I, and a dear friend of mine, live in a zip code where a spring breeze in October of 2008 was considered a gift from Obama. Upon visiting him this last week, he pointed out to me something really quite interesting.
In 2008, the Obama posters adorning neighborhoods were hard not to notice on every other lawn; even the air was as feverish as I have never seen another Presidential campaign before. Obamania was interned in your psyche during the last 3 months of the 2008 campaign.
But today, I have yet to see one lawn with an Obama poster or picture in this die-hard Democratic area of Montgomery County. Furthermore, as you drive around, the Obama bumper stickers are missing. In 2008, you could not drive 100 yards without reading the stickers of “Hope and Change” on cars of all makes, especially the Japanese auto makers driven by youthful spirits, housewives collecting their children from the many private schools in the area. or Church andÂ SynagogueÂ worshipers.
In a way, whether you were an Obama supporter or not, part of you was proud of watching America triumph once again by not onlyÂ seriouslyÂ considering to elect a black American President but actually electing him even though you were skeptical of his policies. I certainly belonged to this group of people.
Today though, the skepticism and the triumph have been replaced by a reality check. After four years of mediocrity crowned by watching a President enjoy a record number of vacations, White House parties, and Golf outings, the American public wants an 18-hour a day President able to roll his sleeves for them and solve the many problems still asphyxiating Americans and theirÂ entrepreneurialÂ spirits.
Is this an indication Obama will lose the State of Maryland? Not really. But it may be an indication that is also reflected in other neighborhoods across the country.