Well, he is trying to avoid impropriety of accepting large donations, this way he can nickel and dime his way to a stuffed campaign chest.
Maybe he should have the Michelle Obama Food Plate. A really nice plate with 4 sections and a dairy circle on the side, he can list his 4 major accomp...oh wait, he doesn't have 4. Maybe if he had actually done something on immigration as he had promised; but, then he couldn't use that as a carrot to get people to vote for him again.
From the same editorial item given by Miller, I located this line by Ed Rendell
In his new book, “A Nation of Wusses,” the Democrat Ed Rendell, the former governor of Pennsylvania, wonders how “the best communicator in campaign history” lost his touch
The item then comments:
The legendary speaker who drew campaign crowds in the tens of thousands and inspired a dispirited nation ended up nonchalantly delegating to a pork-happy Congress, disdaining the bully pulpit, neglecting to do any L.B.J.-style grunt work with Congress and the American public, and ceding control of his narrative.
As president, Obama has never felt the need to explain or sell his signature pieces of legislation — the stimulus and health care bills — or stanch the flow of false information from the other side.
“The administration lost the communications war with disastrous consequences that played out on Election Day 2010,” Rendell writes, and Obama never got credit for the two pieces of legislation where he reached for greatness.
The president had lofty dreams of playing the great convener and conciliator. But at a fund-raiser in Minneapolis, he admitted he’s just another combatant in a capital full of Hatfields and McCoys. No compromises, just nihilism.
I can't say as I am surprised by any of the lack of actual doings by Obama. Even in the summer of 2008 when I was in phase 1, I voiced my concerns, and by November when phase 2 took place, I was even more opposed to him. Unfortunately, the Republicans failed to present a suitable candidate that year. I am of the firm belief that if they had, they would have won.