I hope it remembers not only his lies, murders, and failures, but also how he made US citizens of all ages hope and believe in change again, to believe that they can make a difference, only to drive them into even deeper despair when they realized they had been fooled once again.
We should be disgusted with Obama and it's certainly disheartening. But, I also think more Americans should look at the plus sides of past voting and work from there. For example, we've already shown that grassroots efforts really can help to get someone elected and even reelected despite having a powerful, wealthy opposition. No doubt that Obama was massively funded by our enemies (financial sector, Goldman Sachs, etc.), but that alone didn't get him elected.
If Obama had kept more of his promises, we'd be in a pretty good position right now. The fact that someone who ran on a somewhat progressive platform and still won the presidency by a healthy margin (and despite our horrible electoral college system) is a very good sign. It just goes to show that the majority of the American public are progressive and really do want a single payer system (once they understand it) or at the very least a public option, along with less war profiteering and less wealth disparity.
Obama flaked out after getting elected, but what he did show is that it's possible to get the person (he promised to be) elected. Now what we need to do is find someone who will follow through and start a grassroots campaign to get this person elected to our highest office.
Not that the corporatist mass media wants to talk about it, but Occupy Wall Street already helped to do it in the largest city in the USA. Evidence:
"We Are Living in the World Occupy Made": New York City Voters Elect Mayor Who Vows to Tax the Rich
Here's a great butthurt headline that I really enjoy:
Commie Mayor Bill De Blasio Appoints Occupy Wall Street Activist As City Council Speaker (Awesome)
Is Bill De Blasio and the new City Council speaker, perfect? Nope, but it's a start. Of course, De Blasio got money from the Washington establishment and is certainly no outsider, but like I said, it is a start.
Considering the mountains of entrenched, corporatist walls that were in place to keep awareness of disparity and corruption out of many Americans' collective consciousness, I'd like to see someone else come up with a better plan than what OWS accomplished. Especially a plan that would have worked in such a trivial amount of time as it did. Despite what the corporate media says, Occupy Wall Street was a success and it isn't dead, it's diversified.
People like Bill Maher who repeatedly disparage the Occupy movement never really "got" OWS in the first place and still don't today. It's time to stop comparing the tea baggers' ability to shove numerous, harmful corporatist appeasers into office with what OWS has accomplished. Of course it's vastly easier to get tea party idiots into office, they are not a threat to the status quo like OWS is. By its very nature, OWS is and always will be a long term struggle.
Nonetheless, there's been a tangible sea change of awareness among Americans that wasn't there before.
Most Americans Think Income Inequality Is A Big Problem: Poll
Unfortunately, the pessimist naysayers aren't going to look at the positive side and they'll continue to be defeatists. But, like usual, we'll have to work past them.
Some solid groundwork has been laid. What needs to happen next via entities like the folks at Boing Boing, etc. is to combine forces with other influential progressive entities to put a massive, concerted effort into finding a presidential candidate that we can trust. Find that person, vet that person out and put the same effort we saw with things like the fight against SOPA to get this person nominated and put into executive office.
There's already work being done on the local level, but that needs to be ramped up with support as well.
It's time to stop acting like weak outsiders who only want to influence and beg paid-off politicians to do our bidding. It's time to take over this nation. The groundwork has been laid and it's time for action. Cowards, defeatists and naysayers be damned.