President Obama's entire political career has been based on smoke and mirrors, finely spun imagery, and fantasyland projections. Governing, however, has been a rude awakening---for him and for us. Reality has a way of intruding uninvited and upsetting the most delicately arranged illusion.
Witness: On ObamaCare, a new study reports that, contrary to the White House's contention that it would reduce the deficit, it will actually add up to $530 billion to the national debt over 10 years. It's shocking---shocking!---that we are now hearing that it's going to cost so much more. I mean, really! Nobody warned about that! Of course nationalized health care is going to cost a heck of a lot more than what the CBO or the Dems initially projected. No government program in the history of mankind has come in below initial cost estimates----and health care is the big enchilada. Government is already deeply involved in health care, and the existing programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, are going broke and threatening to bankrupt America. To those existing programs, the Dems added ObamaCare which is going to add WAY more than $530 billion over the next decade. That's actually a low-ball estimate. Just take a gander at Medicare to see what's going to happen, and then multiply that by a gazillion.
Witness: gas prices. It's true that no president has full control over what the price at the pump is, but Obama is getting the blame for high prices, particularly because his policies over the past 3 and a half years have contributed to them: he has methodically blocked drilling, exploration, slow-walked permitting, and killed the Keystone pipeline. High gas prices are politically toxic, but Obama doesn't seem too worried about bringing them down. You're paying $4 a gallon? Too bad.
Maybe he doesn't much care because he's seen today's Washington Post/ABC poll showing his job approval up. But there are also worrisome numbers in that poll for him, particularly on gas prices and the economy. In the end, it doesn't matter how "likeable" he is. It will matter how Americans feel about their own personal economic situation and the situation of the country. And this poll also shows nearly 70% believe the country is on the wrong track. So he's very vulnerable, although the White House and the press try---somewhat successfully---to spin it otherwise.