Sunday, May 08, 2011

Advice to Obama: Pivot.

I'm sitting in Laredo TX, doing my homework (sermon preparation!), and out of one ear, I'm listening to the Sunday Morning political talk shows, and I have some advice for our President.


What do I mean by that? Mr. President, you have at this moment the very best and warm feelings from all of the American public, on both sides of the aisle as you're going to have between now and 2012. What's shocking is that your numbers really aren't that great after avenging this nation for 9/11.

But you have a moment.

We like what you did.

I'm first going to credit the people on the ground in the US Military and Intelligence community that did the heavy lifting and skilled work of getting the nation's number one most wanted man. I do believe that President Obama WAS the man who DID decide to get him up close and personal. I won't discuss his decision making process, whether he hesitated or not, it worked out. One helicopter crashed, we got our guy, and we got out. Contrast that with the number one contender with President Obama for "worst President in History," Jimmy Carter. Remember "Desert One" which was 31 years ago?

Mr. President. I don't think you'll take my advice but I'll still offer it.


Become the opposite of what you were. We'll let you at this point. Every American sees you as in some way responsible for the good thing that just happened.

So Pivot.

Become a supply sider.

Say you've tried socialism and it doesn't work.

Say you need to do things that do work (like your recent terrorism victory).

Then do them.

Stop spending, sit down with Republican Leaders in the House. Ask them what they want, then do it.

Go to the American Public and re-sell yourself as a pragmatic man who simply wants the best for the country. We will let you do that. It will be good for us, it will be good for you.

You will be remembered as a Great President. You will not be remembered as the contender for the Jimmy Carter crown of complete ineptitude.

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Vulture said...

Good post, Hugh. And your suggestion to Il Duce makes perfect sense. Which is why he won't do it.

Bill Clinton had the sense to reverse course when it became apparent that his presidency was becoming a train wreck. It got him re-elected and contributed to the generally high approval ratings he had as President.

Il Duce is not that bright. He's an ideologue through and through. He'll find some way to turn this chicken salad into chicken s***.

The Pharisee said...

He's already blowing is slim chance faster than I thought he would.

Jim Killebrew said...

He would have to pivot a long way around to get on America's side. There are just too many things that rub many Americans the wrong way to convience they to believe him in the home stretch of his first term. I understand riding the crest of the current wave, but it is just too close to the beginning of the run for the second term. Most would not believe him to be sincere in his pivot. Beside, he has a base he has to satisfy, and they would not be happy campers if he did pivot. Sorry, too little, too late.

The Pharisee said...

He'd have to have had a near "Blinding Light" experience, like Saul of Tarsus.

Clearly he didn't.

He's already blown his "moment."

I am convinced that it was Obama who did decide to go get him up close and personal. The military likes the efficiency of a MOAB dropped on his compound. Risking high value people like they did to get Osama is not something the really like to do, but they did, and it worked, and Obama picked Osama's pocket and double tapped him on top of it.

Most of the credit goes to the military, but the decision I believe was our President's. I commend him for it. I don't expect to be complementing him again, nor do I expect him to "pivot," nor will I or have I ever voted for the man.