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How Long Will the Obama Honeymoon Last?

 
 
Zippo
 
Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 04:57 am
WASHINGTON " Given the excitement in Washington this week, one would think that with inauguration of Barack Obama " and the departure of George W. Bush " the economy is about to spring back to life, the troops are all on their way home from Iraq, there will be health care coverage for all and, to quote a certain Obama foe turned Obama Secretary of State, “celestial choirs will be singing and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect.” ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/us/politics/20web-nagourney.html
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 05:05 am
Same time as usual, I would guess.


What's the usual length of the presidential honeymoon?

If anything, I would think that Obama may fall a little more quickly, I would imagine, because if the fervour of the affair.
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 05:12 am
@Zippo,
As long as the bride (American people) want it to.
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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 06:02 am
Maybe we should give him as long as the Democrats gave George Bush.
Intrepid
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 06:33 am
@Brandon9000,
8 years? Smile
msolga
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 07:21 am
He may well be an excellent president, but how could anyone live up to such incredibly unrealistic expectations? There are bound to be people who'll feel disappointed or cheated even, when they discover he can't perform miracles, I reckon.

http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2009/01/20/200109_editoon_gallery__600x368.jpg
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 07:29 am
@msolga,
Well, where is this "show us a miracle" stuff coming from, though?

The vast majority of people I know think he's a smart guy who will do his best and will likely be much better than Bush. None of this miracle crap though, which strikes me as hype itself.
msolga
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 07:35 am
@sozobe,
Oh I absolutely agree with you, Soz! I'm just saying that the expectations of him are enormous ... & so, too, are the challenges he's facing.
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 07:40 am
@msolga,
Well, where are the "incredibly unrealistic expectations," then? Nagourney's snarky article aside (and the dude's been full of snark for quite a while when it comes to Obama), are actual Obama supporters broadcasting their "incredibly unrealistic expectations" or are naysayers representing their expectations as incredibly unrealistic?

This strikes me as just more of the meme that we saw throughout the election -- that Obama supporters think he's the messiah, yadda yadda. When people I actually encountered or read about were way more clear-eyed than that.
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 07:43 am
@sozobe,
Ah, I should've read more of the Nagourney article -- he opens with snark but dials it back right away:

Quote:
But as Mr. Obama takes the oath of office, there is evidence that, as enthusiastic as the public is about the change in power, there are no expectations of quick fixes. The cascade of grim economic news, combined with the calculatedly sober tone Mr. Obama has adopted " most recently in his no-applause-line speech to thousands of supporters at the concert on the Mall on Sunday " has provided something of a cushion for Mr. Obama.
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msolga
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 07:47 am
@sozobe,
Soz
The cartoon is from Oz ... The Sydney Morning Herald. I don't think the cartoonist is "having a go" at Obama at all .... it's simply about huge expectations (of the world actually, not just the US), nothing more, as I see it. I'm not familiar with the article you mention. I'm not nearly as familiar with internal aspects of the US election campaign as you might think.
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Bella Dea
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 07:49 am
He's never said he will perform miracles. And he's been pretty straight forth with the fact that this is a tough road with lots of starts and stops.

I don't think the majority of people think that today will magically change everything.

I think the majority of people are just happy to have a fresh start and the PROSPECT of a new tomorrow.
msolga
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 07:51 am
@Bella Dea,
Quote:
He's never said he will perform miracles.


I know!
H2O MAN
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 07:53 am
@msolga,


O boy has been on Honeymoon for the last two or three weeks.
The honeymoon may last the rest of the month, but I doubt it.

Get to work!!
msolga
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 07:53 am
@msolga,
Crikey.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 08:01 am
@msolga,
Quote:
I'm just saying that the expectations of him are enormous ... & so, too, are the challenges he's facing.


msolga- I hear what you are saying. Obama has been hyped up to the point where no human being could ever live up to the expectations. In a way though, that at this point in time, I think that the hype may be positive, in calming an anxious nation.

I think that when the reality sets in, Obama will do a masterful, if not perfect (and who's perfect?) job.
H2O MAN
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 08:02 am



Lowered expectations....
msolga
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 08:04 am
@Phoenix32890,
Thank you, Phoenix. And I'm hugely supportive.


But I don't really want to say any more, thanks! (sheesh!)
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Zippo
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 08:13 am
@H2O MAN,
Yeah! ... from "yes we can" to "hope we can" ?

http://hamous.org/images/obama.gif
H2O MAN
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 08:17 am
@Zippo,
Exactly!

Once O boy recovers from his coronation he will quickly face the fact that the weight
of the world is on his shoulders and his lack of experience will come into play...
 

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