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    He's Done Everything Wrong - The Daily Beast

    He's Done Everything Wrong
    by Mort Zuckerman
    January 19, 2010 | 11:19pm

    Obama punted on the economy and reversed the fortunes of the Democrats in 365 days.

    Heís misjudged the character of the country in his whole approach. Thereís the saying, ďItís the economy, stupid.Ē He didnít get it. He was determined somehow or other to adopt a whole new agenda. He didnít address the main issue.

    This health-care plan is going to be a fiscal disaster for the country. Most of the country wanted to deal with costs, not expansion of coverage. This is going to raise costs dramatically.

    In the campaign, he said he would change politics as usual. He did change them. Itís now worse than it was. Iíve now seen the kind of buying off of politicians that Iíve never seen before. Itís politically corrupt and itís starting at the top. Itís revolting.

    Five states got deals on health careóone of them was Harry Reidís. It is disgusting, just disgusting. Iíve never seen anything like it. The unions just got them to drop the tax on Cadillac plans in the health-care bill. It was pure union politics. They just went along with it. Itís a bizarre form of political corruption. Itís bribery. I suppose they could say, thatís the system. He was supposed to change it or try to change it.

    Even that is not the worst part. He could have said, ďI know. I promised these things, but let me try to do them one at a time.Ē You want to deal with health care? Fine. Issue No. 1 with health care was the cost. You know I think it was 37 percent or 33 who were worried about coverage. Fine, I wrote an editorial to this effect. Focus on cost-containment first. But heís trying to boil the ocean, trying to do too much. This is not leadership.

    ē More Daily Beast opinion on Obamaís first year Obamaís ability to connect with voters is what launched him. But what has surprised me is how he has failed to connect with the voters since heís been in office. Heís had so much overexposure. You have to be selective. He was doing five Sunday shows. How many press conferences? And now people stop listening to him.

    The fact is he had 49.5 million listeners to first speech on the economy. On Medicare, he had 24 million. Heís lost his audience. He has not rallied public opinion. He has plunged in the polls more than any other political figure since weíve been using polls. Heís done everything wrong. Well, not everything, but the major things.

    I donít consider it a triumph. I consider it a disaster.

    One business leader said to me, ďIn the Clinton administration, the policy people were at the center, and the political people were on the sideline. In the Obama administration, the political people are at the center, and the policy people are on the sidelines.Ē

    Iím very disappointed. We endorsed him. I voted for him. I supported him publicly and privately.

    I hope there are changes. I think heís already laid in huge problems for the country. The fiscal program was a disaster. You have to get the money as quickly as possible into the economy. They didnít do that. By end of the first year, only one-third of the money was spent. Why is that?

    He should have jammed a stimulus plan into Congress and said, ďThis is it. No changes. Donít give me that bullshit. We have a national emergency.Ē Instead they turned it over to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi who can run circles around him.

    Itís very sad. Itís really sad.

    Heís improved Americaís image in the world. He absolutely did. But you have to translate that into something. Let me tell you what a major leader said to me recently. ďWe are convinced,Ē he said, ďthat he is not strong enough to confront his enemy. We are concerned,Ē he said ďthat he is not strong to support his friends.Ē

    The political leadership of the world is very, very dismayed. He better turn it around. The Democrats are going to get killed in this election. Jesus, looks whatís happening in Massachusetts.

    Itís really interesting because he had brilliant, brilliant political instincts during the campaign. I donít know what has happened to them. His appointments present somebody who has a lot to learn about how government works. He better get some very talented businesspeople who know how to implement things. Itís unbelievable. Everybody says so. You canít believe how dismayed people are. Thatís why heís plunging in the polls.

    I canít predict things two years from now, but if he continues on the downward spiral he is on, he wonít be reelected. In the meantime, the Democrats have recreated the Republican Party. And when I say Democrats, I mean the Obama administration. In the generic vote, the Democrats were ahead something like 52 to 30. They are now behind the Republicans 48 to 44 in the last poll. Nobody has ever seen anything that dramatic.

    Is Obama a creature of the big banks or their slayer??

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    Erm, most of the country wanted single payer, then a public option with cost controls.

    Instead, all they got was being forced to buy insurance that was still able to drop you for pre-existing conditions, had no cost controls, and not signing up got you fined.

    Not rocket science
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    I have over the last few years, started giving up on politicians. It seems that every election, A candidate will promise the world, but never hold up their promises, they claim change, but that's just a sheet of paper. People seem too buy the tainted milk their selling.

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    His mistake was pandering for bipartisianship instead of being a leader with balls.

    Not just him; that fucking twat Harry Reid and Nancy "Marie Antoinette" Pelosi are also to blame for being spineless fuckers that twiddle away while letting Blue Dogs and Repugnicants stomp all over them.

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    Has he done everything wrong? Well not everything, but...
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