What a difference a term in office makes.
Look at the picture (at right) yesterday of the President becoming president again in an oval office ceremony surrounded only by his family swearing an oath administered by a Chief Justice he should be swearing at.
Today what fans turn up will cheer him on, but the die seems to be cast.
He is really alone, shorn of so many of the hopes and expectations his supporters invested in his candidacies.
Even his advisors are distancing themselves. So much for any sense of a grand crusade or plan for change! He is a reactor, not an enactor, a conciliator, not a combative fighter.
We know him now, even if we wish we didn’t. Illusions keep disillusion away, but not forever.
Even his advisors are slipping away, leaving him to relay on managers and national securocrats He may not have sold out–because he was always this way—but he surely bought in.… Read the rest