Announcing the Iran nuke deal, Obama said that it proves the US is capable of creating “meaningful change”. Now, if you missed that quote or haven’t seen it picked up in US media don’t be surprised – they won’t be too anxious to put it out there. This author had to tune in to the English language edition of France24 to catch it. It’s telling that French media ran with this and US media didn’t.
“Meaningful change”. What does that sound like? It’s tied in directly with the hooey-dopey, change-schwangey nonsense his rhetoric has been packed chock full of ever since he wrote not one but two autobiographies. Speaking of not one but two autobiographies, who else in the whole of human history has authored and brought to print two books about themselves before having accomplished anything? It’s safe to say then that Obama has a very large sense of himself.
He also views himself as being lazy. Obama said it himself in an interview. That’s how we’ve arrived in 2015 with seven years of his track record in our rear-view mirror, and his bum-rush to try and carve a legacy out of it somewhere. Obama is essentially the kid in class who spent the school year staring out the window, and then has to make a mad dash to assemble a term paper two weeks before summer break.
The Iran deal was all a part of carving out that legacy. Did he mean to insert old campaign rhetoric into his comments, using the phrase “meaningful change”? Freudian slip maybe, or a dog-whistle for those that still faint in the aisles when he gives a speech. In any case he said it. The deal was all about his legacy and thus he owns it — however it may turn out in the long run.