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Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Economy, Media, Politics | 4 comments

Learning to Love Obama Again

Four months from now, voters will either have renewed their vows in a shaky marriage or taken their chances with a parody of the rich guy who promises them the moon with no evidence of reliability.

For guidance, they can turn back to a primary source about the ups and downs of life with Barack Obama—-Michelle Obama herself. Back in 2007, the future First Lady warned against expecting too much from him:

“Barack is very much human. So let’s not deify him, because what we do is we deify, and then we’re ready to chop it down. People have notions of what a wife’s role should be in this process, and it’s been a traditional one of blind adoration. My model is a little different–I think most real marriages are.”

Mrs. Obama could not have foreseen how much chopping down would occur in her husband’s first term, how the politics of hope would morph into the politics of nope with wall-to-wall GOP refusal to man the fire hoses as the national economy was burning down.

Now, as Mitt Romney woos the most unlikely constituencies, the question is: Do voters have to rekindle that 2008 rapture to escape their frying pan/fire dilemma?

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