Never before in our nation’s history has a president so ruthlessly dominated the air waves as Obama. The citizens of this nation are bombarded daily with interviews, news conferences, behind-the-scenes footage, and commercials featuring Obama.
Some days I wonder how the guy has time to run a country. I am truly in awe of how he manages to squeeze in a Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting in between the filming of a United Way commercial and an appearance on David Letterman. How does the man do it?
It used to be a big deal when the President was on T.V. The whole nation would tune in to watch because it must be the State of the Union address or a declaration of war. Now, though, it seems a single day does not pass where Obama’s face is not plastered to our television screen. Decisions used to be made by the White House without the need of a nationally televised news conference to talk about it.
We must then ask ourselves the bigger question: why does Obama pounce on every opportunity to shove his image down our throats? Is he already beginning the campaign for 2012? It would seem so.
Is he suffering from over exposure? His recent approval ratings say so. According to last week’s Rasmussen Poll, 41 percent of the nation strongly disapproves of the way he is performing his role as President. The failing economy isn’t the only reason either. Enough is enough.
People are turned off by the constant self promotion. It is almost like “the little boy who cried wolf.” We never know which public speaking engagement is of national importance or merely another photo-op. He is demeaning the office of the presidency by spending more time keeping up his public appearances than actually doing his job. No, Obama, we don’t need video of you bowing down to some dictator in the Middle East, shaking the New York Yankees’ hands, signing copies of your new autobiography, or even sharing a cigar with world leaders on the White House lawn. There are some things we just don’t need to see.
Mr. Obama, I know you are multi-talented, but can’t your celebrity career hold off until after your term in the White House? I am sure we would all appreciate it.