Ok Obama left the White House this morning, handing the keys to the most powerful empire in human history over to a man who has the emotional temperament of honey boo boo and who can’t stand the thought of having anything “small”, who’s, furthermore, bankrupted four of his own companies and refused to pay his own workers, who’s been accused by more than a dozen woman of sexual harassment, who believes Muslims should be banned from the United States and immigrants deported, and who wants to build up our Nukes and reignite the Cold War…shiit.
Obama was a man I’ve always looked on at with a sort of detachment. After all his promises of “hope and change”, the results ended up being slightly underwhelming. Yes, he opened the doors to Cuba, signed the Iranian nuclear deal, gave much needed support to gay, feminist, and minority rights, and may have stopped us from getting into a disastrous, catastrophic war within Syria. But he still signed the key bailout that subsidized the criminal Wall Street plutocrats that tanked the economy, and his drone policies were still extremely murderous (the exact death toll on innocent Yemen civilians are still inconclusive, with some reports estimating the number to be as high as 900… ).
But when compared to a mendacious power-hungry authoritarian fascist with a reputation for nefarious business dealings, even George W. Bush seems preferable. Jokes aside, it depresses that things might actually get worse.
I’ve never doubted Obama’s integrity; he seemed genuine in his attempts to want to create a more “benign” United States. And he would probably be an awesome dude to have a beer with. But I also thought of him as somebody who never had a clear stance or moral vision. I haven’t read his memoir “Audacity of Hope” yet, but my gut tells me he actually believed in, well, the “audacity” of hope, which is refreshing in an age of puerile angsty nihilism. It’s refreshing to have had a president that understands that if we as a people want a more just, moral society, we alone are the only ones that can will it into being. This requires unrelenting hope in the face of insurmountable odds. Yet, a part of me also thinks he didn’t have the revolutionary passion to really want to change “the system” (not in the way Bernie Sanders did) or really understood the imploding nature of a debt-based economy.
Still, I’ll certainly miss having someone who’s at least somewhat conscious of the nature of the system’s problems (Obama) than someone who has no clue of what and where the problem even exists (Trump).