President Obama is a Rorschach ink blot: We see what we want to see, regardless of the facts.
When the right sees Obama, it sees a socialist who is weak on defense and an economic failure. When the left sees him, it sees a corporatist and a warmonger. These attitudes tell less about the president than they tell about the way our ideology distorts our vision.
Obama is neither left nor right. He is a pragmatic centrist who navigates partnerships between the public and private sectors. He uses advanced military technology to reduce both the number of troops we deploy and
civilians we kill, while still protecting us from terrorist leaders.
The facts are: Since the depths of the Bush economic collapse in 2009, Barack Obama’s policies have created a slow but continuous rise in virtually every key economic indicator, 22 months of growth in private sector jobs, a middle-class tax cut and a reduction of our military deployment in the Middle East.
As a liberal, I too am disappointed that the president did not fulfill my personal agenda for world peace and global transformation. I am shocked, shocked to discover that he is not a pacifist. But when I get over my progressive hissy-fit, I will vote for him.
America, at its best, has always been governed from the center, and guided by the middle way.