—President Obama in North Carolina today on why Congress has to act to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling (via barackobama)
That awkward moment when the president’s call to action made every student present go, “Shit. We’re screwed.”
Each time an election draws near, politicians, pundits and political advisers run around like headless chickens trying to cast predictions based on precedence… or, inversely, postulate that trends won’t hold like they used to, that there is something different about this cycle and this data that caters to their candidate/issue.
A year away from the next presidential election, I’m already feeling the election fatigue. Didn’t we just do this? Bah.
*This is partially a response after reading the article, “Is Obama Toast? Handicapping the 2012 Election” published by the NY Times late last week. The article is rather lengthy, but an interesting read. It is also my response to a canceled morning class. You’re welcome.
The Tale of Obama and The Perfect Storm
In many ways candidate Barack Obama entered the U.S. Presidential race in a perfect storm— after eight years, what we had on our hands was a costly war (that’s an understatement), a flailing economy, and just a general film of discontent that blanketed the nation. Even staunch Christian ideology, aggressive smearing, and a middle-to-right leaning electorate were not enough for U.S. voters to veer into the conservative lane in 2008. It might be presenting things too simplistically, but I truly believe that any liberal would’ve stood up against John McCain after George W. Bush’s presidency. There was also nothing special about McCain to set him apart. The stake in the heart turned out to be the Sarah Palin media circus. (Though people can argue his running mate was beloved by the GOP, she fumbled too much to be taken seriously.) Hate her all you want, she had a hand in polarizing the left. Throw on the historic nature of Obama’s potential presidency, his pragmatic demeanor and charismatic speech-giving skills that roused the youth… well, it was no surprise to see even traditionally red states turn blue on election night.
I venture to say that the President could be entering yet another perfect storm— except one where the winds won’t blow in his favor.
I just saw the most recent Daily Show episode (June 15th, as I’m watching from “the future”), and they’re talking about Obama’s trip to Puerto Rico.
Hearing Obama speak Spanish is almost like eating a burrito in Korea. It does its best, comes pretty close sometimes… but there’s just always something a bit off about it keeping you wanting for the real thing, no matter how hard it tries.