"Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends . . . We’re so glad you could attend. Come inside, come inside."
— Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
You dear folks who elected Barack Obama, thinking you’d get real change, were had — bad. Want your money back? Hold on a sec. Read on.
Obama’s nomination in the Democratic Party primary battles against Hillary Clinton was trumpeted as the clear victory of his visionary hope over her vast experience. It was invigorating change triumphing over tired-old, same-old.
Only last month, Obama’s dulcet oratory was still prophesying a transformational renaissance in the nation’s capital. He was to be the "unprecedented post-partisan, the triumphant transcender of race."
He was to be a revolutionary president who would bring forth upon the shores of the politically polluted Potomac a radically new administration. It was to be filled, from its greatest offices down to its nether bureaucratic reaches, with fresh faces, not old hacks from failed, non-transcendental administrations. No Bush III. No return to the blighted Clinton years.
Yet that’s exactly what the Obama administration seems to be, and he has yet to be inaugurated. Even administrations of George W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton had greater diversity in nominees to top posts.
Looks like the "change" Obama was talking about is the change that’s occurred in Obama. Who were the first ones he turned to for his Cabinet and key White House offices? Eager upturned faces of hope? Nah. He went straight for barnacled has-beens who know where bodies are buried on Capitol Hill.
The only exhibit needed to erase Obama’s campaign pledge to be the big agent of change is Sen. Hillary Clinton as the next secretary of state. What was the bloodletting in the Democratic Party primaries about if not to reject either Hillary or Barack in preference to the other?
Who voted for him to entrust the nation’s foreign policy in her hands? After all, she supported the war in Iraq, the one he made speeches against.
You say you were one of the millions who contributed to Obama’s campaign, believing it meant real change in Washington? You say you feel hoodwinked?
Keep your shirt on. Obama really is the master of change, after all.
Remember his history of dumping friends once they served their usefulness to him — his pastor of 20 years who called on God to damn the United States, the radical bomber who hosted Obama’s campaign kickoff, the state senator he turned on to take her seat once she helped him get started in Illinois politics, the long list of left-wing pols who just knew they’d be in the Obama Cabinet.
If Obama has turned on millions of faithful contributors by selecting Hillary and a stable of other centrists or tepid leftists, what’s to keep him from trash-canning those appointees once their usefulness expires? As it will. As he will.
He needs those fig leaves for cover as he stands to take the oath of office.
Never fear. Underneath, he’s still Barack Obama — the most-far-left presidential candidate America ever elected. Once entrenched in the Oval Office — give him one, maybe two years — Obama the Radical will emerge again.
It’s then that latter-day Marxists who financed and steered his campaign, allied with leftist “mainstream” media, will cash in their chits. They possess great patience and consummate flexibility in achieving their true goals.
If that’s the kind of Obama presidency you voted for, that’s what you’re going to get. Don’t even think of asking for your campaign contribution back. Just give it time. The curtain is now going up. By the final performance, Barack Obama true-believers will be standing, cheering.
At this moment, what you are seeing is the same, old, Washington merry-go-round. So, welcome to the show that never ends.
Adlai E. Stevenson had it right: “Your elected officials serve you well.”
John L. Perry, a prize-winning newspaper editor and writer who served on White House staffs of two presidents, is a regular columnist for Newsmax.com. Read John Perry's columns here.
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