View From the Right: Obama's Cool Factor Isn't Doing Him Any Favors

Is the President's so-called celebrity status hurting his re-election efforts?

Four years ago, a young Senator from Illinois told the nation he had an outsider’s agenda for Washington D.C. He electrified Americans -- especially young voters, who usually wouldn’t have been found at the polls -- defeated a powerhouse female Democratic rival, and went on to compete in the general election. His campaign couldn’t have had better timing as the nation came off the heels of what was widely hailed as a failed Republican presidency, and his slogan, Hope and Change, went viral, as did his popularity. Little did we know that very popularity could be just one of his biggest problems this time around.

The conservative Super PAC American Crossroads’ new video "Cool" highlights President Obama’s celebrity status and asks, "After four years of a celebrity president, is your life any better?” Unfortunately for many Americans, life isn’t only not better, it’s worse. Eleven percent of Americans remain unemployed. And though his failure to deliver on campaign promises is par for the American political course, his biggest transgressions -- failing to shut down Guantanamo and not keeping mandates out of the health care bill, both things he promised during his campaign -- aren’t easy for some voters to forget.

Meanwhile, he’s been powerless against the ongoing federal budget battle and his greatest accomplishment in the past four years – the Affordable Care Act -- is still facing potential Supreme Court action. This year alone he and his fellow Democrats have spurred a race war, used the tragic shooting death of a teenager as an opportunity to challenge the second amendment, waged a war on family farms and announced military layoffs that leave soldiers wondering whether or not they will continue to have a job in the near future.

 

 

Combine the hype that didn’t pan out, his propensity for major reneging of campaign promises, his lackluster performance and a few poorly timed political moves that challenge the very threads that make up America and it’s no wonder his approval ratings haven’t been stellar.

The truth is Obama’s actions -- and lack thereof -- may end up being his own one-way ticket off Pennsylvania Avenue.

Diana Prichard is a red-leaning freelance writer, living and working in a blue state. Follow her on Twitter: @diana_prichard

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