It’s not easy being the smartest man ever elected to the office of the presidency. The expectations are so high:
And we all know how high expectations can come back to bite you:
Goodness. We need to hold a refresher course on the proper construction of metaphors. This unfortunate allegory – of a ship being tossed around in an unabating storm – brings to mind nothing if not images of sunken ships and, well, you know…the whole meme about the deck chair rearrangement.
STEVE KROFT: Do you think that you might have the unemployment rate down to 8 percent by the time the election rolls around?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I think it's possible. But…I'm not in the job of prognosticating on the economy. I'm in the job of putting in place the tools that allow the economy to thrive and Americans to succeed. Sometimes when I'm talking to my team, I- describe us…as…I'm the captain and they're the crew on a ship, going through really bad storms. And no matter how well we're steering the ship, if the boat's rocking back and forth and people are getting sick and…they're being buffeted by the winds and the rain and…at a certain point-- if you're asking, "Are you enjoying the ride right now?" Folks are going to say, "No." And are they going to say, "Do you think the captain's good—doing a good job?" People are going say, "You know what? A good captain would have had us in some smooth waters and sunny skies, at this point." And I don't control the weather. What I can control are the policies we're putting in place to make a difference in people's lives.
And while we’re at it, this isn’t helpful either:
Reversing structural problems in our economy that have been building up for two decades, that was going to take time. It was going to take more than a year. It was going to take more than two years. It was going to take more than one term. Probably takes more than one president.
In political circles, blaming your predecessor(s) beyond year 2 of your term is considered unseemly at best and bush league at worst.
And “Probably takes more than one president” !?! I don’t really think we want to go there, do we?
OMG! That’s just going to give people ideas.
The Democrats: re-energizing the Republican Party since 1976:
I know I’m not a paid political strategist, like everyone else around here, butt if I was I might advise Big Guy to revisit that Keystone Pipeline deal like pronto. Seriously, what’s the worst that could happen (possibly a question everyone around here might want to start asking themselves before acting)? In this case, it’s not so bad: the environmentalists might not vote for you, butt does anyone actually think they’ll vote against you?
So let’s just say “we need to get back to work for the American people,” and for a change actually do it. WTF.