Oddly enough, despite not being an Obama supporter, at the beginning of his Administration I had sincerely wished that something of his message was genuine, that he really meant to change government, that maybe Obama was the right man at the right time, and his could be a storybook presidency. However, over the first few months, like many Americans I was stunned, not by Obama's activism, but by his overall lack of interest and lack of vision. Obama never gets involved in governing, he never even got to the level of being a cheerleader for what other people were doing. The signature bills of his Administration - Obamacare, Dodd Frank, the stimulus, were all drafted by others - his role was to sign laws that someone else did the hard work to produce.
Obama never seems to have a presence. And what he
attempts to do, he does poorly. His foreign policy - what could be
called a policy, never goes much beyond apologizing. His bowing before foreign dictators is repulsive. His
blaming of the prior administration for his own failures on the economy
showed his poor character and penchant for meanness
that always seems below the surface.
Obama's Administration is only about politics. But his ineffectual - or
non-existent - leadership meant that he wasn't able to accomplish much
even on issues that Democrats support. In that respect, Obama's
incompetence is a blessing. With 60 votes in the Senate and a majority
in the House, Obama could have done far more - at a minimum he could
have made Roe v. Wade superfluous, by enacting federal statutory
protections for abortion. Likewise for comprehensive immigration reform -
it was Obama's for the taking, but he didn't press it.
Of course, a more cynical view is that the Democrats didn't want
abortion and immigration to disappear from the national stage, so that
they could pummel Republicans. However, what we have seen is that Obama
doesn't have the intelligence capability to engage in that kind of
strategic planning. The simple answer is that Obama couldn't be
For the country as a whole Obama's ineptitude is thus a mixed blessing.
And through it all, over the last four years, Americans never really got
to know Obama. He is disinterested, and never makes a
move unless he absolutely has to. Prior to Obama the terms, "empty suit"
and "man in a bubble" were mre political invective. However, both terms
perfectly picture Obama.
The real mystery with Obama is why he even ran for a second term.
He doesn't want the job. But then again why should he, since
he is so very bad at it. And without the protections of a media that has
shown itself to be completely incapable of telling the truth about a
Democratic President, Obama would be the most hated men in
America. But then again, black Americans have fallen hook, line and sinker for the con job that the Democratic party has pulled on them - they are the only ones in America that seem to be unaware of this - see my other articles for a more complete description.
In the final analysis, none of those who voted for Obama were able
to make the case that he deserves to be re-elected. Most of what we saw were tired cliche's about Republicans, and
talking points about Romney. When pressed on it, Democrats really didn't
articulate anything positive about Obama, other than he isn't a
Republican, and he isn't Romney. When asked about Romney, what is said
is that someone as wealthy as Romney could never made a good President.
When pointed out that Democrats in 2004 ran John Kerry, a man who
married into enormous wealth, what you get blank stares. So much for the intelligence of the average voter.
On the other hand, Romney was surprisingly good, and laid out
lots of reasons why he would make a good, capable president. It's too bad - very bad for America - that we will never find out what type of President Romney would have been.
It's as if Carter beat Reagan, or Dinkins beat Giuliani - we will never get to know the greatness that might have been instead of the mediocrity and incompetence that is.
A blog never changes anyone's mind. But, over the next four years we will find out precisely what type of a mistake we have made. it's too bad we will never find out how good it could have been.
It is indeed evening in America.