Matt Damon said something eternally profound a few months ago. When asked about how he felt about President Obama he said, “Me and Obama… we broke up.”
I kind of feel that way, as well.
I championed Obama over Hillary. I was one of the misguided people that didn’t think she could invigorate like Bill. There was also a slight scandal in the 2008 Primary campaign, something along the lines of Bill stating that he felt he was the first Black President that led me to take a short-lived break from the Clintons, as a whole, as well. Hillary in 2008 does not excite me like Hillary 2014 does. If we could vote now, I’d be all over that and so looking forward to the fight in 2016.
There’s a lot that I feel has gone by the way side because we haven’t had a strong negotiator in the Oval. The Public Option missing from the ACA / Obamacare, Race to the Top being one of the worst Public Education policy decisions in recent memory - even worse than the No Child Left Behind Act it replaces, and don’t even get me started on the disturbing NSA stuff.
(On a personal note: My Mom told my Dad that she was okay with the NSA having so much access to our private lives, because Obama. My Dad told her he wasn’t. To some extent, my Dad and I are now classified as “Republicans” because we’ve openly stated that we’re not thrilled with the choices our President has made.)
I agree that he would be better than the alternative, and I know more than most people how necessary it is to strike when it’s your time. There was so much energy surrounding Obama in 2008 that was such a hold over from 2004, but I wish he could have had a few more years in the Senate to truly learn how to negotiate the intricacies of Washington D.C.’s power structure. Maybe if Teddy had lived, he could have been the paternal Lion in the Senate.
I mention all of this to say that while it’s a possibility I’ll be attending a SotU party (unlikely due to the weather) that you are welcome to follow my Twitter feed, when I get entertainingly snarky, especially towards the GOP, the SCOTUS if Citizens U or Roe v. Wade is mentioned and when it comes to policy decisions that I disagree with POTUS.
Now… can anyone tell me what drinking game we’re playing tonight?