posted on September 25, 2009 10:00
The media frenzy over the last month or so has been that Americans don’t support – or understand – President Obama’s health-care reforms.
Bad news for Barack, the media and the pundits proclaim.
In Washington this week, a local executive told me, she heard one of the media Big Feet pontificating about how Obama missed an opportunity in his Sunday talk-show blitz: He didn’t spell out one-two-three exactly what he wants in a reform bill.
I think the “experts” are missing something because of their own obsession with the minutiae of issues. And, yes, before somebody starts screaming, the minutiae of issues is important. But let me finish.
What’s more important in politics is trust.
If people trust a politician, they trust him or her on issues, even if they disagree on specifics.
A perfect example was Ronald Reagan. For eight years, I listened to Democrats express amazement that the American people loved Reagan even though polls showed they disagreed with his policies.
Same thing with Obama. So today’s New York Times poll shows that, yes, the public is wary of his policies on health care and Afghanistan. But his approval rating is 56 percent.
More important, the public trusts him more than it trusts the Republicans in Congress.
That’s what Obama was up to last Sunday – and in his continuing media blitz. It’s not so much about issues as it is about persuading Americans he is a leader they can trust to do his best to do the right thing.
Besides, health care really isn’t where Obama needs to worry long term. He’ll get a bill, and he’ll claim victory. But getting a victory in Afghanistan is much tougher and much riskier – for Obama’s future and for America’s.
Friday, September 25, 2009 1:26 PM
Obama will pull out of Afghanistan.The Taliban will have a base of operation.And the reign of terror for Afghan women,gays and opponents will be horrendous.Americans and the world will suffer with increased terrorism.
Friday, September 25, 2009 4:02 PM
Gary, that is probably the most ridiculous thing you have ever put here.
I respect you for what you are, or at least what people say you are. But, Gary, if you don't think that the Health Care issue is F O R E M O S T in Obama's agenda...even over Afghanistan...you have lost me as an admirer. Sorry to say that, but unless you are just totally ignorant with regard to "politics" in our country, you KNOW that unless Obama gets this health care bill passed and unless he gets at least some of his proposals included, he's toast. And, that's not gonna be with just repubs but with demos as well.
Afghanistan is his bright light. He is supported by both parties when he says that we, as a country, must go after the perps of 911. He can play that over and over again and wil get support over and over again from both parties. Why? Because it's right. That's where Bush should have put his efforts in the first place and we ALL should know that.
But, the health care issue (what they now want to call insurance reform for purely political reasons) is really a sideline issue but to Obama is his BIGGEST issue. Too many political pundits say that if Obama doesn't at least get a bill of some sorts through to his desk on this, he and his party will be hurt immeasruably.
I think you know that.
Sunday, September 27, 2009 5:13 AM
Now little school children, lets sing a verse of How Great Obama is.
Wonder why the gutless one avoided Fox News.
They may have asked him a real question.
if wonder what Gary, and his liberals did for NC, look at your taxes!
Better still, drive down I 40,.
Good road sates, not after the Raleigh Mafia, ripped off the highway trust fund!
Now Perdue, rips off the Education Lottery. Old Bev got to keep, that pork spending up!
Buying votes is important.
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