There is only so much political mileage that can still be had by his reminding the world that he is not George W. Bush. It was the winning theme of the 2008 campaign, but that race ended nearly a year ago. The ex-president is now more ex than ever, yet the current president, who vowed to look forward, is still reaching back to Bush as bogeyman.
He did it again in that U.N. speech. The delegates wanted to know what the president was going to do about Israel and the Palestinian territories. He answered by telling them what his predecessor had failed to do. This was effective for his first month or two. Now it is starting to sound more like an excuse than an explanation.
Nicolas Sarkozy sees through the very thin veneer that is Barack Obama. Fineman sees through the impeccably dressed, TelePrompTer-smooth-talking, media-obsessed, overly-slick Obama as well:
The president’s problem isn’t that he is too visible; it’s the lack of content in what he says when he keeps showing up on the tube.
I’d point out that the media overexposure also lets a lot of people see exactly what Obama stands for – which is not a good thing for Obama. The American people are not as easily swayed as Obama appears to believe they are.