With almost breathtaking speed, President Obama has fallen into quicksand territory when it comes to his ability to turn around his deeply unpopular presidency. This is the man for whom so many Americans held such high hopes. They blindly fell for his shallow and glorified candidacy - mostly on the racial issue, truth be told - and while some Independent and more moderate voters thought they were voting for a man who would be a good listener and common sense kind of leader, the far left of the political aisle voted for a liberal ideologue.
Victor Davis Hansonprovides a good run up to how we got here with Barack Obama:
It all started in January 2009, when a giddy Barack Obama failed to appreciate how he got elected. He concluded that his victory was proof of a radical shift to the left on the part of the American electorate. In fact, it was a combination of the novelty of the first serious African-American presidential candidate, a so-so McCain effort, the traumatic financial meltdown of Sept. 15, 2008, unhappiness with the Bush administration’s Iraq war, fawning media, an orphaned presidential election with no incumbent running, and Obama’s centrist campaigning that explained the near impossible election of a northern liberal, when kindred sorts such as Dukakis, Kerry, McGovern, and Mondale had all failed. The country clearly wanted a corrective to the big spending and borrowing of the Bush administration — and soon discovered that, instead, it was going to get a far larger second serving of it.
He has proven to be an international gaffe machine with the recent trip more of the same from previous trips. He is determined to proven he is the smartest guy in the room and other world leaders neither believe that nor do they appreciate being talked down to. In Japan, the deep bow to that country's leader brought back all the memories of Obama's fondness of bowing to others, a practice not previously practiced by U.S. Presidents. And, once again he reveled in what he views as the decline of America, the very country he has the privilege to lead:
The president again casually confirmed his belief in the decline of America's "outsized" influence in world affairs, noting, "We are now seeing a situation where a whole host of other countries are doing well and coming into their own and naturally they're going to be more assertive." The president thinks this greater assertiveness is "a healthy thing" but did not elaborate for whom it was healthy - certainly not the United States. For some inexplicable reason, Mr. Obama welcomes the decline of America's role on the international stage. It is his most notable accomplishment.
True, as far as the domestic agenda goes, Obama rammed through the deeply unpopular Obamacare with the help of his Democratic majority in Congress. He boasts of his administration's successes, though we are hard pressed to name much at all. He also failed to rally when the catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico needed his undivided attention. He was slow off the mark and allowed his Cabinet secretary to push his own ideological agenda to the expense of thousands of jobs lost along the Gulf coast.
So here is the question: Will President Obama be a one term President?
A thoughtful opinion piece was published on this subject, written by Democrats Schoen and Caddell. They have boldly asked President Obama to not run for re-election so that the country can move forward in economic recovery.
If the president goes down the reelection road, we are guaranteed two years of political gridlock at a time when we can ill afford it. But by explicitly saying he will be a one-term president, Obama can deliver on his central campaign promise of 2008, draining the poison from our culture of polarization and ending the resentment and division that have eroded our national identity and common purpose.
If not running for re-election, Obama would be freed to work with the GOP and find common sense political solutions to our nation's troubles. He would not be on the campaign trail, as he has continued to do without respite from day one, calling the GOP every nasty slur he can - the enemy, inferring racism, notions of lazy politicians drinking slurpees rather than working, etc. It is beneath the office of President and he could remain in Washington doing the work he was sent to do there.
Do I think he will step back and consider not running for re-election? Not for second.
Obama himself once said to Diane Sawyer: "I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president." He now has the chance to deliver on that idea.