By Timo Cerantola
When times are tough and trouble abounds, there is always that one person, that one rugged individual willing to stand up, take charge and look trouble in the eye. Of course, quite often, that person is delusional (and wears tights).
It was a surreal moment during last week's inauguration. Obama’s worshiping masses, teary eyed and all in agreement that finally, life is going to be rosy again with Obama as president. George Bush, Washington’s village idiot, sat through the inaugural proceedings looking clueless, empty headed and uninterested; his thoughts tumbling around in his brain like underpants in a dryer.
Still, one had to wonder, was the worst chapter in American history finally over?
Granted, with Obama in charge, we have a much better chance of not reducing the planet to a smoldering pile of radioactive grit than we did with George Bush, but still, I’m not totally convinced.
You see, after only two days of Obama style ‘change’ and already Obama has given the green light to bombing a sovereign state (Pakistan). As usual, innocent civilians were killed.
In the last eight years, that is what I came to expect from George Bush’s America. George’s America never had any respect for international law, another country’s sovereignty or its people. Shoot first, ask questions later was George's methodology. You’re either with us or against us.
So what happened to Obama’s ‘change we can believe in’?
With Obama, maybe the torture of prisoners as well as Bush’s torture of the English language may change, but so far, that’s about it.
Now I’m a little weirded out when I see all those Obamamaniacs; their eyes glazed over and full of child-like wonder, suspending any semblance of critical thinking when Obama speaks his charismatic magic. It’s kind of spooky really. This Obama worship has taken on a sort of cult-like messianic weirdness. I think we’re approaching a ‘lets all drink the Kool-Aid’ kind of eeriness here, if you want to get blunt about it. Didn’t I see this once in a science fiction movie - or was it an episode of Star Trek?
You see, Obamamaniacs attack anyone who questions any word that leaves the lips of their savior - anyone who might contradict his or her Obama moment.
Granted, Obama’s charisma is without question, though I suspect highly amplified by the pathetic ineptitude of the man he replaces. Indeed, anyone who became president after George Bush would seem almost super human. Obama has very small shoes to fill. It’s not hard to top eight years of unrivaled incompetence.
And true, Barack Obama’s election may be historical, though it will be truly historical when a black man or woman can get elected president of the US and no one thinks it’s a big deal.
So what does Barack Obama actually stand for?
Change we can believe in?
If bombing Pakistan was Obama’s opening act, that’s not change, that’s business as usual.
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Tim Cerantola's humour and political satire has been published in over 25 magazines and newspapers. When he is not pretending to be a writer, he works at a real job working with autistic and special needs children.