The Barack Obama that most Hoosiers remember voting for can still be found on YouTube. He stands before a cheering Elkhart high school gymnasium in August 2008, tireless, aspirational, promising a new America of jobs and hope. "We can choose another future," says the newcomer with the funny name. "So I ask you to join me."
Today that view of Obama is harder to find in Indiana. A couple of weeks back and a dozen miles west of Elkhart, hundreds gathered in another school gym â€” except this time it was for a job fair. With the local unemployment rate above 12% and rising again this summer, about a third of the employer display tables stood empty. Julie Griffin, who voted for Obama in '08, sat down at the room's edge, well dressed and discouraged. After 23 years as a payroll administrator at a local RV plant, she got laid off 18 months ago. "Really, what has he been doing?" she said when I asked about...
He has 'one termer' written all over him. The latest decision to let tax cuts expire will only add to the list of reasons to vote him out in two years. I agree that he should have never been elected in the first place. Most voted for him out of the fear that McCain would equal four more years of Bush. Obama represented real change and people never thought that the change would be for the worse. I have posted before that no practicing Christian should have voted for Obama. His stand on abortion should have been a deal breaker. It is impossible for me to understand how so many Chirstians overlook this obvious flaw, but I know many friends who gave him a pass on this stance and their vote.
He's unpopular because he's just skillful enough to satisfy his constituents but not skillful enough to make the rest of us at least feel as if we're getting something too (beyond election rhetoric, at least).