A Bloomless Rose

Assigned Reading: One Year On, Obamamania Gives Way to Lukewarm Support (FROM: Agence-France Presse/Breitbart)

A quick look around downtown Washington confirms that the Obama trinkets are still for sale, but more than one strategically placed street hawker have found little point in displaying the T-shirts, posters, and “Yes We Can” buttons bearing the new president’s image.

“They stay in the truck,” grumbled a vendor who identified himself as “Dick,” as he pointed to a rusty vehicle behind him. “They don’t sell anymore.”

Indeed, Obama’s honeymoon with the American people lasted less than six months.

In the aftermath of his inauguration in January, Obama’s approval rating soared to 70 percent. Early on, he tested Americans’ faith by diving headlong into controversial programs to rescue the economy, including bailing out sinking US auto manufacturers and unleashing a 787-billion-dollar stimulus plan.

In late April, at the end of the first 100 days in office, Obama still enjoyed more positive reviews than his predecessors in the previous 20 years.

But the fall was soon to come as questions started simmering about the president’s ability to pull the US economy out of a nosedive.

In July, his popularity dipped even below that of predecessor George W. Bush in the same period of his presidency.

Since mid-October, it has hovered just above 50 percent, a “significant drop” from his earlier numbers, according to Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll.

“In general, this puts Obama’s current ratings slightly below average for all US presidents since World War II,” Newport told AFP, adding that the country’s ongoing economic travails are contributing to the curb in enthusiasm.

On Sunday, even as data released by the Commerce Department last week showed the United States had emerged from the worst recession in decades, a monthly approval index by Rasmussen Reports showed 29 percent of those polled strongly approve of Obama’s performance, compared to 39 percent who strongly disapprove.

That left him with an approval index of -10, two points worse than in September, Rasmussen reported.

“Overall, Americans are not highly satisfied with the way things are going in the US,” said Newport.

And as a consequence, the popularity of Obama gear at the souvenir shops that abound in Washington appears to be taking a hit.

Folks, it’s called reality. It’s the reality that the plans and policies promulgated by the far left simply do not work, regardless of the superficial amiability of the conduit trying to force manifestation of the agenda. It’s the reality that, sometimes, experience does matter. It’s the reality that we cannot spend our way out of debt, that less government is better than more, and that evil knows no negotiation table.

This only underscores the chance that those of us on the right have to wrest the country back from the brink and ensure that our voice rings true in Washington, D.C., and it only highlights the reality that doing so will require reshaping the political vehicle through which we do so.

We have a unique opportunity here. Take advantage of an American public awakening–whether knowingly or unwittingly–to reality, or squander a golden opportunity and hand America her death knell . . . Barack Obama as a lame-duck president. The GOP is imperfect, that’s for sure. But instead of scrapping it and establishing an unknown entity which will require that credibility and trust be built from the ground up, let’s make the GOP what we need it to be: a voice for advocates of small government, responsible spending, lower taxes, national security, and a faithful adherence to the ideas and ideals of our nation’s founders.

Robert Wallace has one heck of a piece of writing coming up here in a little while. Something I read and wish I could have written myself. That good. And I’m glad to know that he and I are on the same page on this.

Barack Obama is losing his faithful. His disciples are shaken, and there’s no going back. Let’s make the most of it, let’s do it responsibly, let’s do it right — because that’s the only way to reclaim our nation, get in touch with core ideals, and make it all last.



  1. Anonymous says:

    Great piece!

    I want to let everyone know about a great 4-part series of articles on canadafreepress.com by JB Williams. He is taking on the issue of how to give teeth to the tea party movement and unite to take over the RNC, like the Democratic Socialist Party took over the DNC.

    Check it out!

    Lisa in TX


    Not just a bloomless rose, he is covered in thorns…. Anita Dunn, Valerie Jarret, John Holdren, Cass Sunstein, Van Jones, etc etc etc etc….

  3. Mike says:

    You guys should read fivethirtyeight.com sometime. The libs there have their heads so far up each others asses it's frickin' hilarious! They just don't get it.

  4. WEIMAR II says:

    He's determined to make the dollar as worthless as he is.

  5. Walt says:

    Believing the recession is over is hilarious. I see jobs lost daily, people resigning from recreation facilities , homes being walked away from and more to come by Dec if they get their way. If this continues we all will be worthless in 1 year.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Tea Party Patriots has the list of targeted senators and congressmen that we can call today and demand they vote against the Pelosi-care. If we can't go to DC to meet with Michele Bachmann, at least we can CALL today….HuckPac has the phone bank so you can log on and make calls in NY, VA and NJ!
    This is going to be a great day for conservatives so everyone do whatever you can to help!!!!

  7. Arrest of a lousy lover says:

    I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue:

    no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
    - Quote by Eleanor Roosevelt

  8. Gail B says:

    We the People Can! And, hopefully, by the time the polls close today, We the People will PROVE IT!

    Obama/Soetoro would have gotten a lot more of his Marxism accomplished had he just not COMPLETELY ignored the fact that this is a Christian nation, that we are patriotic Americans, and that we place our hand over our heart when we pledge allegiance to our flag and to the Republic. Of course, that's difficult for an illegal alien to comprehend!

    George Soros, stay out of our White House!

    Good piece, Jeff!

  9. Still a Patriot says:

    Hi Jeff -

    "It's the reality that we cannot spend our way out of debt, that less government is better than more, and that evil knows no negotiation table."

    I like your reality – thanks for another great piece.

    Lisa in TX – Thanks for the heads-up – I love JB Williams!


  10. Roses,WA says:

    Caption on poster of Obama…

    I'm not a president
    (I just play one on TV)

    Keeping in mind that Martin Sheen of West Wing didn't have a very long run either.


    ROSES-WA, I love it!, that show sucked also.

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