Obama’s Supporters Deserve Obama’s Support
According to recent polls, President Barack Obama’s popularity is continuing to fall to record lows. A lot of political pundits are dismissing Mr. Obama and the rest of the Democratic Party as losers when America does its midterm elections later this year. A lot of talk is going on about how many seats the Republicans will be able to pickup this year. The Republicans are practically drooling over the prospect of winning back control of the Senate or the House of Representatives or possibly both. Robert Gibb, the President’s Press Secretary, is resigned to the fact that his party will lose and should take steps to minimize the political losses.
I’m not surprised that Mr. Obama is going down in the poll numbers. The man spends a lot of time turning his back on supporters to embrace people who’d never support him. Some people would prefer to support Beelzebub himself than give Mr. Obama the time of day. But that fact would never keep Mr. Obama from trying to appear to be a centrist as he trades away the faith his own political base has in him. If the people who voted to put Mr. Obama in office wanted a public option then I would think that Mr. Obama would do what he can to keep that public option on the table. Too much is given up to win a halfhearted compromise.
But what is truly disappointing is how quickly Mr. Obama will distance himself from people or entities that have supported him. Yesterday, the Obama administration worked to distance itself from Shirley Sherrod, a bureaucrat for the USDA in Georgia who was unceremoniously kicked to the curb because of a video that showed her talking about a situation that happened more than twenty years ago where she was being asked for help from a white farmer who was about to lose her job. Based on a video clip that clearly took Ms. Sherrod’s statement way out of context, officials in the Obama administration did not hesitate to ask Ms. Sherrod for her resignation without giving her the slightest benefit of doubt.
That seems to be typical operating procedure for this White House. We saw evidence of this before Mr. Obama was elected President when videos surfaced of one of Mr. Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, surfaced during the primaries. Mr. Obama tried to distance himself from his spiritual mentor. But when that didn’t work well enough to put the whole issue in the past, Mr. Obama found it convenient, as well as politically expedient, to kick Mr. Wright to the curb.
The same thing happened to Van Jones who was appointed by Mr. Obama to head the newly created position of Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Mr. Jones became embroiled in a controversy over his political past that included a public comment disparaging congressional Republicans. Conservatives launched an aggressive campaign against him and Mr. Jones resigned from that political post just a few short months later. Way to support your supporter.
What happened to the organization formerly known as ACORN is a crying shame. ACORN no longer exists because of the outright distortions that were attributed to it. A video is made showing an ACORN worker talking to an undercover conservative posing as a pimp about utilizing government assistance in order to get a house where he can run a brothel. Based on one video out of one office the Obama administration allows ACORN to be banned from receiving any federal assistance and the agency crumbled and crumbled hard.
The former White House Social Secretary Desirée Rogers was at the center of the controversy surrounding the Salahis, a couple who managed to crash a state dinner hosted by President Obama in honor of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The Secret Service ultimately took the blame for the failure after members of the House Committee on Homeland Security voted against issuing Ms. Rogers a subpoena. But shortly thereafter, Ms. Rogers resigned the position. Although it was reported that the decision to leave was Ms. Rogers’ to make alone, the White House quickly named her successor in time for the next state sanctioned party.
These are the more high profile resignations and stiff arming from Mr. Obama and his administration. There are others for sure. But one thing I do notice, it seems to happen a lot to people who once called themselves close friends to Mr. Obama and his family. And the example of ACORN is one of many exceptions. But considering that this was a community oriented organization, you’d think Mr. Obama, a man with a history of being a community organizer, would be more compassionate and willing to stand up for this institute. Instead, Mr. Obama manifest the type of behavior more associated with the proverbial phrase” don’t let the door hit you where the good lord split you.”
With such disregard for any type of loyalty to his closest supporters is it really surprising to see so many supporters abandon Mr. Obama and consequently the rest of the Democratic Party? At the first sign of trouble, Mr. Obama runs like a political Scooby-Doo that heard his partner Shaggy say he just saw a ghost. No investigation necessary. Just put those feet in high gear and sort out the details long after any hint of danger is gone. If Mr. Obama can turn tail at the first sign of trouble from any of his supporters, especially the ones closest to him, it would only be karma if his supporters turned tail and ran from Mr. Obama.