They’re attempting to tell us Obama’s problems are all about style when the obvious truth is that it has everything to do with substance:
President Obama’s comments on a plan to build a mosque in the shadow of ground zero are not only giving opponents an opportunity to attack him, but also reveal a messaging problem from the White House, a communications expert said.
“The danger here is an incoherent presidency,” said David Morey, vice chairman of the Core Strategy Group who provided communications advice to Obama’s 2008 campaign. “Simpler is better and rising above these issues and leading by controlling the dialogue is what the presidency is all about. So I think that’s the job they have to do more effectively as they have in the past [in the campaign].”
Obama has faced a torrent of criticism for what was called mixed messages on the controversial plan. On Friday, Obama said Muslims “have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country … That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.”
The next day, Obama told CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry that he was “not commenting on the wisdom” of the project, just the broader principle that the government should treat “everyone equal, regardless” of religion. Then those comments were clarified by a White House spokesman.
“There is no question they are having messaging problems at the White House,” Morey said. “They’ve lost control of the dialogue and they’ve gotten pulled down by the extremes on the left and right. They’ve just not had a coherent set of themes.”
New York Times Columnist Maureen Dowd wrote in a recent column that Obama’s clarity and successful messaging during the campaign are gone. In place is a “incoherent president,” who’s “with the banks, he’s against the banks. He’s leaving Afghanistan, he’s staying in Afghanistan. He strains at being a populist, but his head is in the clouds.”
His head is in his Marxist/Statist/Progressive/Liberal ideology… and the problem is that America is finally waking up to it.
This has nothing to do with style, nothing to do with an ineffective messaging problem.
The problem (for Obama and the Dems) is the message.
I can see November from my back yard.