Without delving too deeply into pop pscyhology or Barack Obama’s mental state, there is nonetheless an important lesson to draw from this. Barack Obama is, by all accounts personal and political, the epitome of calm. He almost never loses his temper. He doesn’t have ups or downs. He takes the often contradictory advice he is given, and attempts to fashion compromise from its workings, taking what he feels to be the most practical approaches from the right and center-left alike, and then navigates toward the path of what he feels to be the realm of the politically possible. Much to the delight of his still copious supporters, his nickname is No Drama Obama.
His neoliberal politics notwithstanding, I have said in the past that Barack Obama might make a good, even great president during times of stasis and normalcy. His approach to problems is precisely the sort that is needed to steer calmly through times of peace, prosperity, and bipartisan sentiments.
But the great complaint with Barack Obama isn’t so much about what he has done, as about the opportunity he has largely squandered. America stands at a precipice, at a time of great crisis. A time when bold, aggressive and determined leadership is called for. It is a time when America needs drama.
After the crash of 2008, America desperately needed something irrational to believe in. America wanted to believe. America wanted to hope, and not for small things or minor advances, but to hope for a great change as yet unproven. It was Obama’s great gift in 2008 to tap into that collective national desire, even when the nature of the change on offer was unclear.
Like Pinocchio, Obama is a puppet, only he’s not ever gonna turn into a real POTUS.
The (David) Atkins Diet:
“Eat shit and vote for Obama!”
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