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Obama 2012: Count me OUT

“ANNOUNCING: PRESIDENT OBAMA’S RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN,” reads the Internet ad that I just saw (with “PAID FOR BY OBAMA FOR AMERICA” at the bottom of it). “ARE YOU IN?” asks a button that you are supposed to click.

When you click on the button, you don’t get to actually answer the question. A new window pops open and instructs you to “GET INVOLVED TODAY” — by giving up your e-mail address and ZIP Code, for starters.

It’s assumed that you’re in, you see. Of course you’re in. It’s Barack! Obama!

Obama’s message in 2008 was “hope” and “change.” His message for 2012 apparently is “Really this time!”

And anyway, what choice do you have?

Well, I have choices. I won’t give the man another fucking penny or another vote. (As “President” George W. Bush once so eloquently put it, “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on … shame on you. Fool me… You can’t get fooled again!”)

To cite just one of many of Barack Obama’s broken campaign promises, in 2007, while on the campaign trail, he proclaimed, “If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself. I’ll walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States of America because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner.”

Yet where has Obama been while Repugnican Tea Party governors work overtime to (try to) destroy the public-sector unions of their states? Maybe we should start a campaign of mailing him comfortable shoes. What shoe size does he wear? (No, actually, he’s more deserving of having shoes thrown at him, a la George W. Bush, not given to him as gifts.)

Back in 2008 I gave Obama hundreds of dollars (primarily to knock Billary Clinton out of the painfully prolonged Democratic presidential primary race), believing his campaign promises, only to have his spokesweasel Robert Gibbs later snarkily refer to me and my kind as “the professional left” who should be tested for drugs — because we had the audacity to actually believe Obama’s campaign promises of “hope” and “change.” I mean, really, what had we been smoking that we actually expected Obama to deliver upon his campaign promises?

(One pundit aptly responded to Gibbs’ incredibly retarded slam: “We ‘professional leftists’ do indeed need drug testing, because apparently the … hallucinogenic [effect] of ‘hope and change’ has worn off and the ugly mediocrity of modern Democratic leadership stares us in the face with the not-so-friendly smugness of a hookah-smoking caterpillar.”)

It was an appallingly politically stupid swipe at Obama’s base. As I noted at the time, not even George W. Bush or any of his spokesweasels, as stupid as they all are, slammed Bush’s base. And then Obama himself went on shortly thereafter to slam progressives (again, a.k.a. his base) as “sanctimonious” and “purist.”

Obama’s arrogance — and it is arrogance, not “audacity” — has worn itself out. We’re all just too fucking stupid to understand his genius game plan, which one day will magically work itself out. Meanwhile, he amps up the misguided warfare in Afghanistan and Pakistan instead of winding it down, extends the BushCheneyCorp tax cuts for the richest Americans that he promised he wouldn’t extend, he keeps on as his economic advisers the same Wall Street crooks who destroyed our economy, he is ineffectual while Big Oil destroys the Gulf of Mexico, he stays mostly silent and invisible while the Repugnican Tea Party launches an assault on what’s left of our labor unions, and he attacks Libya when we’re told that we can’t afford our public-school teachers and when we’re still in Vietraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East. And that’s just a partial list.

The differences between the Obama administration and the BushCheneyCorp are insubstantial. They’re mostly differences of style and tone, not of substance, because the Obama administration sells out us Americans to the corporateers and the war profiteers almost just as much as the BushCheneyCorp did.

Having hoped to prevent Billary Clinton from sitting in the Oval Office, I find that we have another President Clinton sitting in the Oval Office anyway.

Yes, it was Bill Clinton who sold out the Democratic base, figuring that there was nowhere else we could go anyway.

Then, Barack Obama came along from nowhere, having accomplished little to nothing, riding the wave that Howard Dean had created, promising “hope” and “change.”

But Obama’s first two years in the Oval Office so inspired his base — not — that the Repugnican Tea Party took over the U.S. House of Representatives, and it’s not Obama who is fighting the Repugnican Tea Party now, but it’s the citizens in the streets of Wisconsin, who first staged Vietnam War Era-sized protests in their capital’s cold streets and who now are collecting petition signatures for recall elections to fix the mess in their state that might not have been created had Obama actually inspired the state’s Democrats to get to the ballot box in November.

Any enthusiasm that Obama’s base might have in 2012 won’t be out of anything positive that he has done, but will be out of the realization that Obama is a lazy fucking liar who can’t be bothered to lift a fucking finger, and that the only thing that is going to save the nation from the Repugnican Tea Party is we, the people. Because it sure the fuck won’t be Barack “Trust Me This Time!” Obama.

Rest assured that Obama will take the credit for his almost inevitable re-election, however. That’s how he has lived his entire political life: off of the backs of others.

His game has brought him this far. Don’t expect him to change it now.

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We’ve already lost the future

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In character with the “hope” that he dashed and the significant “change” that he never delivered, President Barack Obama last night delivered a falsely positive State of the Union address meant to capture the “swing vote” for his 2012 re-election campaign. The new slogan is “winning the future,” which is meant to make you keep on hoping for that promised change.

I watched President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last night, live via whitehouse.gov (and I even followed along with his prepared remarks, which he followed to the word, with only a few minor exceptions), and my immediate reaction to the “SOTU” was that the Obamanesque slogans of “hope” and “change” — now that they’re defunct because we know that we were punk’d — apparently have been replaced with the equally fluffy but insubstantial “winning the future.”

(Oh, and Repugnican Rep. Joe “You Lie!” Wilson was able to contain himself this time.)

Seriously, though, Barack Obama is far more about saying the right thing, the most politically advantageous thing, than he is about doing the right thing. And the nation’s challenges are far more daunting than Obama let on in his address.

We’re soon to be awash in baby boomers who will be dependent upon us — that’s “dependent” as in “dependent upon Depends” — and we already don’t have the resources to handle the old people that we have now. And the profits-over-people Repugnicans want to undo any gains that might have been made with health-care reform (a.k.a. “Obamacare”).

We can talk all we want about this being our “Sputnik moment,” as Obama put it last night, but with an impending avalanche of dependent senior citizens who can only suck up our already vanishing resources, in the coming several years we’ll have far more sputum moments than “Sputnik moments.”

But hey, bravo to Barack for appealing to the “swing voters” with his new empty slogan of “winning the future” while he continues to alienate his base, those of us of the “professional left.”

Will the “swing voters” give Obama any money for his 2012 re-election campaign, though?

As far as I know, “swing voters” aren’t known for making substantial political donations.

And I’m one disgruntled former Obama supporter — a member of the “sanctimonious,” “professional left” — who won’t give Obama another penny or another vote. (I quite regret that I gave him hundreds of dollars and that in November 2008 I cast my vote for him.)

Former “President” George W. Bush is one motherfucking dipshit, but the one thing he never did was alienate his own base. Bush might have tried to play to the center sometimes, but he never abandoned those who brought him to the dance.  

At any rate, I might write more about Obama’s speech of last night, but frankly, when the man moves his lips these days, all that I hear is the crafty rhetoric of promises that already are broken even as they are spoken.

I, for one, just can’t hear him anymore.

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