Barack and Bocephus

Things are not going very well for the president – to say the least.

I can’t believe that former Clinton Administration figure and current ABC News Host George Stephanopolous had the intestinal fortitude to ask the 44th President of the United States the following obvious question:

George Stephanopoulos, ABC News: “And a lot of anger out there. There’s so many people who simply don’t think they’re better off than they were four years ago. How do you convince them that they are?”

President Obama: “Well, I don’t think they’re better off than they were four years ago. They’re not better off than they were before Lehman’s collapse, before the financial crisis, before this extraordinary recession that we’re going through. I think that what we’ve seen is that we’ve been able to make steady progress to stabilize the economy, but the unemployment rate is still way too high. And that’s why it’s so critical for us to make sure that we are taking every action we can take to put people back to work.”

During the interview, Obama tried to elicit a sympathy vote by whining.

Calling himself an “underdog,” President Obama today said the faltering economy is a drag on his presidency and seriously impairing his chances of winning again in 2012.

“Absolutely,” he said in response to a question from ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos about whether the odds were against him come November 2012, given the economy. “I’m used to being the underdog. But at the end of the day people are going to ask — who’s got a vision?”

Unfortunately for you, Scooter, as of right now, Americans are saying that it is not you. reports that:

Just 37 percent of people in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say they expect Obama to win re-election in November 2012; 55 percent instead expect the eventual Republican nominee to win.

It’s a challenging finding for the president because expectations can fuel voter enthusiasm — precisely the ingredient that led the GOP to its broad success in the 2010 midterms, when charged-up conservatives turned out while dispirited Democrats stayed home.

Democrats do expect Obama to win, but they say so only by 58-33 percent — a comparatively tepid vote of confidence within his own party. Republicans, by contrast, smell victory by a vast 83-13 percent. Independents by 54-36 percent expect the Republican candidate to beat Obama.

This poll, produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates, finds that the divisions among ideological groups tell a similar story. Conservatives are far more confident about the Republican nominee than are liberals about Obama, and moderates, albeit narrowly, are more likely to expect the challenger to win.

The poll also notes Americans who lack a college degree think, by 57-35 points, that the Republican nominee will beat Obama; those with a college degree think so too, but by a narrower 49-41 percent.

So, if you were Obama and/or his supporters, would you do anything that might upset potential voters?

NO?  Well, evidently ABC/Disney/ESPN is not as bright as you are, gentle reader.

Two years ago tomorrow, on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, the Minnesota Vikings’ 30-23 scored a home victory over the Green Bay Packers in Brett Favre’s first game against his former team.  The contest drew the biggest audience in the history of cable television and the highest rating in ESPN’s 30-year history. The game earned a 15.3 rating, which means they garnered 15,136,000 homes (21,839,000 P2+), surpassing the previous cable viewership record, ESPN’s Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys Monday Night Football telecast of September 15, 2008 (12,953,000 homes, based on a 13.3 rating, 18,608,000 P2+).

Are you ready for some censorship?

ESPN has dropped Hank Williams Jr. from opening Monday Night Football tonight after Williams’ controversial comments Monday about President Obama.

Says ESPN, in a statement: “While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize he is closely linked to our company through the opening to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”

Williams, perhaps best known for his “are you ready for some football?” lead-in to ESPN’s Monday Night Football, Monday compared this summer’s so-called golf summit between Obama and House Speaker John Boehner as “one of the biggest political mistakes ever.”

As Williams put it on Fox News’ Fox & Friends: “It would be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli leader) Benjamin Netanyahu.”

When asked on Fox to explain his analogy, Williams said Obama and Vice President Biden are “the enemy.”

Although ESPN has a policy about its on-air personalities getting involved in politics, Williams has said he’s interested in running as a Republican in 2012 for a U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee.

In one fell swoop, ABC/Disney/ESPN just cost Obama any professional football and country music voters that may be contemplating voting for his re-election.

Heckuva job there, fellers.

But that’s okay, Mr. President.  I’m sure you’ve still got your base.  I’m sure that Black Leaders like Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television will still rock the vote for you.

Oh, wait…maybe not.

BET founder Robert Johnson on the “FOX News Sunday” program: “Well, I think the president has to recalibrate his message. You don’t get people to like you by attacking them or demeaning their success. You know, I grew up in a family of 10 kids, first one to go to college, and I’ve earned my success. I’ve earned my right to fly private if I choose to do so.

“And by attacking me it is not going to convince me that I should take a bigger hit because I happen to be wealthy. You know, it is the old — I think Ted and Fred and I we both sort of take the old Ethel Merman approach to life. I’ve tried poor and I tried rich and I like rich better. It doesn’t mean that I am a bad guy.

“I didn’t go in to business to create a public policy success for either party, Republican or Democrat. I went in business to create jobs and opportunity, create opportunity, create value for myself and my investors. And that’s what the president should be praising, not demagoguing us simply because Warren Buffet says he pays more than his secretary. He should pay the secretary more and she will pay more.”

Well gosh, Mr. President.  Things aren’t going so well for you, are they?  Your situation reminds of the time comedian “Lonesome” George Gobel appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  He was the last one on the set and as he looked down the couch and saw Bob Hope, John Wayne, and Dean Martin sitting next to him, Gobel smiled wryly, looked straight into the camera, and without missing a beat, asked:

Did you ever feel like the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?

Sho’ ’nuff hate it for you, Scooter.

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