Because fewer people approve of him. Duh. [FiveThirtyEight]
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Mike in Asheville, nee "in Brooklyn"
The reason is simple: Obama is more concerned about not offending his naysayers than fulfilling his promises and pledges to those who did vote for him and elect him. And that is a lost cause.
The GOP and their supporters, from the middle to the wingnuts ARE NEVER going to support him no matter what he does. The wingnuts, obviously, are bigoted reactionaries who never ever will support a black Democrat president. For the middle-right Republicans, they, like their Democratic counterparts, are party loyalists first and foremost, over better policies. They sense Obama’s overtures to them as “blood in the water” proving to them that only do they have Obama on the run, that they will succeed in denying Obama from accomplishing anything.
Among Candidate Obama’s supporters, we watch with utter dismay and downright anger that all the initiatives, the bold agenda to return the country’s attentions to the needs of the middle-class and less fortunate, restoring our national reputation to one of integrity, are washed away with all the diluting the Obama Administration and the Congressional Democratic leadership have done to every effort that was the reason so many voted for Obama.
Bottom line Mr. President: After suffering eight years of a Bush Administration doing everything wrong, we are now suffering 4 years of an Obama Administration doing nothing right.
Millions upon millions of us stood in line for hours to vote for the guy who stood tall and told us of bold change to come (and for a bonus let us send a “fuck you” to Bush). Certainly those millions and millions are not going to just jump over to the GOP; but Team Obama is greatly mistaken if they think we will return to the polls with any of the energy and determination we showed in 2008. When 2012 rolls around, we will sit it out.
The reason is simple. He was always an empty suit and a fairy tale but good people with emotion driving their voting refused to examine him. A Chicago politician, put up as a puppet for Democrats alll only interested in creating the largest possible government, taxing average people for daring to be stable such as carefully making and saving money and working in the same mundane job for 30 years as a trade off for healthcare.
Meanwhile, “we” average stable people are now the enemy and the irresponsible ignoramuses who chose to wing it through life and rely on the government are supposed to be our priority. Sorry. No fucking way. And the LAST thing he EVER was, was a pro LGBT individual. No fucking way for sure.
Meanwhile, let’s wish a Happy Birthday to someone who actually accomplished something for gay people in 2009 at the tender age of 27 as a result of being attacked for being authentic. Happy Birthday Adam.
Wow, Mike in Asheville, what a cogent and well written post. I began to get the eery feeling you were channeling me.
I think Rahm Emanuel and the Bush holdovers are helping to kill this president. He’s told his base to shut up and sit down, paid more attention to the GOP right wingers who will stop at nothing to destroy his administration and this gives the appearance that he is a very weak and ineffective leader, which he indeed seems to be.
He placates a slimeball and disloyal Lieberman which sends a clear signal to Congressional Dems that personal and party loyalty mean nothing to this man. He has over-promised and under delivered. He has no passion, no fire in the belly to fight for his core beliefs. In fact, does anyone really know what his core beliefs are? He is too willing to compromise his programs at every turn. Obama is a lot of tough talk and very little action. He reminds me somewhat of Neville Chamberlain.
@No. 1 · Mike in Asheville, nee “in Brooklyn”
“Bottom line Mr. President: After suffering eight years of a Bush Administration doing everything wrong, we are now suffering 4 years of an Obama Administration doing nothing right.”
That sentence sums up the situation with all those who see no good done over the last 12 months. We are only 1 year into Obama’s administration. One. The following three you mention had to have been seen through your crystal ball. I hope its faulty.
The kids who supported him on the campaign trail were threatened with taking their trust fund away by their parents and they went back to the fold. Also, Democrats are so smug about having achieved very little during an awful crisis in this country – sounds familiar? Besides Gay Civil Rights, this country is still in a huge mess!
** cue violins **
Easy; People are feeling the crunch of the resession; They don’t give a hoot about a heath care bill that helps the insurance industry. They’re just figuring it out, and it hasn’t hurt enough for them to throw of the schackles but as long as we are burdened by paying the price for global corporations to make money with no consideration for Americans, the conditions will get worse. Democrates or Republicans are just as bad now: all Neoconservatives (neoliberals). Obama isn’t doing anything he gave the impression he would do. Not even trying.
On top of that he’s enlarged rather than rolling back the war.
He’s just perpetuating the failures of the Republicans
To us poor benighted Europeans watching open mouthed the health care debate the answer would seem to be that poor americans are the dumbest mother fuckers on the planet, voting and acting against their own interests, dancing to the tune provided by the rich.
But apart from that!! Obama needs to be more radical, become an FDR and take on in a fierce battle both the right and the rich.
Obama seems to think he can be friends to both right and left. Well, he can’t cos the right are simply evil.
Mike in Asheville, nee "in Brooklyn"
@No.4 Taylor Siluwe
I meant the line to read: “…we FEAR we are now suffering …”
And I too certainly hope that Candidate Obama returns real soon to correct the next 3 years. After voting in 8 presidential elections (Ford, Carter, Reagan, Dukakis, Clintonx2, Gore, Kerry), and truly only happy about the first time voting for Clinton, it is hard to express just how much satisfaction, glee, and a dash of pride I had, waiting for 2 hours to vote for Candidate Obama. The Obama victory overwhelmed the heartbreak over the Prop. 8 win. I do want Candidate Obama to reemerge; alas, though, I fear politics has taken him hostage. Cue Simon/Garfunkel “Mrs. Robinson”: “Where have you gone Barack Obama? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you…”
@No. Bob R. Thanks, I appreciate your comments. And I agree about Rahm Emanuel, what is bitter disappointment; had thought he would have been great as WH Chief of Staff; very sad. Lieberman is a fraud and placating him has been a disaster!
I think your comparison of Obama to Chamberlain is, very sadly, very apt. One difference is that the world witnessed Chamberlain only at the end of his political career; Obama does have a small chance to turn things around (Clinton certainly succeeded after 2 years of failures). When Candidate Obama began his national appeal in mid/late 2007, one could have compared him to Churchill!
Obama subscribes to the philosophy that, when a Democrat is aiming to win over core constituencies, it’s important to veer to the left. However, when in power, veer to the right. This is Obama’s strategy and it’s also his undoing.
Why is it his undoing? Because we in the gay community don’t like being treated like useful idiots. Yes, some of us are the useful idiots who will never get it, but many of us are waking up to it. We’re sick of being part of Obama’s set of pawns. We want equal rights and that’s that.
Mr Obama, we’re not going to accept being treated as vote fodder. We’re sick of Democrats treating us like this.
He sucks at the job
How would Obama and the Democrats/Republican raise any money if they actually fulfilled all their promises? Or solved any problems?
Solving problems puts politicians out of work.
his approval rating has collapsed recently, here is a joke I saw about presidential approval ratings, http://ponderingstuff.com/2010/09/01/barack-obama%e2%80%99s-presidential-approval-rating-falls/
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