There is Obama the man, with this reservoir of skill and human understanding. Then, there is Obama the politician and President of the fractured mosaic that has become our country today.
For whatever reason or quirk of fate, Obama has come to the Presidency at a time when neglected problems from distorted economic and social policies have become so dangerously ingrained in our political fabric, repairing them threatens to pull apart the common thread of national unity. There is, by the way, a real possibility that these issues can’t be addressed at all, that our national coalition has run its course and we’re in for a long run of hard times ahead.
More than anything else, the reality that we may be dealing with the impossible keeps me invested in President Obama. Although I find him slow to address what I think is obvious, it’s likely his deliberate approach is the only way to prevent destabilizing the charged political environment and precipitating chaos. These are dangerous times and require serious, well thought out solutions.
Because there is no better alternative on the horizon, I’ll stick with him. The worst thing we can do is toss the Captain overboard and hand our future over to the mutineers. I’d rather go down trying to recreate a National will, than watch our Nation continue to slowly sink into the obscurity of shame.