The Lost Message #tcot #p2 #election2010

President Obama made news on Wednesday, but not for any legislative agenda, policy, or more “change we can (might, maybe, possibly, one day) believes in”, but for his appearance on the Daily Show with John Stewart.   The appearance was to encourage the “younger viewers” who watch the Daily Show and voted heavily for Barack Obama in 2008 to return to vote again on November 2.   However, the appearance was rather odd and left you wondering why Obama was on TV rather than out campaigning for fellow Democrats who are hurting in their republican heavy districts.  It makes you wonder how massive the devastation will be to the Democratic Party on Wednesday morning, and the way we should interpret the results.

David Broder offered this in Thursday’s Washington Post:

What this means to me is that the voters are withholding any real verdict on their party preference. The polling says that the ratings they give the parties individually have rarely been weaker. Large majorities of Republicans express doubts about the GOP. As do large majorities of Democrats about their own party.

Part of the problem appears to be that President Obama has already accepted the fate of next Tuesday’s results, and has looked forward to Election 2012, where his name will appear at the top of the ballot.  On the Daily Show the product that Obama is peddling is his own, which is why Obama was so fervent about defending the legislative record during the current congress, as well as his choices of advisors.  Why else would Obama appear on a TV Show that is ultimately a return home to his “college” base of voters who heard the heavens open, the music of the choir, and the angels appear (thanks Hilary) during the 2008 Presidential Election?  Election 2012 has begun a week early!

The other notable problem has been the inability to deliver a message.   On the Daily Show, Obama stated that some of his legislative victories people do not even know about?  How is that even possible?   The reality is quite sobering when the Republican Party has completely owned the social media messaging, whereas the Democratic Party has rarely used its power to broadcast 24/7 directly to the American people as effectively.  Curiously, the President who won his election based on the power of social media has been eclipsed by a half term Governor from Alaska who tweets about [insert ANY subject] and it becomes breaking news.   So, it makes you wonder how badly the Obama Administration has dropped the ball when it comes to message delivery.

Regardless of the election results, it will be pivotal that the administration begins to control the message once again if it plans to get any legislative measures passed.  Obama needs to not only become more vocal about agenda, but begin to LISTEN to the voters that elected him.  The American people are still waiting for change!  Jon Stewart asked President Obama at the beginning of his show whether or not we were truly the “ones we the people we were waiting for?” Let’s hope for the next generation we were!

The Daily Show Episode:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 1
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 2
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 3
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

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