"Sometimes I feel so happy,
Sometimes I feel so sad.
Sometimes I feel so happy,
But mostly you just make me mad."
was a moment many considered to be a sink or swim, do or die, vote or
perish moment - the election of 08. The legendary face-off between the
old, traditionalist, veteran, republican and the new, changelicious,
YES WE CAN, revolutionary. There hadn't been so much fuss over an
election since Kennedy (rightly and weirdly connected to Obama, again)
- supposedly, how would I precisely know.
Yet one thing I know -
never trust a politician who wants to be elected. There's a saying,
that the man to become the president should be the guy, who doesn't
anxiously want to become one. Everybody knows, that you have to take
the election-promises with a bucket-load of skepticism. Many did that,
with Obama, yet something seemed to be just a little different.
Different enough to give us a warm, fuzzy feeling inside like we've
never had before. A feeling of... trust?
If something sounds too
good, it probably is. That's another proverb for you. I'll repeat,
however, that I like Obama. Such excitement over election hasn't been
seen in decades; in my opinion, the youth has more advantages than the
old; change would be good at a current state - but has anyone stopped
to think, that we're just grasping straws?
Are we just that
easily fooled by the manipulative speeches (good ones, I admit), tricks
of the media, sleights of hand and, well, YouTube? The problem with
Obama is not words - he has plenty of those - it's actions.
critics did write - obnoxiously and with a sense of gloom & doom -
that we have to wait and see the actions before we jump to praise him.
There were actions - well, as I think of it now, speeches of actions
'to maybe come'. The high spirited, moralizing speeches of closing Gitmo,
fixing the economy, stopping some last-minute proposals W. is trying to
pressurize through - and I know, that he's still not president, but
At a meeting with Israeli leaders (12 hours after
winning the election), he already announced continuance of the strong
and almighty alliance with them (not only did he wear a US flag on his
chest, but also an Israeli one) - a thing that
he strongly criticised Clinton in several debates. And after
campaigning, the agreement to talks and meetings with Iran 'anytime'
quickly turned into a weird mix of hate & disgust: stating a lack
of need to meet the Iranian 'president' - even if just to chat. Same
thing with Gitmo:
glorious speeches with promises - now he seems to have stopped due to
confusion and started to rethink the possibilities & options.
problem is that we have to judge a man by his actions, not his words.
And so far (again, I strongly repeat - he's not the president, I
understand) there haven't been many good ones.
"You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We'd all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We're doing what we can"