We can never be certain of our courage until we have faced danger.
- La Rochefoucauld, French Classical Writer (1613-1680)
No one has ever entered the presidency riding such a powerful wave of love and elation among his supporters as Barack Obama. For many of those who bought into the HOPE and CHANGE campaign, the ascendancy of Obama was no less of an event of supreme delirium and ecstasy than the second coming of Christ.
It’s true, Obama has only himself to blame for much of the unrealistic expectations (“a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany … and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Obama.” and “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal”) so it’s understandable if he didn’t live up to all the hype, but far from simple disappointment, it seems that the sentiment from some of Obama’s most devoted disciples can now be characterized as something more along the lines of bewilderment, disillusionment and disgust.
From fellow Democrat, Rep. Kucinich, on Obama’s launching a war against Qaddafi without any congressional approval, calling it “an impeachable offense.”
“President Obama moved forward without Congress approving. He didn’t have Congressional authorization, he has gone against the Constitution, and that’s got to be said,” Kucinich said in an interview with Raw Story. “It’s not even disputable, this isn’t even a close question. Such an action — that involves putting America’s service men and women into harm’s way, whether they’re in the Air Force or the Navy — is a grave decision that cannot be made by the president alone.”
According to Kucinich, Obama’s decision “would appear on its face to be an impeachable offense.”
Maureen Dowd, NYT op-ed columnist and one-time passionate Obama booster:
Faced with a country keening for reassurance and reinvention, Obama seems at a loss. Regarding his political skills, he turns out to be the odd case of a pragmatist who can’t learn from his mistakes and adapt.
Obama’s response on Monday to Friday’s Standard & Poor’s downgrade and to the 22 Navy Seal commandos and 8 other soldiers killed by a Taliban rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan was once more too little, too late. It was just like his belated, ineffectual response on the BP oil spill and his reaction to the would-be Christmas Day bomber; it took him three days on vacation in Hawaii to speak about the terrorist incident when the country was scared about national security, and then he spent the next week callously shuttling from the podium to the golf course.
From Drew Westen, a guy who was as high on the HOPE as anyone in attendence at the president’s inauguration.
A possibility is that [Obama] is simply not up to the task by virtue of his lack of experience and a character defect that might not have been so debilitating at some other time in history. Those of us who were bewitched by his eloquence on the campaign trail chose to ignore some disquieting aspects of his biography: that he had accomplished very little before he ran for president, having never run a business or a state; that he had a singularly unremarkable career as a law professor, publishing nothing in 12 years at the University of Chicago other than an autobiography; and that, before joining the United States Senate, he had voted “present” (instead of “yea” or “nay”) 130 times, sometimes dodging difficult issues.
Perhaps those of us who were so enthralled with the magnificent story he told in “Dreams From My Father” appended a chapter at the end that wasn’t there — the chapter in which he resolves his identity and comes to know who he is and what he believes in.
Liberal stalwart, Paul Krugman saying the president has no vision:
But what is true on all of this is that Obama has had no vision. He has not articulated a philosophy. What is Obama’s philosophy of government? He wobbles between sounding kind of like a liberal. Then he says, well, the conservatives have some points, too. He concedes the message.
source: ABC News
From Colbert I. King, WaPo opinion writer and big-time supporter of the president:
Is there anyone in the White House with nerve enough to tell Barack Obama that Martha’s Vineyard is the last place on earth that the president of the United States should find himself next week?
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t begrudge the chief executive a little time off from the Oval Office.
But to be leaving town to spend 10 days luxuriating in an affluent, New England summer town when millions of Americans can’t find work? To fly off to the Vineyard when the public is losing faith in Washington’s ability to fix the nation’s economic problems, and with people anxious about their futures?
What is he thinking? It’s not as if the Obama family is living in deprivation in Washington.