If Only the Tsar Knew!

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President Obama yesterday made these comments:

President Barack Obama said Tuesday he wishes he knew the full extent of the economic crisis when he took office, if only so he could have let Americans know just how tough the coming years would be.

“I think we understood that it was bad, but we didn’t know how bad it was,” Obama said in an interview with KIRO in Seattle. “I think I could have prepared the American people for how bad this was going to be, had we had a sense of that.”

I found this statement to be remarkable at the end of almost three years into his administration for a few reasons.

First, he acts as if January 2009 was just the day before yesterday rather than almost three years ago.  Most voters are much more concerned with what he has done, and in what he has failed to do, in regard to the economy.   Instead of Obama hearkening back to the state of the bad economy when he was sworn in as a tactic to defend his economic performance, he might be better advised to defend his actual policies.  I do concede that is an immensely difficult task to undertake.

Second, he seems to view his abysmal economic record as primarily one of public relations instead of poor policies.

Third, Obama and his minions have been harping for three years on what a bad economy they inherited.  I do not think they could have done much more on that score.

Fourth, quite a few of Obama’s supporters had completely unrealistic, even messianic, expectations, of this politician from Chicago in 2008, something Obama and his staff did nothing to dampen.  The video at the top of this post is merely an extreme example of this type of worship.  When a politician allows this type of tripe to flourish during his campaign, he better be a success in office in his first term.

Fifth, his comments had a strange ring to me of the saying that peasants in pre-Revolution Russia used to have when bad things were occurring in their country:  “If only the Tsar knew!”  Many peasants looked upon the Tsar as “the little father” who would never intentionally allow them to be harmed.  Disasters in goverment policies had to be because the Tsar didn’t know.  I trust that in November of 2012 Mr. Obama will be reminded of an American saying in regard to the Presidency:  “The buck stops here.”.

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  1. ” When a politician allows this type of tripe to flourish during his campaign, he better be a success in office in his first term. ”

    Success doesn’t matter. Tripe continues to be the main entree, served by daily talk show hosts to the masses day and night. With 2012 and the appearance of candidates around the corner, it’s the only dish on the menu. Not fun counting the ways tripe is being served.

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