sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

February 1, 2012

Barack Obama: Man of the People?

Filed under: politics — Tags: , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 3:04 pm

For reasons beyond my understanding,  The American public continue to believe that Barack Obama can relate to them:

  • 55% say he relates to the needs of average people fairly or very well. Not bad, next to 39% for Mitt Romney and 36% for Newt Gingrich.
  • Some 41% of those polled say Obama doesn’t understand average problems well or at all. Asked the same about Gingrich, 51% agreed; 48% gave the same answer about Romney.
  • Among independent voters, 53% call Obama empathetic, while only 38% and 37% say the same of Romney and Gingrich, respectively.

If so many adults believe that the compulsive golfer who held a real world job briefly and didn’t like it, can relate to their concerns, then Obama needs to be attacked on this issue.  Perhaps the video of the President finding it “interesting” that people can’t find jobs should be played more often:

And maybe there should be more discussion of lavish White House parties off-limits to press and public, and where the First Lady is more likely to shop, Target or Agent Provocateur.

Michelle Obama $450 sneakers

FLOTUS wears $450 sneakers to a soup kitchen

I don’t think this discussion will hurt Republican contenders because the general population perception that they are able to relate to ordinary people is not their strong suit.  For that reason I have a hard time believing that the latest gotcha on Romeny will have much of an effect.



  1. $450 for sneakers? Why are her pants so high is she expecting a flood?

    Comment by Harrison — February 2, 2012 @ 10:12 am

  2. $450 really should look better than those shoes do.

    Comment by nooneofanyimport — February 2, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    • Yep. I suspect if she had well-made $450 shoes that she wears day in and day out, and she’d wear them to a charity event like this nobody would even notice. But this is so tacky. Meh!

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — February 2, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    • Yes they should. But they are “in”. Why, I am not sure. Of course, have you ever seen some of the fashionistas that dictate what is cool? That would explain a lot.

      Comment by AHLondon (@AHLondon_Tex) — February 6, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

  3. I’m not sure that the GOP contenders actually do relate to the average American.

    But, clearly, the Obamas relate to the average American much less — and I’m not speaking of race.

    Comment by Always On Watch — February 3, 2012 @ 5:01 am

    • I’m not sure that GOP candidates relate either.. perhaps Santorum does, but it’s also not the most important quality to me. If the man can coolly understand what works for his country, I’ll vote for him. What bothers me about Obamas is not so much that they are out of touch, but they are so in your face about it.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — February 3, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

  4. Reblogged this on theconservativehillbilly.

    Comment by The Conservative Hill Billy — February 3, 2012 @ 10:57 am

  5. If she had actually worked for these shoes, I would be happy The hypocrisy of FLOTUS,POTUS, and folks like them is infinite!

    Comment by The Conservative Hill Billy — February 3, 2012 @ 10:59 am

  6. It’s all about propaganda. The MSM have the people believing that Democrats, any Democrat is a person of the people while Republicans are out of touch rich people.

    I’ve found the opposite to be true. But don’t tell that to the press. It’s all about the narrative.

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — February 6, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

  7. Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but y’all need to get used to this Obama connecting to the people thing. That Eastwood SuperBowl ad, it is working. From morning tweets, because I’m in a rush, links work if you paste them: How Obama wins. Conventional wisdom failure, again. Compare Eastwood ad. Study in self delusion. So many quip options:

    Not much to be done about this spilled milk. Focus on Congress: Political Moneyball: The Conservative Strategy for Winning the Fight Coming After the Election Exactly, all of it.

    Comment by AHLondon (@AHLondon_Tex) — February 6, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

  8. A great, sobering essay, thank you. I have to say, though, I don’t think there is anything unusual about a warm reception in Silicon Valley given that it’s his home turf.
    Where BO is strong is his personal popularity, which is why, I think, he should be attacked on that — intelligence, empathy, suave.

    Comment by edge of the sandbox — February 6, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

  9. Freedom doesn’t seem to sell as well as it use to. That’s sad.

    Comment by Conservatives on Fire — February 7, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

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