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Monday, November 9, 2009

No we can't

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 6:29 AM

Surprise. The unbridled hope of a transformative presidency by Barack Obama has run into political reality. Oratory alone can't overcome hardened political opposition. Brummett, who was critical of the pragmatists of campaign 2008, writes:

A year after his historic election, Barack Obama stands revealed as something less than the transformative president he aspired and was intermittently projected to be.

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So while we must be careful not to read too much into Tuesday’s few elections, there was a stark contrast last week that was impossible to ignore.

HBO, the cable television network, unveiled an insider documentary about Obama’s campaign a year ago, replete with teary-eyed African-Americans and starry-eyed young people revealing their inspiration by Obama as they chanted “yes, we can.”

It seems now almost an orgy of pitiable naiveté, because, actually, it seems that, no, we can’t.


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