Obama’s Awakening?

Crossposted at Daily Kos

No Drama Obama came out fighting last night! For him.

In a stunning and dramatic (for him) change of course, Obama actually said mean (for him) things about the Dems, the Republicans, and the SCOTUS, as well as the pundits and press. He was (for him) downright feisty and condemning.

Which is what happens when you realize that your “process” isn’t working, your “style” is ineffective, your “tone” is weak, and your post-partisan peacemaking has run into a brick wall of cowardice, obstructionism and just plain incompetence.


This sort of dramatic (for him) turn around is a response to the failure of his  agenda at the hands of cowardly Dems and obstructionist Republicans. And in light of this failure, that his critics on The Left have been predicting since before his election, his coming out swinging (for him) is exactly what his critics on the Left have been asking for, and predicting he would have to do, since before the election.

Yes. It WAS only rhetoric.

But at least it was the right rhetoric this time.

Heck, he even admitted that he didn’t lead on Health Care the way that we on The Left KNEW he had to do (and the Obamacrats, wrongly of course, defended him for) if it was going to go anywhere…

I take my share of the blame for not explaining it more clearly to the American people.

While unfortunately glossing over the real failure that his lack of leadership has wrought….

But if anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors, and stop insurance company abuses, let me know.

It is called The Public Option, Barack, and you HAD IT and you let it slip away. Because you didn’t lead and you didn’t fight and you didn’t wake up to the fact that BOTH sides of the aisle are above all else….grossly incompetent at governing…..for anyone the benefit of anyone but their Corporate Masters.

And that if you want Change, YOU are going to have to bring it.

And that if you are going to bring it, you have to bring it HARD…..not soft.

He also (for him) embraced Populism and distanced himself from Wall St. This will be the real test of his rhetoric, and his (for him) awakening to the political and economic realities we face. He (for him) chose sides. And to his credit, he chose the right side. (Though cynically, it was the only side he could choose to save the Dems in 2010 and his second term.)


Now we get to see what he DOES about it. Will he come out fighting for Regulatory Reform to start to right the economic playing field? Will he get out in front and lead on this absolutely key issue of Wall St. vs Main St.?

Or will he revert to the weak and ineffective leader he was in his time adjusting to the fact that he IS the President, he DID promise change and he DOES have the power to effect that Change?

Maybe now the Obamacrats won’t have to further use their most pathetic apology of them all: He is only the President and the president isn’t powerful.

Maybe now he will start to USE the power that The People gave him when they made him the most powerful man in the world, with a CLEAR mandate to take on the Republicans, the Corporations that have bought our government, and the cowardly Dems who DO “run for the hills” at the first loud noise.

MAYBE, he is ready to become…finally….the leader that we need. Now that he SEEMS to be getting the message that leadership, especially in these dramatic times…..requires drama.

And not the passivity that he has displayed in “leading” our nation out of the mess that the Republicans and their Corporate masters created. Not to mention the drama needed to lead the country in a new direction.

Yes it was just a speech. Another Obama speech that promises everything in soaring rhetoric……and then abandons or reverses those promises in the face of some imagined “pragmatism.” That turns out just to be an unwillingness to fight for the Change he asked us all to believe in….but he admits has not been delivered.

It was only rhetoric. But at least it was the right rhetoric this time. The rhetoric of someone just awakening to the fact that he has a fight on his hands, and that the weapon he needs for that fight IS drama, and passion, and leadership.

The next round, taking on Wall Street on behalf on Main Street, will tell the tale.

With the little Hope we have left, let’s hope his actions live up to his dramatic (for him) rhetoric of last night. And that he will finally start to fight. For us.

THAT will be Change We Can Believe In.

And that will be the Change that will bring the Left together and inspire the Independents to return to supporting Democrats.


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  1. Photobucket

    But maybe if we all get pissed off at the same thing…for a change….and have some leadership as to where to direct that anger….for a change….we might actually get something done!

    For a change

  2. unless they have (or are given) a toothache.

    • TomP on January 28, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Good diary.  

  3. if Im the only one who noticed… he holds back the Evil Veto Pen Threat all this time, then finally whips it out…. for the SPENDING FREEZE!??!?!?! WHAAAT?

    If he does actually start to move to Actions not just Fancy Words, we will need to push hard for them to be in left progressive directions.

  4. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35

    Somewhere along the line, the White House lost its way,” said Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. “Instead of focusing on solutions to help America’s families wade through the wreckage of the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, Washington has wasted valuable time wrestling with partisan politics in an effort to rush through drastic reforms that do not directly address our most immediate needs.

    Skelton added, “The president’s address has lent us all hope – hope that the administration is finally heeding our concerns. It’s about time.”

    Idiot, anyone?  How is healthcare bankruptcy not a “pressing concern”?  Partisan politics?.  Where has Obama engaged in partisan politics?  Next to a whole group of people who have vowed to destroy his stated agenda, no matter the cost, Skelton concludes the real problem is that Obama has been too partisan?

    I wonder if Skelton’s constituents would agree that out of control medical bills, denials and lack of access are not “pressing concerns”.

  5. Obama’s speech was about “something for everyone.”  A lot of it seemed pretty empty, especially on the environment.

    Talk is cheap tho.  Judge them by what they do, not by what they say.

  6. there’s no end to the many times you’ll be fooled.  

  7. “I think people are dazzled by Obama’s rhetoric, and that people ought to begin to understand that Obama is going to be a mediocre president – which means, in our time, a dangerous president – unless there is some national movement to push him in a better direction.”

    – Howard Zinn

    The problem is that we keep hoping for a savior to ‘awake’ or arise, or something.  And so the left sits at the computer endlessly speculating about 9th D chess, or awakening, or some crap, instead of getting out and doing something.  

  8. As usual, pay attention to Obam’s actions, not his words.

    Showing what a deficit hawk he can be opposes a bill fund long term healthcare to 9/11 responders.


    • Xanthe on January 29, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    RNC – on Friday am.

    Would that he offers us the respect he offered the Republican Party –

    maybe the speech doesn’t matter – but it played to the Republicans and Independents –

    And, of course CNBC said he wasn’t reaching out.  

    I thought it was embarrassing but I’m a Democrat.

    Highlight – he will issue an Executive Order on the bi-partisan commission on entitlements. (We knew that unfortunately)

    Obviously, the admin thinks it’s smart to go into that den and show the nation he’s “trying” – but I think he looks weak.  The predators go after the sickest and slowest members of the herds – and to me that’s what he looks like.  

    Nothing good of it will come to the progressives.


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