The President’s First 100 Days in Office

Analysis: What Barack Obama thinks Democrats are doing wrong in 2012

The first president from any major party to run without the backing of a major political party or media has to answer questions from the media about whether it’s too early to tell he’s the real article of his own political brand.

To that end, President Obama, who won the Democratic nomination and the general election, came to town yesterday to defend his first 100 days in office and offer a range of responses to news events and questions about what they mean for the country.

But to frame the conversation, he was asked about two issues that were central to his campaign and the election as a whole – the economy and the middle class.

It was President Obama’s chance to set the record straight as he continues to make his case for the Democratic ticket.

Here’s the thing: Obama has the authority to give people in this country false hopes. It’s his right to do so. It’s his duty. He’s a president, not the country’s CEO. After all, the president doesn’t need that license anymore than his predecessor.

But his actions are not always so.

Yes, Obama can speak the words “jobs, jobs, jobs.” And he can make it sound like a policy will make us all better off in the long run. But those words often have very little to do with reality.

The president can also give Americans false hopes by suggesting that the deficit is shrinking, by saying that the country can have more of everything by putting us back to work and by implying he’s a jobs president, only because he’s the president and we have a president.

He can talk about the economy in ways that sound like he’s talking about the economy: about the strength of the housing market, about the ability of workers to earn more, even though the unemployment rate remains above 9.8 percent.

Or he can say it’s about the economy, but be short and to the point: “We’re just beginning a campaign to strengthen our economy and create jobs. But we know that the long-term challenge is to build a more equitable and sustainable economy in which we grow opportunity for everyone, not just those at the top

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