Has Obama lost his relevance?
The question posed: Has President Barack Obama become irrelevant?
I recently had a most interesting discussion concerning same, which so raised the ire of a man whose usually respected intelligence and rationale now succumbed to seething ideology, blurted: “You just hate Obama.” Not so, I said.
I, early on, being not very impressed by the Obama rhetoric, warned (2008) my friend not to be so taken in by the high-blown speech-making. Particularly, since the rhetoric was not backed by any record of meaningful legislative achievement.
But to those whose fervor belied logic, like my friend, there was not doubt, only enthrallment — delusionary anticipation of apotheosis.
But now disillusioned, bereft of the happiness of fantasy, those, such as my friend, render unto others the cause of failure: that their chosen saviour has not fulfilled his rhetorical bombast, the stuff of their dreams.
Considering Mr. Obama’s diminished state internationally, is anyone listening:
n Central African Republic: Warning dissident factions to behave appropriately.
n Ukraine: Issuing meaningless admonishments, while Vladimir laughs out loud.
n Syria: Fatuous threats, again, were only rhetorical; Vlad to the rescue.
n Iran, and the nonstart start re: nuclear proliferation vs. sanctions.
n Far East, Mideast: Consider well-meaning Secretary of State John Kerry, however not flightless, plightless. While flying around the world nonstop giving a Save the Planet Global Warming Warning speech in Indonesia.
n Edward Snowden: Mr. Obama issued threat of consequences if Russia gave asylum to the NSA whistle blower; Putin granted asylum.
Mostly, one could venture, President Obama is irrelevant.