If President Obama wants to be reelected in November, he’d better show up to the next debate as the combative Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and not Fiona Apple.
The below video, to my mind, is THE VIDEO for explaining President Obama’s problem in the polls at the moment. While enraged right-wing hooligans mean to dismantle key features of the middle class American diner–from the housing deduction to Medicare to General Motors to student loans–and start fresh wars and overturn Roe v. Wade, Barack Obama is Buddha-calm about it, like Fiona Apple. If anything captures this election’s Zeitgeist, it’s this:
Below, by contrast, is Julia Gillard dressing down a sexist and hypocritical right-winger for going after one of her colleagues for sexism. This woman is dynamite and Obama needs to make a quick study of her because he simply can’t stay in Fiona Apple’s inner Kansas anymore. As Michael Tomasky wrote this morning,
Mr. President, 70 million or more Americans are counting on you. They voted for you, they’re planning on voting for you again, and they want you to fight for them. If you lose, you let them down horribly—and you damage their lives. They’re 47 percenters, a lot of these folks. They need you. If the other side gets in, you’ll be fine, but they’re screwed.