Not that there was much doubt or suspense about it, but as you all know Barack Obama will run for a second term as president of these old United States. He has made it official.
I will certainly vote for him again. And twice or three times if I could get away with it. Oh, not that I am or ever was so enamored of Obama. I was a Hillary man. But Obama took the nomination and he was certainly better than Frick and Frack — McCain and Palin. So I cast my vote and knew what I was in for, what we were all in for.
He kept some promises and broke others. That’s politics. His measured way of speaking and thinking and acting annoyed me. That’s a personal take on his personality. He’d be ridiculous trying to be any more animated or “involved.” This is who he is.
The racism attendant to his run reared its head even higher the day he was sworn in. Please — what do you think the “birthers” are all about? The Republicans were dedicated to opposing him from day one. But then again, that’s politics too. I don’t recall too many Democrats on board for G.W. Bush. After 9/11 they were simply afraid to go against him — if you did, you were a traitor. Literally. So, you know — sure, let’s invade Iraq.
Obama has prolonged the hopelessness of Afghanistan, continues to imprison hundreds without a trial in Gitmo, and poked into Libya without much enthusiasm. On the latter, I prefer his approach to what would have been a much more hawkish Clinton presidency.
I’m no economist, I only know what I read. So, I read things are bad. We are owned by China (nothing new there!) and also by big business (nothing new there!) Unemployment is down slightly but millions still languish. My own financial situation is dire, but that’s because I am an idiot.
I agree with Obama’s health care policies. I was very disappointed that he compromised so drastically and left so much of it to be handled (poorly) by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Still, some good things were implemented.
Despite my own gayness, I am not terribly, terribly interested in DADT or even gay marriage. On the subject of wedlock I always say — all I want is the same rights that a heterosexual Death Row prisoner enjoys. But frankly I’m more concerned about Social Security. (Or the distressing omnipresence of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”) Our orange-blossom day will come. But it is the least of my worries as an American citizen.
My worry now is the upcoming campaign and its inevitable ugliness. As bad as the run for the presidency was, the dash to maintain or topple it will be worse. Nothing crystallized this more terribly than Donald Trump morphing into a Birther. Will he run for president? Unlikely. Is he positioning himself to be a rich, bufoonish handsomely rewarded handmaiden to a new Republican administration? Yes indeed.
So, sit back, take a deep breath and a Xanax. If you are for Obama you are going to weep at what is on its way — nothing but nothing will be out of bounds now. (They have got to get “that Black Man” out of the White House.) If you are against Obama, you will weep with pleasure.
Oh, and for you Sarah Palin fans out there — I feel for you, too, if she runs. No matter what, she is a human being. She has been cheerfully successful playing a perpetual professional victim. Next year, she might not be so cheerful. Next year she might really be a victim.
Still, I have a sense of tingly anticipation. Because what else is there to be truly excited about and involved in? Next year, movies and celebrities and Charlie and Lindsay and the cast of “Jersey Shore” will still exist. But it will seem absurd to even think of them. Indeed — as it was during the last presidential campaign — it will seem absurd to even think about a “serious” celebrity such as Meryl Streep!
Another great big dose of history is right around the corner. No matter the outcome, it’s gonna be a hellacious ride. I hope my blood pressure medication is up to it!