Richard Olivastro

This is becoming a bad dream for growing numbers of Americans. Some sense it may be a nightmare.

Democrats must be worried. All the talk about the demise of the Republican brand should have them elated.

Yet they watch as citizens gather to oppose record levels of government spending and deficits by our Democratic president. They watch as our Democratic president changes Cuba policy – which many Americans find acceptable if limited - but he offers a smile and a handshake to Venezuela's Chavez, a dictator who insulted Obama’s predecessor and called for the demise of America.

Democrats watch as President Obama holds their mantle high and stoops to the lowest lows aiming for applause by insulting those among us whom we've deemed Special-Olympians.

At present, Mr. “Obama enjoys a 66% approval rating” according to the Rasmussen poll. That’s significant. But the same poll now finds that the “ruling Democrats are preferred over Republicans on the top issue of the economy by just a three-point margin, 45% to 42%, the closest the two parties have been since well before last November’s election. And that “Republicans have moved further ahead on the issues of national security and taxes and have come on strong on immigration and Social Security”.

That too is significant. Especially since the polls have yet to measure and report public reaction to President Obama’s insensitive comments about Special Olympians; his ‘bow’ to the Saudi Arabia King; and his, perhaps, too-friendly interaction with Venezuela strongman Chavez.

On the Tonight Show, Obama was asked by host Jay Leno:

“Now, are they going to put a basketball -- I imagine the bowling alley has been just burned and closed down”.

THE PRESIDENT: “No, no. I have been practicing all -- (laughter.)

LENO: Really? Really?

THE PRESIDENT: I bowled a 129. (Laughter and applause.)

LENO: No, that's very good. Yes. That's very good, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something. (Laughter.)

LENO: No, that's very good.

THE PRESIDENT: No, listen, I'm making progress on the bowling, yes.

Richard Olivastro

Richard Olivastro is a professional member of the National Speakers Association, president of People Dynamics, an executive leadership development company, and founder of Citizens For Change.
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