Tuesday, December 27, 2016
OBAMA'S I COULD HAVE WON THE ELECTION: UNHINGED?
Icheoku says losing an election is one thing, but recovering from the loss is entirely a different ball game altogether. Americans are finding out, albeit grudgingly, that President Barack Obama is finding it very difficult to understand his rejection and all that he stood for, including a non existent legacy, in the last election. Nearly two months thereafter, the man whose ego was shattered to smithereens, could hardly believe that American people who previously elected him twice, flatly said no more Obama; never again, regardless of the cloak of a Hillary Clinton.
Unfortunately, Barack Obama misread the height of the frustration in the land and that a frustrated people have no more love left for him. But instead of accepting this rejection in good faith, like a petulant child, he is throwing fits and tantrums over the shellacking which he received last November 8, 2016. Yes, the election was about him and his legacy and he severally mouthed off so, on so many occasions and circumstances, which made some people feel that Obama was not just campaigning for Hillary Clinton but was also campaigning for his own third term agenda, keep my legacy intact. The election was such a vehement rejection of what Obama stood for that some schools of thought are beginning to posit that had Hillary Clinton not run on Obama's legacy, she could possibly have been elected president of America. But a contriving and ever-calculating woman, who set out initially to run as her own independent self, miscalculated that there was still some rain check to be cashed on Obama and pivoted. She owned up or rather mortgaged her presidential run to Obama and literally wore a cloak of an Obama's third term surrogate. She was rejected as none of the things Obama wanted to continue, through a Hillary Clinton's presidency, were things American people want to continue pursuing. The result was a resounding 306 to 236 Electoral Votes thumping by President Elect Donald John Trump.
Since that bolt of lighting struck Barack Obama, he has never recovered and might never actually recover, at least not fully. The devastating loss took a huge toll on him that he is increasingly hedging on the fringe of ridiculousness, if not an outright losing of his mind. He has canvassed every sundry manner of reason why the election was lost, from the sublime to the utter foolish; and has now descended into the sewer, trying to explain an inexplicable event. So far he has refused to own up to some responsibility for the lost election; admitted a lot of it lies squarely on his shoulders. A man who was ready to swallow his vomit to protect his ego, who once told Trump to stop whining because no one can rig American elections but has since changed his position to allege Russian interference and that the Russians rigged the election for Trump. A man who blames Hillary Clinton for not campaigning hard enough but forgot that he wore the face of Obama and the candidacy of Hillary Clinton as he traversed the land literally begging Americans that his legacy was on the ballot and that they should vote to sustain it. A man who admonished African American voters in North Carolina to please vote to help honor him by keeping his legacy.
A man who probably campaigned even more than the candidate herself, selling a legacy theme which no one was buying nor bought. Suddenly he wants to throw Hillary Clinton under the bus by dismissing her as not being good enough a candidate and who could not and did not mount a winnable campaign. According to his latest acute malaria induced misremember of the last campaign, Obama has proclaimed that he would have won the election had he been on the ballot and campaigned against Donald Trump. Icheoku says Obama was on the ballot as he personally said so several times that his legacy ws on the ballot. He campaigned fiercely begging American people to honor his presidency by voting to ensure that no harm came to his legacy but now is telling American people what again? How else could Obama have campaigned more than he did, owning the campaign and making Hillary Clinton an aside or rather side kick, but was still rejected. American people disavowal of his policies and the trajectory of the country was such that in one campaign stop in Michigan, fewer than 1000 people showed up to listen to whatever the heck a sitting American President Obama had to say about his legacy that should be sustained. Seriously speaking, Icheoku says President Barack Obama actually cost Hillary Clinton the election as many people who would have voted for Hillary Clinton believing that she would chart a different course, did not, afraid she will continue the Obama crap.
In the defeated President Barack Obama's own words, he said: "I am confident in this vision because I'm confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could've mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it." Icheoku says it is not true as no vision was marketable to the American people. President Barack Obama did run and President Obama failed to articulate it and President Obama also failed to mobilize a majority of American people to rally around it. For every intent and purpose, President Obama was only wearing the mask of Hillary Clinton during the last campaign election as it was obvious to the American people who actually was behind the mask, but they said bluntly, no, thanks, but no Obama again. Yet without shame nor any compunction, he still goes about trying to put together his pieces that was smashed on November 8, 2016. Icheoku says never in the recent history of American presidency has any president been this haughty, in denial and full of it; and his failure to admit and take responsibility for the lost election rubs many people on the wrong side. Even the Clintons would on hind sight, be ruefully regretting why they did not embark on that journey without the baggage of an Obama eight years which saw America somewhat diminished in stature, lagging in strides and failing to project maximum power and its known exceptionalism.
What a lousy statement from a lousy president, heavy on speeches and grandiose grandiloquence, but who is definitely short on performance. A knee jerk, touchy feely president, who failed to provide direction and the leadership Americans can believe in. A president who drew a redline and failed to back it up. A president who watched as a fragile world tumbled into an inferno. A president who murdered African King Gaddafi just because he can and nothing more. Gaddafi gave up his nuclear program; Gaddafi paid compensation for Lockerbie bombing; Gaddafi gave up his two spy agents who were fingered in the bombing as well as the German nightclub; Gaddafi opened his vast oil reserves for American and Western oil companies and Gaddafi pledged a new order; yet Obama had him killed and this was a man who called Obama his son and son of Africa and wished Obama could be president forever. It was not as if Donald Trump did not campaign against Obama's policies and government direction; he was not shy about his intention to do havoc to all of them including his executive orders induced policies. He told American people what he is going to do with everything and anything Obama. Obama on the other hand was defending his actions and begged American people to please help him defend his legacy by voting for the other gal, but they decided. Yet Obama had the temerity to barefacedly assert that he could have won the election had he ran?
Icheoku says possibly he was counting on African Americans turning out in large numbers for him; but he forgot that many of this constituency were left holding the plate by his government and feeling so shafted, would not have enthusiastically trooped out as they did in 2008 and again in 2012; thinking that without any reelection holdups post 2012 that he would be more bold in doing certain things specifically for the African American community. Something like the Marshall Plan for Europe which rebuilt Europe after the world wars; but he laughed it off. So how does any sane person explain that one guy ran against everything and anything Obama with a promise to reverse them and won. Then the other gal ran as an Obama incarnate with promise to maintain all his legacy programs and was rejected and lost. Simply put, a vote against President Barack Obama, a total knock of whatever his hands ever touched and now he cannot take it. Icheoku says this guy needs to get off whatever high horse or substance he is on; his reality is completely detached and has thus far taken a form of an illusion. In the final analysis, President Barack Obama at least owes Hillary Clinton the decency to stop punting the reason for the very bad outcome of the last election solely to her because the president is equally culpable, if not solely responsible. Just like Obama would have taken the credit had Hillary won, so should he take the responsibility for his failure to have her elected. Enough of these lame excuses and explanations because they are becoming both laughable and nauseating.