Whatever else has to be true of the next president, he or she will have a completely unprecedented (perhaps in the history of the world) mess to clean up behind Bush, who was so ill equipped to do any aspect of his job (except swaggering) that he kept making new messes to try to distract us from the previous ones.
But African American Political Pundit posting at Mirror on America (strong, good blog from all I read this evening - sorry I didn't find it sooner) makes some smart points about Barack Obama and the presidency that may echo some of the feelings many of us have right now:
I just finished reading a great post by Jack and Jill Politics about Barack Obama -- America's Magical Negro?.
For me Jill Tubman at Jack and Jill Politics hit the issue of Barack Obama right on the head. I've been wondering for some time why I'm not feeling Barack Obama presidency ambitions. There are many reasons. But one of the most important reasons that came to mind after reading her post was, I candidly don't want to see a black man go into the white house to clean up the white man's mess.
For hundreds of years black men have been cleaning up the mess of white men. Is it not time for blacks to say, hey, you made this mess you clean it up? Bush is currently screwing the nation.
As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Bush has "dug a hole so deep he can't even see the light on this" and calling the buildup "a stark blunder."
Can and should Barack Obama be the clean up man for Bush and his administration? Or, if he is elected, would Obama become America's scapegoat for the failures of Bush, Cheney, Condi and the other neo cons ?
You know how it is in scary movies; the black man always gets killed first. Or is Barack Obama a spook that sat by the door?