Wednesday, November 03, 2010

How Obama surrendered at home and waged war abroad

By Tariq Ali,, Oct 30, 2010

Barack Obama with the Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, this week

As the midterms rapidly approach, the beleaguered US President’s ratings are in steep decline, putting him on the defensive with little to offer his supporters except fine words. Those supporters have been voicing their discontent on the television networks but, much more seriously, are likely to punish Obama by staying at home and ignoring the ballot box on Tuesday.

Indeed, this has been a humiliating time for the once seemingly messianic President. This week’s decision for Obama to appear on the US satirical current affairs TV programme The Daily Show – which is largely watched by liberal voters – was a disaster. The audience openly laughed at him; the presenter, Jon Stewart, gave Obama the honour of being the first President to be called ”Dude’’ to his face on national television; and, worst of all, Obama was forced to recant on the most effective marketing slogan of his generation. ”Yes we can,” Obama admitted, had become ”Yes we can, but…’’ Not exactly a rallying cry.

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