Politico reported recently how President Barack Obama’s senior advisers are already planning what they are calling “The Re-Elect.”
Yup, those same message magicians that brought us all that “Hopey Changey” and “Yes We Can” have started filling in the squares on the organization chart for Obama 2012.
Is this just smart forward-planning or an over-reaction to recent predictions that Obama will be a one-term president, boldly proclaimed by former Vice President Dick Cheney and other notables.
How does this historically early re-elect effort sync with Obama’s statement on Jan. 25, when he told ABC’s Diane Sawyer that he would “rather be a really good one term president than a mediocre two- term president.”
By virtue of the formation of “The Re-elect” one assumes Obama already thinks he is a really good one-term president, and now just 13 months after taking the oath of office, confident enough to lay the groundwork for “a mediocre two-term presidency.” I wish he would just sit on Oprah’s couch and explain all this.
Perhaps Oprah would ask him what criteria he used to judge himself a “really good one-term president.” It’s also fair to ask him if jump-starting “The Re-Elect” eight months before the 2010 midterms is an example of YES WE CAN—Even If You Don’t Want Us Too.
This assumes President Obama has seen the Feb. 16 CNN Poll revealing 52 percent of Americans believe he does not deserve to be re-elected in 2012. So are those poll results the real reason YES WE WILL- Cram It Down Your Throats, is starting earlier than any presidential re-election campaign—ever?
This prompts me to write the following memo to the Re-Elect Committee.
Dear Committee for the Re-elect of the President: (CREEP)
(Oh wait a minute I recall that acronym didn’t work out too well last time it was used.See Nixon, Richard for more explanation if you are under 35.)
For the sake of our collective future please take some bold leadership steps and stop worrying about your re-election. Focus on being a “really good one term president” by putting into place sandbags to stop the economic tsunami heading our way. A tsunami comprised of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security expenses. These programs brought to us by two esteemed Democratic presidents; FDR and LBJ are the seeds of our national destruction.
We see the future budget projections and it is the end of America as we know it.
A self inflicted domestic terror attack of entitlements, which will cause us to sell Chinese naming rights to the Grand Canyon just to help pay the interest on the national debt.
Of course, this is all before your health care bill gets billed to our national balance sheet.
So adding the reality of the entitlement time bomb to the current real unemployment rate of 17 percent should make you think long and hard about formulating your 2012 re-election campaign in March of 2010. Or you can expect the Republican candidate in 2012 to select this 1974 song, “You Haven’t Done Nothin,” by that big Obama fan, Stevie Wonder as their campaign theme.
These eerily profound lyrics may soon be coming to a GOP rally near you.
We are amazed but not amused by all the things you say that you’ll do.
Though much concerned but not involved with decisions that are made by you.
But we are sick and tired of hearing your song
Tellin how you are gonna change right from wrong
Cause if you really want to hear our views
You haven’t done nothin’
It’s not cool to be ridiculed
But you brought this up on yourself.
The world is tired of pacifiers
We want the truth and nothing else yeah
And we are sick and tired of hearing your song.
I would like to thank the committee for listening.
Myra Adams is a media producer, writer and political observer. Her media clients have included national associations, political interest groups and corporations. She was on the creative team with Mark McKinnon that created the now infamous John Kerry “Windsurfing” ad for the Bush 2004 presidential campaign and served on the McCain Ad Council during the 2008 McCain campaign. Myra’s Web site, TheJesusStore.com, contributes all profits to Christian charity.