Right now, we are in the final season and Superman still can't fly! You know, the "Look! Up in the air. It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman!" Superman? That Superman can't fly. Yet, somehow he still manages to take out the evil doers by the end of each episode. Turns out flying isn't the only thing at which he is super. Go figure.
Along with a few other nifty super powers, Clark Kent also has a heart three times the size of a human. (OK, I may have made that up or managed to confuse the Superman story with the Grinch...but you get the point: Clark has an enormous heart; he's a very good person seeking the best in every situation).
So, Superman can't fly. So what? Barrak Obama, is suffering from his inability to fly. Yes, our Superman is only pretty super and, in the end, human. Let's face it, he has not performed the super human feats we expected: health care for all, instant repeal of DADT, a robust economy... a chicken in every pot, a car in every garage...and, and cake for everyone!!
Seriously, did we really think that we could slam the car out of 'R' and speed forward in 'D' at 90 mph? Of course not. The engine wouldn't take it. Not to mention the fact that the evil Doctor 'No' (yes, I know I'm mixing my superhero metaphors), otherwise known as most of the Republican party, had hooked up a Kryptonite chain under the rear axil so that moving forward would yank out the whole drive shaft (again, it's a metaphor, it doesn't have to be mechanically possible - 'kay?)
So, Superman can't fly. So, what?
- He's done what no other President before him could do; he passed a heath care reform act.
- He's re-envisioned how the White House communicates with the people by doing things from blogging to live streaming a surprising number of White House events.
- He's made education more affordable with things like a $2500 tax credit for those attending college. (I should mention this is a less than surprising priority for someone graduating 2nd in his class at Harvard).
- He doubled the amount awarded for the Pell Grant.
- He signed the Jobs Bill which saves the jobs of about 300,000 teachers.
- By engaging the Muslim world, in just a few short years, he has dramatically and positively effected that faith's opinion of the U.S.
- He has put in an office of Urban Policy in the White house and his administration has pumped 2 billion dollars into anti-gang effort (money that the Bush administration had taken away).
- He has ordered and begun withdrawing troops from a war in which we should have never been.
- At the same time, he has ordered and increase in pay for members of the military.
- He has removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research opening up the door to a number of heath care advancements.
- He's insured that 4 million children, who previously had no healthcare coverage are now covered.
- He prevented much of the auto-industry from crashing (bad pun, sorry) and in doing so saved millions of job and (as it turns out) made money for the government in the process.
- He ended a policy that gave tax breaks to American corporations that outsourced jobs.
- He appointed the first Latina to the Supreme Court.
- He is the first sitting U.S. president to preside over a meeting at the United Nations Security Council.
- Oh, and he won The Nobel Peace prize.
So sure, Superman has heat vision, runs faster than a speeding bullet and can leap over tall buildings in a single bound, but let's lambast him for not being able to fly. Makes perfect sense.
Just keep this in mind, Obama has the heart for the job and it turns out flying isn't the only thing at which he is super. We probably need to put a little more faith into our heroes and trust that they are doing that which is possible rather than getting hung up on whether or not they are flying.