Obama's behavior during the Great Recession, his campaign for re-election, and his initial political stances in the past week are all inexplicable if we assume that he approaches the presidency as President of all Americans. He doesn't. He approaches the presidency mainly with the ambition and intent of permanent political control of the state. If Trotsky was the master of The Permanent Revolution, Obama, child of the New Left, is master of the Permanent Political Campaign. This is not an original observation of mine, but other critics have failed to consider the implications of the notion of a permanent political campaign. A permanent political campaign exists above periodic elections and the election cycle. It exists as a permanent seige of the governing apparatus of the state itself. Obama ranks the political party as higher than the electorate, than the "people". As he is the personification of the political ideal, and that ideal is the absorption of the State to a political party of revolution, so he is by implication the personification of the state. L'etat, e'est moi, Barack. Why would Obama identify with the party? Because the party is the agency (in Marxist Leninist theory) of historical change (since the working classes can't be counted upon to do their part by themselves). When Obama said, just before the 2008 election, that he would transform America, this larger context of New Left values and ambitions is what he was signalling. And now it is here. With ObamaCare, it will persist after Obama leaves the presidency; it will be institutionalized as the political bureaucracy and Obama will control it no less than Putin controlled Russia while "out of power".