by Yvette Carnell
If you’ve tried to follow President Obama’s moral compass over the past few years, then by now, you’ve surely lost your way. Since the beginning, Obama has seemed more interested in some sort of grand bargain than actually fighting for what he believes in, whatever that is (does anyone even know?). After you look past the smoke and mirrors and empty rhetoric, it’s clear that the only big piece of legislation enacted and fought for by President Obama is the Affordable Care Act. Six years years into his presidency and he has one major achievement.
The Guardian‘s Gary Younge compared President Obama to Lyndon Johnson, making the smallness of Obama’s presidency, both in achievement and clarity of vision, even more pronounced:
Barack Obama has now been in power for longer than Johnson was, and the question remains: “What the hell’s his presidency for?” His second term has been characterised by a profound sense of drift in principle and policy. While posing as the ally of the immigrant he is deporting people at a faster clip than any of his predecessors; while claiming to be a supporter of labour he’s championing trade deals that will undercut American jobs and wages. In December, even as he pursued one whistleblower, Edward Snowden and kept another, Chelsea Manning, incarcerated, he told the crowd at Nelson Mandela’s funeral: “There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people.“
President Obama will say anything, but stands for nothing. And so this is where we are now; stuck with a president who doesn’t believe in much of anything, just waiting for it all to be over:
If there was a plot, he’s lost it. If there was a point, few can remember it. If he had a big idea, he shrank it. If there’s a moral compass powerful enough to guide such contradictions to more consistent waters, it is in urgent need of being reset.
Obama promised ‘change you can believe in’, but it’s not just that he hasn’t delivered, it’s that he hasn’t even put forth an effort or laid out a clear path. He is a president who has always been on the road to nowhere, certainly nowhere that actually matters to the majority of American people.