What, No Change?

Looks like Barry is swimming backward just a bit.

Barack Obama’s senior advisers have drawn up plans to lower expectations for his presidency if he wins next week’s election, amid concerns that many of his euphoric supporters are harboring unrealistic hopes of what he can achieve.

The sudden financial crisis and the prospect of a deep and painful recession have increased the urgency inside the Obama team to bring people down to earth, after a campaign in which his soaring rhetoric and promises of “hope” and “change” are now confronted with the reality of a stricken economy.

One senior adviser told The Times that the first few weeks of the transition, immediately after the election, were critical, “so there’s not a vast mood swing from exhilaration and euphoria to despair.”

The aide said that Obama himself was the first to realize that expectations risked being inflated.

In an interview with a Colorado radio station, Obama appeared to be engaged already in expectation lowering. Asked about his goals for the first hundred days, he said he would need more time to tackle such big and costly issues as health care reform, global warming and Iraq.

“The first hundred days is going to be important, but it’s probably going to be the first thousand days that makes the difference,” he said. He has also been reminding crowds in recent days how “hard” it will be to achieve his goals, and that it will take time.

“I won’t stand here and pretend that any of this will be easy — especially now,” Obama told a rally in Sarasota, Florida, yesterday, citing “the cost of this economic crisis, and the cost of the war in Iraq.” Obama’s transition team is headed by John Podesta, a Washington veteran and a former chief-of-staff to Bill Clinton. He has spent months overseeing a virtual Democratic government-in-exile to plan a smooth transition should Obama emerge victorious next week.

The plans are so far advanced that an Obama Cabinet has been largely decided upon, with the expectation that most of his senior appointments could be announced shortly after election day.

Why won’t it be easy, Barry? Chances are if you win you will still have Congress and perhaps even a filibuster-proof Democratic Senate in your pocket. With that kind of power you can do anything. At least that is what you have been selling the past year or so.

Hope and Change. Isn’t that pretty much your entire platform?

And now you are telling us not to get our hopes up because change may be a while in coming.

No shit, Sherlock.

This might be news to your Kool Aide-drinking supporters, but the rest of America has known this all along.

This Obama fan, for example, is going to be seriously disappointed I think.

I wouldn’t throw away that mortgage coupon-book just yet, sweetie. And you might want to keep that city bus pass handy too.

Fact is, our country faces serious challenges and we need a serious person to deal with them.

Barry is not that person.




  1. […] H/T to The Reluctant Optimist […]

  2. TRO … your tone is getting DARK and NASTY. Are you really that angry ? I noticed some of the audience behind McCain at a recent rally had this LOOK … no smiles, no expression … just a look of arrogance and hate. This is very divisive for the country. I hope I am misreading this in your posts. We need you to be objective during the final stretch to Tuesday !!! If your guy wins … great … we’ll move forward with McCain and Caribou Barbie.

    But what if Obama actually wins?

    Are you going to ooze anger and hate ?

    Hopefully you’ll accept the results, hope he doesn’t target your income bracket and move on accepting him as the President elect.

    Hopefully you will remain “Pro-American”.
    God Bless America !!!

  3. Eddie, you are a laugh.

    If anyone is dark and nasty it is Barry and his followers. I am being direct. Truthful. Something that you haven’t been since you started debating me over this. You are disingenuous at best and you never, ever address the issue. You just tap dance around it and throw up a straw man argument like this instead of addressing the issue that Barry is backing-off his promises. Does that not bother you? Nope? I didn’t think so. Cause you are all about that good ole hope and change.

    Dark and nasty. Please.

    I am worried. Concerned. Terribly. About what Barry and the Democrats will do to this country in four years. Just judicial appointments alone will take decades to reverse and the socialist policies he will implement will change the face of America forever. If that comes across as anger, tough.

    The fact that you cannot see this . . . or more probably that you like the idea . . . is amazing to me.

    If Barry wins I will have no option but to accept the results. He will be the president and I will respect the office if not the man. And trust me I will be more respectful and reserved than ANY Democrat has ever been to George Bush, including you.

    And I will continue to fight the good fight against a man and a party that I believe want to destroy America . . . or at least the institutions that made America great. I doubt I will be blogging about it though so you won’t have me to argue with anymore. I don’t want to become Joe the Plumber when Barry is in power that is for sure.

    You know the problem with you, Ed, is you never take anything seriously. This is serious stuff for serious people. You find it all amusing like it is a golf game or a bet on a horse. I have kids to worry about. Grandkids one day. This is why this is serious business to me. This is why I have concerns.

    You sit there thinking, “Hey, what difference does it make . . . McCain or Obama . . . I got no worries either way.” But that is crap. There is a difference. A vitally important one.

    If I sound dark and nasty it’s simply because I don’t have time for non-serious people who refuse to see what is right before their faces.

  4. You are out of line talking to him that way.

  5. What, you’re his big brother now? Ed is a big boy, he can defend himself. I’m not out of line. Nothing he has said has smacked of seriousness. Every time I read something he writes I get the feeling he is smirking when he writes it. When he is willing to actually discuss the issues instead of changing the subject and playing games to just piss me off then I will take him seriously. Until then, nope.

  6. TRO,

    You really came off like an American who loves and respects his country, one who is involved in trying to save it from the depredations of the leftists. Of course that is going to piss off some of your commentators; you’re standing up to them and their “holy work” of fundamentally changing America.

    It’s also funny that Ed is whining about you’re being “dark and nasty” when it’s the liberal pundits who are predicting / threatening violence and unrest if Obama doesn’t win.

  7. Jonolan,

    I appreciate the kind words, especially since your writing at Reflections of a Murky Pond is so good – balanced and thoughtful and just good reading. I wish I could write that well, but I don’t have the talent. Or the time really, as usually I tap my posts out like I have 50 questions left on the SAT and five minutes to go.

    Truthfully, I do come across more directly than I would like sometimes. And less directly than I would like other times. Believe me, Ed and my other readers would be surprised at some of the things I have written and then changed or deleted before I hit the publish button.

    Also, in all honesty, I have been very tough on Ed in my responses. Sometimes too tough. And I do feel badly about it afterward.

    But if you knew Ed like I know Ed you would know that many times when he says he is just trying to learn by engaging me in a discussion it really means he is just screwing with me. While smiling that grin of his. I know Ed. Ed knows me. We go a long way back. And he has always done this. And in person I have never really minded because it was all in good fun, but here, it doesn’t come across that way. And this subject is not one I enjoy joking about. It’s serious to me.

    So at this point I should say that Ed is a good man. A smart man. And he has always been a good friend to me and my family. And he is not un-American.

    He just enjoys pissing me off a little too much.

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