Barack Obama’s Second Term –“Que Sera, Sera?”

Mr. wOw finds the President’s recent remarks about his future in office … disconcerting, to say the least

I was still recovering from the absurdity and cruelty of President Barack Obama weighing in on now-former Congressman Antony Weiner (“If I was him, I’d resign”) when his remarks about his second term emerged.

Oh, man — so laid back. Obama said that the thought has crossed his mind that “one term was enough.” And he revealed that if he said to Michelle and the kids, ‘You know what guys, if I want to do something different,’ they would be fine.  “They’re not invested in ‘daddy being president’ or ‘my husband being president.'”

REALLY?!! I don’t give a rat’s ass if Michelle Obama is invested in her husband’s presidency. I didn’t vote for Michelle or their two children. I voted for him. She can go off and do the Jackie Kennedy thing — clothes and foreign visits and flirtations. (Not that Jackie wasn’t entitled, married to that hound-dog JKF.)

I wasn’t even that invested in Obama. But others were, deeply. What a disappointment for those who put their heart and soul into Obama; those who thought he was putting his own heart and soul on the line.

What kind of fire in the belly of voters does Obama think he can light, with his own belly so empty and weary?

I don’t want a Republican president in 2012. I want Obama again in more vivid form. I’ll vote. I’ll hand out pamphlets. I’ll reveal my name!

But, damn!  The man makes it hard to get on board. He makes it so difficult to be …”invested.”

83 Responses so far.

  1. avatar KarenR says:

    For what, acknowledging that it’s a bitch of a job sometimes? There are people out there “investing” in quitter Palin, fercryinoutloud!

    • avatar Mr. Wow says:

      DEar Karen…

      It’s the hardest job in the world.  And I wonder always over the hubris and sanity of those who seek it. 

         This is about the third time in three years he has talked about “maybe only being a one term president.”   It is discouraging.  I appreciate his weariness, but for heaven’s sake can’t he keep it to himself and Michelle, especially now as we race toward the election.  (As you know, in adult time, a year rushes on us before we can take a breath.)

      • avatar KarenR says:

        Rather than worry about that the best thing to do would be work to get him some help in Congress.

        • avatar Bonnie O says:

          One of the reasons why Obama is lamenting about a one-term Presidency is probably because during his first two years in office, he and the Dems had control of both Houses of Congress.  The majority of the populace disapproved of their spending policies and Obamacare and, as a result, overwhelming tossed them out.  Is the GOP doing any better as majority of the House of Representatives?  At least the borrowing and spending has come to a halt.  We will have to wait and see if the House alone can effect some other changes in policy.

          • avatar KarenR says:

            Borrowing and spending haven’t come to a halt by any means and the risk of a double dip recession (or even of deflation) remains.

            The ONLY solution is to stop and then full-reverse the consolidation of wealth that’s occurred over recent decades.

  2. avatar rick gould says:

    On the one hand it is disconcerting…given the fervor surrounding his election.

    On the other, I kinda admire the fact that being President isn’t the end all/be all of his life.

    Pretty tired of politicians who will sink to any level to get elected or stay elected.

    Politics in general have devolved to such a low level, that who can blame any decent one for considering opting out? The us vs them tactics of both parties, the media and YES, the American public themselves are to blame for tolerating and participating in the current political game of chicken…

  3. avatar Mr. Wow says:

    Dear Rick…

    I never thought O was so very passionate to begin with, I wasn’t one of his “fans.”  But I was damn pround when he was elected.

    Along with everything else, being presdient requires a bit (more than a bit) of acting.   I’m all on board  with his devotion to his family.  But let’s put that on the back burner.  He can be tired or  disillusioned privately.  PLease, as a president  whom I do wish to see occupy the White for a second term,  goose it up a little. 

  4. avatar phyllis Doyle Pepe says:

    Ain’t it a shame Obama jest don’t cotton to yer needs, Mister W. Being president is a bloody job –– it’s not , after all, being King where a remark like he made would completely disrupt the Kingdom. I like the idea that he can voice that possibility. Who knows, might be a political tactic in which we tremble at the prospect of no Obama and one of those christian-ban abortion–-bomb Iran- kind of loons getting in to run this country right into the ground deeper than it’s already being ground. Then his supporters will rally round twice as hard, he wins, with a big smile on his face. I hope he does run and win because perhaps he can have more of a leg up in his second term and show those of us who are progressives more progressive stands.

    P.S. I did think, however, that his remark about Weiner was unnecessary. He should have passed on that one.

    • avatar Mr. Wow says:

      Dear Phyllis…

      Nobody has to “jest cotton to my needs.” (charming turn of phrase.)  I’m ofering my opinion, and on this subject–President Obama’s remarkably low temperature–I have complained before.  I’m going to vote for the man again.  I just wish he’d give some indication that he really wants that vote.

      Maybe if he’d use that cool to simply end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and mind his business in Libya, I’d be excited, even he isn’t.

      I think is a good and compassionate man. 

      • avatar phyllis Doyle Pepe says:

        I hear you. I know how you feel––actually, I was “jest” jousting with you. You and I have had some go arounds on Obama’s cool demeanor. I’ll tell you my concern for his second run––Jon Huntsman. Here’s an example of Obama’s bipartisan warm and fuzzy stance biting him back. If he sent Jon to China to get him out of the way and was aware that Huntsman was preparing a run for president then Huntsman really pulled the wool over his eyes.

        • avatar Baby Snooks says:

          More than likely someone asked him to send Huntsman to China. In the old days of investigative reporting, well, can we talk about insiders and conflicts-of-interest? Alas, those days are long gone.  O fcourse ethics left Washington a long time ago. Which is why Congress seems to have enagaged in “insider trading” among other things and why we have two Supreme Court justices who apparently believe ethics don’t apply to them.

          We are “Of the corporation, by the corporation, for the corporation.” And stop fooling yourselves. Obama serves the corporations. Not the people. But then none of them do. Which is why they all need to be voted out of office and continued to be voted out of office until they get the message that it is “Of the people, by the people, for the people.”  They only exception would those members of Congress who have voted “NO” to everything the past ten years. And there are none who did so. 

  5. avatar phyllis Doyle Pepe says:

    One more thing: The irony of all ironies: The person who was leading the investigation into Clarence Thomas’s gift receiving largesses and other improprieties was none other than Anthony Weiner. One more Long Dong Sliver kind of flummery.

  6. avatar Andy C says:

    There are those who thought he would be IT.  There are those, as you say, who invested their hearts and souls in him and he’s proven to be a bitter disappointment.  I believe he simplified this job in his mind and his ego got caught up with all those raving about the new coming.  If he doesn’t want it, don’t run.  I thought he might do more than go down in history as our first black president.  Evidently, that’s enough for him.

  7. avatar Pdr de says:

    I’m just tired and discouraged – my savings are running out, my home that I love deeply sold in three days (not nearly enough time for me to adjust), I’m leaving the state I love to move closer to my son and his family in NC. My future is undecided – I don’t even know where I’ll be living – staying with my son until I regroup! Leaving my precious friends – in other words, leaving everything familiar to me is devastating! I’m fortunate the house sold, I know that but at 72 years of age, pulling up stakes and moving to a place I’ve only visited has left rocks in my stomach.

    I am very stressed about my own future but more so about the future of this country. Can’t blame Obama for not looking forward to “girding his loins” in preparation for another battle in which he will be much maligned, insulted and threatened; blocked at every turn by a very frightening group of what I refer to as “Rabid Republicans”, whose ignorance is appalling and penchant for twisting the truth or telling outright lies is well known. God help our country! We obviously can’t!

    • avatar Chris Glass` says:

      Dear Pdr de, I don’t know what part of North Carolina you are moving to but we loved Wilmington. We lived there several years before my husband was transferred. It was a wonderful coastal community open to new ideas and input from all residents.We still miss it. I am just a couple hours from Western NC and go often to collect minerals, get apples in the fall or just drive the back roads. Rent before you buy to make sure you will like your new community. Some areas are better and more open than others and a few miles can make a difference. Once you settle in you might wonder why you didn’t move down sooner.

  8. avatar phyllis Doyle Pepe says:

    Dear Pdr de: It is so disheartening to read your post. I can imagine how so very difficult this must be for you, and scary. One way that might make it easier for you is to look at this transition in your life as a new beginning rather than the great loss I know you feel. I hope the rocks in your stomach will begin to be pebbles and little by little you will adjust to a new life. In my lifetime I have had to move many times and leave behind beloved friends and homes I cherished––you can do this, it gets better, believe me.

  9. avatar wlaccma says:

    I love Obama and will work for him again if he runs. However, I don’t blame him at all for not wanting to put up with the c**p he has to put up with. No president has had to try to run a country while being attacked by rabid, racist people continually. Enough. You can only knock you head against a wall (Congress) so long. Give the guy a break.

    • avatar Deirdre Cerasa says:

      wlaccma! My sentiments exactly!!!

    • avatar D C says:

      Agree.  I think maybe what we’re seeing is a man who has his priorities in the right place.  He knows his family is very important, and that another run and term might be bad for them, so he’s considering all the options.  Maybe his kids just want a normal life, and in the next 4 years they will grow up and be on the way out the door.  Maybe being daddy is more important than banging your head against a brick wall for four more years.  In the grand scheme, the next 4 years won’t really matter at all in where this country goes.  

    • avatar Mr. Wow says:

      Dear Wlaccma…

      Obama has had more than his share of horrible issues and attackers.  But surely he knew that was the way it was going to be when he went for the White House.   I’ve said over and over again (and been roundly slapped down) that I believe so much of the criticism of Obama has been racially motivated.  But my criticisms are not. 

      I did give him a break.  I gave him my vote. 

      And I will again. 

      But I won’t stop complaining if I feel moved to do so. 

    • avatar Andy C says:

      I am so tired of the race card.  There are, perhaps, racist people who don’t like Obama, but it didn’t stop him from getting elected.  The people I know who don’t like him, don’t like him because he’s done very little that he promised to do and they are so bitterly disappointed.  He doesn’t get that fire burning with his speeches and has lost many of those who thought he would be the wonder for which we were waiting.  But not liking him because one is racist?  I think perhaps that’s a racist comment — I’d forgotten his color (until just recently when I realized that now all he’ll be known for is being the first black president — whoopee!) and simply am unhappy with the way he’s run the presidency.  Perhaps it was too big a job; perhaps he needs another four years, but copping out now isn’t doing squat.   

      • avatar chipgiii says:

        90% of the racist stuff was pure crap.  Disagreeing with a policy doesn’t make anyone a racist.  The racist bs was media driven to dismiss opposing view points.  Don’t get me wrong, I am sure there are a fair share of racists out there from both parties – but that was way over played….

  10. avatar Paul Smith says:

    Obama is like the lover who threatens to leave if you don’t do his/her bidding. Aside from the physical seduction there isn’t much to miss.  Aside from the wealthy, who benefits from his Presidency? The pool of poverty is growing.

    • avatar KarenR says:

      The pool of poverty has been growing since 1980 and I don’t see it changing anytime soon. I fear it will take major civic unrest before the powers that be truly get a clue.

      • avatar Andy C says:

        Karen — absolutely!  Perhaps we’re just looking for someone to blame and who can we blame but the president?  Things are getting worse and worse.  We’re in a country where people have to choose between gas for the car to go to work and food for the table.  As well, we’re in wars that were not sanctioned by Congress — it’s a mess.  And I do agree — I’m afraid there will be civil unrest.  People are angry and frustrated and rightly so.

  11. avatar Maggie W says:

    On her sixteenth birthday, Susan Ford’s dad asked what she would like on that special day.  Her answer, “One day without the Secret Service”.   She did not get that wish.  After school, Chelsea Clinton often would hang around with the cooks in the kitchen .  The Bush twins are lovely, but they got their share of publicity during their university days. 

    The President will have his own teenager next month. No doubt she has her teenage thoughts and dreams, too.  Trying to live a normal life in that bubble must be difficult for all of them.   The First Lady is on a trip to Africa with her daughters and her mom.  Within a day, the talking heads were whining about  “another vacation on the tax payers’ dime”.  It is impossible to shelter the two girls completely and hearing your parents being constantly ridiculed and mocked must be heart breaking.
    I can understand why he would not want to put his family through four more years of that. However, as I watched the  Republican ” debate”, I wondered about the collective sanity of this country if that motley group might render the next most powerful man/woman in the world.  Frightening and then some.

    • avatar Mr. Wow says:

      Dear Maggie…

      I understand it too…for any president, Democrat or Rebpublican.   I would simply rather it was kept between him and his family. 

      Now is not the time for a downbeat Obama.   Not with that lunatic Rick Perry stepping up.  Among the other loons.

      • avatar Maggie W says:

        Slick Rick may be jockeying for the VP slot, giving him a smooth runway for 2016.  As for loons, we certainly are rich in that arena.  

        ” I make my staff crazy, but I be the candidate!”…… Herman Cain would be our first President who speaks in Eubonics.


      • avatar Baby Snooks says:

        Now, now lets not be mean to Governor Goodhair. Reality is Texas is not going down the drain. Small businesses are still in business in Texas because of his refusal to tax them to death. And employers are hiring and 47.8 percent of the new jobs created in the past two years were created in Texas. So he does know what he’s doing. Unlike Clueless in The White House.

        Will he run?  Who knows.  Personally I think he’s just having a little fun. And enjoying a little “payback” particularly with the “Rapture” in August.  He really didn’t find the “gay governor” rumor very funny. And some made an enemy they shouldn’t have made.

        Can he win?  Same question people asked about Ronald Reagan.  Except you won’t see a Bush riding in on the coattails again. No love lost there as they say. Which you can’t say about Obama. Who seems to have been quite content in continuing the very policies of his predecessor he campaigned with the promise to end. And instead continued. 

        • avatar Count Snarkula says:

          Dear Baby:

          Those “job” numbers are ghostly. They are positions that were offered and either they were not filled or they were minimum wage jobs at best. They were part of the campaign that has been plotted since the election of 43. Will always be seared into my brain at a photo-op for 43 the horrible and jealous things RP said as he stood behind me. Governor “Goodhair” could not make it as a Democrat, so switched parties as the tide turned in my beloved state. And now is a tea-bagger. Uh, I mean a tea-partier. And no, neither he, nor Anita found the gay thing funny or amusing. Too close to home.

          • avatar Baby Snooks says:

            Too close to home?  The little weasel who started that rumor is a self-described  Democratic “gadlfy” who is also a “hired assassin” who spreads all sorts of rumors about all sorts of people and who was finally sued for defamation two years ago although of course they settled it before it became too “politically incorrect.  Rick Perry is straight. 100%.  Got it?  If you don’t take it elsewhere.

          • avatar Baby Snooks says:

            Unfortunately his secretary of state apparently was gay which was used as a basis for the rumor and of course his secretary of state found his career coming to an end because of the rumor that Anita Perry have found them in bed together. And apparently Rick Perry knew ahe was gay and wasn’t bothered by it or by anyone else being gay. Until it was used as a basis to spread a false rumor about him in a state where like it or not some people are bothered by it.

            So the gay community in the end destroyed one of their own.  And made a bad enemy of a friend.

          • avatar Count Snarkula says:

            I was not trying to intimate that RP is gay. You are right, he is not. I meant all the ugly scandal about the SOS that was just so uncalled for as you stated. And I know the weasel who you are speaking about, and yes, he is despicable. But don’t throw the gay “community” such as it is here under the bus. They were duped and used as pawns.

  12. avatar Mary says:

    Every time a president has left office, for whatever reason, he has passed along to his replacement the sentiment that they never could have foreseen how difficult this job realy is.   I believe that for Obama the job has been made even more difficult because of the racism alone, not to mention the problems that were left to him.  True, problems have been left for other incoming presidents, but, I don’t recall that on the first or second day of being elected the other newcomers to the office have had to endure the public outcry from a mob of protestors who’s agenda is based on racism.  Every situation the Obama presidency has had to deal with has been faught hard and yet the same group of people have made it their mission to destroy by their rhetoric that has done nothing but deface the man.

    Why would anyone want to continue any job when that is what the job has entailed?  But, at any rate, I wonder how much of his statement of possibly leaving has been taken out of context from the original question, and how much has been exploded by the media?  Maybe he was just giving a honest answer to a question.  I would guess that at this time in every President’s career they have questioned whether or not they realy want to pursue another 4 years.

  13. avatar Richard Bassett says:

    Mr. WoW,
    You were in a state of the same rage when Obama was a bit caviler (to your liking) about his thoughts of the gulf oil spill. He didn’t show enough emotion. I find it refreshing that Obama is a regular kind of guy who happens to run the country. Being president is his job, it does not define him…who is like a person, as everyone else is. We are not our professions. We are so much more. You must be in show business because I think that you enjoy melodrama. The movies give us a lot of melodrama and he is simply stating the truth without the histrionics. He is well aware of his image and how he wants it portrayed. Being laid back does not mean that issues are not ad