President Obama knows he’s in trouble with the American people.
Yes, his job approval has slipped further since Christmas, down to 40%, and is worse than G.W. Bush’s at the same point.
But you can tell Obama knows it anyway because he’s fallen back on his path of preferred political action. He’s giving speeches. Many speeches. Campaign speeches. Roll-up-the-sleeves speeches. Point-his-finger speeches. Call-on-others-to-do-something speeches.
It’s what Obama does, throw speeches at things like pop singers throw eggs at neighbors. What he’s always done because meeting, cajoling, joshing, building teams with Congress, bringing people together is not what he’s good at. Despite all the speeches in which he promised to do just that.
Obama believes he’s good at speechifying. And he used to be.
Trouble is, more and more Americans are tuning him out. Seriously, how often have you seen his face on TV, said, ‘Yeh, right’ and clicked straight on by because he’s always talking while never really saying anything? “I speak, therefore, I am.”