If the first 100 days of the Trump Presidency feels more like 100 years and you’d rather scrape your eyes out with acid lace razor blades than even hear number 45’s name again, then we’ve got great news for you: former President Barack Obama returned to the world stage today at a student town hall in his adopted home town of Chicago.
We are viewing the broadcast live as we right this and we can’t help but feel nostalgic just for the pure political statesmanship and all out class that Obama represents. We are reminded that here is a man that not once even had a hint of personal scandal and his business practices are beyond reproach. Whether you agree with his policies or not, makes no difference. No one can deny that Obama carried himself in a manner and in such a stately fashion that his personal actions never brought reproach on himself or caused a stain on the American people. Did he make policy mistakes in the capacity of president? Of course he did, name one president who didn’t. What we are speaking to here is simply the impeccable disposition that Obama graced the presidency with.
In terms of the purpose for today’s event at the University of Chicago, well, it’s just awesome. The former president is simply there to engage the youth there and encourage them to both know and get involved in their civic duty. One does sense Obama’s urgency in this: It’s almost as if he’s the star player on the bench who got the team through the first three quarters and left the floor assuming that his squad had the game in the bag only to look up from his short breather to realize this was sadly not the case. He doesn’t even need to say a word to the coach as he kneels down on the sidelines, waiting for the next time out so he can jump back in and do his best to save the game.
And so it is with the state of left-wing or Democratic politics today. There is no clear leader who is energizing and galvanizing the base. Senators Bernie Sander and firebrand Elizabeth Warren were thought to become the heir apparents but, aside from the usual progressive-esque rhetoric and soundbites, there hasn’t been anything politically substantial from either of them since Trump ascended to the presidency.
So here we are, in the perpetual fourth quarter of our society and even if he is no longer in the position to make policy or change the face of our nation for the better with the stroke of a pen, we are grateful for the return of this great statesman and his contributions to our public and civil discourse.
Think Passionately. Disrupt Strategically.
-A. Lawrence Haskins
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