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JAY COST: Obama has Failed by His Own Standards – The Weekly Standard

August 31, 2011

Morning Jay: Obama has Failed by His Own Standards

6:00 AM, AUG 31, 2011 • BY JAY COST

Earlier this week, Gallup published a sobering graph:

This year, net confidence in the government hit a recent low. That suggests to me that Obama has failed by his own standards.

Let’s recall the meta-narrative of the Obama 2008 campaign, which he laid out in the first couple pages of the Audacity of Hope. Contrasting the “dirty and nasty” elements of politics, Obama praised its more noble side:

…a tradition based on the simple idea that we have a stake in one another, and that what binds us together is greater than what drives us apart, and that if enough people believe in the truth of that proposition and act on it, then we might not solve every problem, but we can get something meaningful done.

Obama’s purpose was to “excavate” the lost nobility of American politics, emphasizing the public good over special interests. In Obama’s estimation, it is the dominance of such interests – be it partisan absolutists, lobbying groups, or whatever – that has driven us apart, and eroded the public faith in our institutions. Obama would change all that, and restore confidence in the government.

The chart from Gallup tells us that faith in the government has most certainly not been restored, and a review of the Obama administration’s actions to date reveals a White House that time and again has chosen the special interests over the public good.

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