Here’s an interesting item to recall. In October of 2008, Gallup reported that Americans gave then Senator Barack Obama a huge advantage over Senator John McCain for who could better manage the economy.
It can be argued that the American people were so impressed with Mr. Obama along with his “hope and change” campaign, thanks to the help of a number of media outlets who chose to ignore his capabilities and qualifications for being president; however, Senator McCain’s economic campaign messaging was overwhelmed and moved slowly along through campaign 2008.
Who knows what the economy would be like today under a President John McCain. What Americans know today, though is:
The S & P downgraded the U.S.’s top credit rating from AAA to AA+.
The stock market plunged 513 points two days after the debt ceiling plan was signed by the president. This was the biggest one day loss since November of 2008.
The president’s stimulus plan has not produced the “shovel ready” jobs that the administration promised.
The national unemployment rate is at 9.1 percent. The unemployment rate was at 7.8 percent when GWB left office and President Obama was inaugurated in January of ‘09.
President Obama can lay the blame on the GOP and former President George W. Bush as much as he wants, but the facade of hope and change is gone. President Obama can no longer hide behind a record of voting “present” on important issues and responding evasively with only platitudes when Americans are counting him to make a responsible decision.
How about a real plan Mr. President? Instead of whining about that car that’s still stuck in the ditch, why don’t you have a plan to get the car out of the ditch like most people would? People don’t leave their cars in ditches and blame the drivers zipping past them. They call a tow truck.