It appears to me, from reading his article, that Solomon did, indeed, have some illusions about our current President. Probably a number of us did. For Solomon, whose article quickly surveys what we have been given by way of political leadership, "from LBJ to Obama," a discussion that begins with a warning about "disillusionment," at the start of the article, has been transmogrified by the conclusion; Solomon ends up with a claim, in his last sentence, that the actions of LBJ, Bill Clinton, and President Obama amount to a "betrayal."
I am sticking with Solomon's first piece of advice. I think I'll pass on the betrayal. Anyone who thinks any one of our political "leaders" is going to "do the right thing," should go back to the beginning and read Solomon's advice about illusions. It's good advice (split infinitives aside).
"Self-government" does not mean that we "elect the people who hire the people who run our lives for us." It's a "do it yourself" concept.