Man proposes, and God disposes.
Or, in other words, reality always gets a vote.
Whatever Obama thinks he is going to do, he will be forced by reality to deal with reality. It always happens, which is why the “constituents” of populists are always disappointed. In a few years we’ll hear that Obama was seduced by Washington, or we’ll read the endless conspiracy theories about how the elite conspired to keep him from fulfilling promises he could never have kept from the beginning.
But a few years later, it won’t matter. Remember that history is written by writers, and it is the writer’s view of history that is preserved, not the actual events. How did a rather sleazy presidency get converted into “Camelot”? Because he was surrounded by writers, and for them it was Camelot, it was the high point of their lives. That is what got recorded. The sleaze and the betrayals didn’t make the history, because for the writers it didn’t fit the narrative.
How did Roosevelt’s disastrous presidency become a hazy fuzzy warm memory in the minds of a generation? Writers write the history.
I remember conversations with people in Latin America who told me they envied Americans for having a president like Clinton. What did they know about, again, the sleaze and corruption? Nothing, and they didn’t want to know. They loved the image, and they didn’t want it spoiled.
Whatever we may think about an Obama presidency, living it as we will in real time, our grandchildren are going to read about it in the history books and it is going to seem like a magical time in history.
Used to live in Latin America, but I was still a kid, so politics wasn't a big topic of conversation for me. I remember a mild anti-Americanism, but not extremes comparable to attitudes found in the Middle East, for example. I haven't been there since Bush was elected & I wonder if it's gotten particularly extreme since.