Two doesn't make a trend, but taken together with Mollie's post below, it certainly looks like President Obama is in trouble -- at least, out there in grassroots-land if not in the national lickspittle Obama-besotted press. From the Chicago Tribune:
When President Barack Obama hauled off and slapped American small-business owners in the mouth the other day, I wanted to dream of my father.
There was no federal bailout money for us. No Republican corporate welfare. No Democratic handouts. No bipartisan lobbyists working the angles. No Tony Rezkos. No offshore accounts. No Obama bucks.
Just two immigrant brothers and their families risking everything, balancing on the economic high wire, building a business in America. They sacrificed, paid their bills, counted pennies to pay rent and purchase health care and food and not much else. And for their troubles they were muscled by the politicos, by the city inspectors and the chiselers and the weasels, all those smiling extortionists who held the government hammer over all of our heads.
I thought about this after I heard what Obama told a campaign crowd the other day, speaking about business owners and why they were successful.
And then it gets personal:
Obama's changed. Gone is that young knight drawing the sword from the stone, selling Hopium to the adoring media, preaching an end to the broken politics of the past. These days, he wears a new presidential persona: the multimillionaire with the Chicago clout, playing the class warrior, fighting for that second term.
And he offers an American dream much different from my father's. Open your eyes and you can see it too. He stands there at the front of the mob, in his shirt sleeves, swinging that government hammer, exhorting the crowd to use its votes and take what it wants.
I have a tin ear, sometimes, for this kind of thing. But how bad is this comment going to be for the president? We all spend time scanning the headlines and the web for the first sign of a Helmet Incident -- you remember that famous (and deadly) photo of Michael Dukakis, in 1988, wearing an absurd tank helmet? -- and some might say it's Romney's tax issue, some might say it's something else.
But it might be the moment when a sitting president told small business owners that someone else got up in the morning and went to bed late and scrimped and saved and built their business.