Instead of using all those millions of supporters to force through ambitious health-care proposals or serious climate legislation or [fill in the blank yourself here], Barack Obama governed as the opposite of a movement candidate.
In Beijing, they celebrate when they have a “blue sky day”—when the haze clears long enough so that you can actually see the sun. The view for the inhabitant’s of Washington is obscured by a different kind of smog. Call it money pollution.
On mission to give the Obamas a White House solar panel from the Jimmy Carter era, the author of this post and students from Unity College experience the enthusiasm gap first hand and learn that even symbolic acts are not free of bureaucratic politicization.