Rewind to November 2008. Barack was running for office. Running around town (and by town I mean the whole country of course) talking about a change we could believe in. I was fired up more than a little bit. Rushing home from work to catch MSNBC's nightly line up. First Hardball with Chris Matthews, then Countdown with Keith Olberman, and then finally Rachel Maddow. At that point, you couldn't tell me that I couldn't have had my own show on MSNBC. I was so well versed on the issues that I could do more than hold an intelligent conversation. Not to mention the passion that I felt and the hope that I had. I was out there in DC on the mall, freezing my butt off just so I could be a part of history. I was and I'm glad. But emotions can only take you so far.
Two years later, I, along with most of the coutry find ourselves disengaged from the change we thought we could believe in. One can just look at the voter turn out and the emergence of the "tea party" to determine that. Now don't get me wrong, honestly, Barack's win was greater than any of us can imagine in the present day. In the future, I'm sure the true realization of this moment in history will emerge. For now though, I'm talking about the feeling in the country. During this midterm elections, the democrats lost more seats in the house and the senate since any election since WWII. Do we realize the seriousness of such a feat?? The country, and the streets, are talking and I'm sure the White House does not like what they're hearing.
For those of you political junkies, like myself, I'm sure you notice the departure of one of Obama's chief strategists, David Axelrod, who could be credited with getting Barack to the White House. He's leaving not because he's no longer on board with the Presiden't agenda, but because he's already starting to work on the next Presidential campaign. That says alot. The man is leaving two years in advance, because that's the amount of work that needs to be put in to even have a shot a re-election. Again...that says a lot.
The thing is this: I'm still on board with Barack. Not only that, I'm proud of him and proud to say that he is the leader of my nation. But just like when you're a kid and you get a B+ on that paper, trust you still get your props, but your mother/parents will not hesitate to tell you that next time they want to see an A. That's what I want to tell Barack. I see you! I do! But they don't respect you. One thing that a President, a CEO, a Gangster even, should demand, is respect. Barack doesn't have it. Even among his own party. In order for me to still believe in that hope, I need to be shown that I wasn't sold a dream. He's gotten some things done and he has time to do more. But like he said during the election, in order for real change to happen, Washington has to change. I need Obama to be the HNIC (if you don't know what that is step your "Lean on Me" game up) and there to be no doubt about it!
I know in the Black community Barack is like our messiah (don't front either cause you know it's true), but even Jesus had to change his course sometimes to achieve his ultimate goal. I love Barack just as much as the next person but hey - I Just Calls 'Em How I See 'EM