www.dailymail.co.uk Ten reasons why bluffing, boring, blame-pointing Obama can expect a well-deserved shellacking in the midterm elections
By Piers Morgan for MailOnline
Published: 11:48 EST, 3 November 2014 | Updated: 13:57 EST, 3 November 2014
When Barack Obama was first elected President in 2008, I celebrated by having an exquisitely romantic dinner on a tiny, temporary sand dune in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
Like most of the world, I was thoroughly entranced by this dynamic young senator. He seemed so fresh, vibrant, eloquent and smart.
I believed him when he repeatedly cried: ?Yes, we can!?
And I punched the air as he assured us: ?Change has come to America!?
We all did.
+2 We thought he could: In November 2008 Barack Obama was a dynamic young senator elected to the White House as a shining, youthful beacon of audacious hope
Well, everyone bar the Republicans who had seen their hopes go up in smoke with John McCain.
Today, six years on, harsh reality has set in.
It turned out that ?Most of the time we can?t? and ?Not much has changed in America?.
Obama?s personal approval ratings have crashed to an all-time low and his Democrat party is facing a humiliating shellacking in tomorrow?s mid-term elections.
He?s gone from being a shining, youthful beacon of audacious hope to a greying, increasingly defeatist purveyor of disappointment.
The Maldives dune where I enjoyed that sumptuous dinner now seems a perfect metaphor for Obama?s administration: it appeared as if by magic and brought such glorious promise and excitement. But as midnight arrived, water began to lap away at my ankles and the very substance of the dune evaporated before my eyes.
I was whisked to safety in a speedboat.
Sadly, that option is not available to the American people stuck on the rather larger Obama-run dune for another two years.
So why has it all gone so horribly wrong?
Here are ten reasons:
Six years later: The boring, greying president, seen here over the weekend campaigning for Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf, has broken his promises and deserves a shellacking
1. HE BREAKS HIS PROMISES. Obama said he?d shut down Guantanamo Bay, then didn?t. He said he?d be more transparent, then we found out his NSA was secretly bugging everyone. He vowed to put a limit on America?s warfare but has continued to wage Drone-led war on numerous fronts. He looked Newtown families in the eye and said he?d get action on gun control - and failed. He insisted he?d make Washington less cynically divisive but it?s never been worse. Above all, he pledged to restore trust in Government and has achieved the complete opposite.
2. HIS FOREIGN POLICY STINKS. He heralded a ?new dawn? for the Middle East, but kept American involvement at such minimal levels that ISIS has been allowed to ferment into a potent, dominant terror force in the region. Libya, Yemen, Egypt, Gaza and Syria all burn as Obama fiddles with his golf swing. As for Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama may pride himself on ending America?s involvement as he said he would ? but leaving behind complete chaos and borderline anarchy should be a matter for self-reflective sadness at failed missions to instil freedom and democracy, not celebration.
3. HE?S A BLUFFER. Obama made America a laughing stock when he warned Syria?s Assad regime, ?A red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized? and then blinked when Assad promptly crossed that red line. It?s that kind of spinelessness which emboldened Vladimir Putin to wage imperialistic Russian assaults on Crimea and Ukraine - and ISIS to behead his citizens with impunity. I hate seeing America look weak and I?m not even American.
4. HE CAN?T GET THE ECONOMY OUT OF THE TANK. Nobody can credibly blame Obama for the modern day Great Depression that he inherited, but America?s recovery has been painfully slow and still crawls along like a wounded snail, ravaged by a rapidly expanding $17 trillion national debt. The gap between rich and poor rages ever wider too, making a mockery of Obama?s demand for a ?more inclusive, fairer? society.
5. HE CAN?T EVEN DO THE RIGHT THINGS RIGHT. Obamacare should have been his great legacy. Bringing 30 million impoverished, uninsured Americans into the health care system is an achievement of genuine worth. But the launch was so haplessly cack-handed and disastrous that the perception remains of dismal failure even as statistics suggest Obamacare is enjoying an increasing positive performance. The great communicator has lost ability to successfully communicate.
6. HE?S BORING. What happened to the charismatic, courageous, quick-fire political firebrand who charged to victory in 2008? Obama?s speeches have become repetitive and turgid, his pressers a monument to mind-numbing, professorial tedium, and his endless heavily-controlled media interviews a sycophantic, pointless embarrassment to him and the carefully selected journalists who conduct them. No wonder audiences have started running for the exit when he turns up on the stump.
7. HE BLAMES REPUBLICANS FOR EVERYTHING. I?m sick and tired of Obama constantly berating his political opponents for his own inaction. I?m no fan of the way GOP leaders have tried to strangle his every policy at birth ? often at the expense of America?s national interest - but that?s the nature of modern politics. He?s the President and has extraordinary powers, not least of which via his personal fiefdom of Executive Orders. Stop incessantly bleating about ?Washington intransigence? and damn well lead.
8. HE CAN?T NEGOTIATE. I wouldn?t trust Obama to renegotiate my monthly gardener?s fees. He just doesn?t know how to make a deal. Politics, at its best, is about strong, powerful men and women getting in each others? faces, arguing the toss about issues they care about, and agreeing points of compromise. Clinton was a master at it. Obama, by general consent, is useless. Donald Trump may not be everyone?s cup of tea but I can tell you this ? he?d negotiate way better deals for America than Obama. It?s in his blood.
9. HE?S DONE NOTHING TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF MINORITIES. Virtually every leading black American I interviewed on my old CNN show believed that the basic living standards of their fellow African-Americans were poorer now than before Obama came to power. Further, they believed that racism is now worse than it was six years ago. Two breath-taking failures on behalf of the very section of population that most helped get him elected.
10. HE PERSISTS IN CALLING US ALL ?FOLKS?. I don?t why he does this, but I find it incredibly patronising and irritating. I can?t be the only one.