I guess the point of the Newburyport Current’s editorial, “Another anti-Obama overreaction,” and John Burciaga’s, “Goodbye to town hall meetings from hell,” is that those of us in disagreement with Mr. Obama are fair game for any cheap shot that comes to mind.
The editorial “only” describes us as, “hysterical,” while Mr. Burciaga chooses; “politically unwashed, naïve, reliant on bloggers of low mentality, nonreaders, yahoos, clingers to idiocy like a crucifix, rejecters of Jesus Christ, and thugs.”
I think that what escapes these writers is that Barack Obama received only 53% of the popular vote in the past election. So even back in November (2008) 47% of the voters did not want Barack Obama to be the President.
Bringing things up-to-date, the September 12th daily Presidential Tracking Poll by Rasmussen has, “33% strongly approving of the way Barack Obama is performing in his role as President.”
Both written pieces seem to assume that the President won by a landslide and is still held in high regard. The facts indicate otherwise. 53% bought into Barack Obama’s campaign rhetoric but far less are still on board as the reality of implementing his ideas kicks in.
Mr. Burciaga’s cheap shots made perfect sense to the winners early on but now they sound like they belong to an extreme lefty who is not paying attention to what has gone on since Barack Obama took over.
A person strongly approved by only 33% of the voting public should have expected some opposition when he tried to get the schoolchildren of the voters to consider: (1) What they could do to help the president, and (2) What is President Obama inspiring you to do. For the President even to think that such questions are appropriate reminds me of Brian’s line in The Breakfast Club – “Claire, you’re so full of yourself.”
It interested me that GHW Bush addressed the nation’s schoolchildren in 1991. His efforts were not received any better than Obama’s were. If the Current editorial had stated that the Democrats’ negative reactions to President Bush were, “anti-Bush overreactions,” I would have conceded that the editorial was evenhanded…….but it did not happen.
Mr. Burciaga writes as one who is tolerant of only those who agree with him. I wonder if he realizes that it was Obama’s ideas that turned some of the town hall meetings into sideshows not the elected officials attempting to defend them. Congressman John Tierney was very wise to defend Obama’s ideas from long distance rather than from before a live audience.
Looking ahead, I wonder how Mr. Burciaga will handle the compromises that the increasingly unpopular President will have to make to salvage any of his increasingly unpopular plans.
Nonetheless, one thing remains certain, no matter what Barack Obama says or does, Mr. Burciaga will be available to demean all critics in The Newburyport Current.
( Appeared as a letter-to-the-editor in The Newburyport Current on September 18, 2009. )