"The 'professional left' will only be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality."So said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs this Monday, after finally reaching his boiling point with the left-wing members of the Democratic party who have been mercilessly berating Barack Obama for supposedly 'failing' to achieve their agenda.
"Of those who complain that Obama caved to centrists on issues such as health-care reform, they wouldn’t be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president."For the White House, the Press Secretary's outburst is a bit of a political bombshell - after all, the 'far left' of the party were the driving force behind the 'Obamamania' that got America's first black president elected. But as far as I'm concerned, Robert Gibbs is absolutely right in attacking them for the shitty attitude they've had of late.
Since November 2008, we seem to have been fed a never-ending stream of bullshit from both right and left regarding our historic president. The right-wing have painted him as a socialist dictator, spending this country into bankruptcy (despite Obama still needing to splash out another two trillion dollars to draw level with the national debt that George Bush Jnr. saddled us with.)
The worst thing is that the far left of the Democratic party have not just swallowed this right-wing propaganda - they've actively embraced it. To them, Obama is an ideological crusader who has consistently fallen short of their unrealistic expectations.
It's only a very few of us - of whom I arrogantly consider myself one of - that actually 'get' President Barack Obama. Thanks to my father, I've actually read his biography and his political manifesto and it's clear that Obama is absolutely, irredeemably moderate in his politics, contrary to popular and unpopular belief.
Neither the left wing or the right wing have the slightest clue about the man in the White House. One side paints him as a socialist dictator, the other portrays him as a do-nothing layabout who got elected on the novelty of his skin tone (as usual, the far left tend to be the racist ones, contrary to their rhetoric.)
The reality is that Barack Obama and his administration are trying to be the most impossible of presidencies - all things to all men. From the war abroad to health care reform at home, they've literally ham-stringed themselves trying to reach bipartisanship - and been hammered by self-serving political parasites from either side during the process.
For the record, I don't agree with Barack Obama on a vast number of issues - but I trust him a whole hell of a lot more than the vindictive extremes on the left and right wing of politics. What's more, I have an enormous amount of respect for Robert Gibbs. Not only did he call the elite left-wing on their bullshit - he also stood by his remarks when he was forced to confront them.
There are very few politicians I would happily stand a beer for - but I hope to one day be able to buy Robert Gibbs a pint. Right or wrong, he took a stand I have enormous respect for - and as a result, I have enormous respect for him.