This desperation is so obvious that even our TV- operators seem to feel it and show him in full swing very reluctantly, trying not to show his eyes. The more rancid, cowardly nonsense he delivers (obviously, following the instructions), the sadder his eyes become and even his natural cool demeanor is there no more. Nobody can deceive thyself and Obama knows what he had become. Now he learns to like his new transformed self.
Jean- Paul Sartre said, "A traitor betrays because he was a traitor all along." Same with cowardice. I am not saying that Obama was a born coward. But cowardice was offered to him as a path early in life and he took it most likely because he was inclined to do so.
If he was an ordinary citizen, that would be one of the most popular paths a person takes. On the way to success and prosperity, on our way to a decent life many of us, in fact an overwhelming majority, exercise cowardice all along through compromises, indifference and complacency. It is wrong to do so but if you know your balance you forgive thyself and try to compensate by courage whenever possible; you watch though that cowardice should not possess you fully, so that you do not wake up a spiritual eunuch once in the morning; you maintain an ability to do good and stand for the goodness whenever you have a chance. That's how you control it if you are just an ordinary person.
If you are in power though or on the way to achieve it, that balance is much tougher to maintain because the cowardice of an indecision is much easier to bear than the courage of a decision. Or even worse: when bad decisions are always at your service and there is a genuine support of those among the people around you while in the good decisions you face loneliness and hostility, your only support is in your heart and what if that's the heart of a coward? Then the cowardice prevails anytime. Bottom line- an ordinary citizen seldom tests his/her heart; a politician tests it first and foremost. I wonder how many of them are afraid of the mirror.
Obama had demonstrated the signs of the spiritual cowardice for some time. I am not deeply familiar with his political path before the Y2008 Presidential campaign but his book, The Audacity of Hope, is full of it. Unlike the books by Bush or Sarah Palin which are just garbage and reflect their true malicious and stupid personalities, the book by Obama (written by a ghost writer, no doubt) reveals a much more interesting phenomena- a smart and curious person desperately learning to become stupid and mean. It is truly a remarkable experience.
The old proverb says, "When a stupid pretends to look smart all people laugh but if a smart person pretends to look stupid- everybody becomes suspicious." The book is full of shallow cliche's and broken threads of thought but even not a very intelligent reader would understand that it had been done deliberately. Say, Obama demonstrates a rather deep vision in his explanation of the issues in Indonesia ( not very deep and surely not compassionate, but at least reasonably truthful) but he stops short of demonstrating the same features when talking about Russia and Ukraine.
His biographical narrative is sketchy, to say the least. He never explains any motives and avoids interpretation like a plague. Let's take his formal Indonesian stepfather- figure (his mother apparently did not marry that man formally). Was he a kind man? Did young Barack love, respect and appreciate that man? How did the boy react when he was taken back to the US; did he miss the man he lost? It does not say if Barack ever visited or maintained any relationship with that man afterwards and if that man actually still existed? In fact, the book demonstrates a very strange and even enigmatic trend in Obama's life- people never stayed in his life for a long time- they somehow faded out of his existence. The perfect example is Jeremiah Wright- a person whom Obama credits for introducing him to Jesus Christ and whom Barack, the Candidate betrayed in a moment in the Y2008.
Mr. Wright was neither the first, nor the last "separated' from Obama; the President apparently has no close friends. Nor did any of those who were considered his friends share any details. He seems to be surrounded by an invisible but impenetrable cloud. It becomes even more vague when he talks strategy in his book. That's when the strategy transforms into a strategerie. A person aiming for a President never quotes any significant world philosophers, he is painstakingly unaware of Plato and Machiavelli; he deliberately avoids any experience of mankind and promotes total ignorance as a virtue. He ignores arts and literature- those ultimate teachers of people; he proclaims love for his country but his love is based on nothing- he cannot find any similar historical figures to compare himself with ( although there are thousands; Julius Ceasar comes to mind, for instance, even if Obama is far from him). The sense of emptiness prevails through the book; Obama tells the story which sounds more like a defined fantasy for children than a biography of an inspiring leader. The more attentively you read the story, the less you believe it because none of the events could be logically or psychologically explained: it lacks both coherence and cohesion. It breaks into a million little pieces as that mirror broken by an evil troll in the Snow Queen fairy-tale.
Obama betrayed not only Mr. Wright. As I said, he apparently had decided to become a politician and being one he interpreted as " learning the rules and playing by them.' Nothing can be further from the proper interpretation.
Politics is a profession and any profession requires two things: knowing your goal and being a dedicated person, sort of love the game. Obama demonstrated neither of those qualities. Up until now, after three years of his Presidency, nobody can explain what his line in politics is. He also had demonstrated a visible dislike and even disgust with the on-going political operation; he lost practically all the credibility as a leader, his foreign policy does not exist and he embarrassed himself many times by routinely betraying the very forces which supported him on his way to power. He antagonized his fans and licked the boots of his sworn enemies. He either pushed away or ignored the very people of progress in the world which had their hopes in him. He deliberately decided not to notice people of his own race. He not only nurtured the criminals of the previous administration but presented himself as a guarantor for them and people like them while expanding and promoting the very evil they unleashed. All of that culminated in signing the "Defense' Bill which has nothing to do with the defense of the country but has everything to do with the attack on the very fabric of our democracy.
All the betrayals of Obama bear a distinct brand of the "reluctant cowardice'. All of them are staged in such a way that he has minimum participation. It is as if it all happens beyond his control, like a force of nature. The disgusting comedy of "acclamation' at the Dem party Congress in the Y2008 (as if Obama was a Pope of Hope) was the betrayal of a principle; it created and maintained an atmosphere of a hysteria which contributed to the campaign but harmed the process irreparably. Obama should have avoided that farce as well as the simple fact of the visible deal with the GOP, so that the GOP literally stopped campaigning for Presidency since September 2008. In both cases he himself sort of not participated; everything happened apart of him, and he only nicely received the gifts. That ability of Obama to pretend that nothing had happened through him is one of his most unfortunate features of a character; he behaves like a character from the Simpsons.
His trail of betrayals really fired up when he won the Presidency. I have chosen the following cases just to demonstrate the pattern.
- The Cast Lead Inauguration
Operation Cast Lead in Gaza started exactly at the beginning of the Y2009 and lasted through the inauguration day with all its barbarism and phosphorus bombardments. Obama did not have to express a direct support of the Gaza citizens. The only thing he had to do was to react, to express compassion and the best way to do that was to curb the inauguration activities which were bizarre anyway ( that music playing in the bitter frost and all those pompous accessories were anything but reasonable). He "reluctantly proceeded' to do nothing. He just went through. Some people say he is indifferent to Israel. The Cast Lead inauguration clearly had shown that he was indifferent to all. He just didn't care.