"You've changed!" they accuse.
The sparkle in your eyes is gone
Your smile is just a careless yawn
You're breaking my heart
Your kisses now are so blasé
You're bored with me in every way
I can't understand
You've forgotten the words I love you
And the memories that we've shared
You've ignored all the stars up above you
I can't realize that you ever cared
You're not the angel I once knew
No need to tell me, I know we're through
It's all over now
"You've Changed" - Bill Carey and Carl Fisher
Not really. I think people just weren't really listening.
People's need to see a "bringer of light" (ironically, a "Lucifer") to the dark American nightmare of the Bush years kept them relatively deaf to what the man was actually saying. They pulled a "life of Brian" on the man and made themselves tingle with delight at his "Saviorship". Self deluding I'd say.
Where many people were describing him as this out and out liberal who was born to change the world, I saw a relatively measured liberal who really meant it when he outlined all of his centrist ideas about inclusion and working with the "other side". That's his new politics for ya.
Now that his foot is in the door he is continuing the message of "being in the middle" which many now feel as "being in the muddle". But they are wrong. He is simply living up to what he has asserted all along. Go back and watch the speeches, remarkably, there's almost no variation.
He's a highly intelligent and pragmatic realist with a heart. Personally, I find that enough right there to get my vote compared to what else is being offered.