Obama the Chameleon

President Obama was sold as the “One” to usher in a “post-racial” era and he carried himself during his campaign as being above racial issues. However, his administration has increasingly become more racial and now he is turning to Al Sharpton, who has made a career out of the racial divide, for help in getting re-elected. He has decided to speak at Sharpton’s National Action Network’s convention.

There are two things somewhat surprising in this. One is that Obama would shed the non-racial façade he carefully constructed to help him win the presidency. The other is that Al Sharpton is still considered relevant enough in the black community for Obama to unabashedly curry favor. It is, however, very revealing that Obama feels the need to bolster the black vote which was almost unanimously his in the last election.

What should not be surprising is Obama’s “change”. He is a political chameleon and has always changed color to match his political surroundings. In the early part of his administration, sensing political danger, he threw enough people under the bus to wreck the undercarriage. Now, he is throwing campaign promises under the bus on an almost daily basis, but they seem to do little harm because they have always been hollow.

It has always been a difficult task to pin Obama down. He was an unknown quantity adopted and sold by the media and has remained enigmatic. Never having to face the traditional presidential vetting by a (now defunct) watchdog press, he has been able to be whatever one wanted to believe him to be. Thus, he has revealed little of himself while changing color at will.

Obama has angered many far-left supporters by reneging on promises he made – or seemed to have made. Failing to close Gitmo, allowing military trials for terrorists, escalating war in Afghanistan, ordering military action in Libya, keeping lobbyists in his administration, extending the Bush tax cuts, and failing to immediately implement immigration reform (aka amnesty) have burst the bubble of idealism he ran with. It remains to be seen, however, if he will lose votes over it.

If the mass media ever wakes up and challenges the chameleon changes of Obama, he could be in deep trouble. So far, that doesn’t seem to be an Obama concern.

David J. Hentosh

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