The crises facing us right now demand an unprecedented amount of national (and international) re-envisioning, and yet we still have a hard time speaking the truth when it really matters. This combination does not bode well in these times.
Obama would have to take risks that opportunistic politicians never take in order for the US to become a nation of law instead of a nation in which the agendas of special interests override the law.
Truth cannot be spoken in America. It cannot be spoken in universities. It cannot be spoken in the media. It cannot be spoken in courts, which is why defendants and defense attorneys have given up on trials and cop pleas to lesser offenses that never occurred.