Buck Up? Wake Up? Perhaps the Obama Administration Should Follow It's Own Advice

HOT OFF THE PRESS!!!  Sen. John Kerry is a sore loser. Oh! We already knew this? He said he “couldn’t believe he [was] losing to this idiot” when he was losing to President Bush?  This is alarming news. I guess it shouldn’t be all that surprising when he recently described American voters as being politically dumb and blind.

“We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening.”

Hmm. Sounds a lot like how President Obama won. “Yes we can” or “hope and change” anyone? Or how about a cool Shepard Fairey painting and an Oprah endorsement? Ya know, rather than facts or truth. The fact is, President Obama wasn’t just a candidate; he was an omnipresent pop culture icon. Everyone knew he was all about change, but not very many voters knew what exactly this meant.

So is the party who cruised into office on the backs of people “influenced by a simple slogan” really ready to throw stones at those same people? In short, yes.

Want proof? President Obama and Vice President Biden have been parroting similar criticisms of the electorate in recent days.

Biden recently told Democrats to “stop whining.” When asked to clarify what this meant he said, “Those who…didn’t get everything they wanted, it’s time to just buck up here, understand that we can make things better but not yield the playing field to those folks who are against everything we stand for.”

In other words, when the voters swung to the Democrats’ following their disillusionment with Republicans, that was all well and good. But now that Democrats face the same pressure from a similarly disillusioned base, it’s time to “buck up.”

President Obama had similar feelings of his own. In a recent Rolling Stone interview President Obama responded to a comment about the growing frustration among his supporters by saying, “I’ll tell them, ‘Guys, wake up here. We have accomplished an incredible amount in the most adverse circumstances imaginable.”

To which, I would say. YOU buck up. YOU wake up. We were promised fundamental change, not half measures. We understand that you were able to pass two historic pieces of legislation – the stimulus and healthcare reform – but neither of those is proving effective. The economy, for which he is mainly being judged, continues to trend the wrong way. The unemployment rate is forecasted to rise above 10 percent, consumer confidence is down, and the economy is growing at a measly 1.6 percent. This despite a $787 billion stimulus package that must inevitably be paid for by job killing tax increases. If this is the change that you were promising, you can have it back.

But instead of following his own advice and “bucking up” to the challenges our nation faces, we are getting excuses. Instead of rousing campaign promises we are left with these quotes from President Obama:

  • “Getting something passed through Congress with 535 members is hard”
  • “This isn’t single payer which some people wanted, this is a middle of the road bill”
  • “Each of these issues is huge complicated issues”
  • “Now you’ve got a financial system that is stable, it’s still not as strong as it was in 2006”
  • “It’s not for lack of trying, it’s because the politics of it are difficult”

Why aren’t we telling him to “quit whining”? It seems to me that he, moreso than any voter, is the one providing more excuses than action. We understand that the politics are difficult. But do wanna know what is even more difficult? Trying to find a job. Attempting to pay off student loans. Keeping food on the table. And maintaining faith in Washington. We didn’t elect you to present us with excuses, we put you into office because you came out swinging with big promises.

Or maybe I’m just one of the dumb lemmings that John Kerry spoke of. Perhaps I’m just too ignorant to see all the great change that President Obama is bringing to America. Perhaps I just need to believe that ultimately he’ll fulfill his slogan of “hope and change.” Perhaps he just needs more time. Nah, I’d rather just look at the “facts” and “the truth” and “what’s happening.” And the fact is, President Obama hasn’t lived up to his promise.

by Brandon Greife, Political Director of the College Republican National Committee