Frank Bruni’s NYTimes column offered blithe thinking that by example exposes the dangers of liberal nihilism; he offers a passioned blah indifference that gets nods from those who see thumb-weighed cliches as political reality.
Despite the common claim of his being the deferrer, compromiser, and “clueless,” those who deride him overlook his policies and victories gained by small steps. He is the master of the 2 minute drill: DADT is gone as flawed national policy; you can bet any GOP candidate will bring it back. Payroll tax cuts for the middle class that he initiated are now opposed by tax cutting GOP House and Senate members; the candidates so busy casting labels don’t have time for policy.
He saved 1000s of auto industry jobs, rescued the world from a medieval socio-economic collapse, stayed major scandals, and offered a fine example of a thoroughly modern family, exercising, planting, caring, finding joy that inspires hope.
No President has ever been so attacked and “ta-ta’ed” as Barack Obama. That includes those like Bruni who have the perfidy to imply that “neither” is a proper measure of his achievements on the playing field and the level of challenges he has imflappably faced to prove his values.