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Rebranding to Obama 2.0


Peter Baker of The New York Times did quite a story on Barack Obama yesterday.

Baker writes, “While proud of his record, Obama has already begun thinking about what went wrong — and what he needs to do to change course for the next two years. Obama told me he had no regrets about the broad direction of his presidency. But he did identify what he called “tactical lessons.” He let himself look too much like “the same old tax-and-spend liberal Democrat.” He realized too late that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” when it comes to public works.”

It is not enough to be supremely sure that he is right if no one else agrees with him. “Given how much stuff was coming at us,” Obama told me, “we probably spent much more time trying to get the policy right than trying to get the politics right.”

This perspective is where Obama is 180 degrees from reality. Americans are fed up with the politics of things. More importantly Americans are vehemently angry about the politics of Obama’s administration. Health care policy, stimulus policy, jobs creation policy – all against the will of the people. What’s even more staggering is that the “everyday citizenry” of the US knew these policies did not pass the “smell” test of logic.

Nearly 2 years into his term Obama is working on Obama 2.0. Kind of reminds me of New Coke or Windows 7…a lot of marketing hype and not much substance.

I wish him well (because you and me depend on his success) but my shovel’s not ready nor am I planning on “free” health care.

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