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Time Calls Obama “Mr. Unpopular.” White House Re Obama Popularity: “It Was Sort of Fake.”

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From Mike Allen’s Playbook this AM:

TIME magazine dubs Obama “MR. UNPOPULAR”-Michael Scherer: “White House aides explain this change as a largely inevitable reflection of the cycles of ?history. Midterms are almost always bad for first-term Presidents, and worse in hard times. “The public is rightly frustrated and angry with the economy,” says Dan Pfeiffer, Obama’s communications director, explaining the White House line. “There is no small tactical shift we could have made at any point that would have solved that problem.” In more confiding moments, aides admit that the peak of Obama’s popularity may have been inflated, a fleeting result of elation at the prospect of change and national pride in electing the first African-American President. As one White House aide puts it, ‘It was sort of fake.'”

Wow. This White House is paralyzed with self-pity and still suffused with arrogance and ideological blindness. The president is plummeting in the polls and his party with them because their ideas don’t work, they seem ashamed of America, and they want to take all the money and give it to their friends. This isn’t hard to figure out, but the ego in the Oval Office needs a grand historical explanation for his unfolding failure.

Incompetence and arrogance combined with extreme ideology far outside the American mainstream is just too easy for him to grasp.

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