One wonders if the USA’s current Commander-in-Chief isn’t thinking about the fate of President Lyndon Johnson.
Johnson’s decision not to run for a second full term as President is linked to something that Walter Cronkite said during a national news broadcast.
Cronkite spoke against the Vietnam War. Afterwards, Johnson told his press aide, “If I’ve lost Walter Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”*
Johnson understood that if he lost the support of certain people, then the odds of him being re-elected were worse.
So, what is President Obama to think when his presidency is ridiculed by Maureen Dowd? In her NYT column “The Downgrade Blues” Dowd says the following:
BARACK OBAMA must wonder sometimes if his luck has run out. Maybe he used it all up in 2008. “Yes, we can!” has devolved into “Hey, we might.”
. . . Barack Obama blazed like Luke Skywalker in 2008, but he never learned to channel the Force. And now the Tea Party has run off with his light saber.
The dissonance of his promise and his reality is jarring.
So what if a popular liberal columnist for an influential liberal newspaper points out that Obama’s walk hasn’t matched his talk?
Obama can still survive as long as he still has the full support of African Americans, right?
Or does he still have their full support?
In her 08/05/11 column, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Annette John-Hall reports the following:
Certainly African Americans have presented a united front in the wake of all of the slings and arrows being tossed at President Obama. After all, we know racism when we see it. . . But lately, some African Americans are starting to wonder out loud if blind support for the president is going against their own interests.
As the economic gap increases between white and black Americans, and the 16.2 percent unemployment rate among blacks is much higher than the national average, the number of Africans Americans who support Obama’s policies has dipped from 77 percent to just over half, though overall support remains high.
It is a good thing for Obama that African Americans need the Democratic Party in order to achieve political success. After all, it is not like an African American could win a political contest while running as a Republican. . .
Oh, wait. The Republican representing Florida’s 22nd Congressional District is an African American named Allen West. Well, as long as he remains below the radar and doesn’t gain national attention . . .
Never mind. Obama is still safe as long as Texas Governor Rick Perry doesn’t enter the 2012 presidential race.
Rick Perry to make 2012 intentions clear Saturday
Rick Perry intends to use a speech in South Carolina on Saturday to make clear that he’s running for president, POLITICO has learned.