Has Obama done anything that I can stand up and say “Yes! That is why I voted for him!”?
Not that I can think of.
Maybe if he had politely declined the Nobel Peace Prize – does he honestly think that he deserves it?
Or if he had established a jobs creation program like the Works Progress Administration, or something similar, paying people to put their skills to use in recreating the United States.
Perhaps if he had put his foot down on McChrystal’s request for more, more, more in Afghanistan and said (because he is a Nobel Peace Prize winner) that this is an unwinnable war, and will do nothing to make us safer from terrorism and is asking the impossible of our troops.
If he had stood up for the many marriage equality referenda and legislation that have been shot down by bigoted, frightened zealots, then I could applaud.
If, and I realize this is a stretch, he had used his mandate and the people’s disgust with Wall Street to propose and advocate serious reform of our financial system, well, then I would be dancing in the streets. (Maybe not, though – it’s damn cold out there.)
Yes, I recognize that I projected all of my frustration and anger and disillusionment that built up over the W years onto Candidate Obama, seeing him through the rose-colored lenses of “not Bush”.
But I never expected that he would turn out to be so much the same:
- not closing Guantanamo Bay
- ramping up military action in Afghanistan
- cozying up to financial fatcats
- surrounding himself with yes-men (and I do mean men – his staff is overwhelmingly male)
- kowtowing to the right wing
We were all so excited and delirious, Mr. President, on November 4th, 2008. I want that feeling back. I want to believe that you are different and that you have some grand, complex, intelligent plan in motion that takes the long view and sees the potential in America. But I am beginning to believe that you are an inexperienced leader who is in over his head and is relying on predatory sycophants for advice.