The Obama second term, or second popular victory, is certainly a turning point in our modern history … A baby boomer of a boom at the heart of our inner conscience. What now? After an incredible four year tug of war term, preceded by a contested election, a divided country and a “car in a ditch” economy, the President finds himself at the wheel, perhaps on the road to economic recovery with most of his nemeses in his political rearview mirror as road kill. A Southern politician, in the usual colorful way, once said: “The only thing you find in the middle of the road is yellow lines and dead skunks!” Obama is on the road to recovery and he’s not driving in the middle and he certainly is not driving on the right. This has much of the country in an interesting moment of suspense wondering what’s next?
As the nation finds itself well beyond the national trauma of September 11th and in recovery mode from the most radical recession in recent memory, all eyes are on this two term President who only yesterday was seen as a neophyte and an unlikely, perhaps by many impossible, Presidential winner.
It appears that Obama has beaten all his nemeses and all the political cannon fodder that has been thrown at him. He has also triumphed in the face of all the papal bulls, edicts and intellectual cannons that were aimed at the very possibility of his success. The country now stands poised to see what this man will do with all that glitter and glory at the door of economic recovery and America’s return to world stature and purpose.
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The New Yorker lends its pages to the lighting of this important discourse.
“After Barack Obama had been sworn in for the final time for his final term—and after he had delivered his final Inaugural Address, and after he had turned to leave the podium atop the …”
via Hendrik Hertzberg: Obama’s Proud Liberalism : The New Yorker.
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