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Time for Obama's Long Form Presidency

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Now that the president has delivered proof positive he's legit, at least to all three undecided sloths, when does he begin to prove he's a legitimate, history-making president ready to "win the future"?  When does Mr. Obama wake from slumber, get on the boat of history, cross the Jordan, and begin working to deliver the Long Form of his Promised Land?  That starts not in Hawaii, nor over the rainbow, but by leveraging the greatest bully pulpit in the world and displaying a presidential learning curve. 


Hell, the sterling bully pulpit is about the only residual piece of American exceptionalism extant.


Does the drama begin now, say, Obama freeing himself from the corporate octopus, his own risk-aversion, and transcend the "silliness" plaguing his constituency, natural born and otherwise.  For once I'm with the unequivocal president, "We do not have time for this kind of silliness." Okay, how about tomorrow shedding your loyal embrace of Republican entrenchment that smothers federal spending, taxation, and budgetary projections -- compacting government to the size of a bathtub? 


Change means change


How about abandoning the imperial mindset inherited from a most hated, militaristic administration, bogging us down and threatening bankruptcy?  Or don't trust job-production comes after this self-induced bust by capitalism finally turns boomward -- if it does, any time soon for middle Americans?  When do we confront the "silliness" of the Bush-Cheney juggernaut that misused terrorism to discard our Constitution, due process and civil rights?  Here's an easy one -- apologize for the inexcusable, pre-emptive "silliness" of declaring jailed soldier, Bradley Manning, guilty for "he broke the law."  Obama's expanded his commander-in-chiefdom across military tribunal, judge, and jury.


Reversing Obama's own "silliness," a.k.a. regression to the mean-spirited, would thrill countless former supporters -- frantic there'll be four more years of the slow Obama boat to the status quo.  When does this president find a genuine voice of his -- and learn the political craft of getting his way on something significant, not cowed by Republican "bipartisan" shafting? 


Hold your horses, this skeptic also endorses a second declaration: "We are not going to be able to solve," Obama said, "our problems if we get distracted by side shows and carnival barkers."  Well, chatting up fractional, compromised, half-solutions to complex problems, then catering to reactionaries strikes me as a painful side show. Does not this White House, oddly handing out the Long Form after obnoxious, fraudulent hucksterism from the Donald, serve distraction by carnival barkers?  Why not hold the line, letting Trump the non-candidate choke on his own non-issue?

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