Cringe You Can Believe In

After a few years it is fair to say that Obama’s neoliberal stance is clearly obvious.

It was also obvious before the election but a lot of people wanted to believe the myth.

Looking back on the few years we have had of continuing aggression and some seriously dodgy policies, I wonder how the writer of this astonishingly fawning article, written in 2008,  feels now. I present you just a small extract…

Is Obama an enlightened being?

No, it’s not merely his youthful vigor, or handsomeness, or even inspiring rhetoric. It is not fresh ideas or cool charisma or the fact that a black president will be historic and revolutionary in about a thousand different ways. It is something more. Even Bill Clinton, with all his effortless, winking charm, didn’t have what Obama has, which is a sort of powerful luminosity, a unique high-vibration integrity.

Maybe better to look at the thing in right way would be this article, by a markedly different author, which was written in 2009…

“…if President Obama were serious about hope and change, he’d close the prison tomorrow, apologize to the detainees, and offer them financial reparations. That could be promptly followed up with the immediate indictment of all government officials (including those in Obama’s administration) responsible for supporting torture, secret prisons, extraordinary rendition, extrajudicial punishment, etc. And why not toss in the immediate closing of the US military base at Guantánamo Bay and the return of that land to Cuba? That, I submit, would be a minuscule first step upon which we could build.”

 

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