President Obama held a press conference yesterday. He was his usual reasonable and conciliatory self. This on the day after he and his Party got an historic ass kicking by the Tea Party and Republicans.
He sounded like a Harvard law professor.
This Professor Obama stuff really needs to stop if he wants to avoid having a failed presidency. The American people, most anyway, don't like reasonable people. The reason they don't like reasonable people is that in order to deal with a reasonable person you must be reasonable in return and also you are required to think.
Americans, for the most part, are not reasonable. And more importantly most Americans do not like to think. Americans like to be told what to think. Why do you think Fox (cough) News, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are so popular. It's because they tell their followers what to think. They never leave it up to their followers to figure stuff out on their own.
Do you remember all of those Tea Party town hall meetings where Tea Party followers believed that the President's Health-Care Reform was going to include death panels? There were no death panels but those people believed that there were death panels because that's what the Republicans told them to believe.
Did you know that 58% of people who voted yesterday want the Health-Care Reform Bill to be repealed? It's true. Can you imagine people wanting the same old health-care system that we've had in this country? Sounds crazy but the Republicans told them what to think.
So now the President needs to tell Americans what to think. He needs to tell them the truth about Health-Care reform. He needs to tell them to support Health-Care reform. And that if they are against it they are against their own best interests.
He needs to tell them that Bush and the Republicans are responsible for the economic meltdown. If he continues to act like he was at the helm for the last 10 years then he's done.
He also needs to tell Americans that now that the Republicans run the House that absolutely nothing is going to get done in the next two years. And he needs to tell Americans that it will not be the fault of Democrats.
The President has two years to change his image. If he doesn't then yesterday's election results will be repeated in 2012. Obama has to stand up and fight. He has to let his opponents know that he is the President and he will lead this country.
A power vacuum exists in Washington and that's why the Tea Party/ Republicans were able to take control of the House. And that vacuum exists because the President is afraid to anger anyone. Yet all he's done is anger everyone. No one respects a wimp, no one. Not even other wimps. If the President wants to be successful then he needs to stand-up.