Over a month ago I pointed out that Obama would reneg on his promises, it has been less than three weeks since Obama won and already the MSM is trying to manage the expectations of his adoring public. According to CBS:
This might be a long haul,” said Robert Reich, who was President Bill Clinton’s secretary of labor. “2009 is going to be a very hard year. Some economists say we won’t be out of this for two years, others are saying it may be three, or four, maybe five years.”
Now on Obama’s transition team, Reich worries about what happens after the new president is sworn in Jan. 20.
“We all have to be very careful about the expectations that we are putting on this man, our president-elect,” Reich said. “If we all assume it’s going to be the first 100 days, we’re going to be disappointed.”
Fox News on the other hand had this – to say the day after the election:
“He’s made comments on the campaign trail that will have to be reconciled with his policies,” said Republican political analyst Dylan Glenn.
Obama has offered tax cuts for working families, affordable and expanded health care and a speedy withdrawal from Iraq intended to save billions of dollars each month.
“His notion about what he will do in Iraq, his notion about what he will do in terms of fiscal policy for this country will have to be translated into real live policy, and that will be a challenge,” Glenn said.
CBS continues with:
The man who was Obama’s chief campaign strategist is moving to lower expectations, too.
“We are inheriting an array problems unlike any president has faced, maybe since Franklin Roosevelt in 1932,” David Axelrod said. “It’s not going to be easy, not going to be quick.”
Rick Jasculca worked for President Jimmy Carter, President Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton. He said Obama will need every bit of his skill as a communicator.
“If people see you reaching across the aisle and they see you making progress – going forward rather than going backward – I think people will give you the benefit of the doubt,” Jasculca said.
While Fox had pointed out:
Just last month, Obama said he would delay rescinding Bush’s tax cuts on wealthy Americans if there is a recession, suggesting such an increase would further hurt the economy.
“I think we’ve got to take a look and see where the economy is,”[ Obama said ]“I mean, the economy is weak right now.”
Bloomberg is telegraphing to the UAW that any promises they think they have from Obama are renegotiable – unlike the union’s agreements with the automakers:
President-Elect Barack Obama‘s transition team is exploring a swift, prepackaged bankruptcy for automakers…Automakers such as GM could use court protection to reduce debt and reject unfavorable contracts.[emphasis mine]
Although Bloomberg did not specifically mention the union in that clip – they later quote a Republican to do so:
A GM bankruptcy is the “only way” for the biggest U.S. automaker to end union costs that make it uncompetitive, Republican Senator James DeMint of South Carolina
Add to all this Biden’s pre-election warning that their supporters would not like or even understand Obama’s response to a “crisis”. Of course many of us understand that the left relies on crisies to advance their policy aims.