Will Barack Obama surprise us and announce that he will not run for re-election in 2012?
Consider Obama’s ascent to the White House. Many politicians seek the presidency in one cycle, lose, and then try again and even win it in the next cycle (Reagan), or the next (Nixon, Bush 41).
Obama probably thought that he was gong to “get his name out” in the 2008 election when all the pundits were predicting that it would be a race between Hillary and Rudy Giuliani. Then 18 months later, he finds himself in the White House. That was certainly not expected when he started out. And despite all his appearance of confidence, Obama knows that he is in over his head. And that must be a sinking feeling. Look at all the “experts” who have abandoned him (Summers, Romer, Orszag etc.) . It must be lonely at the top. Just ask Jimmy Carter.
It does not even really appear that Obama likes being president. His speeches and rambling press conferences sound as if they are made up on the fly and are not serious. His endless parties at the White House seem to suggest that he loves the perks much more than the job itself. His incessant basketball playing, golfing, personal vacations and personal appearances around the country and around the world make it look like he is perhaps avoiding… the Oval Office.
Then recognize that he was a community organizer who always got everything he wanted in Chicago. Yet now as president of the United States tens of millions of people are expressing their disapproval of his policies like the voters did in the November 2010 elections.
This damages Obama’s ego seriously, rest assured. He thought he was going to be ‘the first black president’ and that that was all that he needed. All hail Obama! 90% approval!
Nonsense. No, don’t think for a second that Obama is somehow “cool” and “above it all” regarding what is happening to his image of himself. He is dazed and confused. It keeps him up at night.
At the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth, Obama read a book about Reagan and was talking about The Gipper repeatedly because Obama understands deep down what a successful president is, which he is not. Imagine what kind of psychological stress he was under at those moments when he was praising a conservative. And don’t ever doubt that that stress was real. People are people. They have their emotions, particularly when they are lying to themselves or in a state of psychological limbo as liberals always are.
Look at the massive Democrat losses in the November 2010 elections. They were devastating beyond even the worst expectations of most pundits. Don’t think that Obama was not deeply hurt. Despite all his bravado, he is weak and insecure like all Democrats are, like Bill Clinton was after the 1994 Republican electoral sweep.
Obama knows that Democrats across America are livid with him over those losses. Don’t think he does not think about quitting and playing golf for the rest of his days so that he can forget about all the political bullets flying his way. After all, it was Obama himself who said that he would rather be a good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president. That is telling… And looking at the polls, he may finally be figuring out that he is going to be a lousy one-term president and that he should just chuck it and get it over with.
Look at the dismal shape of the economy. It just never really gets any better when you consider the big picture. And it won’t improve under Obama policies. Imagine how great Obama would feel if all the markets rebounded and everything was suddenly rosy. But that is not going to happen on his watch. He is like the ship’s captain scanning the horizon for land that isn’t there.
Look at Obama’s weak and vacillating statements on Egypt, Libya, the Middle East uprisings, etc. If the media were halfway fair, he would be disparaged for being all over the place. He knows this. Everybody does. He understands that his is an ‘affirmative action presidency’ where every answer he gives is correct.
When somebody like ultra-liberal Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post turns on Obama, you know he must be feeling the heat. She recently wrote:
‘For a man who won office talking about change we can believe in, Barack Obama can be a strangely passive president. There are a startling number of occasions in which the president has been missing in action – unwilling, reluctant or late to weigh in on the issue of the moment. He is, too often, more reactive than inspirational, more cautious than forceful….He didn’t want to get mired in legislative details during the health-care debate for fear of repeating the Clinton administration’s prescriptive, take-ours-or-leave-it approach. He doesn’t want to go first on proposing entitlement reform because history teaches that this is not the best route to a deal….
Yet the dots connect to form an unsettling portrait of a “Where’s Waldo?” presidency: You frequently have to squint to find the White House amid the larger landscape. This tough assessment from someone who generally shares the president’s ideological perspective may be hard to square with the conservative portrait of Obama… He performs best on a stage that permits the grandest sweep. He rises to the big occasion, from his inspiring introduction to the public in his 2004 Democratic convention speech to his healing words in the aftermath of the Tucson shootings…. Where’s Obama? No matter how hard you look, sometimes he’s impossible to find.’ (end of excerpt)
So will Obama announce that he won’t run in 2012, paving the way for Hillary to get the Dem nomination?
He could. And he may be calculating that she could then take the heat that he cannot take any more, although she might not even want the job now with all the problems in the economy.
What would Obama do with himself starting in January 2013?
Probably nothing because he is basically a lazy person who was ushered into the presidency by powerful socialist interests and the Media Left. Oh, sure, he could become a ceremonial-type board member at some liberal corporation like General Electric, or be given a soft, high-paying figurehead job that would be nothing but a payoff for his presidency.
The important thing, however, is that the pressure would be off him. He could sleep late and become a celebrity on the party circuit. He could unashamedly earn millions making speeches, and play golf every other day. You know, the life he always really wanted for himself.
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