Barack Obama

The “Hamlet” President.

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In this scary historical moment we’re living through, the world cries out for a visionary, transformative leader… someone who has the gumption and guts – like Franklin D. Roosevelt did in the aftermath of the 1929 crash – to shift paradigms, demolish sacred cows and move the nation in bold new directions.

In his election campaign, Barack Obama signaled that he could be that kind of a President, but as soon he entered the White House, the Washington establishment, the military-industrial complex, Big Finance, Big Pharma, AIPAC, the NRA – that whole corrupt money system of lobbyists, patronage and kickbacks, the revolving door that rules Washington – chewed him up and spat him out again.

After that he was never able to summon the courage to take a stand on any of the big issues. He never brought the torturers to justice, never got Netanjahu to blink on the settlements. He hasn’t closed Guantanamo or made Wall Street pay. He was never able to harness the power of the people behind him cheering him on.

He will go down in history as the Hamlet president, the “to be or not to be” pontificator who could never quite make up his mind… never quite seize the moment and act. Too bad for America… and the rest of us.