Faced with a sharp turn in the US' -- and his own--political and economic misfortunes in the wake of the S&P downgrade of America's debt, Barack Obama had little to offer. He read from a stale script preaching 'balance', bipartisanship, and 'we're the greatest nation on this earth", and somehow, by gosh and by golly, we're going to get through this mess.
And mess it is. Obama has lost his silver tongue; he simply goes for the trite and tired excuses that offer no solution to America's political lack of will. If anything, he has shown himself incapable of leading, and in try lawyerly fashion, shifts his responsibility to abstract principles which do not put the growing army of the poor and un and underemployed to work or to rebuilt shattered hopes and lives, sacrificed on the altar of rewarding the bankrupt class of corporate leaders, politicians, and the greedy rich.
At a time when Obama should show leadership, he is found wanting. His pretty speeches remain unheard for the plain and simple reason, he has no new plans to get out of the crisis, save the shopworn solutions which have made long fire and fizzled out.
On the other hand, the reactionary, cynical Republicans have judged him right: they are willing to punish Obama by throwing the country into political and fiscal instability, for their own parochial goals. They, too, are bereft of solutions other than rewarding the so called 'job creators' which is a slick way of saying the rich that bankroll them to the hilt.
As of this moment, Obama 15 months away from what's turning out to be a very brutal election campaign is not assured of returning to the White House. Even if he does, the US can expect, judging by his record, four more years of Tweedledee and Tweedledum, hemming and hawing, and a glaring absence of spine. To GuamDiary, Obama's moral fault may best be summarised by a life from T.S. Eliot's 'Love song of J. Alfred Prufrock': 'dare I eat a peach?' An seemly agonising paralysis of will of doing even the simplest of undertakings.
Perhaps, too, a potential Republican rival Mitt Romney put it this way: Obama has turned Harry Truman's dictum on its head. The feisty HST famously said, 'the buck stops with me' when he was president. For BHO, the buck stops everywhere else but with him.
And in spite of it all, Obama is willing to give into the reactionary Republicans who want to cripple government by rewarding the rich with tax subsidies but no taxes on their vast wealth. And for that, Obama remains klewless and is the very image of the poster president living in a bubble.