As the president launches his reelection bid, he seems to long for the salad days of his outsider bid for the White House, returning to the amorphous notion which helped secure his election just shy of two-and-one-half years ago:
President Barack Obama told supporters on Thursday he is pressing ahead with his agenda in a difficult political environment in Washington and that “change turned out to be a lot tougher than expected.”
Obama addressed about 200 people who paid up to $35,800 apiece for the fundraiser at a San Francisco hotel, the first of four fundraisers of the day.
When he’s talking about “change” now, what exactly does he mean? It seems the only changes this man has proposed — and, alas, in all too many cases, helped enact increases the size of the federal government and its intrusion into our lives.
Real change would mean a reduction in the size of state institutions and real — and cost-effective — reforms of their outdated operations.
Not just that, you’d think that a man who taught constitutional law, studying the system of checks and balances the Framers established and who served as a state and federal legislator, engaging in the arduous process of make laws, would understand the difficulty of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America“. That he finds it “tougher than expected” suggests a certain naivete about politics.
Meanwhile, this new kind of politician sure is spending a lot of time playing the old game of politics, attending a lot of big-ticket fundraisers.