A WaPo columnist writes about the disillusionment of Obama’s doting throngs.
Some parishioners in the Church of Obama discovered last week that their spiritual leader is a false prophet.
Consider the blow suffered by the liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, who issued a plaintive plea to the president on the eve of his announcement that he was sending 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan. By escalating the war, Moore wrote:
“[Y]ou will do the worst possible thing you could do — destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they’ve always heard is true — that all politicians are alike.”
……Obama never said during the campaign that he would pull out of Afghanistan; in fact, he had promised to escalate. “As president, I will make the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban the top priority that it should be,” he said in July 2008, vowing to send at least two more combat brigades to Afghanistan. “This is a war that we have to win.”
Actually, in spite of his plaintive committment of 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, he’s not real enthusiastic about winning. (http://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2009/09/21/the-ones-new-war-strategy/)
……It was bound to happen eventually. Obama had become to his youthful supporters a vessel for all of their liberal hopes. They saw him as a transformational figure who would end war, save the Earth from global warming, restore the economy — and still be home for dinner. They lashed out at anybody who dared to suggest that Obama was just another politician, subject to calculation, expediency and vanity like all the rest.
He’s one of the most self-absorbed narcissists, ever. The size of his ego dwarfs that of most politicians to date. The MSM fed that monster throughout the campaign and some continue to do so. Case in point: Chris (Obama gives me a tingle up my leg) Matthews.
……Even some of his advisers are disappointed that he has moved so slowly to close the Guantanamo Bay prison. Civil libertarians are justifiably disappointed with his decision to continue much of the Bush administration secrecy. Clean-government types are understandably frustrated that Obama vowed that lobbyists “will not get a job in my White House” but now grants waivers so that lobbyists can work in key administration jobs.
Obama’s piss poor (albeit delayed) decision to close GITMO, is overshadowed by the lunacy of his determination to bring the terrorists to American soil and house them at the Thomson correctional facility in Illinois.
But at least as much blame for the disillusionment goes to progressives who simply expected too much of him. Some are disappointed that the Nobel Peace Prize winner proposed even higher defense spending than George W. Bush did — but Obama never said he would cut the Pentagon’s budget. Many liberals are disappointed that he isn’t pushing the “public option” more forcefully in the health-care debate –but it was never something Obama emphasized during the campaign.
Proposed higher defense spending? A $626 billion defense spending bill was submitted to the House. (http://www.startribune.com/business/79322682.html) Whether or not it passes remains to be seen.
ObamaCare isn’t going over too well with the American public. We know a government-control scam when we see one. As for pushing the “public option”, Pelosi, Reid, Baucus, and the rest of the pro-ObamaCare Dems in Congress and Senate are trying to ram it down our throats.
The Obama worshipers shouldn’t be too downhearted. After all, he’s doing everything he can to “fundamentally transform” America into a socialist wet dream. Our economy is in the tank, along with the “big, bad, evil capitalist businesses”, and he’s doing his best to weaken the “American bully” on the world stage by kowtowing to Islamic nation-states and Euro effetes.
All that, and he’s still not radical enough. Apostates.