"The Real Reason Obama Is Faltering"
Just look at the most recent line of presidents. From Reagan, to both Bushes, Carter, who failed for different reasons, and a mostly successful Bill Clinton, these were individuals exposed to broad elements of America as a whole as they came up. That isn't the case for Obama, an individual who has admitted to being bored by suburbs and with no real claim to having experienced rural America very much.The writers statement is a bit over the top. What about FDR and DDE? What about JFK, although swimming in the waters of the Southwest Pacific must have given him some sense of how life is for the other 99%. Truman and Nixon and Ford had seen a broader swath of life.
From private sector endeavors, to state governorships, a baseball team owner, along with previous experience within the academy and hallways of power, most of our Presidents had either experienced, or dealt significantly and directly with many of the complex elements that comprise American society beforehand. Obama actually led a mostly insulated life.
Maybe there is something to this.
Hat tip to Instapundit.
Regards — Cliff
PS: And Maureen Dowd seems a little unhappy with the President.