Jackie Gingrich Cushman

My mother told me recently that the most important thing a person can have is a sense of humor. I thought this was funny because I didn't realize she had one. After she gave me this advice, I listened to her with a different filter and realized she does.

Driving to a meeting yesterday, I turned right and noticed a sticker on the back window of the car I was following.


The letters LOL (laugh out loud) were familiar, as were the colors and style of the O. They were evocative of the Barack Obama campaign logo.

The meaning was evident: The owner of the car believes the Obama administration is a joke. I chuckled for a minute at their cleverness (thinking of Mom and humor) but then felt a bit deflated.

When asked, "How much confidence do you have in Obama to make the right decisions for the country's future -- a great deal of confidence, a good amount, just some or none at all?" almost a third of likely American voters (29 percent) said they have no faith in President Barack Obama, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday. Almost another third, 28 percent said they had "just some" confidence. Combined, almost 60 percent of American voters, a majority, have little or no confidence in our president.

After reviewing the poll, my friend Stuart Sheldon, president of the Atlanta division of Escalate: An Experiential & Word-of-Mouth marketing agency, said he has "the utmost faith that Obama will continue his effort to date. Not even halfway through a four-year term, and he's already made great positive contributions to America: exposed the liberal agenda, discredited the 'media' and set the stage for real change in our elected officials in midterm (2010) and, most likely, term (2012) elections."

Let's explore these one at a time:

Expose the Liberal Agenda:

Rather than working for a change we can believe in, Obama's agenda is to change what we, as a nation, have long believed. Instead of rewarding hard work, he rewards simply showing up. Instead of fostering entrepreneurship and creativity, he is moving the economy toward one of government control and equality of outcome. Instead of encouraging personal responsibility, he is moving the nation toward collective governmental responsibility.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.