Fall of Barack Obama: the polls portend disaster

Friday, July 16, 2010
By Paul Martin

Obama offered Americans a free and easy pass to a better future: now they see it was an empty promise

By Alexander Cockburn

The man who seized the White House by fomenting a mood of irrational expectation is now facing the bitter price exacted by reality. The reality is that there can be no “good” American president. It’s an impossible hand to play. Obama is close to being finished.

The nation’s first black president promised change at the precise moment no single man, even if endowed with the communicative powers of Franklin Roosevelt, the political mastery of Lyndon Johnson and the brazen agility of Bill Clinton, could turn the tide that has been carrying America to disaster for 30 years.

Americans this summer are frightened. Over 100,000 of them file for bankruptcy every month. Three million homeowners face foreclosure this year. Add them to the 2.8 million who were foreclosed in 2009, Obama’s first year in office.

Nearly seven million have been without jobs in the last year for six months or longer. By the time you tot up the people who have given up looking for work, the people on part-time, the total is heading towards 20 million.

Fearful people are irrational. So are racists. Obama is the target of insane charges. A hefty percentage of Americans believe that he is a socialist, a charge as ludicrous as accusing the Archbishop of Canterbury of being a closet Druid. Obama reveres the capitalist system.

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