Smoking and Obama used to be cool. Like all things that are bad for us, they eventually fall from favor and even become toxic.
If you are old enough to remember a time when there were no warnings on packs of smokes and all the cool guys seemed to always have a lit cigarette hanging out of their mouths and the “in” chicks had a burning butt fashionably held in two fingers in what we were told was a sign of good breeding.
The cigarette companies even told us their product was “good” for us. It was relaxing. Soothing. And there was a time almost everyone smoked. In the mid 1960′s 54% of adult males smoked and probably almost as many women, though many hid the habit.
And the really cool characters and advertising campaigns made us all believe that this was something really amazing. The Marlboro Man, Joe Camel, even Doctors!
Eventually, logic and science managed to cut through the marketing genius behind Cigarette Manufacturers and we learned that smoking was actually one of the most harmful things that a person could possibly do to themselves. The only thing relaxing about a cigarette was when the nicotine levels drop and you begin having withdrawal pains. Then the product actually managed to be enjoyable.
then we learned that the Marlboro Man, the tough, rugged Cowboy that gave a manly image to anyone smoking Marlboro Cigarettes had lung cancer. The image on the right shows what the tobacco companies don’t want you to see. that is, the ugly reality of what this “cool” thing is doing to us.
It seems that a lot of Democrats are getting that same vibe about Barack Obama. his presidency has been one of the most toxic events to happen in America in the history of the country. And, like smoking, even the most ardent and vocal supporters of this president are coming to grips with the realization that this man is harming America and no matter how partisan or loyal the supporters are, there comes a point where self preservation and the preservation of America must come first.
And we are finally seeing that happen.
From the Huffington Post:
Newark N.J. Mayor Cory Booker (D) expressed reserve about the Obama campaign’s Bain strategy against Mitt Romney, telling “Meet The Press” viewers on Sunday that he was “uncomfortable” with the line of attacks.
“This kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides,” Booker said. “It’s nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity.”
Booker was referencing the Obama campaign’s Monday release of a series of documentary-esque Bain videos. The clips depicted Romney as a job destroyer at places like GST steel — a company purchased by Bain that later saw hundreds of workers lose their employment.
And according to BuzzFeed, even long time Democrat Operative and former Pennsylvania Governor takes issue with Obama:
Former Pensylvania Governor Ed Rendell said it would be unfair to compare Obama’s aides to Clinton’s operation.
“You’re comparing them to the gold standard,” Rendell told BuzzFeed. “They’ve done a good job.”
He added, however, that he hasn’t heard of officials getting Clinton-style calls from Obama at 11:30 at night to ask about local issues. That, said a former Clinton aide, is simply a product of how Obama rose to power.
“He’s not as engaged in building Democratic institutions in different states,” the consultant said. “If you think about how he came to beat Hillary and become president, he did not go through typical Democratic institutions — he ceded that to Hillary. Eventually some started to come his way. I don’t know if there’s as much of a reliance on building these operations state by state.”
And Rendell joined the chorus of criticism of Obama’s attacks on finance, whose leaders have written checks to many members of both parties.
“I think they’re very disappointing,” Rendell said of the ads attacking Bain. “I think Bain is fair game, because Romney has made it fair game. But I think how you examine it, the tone, what you say, is important as well.”
As for Booker, “I admire him,” Rendell said. “People in politics should tell the truth. He could have qualified it better, he could have framed it better, but if you’re in this business, none of us like negative ads.”
And even former Virginia Governor and current US Senator Mark Warner takes issue with Obama’s attacks on Bain Capitol:
This morning on MSNBC, former venture capitalist Sen. Mark Warner D-Va. admitted that Bain Capital was “very successful” and “did what they were supposed to do.”
When asked about whether attacks on private equity were fair, Warner said that he was “proud” of his previous career in the private sector but noted that public service required a “different skill set.”
“Bain Capital was a very successful business. They got a good return for their investors. That is what they were supposed to do,” Warner said.
And another group, the Catholic Church, is taking Obama to task for his mandates that they go against their religious beliefs and provide birth control and some abortion services for their employees and others under their care. Catholics have been very supportive of Obama and his war on religion is taking it’s toll. Few of the church Clergy are still enthusiastically supporting Obama and most have moved totally away from supporting him at all.
Rev. John Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame, said in a message to the campus that the filing “is about the freedom of a religious organization to live its mission, and its significance goes well beyond any debate about contraceptives.”
The contraception rule does include an exemption for religious organizations — but that exemption does not cover many religious-affiliated organizations like schools and charities. Complaints about the narrowly tailored exemption prompted a stand-off between the Obama administration and religious groups earlier this year. As a compromise, the administration said insurers — and not the religious-affiliated organizations themselves — could be required to offer contraceptive coverage directly.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/05/21/catholic-organizations-across-country-file-suit-against-contraception-mandate/#ixzz1vc4FYWz6
And Obama has managed to further enrage Religious groups with his support of “gay” marriage. And this transcends race and politics as many prominent African-American Pastors are deeply concerned at the lack of morality Obama has shown with this support, obviously calculated at pandering to a voting block in his bid for reelection. In a post from Virginia Right! from earlier today, a local African-American Pastor, Bishop Husband, was not happy with Obama and his support for “gay” marriage.
While many of us have persons in our families whom we love dearly, that practice homosexuality, it is irresponsible for us to sanction it as a “norm” for family life. To make it a norm will eventually change the thinking of every new generation to fight the principles of the bible, the core beliefs that keep us from being totally unrestrained as a people. Standards of living are important. They give us balance. President Obama set a dangerous precedent from the highest office in the land with no spiritual counsel or future insight to the full ramification of his statement. Or did he? If he did, then we must deduce several things: 1) He has little to no regard for the church and many of its leaders; 2) He denies the foundational truth or at best misinterprets scriptures on what the Word of God says how a family is structured; 3) He seeks to weaken the voice of the once only, free voice in our society (The African American pastor). Down the road, not to marry same sex couples will eventually spell the end of funding that so many depend upon to do ministry and eventually may end in jail time for violation of rights or discrimination accusations. At the very least we will be spending unnecessary and needed monies in court to fight for principles we preach.
So for Barack Obama, the title of Cool is fast morphing into Kool. With one toxic position and policy after another, the wheels are finally falling off. his own party are beginning to have major questions on who he is and what he believes. It seems that nothing he has done is working. The economy is still stuck in the mud, jobs are going backwards even as the unemployment tolls are purged as workers give up. The college Freshmen who in 2008 that so overwhelmingly supported Obama are now graduating and less than half of them will find a job within a year of graduation.
It seems that there are more states suing Obama, the EPA and Immigrations for their misguided policies, not to mention the still unpopular Obamacare fiasco that will be ruled on in a few weeks.
And we have renewed doubts as to Obama’s place of birth with the recent discovery of a publisher’s bio claiming he was born in Kenya.
The stars aligned just right in 2008 to propel Barack Obama from relative obscurity to the White House. And those same stars seem to be aligning against him in 2012 as group after group takes offense at his failures, petulance and pandering.
It appears voters are ready to cast off Obama like a bad habit in November. And most are eager to go cold turkey.