What would you do if you were Obama right now? How serious is the crisis of confidence? Certainly the most serious so far, probably by a lot.
I always thought of Obama as kind of a jock in nerd’s clothing, doesn’t really get into the details. And while I liked the idea of leveling and raising the playing field a little bit for health care, what’s emerging is that he didn’t really think it through.
I’ve been trying to use the Website the last few days, and it does freeze up a lot. Sadly, the whole country was in such a tizzy about the ACA that all it really took was the system failing like this to tip things the other way.
So what can he do? Defend his steady hand and calm demeanor, and regarding this debacle, be humble and beg for forgiveness. What if he said: “I think my strengths have been genuine competence, where at this unsteady time, that actually counts for a lot. I deliver. I execute. I am a good manager. I need a little support from the American people right now, so I’ll ask you, do you think I’m working for your best interests? I’d like to hear from you.”
And then from here on out he has a virtual town hall thing going. He manages a Web site directly in touch with the American people. He agrees to spend 25% of his remaining term on issues that emerge from this process that are not adequately receiving attention in other realms.
OK, that’s not gonna happen. He seemed like a populist, but he doesn’t govern like one. I just wish Obama could connect with the American people as President, and not just as a candidate.