(H/T to Real Clear Politics) I try not to comment on advertisements but this one is so devastating that it warrants some commentary.
In business, and in life, there is a concept that everyone should follow, manage expectations. If you promise someone that something will get done in two weeks and it's done in three you look like an incompetent. If, on the other hand, you promise it done in four weeks and it's done in three you're a hero.
The president made all sorts of unrealistic promises when he tried to sell the stimulus. He promised that unemployment would hit 8% without it. He promised that the money would get out the door immediately. He promised that it would save or create 3-4 million jobs. Instead, unemployment is at 9.5% and climbing. One tenth of the money has been spent in six months. Finally, two and a half million jobs have been LOST since the stimulus was passed, and counting. There's nothing worse than making a series of promises that you don't deliver on. The president is finding this out the hard way.
The reason this ad is so devastating is because it condenses all those empty promises into a minute and a half. The ad is so devastating because it simply captures just how poorly President Obama mismanaged expectations.
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