Vanity Fair wrote a long, detailed article on all the shiggity our 44th President has to deal with right about now. Apparently, never in the history of the Presidency has there been one under this much duress, attack and financial uncertainty.
How broken is Washington? Beyond repair? A day in the life of the president reveals that Barack Obama’s job would be almost unrecognizable to most of his predecessors—thanks to the enormous bureaucracy, congressional paralysis, systemic corruption, and disintegrating media. Inside the West Wing, the author talks to Obama’s top advisers about the challenge of playing the Washington game, ugly as it has become, even while their boss insists they find a way to transcend it.
The article details the obstacles Obama faces including the fact that the GOP has decided to spend their time and efforts blocking his policies rather than getting anything done: the G.O.P. has spent most of the period since the inauguration in near lockstep refusal to give the president votes for any of his major initiatives, from the economic-stimulus bill to health-care reform.
A large portion of the media (talking heads) have decided to make names for themselves by saying the most inflammatory and incendiary thing possible (regardless of fact). The article says: He faces the most hyperkinetic, souped-up, tricked-out, trivialized, and combative media environment any president has ever experienced. The long-building trend toward coverage of the presidency and politics as pure sport has reached absurd levels. True.
Add to this the war, the economic forecast, the gulf coast drama, and countless other real-time problems the government is dealing with and all you can really say is, "Wow." I'm exhausted for him. He's in there battling and actually getting quite a bit accomplished yet his own countrymen are calling him everything but a child of God and plotting how to strip what accomplishments he has been able to make away from him. His wife can't take a vacation, he can't share a sports opinion and his daughters have to wear t-shirts without a hint of a slogan or brand. Seriously - who needs it?
I have a solution. I've decided Obama (called Obeezy in a recent Boondocks cartoon) is too good for this. He's too talented, intelligent and gentlemanly to be forced to shovel crap morning, noon and night. In a speech at Netroots Nation 2010, Van Jones said "Obama is the guy who volunteered to steer the Titanic after it had already hit the iceberg."
This is a sinking ship to which I tell Obama, "Save yo' self." In fact, I think he should call a press conference and pull a "JetBlue exit" - Step to the podium, turn on the mic, tell America to kiss his entire black ass, say "Obeezy out", grab a beer on the way and slide down the emergency exit chute flashing the peace sign the whole way out. I'd still respect the hell out of him. And Im dying to see who thinks they could do any better than him in this political and economic climate.
As someone on Twitter said yesterday - you can say all that you want about Obama but somebody still has to beat him in 2012... and no one's even close to the horizon. Bless his heart, he's out there fighting because he firmly believes he can make a difference for the better regardless of the personal cost to his well-being and peace of mind.
Just my little rant of the week. What do you think? Who's up in 2012? Is Obama fighting a losing battle? Would you want his job?