A Special Place In Hell

It’s All About the “O” | January 21, 2009



Anyone with a lick of sense long ago realized there is no way our new President can live up to the expectations his delirious followers have set for him. It’s not their fault though. He’s the one who promised to heal the earth and turn back the tides, or some such nonsense when he first declared himself the Democratic nominee. He was also aided and abetted by the fawning, besotted media and his sycophantic fellow Democrats. So now here we are with President 44, arguably the least experienced, and most shallowly vetted man ever to assume the office yet the expectations for him are likely set higher than for any President in living memory.

Lately, I’ve become annoyed by all the rhetoric from the Obama team about how it’s time for all of us to stop being so damned selfish and lazy. They’re always on about how we need to dust ourselves off and get to work, like we’re a bunch of surly teenagers lying around on the floor playing video games. I read the text of the inauguration speech and besides the brief bit of false humility at the start, the message amounted to more of the same. At least he was careful to only call politicians “petty,” “false,” and dogmatic. I wonder if he means his fellow Democrats or just Republicans? And isn’t he a politician too? 

There was more than a smattering of paternalism in the speech. Collectively, we have become “childish,” and failed to “make the hard choices.” Our sole redeeming grace is that we voted for “Him” er, I mean “hope.” So what does our new President expect of his children? A return to “hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism” no less. I was surprised to learn we Americans had completely abandoned those old fashioned ideals. But even that is not enough, we need “a new era of responsibility.” All this talk about hard work and integrity and all that wouldn’t be so irksome coming from someone who had actually demonstrated those qualities in their own lives, but I digress.

As someone who in my adult life has always striven to live up to those ideals, the last thing I need is a lecture from daddy. As an American facing a future that is as uncertain as any other time in my four decades on this planet, what I need is someone who is willing to take on the responsibility of running this country, and not simply turn it back on the people who he is supposed to lead. The message our new President sent us in his latest speech is just par for the course, and the implications are not lost on everyone. As some shrewd observers have noted, Obama has cleverly laid the success or failure of his Presidency at our feet. That sucks, because he’s the President, and he should succeed or fail on his own merits, not ours.

So I don’t think I need to worry too much about the “shadow government” or “Obama for America 2.0.” The point of those entities is probably not to force through some kind of oppressive regime, or onerous policies. The point is most likely simply to help ensure the “hope” lasts more than 4 years in office.



  1. Congratulations to President Obama and the people of the US of A.

    As a foreigner who wants good things to happen in any and all parts of the world, I wish Americans will work more in harmony with their president. How successful Obama can be as American president will depend on how well his fellow-Americans can rein in their demands for their expectations to be satisfied.


    Keep the hopes alive.

    Comment by serendipity hopeful — January 21, 2009 @ 5:07 am

  2. i can honestly say i’m looking forward to the next eight years…

    Comment by coffee — January 20, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

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