You really have to read this article in the L.A. Times to believe it. This is 100% detachment from reality. (emphasis mine)
To many who were feverishly devoted to Obama’s candidacy four years ago, what was most exciting wasn’t just the idea that American voters could elect a black man. It was the idea that we could elect — and be represented by — someone who was unapologetically intellectual. But in the current political climate, intellectual can too often equal ineffectual. Thanks to a system that’s broken by partisanship and pandering to the lowest common denominator, being in politics — even being the president — may have less to do with holding your ground than holding your nose.
It’s hard not to come away from the Vanity Fair article without feeling, strangely enough, that the White House is holding Obama back. The gulf between the brilliant young man who wanted to change the world and the stymied president who can barely pass a piece of legislation, the cosmopolitan wearer of the sarong and the lock-step wearer of the flag pin, suggests he could have served the American people far more effectively if he weren’t bogged down being the leader of the free world.
In other words, it’s not necessarily a thinking man’s game now. Tell a smart kid he might grow up to be president and, these days, he just may tell you he has better things to do.
The most glaring part of this piece (aside from the laughable assertion that the “White House is holding Obama back” comment) is this statement:
Thanks to a system that’s broken by partisanship and pandering to the lowest common denominator, being in politics — even being the president — may have less to do with holding your ground than holding your nose.
Seriously? Is there anyone more partisan than Obama? Has there ever been a President who pandered more to the lowest common denominator in our society? Pandering is practically his entire reelection platform. All he’s been doing for the past few months is promising what he’s going to give to certain groups and claiming that Romney will take it away. It has been disgusting, small and beneath the Office of the Presidency.
I guess the writer of this piece never heard some of these comments from Obama since becoming President:
- “Here’s the problem: It’s almost like they’ve got — they’ve got a bomb strapped to them and they’ve got their hand on the trigger. You don’t want them to blow up. But you’ve got to kind of talk them, ease that finger off the trigger.” Barack Obama on banks, March 2009
- “A Republican majority in Congress would mean ‘hand-to-hand combat’ on Capitol Hill for the next two years, threatening policies Democrats have enacted to stabilize the economy.” Barack Obama, October 6, 2010
Ah, yes, nothing but high-minded brilliance on display from Obama there.
Furthermore, just think of what Obama has been focusing on lately while the economy, and the American people continue to struggle: class warfare (Buffett Rule), contraception, “war on women,” gay marriage and student loan interest rates. He will do anything to keep people distracted from focusing on the economy and his record.
Obama has been the exact opposite of what he promised he would be: a uniter. People were so tired of the business-as-usual politicians and actually thought that he meant what he said back in the 2008 campaign…so they gave him a chance. They thought he actually looked at the country as the United States of America, not just blue states and red states. Unfortunately, he has sought to divide this country pretty much from the time he was elected. And it has only gotten worse. Most analysts and pundits are predicting that this will be the ugliest Presidential election in history. It’s hard to imagine it getting more in the gutter or more ridiculous than it already is.
But from what I’ve seen from The One so far, nothing is going to surprise me.