We are definitely in an up and down relationship with President Obama. The trouble is Obama’s relationship with independent voters, African Americans, his so called base, labor unions, and Republicans, remains undefined and unclear at best. No one has a clear handle on this man, who remains a mystery to all.
The only thing we really know is that Obama is likeable and easy to talk to. He also appears to be too willing to yield in deference to the wishes of others, even when by doing so it is in conflict to his stated beliefs and policies. So we really do not know this man. I’m beginning to wonder if he really believes in or stands for anything of substance, or is he in the mold of testing the wind, to see which direction it blows and follows the least provocative course? Typically political.
It was troubling to hear president Obama talk condescendingly to the Congressional Black Caucus at the their recent dinner. It was so odd that it appeared staged. It probably was. Obama really wanted to send a message to independent voters that he would not focus on African American issues, if they (African- Americans) follow me, they will need to get in line, a number of people and groups have agenda’s and I am president of them all. Well that is really noble. The trouble is Americans want a President that stands for something. At the end of the day, if you cannot stand up for your base, how can you stand up for Independent Voters or any other Democratic constituent?
That is clearly a noble stance for a president if it were believable. The American people really need to know what this man believes and the most predictable gauge of determining that is by closely studying his actions. Obama’s words and his subsequent actions are not in alignment. In his efforts to appeal to one group, he acts condescendingly to others ( The Congressional Black Caucus). He in effect harms his standing with African- Americans and ultimately appears to African- Americans as someone who cannot be trusted.
So our problem is we have to choose between too evils, totally odd and mentally challenged Republicans and Tea Party members, and a man who in effect bends over backward in deference , but rarely does his actions validate his stated goals. Still the choice is clear , given the alternative, it simply has to be President Obama.