"Obama from the start was the epitome of the "political animal" as first theorized by Aristotle,"
Righto, the harder you try to appear intelligent, the more you reveal your truly embarrassing ignorance: Aristotle says human beings are political by definition, they are political animals (no less than rational ones). Indeed, he is reported as saying that "to live alone one must be either a beast or a god."
"and he embodied the "legislator of the middle condition...viewed, rightfully or wrongfully in the class of citizens which is most secure in a state, for they do not, like the poor, covet their neighbors' goods; nor do others covet theirs, as the poor covet the goods of the rich; and as they neither plot against others, nor are themselves plotted against, they pass through life safely. Wisely then did Phocylides pray- 'Many things are best in the mean; I desire to be of a middle condition in my city.'""
You quote this but obviously have no idea what it means. For Aristotle, human excellence (arete) was to be found in the Golden Mean between extremes. So, the condition of being secure in the state in the way described here, for Aristotle, marked the best kind of citizenship (much as it must be an affront to your own "rugged individualism", a creed so laughably simplistic, by the way, that Aristotle refuted it thousands of years before brain scrambled grunts like you decided it was fashionable).