Into the 6th year of his presidency, Obama, at this juncture, should be enjoying the "fruits of his labor". Should, but he isn't, so the question begs to be asked: "Why is he not looking into the sunset of his presidency with great aplomb, alacrity and grace?"
From the hoopla (Greek columns, adoring crowds, Hollywood soundtrack etc.) during his coronation in Denver as the Democratic Presidential candidate and his subsequent election to the White House to the now not only lame but visibly crippled presidency, the transition/transformation could not be more stunningly insipid.
The Messiah that Barbara Walters and the millions of adulators once hoped him to be, is now nailed on the cross of his own narcissistic making. A sight not to behold but to bewitch, bother and bewilder.
The very nature of the makes it impossible to please everyone. I asked the same question of GW Bush, where was his aplomb, alacrity and grace in 2006. He did leave office in heaps of glory, as the curtain came down on him during the worst economic downturn since the thirties.
Trying to please everyone is an impossible and in most instances a thankless job. That is not what we are expecting a president to do.
What we do ask, is for him to lead and in the process of leading, aim for and achieve the common good, unhampered by ideology and political gamesmanship.
Unfortunately, Obama's ideology and penchant for political gamesmanship has led us not to the common good but to an uncommom divisiveness that we've not seen in the nation's almost 400 years of existence.
Comparisons will certainly abound as Obama rides off into the sunset. It is disingenuous to collapse all of his domains. Obama came in on the beginnings of an economy in collapse, two unfunded wars and unemployment rising at historic proportions only surmounted by the Great Depression. Add to that an opposition party that splintered into ultra conservative factions tied at the hip with mainstream colleagues who vowed to promise a single term which has now recently given up on impeachment.
I wonder how Lincoln would have handled this. Maybe a suspension of a writ of habeas corpus?
"Rides off into the sunset" is better used in the context of someone who has triumphed over most if not all adversities thrown at him during his tenure. The truth/reality is, both Bush and Obama did not triumph over anything having been hampered by their almost obsessive compulsion to protect and defend and secure the needs and demands of their respective political base.
Bush, Obama they are all puppets of the elite, are you still doubting?
I don't doubt the fact that these 2 presidents were elected to lead. Now, you and I and a host of other folks who are interested in these matters may agree, or disagree for that matter, on what defines a good leader. Bush, at least tried to be a leader, but in most instances may have over-reached beyond his capabilities to do so. Obama, on the other hand, never tried.... thus the term "leading from behind" has stuck to him like a leech sucking his blood to the point of incoherence and incompetence.
No, Bushwacker was ridiculous, Obama tried to be a leader as well, your perspective tilts toward the right, so how can I expect you to be objective?
I vote independently of both political parties, so the idea that I tilt to the right is a misconception and misrepresentation on my views.
You may vote independently, but your opinion as expressed here is hyper conservative.
Hyper-conservative? Well if you agree that a majority of Americans are leaning on the conservative side, then I suppose, I'm actually mainstream... and your ideas are not. The reason why the liberalist view is more vocal is because the main-stream media give more credence and receptivity to it.
It might also be that the media pays more attention because it is ..well...news! The Tea Party and the extreme right are a simple bunch to follow. Whatever is to be suggested or moved upon is met with a resounding NO! Not much to cover in that case.
I too am an independent and am constantly am told that I am a flaming liberal because I may agree with a few points made by liberals on issues. It is the all or nothing syndrome that pervades the vernacular in this country and frankly it is worthless in getting anything done. I talk to both sides of the issues and try to find common ground. I do this because if I sit home and search out and exclusively band with people who unequivocally share my views I will learn nothing. Complacency is equivalent to death, nothing progresses.
Obama's policies have been his own downfall and now , His Immigration action is going to further distance the right from the left . Listen he sold himself to eighteen to twenty four year old -one time voters to get elected ! He played community organizer at the national level instead of leading the free world ! Ignoring the massive problems facing America today . "Lame duck " is how he ends his time at the throne , yet in reality , that's how he began as well ! Given the congressional and senatorial support he could have utilized ?- He has fallen face first
Now that Obama is seriously thinking of using his pen to undercut the democratic/constitutional process, by granting amnesty to 6 million illegal immigrants without congressional approval... could the country at large, tolerate such presidential lawlessness?
The main stream media have been mostly silent about this issue, notwithstanding what constitutional analysts say that such action is an impeachable offense.
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