I also think he is more a man intent on public adulation than of any particular conviction
Interesting... So when he graduated with impeccable credentials from Harvard Law and could probably write his own ticket into any law firm in the country, you think he became a community organizer on the south side of Chicago for adulation over conviction?
I'm just going on what I have observed. If one has his sights set on fame, power, and glory, going into a big law firm is probably not the most effective way to do that.
Why did a kid from Hawaii pick Chicago to put down roots when there wasn't a big money offer from anybody there? What results does he have to show for his community organizer days? He admits it was to have more power that prompted him to move on to the state legislature. That seems to have netted Michelle a great raise and gave him opportunity to sit on boards that funneled money to some of those community organizer groups, but again, what results do we have to show for all that money and/or efforts? It did produce groups who raised money for and signed up folks who would vote for Barack Obama as he climbed the political ladder.
Then all during the course of the election, we saw the message shifting and changing as it was politically expedient to alter it, and the media mostly not challenging him or the message during all that. So what are his core convictions about a lot of that? Does anybody know?
We saw him boldly pronounce that elect him and we would change the world. And now we are seeing him and his surrogates bringing down expectations of what he can accomplish.
Noting such things is not judging him. It is observing what is.
I don't know what is in Barack Obama's heart and soul. I doubt you do either. And I won't try to second guess him and/or judge him without knowing that. But strength of conviction is not something that has been clearly obvious to me so far. Of course it is good to ask for help for hurricane victims. I would have seen it as a matter of conviction if he had announced that he would start off the fund raising with $xxx from his own bank account.
All we can do is watch and observe and speak out on those issues that we should. And hope for the best.