it’s only the beginning of the 2nd year of barack obama’s term as president. it’s also about the time he historically starts to get itchy feet and looks for a bigger, better gig. here is a brief timeline of his elected work history and it’s very telling:
1996: Elected Illinois state senator
2000: Ran for US House of Representatives (defeated in primary)
2002: Began running for US Senate
2004: Elected US Senator
2006: Began running for President
2008: Elected President
hmm. every 2 years. if the most powerful, exciting job on the planet is boring to you then what can possibly make you happy? with everything at his disposal, some are suggesting that barack obama’s string of humiliating defeats — which have included special elections, the olympics, healthcare reform, and now thankfully the ksm trial — has caused him to become bored as POTUS, not quite as invested ‘in the game’ as he used to be.
i have no problem with people who are ambitious about their goals. and i certainly understand that whoever is in power has tools at their disposal to push through their agenda for the country. i get that. but i expect that same person to have a clue on how they will move forward and govern even though there has been setbacks and their ‘plans’ have been uprooted by we the people. a bored president is a dangerous president.
check out this excerpt from byron york:
By mid-2006, Majority Leader Harry Reid “sensed his frustration and impatience, had heard rumblings that Obama was already angling to head back home and take a shot at the Illinois governorship,” write Mark Halperin and John Heilemann in the new book Game Change. Reid knew “Obama simply wasn’t cut out to be a Senate lifer.”
According to the book, the majority leader invited Obama to his office for a talk. “You’re not going to go anyplace here,” Reid told Obama. “I know that you don’t like it, doing what you’re doing.” Reid suggested Obama run for president. Obama had been a senator for all of 18 months at the time. Soon after, he was off and running.
What drove Obama was not just ambition, although he is certainly ambitious. As he became frustrated in each job, Obama concluded that the problem was not having the power to do the things he wanted to do. So he sought a more powerful position.
Today he is in the most powerful position in the world. Yet he has spent a year struggling, and failing, to enact far-reaching makeovers of the American economy. So now, even in the Oval Office, there are signs that the old dissatisfaction is creeping back in.
At a Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Day event at Washington’s Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, Obama brought up the fact that many people see him as almost preternaturally calm. “I have a confession to make,” Obama said. “There are times I’m not so calm … when progress seems too slow … when it feels like all these efforts are for naught, and change is so painfully slow in coming, and I have to confront my own doubts.”
Obama said it to be inspirational, but the fact is, in the past, that’s when he looked for a new job.
good grief. if barack obama didn’t realize that all of the power, all the hype & imagery, and of course personal massive
ego awesomeness in the world was no guarantee that he and his thugs could run over the country with their singularly distructive agenda, he really is an arrogant, empty-suited boy king.
hey barack: i don’t know if you’re bored with all of us, but we’re so bored with you. work is hard, finishing well is a good goal to have, and winning elections has consequences.