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Anniversary celebrations of Obama’s first year … really?

When Dubya hit his first year in office, there weren’t any celebrations, any parties held by random groups of Americans gathering for Hopesicles and Yes-We-Can’dy as they watched the HBO movie that chronicled his historic campaign. (And indeed, it was historic, if liberals are right that the man is certifiably retarded.) While this goes without saying in retrospect, at the time of his one-year anniversary, he was both personally and politically more popular than Obama is today on his. (Far more so, actually: according to Gallup, his average approval rating during his first year was over 67% and he only reached Obama’s current low approval rating in his fourth year.) So, what gives? Why weren’t conservatives gathering in their homes across the nation to creepily and cult-ishly celebrate Dubya (or Bush I, or Reagan, and so on)?

The difference is primarily in how conservatives and liberals see their political leaders: conservatives see mere politicians where liberals see social saviors. This is a widespread conservative critique of Obamism, to be sure, but it bears repeating on days like today when the mania is so abundant and ripe for picking (on).

And besides, what’s an anniversary celebration? Or what is it supposed to be? Typically such celebrations commemorate something deeply personal or spiritual or in which one has made a substantial personal investment — the date of one’s wedding, the date on which a loved one passed on, one more year of life successfully lived, and even, yes, the date on which you, yourself (Mr. Obama) or your close advisers and friends and colleagues are celebrating your first year in office.

But Joe Voter somewhere in Los Angeles hosting a party to celebrate a public servant’s year mark? That’s not an anniversary celebration. That’s some form of worship. Or creepy. Your call, but it can only be one or the other, or both.

Categories: President Obama, Society
  1. January 21, 2010 at 6:53 am

    A year ago today I was looking forward with great anticipation to the presidency of Barack Obama. I thought that this may very well be the “new age” that I have been looking forward to for most of my life. What a difference a year makes. Thus far, as you might imagine, I have been let down by this president. That is why it is so funny to see him labeled by the Right a “radical socialist”. If Obama were half as radical as the Conservative media is trying to portray him, people like me wouldn’t be one tenth as disappointed in him as we are.

    Don’t misunderstand, I am still grateful that he was elected last year. I thank God every day that John McCain will not be sleeping in the Executive Mansion tonight and that Fascist Barbi will not be a heartbeat away from the presidency. While it is true that he has not yet given us the “change we can believe in”, it is still too early in his term to make any final assessment. There is some time for optimism – although that time is dwindling rapidly. Still, the alternative to Obama’s election last year is just too weird to even contemplate. We should be grateful for that – I guess – and for the fact that Dick Cheney is no longer running the country.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt once said of the American Plutocracy, “They hate me and I welcome their hatred.” Obama needs to take a cue from FDR. Instead of trying to “reach out” to the right wing, he needs to understand that they are not his friends; that their political fortunes rest on a single strategy: that his administration is a complete failure. They don’t care a thing for the welfare of the people they are supposed to represent. The only thing that concerns them is the corporate constituency they act as hand maidens for. You would think that after a year in office the president would have learned this lesson, wouldn’t you? Perhaps he has. We shall see.


    Tom Degan

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