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Obama...And No One Clapped

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Earlier this year at a press conference in Belgium before world journalists, where no slavishly sycophantic American reporters carried any weight, Obama received literally one clap from one or two people in the crowd. One hollow sounding clap. His hypocrisy was accentuated by this pathetic response to his usual mouthing of American exceptionalisms. That dog don't hunt anymore because that dog has fleas, a very ugly infectious skin rash, and is on his deathbed.
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It's interesting the talk now of this lame duck president and of his demise, the repeated perception being that this president is responsible for the poor showing of the Democratic Party in the midterm elections.
But I don't think so far that there is any serious analysis or bringing to a conscious level exactly why he is so unpopular and perceived as a failure.
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My belief is that our gutless reporters (I can't bring myself to call them journalists) still are just as gutless in speaking truth to power, afraid of the consequences should they actually hit the nail on the head, and what that effect might have on their personal corporate media outlet. Will they lose their seat in the Washington Press Room or be put in the back of the room as they did to the indomitable Helen Thomas for daring to actually be a journalist?
The journalists in Belgium representing the world with that thunderously lame clap signaled at least the world's response to the hypocrisy of Obama's specious attempts at lofty speech making. The American People haven't been buying it for some time now, but you wouldn't know that from our Corporate Enabling Media's lack of penetrating focus on the chasm that exists between his words and his actions.
In short, our media have been there for applying the mascara and rouge to his performances on the stage rather than the gritty soap cleansers to lay bare what lies behind the mask of corporate collusion.
The American People, and the rest of the world, if the response at this March 2014 press conference in Belgium is any indication, see through this Constitutional lawyer who has eviscerated the Constitution he so ignobly purports to protect by the profession that he chose. Think globally has been the chant. I guess his administration saw that as global surveillance.
Bush had to remind us that he was a war president. Obama just keeps adding one country after the other to his war legacy and now threatening Russia with WWIII, re-igniting the Cold War, destroying all the diplomatic undertakings of decades that brought about Peace between our two nations. And this from a Nobel Peace recipient? What's not so obvious to our impotent media in not seeing that stark hypocrisy?
"It's the economy, stupid." Those four words tell every president now the obvious, and yet Obama preferred to not upset the apple cart of the 1% in taking any strong initiative in stimulating infrastructure development, moving away from fossil fuels, and creating federal programs to make this country industrialized again rather than a profligate consumer of other nations' strong industrial bases.
And his Justice Department is custom made for the corporate elite, the oligarchs whom we owe so much to, the so-called Recession and Too Big to Fail or Jail. Does anyone think the American People haven't logged that one onto their personal disappointment lists of the president who promised accountability and transparency?
Our $650 billion Public Educational System is the Commons he took an oath to protect, seen now as only a Wall Street watering hole for privatization purposes.
Thank you for doing all within your power, mister president, for destroying the Great Equalizer of Opportunity for All Americans. Again do really think that along with your fast tracking of Student Debt to the coffers of your donors all of this hasn't been noted by the American People?
Keystone Pipeline. Does anyone really believe anymore that this environmental president is going to put a halt to the delivery of tar sands sludge or get serious about the poisoning of our earth and its aquifers with fracking through the injections of over 500 chemicals, many of them known carcinogens, into the belly of America? That's just too much capitalistic billions to let pass to take precedence over the health of our own people and our corner of the planet.
And wars, mister Obama, how many have you added to date since you took office, selling them to the American People with your Pepsodent smile? How much deceit do you think the people of this country, even the ones who were your faithful apologists, actually really swallowed before they woke up one morning and realized the image they had of you wasn't the person you really were?
When they heard about your Tuesday morning execution hit lists with drones or other means and your bragging about your being really good at killing ("looks like I'm really good at killing people" Obama stated while discussing drone strikes in 2012 according to Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, authors of Double Down), did you really think that would not eventually cut large swathes of consciousness into the cerebral cortexes of even your most loyal fans?
And did the American People not come away with utter disgust not only for their president but also for the Congressmen, who with the exception of eight, in the midst of the most brutal murder of anyone who got in the way of Israeli vengeance, children, grandparents, women, United Nation's shelters, in their so-called "mowing of the lawn" blitzkrieg upon the Gazans, when our democratic representatives sought to re-arm the genocidal racists, our ally? That wasn't responsible for Obama's dismal ratings going into this election?
And for those who immediately want to defend the defenseless, Obama had the Congress in his back pocket when he came into office and squandered it all with his immediate move to compromise with the Republicans which they then took and played every kind of game one could of pulling his ears, pulling his pants down, and bullying him around the schoolyard while he continued to offer them yet more compromises.
The American People figured it out about his leading from behind finally. There wasn't any kind of leadership present in his character. And Hope The You Can Believe In...well, one more empty promise from a consummate politician who says one thing and does another.
So as the reporters whip themselves up into a withering post-election frenzy of blaming it all on what they love to call Obamacare or faulting him for his playing golf as the Ebola Virus hit center stage in this country or whatever other pointless, so far off target registering what the American people are angry about, let us all remember the one clap indictment from a real Fourth Estate that seems to exist only outside of the United States of America, Land of the Elitists who couldn't be bothered with speaking truth to power.


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Concerned citizen, free lance writer from San Francisco, CA.,part of the Occupy Movement in San Francisco since its inception on September 17, 2011, and a member of Codepink

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