I’ve written a good deal lately about my dissatisfaction with Barack Obama. I’ve been called a “whiner” by those who continue to be True Believers in spite of the objective reality that the President we have is not the President we were promised during the 2008 campaign. Yes, I’ve seen the website that details Obama’s accomplishments…but I’m certainly not saying he hasn’t done anything. My concern is with promises made vs. promises kept. You know the list by now: ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, closing Guantanamo, standing with unions and the middle class, etc. The sad reality is that the President we were promised is MIA. He reacts instead of leading. He caves to Republicans at every opportunity. He seems incapable of fighting for what he believes in. He seems not to care what his Progressive base thinks. Worst of all, he seems not to understand or recognize the opportunities he’s squandered.
Don’t get me wrong; I WANT to support Barack Obama. I WANT to believe that he’s the best option for moving this country forward. More than anything, I want to believe that this President will finally become the President he promised he would be. I want to believe…but two-plus years of caving, equivocating, and selling out have left me cynical and disillusioned. The reality is that Americans were sold a bill of goods. We were sold a Progressive agenda…and what we’ve actually been served is an agenda just barely to the left of George W. Bush. How many of us would have voted for Barack Obama had we known that the reality would be so far from the promises? I’m not saying that I would have voted for John McCain…but I do believe that the 2008 election would have been a much different affair.
And it’s not as if I’m the only one wondering who kidnapped the President we greeted with so much hope on 1.20.09…and replaced him with George W. Bush Lite.
Pete DeFazio To Obama: ‘Act Like A Democrat’. When you’re getting called out by members of your own party, that’s the sort of thing that should make you sit up and take notice. Frankly, it should be embarrassing to the President. The Paul Wellstone wing of the Democratic Party shouldn’t have to call out a President like this, but it’s become clear that the Progressive agenda we were sold has gone the way of the buffalo.
Obama’s Next Budget Deal Cave-In. When did “Change We Can Believe In” become “The Adventures of Captain Buzzkill”?
Roger Simon: 2012 Election To Be Obama/Kucinich Showdown. While I wouldn’t necessarily be adverse to the Left’s answer to Ron Paul running against the President, I think the President’s fund-raising machine would chew Kucinich up and spit him out.
The Follower?. Well, it’s not like the President is overwhelming us with his forceful, inspired leadership.
How Obama’s Cave in to GOP Extremists Will Devastate the Economy. Leadership: Wee haz it…or not.
Obama Must Win the Next Fight with Republicans — And Progressives Have to Help. I’d be happy to pull with the President…if he’d just give us reason to believe that he’s not going to sell Progressives down the river and then tell us what a great deal he got for us.
Why Did Obama Cave?. Because he frankly doesn’t care about what Progressives think.
DON’T TAKE A NOTHING TO A GUN FIGHT. Grow some balls. Stand up for the agenda you championed during the 2008 campaign. Stop caving to Republicans. It’s that simple, Mr. President.
Correlation is not causation, or why a primary challenge of Obama in 2012 might just work. Because it’s probably the only way the Left will be able to get the President’s attention.
Sherrod Brown Letter Urges President Obama to Challenge Paul Ryan on Medicare. Dear Mr. President: Please grow some balls.
I want to buy a house from Barack Obama. Just wait him out…he’ll eventually give it away.
I want to play poker against President Obama. Why not? It won’t take him long to lose his money.