You mean Obama isn’t a socialist, gay Kenyan Muslim?

Andrew Sullivan today:

“I think the notion that this administration is ideological is bizarre. Did it nationalize the banks when it could have? Nope. Did it withdraw troops immediately from Iraq and Afghanistan? Nope. It followed Bush’s timetable on Iraq and has massively – and foolishly – doubled down on counter-insurgency in Afghanistan. Did it prosecute the war criminals of the last administration? Nope; it has covered for them. Has it raised taxes on anyone? Nope. It merely wants the already-sunsetted Bush tax cuts on the wealthy to expire on schedule. Did it provide a Krugman-style stimulus? Ask Krugman. Is Obama a peacenik? I suppose we have forgotten that he used the Nobel ceremony to defend Reinhold Niebuhr, has retained extraordinary rendition, and ramped up the troop-levels in Afghanistan to far beyond anything Bush ever contemplated. Has the president publicly backed marriage equality or pot-decriminalization? Au contraire. Has he even risked an iota of political capital to end the ban on gays in the military? No. In fact, it is now more likely than not that gays will still be persecuted by their own country by the end of Obama’s first term.”

No matter what FOX News says. Or Mr. Bouncy-Bouncy. (By the way, Sullivan was reponding to a column by the adored conservative intellectual and Washington Post columnist, Charles Krauthammer.)

9 responses to “You mean Obama isn’t a socialist, gay Kenyan Muslim?

  1. The Center Square

    My comment is, this is my president. I love him.


    • Me too. I’ve heard it said of him – and I like this – that Obama “plays a long game.” While the political class is jibber jabbering about the story of the day, he’s following the mission, strategizing and looking forward.


  2. My point in posting this is not so much that it reflects what I believe about Obama, but what I beleive about his detractors.


  3. He must be… 3 of 4 though… Right?


  4. Ms. Holland,

    ” While the political class is jibber jabbering about the story of the day, he’s following the mission, strategizing and looking forward. ”

    Your faith in the man you put in the White House is admirable. Politically he was smart enough to get elected. As a leader of a nation, so far he is terrible. Reagan at this point in his first term was in similar shape, at least on the economy. Then again, Reagan never demonized American business . Reagan never engaged in class warfare.

    In spite of the Obama war on business, the evil corporations are sitting on some impressive piles of cash. All they are waiting for is for Barak ‘Lenin’ Obama to declare a truce with them and they will begin hiring. In fact, in anticipation of a more business friendly Congress, investors are pushing up the stock market. Since I believe SS will soon go bankrupt, my 401k and the American stock market are the only things that stand between a good retirement and panhandling.


  5. I was one of those jumping for joy when Obama got in, but I find his lack of passion on some issues worrying. Specifically, gay rights, tax cuts, Guantanamo, extraordinary rendition, and civil rights. Some of it may be attributable to pragmatism–for instance, when he took office he had his hands full being the first black president and having to deal with people questioning his religion and patriotism, and had numerous grave issues to deal with, so it might be arguable that being active and vocal on gay rights issues might have been counterproductive. Still, I suppose we expect a certain amount of moral conviction from our leaders, and on many fronts President Obama is not showing it.


    • I agree Bruce. Whatever the problems on the table, a president needs to let the passion show. And it needs to be coherent with his party.

      Just read a truly remarkable little book – “Ill Fares the Land” by Tony Judt. He talks about how the left lost its raison d’etre after 1989, as the stopping place between conservatism and communism.


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