It’s a tell-tale sign of the difficult situation he faces that President Obama is increasingly invoking his work ethic as a reason to re-elect him.
“I suspect that most people … would acknowledge that I’ve tried real hard, and we just haven’t gotten the kind of willingness on the part of Republicans to engage on a whole range of issues that I wish had happened,” Obama told WLWT-TV during a campaign swing through Ohio last Thursday.
Set aside the fact that Obama’s effort at bipartisanship has fallen massively short of what he promised. Even if Obama has tried as hard as he wants us to believe, it’s not a measure of strength when the president of the United States begins making plaintive pleas. It’s the latest excuse for a man who seems to have an endless supply of them.
Obama’s campaign themes are coming into sharper focus. The objective conditions in the country are dismal. The president has shown us time and again that he’s in over his head. But he’s tried real hard. That and $4.85 will get you a venti cappuccino at a New York City Starbucks.