Since every writer has to write to his audience, lol, let me start by saying that it is a given that any American president’s first task is to preserve the American military and (failing) financial Empire. Obama will do so, there is no doubt of that.
And of course, that is in at least most ways despicable, considering what the American Empire has done both in foreign affairs and domestically for the past eight years. But we all know you can’t get elected president in America if you don’t have an “understanding” with the financial sector. And you can’t be the American president unless you are in a certain amount of thrall to both the MIC and the CIA. Electing a new president, any president, means electing someone who has to some extent been co-opted by these three branches of The Ruling Class.
We also know that any president has to ‘assess the mood of the country.’ Which in essence means that they will spin whatever they do to be acceptable to the media and the most powerful of the punditocracy, the so called opinion makers. They DO have the power to take down a president, and Obama knows that.
Obama also has to…at least in his mind, cater to the Republicans that he has to work with, he cannot call an all out war on them, as much as we…and presumably he….lusts in his heart to do so. Overall, whether it has been by design, by opportunity, or by the sheer lemminglike suicidal urges of the Republicans and their base, so far the biggest impact that Obama has had in my opinion is the extent that the Republicans have been destroyed/marginalized on his watch. Observing their descent into the batshit crazy Circle of Hell under a Black president has certainly been satisfying…and amusing.
In other words, the American president is far, FAR less powerful than people seem to think. There are pressures from all sides that must be dealt with just for a president…especially a Democratic president….just to survive.
Now given the restrictions on an American president that have become apparent since the election especially, one might easily denigrate the campaign theme of “change” that Obama ran on. It is apparent that there is very little he or anyone can actually change from the oval office. And any change will seem gradual, coming out of the last eight years of blitzkreig.
The lack of real immediate change has certainly seemed like a betrayal to some extent at least, for those who bought the okeydoke of Hope and Change expecting….real change.
But it must be said, he is neither Bush nor McCain. The relatively cosmetic changes he has made, and the thrust of the rhetoric of what changes he would like to make….if he had power to make them…is a change, if not the Change we were all Hoping for.
Assuming that he can get some jobs rolling out to the People of America, who unbeknownst to the Powers That Be apparently, are in a somewhat shocking Depression and sincerely hurting, will he get reelected? If so, what will America look like after eight years of Obama? If not, lol, what will it look like after four years of Obama?
And given the limitations spelled out above, how do YOU think he is doing? Go ahead, don’t be shy, let it out! What is your assessment of Obama at this point?