The remarkable President Obama
I commented in my last post on Barack Obama’s elitist “Waldorf Astoria” vision and pointed to his revealing closing debate remarks:
I think a lot of this campaign, maybe over the last four years, has been devoted to this notion that I think government creates jobs, that that somehow is the answer. That’s not what I believe. I believe that the free enterprise system is the greatest engine of prosperity the world’s ever known. I believe in self-reliance and individual initiative and risk-takers being rewarded.
The New York Times, in an editorial today entitled “The Myth of Job Creation”, called these words “remarkable” and went on to list the large number of jobs government has historically created. The Times is absolutely correct – these are indeed remarkable views for a non-Republican; but, let’s face it, Barack Obama has been a remarkable president. So, sadly to say, was Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and Lyndon Johnson before him, all remarkably unwilling or unable to represent the clear majority of this country.
So, in these remarkable times we have a remarkable president who consistently makes remarkable remarks and remarkable compromises that all show his remarkable disdain for those on his left who got him so remarkably elected. I’m glad there’s only two weeks left in this unremarkable election and we can then move on secure in the knowledge of which unremarkable neoliberal / neoconservative will be our leader for the sure to be remarkable next four years.