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Friday, May 11, 2012
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This article from today’s L.A. Times sums up the situation regarding Barack Obama as the President of the United States. In a nutshell, Mr. Obama is too smart, too intellectual to be President.

So how did he get there? In 2008 he was pitted against a military officer, who might have inspired public confidence in ordinary times. In fact, former Navy Captain John McCain was pulling ahead of Obama in the polls in early September, when the economy suddenly went over a scary precipice as several major financial companies failed (Lehman Brothers being the biggest of the big fish coming to the proverbial water’s surface upside down). The ‘average Americans’, the people who swing Presidential elections, got scared for their future and decided that an Ivy League professor would have a better shot at untangling the growing economic mess than someone who would place Sarah Palin a heartbeat away from the Oval Office. (The latter being an example, in the cynical sense, of ‘military intelligence’.)

This time, this year, it could be very different. Professor Obama, much to his credit, kept the bottom from falling out on our nation in 2009. However, since then things haven’t gotten too much better either. There is still very much uncertainty and unemployment on the American economic scene. The “swing voters” of today might thus decide that a businessman and not an intellectual would have a better shot at getting the engine of American economic growth back up to full speed in the foreseeable future.

(Not that I necessarily agree with that idea; but it appears to me that it would be quite easy for the American “silent majority” to reach that conclusion this November.)

As to myself, I am probably going to vote for Obama this November. However, I agree with Meghan Daum when she says of Obama:

The gulf between the brilliant young man who wanted to change the world and the stymied president who can barely pass a piece of legislation . . . suggests he could have served the American people far more effectively if he weren’t bogged down being the leader of the free world.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 10:22 pm      

  1. Jim, Once again, I just can’t get myself worked up about politics. BUT I do have some comments to make.

    First of all, I’d say thank God! that we actually have a president who can THINK! “Too smart, too intellectual” for a president? That I find difficult to accept. Can anybody be “too smart or too intellectual” to be president?

    How we ever managed to get thru the years when we had a president who suffered from Alzheimer’s (not his fault, but I would say the fault of those who knew something was wrong and let him run for a second term and/or didn’t let the nation know of his problem in his 2nd term and let the country run itself) and then President GWB who was hardly the sharpest tack in the box. As far as I am concerned: A president can’t BE too smart or too intelligent.

    As to “things not getting too much better” and the quote from Meghan Daum that Obama can “barely pass a piece of legislation”, I find that difficult to take at face value. Obama suffers from the exact same thing that JFK suffered from: A Congress that absolutely refuses to do anything he asks, even the most reasonable of requests. In the case of JFK I have (over these many years) wondered if Congress’s refusal to cooperate was due to his being Catholic (gasp!). Now I wonder if the GOP refuses to cooperate with Obama because of outright prejudice against him. I may not be right, but I can’t help but wonder.

    The American people are hardly “bogged down” by Obama being the “leader of the free world”. I say thank God he IS the leader of the free world.

    Can you imagine some of the inidividuals who were running for the GOP nomination being the leader of our country? As my sister says: “If he gets in, I’ll move to Canada.”

    In the end it’s all politics. But I can’t help but wonder that we survived GWB and the war he got us into, the war his father got us into, and the president who had Alzheimer’s–just these 3 in recent times.

    I say thank God for Obama and hope he manages to make it another 4 years for the sake of the country. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — May 12, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

  2. Jim, I am not a US citizen and I have no right to comment much, but when I was in Hawaii in 2008, watching TV and getting caught up in the frenzy, I personally hoped that Obama would win. And now, 4 years later, despite all the things Americans say that he failed to do, in my humble opinion, I still hope America will choose him. In any case, I am hoping for the best candidate to win. What happens in the USA does have repercussions around the world. We are all anxiously looking on. All the best, America!

    Comment by spunkykitty — May 16, 2012 @ 5:56 am

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