Saturday, December 05, 2009
What happens when "hope and change" gets drenched with reality?
Like so many in the media, Dana Milbank got caught up in "hope and change"!
Like so many in the media, and elsewhere, he is now wondering why?
Check out Milbank's Obama the mortal!
It won't be the last of the articles re-thinking Obama-mania, and specially the people who got caught up in it!
Let's check some of Milbank's points:
"Some parishioners in the Church of Obama discovered last week that their spiritual leader is a false prophet."
The Church of Obama? I like that!
Let's see more:
"It was bound to happen eventually. Obama had become to his youthful supporters a vessel for all of their liberal hopes.
They saw him as a transformational figure who would end war, save the Earth from global warming, restore the economy -- and still be home for dinner.
They lashed out at anybody who dared to suggest that Obama was just another politician, subject to calculation, expediency and vanity like all the rest."
I like that! I guess that we were right when we called "yes we can-ism" just the latest version of irrational behavior!
There is more:
"In other cases, Obama truly has gone back on campaign vows. Even some of his advisers are disappointed that he has moved so slowly to close the Guantanamo Bay prison.
Civil libertarians are justifiably disappointed with his decision to continue much of the Bush administration secrecy.
Clean-government types are understandably frustrated that Obama vowed that lobbyists "will not get a job in my White House" but now grants waivers so that lobbyists can work in key administration jobs."
And let's not forget Iraq!
Pres BO is implementing Pres Bush's plan in Iraq. (Who would have believed that from the man who came into prominence by calling for a withdrawal of troops from Iraq?)
We appreciate that Milbank has come clean!
And we can assure you that he won't be the last!
Lets' check out Professor Ajami: The Arabs Have Stopped Applauding Obama
We add this from London: Barack Obama dream fades as China visit fails to bring change
We add this from Der Spiegel: Obama's Nice Guy Act Gets Him Nowhere on the World Stage
Soeren Kern has a good question: Is ‘Obamamania’ Waning in Europe?
Kern tells us that the Euros are really worried that Pres BO was too quick to pull those missiles out of Poland! The Euros can't defend themselves!
Or too easily pushed around by the Chinese!
Or, worse than that, just too much of a nice guy in a world where the bad guys in Iran want nuclear bombs!