Obama the Outsider
Posted by Ryne McClaren on March 4, 2010
Oh, this is rich.
The throw-the-bums-out mentality is so strong in American politics that even the ultimate insider — the president of the United States — is running against Washington.
Casting yourself as an outsider from inside the White House is no easy trick, especially when your party controls both houses of Congress. But that doesn’t stop Barack Obama from trying.
“At stake right now is not just our ability to solve this problem,” Obama said Wednesday, referring to the U.S. health care system, “but our ability to solve any problem. The American people want to know if it’s still possible for Washington to look out for their interests and their future.”
As the writer notes, this story is as old as the office itself.
Every President has tried it, obviously, but it’s going to be interesting to see how well it works when you’ve got the place stuffed to the rafters with lobbyists and gold is raining from the sky.