As today’s election rings down the curtain on the Age of Obama more than a few voters are saying that they wish they could vote for Obama again. Apparently, their brains are so addled that they cannot see the obvious, which is staring them in the face.
The political world that Americans keep complaining about was created by Barack Obama and by those who put him and kept him in office. Responsibility always begins at the top. Most Americans are anguished over how it could have come to such a bad choice of presidential candidates. If they care to know what went wrong they should look to the man at the top.
As a way to keep some perspective I recall Richard Fernandez’s excellent analysis of American foreign policy in the Age of Obama:
The Era of Hope and Change has been one prolonged act of suicide. If anyone had said that Obama would manage to alienate Israel and the Philippines, lose Turkey, pay Iran a hundred billion dollars, preside over the loss of a won war in Afghanistan, lose billions of dollars in military equipment to ISIS, watch a consulate burn, restart the Cold War with Russia, cause Japan to re-arm and go the knife's edge with China, would you have believed it? If someone had told you in 2008 millions of refugees would be heading for Europe and that the UK would leave the EU after Obama went there to campaign for them to remain, would you not have laughed?
He promised "smart diplomacy" and the restoration of American prestige in the world. How did it come to this?
When a nation loses its pride and its prestige, bad things happen. As we await the news of who is going to preside over these bad things, we should keep in mind, not only that we are living in the Age of Obama, but also that we are even allowed to think that he bears any responsibility for the nation’s current political discontent.