Monday, 09 November 2009
This is the first of a little series of posts I will be runnning this week...
It's been a little over a year since Barack Obama was voted in as president. Like many, I stopped to think about how things have changed (or how they haven't changed) since that historic day last November. Sure I thought about policy, campaign promises, and all that other good stuff, but mostly I thought of how we as a public view our president.
There is a certain objectivity that is sorely lacking in most people's view of President Obama. Everything is so black and white (I meant no pun there, but if the shoe fits...). Most people's opinions of Barack Obama were formed before the election was even decided. These opinions solidified over the course of the campaign and seemed to be forged in steel by the time the election results actually came in.
By the time Barack Obama was declared the winner you either loved him or you hated him. Now please be clear that I am not saying this is the case for everyone. Rather I am saying that this is the case for too many people. As a result of this love/hate relationship, we often fail to see the whole picture when looking at what Obama is doing. We are unfairly biased to one side or the other.
Those who love him will say that he needs more time, or that many of the problems we are still facing today are Bush's handiwork, or that more is being done than actually is. Everything is unfair, or impossible, or racist. President Obama is your saint, your martyr, your shining savior.
Those who hate him claim that he has done nothing to bring about the "change" he promised so many times over. They blame him for just about anything that is wrong with the government and the country as a whole. They fail to place any sort of blame on the House , or the Senate, or themselves. President Obama is a socialist, underqualified, liar.
Lost amongst all of this hyperbole is the truth. President Obama is certainly not flawless, but he is also not Hitler. There is not yet enough basis to judge whether he is the best or the worst president ever. Chances are he'll be neither one of those in the long run anyway.
Here is what President Obama is;
He is a man who has the weight of the world upon his shoulders. He is a man who has been almost deified by many. He is a man who has had tremendous, if not unattainable expectations thrust upon him.
He is human.