You got dealt some bad hands coming on board just over eighteen months ago.
The economy sucked (who laughed when they heard the recession ended sometime last year?), stuck in Iraq, lots of Bush neglect of business oversight. And some more stuff.
Hope, yep, some of us had it. Change? We haven’t seen it.
You are a timid president.
Health care. “What ya’ll want to do? Let’s all get on board and work up a plan.” The GOP said no. Then it said no. Then it said no. You folded. You folded. And so on. First rule of negotiations: don’t negotiate against yourself. You make a proposal, stick with until there’s movement. No movement, no concession. You conceded to the GOP, and your own party, sensing your weakness, piled on leaving the country with a mish-mash pleasing no one and likely to help few.
Financial reform. “Guys, girls, we’ve sunk a bunch of money into bailing out Wall Street, the insurance industry, the auto industry, mostly before I moved into the White House; but, we can’t quit now. I know you have no clue, hell, I don’t; but, we have to do something! If we all could just get along. I pretty much kept everyone that advised W and got us into this mess. Work with me here damn it!”
Foreign policy. “I just really don’t understand these Iraqi folks. Billions, billions we pour in and they can’t even form a Parliament. And those Afghanis, corrupt, absolutely corrupt after all we’ve done for them! All Bush’s doing, all I’m doing is trying to clean up his mess and all I get is blame. I hate to say it; but, thank God the economy is in the tank or I’d be getting real flak for what’s happening overseas.”
Civil liberties. Here, I’ll quit with pseudo whining by the President and talk a little bit about what he could have done with a few strokes of a pen – those executive orders so popular with his predecessors.
DADT. Started with a stroke of a pen by Clinton, should have been ended the same way. Clean up the legislative mess after the fact. But no, you want everyone on board so there’s no blame for you except among the people that supported you since you figured they’d always be on board. Careful with that attitude.
Guantanamo. Stroke of the pen and I’m really tired of all your excuses.
Gay rights. One of your worst panders in the first place and worst refusals to act responsibly once you had to chance to. I really have a hard time believing you don’t understand the difference between a “civil union” and a marriage. I think you are a Chicago pol who thinks he can keep supporters and not alienate the other side (who are already alienated) by straddling. Being half black and half white, you ought to know you can’t parse basic civil liberties. That you think you can, greatly disappoints me and does you no go with the other side of the issue.
Finally, you’d make a great mediator. “Dave, Rick makes a great proposal to end your political dispute. I know he’s a right wing ,crazy guy and you’re a liberal, commie, pinko; but, I’m on board with both of you, if only you could just agree.” By your failure to commit to anything, you fail both of us, and all of our counterparts. You called out the Tea Party today and demanded specific proposals. Where have yours been this last year and a half (other than trial balloons?) on specifics?
President Obama, you talk pretty good, your follow through is lacking. You and the Dems deserve what it appears you are going to get in November. My only hope is that it appears your opponents are as equally clueless and ineffectual and with you around for another two years, we’ll have stalemate.