Things like this make it tough for me to understand why Obama isn’t leading by 10 across the board.
Yesterday O’Reilly just ripped Bush apart for not appearing to have any presence to the nation on the economic problems that are dominating the news and conversations. Not that Bush was the cause - although he ripped him a new one on his SEC chief at the same time he ripped into the congressional inaction, etc. on what was happening over the last couple or three years. But rather: this is a situation that has a lot of Americans literally frightened. Hell, I’ve got a lot fewer years than most people here before I’ll be at retirement age, and I was almost sick to my stomach at how much money (and time) I’ve lost in my 401K recently, and worrying about what would happen if this continues to collapse.
O’Reilly’s point was that this is where the nation needs a leader who will go in front of the American people, reassure them, tell them what is going to be done, assure them that he will work with Congress and all agencies to ensure that the economy doesn’t collapse, remind them of times not so long ago that looked dark and frightening and how America pulled through, etc. Try to inspire and reassure. As O’Reilly put it, use the “bully pulpit.” Yet - he seems distant, remote, uncaring, etc.
So OK, I expect that from O’Reilly, he rips Bush frequently. But all during the day I was hearing on the radio conservatives who felt that Bush was AWOL. What really surprised me was listening to a local talk show host who is incredibly conservative, who considers McCain a liberal, etc. and who normally supports Bush. This guy made the observation that a Reagan or a Clinton would have addressed the nation by now, and would have the power and leadership abilities to calm a lot of people down and reassure and even inspire them. He said “yes, you heard me right, I’m telling you that Bill Clinton had a leadership aspect that is dissapointingly absent in this president. And I will now truly shock those of you who know me, I believe that capability is critical in a President and his role for the nation, and I believe Obama would be able to do that extremely well, and I doubt McCain would be able to do it at all.”
So yeah, I know, for people here, “big surprise, Lackey, Bush’s leadership and presence is non-existant.” But the point is that I’m hearing a lot of the most conservative of people (not counting weirdos like Hannity) expressing their frustration and depression in how the nation can be facing a potential crisis and Bush, even when he does talk, giving it only a superficial effort.
How is Obama not 10 points ahead across the board?