Sad, but true. It's clear that we fell for "the black JFK" image. We fell for the image of a dynamic leader. Instead, we got the reality of a black Jimmy Carter. I recall how Bill and Hill Clinton raked Obama over the coals on a daily basis during the 2008 Primaries and he always failed to respond. That's not class, that's being a pushover. It foreshadowed the presidency of a man who, when called upon to lead as he was by many during the crisis in Ferguson, MO, retreated into the world of useless rhetoric.
Pres. Obama has never been forceful or combative, never held persons accountable to the point where they were terminated for gross screw-ups (Kathleen Sebelius and Eric Shinseki, for starters), and worst of all, he squandered the first 2 years in office when he had both houses of Congress in Democratic control! He could have passed anything, done anything, and stressed anything at that point. Instead, he did ... nothing. Oh, there were TV appearances galore and "Cash for Clunkers" (a sign that his allegiance to environmental concerns outweighed his concern for economic stability), but he did nothing of substance and led the Dems to defeat in the 2010 mid-terms.
Finally, after losing the full support of Congress, he has repeatedly claimed that he can't get anything done due to GOP obstructionism. While that's true, he should be held accountable for the lack of progress that accompanied his first two years in office. Had he done something then, had he taken the reins of power and steered the ship of State like a true leader, then it all could have turned out differently. Who knows? He might even have developed enough of a backbone to address the situation in Missouri as a forceful leader, not a meek community activist.
Sadly, it didn't.
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