What is Next For Barack Obama?

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Okay so we finally caught up with Osama Bin Laden and killed him.  We thought that he was in a cave, but instead he was in a complex in an urban area in Pakistan; which raises more questions than it does answers.  Even still we killed him, so that is one that we can put behind us.  Barack Obama does deserve some credit, even though pundits like Sarah Palin do not want to give it to him.  Then again Sarah Palin is still mad at Katie Couric.  There are a lot of things that Sarah Palin should simply let go of, and just move on with her political career.

But at the same time Barack Obama himself will eventually have to move on.  This thing about Osama Bin Laden is going to be cool for about a month and it will be back to business as usual.  Barack Obama had a great week; he owned Donald Trump and set him in line, was effective in handling Osama Bin Laden and even earned the respect of his peers.  Yet none of it may be enough to get voters in line to support him in the next election.

Are people willing to give Barack Obama the benefit of the doubt and forgive him for the way he handled the healthcare issue?  Will people forget about his support for abortions?  Will they miraculously forget about the birth certificate issue and what appears to have been a passive aggressive Presidency, at best, or one in which the smartest guy in the room gave billions of dollars to Wall Street under the guise of helping the American people, at worst?

If what the GOP has to offer is anything like the current three ring circus we see before us, Barack Obama will definitely be reelected without question.  I would love to see Barack Obama go up against Donald Trump or Sarah Palin; that is entertainment that is worth paying good money to see.  If we get Barack Obama for another four years is he really going to change this country around or will it be another interesting four years for the history books but one in which everything that changes seems to remain the same?  So much of what has occurred is subtle and nuanced.  So much of it we may have wait years to truly realize.  Barack Obama seems to be able to win small battles, particularly against himself and his own image, but does not seem to be capable of handling the war and the elephant in the room.

I am starting to believe that this is the best that I can hope for and that regardless of who is in the White House, nothing miraculous will occur.  Is Barack Obama simply “good enough”, or he is the person we truly want in Washington?  I could be disillusioned; I hadn’t paid politics that much attention until George W. Bush took office, so I could be naive, wet behind the ears and hopeful for something I should not hold my breath for.  By all measures Barack Obama could be doing a wonderful job.  The change that I felt in the air, the change that I was inspired by during the inauguration is not the change that I seem to be experiencing.  Most will be happy when we have jobs again.  Most will be happy when there is another bubble.  Most want a sense of normalcy.

The jobs are not going to come back, at least not for the uneducated or undereducated.  It would not be in anyone’s interest to mastermind another bubble, of any kind.  The new normal is angst, uncertainty and confusion.  The new normal is taking on an entrepreneurial mindset, as opposed to giving over your life to the company or the corporation because you never know what is going to happen to you or your job.  Putting your life’s work into a retirement account or investing in the market is so twentieth century.  There will be winners and there will be losers.  Regardless of what happens to Barack Obama; we need to make sure that we are on the winning side because we cannot put our faith in some leader to take us over to that side through governmental policies; we need to make it happen when no one else is there to do so for us …


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