Dana Milbank’s article, “Understanding Obama: It’s . . . complicated” (TNT, 4-28), is correct. If you study the complicated language of social psychologists and economists specializing in behavior and emotions, it seems nearly impossible to understand, as well as to predict, Barack Obama’s behavior.
We do know that, unpredictably, he has gone back on some of his campaign promises, losing the affection of many of his early and youthful followers.
Perhaps a better way to understand the president’s past and future behavior is simply to follow the money into his coffers. Track carefully who gives what to his campaigns and efforts. This will tell to whom he is beholden.
This is why full and public disclosure of campaign financing, easily accessible to voters and published often in mass media, is essential for the health of our democracy. I also suggest it be put into the voter’s pamphlet in each election, or least referenced as to where to easily find it.