President Barack Obama, 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Part II
If, in nine short months, President Obama can be blamed for most of our country’s ills, he must possess magical powers. How otherwise could he be responsible for the unclear conduct and direction of two ill-conceived wars; be culpable for the downturn and slow recovery of the economy; be perceived as a serious threat to socialize health care; and somehow broadcast subliminal propaganda to school children under the guise of fatherly advice? Mind you, that broadcast contained the following counsel:
“…show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.”
If the President’s influence looms so large in the imagination of his critics that he has assumed ownership of problems HE INHERITED LESS THAN A YEAR AGO and has done much ill with them, what does the future hold? Could such “magical powers” possibly be used for good purpose and, given REASONABLE time, maybe even stabilize and redirect our economy and country?
It is conceivable that, in this leader, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee saw, not magic, but enormous promise and was guided less by RETROSPECT and more by PROSPECT. In President Obama’s rare intelligence, oratory, engagement, willingness to look anew at old problems and international appeal, the Committee saw hope. Unfortunately, these once highly-respected qualities in leaders, are now abhorred by many of the President’s detractors.