21.9.11

POTUS is Back


POTUS, a.k.a The President Of The United States, a.k.a Barack Obama has hit the ground running in the several weeks.   While the early Republican leadership race has been showboating across media channels with a trail of stars and stripes in its wake, the President has come out of hiding and has returned to his oratorial roots, the ones that got him elected.   Speaking on the American Jobs Act last week and yesterday (above) on his new plan to reduce America's debt by finally putting the squeeze on the top earners and extending tax breaks to small business and working Americans, Obama is once again in his finest form. In moments like this he can melt the hardest cynics, and it's a marvel to watch.  As I flagged in an earlier post, even Warren Buffett's comments about the unfairness of tax code gets a mention as President Obama comes out swinging in an brilliantly written speech that leaves little room for the Republican and Tea parties to oppose his proposals without appearing like cold curmudgeons.   In the climate of a voting public, still struggling to stay afloat during the ongoing recession/depression, the presentation of this plan hits all the right notes, and eloquently so.

Obama is no longer pandering to negotiation and being backed into a corner as he was during the debt talks. His best moments are always behind the podium, and I expect a lot of pundits are going to be calling him out for lack of progress on such moving promises every single month towards the 2012 election.  Certainly he will need to deliver some visible results, and he must, because
the country is teetering and losing economic confidence across the world.  I don't have a problem holding him to task either, but even if the implementation of his reforms is held up by the snails-pace of bureaucracy, I don't want to see it cost him the election. I also don't want to hear that this spat of activity is entirely part of an early election ploy in response to the media blitz of the Republican debate.  From experience I can tell you that the agony of an implementation process is equally lengthy to the time taken for the sometimes hundreds of re-drafts and edits of any given piece of legislation or policy that is put to print.

There's not doubt election is always on the mind of a first-term sitting president, but as someone familiar with  process, I have witnessed a lot of blood, sweat and tears (and sometimes years) goes into the edits and approvals required to make even the most mundane changes in public services and tax codes into a reality.  Obama has always acknowledged the challenge clearly, even in his inaugural address, from the first day of his presidency.  There are no quick solutions, America's path will be a long and arduous trek back to prosperity and economic confidence, but there are opportunities to get the rusty gears turning and make the changes that will bear out results in the future. Perhaps that is the best the public can expect considering Obama's strongest point is his image of hope, of big dreams and high ideals.  He will likely not be in office to see their realization, but if he's true to his word then I might assume that he will have turned the United States on a better course than it had been following during George W. Bush's presidency.  Later presidents might steal his spotlight when they sit enjoying good favour founded on the seeds that he planted.  It makes me wonder - if Obama does make good, in the current political climate of partisanship escalating to a fever pitch, will he ever truly get the credit he deserves?

For the moment, with words like these it will be brutally difficult for any of the current Republican candidatesu to challenge him in future debates, so we can be hopeful that John Stewart's segment "Oh My God, Rick Perry is Going To Be Our Next President" will not become a reality.  So the watch and wait begins, fingers and toes crossed for you and yours Mr. President.  Make me a believer.

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