Tuesday, September 29, 2009

There Seems to Be a Lot of Hatred for Obama

Am I wrong, about this? There seems to be a lot of outright media hatred for the president lately. And some politico hated as well (but these people are just coming across and nit picky). It just seemed to come out of nowhere. And some of it, I agree with and I don't know what that says about me. I'm not impressed with him as a president yet, but I don't hate the man.

I mean for God's sake, there was a Facebook poll on whether or not he should die! What kind of messed up shit is that??? Hate him as an elected official but remember he does have a family.

"Sooner or later it is going to occur to Barack Obama that he is the president of the United States. As of yet, though, he does not act that way, appearing promiscuously on television and granting interviews like the presidential candidate he no longer is. The election has been held, but the campaign goes on and on. The candidate has yet to become commander in chief."

I can understand that. He's young and kind of inexperienced yet. Remember, he was a Senator before becoming President. He needs time. He's almost like a combination of Bill Clinton and JFK...idealistic and historic, in a way.

But in a way, all these television appearances make sense. If he's going to reach the people, he has to do it on their terms. He's not some stogey old lifelong politician, sticking to what he KNOWS works. He's branching out and trying new things.

Look at people today. When was the last time we sat down to read a newspaper or watched a local news broadcast? We get our news online, on Facebook and MySpace and even by Twitter. I can't remember the last time I picked up a newspaper, but I read newspapers' websites daily. In a way, what Obama is doing is the modern "fireside chat," a series of thirty evening radio speeches given by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933 and 1944.

Another point of contention seems to be the 2016 Olympics. "First lady Michelle Obama vowed Monday to "take no prisoners" as she and her husband launch an unprecedented bid for Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid."

"The White House confirmed Monday that President Obama will fly on Thursday to Copenhagen, Denmark, where the International Olympic Committee will be reviewing bids from several countries on Friday. It will be the first time that an American president has lobbied the IOC in this manner."

My question is this: why does Michelle need to go? Does something like the Olympics fall under the role and responsibilities of the FLOTUS? At a time when so many people are homeless, jobless and going without, or even just cutting back their spending, this trip to Copenhagen by Michelle Obama seems an unnecessary expenditure on the American taxpayer.

From How Stuff Works:"On any given day, the first lady of the United States (FLOTUS) is under pressure. From sunrise to sunset, she may be hosting a tea for visiti­ng dignitaries, testifying before Congress, advising the president (her husband), delivering a statement before a few dozen TV reporters and directing the renovation of a room within the White House -- all while wearing a pantsuit that critics may later say was a bad color choice for her."

"She will also make a formal presentation to the IOC, before the president makes his own pitch on Friday. "We're each going to do our own proposal," she said. "I think we have as good a chance as any country."

I think Michelle needs to be careful. If memory serves, the American public seemed to feel that after awhile, Hillary Clinton was a little too involved in Bill's presidency. I can almost see the tide turning for Michelle from trend setter to over involvement. We all know the Obamas have a good marriage and are a tight family, but that doesn't mean they need to work together on things like bringing the 2016 Olympics to the United States.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for stopping by!

    And yes, I agree. Obama needs time. He is historic...in many ways.