There have been plenty of Obama reversals since Inauguration Day. Sometimes I wonder if Candidate Obama and Barack Obama would recognize each other. Then I remember that Obama has always been entirely consistent on one thing: political expediency. So yeah, I guess some things never change.
There have been plenty of reversals on the War on Terror. Domestic wiretapping is bad and must be stopped. Oh wait, never mind, we’ll keep it around. Military tribunals are bad. Except that now they are good. And so on.
Then there’s been the mysterious 180 on gay rights, although in some ways that one was less mysterious. Candidate and President Obama have both been on every side of that issue.
Most recently the well-regarded legal blog The Volokh Conspiracy has a pithy summary of yet another one we can add to the list:
Candidate Obama, June 2008, in front of AIPAC: “And Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.” President Obama, July 2009: “The United States views East Jerusalem as no different than an illegal West Bank outpost with regard to its demand for a freeze on settlement construction.”
Of all the Jewish Americans that I know, almost all of them did not vote for President Obama. But, according to exit polling, 77% of Jews in this nation did vote for him despite ample evidence of Obama’s antipathy towards the nation of Israel. I suppose on the one hand it’s not necessarily valid to connect the interests of Jewish Americans with the nation of Israel, but on the other hand I have a feeling that American Jews will soon find themselves added to the long list of erstwhile Obama supporters who find themselves with little but disappointment and broken promises in return for their support.