Jackie Kennedy was brilliant, in her way, as shaping the legacy of JKF’s time in office as glamorous, the perfect time in history and something we should all long for in the future. She was asked shortly after the assassination, how she would describe the thousand days that President Kennedy was in office. Instead of answering, she said there was a song Jack always loved; from Camelot. Jackie wrote the everlasting impression of that time period. As we know from the years to come, Mrs. Kennedy was a master at using the media for her benefit and also the benefit of others.
2008 comes along, the American people are shell-shocked about what’s going on with the economy. We are in the midst of 2 failing wars and everyone is frozen; not knowing what to do.
As we know, 2008 was a presidential election year. It was presumed that Hillary Clinton would win. She had everything going for her, but one fatal error. Out comes Barack Obama who ends up winning not only the nomination but the election. Having Teddy and Caroline Kennedy both compare him to JFK had a huge impact. A young attractive couple, a man with lots of goals to better the Country and set it on a new path were extremely helpful in his winning the election. Probably more important was Hillary’s vote on the Iraq war. That vote lost her the presidency.
I should note here that the Bush administration did a brilliant job convincing the public of the looming threat from Saddam. Mr. Bush deliberately held a vote in Congress right before a political election. What no one knew at the time was Mr. Bush wasn’t being honest with the American people; including Mrs. Clinton.
So, January 2009 was such an exciting time for our Country. Could it be Camelot 2? Barack Obama really started his presidency the day he was elected. He was in full force with the economy, trying to stop a second Great Depression. But that day, January 20, 2009 was invigorating. It felt like our Country was moving forward. We had elected an African American president, with a young attractive family and Mr. Obama was already working to fix our severe economic problems.
Everything seemed possible and positive that day. To most of us.
At that time the GOP was thought to be a party that was in free for all and wouldn’t survive. What we didn’t know at the time was that they were planning their comeback. They had no interest in what was best for the American public, they enacted a scorched earth policy to regain power. Mitch McConnell even said publicly that the main goal of the GOP was to make President Obama a one term president. He said this as the stock market was dropping almost in half. As the economy was in severe economic crisis. He and the GOP wanted to defeat Obama, not help the Country. As I have said many times, I see this as nothing short of treason.
Over the years the economic meltdown had devastating consequences. More and more people lost jobs, lost unemployment insurance. The next few years were miserable for many Americans. Every attempt Mr. Obama made for more stimulus, more job creation was obstructed by the GOP/tea party in Congress. They didn’t care about the American people, they just wanted the President to fail.
As more years went by many more jobs were created and the unemployment rate fell dramatically. What few people realize is that the newly created jobs payed much less than the jobs that were lost and a huge amount of those new jobs were part time. Why has the unemployment rate dropped so much? Because if you are a person who wants a job but are too discouraged to look you aren’t counted as unemployed. The Wall Street Journal has estimated that there are some 40 – 50 million people who fall in this category. That alone is devastating for the future of our Country. When you add in that the newly created jobs pay less and aren’t full time you must realize the devastating situation the U.S. is in today.
Where did it all go wrong? From a possible Camelot 2 to a crippling economy that both the news media and the White House ignore. Did Obama give up on Congress too soon? Did the tea party sink the economy? Is Mr. Obama just not the right personality fit for a POTUS?
And then there is race. Are the GOP trying to marginalize everything President Obama does because they want to regain power or because they can’t stand the thought of a Black man being POTUS? Or, both?
I saw a student from Harvard College on Bill Maher last night talking about why her generation doesn’t vote. Her response was very telling. She said that our government is controlled by outside interests and her generation doesn’t feel like who they would vote for would matter. Think about that. You know what? I feel the same way sometimes. Too many special interest groups have more power than what the American people want.
It’s time for all of us to stand up and take our Country back. We need to keep this Country a democracy and not a plutocracy. It will be a long hard fight. But we can do it!