have been major accomplishments on their own a few years back — the level of investment in renewables
    Health Care Bill
    FinReg Bill
    Bank Bailout
    Auto bailout
    Student loan reform
    Credit Card reform
    Wind down in Iraq

    Not all those tings are popular, but that doesn’t necessarily make them wrong; the bank bailouts were or less impossible to avoid, and not bailing out the autos would have been madness in the context of the recession. Ford supported GM getting bailed out because of the impact on the suppliers. ACCA was mauled by the Republicans but individual policies are popular, and I think they’ll find it tougher to unpick than they imagine.

    This Congress has been one of the most productive and progressive in a generation. That’s not all Obama, Pelosi and Reid did pretty good jobs too. Liberals are pissed because the result was not quite liberal enough or they don’t feel Obama fought hard enough for certain provisions. And spending so much time going for bipartisanship with a Republican Party happy to block everything hurt things, particularly over ACCA. They have a point, and the poor message control was a surprise but good grief! stop whining. Is a Republican Congress going to make them any happier? At least a percentage of the wingnut Tea Party is going to get in.

    The Republican Party has been an extraordinarily efficient opposition machine. Unfortunately, they’ve probably also made it impossible to govern themselves when they get in, because Democrats have had an object lesson in how there is little downside to bad behaviour.

  • pinni

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. You’re preaching to a quickly dwindling choir, my friend. Why did you not mention the huge deficit that Mr O has run up with all his spending between his rounds of golf and series of holidays?

    As for your assertion that ‘The Republican Party has been an extraordinarily efficient opposition machine’, what a load of bunkum! The Dems have only themselves to blame for the mess they are in.

    People sure are missing Georgy boy, and he hasn’t even said one word against The Empty Suit. Obama should have stuck to teaching.

    You know what they say: those who can, do, and all that!

  • Anon

    The only deficit busting thing Obama has done is to propose extending even part of the Bush Tax cuts. We’ll even ignore the unfunded wars. The Stimulus is a one shot and therefore largely irrelevant to the long term budget; ACCA educes deficits; even large amounts of TARP (Bush policy, btw) and the finacial / auto bailouts have been paid back and migth well show profit over the long term.

    The deficit is up because the economy is in trouble. You can savagely cut all you like, and that will still be true, becasue you’ll shrink the economy. Ireland is a reasonable if not perfect (due to the hole that is Anglo) illustration of this.

    The Republicans are also horrendously unpopular. What you have is a burst of populist rage, not an outpuring for Bush. It’s understandable but I’m not entirely sure voting in people that believe that Obama is a Marxist alien is really going to help.

  • pinni


    You sound like you are reading from a White House talking points memo. Waken up and smell the coffee.

    When Barney Frank, Russ Feingold and Harry Reid are struggling and Chris Matthews has lost the tingle, it’s not hard to tell that the Dems are in huge trouble! ‘Horrendously unpopular’ doesn’t even begin to describe it.

  • anon

    Thems the facts. I note you chose not to refute them.
    Where did I claim the dems are not in trouble? They are screwed majorly. But that’s more or less because the economy isn’t good, something the government at any level has only indirect control of.
    But popularity isn’t achievement.

  • circles

    I take it you were never a fan pinni.

    In any case the most appropriate analogy I can think of is the Democratic Oli to the Republicans Stan, and it being another fine mess they’ve gotten them into.

    Oh and I think the saying is “Wake up and smell the coffee” – which obviously you didn’t get round to doing under the 8 years of Bush.

  • pinni

    Honestly haven’t the time to refute all your assertions, Anon, but one will suffice to demonstrate your delusion.

    The ‘Wind down in Iraq’ on your list had absolutely nothing to do with Obama or the Democrats. Obama merely implemented an agreement between between the Iraqis and George W Bush. I’m sure Bush will, however, appreciate your praise of his ‘major accomplishment’!

    You are either being deliberately deceptive, or you do not know what you are talking about! I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and suggest that you are maybe just a little gullible.

  • pinni

    Only trying to keep the ‘wake up’ theme of the thread alive, Circles!

    Obama’s extreme policies forced into law by an obsequious, sycophantic Congress have certainly wakened a sleeping giant.

  • circles

    and he’s spilled his tea all over the carpet!!!

  • pinni

    Just watched a sad video clip on the effect that Obama has had on the US. It’s not completely all Obama’s fault, of course, but he is a big part of the problem.

  • circles

    so percentage wise pinni – how much of this would you pin on Obama (halfway through his first term) and how much on Bush (two terms)?