How the Mighty Obama Has Fallen From Grace
Published: June 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm
Amidst the desolate landscape of missed opportunities and broken promises, there lies the unanswered question: Why and how has President Obama fallen so hard and so quickly? Gallup Poll reported that “President Obama's job approval rating averaged 46% for the week ending June 12, a significant decline from his weekly averages for most of May and nearly back to the level before Osama bin Laden's death on May 1.” Politico reports that only “one in three voters are sure they will vote to re-elect Obama in 2012. The Messiah of hope and change has created a sandstorm of voter discontent.
Could he have detected early warning signs and avoided a rapid fall from the grace of the American people? How far can he fall before the path toward defeat becomes inevitable? Is it too late to reverse course and get his voter approval ratings back on track? No doubt Obama's campaign team is struggling with these questions at this very moment.
Every person, no matter their circumstances, or how much money they have or how powerful they are, is invulnerable to decline. There is no law of nature that says the rich and powerful are guaranteed success while the poor and disenfranchised are not. Anyone can fail and most all of us eventually do. But, many people recover, coming back even stronger—even after having crashed to the bottom. President Obama certainly has time to win back the support of the America people. But first, he must turn this economy around.
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The seeds of decline could be detected early in the campaign of Candidate Obama. Hubris, born of small successes, usually gives rise to denial of risk and peril. During the 2008 campaign battle with Hillary Clinton, everything seemed to go Obama’s way. After Obama became the Democratic nominee, everything seemed to go Obama’s way during his election battle with Senator McCain. The financial collapse one month before the 2008 elections virtually sealed the victory for Obama. With so many successes, the President stood above the American people like royalty. He was at the top of his game. I am one of those writers who believe that a person is most vulnerable when they are too confident--when they believe that they are at the very top of their game.