In a Newsweek article published on April 24, 2009, George Will referred to the start of the Obama administration as “100 days without silence.”
“Ordinary politicians cannot comprehend that it is possible for the public to see and hear too much of them,” said Will. “In this sense, Obama is very ordinary.”
Unless Obama started to restrain himself and become a little bit more obscure, Will argued that Obama would “learn how skillfully Americans wield the basic tool of modern happiness, the TV remote control with its mute button.”
“There were 43 presidents before the current one and there will be many more than that number after him,” said Will. “The nation that elects the 88th probably will remember little about what the 44th did. This does not mean Obama is unimportant. It does mean that he is in the middle of the broad, deep river of history, where the current is strong and will not be much bent by him.”
George Will got his wish. Instead of leading on issues throughout his presidency, Obama seemed content to sit in the background and let events happen in whatever way that fate had so desired. And in doing so, he would discredit his system of government, otherwise known as democracy.
And Mr. Will is quite wrong when he says that no one will remember Obama. Because of the lack of morals and vision and integrity displayed by him and all his associates – including Mr. Will – the Obama presidency will be remembered as the defining moment when the West was exposed as hypocritical and undeserving of the prominent place it had ascribed for itself in the world. His presidency will be remembered as the point in history when the East overtook the West as the leader of the world. The river of history has been decisively bent during the Obama administration, much to the chagrin of Obama and Mr. Will.