I remember talking to a friend in the aftermath of the Obama Election in 2008.
Being a progressive she was euphoric, as I can certainly understand, about the loquacious Senator from Illinois. I was my usual dour asshole self refusing to believe in vague goals of “hope and change” from a man whose donor list looked surprisingly like his predecessor.
“The domestic surveillance will expand and the wars, overt and covert will continue. The middle class will suffer only you won’t hear about that as the media will fawn over Obama.”
☝🏼 Nailed it by the way.
To me Obama was nothing more than the continued corporatist globalist lineage of Bush/Clinton/Bush before him. He was actually kind of a shiny anomaly in the Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton(almost) political dynasties, dynasties forged when VP Bush and Governor Clinton collaborated in drug trafficking through Mena, Arkansas in the mid 80s to benefit the Contras in Central America. Those were the days of innocence.
In the gestalt of failed Presidency of Bush the stupider the other Clinton had her scepter stolen by the articulate espouser of concentrated nothingness from Chicago.
While he did possess a certain panache when regurgitating Telepromptered talking points then, as now, I found myself asking what all the hype was.
He wasn’t anti-war or pro civil liberties, as the democrats long gave up on that platform in their marriage to the Deep State. His raking in money from the financial institutions who caused the economic crisis showed he wasn’t pro Main Street despite his rhetoric. Deliberately opaque on what his actual policies were he glossed over details with flourishing rhetoric.
He was, in many ways, the broadcaster of mass psychological projection as any good politician should be.
Yes we can.
Hope and Change.
It was MAGA before MAGA in metaphor if not in practice.
President Obama went to work immediately bailing out banks and constructing his signature healthcare plan, a base rip off of the plan of the man who would be his 2012 Presidential Opponent.
Think about it: he even stole Romney Care.
The Insurance industry special interest created Affordable Care Act dispensed goodies immediately (staying on parents plan till 26, pre-existing conditions) held off undesirable outcomes until after the next presidential election (Forced compliance via increased taxation) and had co-pays and premiums sky rocket on the his way out the door in 2017.
Never has political legislation had that degree of precision involved in it.
Still did nothing for him.
It was an abject failure, a failure most Americans immediately recognized, as the Democrats in general have been ousted at every level of Government since then. It’s failure was probably the single biggest policy liability hurting Secretary Clintons election campaign. Who would have predicted that after the Bush disaster of 08?
Obama has been in hiding since the Mid-Term elections of 2010 having been soundly defeated. Democrats point to Mitch McConnells obstructionist words as the instrument of Obamas abdication of his office, spreading a false narrative of ALL the miracles that would have sprung from his bosom in only the Evil republicans let it.
Don’t let them fool you.
Obama has hid from a fight because he never had the stomach for confrontation, preferring surrogates to do his dirty work. Absent muscle he can not bear the thought of losing. If you don’t play you can’t lose, simple as that.
The man, always a sensitive soul who was light in the loafers, is no fighter.
Lauded for being “scandal free” due in no small part to lack of critical coverage the legacy amnesia media forgets his intrepidly arming drug runners in Mexico (Fast and Furious) and Terrorist groups in Syria. We are told (falsely) that these operations were all the doings of previous administrations, started before he got into office. This is a defense, apparently, for president hope change: I will not put an end to injustice started before me, be it prosecuting torturers from the Bush administration or lifting a finger to stop drug runners and terrorist.
What an apt metaphor for Obamaism: Acquiescing to failure both past and present.
He has been content the past 6 years to vacation and Golf leaving the nitty gritty of running the country to the bankers and bureaucrats who buoyed his ascension.
With 95 Million Americans out of work and marked increase in food stamp usage during his administration we are regaled with tales of his economic genius primarily because when you drop the long time unemployed from the rolls, never count the student loan debt saddled millennials who have worthless degrees and no jobs and take the IT guys now bussing tables you can massage the numbers to under 5% employment.
This should change in two days when the press rediscovers the labor participation rate statistics, at its lowest point in decades.
The other reason we are assured that Obama is an economic savant is “The Stock Market” which is at an all time high.
For those in our media, for whom history started yesterday, this is big news.
For those who understand the cyclical boom bust cycle of the stock market, or who at the least realize that Hayek won a Nobel Prize for describing it almost 5 decades ago, we are not surprised when you extend ZIRP for another decade and double national debt through stimulus spending you can cook the books on Wall Street.
While 200% increases in the Stock Market in 8 years are superficially impressive that’s nothing compared to 260% increase experienced by FDR from 1932-1937.
When the FED raised rates in 37 the stock market crashed 35%. Taken within a historical context the “Obama recovery” might be nothing more than a false peak through the Greater Depression we are in. Did I mention that the FED has just decided to raise interest rates slightly as president Trump ascends to the Oval Office?
Of Course they did.
Luckily for Obama he gets out after two terms, credit for where no credit is due. FDR stuck around, soaking in praise and adulation, finally removing us from the yoke of depression with his death.
This is the track record for those with Obamanessia: one piece of failed legislation, stunning collapse of his party at all levels of Government, the destruction of his parties anti-war pro civil liberties platform, wars raging across borders home and abroad and an entirely predictable “economic recovery” so built on quicksand his most ardent supporters predict (hope) it will collapse.
If your 8 years of hope and change can be undone in a few months by a reality TV star then it’s safe to say you accomplished nothing.
Rushmore can save the chisels.
As Obama is the standard bearer of the establishment neoliberal globalization policies that are being ravaged globally and in the west in particular you will hear glowing reports of the progress we made in 8 years.
Don’t buy it.
This is ultimately the Story of Obama.
He leaves as he came in, a media created messiah: sound and fury from the supporters but from an all too human man above his pay grade producing nothing more than a whimper in the dark…