As the voters are wondering about the presidential elections and who will win, this piece
from the Huffington Post says a lot about the massive disappointment known as President Obama as compared to the Candidate Obama. I call it betrayal! The Candidate promised everything that we, the American people, wanted to hear at the time. But the President has done nothing of what he promised. Sounds to me like he’s just another politician who lied to get in.
The sad, and scary, part is that it looks like we may have to put up with another four years of this because the Republican candidates are less than 0, in my book. No one is talking about the price of gas going up due to the speculators. No one is talking about reigning in the Wall Street Speculators. What about health insurance? Should it really be a profit making industry? Do you trust your health to a company that has to please Wall Street?
Why did it take so long to get out of Iraq? Is anyone saying that the entire war was started based on false information? No one is talking about real issues or any real solutions to these problems. So, as the article points out, looks like we’ll have to wait till 2016 for a real candidate.
“We’ve all seen the two Obamas in action. There’s Campaign Obama, who has a phenomenal ability to inspire and challenge a broken status quo. This is the Obama who said he was going to change the way Washington works and who promised to not “just read the polls and figure out how to keep myself in office.” This Obama wasn’t going to accept the conventional wisdom of what was possible; instead, he was going to reject the “worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.”
But then there’s Governing Obama. This is the Obama who, instead of taking his case to the nation, let the parameters of what was considered possible (on infrastructure investment, on jobs, on foreclosures, on austerity vs. growth, on Afghanistan) be decided by… worn-out dogmas. This is the Obama who rightly insisted on the need for health care for all, but who engineered a new system that, overall, relies on and rewards the same players — insurance companies, hospital conglomerates, drug manufacturers — who created and profited from the mess he inherited.
This is the Obama who in a speech will dream of things that never were and ask, “Why not?” and then back at the White House, will look at things the way they are and ask, “Why ruffle too many feathers?”
As David Bromwich wrote after the 2010 midterms, “His eloquence finds its natural key not in explanations but in statements of purpose. Obama wants credit for the highest intentions even when conceding that he lacks the will to fulfill them.”
So we have one Obama who in 2007 said, “I am running because of what Dr. King called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ I am running because I do believe there’s such a thing as being too late.” And who in 2008 reinforced it with the assertion that “change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.””
And then we have the other Obama, who seemed to be governing with the fierce urgency of… sometime later. Or much later. As he told 60 Minutes in December of last year: “I always believed that this was a long-term project. That reversing a culture here in Washington, dominated by special interests, it was gonna take more than a year. It was gonna take more than two years. It was gonna take more than one term. Probably takes more than one president.”
So I guess we weren’t actually the ones we were waiting for. Indeed, the one we’re waiting for apparently won’t even be running until 2016.”
It’s interesting the HuffPost will cover “both tracks of the election,” Obama vs. the Republican and Obama vs. Obama. They are at least making him publicly accountable for what he promised. The American people should make him accountable as well.
It’s not surprising to me that Obama hasn’t done what he promised. As I said during the last campaign, he was put in by Wall Street. One of the biggest speculators in the world, George Soros, gave lots of money to Obama and introduced him to many of the big players, the movers and shakers, on Wall Street. They got the big name Democrats to switch their electoral vote from Hillary to Obama. So, in fact, the presidency was handed to him. His role was to knock out Hillary, who was pretty much guaranteed to be the next president.
So, unfortunately, we are left with a Wall Street president, Wall Street candidates and empty promises.