Obama the 44th President Says Goodbye to
Obama the 43rd President: Great in search of Good
By Mahboob A. Khawaja
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, February 4, 2013
We, as Americans, need to ask ourselves what
all this is about? Why is our government so provocative toward Islam,
What purpose, whose purpose is being served?
Certainly not ours…………Where do we go from here?
If not to nuclear destruction, Americans must wake up.
Football games, porn, and shopping malls are one thing. Survival of human
life is another. Washington, that is, "representative government," consists
only of a few powerful vested interests. These private interests, not the
American people, control the US
government. That is why nothing that the
US government does benefits
the American people.
Craig Roberts, “The Next War on Washington’s
Agenda.” OpenEdnews: 01/12/2012)
In an age of knowledge-based
and information technology enhanced culture of change and emerging new world
of One Humanity, leadership is no longer primitive makeup, individualistic
absolutism displaying pomp, pageantry and princely proclamations; it is more
transformational, people-oriented, listening and learning and being
accountable to the will and interests of the people. What a leader must
offer is an enriched and cohesive undertaking of moral, intellectual and
political values - a VISION of the FUTURE – a comprehensive Picture of
Tomorrow – how to serve the people and to remedy the past blunders,
wickedness and failure articulating a moving spirit of optimism that future
is going to be different and with strength and vision, the leader will make
it happen for the best of people, human manifestation, peace and
co-existence and happiness and opportunities for participation, freedom and
justice to all.
President Obama used
Paine’s “Common Sense”
American Declaration of Independence to
We the People,
time and again in his inaugural address but did not compare what went wrong
with his own policies and practices during the first term of office; and how
he would envisage change under strains of complex multiple problems - from
continuing bogus wars on terror, American losses of life and material to
freedom from exploitation, human dignity, security and fiscal black hole of
16 trillion dollars set to besiege the futuristic American generations.
Nobody questioned why the future generations should be victimized by the
false flags and vengeful individualistic policies of the present and failure
to deal with the prevalent realities of today. President Obama spoke of
vigilance and truth and coming to terms with the changing fortunes of time,
but utterly failed to demonstrate proactive rational passion for facts of
life warranting navigational change and adaptability to the future and how
he as a leader will transfer words into actions.
During his first term of
office and at the first inaugural address, he made inspiring statements and
commitments to change
and its politics “Yes WE CAN”, but rescinded most undertakings from his
promised actions. Leaders when faced with adversity and critical challenges
prefer facts over fiction and pursue navigational change to ensure a
sustainable future. Is Obama who was universally feared and hated will
develop his capacity to go for reasoned change in the 2nd
term of office?
Professor Michel Chossudovsky of Global Research
(“The Obama Spectacle: Nobody Likes a Liar”,
Global Research: 1/21/2013),
who is really the man being so shamelessly celebrated across media networks
today? Who is the person once again elected to lead the world’s most
powerful nation — or at least the well-armed — into the future?”
The question is rational and important one from a realist human perspective.
Whenever in America a new leader is sworn-in,
the incoming will say goodbye to the outgoing president and show moral
decency to accompany the outgoing leader to his waiting helicopter or
How did Obama, the 44th President say
goodbye to Obama, the 43rd President?
Were there any moments of self- reflection and self-actualization to
phase-in the body and spirit of new Obama and to phase-out the old and
somewhat mythical first colored President Obama? Was there any
self-questioning and challenging split second moments of a conflicting time
zone that Obama the 44th president was walking along the Obama 43rd
ex-president in search of a new beginning?
Tony Cartalucci (“Barack
Obama versus Martin Luther King Jr.”,
Global Research, 1/21/2013), offers a logical context to the transitory
moments of the inaugural celebrations:
safe to say that America
has not mended its ways and only traveled further down the dark path Martin
Luther King Jr. warned us of back in 1967. The man “leading” us, or at least
the front-man for the corporate-financier interests that drive America’s
destiny, may honor King with carefully contrived words and well orchestrated
public stunts, but in deeds and actions Obama and the corporate-financier
elite that hold his leash, defame and dishonor King in every way
President Obama is known to
be an intelligent person and a persuasive speaker, often looking for new
ideas and ideals to show that he is making history.
He demonstrated the same characteristics
and eloquence when he addressed the audience on January 21:
“We bear witness. To the enduring strength. And our
Reaffirmed the promise of our democracy. We're call
-- what binds this nation together is not the color of the -- -- -- the
tenants of our faith. -- origins of our names. In the declaration. Made more
than two centuries ago. We hold these truths -- To be self -- That all men.
Are created equal. And God. By their creator.
With certain unalienable rights. But
among base our life. Liberty.
And the pursuit of happiness. Today we continue -- never ending journey. To
bridge the meaning of those words.
The reality is a hard time. For history tells us that
while these -- maybe self evident. They have never been that self --
secured. The -- freedom is a gift from god. It must be secured by his people
here on earth. The patriots of 1776.
Did not. -- to replace the turning -- McCain. With the privileges of
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- They gave to us a republic.
A government and by and for the
people. And trusting each generation to keep safe are found -- -- For more.
The 200 years we have……”
During his first term, President Obama could
not claim any major moral or intellectual achievements or the role-play of
an effective and informed leadership. He claimed to be a man of peace but
acted like self-centered, unimaginative and vindictive president.
Undoubtedly leadership is an art and intelligent ones are always eager to
improve it and be effective for ultimate success. Surely, his words echo the
intellect and wisdom of a smart person. But did he practice what he preached
during the first term of office?
President Obama shall bear witness to the
ever challenging facts of global affairs that history will judge him by his
actions, not by his inaugural day claims.
echoed the words, pains and passion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. but failed
to demonstrate any cohesive relationship to his ideals and human concerns
for equality, peace, justice and his DREAM of a new
he THINK to reflect on his role and performance - what he has done to favor
the American masses and the larger global mankind so intrinsically
affiliated with the American historical ideals of freedom, liberty and
Ironically, Obama what
claimed to be turned his back on the people’s conscience and expectations by
following the degenerating policies of warmongering of the Bush
Holy Crusade against the Muslim World”,
Global Research, 8/30/2010),
spells out the
George Bush’s scenarios of thousand years of war:
transition from "the war on terrorism" to the outright demonization of
Muslims. While underscoring the freedom of religion, the Obama
administration is "beating the drums" of a broader war against Islam…..
the objective is to instill fear, rouse and harness citizens' unbending
support for the next stage of America's
"long war….. A "war of religion" is unfolding, with a view to justifying a
global military crusade.”
are the times that try men’s soul”, noted Thomas Paine in his famous “Common
Sense.” Did Obama try to make his moral
and intellectual leadership presence known during the first term of office
or will he try again to regain what was lost and mismanaged?
and gentlemen, speaks the moderator on
January 21, 2013 -
The President of the United Sates of America:
“We resolved -- a great nation must care for
the vulnerable. And protect its people from life's worst hazards and
misfortune. All…..We have always understood that when times change.
So must we. The fidelity to -- --
Founding principles requires new responses to new challenges. The preserving
our individual freedoms ultimately requires. …More than ever. We must do
these things together. As one nation and one people…..That is what this
moment requires that is what -- will give the real meaning to our frequent.
We. The people.
Still believe that indoor and security and lasting
peace do not require perpetual war. ….Against those who would do -- -- But
we -- also heirs to those who won the peace and not just -- war. Who --
sworn enemies in the insurers to friends and we must carry -- lessons in the
this time as well. We will defend our people and uphold our values --
strength of arms and the rule of.
We already knew those institutions that extend our
capacity to manage crisis brought. -- no -- -- greater stake in a peaceful
world than its most powerful nation. You -- I -- citizens. The power to --
this country scorers. We're not. As citizens. Have the obligation to -- the
debates of our time not only -- the -- we can't. -- the voices we live in
defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals. … Let us answer the
call -- distant. And Jerry into an uncertain future that -- light of
President Obama avoided making jokes at this
occasion except during the election campaigns. In trade, commerce and
shares competitive market policies. But in enjoining sense of humor, nobody
can compete with the American thoughts and values. Humor comes out of
intelligent mind, not dull, stupid or the deprived ones. Unmatchable as is,
American people value the inherent sense of humor to enrich social and moral
fabric of public conscience. The inaugural occasion was a sober moment of
nationalistic and patriotic clapping, dance and pomp and poetry and formal
prayer to God, in Whose Name the Constitution of the United Sates operates
the governance. The Constitution does not authorize politicians to make
bogus wars on others, kill the innocents and vulnerable in far fetched lands
in pursuit of political insanity.
God created men and women - the superior
creations of all, and equipped them with THINKING, Knowledge, Reasoning,
wisdom and accountability. Does Obama not think that God knows His creations
- what goes on in their hearts and minds and what he did during the first
term of office? Obama did remind the American people of urgent security and
threats of violence originating from the
cold blooded massacres of the innocent school children. But what about those
children killed daily by Obama’s own drone attacks in Pakistan, women and
children massacred in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and elsewhere. Are those
children different than the ones massacred in
Are those children not humans deserving human
dignity and safety from the triviality of few Ivan the Terrible? Nobody
talked about these sadistic and cruel crimes against the living humanity.
Nobody even mentioned when this US led terrorism of wars against the
innocent will end so that others could join to celebrate the inaugural
festivity sanctioned by the American Constitution and out of the ideals and
values of the fathers of the Nation.
Pains and Thomas Jefferson, their souls must have been disturbed, shocked
and at great loss - how America
has changed from leadership of the world in peace and harmony to unthinkable
belligerency and animosity against others?
What kind of
looks like on such auspicious occasions before the vigilant Nations of the
Paine and Jefferson never imagined of an industrial-military complex as a
political institution perpetuating warmongering and controlling the American
political nerves and actions. American duplicity and political intransigence
have lost the strategic direction and rational sense of glory and triumph in
honoring its commitments to stop the War on Terror, peace, co-existence and
broader friendly relations with the nations of the world.
Would Obama, the 44th
president attempt to harmonize the conflicting time zones in which he and
operates with the Obama, the 43rd
President who made public commitments to change and to stand for freedom,
liberty, justice and global peace for all? Time and history are not fixed
but moving forces. If Obama will CHANGE, he could reclaim lost leadership.
(Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja specializes in global
security, peace and conflict resolution with keen interests in
Islamic-Western comparative cultures and civilizations, and author of
several publications including the latest: Global Peace and Conflict
Management: Man and Humanity in Search of New Thinking. Lambert Publishing