In my opinion, the last real leader America had who came close to fitting the FDR mold was John Kennedy. He stepped out of the ranks of the privileged and did what he could for a nation in social and international distress. With stirring words, he strove to act on behalf of the sorely beset nation. His imperfect but heartfelt focus was on improving the lot of the average American and putting the nation back on the path to unity. He sought cooperation from all quarters, but didn't allow the lack of it to prevent him from acting as he saw fit. Some of his actions worked toward that goal, while others did not. In some initiatives he had the general support of the populace, and in others he generated powerful and dangerous opposition. But the final tally came out on the side of the average American despite the thirteen years of Vietnam and the worst racial travail to afflict us since the civil war.
Back in 2008, the nation again sought a leader, and thought it voted for one. Barack Obama stepped out of the ranks of academic privilege, and with stirring words told us that he would do what he could for a nation in economic, emotional, and international distress. He swore to act on behalf of the sorely beset nation. His imperfect but heartfelt focus was declared to be set on improving the lot of the average American and putting the nation back on the path to prosperity. Yet he only sought cooperation from a small portion of that sorely beset nation, and allowed the lack of cooperation to prevent him from acting. Through his inaction, he allowed that small portion to turn against the many other portions, and claimed that all was for the benefit of the economy. None of his actions worked toward that stated goal of improving the lot of the average American. His seriously shallow convictions were instead focused on improving the prospects of the American Economic Empire and putting that empire back on the path to prosperity, all at the expense of both its domestic citizens and Its international neighbors. In few initiatives had he the general support of the populace, and in most he generated powerful and dangerous opposition.
But the final tally has yet to emerge. The average American has now endured over thirteen months of the worst social, political, and fiscal travail to afflict us in decades, a condition which left untreated could yet lead to civil war. We sought a leader and were denied. I don't think it too strong a position to state that we were fooled again.