In a sure sign that the bloom is really off the Obama rose, permanent “Hardball” propagandist and now former Obama shill Howard Fineman wonders when the President is going to stop talking about all the things he’s planning to do and, you know, start doing them.Â And, in a mind-boggling moment of clarity, gently cautions the President to quit using Boooooosh! as a bogeyman, suggests that there might just be limits to the persuasiveness of charisma alone, and wonders aloud why all of Obama’s speeches contain so many personal pronouns…
The president’s problem isn’t that he is too visible; it’s the lack of content in what he says when he keeps showing up on the tube. Obama can seem a mite too impressed with his own aura, as if his presence on the stage is the Answer. There is, at times, a self-referential (even self-reverential) tone in his big speeches. They are heavily salted with the words “I” and “my.” (He used the former 11 times in the first few paragraphs of his address to the U.N. last week.) Obama is a historic figure, but that is the beginning, not the end, of the story.
There is only so much political mileage that can still be had by his reminding the world that he is not George W. Bush. It was the winning theme of the 2008 campaign, but that race ended nearly a year ago. The ex-president is now more ex than ever, yet the current president, who vowed to look forward, is still reaching back to Bush as bogeyman.
There is many more tasty morsels contained within, and they are especially delicious considering that they flow from an unlikely source indeed.Â I encourage you to read the whole thing.