summer of discontent
Fouad Ajami has written the best piece I've read so far about Obama.
"Obama [rode the economic distress of 2008 to victory.] His politics of charisma was reminiscent of the Third World. A leader steps forth, better yet someone with no discernible trail, someone hard to pin down to a specific political program, and the crowd could read into him what it wished, what it needed."BO has been described as being the modern embodiment of Lincoln, FDR, JFK, even Reagan, but he's none of those things. He's just a guy with a Blackberry who opposed the war in Iraq.
"At no time had Ronald Reagan believed that the American covenant had failed, that America should apologize for itself in the world beyond its shores. There was no narcissism in Reagan. It was stirring that the man who headed into the sunset of his life would bid his country farewell by reminding it that its best days were yet to come.
"There is joylessness in Mr. Obama. He is a scold, the "Yes we can!" mantra is shallow, and at any rate, it is about the coming to power of a man, and a political class, invested in its own sense of smarts and wisdom, and its right to alter the social contract of the land. In this view, the country had lost its way and the new leader and the political class arrayed around him will bring it back to the right path.But then the cracks in the facade began to appear, faster than Axelrod and Emanuel anticipated. The American people got fooled into voting for Obama because of John McCain, but after eight long months of failed Saul Alinsky policies, Americans now realize the emptiness of 'hope' and 'change.'
"Thus the moment of crisis would become an opportunity to push through a political economy of redistribution and a foreign policy of American penance."
"The protesters in those town-hall meetings have served notice that Mr. Obama’s charismatic moment has passed. Once again, the belief in that American exception that set this nation apart from other lands is re-emerging. Health care is the tip of the iceberg. Beneath it is an unease with the way the verdict of the 2008 election was read by those who prevailed. It shall be seen whether the man swept into office in the moment of national panic will adjust to the nation’s recovery of its self-confidence."