I couldn’t sleep at all last night, posted a diary at Kos, got so depressed I finally fell asleep, and this morning, it’s on the rec list.? It’s depressingly predictable.? But here’s the diary.

All people who run for office, every single one, somewhere in their deepest soul, believe they are destined to be president one day.? It is in their DNA to expect that the decision facing Barack Obama today not only must, but should, be theirs.? That has never applied to Barack Obama.

The cliche which describes this truth holds that you have to be a little nuts to want to be president. There’s a lot to that.

But not long ago, if you were a black man, and you thought you would one day be the President of the United States, you were dismissed as delusional bordering on insane. If you were a black man from a single parent household, and you believed that one day you’d be president, you entered the realm of untreatable psychosis.

Thus, it is a cosmic metaphysical certitude that a black kid from a single parent family named Barack Hussein Obama never, not once, EVER expected he’d be President of the United States. Until America decided he would.

It just so happened that one day, America decided it was time, transforming in a way which to this day still astonishes me. And when that tectonic plate shifted, there was Barack Hussein Obama, ready for a country on the edge of an abyss to place upon him an immeasurable burden of history.

Today this man, on whom the weight of America past, present, and future already sits heavier than on any president before him, announces a decision to clean up a mess so profound, not even the most messianic presidency-seeker would ever wish to be in his shoes.

And yet there are people in his own party who are prepared to not just oppose his decision, but demonize and opportunistically take pot shots at the decision, and at him.

Well, not me.

I don’t know why the people who claim to be this president’s “base” are so ready to be so vicious to Barack Obama, but I am quite certain they are short-sighted and fighting the wrong battle from an era in which the existence of this presidency was not only unimaginable, but beyond the realm of fantasy.

That era is over.

Period.

There is no better proof of its end than the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama.

As surely as every teabagger now stands in an America they can’t recognize, so are you no longer in that previous America.

If today’s decision leads to an end to the war in Afghanistan a mere one second later than you’d rather it end, you’ll probably say you were right. But this war will end. And it will end on terms decided by this president, who did not want this office, or this decision, or this place in history until his country, and every last one of you, started asking him to take it.

So this American has this president’s back. Today, tomorrow, and always.

Who’s with me?

UPDATE – It appears to me that most commenters in this thread have neither read nor comprehended this diary except to reinforce whatever outrage they may have at tomorrow’s decision. I don’t even know whether or not I support what the president says tomorrow, because he hasn’t said it yet. All I’ve said is that I’ve got his back, no matter what the decision may be, whether I support it in full or not.

Sadly, this nuance is lost on the commenters. Maybe next time I’ll write more clearly.

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  • Hey Tim, I think I get the point you're making. I happen to disagree with continued or escalated troop involvement in Afghanistan. However, given all of the disappointment I've felt and blogged about regarding what I consider to be somewhat of a betrayal of the people who elected him to fulfill his promises, I still support him. Actually, even while campaigning, he made no bones about his belief that Afghanistan was the war that we should have been devoting resources to, not Iraq.

    I KNOW that he is better and more decent than any Republican candidate their party could scrape up at this point in time.

    And, whether I agree with his decisions or not, I completely believe that when he makes a decision, it's based on doing what he considers the best thing for this country and everyone in it. And I have to trust that he's getting a lot of intel that we don't have access to. Who knows how I'd feel on some of these issues if I knew what he knows?

    Democrats are so diverse a group; and unfortunately, we haven't yet learned that lockstep thing the Republicans are so good at. I'm starting to get the hang of it, but will continue pissing and moaning about policy I am unhappy with, even though I'd go out and re-elect him tomorrow.

  • once again, Mrs. Bitch makes my day!

  • mvirenicus

    “I'd go out and re-elect him tomorrow.”

    unless there's a radical change in this administration's behavior over the next few years, I wouldn't.

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  • Just curious, why not?

    Every once in a while I get a creeping paranoid sensation that most of the decisions he makes are made to placate blue dogs and republitards. If anyone can ever prove that to me, I'd join you. In fact, I'd go one better and hope he got impeached at some point.

    At this point, I'm working on the assumption that he's made a thoughtful, well-informed decision – at least on the war.

    Why he hasn't fought harder for universal health care is a real poser, to me. But, even on that, I know the repubs and blue dogs are presenting a united front to stop any change that might make Obama look good, so I deal with it.

  • Just curious, why not?

    Every once in a while I get a creeping paranoid sensation that most of the decisions he makes are made to placate blue dogs and republitards. If anyone can ever prove that to me, I'd join you. In fact, I'd go one better and hope he got impeached at some point.

    At this point, I'm working on the assumption that he's made a thoughtful, well-informed decision – at least on the war.

    Why he hasn't fought harder for universal health care is a real poser, to me. But, even on that, I know the repubs and blue dogs are presenting a united front to stop any change that might make Obama look good, so I deal with it.

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