In the poll, 68 percent assigned Bush a “great deal or moderate amount” of blame compared to 52 percent blaming Obama. That helps explain the virtual dead heat in Gallup’s presidential vote poll: Obama 46 percent, Romney 45 percent. Yet only 20 percent of the people polled said they were “satisfied with the way things are going” in the country, down from a range of 24-26 percent in recent months. And 68 percent said the economy and unemployment are the most important problems for the nation. But still Bush is more to blame after nearly four years of Obama?
Maybe there’s a clue in the “civics lesson” story purportedly written by a Nashville area teacher during the 2008 presidential election and posted on the Internet afterward. Whether actual or mythical, it’s provocative or at least provides comic relief. It follows:
“The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third grade this year. The presidential election was heating up and some of the children showed an interest. I decided we would have an election for a class president. We would choose our nominees. They would make a campaign speech and the class would vote. To simplify the process, candidates were nominated by other class members. We discussed what kinds of characteristics these students should have. We got many nominations and from those, Jamie and Olivia were picked to run for the top spot. The class had done a great job in their selections. Both candidates were good kids. I thought Jamie might have an advantage because he got lots of parental support. I had never seen Olivia’s mother.
“The day arrived when they were to make their speeches. Jamie went first. He had specific ideas about how to make our class a better place. He ended by promising to do his very best. Everyone applauded and he sat down. Now it was Olivia’s turn to speak. Her speech was concise. She said, ‘If you will vote for me, I will give you ice cream.’ The class went wild. ‘Yes! Yes! We want ice cream.’ Surely she would say more. She did not. Instead, she sat down. She did not have to say anything else. A discussion followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice cream? She wasn’t sure. Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it. She didn’t know. The class really didn’t care. All they were thinking about was ice cream. Jamie was forgotten. Olivia won by a landslide.
“Every time Barack Obama opened his mouth he offered ice cream and 52 percent of the people reacted like 9-year-olds. They want ice cream. The other 48 percent know they’re going to have to feed the cow and clean up the mess.”