Sunday, September 5, 2010


President Obama has attempted to turn the page on Iraq but can't escape the reality of the failure of Obamanomics and the seething anger of millions of engaged Americans who voted for dramatic change and instead got token change ~ where genuine hope has been squashed by disingenuous hype : Allen L Roland

The problem with living in the luxurious bubble of the oval office is that the President often becomes tone deaf to what is happening to the millions of Americans who are existing on the edge of poverty and facing bankruptcy and foreclosure.

Let me give you an excellent example ~ When Obama released his first budget in February, 2009 he said " There are times where you can afford to redocorate your house and there are times when you need to focus on rebuilding the foundation " ~ obviously referring to our economy.

Well, a year and a half later as Obama faces the obvious failure of Obamanomics, a deepening recession, massive unemployment and a growing seething anger from millions of seemingly betrayed Americans ~ Obama chooses to redecorate the Oval Office in yet another direct reflection of his indifference to Mainstreet America. .

Maureen Dowd, New York Times Columnist provides the details ~ " The Oval Office was done over by the chichi decorator Michael Smith, who was previously paid $800,000 for his part in refurnishing the lair of the former Merrill Lynch C.E.O. John Thain (a $1.2 million project featuring the notorious $35,000 antique cabinet, or commode). The Oval Office, the classiest, most powerful place on earth, is now suffused with browns and beiges and leather and resembles an upscale hotel conference room or a ’70s conversation pit with a boxy coffee table that even some Obama aides find ugly.. The recession redo, paid for by the nonprofit White House Historical Association, was the latest tone-deaf move by a White House that was supposed to excel at connection and communication. Message: I care, but not enough to stop the fancy vacations and posh renovations ."

So as Obama attempts to turn the page ~ he better look in the mirror. For myself and millions of Americans voted for change in 2008 and saw Obama as an agent of that change and not a master of hypocrisy and disingenuous hype. If he doesn't deliver on that change, he will be a one term president ~ for millions of Americans, including myself, already feel a deep sense of anger and betrayal. Obama is politically self destructing by dramatically turning Hope into Hype and his plummeting approval ratings are stark evidence of this disapproval.

The mid-term elections will show that the people are a force that cannot be ignored by the corpocracy and financial elite ~ as well as those who answer to them.

Allen L Roland

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