Below is a 3D comment I posted on another blog earlier today, dipping my toe into the waters of limitation for a moment. Enjoy... or ignore.
BARACK OBAMA'S NO JACK KENNEDY; HE'S JACKIE ROBINSON!
People in the so-called "Progressive Movement" are threatening not to support President Obama's re-election bid because he is proposing to make some cuts in Social Security and Medicaid. But the truth is, Barack Obama has been consistent.
Anyone who was really paying attention in 2008, and not projecting onto him, can see that President Obama is following the trajectory of Candidate Obama. He was never what his left wing constituents believed or wished him to be, anymore than he was or is what right wingers claim.
Barack Obama is a centrist politician.
Because he is intelligent, unlike our last president, and emotionally mature, unlike the president before that, progressive-thinking people expected him to be some kind of heroic, transformative figure, a Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. at best, an FDR or JFK at the very least. But Obama is not cut from that kind of cloth.
He broke the color barrier in the White House, as Jackie Robinson did in major league baseball, and like Robinson, Obama has been vilified and delegitimized for the fact, and like Robinson again, Obama stays above the assault. This is where his heroism lies. He has changed history by the very fact of his presence and his dignity in the face of our country's least common denominator. But as a policy maker, he is cautious, strategic, and more than liberals may want to realize, simply what the political middle used to be before the so-called "Conservative Movement" took over the government in 1980.