Praise the Lord! One of the Elite, the Ruling Class, an Obama activist qua "journalist" - Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times - has actually stepped out of his bubble and into America.
And NOW HE GETS IT:
WHEN I’m in New York or Washington, people talk passionately about debt and political battles. But in the living rooms or on the front porches here in Yamhill, Ore., where I grew up, a different specter wakes friends up in the middle of the night.
I’ve spent a chunk of summer vacation visiting old friends here, and I can’t help feeling that national politicians and national journalists alike have dropped the ball on jobs. Some 25 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed — that’s more than 16 percent of the work force — but jobs haven’t been nearly high enough on the national agenda.
When Americans are polled about the issue they care most about, the answer by a two-to-one margin is jobs. The Boston Globe found that during President Obama’s Twitter “town hall” last month, the issue that the public most wanted to ask about was, by far, jobs. Yet during the previous two weeks of White House news briefings, reporters were far more likely to ask about political warfare with Republicans.
I may faint. Next, he even apologizes... albeit parenthetically.
( I’m an offender, too: I asked President Obama a question at the Twitter town hall, and it was a gotcha query about his negotiations with Republicans. I’m sorry that I missed the chance to push him on the issue that Americans care most about.)
Kristof's descriptions of the matzav in Yamhill are well worth reading, but just when we were getting excited that he holds The Won accountable, he does as Dims are wont to do: He blames the Republicans in the House.
President Obama is saying the right things lately about creating jobs. But he is saying them far too meekly, and his jobs agenda seems anemic — while the Republican Congress is saying the wrong things altogether.
Oh well. I guess we have to remember the old adage that Rome was not built in a day. This is still a big gain... unless and until his fellow ruling class leftists seize on him for his almost-treason.