I’ll give Obama credit for his impressive speeches, improving the economy and the Iran deal.
But he lacked the talent and/or the will to take on other important issues. He didn’t challenge the dark side of the Patriot Act – Presidential power to arrrest, imprison and kill American citizens without charges under the catch-all – ‘national security’. Obama didn’t challenge this policy despite the very clear record of tyranny that’s resulted from governments with this kind of power.
Wall Street sent tens of millions of people to the poor house in the biggest bank robbery in American history. Obama, at least, owed American tax payers, morgtgage holders and investors the satisfaction of knowing that the bankers and their partners in crime at the SEC would be held accountable if they were guilty of fraud. But he did nothing.
Netanyahu mopped the floor with Obama. However, Netanyahu had overwhelming support in our feckless congress (29 standing ovations) and the DNC, no doubt, reminded Obama that the viablility of the party depended on contributions from Israel’s supporters. The only thing Obama could lean on was the moral strength of his argument against settlements and support from the American public which is still not strong enough to sway congress. He backed down from Netanyahu in a humiliating way but he was in a very weak position. If he had sanctioned Isreal over settlements he would have been thrown over by congress.