In today’s round-up of political fabness, we have the brand new President Barack Obama cover of ROLLING STONE and new video Rock The Vote PSA starring Whoopi Goldberg, Lil Jon and EJ Johnson More inside…
President Barack Obama has landed the cover of Rolling Stone. In the issue, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman comes to the commander-in-chief's defense, explaining why he is a historic success.
As President Obama finishes off the final two years of his second term of office, there has been talk surrounding his low approval ratings amongst Americans, despite all of his accomplishments during his stay in the White House. This week, President O’s economic ratings have hit the lowest level of his presidency, declining to only 24% of Americans who are extremely confident with Obama’s economic record, according to a CNBC survey.
In the article, Paul praises our president as “one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history” and he broke down the unfair bashing our president endures. He writes,
Obama faces trash talk left, right and center – literally – and doesn't deserve it. Despite bitter opposition, despite having come close to self-inflicted disaster, Obama has emerged as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history. His health reform is imperfect but still a huge step forward – and it's working better than anyone expected. Financial reform fell far short of what should have happened, but it's much more effective than you'd think. Economic management has been half-crippled by Republican obstruction, but has nonetheless been much better than in other advanced countries. And environmental policy is starting to look like it could be a major legacy.
I'll go through those achievements shortly. First, however, let's take a moment to talk about the current wave of Obama-bashing. All Obama-bashing can be divided into three types. One, a constant of his time in office, is the onslaught from the right, which has never stopped portraying him as an Islamic atheist Marxist Kenyan. Nothing has changed on that front, and nothing will.
There's a different story on the left, where you now find a significant number of critics decrying Obama as, to quote Cornel West, someone who ''posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit.'' They're outraged that Wall Street hasn't been punished, that income inequality remains so high, that ''neoliberal'' economic policies are still in place. All of this seems to rest on the belief that if only Obama had put his eloquence behind a radical economic agenda, he could somehow have gotten that agenda past all the political barriers that have con- strained even his much more modest efforts. It's hard to take such claims seriously.
Finally, there's the constant belittling of Obama from mainstream pundits and talking heads. Turn on cable news (although I wouldn't advise it) and you'll hear endless talk about a rudderless, stalled administration, maybe even about a failed presidency. Such talk is often buttressed by polls showing that Obama does, indeed, have an approval rating that is very low by historical standards.
But this bashing is misguided even in its own terms – and in any case, it's focused on the wrong thing.
Paul then explains how these low approval ratings don’t necessarily reflect all of the obstacles he overcame and improvements he had for the American people.
Yes, Obama has a low approval rating compared with earlier presidents. But there are a number of reasons to believe that presidential approval doesn't mean the same thing that it used to: There is much more party-sorting (in which Republicans never, ever have a good word for a Democratic president, and vice versa), the public is negative on politicians in general, and so on. Obviously the midterm election hasn't happened yet, but in a year when Republicans have a huge structural advantage – Democrats are defending a disproportionate number of Senate seats in deep-red states – most analyses suggest that control of the Senate is in doubt, with Democrats doing considerably better than they were supposed to. This isn't what you'd expect to see if a failing president were dragging his party down.
More important, however, polls – or even elections – are not the measure of a president. High office shouldn't be about putting points on the electoral scoreboard, it should be about changing the country for the better. Has Obama done that? Do his achievements look likely to endure? The answer to both questions is yes.
You can check out the full article here. Do you agree or disagree?
And in other political news....
Mid-term elections are right around the corner (Nov. 4th). And in an effort to get millennials to the polls, the Rock The Vote campaign came up with a PSA parody that is…hilarious.
Rapper Lil Jon, "The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg and "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills" star EJ Johnson all star in the commercial alongside creator of the HBO series "Girls" Lena Dunham, "Orange Is the New Black" star Natasha Lyonne, "Saturday Night Live" star Fred Armisen, "Glee" star Darren Criss, "Chicago P.D." actress Sophia Bush, raptress Angel Haze's girlfriend Ireland Baldwin, singer Devendra Banhart, songwriter Ioanna Gika and dancer Gabriel Valenciano. The new anthem uses Lil Jon’s smash hit "Turn Down for What" as the playlist with the new lyrics “Turn OUT For What.” Check it above.
Photo: Rolling Stone