President Obama has not walked softly but he has been carrying a pretty big stick. Exuding a fierce determination publicly, he has pushed the idea of health-care reform into the forefront of American society with a vengence - and then he blinked. In the face of public unrest and a misinformation campaign run by right-wing fanatics with an axe to grind, the stalwart and passionate leader might have lost some of his lustre when his resolve cracked.
With the House and the Senate sharply divided over a public option for health-care, Obama has waffled and his spokespeople are scrambling to do damage control - but many of us aren't buying it. Without a public option there is no reform. Period. End of story. The wingnuts win - and Americans lose.
President Obama was elected because he promised change - and God knows we need just that. The Health-Care Reform Bill, in its current form is a far cry from perfect. It certainly needs work. However, scrapping the public option should not even be an option and apparently isn't to the House of Representatives - good for them.
Waffling on the public option is only part of the problem, however. The larger problem lies within the fact that Obama, by virtue of his position and, sad to say his race, lives under a microscope with a very high-powered lens. Folks around the world have hung their hopes on the President and others would like nothing more than to see him fail. There's a lot at stake here - and he betta not choke now.