If there’s going to be any kind of future history — or any kind of logical future history with all the shit hitting the earth’s fan right now — President Obama will be named/remembered as the most-greatest letdown of all time.
Indeed, there’s thousands if not millions of people completely discouraged by US politics after Obama talked cool during the 2008 campaign, then became a toady for business-as-usual, despite all the nefarious goings-on created in the past decade — a shitload of young people have lost their ‘yes, we can.’
My own problem with Obama began as a kind of metaphysical, too-cool-for-school sense that there was more to the guy than just a nearly-incredible ability to say what the mass of people wanted to hear, and do it in such a sincere way that it formulated an almost giddy, happy-time feeling.
This nagging doubt surfaced within my own brain when Obama visited Afghanistan in 2008 and pulled off a three-point basketball shot in front of adoring US troops — see the video here.
Although this doubt continued, I was more than overjoyed by how the young were grouping around candidate Obama — a photo from some political blog (might have been Daily Kos) depicting a white, middle-class-looking teenager sporting a tee-shirt which proclaimed: ‘My Future Rests With Obama’ at a huge campaign rally in Portland, OR, seemed to say it all.
And, of course, John McCain’s horrible, trainwreck of a campaign helped a great deal — McCain’s biggest dumb-ass, long-lasting piece of action was to inflict the US with the Sarah Palin disease, thus lowering the political IQ into the negative.
When I told one of my daughters about my gut feelings with Obama’s basketball shot, she didn’t want to hear it — in fact, many people, young and old, didn’t want to hear it.
There’s a long list of Obama’s disappointments, starting nearly right away with the naming of a nit-witted economic crew (literally giving control of the hen house to the fox) to the re-designing of the endless Afghan war, but the most degrading, simple-minded move came just the other night on his sugar-moistened speech continuing the big lie on the Iraqi war.
He praised George Jr.
Obama gave the former Decider an near-direct bit of commendation: “…no one could doubt President Bush’s support for our troops, or his love of country and commitment to our security… As I have said, there were patriots who supported this war, and patriots who opposed it, and all of us are united in appreciation for our servicemen and women, and our hopes for Iraqis’ future.”
Despite George Jr.’s role as a war criminal — read Jonathan Steel’s piece on the 2001 set-up for the Afghanistan invasion and see how the US has lost more than troops and treasure.
And that little move was one of the least of the disasters formed by George Jr. and The Dick, among them, torture, illegal wars, wholesale slaughter of Iraqis and Afghans, nothing more than just an all-around horrifying time for all.
And I’m not the Lone Ranger in a growing legion of former Obama supporters.
A striking example is today’s post by James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency, on his blog, Clusterfuck Nation.
The biting bit:
I voted for Barack Obama.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a tad disappointed in how things turned out with him.
These days he makes Millard Fillmore look like Frederick the Great.
His speech last week on Iraq and, incidentally, economic matters, was such a puffery of hollow platitudes that I was a little surprised he didn’t go up in a vapor at the end of it like a genie and retreat inside his desk lamp in a little trail of steam.
Nobody can figure out why he keeps the same krewe of viziers at his elbow after all these months of failure to engage with reality.
The voters were expecting a champion and got a Labradoodle instead.
Sad, way, way-sad.
Another similar view of Obama’s Iraqi war speech last week from Jeff Huber in a post this morning (9/7/10).
Is Obama out-sourcing Bush?
Bush could give a speech like that with a straight face because he lacked sufficient moral and cognitive subtlety to understand how full of crap he was.
Obama doesnâ€™t have that excuse.
His father didnâ€™t even stick around to watch him grow up, much less buy him degrees from Harvard and Yale, and Air National Guard pilot wings, and spiritual redemption from a televangelist, and a baseball team, and a political career.
Obama had to acquire clout the hard way, which means he spent more time operating under the table than a Bangkok bar girl.
As a result, Obama has developed a sophisticated capacity for Orwellian Doublethink, the ability to simultaneously accept both of two contradictory beliefs as truth.
Read all of Huber’s piece, it also covers Obama’s timeline on warmongering.
And, yes, once again, sad, way, way-sad.