Posted on October 21, 2010 by Ben Johnson by Ben Johnson
Barack Obama has a theory about why you do not appreciate him: You’re stupid.
For months, the president has insisted the reason his part is facing an electoral apocalypse is less than two weeks is that the American people fail to properly understand how great he is. The solution, he insists, is more of him. Obama told a campaign stop in Seattle earlier today he could have sold his policies better. He insisted, “We had to move so fast, we were in such emergency mode, that it was very difficult for us to spend time a lot doing victory laps and advertising exactly what we were doing because we had to move onto the next thing.”
He manfully offered, “I take some responsibility for that.” The fifty-cent-piece stops here.
Throughout his push to ram ObamaCare down the collective American throat, he claimed he had not yet made his case. After the summer town hall meetings, Obama gave a mendacious speech before a joint session of Congress designed to sell his bill. He bought off Democratic senators from Louisiana and numerous other states, making this a simultaneous buy-and-sell job.
The bill eventually passed — but the sale has yet to end. As of March 5, Obama had given 54 speeches on health care alone. Yet a Rasmussen poll taken this week shows 55 percent of all Americans want to repeal ObamaCare, 46 percent “strongly favor” repeal. Nearly half the states in the union have sued the federal government to end the legislation.
Instead of listening to the American people, Obama has chosen to double-down on socialism — and call all dissenters imbeciles.
Last Saturday, Obama stood before a “small Democratic fundraiser” where he told those assembled, “Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared.” The trouble is, Republicans are “playing on fear.” If you think you’ve heard this line before, you’re right. Last summer, when ObamaCare seemed doomed, he said August was the month everyone gets “all wee-weed up.” As a candidate for office, jest-plain-folks Obama told a San Francisco fundraiser:
You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them….And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.