And maybe that's the problem. The WTFers are hoping the site will make the case for Obama that too many feel he has not made for himself. And it just can't. Because for all its statistics, the site reveals strangely little about Obama. Nearly half of the accomplishments seem to be for bills he signed that were drafted by a Democratic congress. Bills that any sitting Democrat president would sign. But America already knows why they voted for a Democrat: because the Republicans gave us George W. Bush. Voters are now asking why they should reelect Obama.
Even the statistics on Obama's healthcare reform -- arguably Obama's biggest accomplishment -- won't answer that question for many. Although the site lists aspects of Obamacare that most reasonable people could probably agree on -- like extending the age to cover children on parents' policies and not allowing insurance companies to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions -- the fear persists, and not just because of Fox News. The unconvinced needed Obama to lead them personally through a new idea. But by his own admission, Obama left the details of the plan to Congress for the pragmatic reason of simply getting it done. And "something" did get done. So good or bad, Obama scored some points. He got more factoids, but not the country's faith. Or to keep with the sexual symbolism, it's like we awoke from a wet dream we don't recall, and having someone point out the mess in our shorts isn't enough to earn a real date.
And speaking of ejaculate-stained clothing, it's a little disheartening that in my entire life, no president has ever sold me anything half as hard as Bill Clinton tried to convey that he didn't jump Monica Lewinsky. But the fact that so many people are asking, "What the fuck has Obama done so far?" is proof that the time for such a sell is now. Because somewhere in the noise of the merely angry or rhetorical WTFs, there are real Americans asking real questions. And a real president speaking directly could change minds. At the very least, it would force the Ann Coulters and Bill O'Reillys to spew rhetoric in response to such ideas, rather than allowing them to create political monsters out of whole cloth the way they're doing now. Because when those distortions and scare tactics come, I don't want the inquisitive moderates with frightened, wilted erections scrambling for their computers in search of some factoid-porn they'll never remember. I want them to take a breath, calmly feel their blood begin to pulse and flow, and say, "No, that doesn't sound right. That's not what my president told me."
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