Friday, March 11, 2011

Can There Be Any Doubt The Bloom Is Off The Rose?

Remember this?

My, how things change:

The White House is ramping up an effort to promote a nationwide competition to decide which high school wins a commencement speech by President Obama.

An internal White House memo indicates that the White House is facing a shortage of applications less than a week before the deadline.

The competition was extended from the February 25 deadline until Friday, March 11 after few schools met the original application deadline. CBS News has learned a White House Communications Office internal memo dated February 22 noted “a major issue with the Commencement Challenge.”

“As of yesterday we had received 14 applications and the deadline is Friday,” the memo said. The memo also urged recipients to, “please keep the application number close hold.”

I've often tossed around the idea that Obama is either a raving Leftist or a total incompetent, and that debate rears its head once again here:

Allahpundit called this “losing the future,” and that’s not the only amateurish bungle in this episode. Instead of announcing that only 14 of America’s 37,000 high schools (count as of 2001, anyway) bothered to respond to the contest for a success rate of 0.038%, why not just quietly pick one of the 14 that did apply without sending up a red flag via e-mail? That way, no one would have to know how few wanted Obama, and the event wouldn’t be a reminder of just how unhip Obama has become even with young Americans.

We know that this is a right-of-center nation that fundamentally disagrees with most of Obama's fundamental governing philosophy, so much of this rejection is likely due to that fact. However, the last two years have also revealed that Obama chronically votes present on tricky or contentious issues, or at least waits until the initial smoke clears before joining in the discussion. He has suffered countless foreign policy gaffes, supported our enemies and berated our allies. He has been caught in lie after lie after lie, and the media's lips have been proven to be firmly fixed to his hind quarters the whole time, or his approval rating would be in the teens. All of these things have also eroded what was an extremely high support rate when he entered office:

So, what is causing this plummet? Is it his ideology, or his incompetence?

I vote both. It's not everyone who can manage to lose support from the brainwashed youth and their brainwashed teachers.

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