The Campaign Spot

You Can Put Your Faith in Your Inability to Trust Him

I think I’m willing to score this one as an expiration date:

September 5, 2007:

During a roundtable discussion with New Hampshire voters in Manchester today, U.S. Senator Barack Obama announced a series of initiatives to restore the American people’s trust in their government by making government more transparent . . . Obama said, “The American people want to trust in our government again – we just need a government that will trust in us. And making government accountable to the people isn’t just a cause of this campaign – it’s been a cause of my life for two decades.”

The news today:

By almost every conceivable measure Americans are less positive and more critical of government these days. A new Pew Research Center survey finds a perfect storm of conditions associated with distrust of government – a dismal economy, an unhappy public, bitter partisan-based backlash, and epic discontent with Congress and elected officials. . . Just 22 percent say they can trust the government in Washington almost always or most of the time, among the lowest measures in half a century.


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