"Well, the big difference here and in '94 was you've got me," was President Obama's response to possible problems in the upcoming midterm elections, according to Rep. Marion Berry. The Arkansas Democrat was recalling Obama's remarks in an election strategy meeting to Jane Fullerton of the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette.
Obama's "you've got me" is reminiscent of the song "I Got You Babe."
Sung by Sonny and Cher as a duet during their 1970s television program "The Sonny and Cher Show," the lyrics of "I Got You Babe" declared that nothing else mattered since the unlikely couple had each other. Ironically, Sonny and Cher continued to sing the duet after they divorced in 1975.
My memories of the show include a scantily clad, towering Cher, juxtaposed against a funny, mustached, short Sonny. Sitting cross-legged in our family's den, I would watch the show and sing along with the lyrics, sure in my belief that love was all it took to make life work.
Though it's been a long time since then, the song's lyrics still resonate -- describing aptly where were are today.
"They say our love won't pay the rent, before it's earned, our money's all been spent."
With a 1.8 trillion dollar deficit in Obama's 2009 budget, it resonates a bit too close to home.
Can't you just see all the Democratic candidates lining up, arms around each other, serenading Obama with: "I've got you babe ... Cause I don't care, with you I can't go wrong?"
Obama would respond with, "Then put your little hand in mine, there ain't no hill or mountain we can't climb."
This imaginary scene is clearly outlandish, but provides a vivid reminder that personality in politics might be important, but in the end, politics is about more than personality -- it's about policy.
We need to more than love our leaders, we need to believe that their policies are in the best interest of our nation.
The ongoing reflex to let personality drive policy has been the de facto modus operandi of the Obama operation. "I don't think that there's been a president since Kennedy whose ability to move issues and people through speech has been comparable," said David Axelrod, Obama's chief political adviser.
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