Presidential Zeitgeist: A Timeline Of Public Opinion, 1998 to 2010

1998:  "Bill Clinton may not be husband of the year, but he sure knows how to be president.  His enemies are impeaching him for no good reason, and he's still getting the job done."

2000:  "The cold war is over.  The budget is in surplus.  The economy is okay.  How hard can it be to be president these days?  George W. Bush looks harmless enough, like his old man.  Let's put things on cruise control for a while.  Besides, Al Gore is such a know-it-all."

August 2001:  "Bush got his tax cuts passed, and now he seems to be on permanent vacation. How much brush can there be on that 'ranch' of his?  You know, this guy really is a lightweight.  I wonder if we can do better next time around. . ."

September 2001:  "Did you see Bush standing in the rubble with his big bullhorn?  Now there's a man who won't back down from the terrorists.  So he's not the sharpest tool in the shed.  That's why he hired guys like Donald Rumsfeld."

2002:  "There are so many people in the world who want to kill us!  Bush is keeping us safe.  He'll get bin Laden one of these days.  We just need to trust him."

2003:  "Did you see Bush on that aircraft carrier?  Now that's a president.  He kicked Saddam Hussein's tail all the way to Bagdad.  After we mop up a few more terrorists, we'll be back on Easy Street."

2004:  "This Iraq war isn't going very well, but John Kerry won't even defend himself, let alone the rest of us.  I'm holding my nose and voting for Bush again.  Politics is beginning to give me a headache, anyway.  What's on cable tonight?"

2005:  "George Bush wants to do what?  Privatize Social Security?  I don't think so.  Why doesn't he just get us out of Iraq?  Oh, that's right -- he hired 'Brownie' to manage hurricane relief.  Well, what do you expect from a guy who slept through a tsunami?"

2006:  "Only two short years till we send Bush's ass back to Texas.  In the meantime, let's see if the Democrats in Washington can make some changes.  By the way, what does their party actually stand for?  'Reply hazy,' says my Magic 8 Ball."

2008:  "I'm voting Democratic this year -- period.  After eight years of Bush, what choice do I have?  And if Barack Obama wants to 'change the tone in Washington'?  Whatever, boss.  Knock yourself out down there.  Just make sure you fix the damn economy and act presidential.  And by 'acting presidential', I don't mean putting on a flight suit like Bush did.  I mean doing your job -- like Clinton did."

2009:  "I kind of like Barack Obama, but what does the man really stand for?  He seems to think Republican ideas are just as good as Democratic ones.  Maybe he's right. . ."

2010:  "Do I want to see a Republican in the White House?  Not really.  But somebody needs to get a handle on things.  I'm keeping all my options open.  One thing, though -- no teabaggers.  They're crazy."

From my blog: http://partisandawn.wordpress.com/

 

 

A Man of the People

When on April 12, 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died in Warm Springs, Georgia, the nation's grief was overwhelming. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt would receive thousands if not millions of condolences but few more poignant than this one:

I didn't know FDR but FDR knew me.

That note, I think, encapsulates why FDR was a transformative President and why he was ultimately a successful one who is fondly remembered. FDR, who despite being crippled and largely unable to travel the length and breadth of this great land, still was able to intimately judge the mood of the country, to realize and reflect upon the hopes, dreams and aspirations of the nation he governed.

The White House, they say, can be a bubble. Harry Truman called the White House a "glamorous prison." Bill Clinton said the White House was the "crown jewel of the federal penitentiary system." William Howard Taft thought it was "the loneliest place in the world." It's certainly a tough job but if Obama is to succeed, I suggest, that he look at FDR and how he approached the Presidency. To quote FDR:

"The Democratic Party is the party of the people. I'm a man of the people." - FDR

It doesn't have to be more complicated than that.

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I Just Can't Put My Finger On It

Lois Coar, the mother of two grown children, supported Mitt Romney this year and is undecided for November. She cannot see voting for Obama -- "not because he's black, but I just can't put it in words." She likes McCain as a person, but "I can't understand why he keeps talking about this Ayers guy" -- William Ayers, the 1960s radical who became an occasional colleague and supporter of Obama in Chicago. "He should be focusing on the economy and real terrorists; that's what people worry about," she said. Washington Post

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What Will Happen If Obama Loses?

As I travel around the feminists and pro-Hillary sites (odd union, considering that Hillary has never been much of a feminist) I am confronted with a lot of "Obama won't win unless" articles, discussions, and arguments.

However, I wonder why feminists and the pro-Hillary die hards aren't writing articles, or having discussions, about what will happen if Obama doesn't win and, conversely, If McCain becomes President?

If Obama doesn't win, I think it would be safe to say that the Democratic Party would be finished, and it would take decades for another progressive party to rise from its ashes. A third Democratic defeat, coupled with the Republicans some how managing to avoid suffering the consequences of the public's dissatisfaction with the Iraq war, would prove (once and for and all) that the Democrats can never get anything done, and its fragile coalition would be shattered irreconcilably. The African Americans, the gay rights crowd, the women's rights crowd, the college educated liberals, and the near socialistic thinkers would, after a third Democratic failure (and six out of the last eight), go in separate directions, forming their own caucuses, or aligning with the party in power; the Republicans. Can you really imagine African Americans (who are increasingly become more socially conservative) voting in 2012 for the party that failed them so miserably in 2008? Why would they not find common ground with the party that ran Lynn Swann and Ken Blackwell in 2006? Like wise for the college educated liberals, who are not going to sit around with their thumbs up their ass for four years, they are going to work with the party in power (just like they did with Reagan and Bush in the 80s).

That would leave us with the socialistic thinkers, the radical feminists, and the homosexual community. Does anyone ever think that is going to be a winning coalition?

I could list off all of the reasons why feminists, gays, and socialistic thinkers desperately need an Obama victory in 2008, but why go to all that trouble?

If you all want to sabotage Obama's campaign for the White House, get to it, you all have that right, but in the end it won't do you all any good at all.

Personally I am honor bound to follow the orders of whoever is Commander in Chief, which I am hoping will be President Obama.

But I am going to end this diary with a personal question that I hope the Hillary die-hards will spend some time thinking about. How much do you hate being aligned with black people in a common future goal? If your hatred of Obama is so strong, then I fear that a progressive/feminist movement in America is doomed to failure.

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Can A Woman REALLY Be President? (with poll)

President John F. Kennedy was much loved and an eloquent, charismatic speaker.

"And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

His words have inspired and given hope to a number of generations.

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