So it comes to this: After all that has been said about Barack Obama, in the end there is very little to say.
You are either willing to overlook Barack Obama’s foibles and foolishness; or you aren’t. We we're right, you were wrong. You can either admit or you can't.
There is no middle ground.
There is no saying for example “Well he’s kind of new in the job,” or “This is an example of one bad apple in his Cabinet,” or “The president didn’t know about it.”
Going into his second term, you either knew what we had in Barack Obama or you didn’t.You knew we were right and you overlooked it, or you knew we were right and you didn't.
For myself, I’ve never been willing to overlook the least ready of all presidents; nor have I ever been willing to give the least steady of presidents a free pass on issues.
Getting past his ideology, however, I was certainly willing to be dazzled, like most everyone else.
I was prepared for the post-racial America; for a Great Communicator, who at least on some things, would lift us all up together.
I was looking forward to a day when race, creed, ethnicity, didn’t have to be the issues that drove us apart.
I was impressed when Obama defended private insurance against Hillary’s single payer system; I was impressed that he was willing to tangle with Jesse Jackson, Sr. during the 2008 campaign. He put his prestige on the line to talk about personal responsibility to group that often hears those words like a lecture.
When he was elected, I was willing to celebrate the great racial divide that had been bridged in this country by electing a black man within the living memories of those who helped craft segregation.
In all these things, I was hopeful that the office of the presidency would lift up Barack Obama and with it, the rest of us, as it did Harry Truman, Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson.
I have, after all, survived many presidents I did not agree with, and could even something find something I could cheer in them.
But what a disappointment this man has been.
There has been no level of discord to which he has not been willing to drive us.
There have been no principles that he has not been willing to abandon.
There has been no opportunity lost to use our country for personal, political ends.
There has been no hesitation in manipulating, gaming, and otherwise using Washington, D.C. as a blood sport.
The deception he perpetrated on the American people is rivaled only by the deception he perpetrated on his party.
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