Moreover, the President’s decision to focus his entire first year on health care, when the voters were focused on the economy, on unemployment, on deficits, demonstrated, in the end unhappily for him and frustratingly for his fellow citizens, that he simply wasn’t thinking about what they were thinking about. In a high economy this might have been forgiven if he’d been generally understood to be a visionary. But he didn’t come across as a visionary – “We will go this way, the path may not be clear to all but I can see the sunlight through the hills beyond.” No. He came across as a detached academic who believed in abstract notions he’d picked up in the faculty lounge.
Barack Obama has never had a job where he actually had to produce. The real world is tough.