Breaking up with Obama

August 3, 2011 at 11:45 am | Posted in corporate bullys, economy, government, health care, Obama, political, political campaigns, president, taxes | 5 Comments
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From the Rude Pundit regarding Barack Obama and so relatable on a personal level.  You may get a kick out of it whether you agree or disagree with Rude’s opinions.

8/03/2011

A “Dear Barack” Letter:

Dear Barack,

We’ve had some good times over the last few years. Hell, 2008 was one of the most hopeful times in my life. Remember all those rallies and adoring crowds? God, it was wild. I didn’t think I could keep up with you; you were so intense, so passionate. But once we started living together, things changed.

Sure, sure, you brought me flowers, you told me how much you cared, and you moved me in ways that I never thought I’d be moved. You can still do that to this day. But isn’t that the way it is with our lovers? There’s always going to parts of them that we miss. That just shows that you meant something, and that you still do. But I need to do this for the sake of my sanity, my self-esteem.

If you care to know why, let me explain. You started to take me for granted. Almost immediately your eye started to wander. When we’d go out, I’d always think, “I’ll be he’s looking over there at that table to the right.” You told me not to worry about it. You said that I was still your heart and soul.

You made promises you never kept, Barack. And it’s not as if you ever apologized for breaking them. You’d say that we would climb mountains together, but you decided that you’d rather go hunting. “In the future, we’ll climb mountains, don’t worry,” you told me. “We can’t afford it right now.” But somehow, you always found the money for other things. Even the ones you kept were somehow diminished. You said we would build a house. Instead, you got us a trailer. You told me to be happy with a trailer. You took the things I cared about and you said you cared, too. Then you either cast them aside or did the bare minimum to show you cared.

Even now, you’re still making promises, as if you still believe they can come true. They can’t. Not unless you change. Not unless you’re willing to fight for us. But I don’t think you can. I don’t think that’s who you are.

I got into this relationship without any illusions about who you were. I never listened when others told me that you were perfect. I never listened when some told me you weren’t worth my time. I got together with you because I believed in us. You and me. Somewhere along the way, you stopped caring. Somewhere along the line, you started believing in others more than you believed in me.

I loved you as a smart, principled man. I worked at this relationship. Even when we fought, I still sought out the good in you. Now, finally, after watching you have affair after affair, saying each time that it was just a one-time thing, I have to allow myself to feel bitter and angry and more than a little foolish. And I have to do that by myself.

I’m sure many of my friends will be upset. “What are you going to do now?” they’ll say. “You’re not going to date Mitt or Michele, are you?” What that implies is that I should settle, that I should compromise myself and my dreams just to keep us together. No one deserves that kind of power. And they never considered a third option between staying with you and being with someone else. They never considered that I could just be alone.

So this is a separation, and I’m sure you’ll be dating again quickly. But I need a break. I need to remember why I loved you. I need to miss you. I need to see if I miss you. Sure, sure, you’ll say, I’m being a drama queen, that nothing has changed, that I don’t live in the real world, that everything you’ve done has been for me, that I just don’t understand what it’s like to live with the pressure that you have. No, but I have to live with the results of what you do. And after you’re done, in 2013 or 2017, you’ll still be a rich moderate conservative and I’ll still be a middle-class liberal trying his best to clean up all the messes.I’m gonna pack up my stuff and head out now. I wish you well, truly, for everyone’s sake. But I think if there’s anything you can take away from this, it’s simple:

It’s not me. It’s you.

Sincerely,
The Rude Pundit

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  1. I LOVE THIS! It is perfect in every way and reflects exactly how I feel. Thank you!

  2. Presidents start their terms idealists and end it realists. Armchair quarterbacks, on the other hand, watch from the non-corrective comfort of their seats. Let’s face it, Presidential campaigns ultimately come down to the lesser of two evils. I fear one of those evils next time around will be Rick Perry. I won’t consider him the lesser.

  3. @mikespeir:

    Obama is not a realist. Time and again, he has ignored what the majority of voters want (public option healthcare, severe punishments for financial institutions involved in the banking meltdown, letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire, starting unmanned drone bombing campaigns in new countries, etc. etc. etc.) and done the opposite. (And many of these were campaign promises — remember how we were going to get health care reform negotiated on TV in an open process — and then Obama made a closed-door deal at the beginning to kill off not just single-payer but also the public option.)

    As a result, he rode into office on a wave of enthusiasm and traded his mandate for change for further reinforcement of the status quo. Some of these decisions have even been against the advice of his own legal team (among other things, they told him to stay out of Libya without a Congressional OK).

    Despite having a reputation as a great orator, he more or less doesn’t give speeches in favor of things which are currently being fought for, instead he has almost always restricted himself to speaking in defense of the decisions he has made. Heck, he even tried to push the Republicans into cutting Social Security and Medicare when they didn’t want to!

    The only way you can view Obama as a pragmatist is if you think he intentionally wanted to discourage and discredit the Democratic base. Which is quite possible. He’s certainly done a good job at it, regardless of whether it was intentional or not.

    • You can’t help but turn into a realist as President. You can’t help but slam into brick walls that as a candidate you either didn’t realize were there or thought were less substantial. You can’t help come but be smacked over and over with your own limitations, your surprising powerlessness in the face of the ambitions and ideologies of others that you thought you could either beat or win over. And, yes, once you have inside information–the kind you’re not privy to as a candidate–you begin to realize that some of your opinions and goals coming in were shortsighted or ill-advised. Reality–its inevitability–is an impossible thing to get around. Presidents usually go in hard-nosed and always come out compromisers. Always. You would if you occupied the Oval Office.

      • The point is that a realist would know that there was public support for certain things which would be beneficial to the country and then either act on them or explain to the public that it was impossible to do so. A realist would emphatically NOT do the exact opposite, and Obama has done so.


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