Oh please! He is not a hapless petitioner of the powers that be. He is the power. Note the underlying premise of absolving Obama of responsibility. It suggests that he would if he could. ‘Racist opposition has often been given as the reason for the dismal performance, by progressive standards, of Barack Obama’s administration’. Remember this from the same author?
The Myth is powerful i’nit? “He would if he could! If only those dastardly Republicans would let him! Come on T party! Let Obama be Obama!”
Now, a more accurate way of phrasing the notion of Obama’s fecklessness would be to say he doesn’t have the desire to speak truth to power. With that I agree. In any case, he’d still be talking to himself.