Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Given Obama's record, likely voters have taken a fresh look at his administration. A recent poll by Democracy Corps asked likely voters if the word "socialist" "describes Barack Obama very well, well, not too well or not well at all." A third (33 percent) said it describes him "very well," and nearly a quarter (22 percent) said it describes him "well." When these two categories are combined, more than half (55 percent) think "socialist" accurately describes Obama.

Discredit the media:

Ever since MSNBC's Chris Matthews' comment regarding then-candidate Obama's speech in February 2008, most people have assumed that the media are biased. "My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don't have that too often," the enthralled Matthews about the speech.

Helen Thomas, the longest-serving reporter in the White House press corps, resigned in June after saying she thought Israel should get out of Palestine. This month, Octavia Nasr, CNN's senior editor of Middle East affairs, was fired after expressing admiration for a Hezbollah leader in a Twitter posting.

Possibly the media should take a page from Supreme Court Judge Sonya Sotomayor, who said, "I willingly accept that we who judge must not deny the differences resulting from experience and heritage ... but attempt, as the Supreme Court suggests, continuously to judge when those opinions, sympathies and prejudices are appropriate."

Since I learned as an adolescent that untruths were not only printed, but also reprinted, I have been skeptical of what I read.

Set the stage for 2010 and possibly 2012 elections:

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs this past weekend told NBC's "Meet the Press" that "there's no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control."

When asked, "Right now, are you inclined to vote to re-elect your representative in Congress in the next election or are you inclined to look around for someone else to vote for?" the Washington Post/ABC News poll cited above found that 60 percent of likely voters said they were inclined to look around.

Change is a coming, and this time, not a change we can believe in but a change in whom we believe.

A good sense of humor is important, but -- for crying out loud -- when it comes to the presidency, I am for serious business, and I am not laughing out loud.


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”.