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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
America's love affair with President Obama is over.
So says Mort Zuckerman in his U.S. News and World Report column.
Zuckerman writes that the midterm election results show just how far away the country has drifted from Mr. Obama:
"A man who was once seen as a talented and even charismatic rhetorician is now seen as lacking real experience or even the ability to stop America's decline."
There's a growing sense that Mr. Obama has isolated himself from everyone who matters. According to Politico, members of his own party worry that he has distanced himself from: Congressional Democrats, state party leaders, Democratic lobbyists, business leaders, big-dollar donors, Republicans, the media, members of his own cabinet... and most importantly, a lot of voters.
And he may not be able to turn it around in time for 2012, the question being whether he's self-aware enough to make the big changes needed to mend all these relations.
One Democratic official says: "He's more of a movement leader than a politician. He needs someone to kick his ass on things large and small, and teach him to be a politician."
On some level, the president seems to be catching on here.
In an interview with "60 Minutes," he acknowledged mistakes he's made since taking office.
Mr. Obama says he misjudged the pace of the economic recovery and didn't always live up to his campaign promise to change the tone of debate in Washington.
Here’s my question to you: Is America's love affair with President Obama over?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Larry in Springfield, Ohio writes:
Yes, Jack, the scam is over. After America got past the greatest political sales pitch ever offered up, they finally see an empty suit with no experience!
Al in New Jersey writes:
Zuckerman is wrong! The country has not drifted away from the president, the president has drifted away from the country. He has mistaken opposition to the Bush presidency for support of himself. The key question is whether the prodigal son will return before 2012.
Dee in Ohio writes:
For the sake of our country, I hope not! Although, it WOULD be interesting to see if he could win again in the event that the Republican Party just goes crazy and nominates Palin in 2012.
It's over. Though it was a heckuva one night stand in Chicago back in 2008. Now, he doesn't send us flowers anymore. That rarest of blooms, universal health care, wilted right away. And the peace lily turned brown before it could be placed in water, ending our hopes of a swift end to the war and the flood of money we've poured into that black hole. He's even admitted that he hasn't called - he's out of touch with what America wants. What's a girl to do?
Michael in New Mexico writes:
No. If it weren't for the obstructionism of Republicans and the spineless blue dog Democrats, the country would have been much further down the road.
Jerry in Georgia writes:
It must be nice to be able to run around the world when things at home are just going to hell. Americans are simply tired of all of the rhetoric from both sides of the aisle and from the media. The three branches of government must come together in the spirit of compromise and get some real work done. Obama is history as of 2012 and he should recognize that; everyone else does.
In the United States? Perhaps for some. For the rest of the world? No!
Unless people go back to work, it will be a one night stand.