The “little people” who honestly believed President Obama would stand up for their special interests if elected to a second term are studies in hopeless and destructive naivety. Obama made it very clear during his first four years that he looks out for himself and his cronies. That’s it.
His 100 rounds of golf before Election Day 2012 should have been a decent enough clue. At the very, very least.
So when he stood up in front of those foolishly gathered on the National Mall for Inauguration and spoke about “respond[ing] to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” he actually couldn’t have cared less. It was just empty posturing on an ironically freezing cold day.
And when he brought up gay rights in that same speech, declaring that America is “not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well…” He was spouting more nonsense that he doesn’t believe in and doesn’t care about.
That’s not to say that he wouldn’t object if somebody handed those policies to him on a silver platter. It’s just that, right now, he’s way too focused on making big money for his big donors to support anyone else.
In other words, it’s all about spending. That’s why White House Spokesman Jay Carney downgraded climate change to “not a singular priority” the very next day and wouldn’t speculate on the issue after that. And it’s also why Carney clarified that Obama doesn’t believe in federally mandating homosexual legislation after all; he’s all for the states focusing on that kind of thing (the kind of thing that won’t net him and his cronies huge gains from taxpayers’ checks and futures).
As the Associated Press worded it: “Obama already is asking lawmakers for a lot as he starts his second term. He needs their votes to increase the nation’s borrowing limit and approve billions of dollars to keep the government running.”
That’s his first priority.
Maybe Eric Schmidt and Warren Buffett and most of Hollywood.
But mostly just himself.