There were a couple of lessons that we should all take from the show.
First, there's the warning that everything that has happened before will happen again. And it almost did again, with a showdown where the Cylons almost got resurrection technology (where they don't die, they just download into a new body) again. And when Galactica escaped, they almost built another colony where there would have been another point of contention between the classic Cylons (same ones from the 1978 series) and their badass new versions and the humans and skin jobs (Cylons in human bodies). Strangely, we sure as shit haven't learned this.
Second, our choices define us. Two characters come to mind on this. Gaius Baltar finally committed a truly selfless act (his self-serving ways began with sex with a Six (There are 8 Cylon models, lots of copies) that led to the destruction of the colonies, through an assload things. In the end, he manned up, staying on the ship even though he's pretty clueless when it comes to fighting a battle, and was able to finally hook up permanently with said Six. That, and we find out why both he and the Six are seeing each other in their heads (more later). The other person is Boomer. Beginning as a sleeper Cylon (an Eight), she shot Adama, kidnapped the child Hera (more on her later), which necessitated the whole rescue. But she chose well in the end, kidnapping Hera back and returning her to her mother, Athena (another Eight), who promptly shot her dead.
Third, we should not deny the guiding hand of God in the world. First there was the visions that led everyone to where they had to be (too complex to explain without watching). Then there's Starbuck (aka Kara Thrace). First, the song All Along the Watchtower (which kept reappearing)
became the coordinates she used to jump the ship out and led Galactica to Earth (our earth, not the one that was nuked). And after this, Kara (who had died back in the third season) reveals that her journey is done and disappears, because apparently, she is an angel. And finally, when it's revealed that the humans and Cylons spread themselves out on Earth 15,000 before the present day, and the mother of civilization that appears on the news is none other than Hera, the child of a human and a Cylon (Cylons normally can't reproduce). And it ends with the idea that perhaps this time, with a little nudging from a higher being, maybe we'll get it right this time.
And now that I'm done with the spoilers:
Very simply, the whole AIG debacle is to blame. But as Congress is doing their usual point and be indignant, the AIG guys are scrambling while the lynch mobs are organized, it falls to the guy who has been ball deep in the whole AIG bailout form the beginning.
Well, Timmy, now you're leading in the polls on who will get the boot from the Obambus (and be duly thrown under).
Considering you started the whole "Oops, my bad on the taxes" train that is the string of Obama appointments, I suspect the POTUS is feeling a bit of buyer's remorse. As one regular commenter keeps saying (and I say to you): Hang in there, there's only 1,401 more days to go. Until then, I'd lay off the asshatery if I were you. Otherwise you're going to wake up with in a hot tub full of stale beer with a hairy guy and a satisfied dog licking away (metaphorically speaking).