In a speech on the economy at Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, Ohio [White House transcript] Obama attacked House GOP Leader John Boehner (R-OH) with eight direct references. That in itself is an astounding revelation of just how desperate Obama has become. Not many people outside political circles even know who Boehner is, but Obama raised Boehner's status to that equaling his own. Not a smart thing to do when you consider that Boehner has been leading the charge to present Republican alternatives to Obama's fiscally irresponsible spending and general incompetance.
Even worse for Obama: below the petty partisan attacks that have become a staple of the rhetoric from a President who promised to rise above such tactics (he's the MOST partisan President in recent history)Obama is losing the audience.
We already see that his approval ratings have dropped faster than any President in recent memory. That's matched with a huge drop in enthusiasm among Democrats for this fall's election. Evidence of the lack of enthusiasm and approval for Obama can be seen in more personal ways:
Tri-C students recruited to fill the seats for Obama's appearanceI remember organizing events for President Reagan in Ohio back in the 1980's. Our problem wasn't filling the hall, it was how to handle the people who had to be turned away because there wasn't enough room!
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
PARMA, Ohio – With less than an hour before President Obama's scheduled speech, 75 seats remained empty in the recreation center at Cuyahoga Community College's Western Campus.
So organizers went around campus and recruited more students to fill the seats.
Student Jennifer Rahal, of Parma Heights, whose class was canceled today, was working on her art work in the coffee shop in the basement of the building when the call went out for more guests.
After dropping off their stuff at a bag check, the newly invited guests cleared security and filed into the gym.