Not long have the 2008 election, I ran into a young woman at who had worked hard to elect Barack Obama President of the United States. She was all dewy-eyed about the changes her man would bring to this great country. But, when I pressed her as to what those changes would be, she couldn’t identify any specific proposals the Democrat supported, only reassured me he would be different from George W. Bush.
It does seem that many of the president’s young supports were more taken by the image this man projected (and was projected onto him) than the results he achieved. Heck, if they were going for a charismatic new politician who had accomplished real change in office, they would have flocked to the Republican banner in 2008, given the record of the party’s vice presidential nominee.
Their infatuation continues today, though someone lessened from 2008. A recent poll shows that while only 31 percent of those in the 18-29 age bracket approve of the president’s handling of the economy and youth unemployment, more than half of those younglings approve of Obama’s record in the White House:
Over at the Hill, Christina Marcos elaborates:
Forty-four percent of respondents disapprove of the president’s handling of youth unemployment while only 31 percent approved, according to the poll conducted by the polling company, inc./womantrend on behalf of Generation Opportunity, a youth mobilization group.
Sixty-one percent of respondents said they would place higher priority on a candidate’s position on issues and record in office, rather than charisma and likability when they cast their vote for president next year.
The president’s appeal has more to do with his persona than his policies.
Given the high rate of youth unemployment and the burden Obama’s deficit-spending places on the youngest in our society, young Americans are those most burdened by the president’s policies. And they remain his most enthusiastic supporters.
Puzzle that one out for me, folks.