Obama’s Legacy Will be Seen Through the Prism of NY 9 - Page 2
Published: September 15, 2011 at 6:00 am
The Obama administration will go down in history as being worse than that of Jimmy Carter. I don't see President Obama striding the world stage in 2013, his head thrown back, his arms outstretched, his voice ringing with conviction, passion flashing in his eyes, every seat filled with men and women from every nation on earth, each one hanging on to every word as if their lives depended on it.
Obama’s one-term Presidency will be the subject for public speaking educators and politicians for years to come. His is a model of how language can be used not only to persuade voters, but also as a model of the backlash that happens when execution skills fall significantly short of the oratory skills. He will become a prime example of how a politician can fall as quickly as he can rise.
Need it be said that NY 9 is a breaking point in Obama’s career, a bolt of lightning that has scored a direct hit on the President himself? Or is it a collective spiritual earthquake, the result of which many politicians often slip into obscurity and infamy?
Obama, to be sure, is a smart politician, but he is also a political failure. He wallows in ideology, but not so much that he is willing to sustain a public fight. He is at his best when he hovers 10,000 feet above his audience, speaking in broad themes like “hope and change,” and “Yes, we can.” But when it comes to the execution of a specific plan, one wonders if there ever was a plan in the first place.
He’ll engage adversaries if absolutely necessary, but only on his own terms. This is the stubbornness of Obama that hurts him with the voters. It’s as if Obama lives in a different world where bitter defeat is temporary, and his sweet oratory simply cannot fill the cup to overflowing.
If we could go back in time and listen to President Obama’s 2008 campaign speeches, given what we know now about his political ideology and his leadership failures, there is little doubt that Hillary Clinton would be our President today. But only one life is allotted to us, one small, short life! This is President Obama’s moment and his legacy will be seen through the prism of NY 9.