I am an Obot!!!!1111!!!
Okay, not really. My real secret is:
Barack Obama bores me.
Do I still think he’s a misogynist, homophobic authoritarian who will go down in history as being as bad as, or worse than, Bush? Absolutely. He doesn’t have the temperament, the will or the strength to be President. He was never ready to answer that red phone at 3 am. He had a $150 million inauguration when he knew the economy was going down the toilet. He keeps the White House at 78 degrees when people are living in tent cities. He doesn’t have the experience to deal with political opposition, even pointlessly throwing birth control funding under the bus in order to get an obviously impossible 80 votes for his stimulus package in the Senate. He goes after private citizens with his bully pulpit, trying to stifle their free speech.
As we see with the continuing fiasco over the people he tries to appoint to his Cabinet and staff having to resign because of financial scandals, he doesn’t know how to hire people. He’s left Tim Geithner essentially on his own at Treasury, although the economy is the paramount issue right now. Heck, he even HIRED Tim Geithner despite his tax cheating history.
As for his foreign policy, our only bright light is Hillary Clinton. But she must be pounding her head against the wall regarding his idiotic idea to reach out to the “moderate Taliban.” Moderate Taliban? That’s the biggest oxymoron since “jumbo shrimp.” Earth to Obama: Extremists aren’t moderate. That’s what makes them extremists.
In short, Obama is staying the course; becoming yet ANOTHER national embarrassment. This is a man who in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, spends more time traveling, partying, vacationing and making speeches (and pissing off important allies like Great Britain), than actually making decisions and governing. He could have been a fine Vice President, but he is an unmitigated disaster as President.
But we knew that, didn’t we?
During the primaries and the general election, I tried to call attention to the fact that Barack Obama would be a very bad President, and point out the reprehensible manner in which he stole the nomination from Hillary Clinton, who was the people’s choice by any measure. It turns out a lot of people felt the same way – thus, the joy and heartbreak of PUMA.
But now, I have better things to do with my time than to bash Obama day and night. Frankly, I don’t see what good it will do. He’s the President now, and unless we all decide to march on Washington and demand his resignation (which, by the way, I would be totally on board with!!!), he is going to be the President for a while. And yes, he is sucking, is going to suck, and will always be remembered as sucking. We were right, we told you so, yada yada yada.
By nature, I am an optimistic, active and idealistic person. What I saw during the election of 2008 was horribly painful, but good things eventually came out of it: PUMA, groups like The New Agenda and Fifty-One Percent and WomenCount and so many more arising to take the place of the old, co-opted groups like NOW, NARAL and Planned Parenthood; and Carolyn Maloney’s book, which awakened me to the amazing power of more than 30% women in government. That’s where I see my focus going forward.
In two years, I might be in a FEMA concentration camp. I might be dead from another terrorist attack on New York. I might be jobless, homeless and starving.
But then again, I might not.
So I’m hoping for the best, and placing my faith in the newly awakened power of women. And I am not just writing and thinking about it, I’m teaming up with some other PUMAs, to do something about it. (I will have more about this within the next week or so.)
As for The Confluence, I won’t stoop to Riverdaughter’s level and air our problems in public. Suffice it to say I’ve stopped contributing there, and have no plans to return. If anyone wants to know more, you can contact me personally.
I do hope you’ll drop by to see me sometimes!