In 2008, Focus on the Family sent out an article describing what would happen if Obama was elected. It was presented as a “Letter from 2012″, a warning from the future of what those 4 years would yield. They made 37 predictions and zero of them came true.
Patheos.com has a thorough walk-through of the document, if you’re interested. My favorite part of the Focus on the Family letter was the prediction that “Conservative talk radio, for all intents and purposes, was shut down by the end of 2010.” Ha!
Unsurprisingly, there’s no retraction or apology to go along with this. The same old scare tactics still work with the base, despite a four-year record. The vastly different ways in which people view Obama’s presidency is really stunning to me. I think it’s largely an issue of priming: if you think he’s a Kenyan leftist radical to begin with, you’ll view things through that prism and cherry-pick your facts from dubious sources.
This is a president who passed one of the largest tax cuts in decades (1/3 of the stimulus bill was tax cuts… a measure that garnered exactly zero republican votes). His health care bill is derived from those of Mitt Romney and Bob Dole. He has increased drone warfare dramatically (you know how liberals love those!). The public sector lost 600,000 jobs under Obama. The fact that so many people consider him such an unrecognizable shift from the status quo is really stunning to me.