- Kingston, NY, 4 October 2011 - And the next President
of the United States will be: teleprompter populist extraordinaire, Barack
- Should the Republicans nominate one of the three current
frontrunners Mitt Romney, Rick Perry or Michelle Bachmann Barack
"Back-on-track" Obama wins (despite polls showing him with just
a 41 percent approval rating) by playing the populist card he's already
begun to deal, forecasts Gerald Celente, Trends Journal publisher.
- The President is already calling the bluff of his
Republican foes, demanding a millionaire's tax and daring a gridlocked
Congress not to pass it.
- "Warren Buffet's secretary shouldn't pay a higher
tax rate than Warren Buffet," Obama moralizes. "It is wrong that
in the United States of America, a teacher, or a nurse, or a construction
worker who earns $50,000 should pay higher tax rates than someone pulling
in $50 million."
- Obama began rehearsing his self-described role as
"warrior for the middle class" some months ago. In the Summer
2011 issue of the Trends Journal, we alerted subscribers to Obama's
populist campaign strategy:
- Undaunted by his string of broken promises, in the
Summer of 2011, the born-again populist positioned himself to retain his
core Democratic base, while wooing swelling legions of the hard-pressed,
desperate for a government handout the out of work and down and out were
left with a Hobson's Choice: either take Obama or be left out in the cold
- So, in a classic reversal of his recent stance as "Accommodator
in Chief," Obama now vows not to cut the one program most
Republicans want to either eliminate or drastically reconfigure, but which
voters hold sacred: Social Security. "Obama Plan Won't Include Changes
to Social Security," read the Sept. 15 Wall Street Journal
headline. As for Medicare, Obama has promised to "fix" it sometime
in the future well after the election.
- And who gets hurt if Social Security and Medicare
get cut? The 78 million retirement-age baby boomers who need the entitlements
most, who can afford the cuts the least and who vote.
- "Their health costs are going up; their investments
are going down. They're deep in debt, most without enough to retire on,
and the Republicans want to give them less," notes Celente incredulously.
"It's a suicidal strategy that's stranger than fiction. It's as though
the Republican campaign has been devised by insidious Democratic infiltrators."
- This is why the new, tough-talking Obama is painting
Republicans as the party that "does everything for corporate America
and nothing for middle America," says Celente.
- The Presidential Reality Show
- Reflecting back on the debates between Republican candidates,
Celente says, "This isn't politics as an exercise in Democracy in
action, it's politics as show business for ugly people. Anyone who saw
the September 12th <http://enews.trendsresearch.com/q/YNlXSS14UoZe4xwz-eT-oIGdjWtwaYXtsOqoKkWH_SvfEAkGFSNShaXkU>debate
hosted by CNN witnessed an early episode of The Presidential Reality
Show. It was a star-spangled, made-for-TV-spectacle appropriating the
lowest common denominator elements of the World Wrestling Federation, the
Miss America Pageant and American Idol.
- "Given that this is what is passed off as political
'debate' in America, come Election Day, the American Idol winner
(a.k.a. The President of the United States) will be the best performer.
And Barack Obama has proven that he can out-perform and out-teleprompt
them all he will tell the teleprompted truth the audience wants to
- "Obama will blame Congress for everything that's
wrong with America. He'll bring back the ghost of George W. Bush and the
failed Republican fiscal policies despite the fact that Democrats
were in power for two years. He'll avoid mentioning his role in keeping
the Bush tax cuts in place and that he bailed out the banks, financial
institutions and the too-big-too-fails and delivered nothing but empty
promises to the foreclosed and unemployed he vowed to rescue."
- By the time the Republicans finally get around to
choosing a candidate, Obama will have his "warrior for the middle
class" message perfected.
- The Leading Presidential
Reality Show Contestants
- Gerald Celente forecasts that Texas Governor Rick "Social
Security is a Ponzi Scheme" Perry will not survive his many gaffes
or be able hide his political baggage.
- "On the hot button Obamacare issue, Mitt 'Corporate
Raider' Romney has already out-Obama'd Obama with the Romneycare healthcare
plan he pushed through as Governor of Massachusetts. And besides,"
says Celente, "polls show that one third of Republicans won't vote
for a Mormon, which cancels out everyone who says they won't vote for Obama
because they think he's a Muslim."
- As for Michelle Bachmann? In the highly unlikely
event of her winning the nomination, she could never survive the heat or
the intense personal scrutiny she'll be subjected to on the campaign trail.
- "Getting Elvis's birthday wrong is surely forgivable,
but warning that the rise of the Soviet Union is a great threat to America's
national security is borderline inanity. She makes Sarah Palin (who claimed
she could see Russia from her backyard) sound like a sage," observes
- While Obama's 41 percent approval rating is dismal,
with 13 months before Election Day, it is not an insurmountable statistical
gap to close. Ronald Reagan, the ultimate political actor, and Bill "Slick
Willie" Clinton at the same point in their presidencies
had only a 47 and 46 percent approval rating respectively, and they won
- "As the teleprompter populist," says Celente,
"Obama's every phrase will be carefully crafted. He rarely speaks
off-the-cuff and seemingly never from the heart. And on a stage where performance
counts more than the heart, fans (a.k.a. the electorate) will vote for
the Best Actor. That actor will be the man who commands the stage, Barack
- "If you can sell the American people Jersey
Shore," says Celente, "you can sell them another round of
'Hope' and 'Change You Can Believe In.'"
- Trend Forecast: In the Summer 2011 Trends
Journal, Celente identified Jon Huntsman as the dark horse favorite,
with Ron Paul next in line.
- Over the long haul in the run for the nomination,
the attacks launched by the three current frontrunners could succeed in
discrediting them all. Under such circumstances it is not impossible that
one or the other of the dark horses could win the race. Should that be
the case, either one would have a better chance of beating Obama than Romney,
Perry or Bachmann.
- To schedule an interview with Gerald Celente,
Trends Journal publisher, please contact: Zeke West, Media Relations,
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