What happened to the inspirational figure his supporters thought they elected? Who is this bland, timid guy who doesn’t seem to stand for anything in particular?
Au contraire. Obama fought ferociously hard to give the big banks whatever they want, whether that be huge bailouts, changing the accounting rules for them and them alone, allowing them to pay themselves huge bonuses, and making sure they can borrow from the government at a tiny interest rate then “re-invest” that by buying government bonds, guaranteeing a risk-free profit. He has also without fail continued the military adventurisn of George Bush, cut back on civil liberties, and done nothing to stop torture by the US.
He has a backbone of steel when it comes to these policies. So no, he hasn’t changed at all. Rather, he pretended to be something he was not during the election.