I’ve seen a few articles like this in the past couple of months. As the sun sets (mercifully) on the Obama administration, a largely failed administration, his supporters and former supporters are looking around and asking, “What went wrong?”
What’s interesting is that many of the people looking around bewildered now really did think that the TEA Party was some sort of reaction to a black president. And though race was an important factor in why some people did not like the president, it was a small minority of people and still it was only a factor with even them. (The truth is many “conservative” voters would love to vote for a conservative black candidate.) The Obama believers didn’t realize that many people were legitimately concerned by a president who was inexperienced, came from an urban political machine, who had been raised up in the Alinksy school of politics, who appeared hyper-partisan, and who was (and is) naively enamored with government action. They, the TEA Partiers, some of the people who have now been defined as “deplorables”, many just everyday generally non-political people, could see disaster on the horizon even while the “respectable” folks in Washington and New York” talked up “hope and change.”
It was plain as day to many that Obama was taking the country in the wrong direction. Yet the “hope and changers” could not see. They really thought Obama was something different even as the CEOs of the bailout banks walked in and out of the White House with ear to ear grins.
It is honestly surprising to me that so many people seem surprised that Obama turned out the way he did. I could tell from the outset that Mr. Obama was not as concerned with healing the racial divide in America, a divide that had grown smaller every year of my life until the Obama years, than with righting perceived racial wrongs and teaching the yokels in flyover country a lesson. America he said “clung” to its guns and its God. They “didn’t build that.” Many people just looked around in disbelief. This is the president of the United States?
We have now suffered through two two term, largely failed presidencies. One defined by arguably the greatest foreign policy blunder of the last 100 years and one defined by a domestic agenda that eroded the basic foundation and the very rule of law of the country. The Bush/Obama era has been a tough one for America. We are tired. We are worn out. Obama leaves the presidency with an America that is exhausted.
And for those who are now “hopeless” as the Washington Post puts it, they should have probably listened when people were jumping up and down about the country going in the wrong direction. But Obama was for “change” and that was a good thing right?
Change? Change to what?
Well now we know.
(From The Washington Post)
Eight years ago, when Obama promised the crowd in Grant Park that a “defining moment of change” had come to America, tears were streaming down Friedl’s face. “His words were more than inspirational,” she said. “They were a reality that I never thought I would live to see.”
The years since have been tough for her family and many of her friends. The billions of dollars spent bailing out Wall Street were not enough to save the small community bank where she worked as an executive assistant. “All the money went to the big guys,” she said. Only recently had she noticed the tourism economy in Las Vegas bouncing back.