What I saw in President Obama in 2012
by Regis Boff
I watched the President on TV last night at the Olympic warm-up basketball game with his family. His family is perfect in the way that only American Presidential families can be. His children are seemingly happy, and the oldest girl was politely listening all evening to Vice President Biden without calling attention to the canaries fluttering around his head. His wife is free of noticeable cuts and bruises, and she is not frightened to be a spouse in public as so many talented but defensive women find it difficult to do.
This was the first time I felt I knew the man. I doubt he feels any real allegiance to race or party. He had that polished air of a man who finds slight everywhere but learned early that this belittling treatment could give a man the strength to do things alone. It takes a prodigious amount of hurt to forge indifference in full, and I think this is the essence of this man. I don’t believe we have had a President in our lifetime like him. He wants to do good. Not because he is necessarily good himself but because his life has betrayed him and he has grown enough protective scabbing to permit him to be ruthless back at life, an unusual dichotomy in anyone, let alone a President.
His essential ambition is to the righting all wrongs, and he doesn’t care who objects. It was evident during the sale of health care through the House and Senate. He was completely missing during the process. He said, “ To go ahead and do it” to his two lieutenant and diseased legislators, Pelosi and Reid, and they did it. It did not matter what was in it as long as it was for good. It is the same with taxes. Redistribution of wealth is virtuous because people are not equal and they should be. It is in the very nature of the man we have elected. Mr. Obama is not a Manchurian candidate, and he is not a socialist, those would be small descriptions of him. He is as strange an occurrence in the Oval office as could be imagined and this surprised everyone, no matter party affiliation. He is a rare man in a very singular place.