“The real problem is not that we are different, nor that we disagree and have conflict. It's that most of us automatically view conflict as something negative rather than as a tool God can use to help us better understand ourselves and one another.

--Robert Ricciardelli”

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Rule By Popularity and Media Hype

What has the media focused on since Obama has come to office? Well, first of all, they seem obessessed with how it has affected racial issues. Does anyone really believe that 100 days is enough time for any change to really take effect on a national level? Let’s be serious. Local change can occur at that pace. National change, that is real change, merely by the design of government, takes much longer.

Of course, the Huffington Post believes that we need another 100 days to judge Obama’s foreign policy. Why? After all, we didn’t seem to need that during the Bush administration.

Maybe it’s because most of Obamam’s nominees aren’t on the job yet. But, that doesn’t really make sense.

He has announced and nominated roughly as many as Bill Clinton had by this point in his tenure and slightly more than George W. Bush had. But Mr. Bush held over more officials from Mr. Clinton’s administration than Mr. Obama has from Mr. Bush’s, so Mr. Bush on his 100th day had more confirmed officials on duty – 75 to Mr. Obama’s 48.
President Bush was more pragmatic about getting real work done than President Obama? Who would have thought that would be published in the New York Times!

But, I guess the true reality of what the media is reporting about President Obama is that people are not satisfied. He hasn’t done enough to change racial divides. He hasn’t done enough to get his cabinet working properly. This doesn’t even begin to touch the issues resulting from bad cabinet picks (tax issues), bad decision making (747 flyovers in new York), and all the other scandals the media is going all out to down play. In the end, his popularity isn’t all that great. Did you know that at the end of his first 100 days, Obama’s popularity is lower than for the last 40 presidents after their first 100 days? That’s what a new Gallup Poll reveals:
President Obama's media cheerleaders are hailing how loved he is. But at the 100-day mark of his presidency, Mr. Obama is the second-least-popular president in 40 years.
The only one less popular was Bill Clinton, due to the Waco raid. Even George W. Bush was more popular after his first 100 days than Barak Obama.

(…now, there is some serious food for though...)