That immortal line is generally attributed to Dick Tuck, I think, but it sums up the reaction of many politicians to electoral defeat, or, sometimes, the anticipation thereof. At Reason, A. Barton Hinkle satirizes the deteriorating relationship between Barack Obama and the American people. As time goes by, his approval of us continues to drop:
President Obama’s approval rating of the American public has fallen to an all-time low, according to a new Gallup survey of White House residents and employees.
Fewer than one in 10 Americans earned the president’s favor, according to the president. That is down sharply from six in 10—the percentage of Americans Obama approved of shortly after his election in November 2008, and the lowest level yet for his administration.
“They’re not doing a very good job, frankly,” said the president. “Most of them, I mean. Some are. But not many.” …
“What these numbers show, I think, is that the president has become increasingly disillusioned with the American public,” said Trevor Gopnik, a professor of political science at Georgetown University.
“He’s completely disgusted,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney. “Which shouldn’t be all that surprising, given the state of the economy, the high unemployment rate, and the fact that most Americans are, let’s face it, fat lazy slobs. Go to a mall and look around if you don’t believe me,” said Carney.
The summer’s debt-ceiling stalemate has contributed to the president’s sour mood, observers say, as did the decision to cut short his vacation a day early even though many Americans are still enjoying theirs.
Happily, the feeling is mutual. I think Obama and American voters are heading for a divorce. Hope so, anyway.