Thursday, February 05, 2009

Comparisons have begun, Obama is Carter II

I was widely lamented in my assertions that Obama was to be the next Jimmy Carter, the one term President widely believed to be the worst of the 20th Century, and there is some pretty stiff competition for that I might add. 

Now though, the comparisons have begun, and what do you know, others are starting to see the similarity that I noticed months ago. 

The fact is that Barack Obama, while trying to meet a dire economic crisis, has fallen straight into the trap that led Jimmy Carter to defeat in his bid for reelection. Obama has sought to promise and do too much in too short a period of time in a city where Congress, federal departments and agencies, and bureaucrats can and will eat a new president alive.

James Fallows, a former Carter speechwriter, wrote a May 1979 piece in The Atlantic in which he reflected on the first years of the Carter presidency. He noted that Carter promised during his first "fireside chat" that he would present the nation with a comprehensive plan to deal with energy independence "within 90 days." Fallows goes on to note that Carter later came to understand that strict deadlines could be destructive "in that they might force him to go ahead with half-baked ideas."

Mr. President, I hope you don't take this personally sir, but you did this to yourself. Liberalism never makes things better, and in embracing the Liberal beliefs and power structure, you have in fact, doomed yourself to a one term Presidency and a serious contender for Worst President. 

The only difference between you and Jimmy Carter so far, is at least Carter had the good grace to turn the heat down in the White House, and put a sweater on, while he told the rest of us we'd have to suffer though this energy and economic turmoil. Carter may have been a left wing kook liberal, but at least he wasn't a hypocrite. 


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