The irony is "the Obama I used to know" is exactly all he ever was. Only now the misguided left is seeing him for what he was and is. How he ever got elected in the first place is amazing to me.
The whole hope and change thing was genius. Focus on the poor, uneducated, hate, unions, anti-suits......people sucked that up like Hitler followers did in the late 1930's.
I have a high-profile lesbian friend who saw him speak in 2006 at an professional l executive engagement and even she was enamored at his abilities and tongue. But make no mistake about it she said, H and his high-roller friends had a plan, and it worked like a charm. She and her investment Co didn't buy into it but she did say she could see how many could be swept up by his enthusiasm.
He was and is no different then any typical, greedy politician. He took care of his cronies and made his detractors pay (ask AT&T and others who didnt buy into his "vision").
I personally have never seen a president of his "caliber" in my entire life. If he were to be re-elected, USA as we remember it will be a horrible asterisk in a history book 20 years from now. Thats not just my opinion, that is from many many other sucessful executives.
"Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see farther."