Although my first choice in 2007 & 2008 was Hillary Clinton, I voted for Obama……twice.
For the most part it was because I believed in the programs he was promoting but also because, as I and countless others have said over and over again – the Republican alternatives – McCain/Palin & Romney/Ryan were economic, social and political jokes.
But it’s time to move on from this President to the opportunities of the next.
President Obama will never be anything more then just a President in name only.
There are two main reasons.
#1 – The Republicans via defunding in the House and filibuster in the Senate have effectively made him, as Senator McConnell promised – ‘a one term President’.
And #2 – I and millions of others waited for 2 1/2 years during his first term and now for almost 6 months in his second term to be an engaged President.
Giving a speech IS NOT LEADERSHIP.
NOT when you have a minority that controls the majority of a political party that has access to a 24 hour news network promoting that you are destroying America.
As to #1.
For the last 2 years since the 2010 Midterms, the Republicans have made it very clear that they would oppose anything that the President was connected to.
Actually they have extended that to any thing THEY or more correctly their ‘base’ does not believe in – will not become legislation.
37 attempts to repeal or defund Obamacare should have been a very clear message to President Obama that attempting to negotiate for a compromise with Republicans was going to be a complete waste of time.
Yet that is exactly what he did…..time after time after time…….
To the complete frustration to those of us who wanted to see legislative victories especially after his clear re-election.
So in the Senate – the day after the re-election victory – he should have called Senator Reid into the White House and said – ‘Enough. We will lose the Senate some time in the future but if we don’t act now, kill the filibuster, we won’t pass any legislation and will lose the Senate because of that’.
IS Senator Reid to blame for the continued abuse of the filibuster by the Senate Republicans?
Yes to a degree. The Presidenjt needed to lead on this and come out publicly supporting the other Democrats that wanted filibuster reform.
But he didn’t.
So how does that make him a ‘President in name only’?
‘GOP filibuster kills background checks’
@ : http://www.salon.com/2013/04/17/gop_filibuster_kills_background_checks/
’90 percent of Americans want expanded background checks on guns’
@ : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/04/03/90-percent-of-americans-want-expanded-background-checks-on-guns-why-isnt-this-a-political-slam-dunk/
90% of us wanted expanded background checks on guns and because the Senate Republicans filibustered it, the President failed.
Failed when 90% of Americans wanted this legislation.
That is a ‘President in name only’.
In 2011, it took the Republicans bringing the full faith and credit of America to it’s knees for the President to finally get angry and engaged.
Why did it take 2 1/2 years?
And did President Obama only become engaged because he was up for re-election?
The IRS, as the information slowly dribbles out, well eventually reveal that the teabagger groups did abuse the ‘social welfare’ clause for tax exempt status. Most tax exempt groups do to some degree.
But the IRS ‘scandal’ has given new life to the far right teabaggers.
They have never let ‘facts’ get in the way before and won’t with this either.
The GOP will campaign on the sound bite of ‘Big Government Abuse’ and they will win.
Does Obama understand that the VP choice in 2008, Palin, gave voice (because she found it made her money) to the far right?
Add to that, FOX helped create and aggressively promoted the tea party, the very wing of the Republican Party that was ‘attacked’ by the IRS.
FOX also is a 24 hour operation that again aggressively promotes that everything Obama says and does is designed to destroy America.
Do you know why Speaker Boehner and Senator McConnell give press conferences complaining about the President ‘campaigning’ when he goes to other States and gives speeches?
Because that ‘campaigning’ completley offsets the 24 hour FOX.
The only problem is that Obama figures because he is President, that the speech of statement he gave is all he has to do.
Meanwhile FOX brings on Republican Representatives and Senators to give us sound bites as to why what Obama just said is either a lie or destroying America.
We are a partisan Nation that now gets it’s ‘facts’ from sound bites.
But when a politician and especially the President comes to us and speaks…….it’s the only time we are actually ‘in touch’ with our Government.
The Presidents ‘bully pulpit’ could, could….if he used it….break the filibuster and force the Hosue to actually govern.
But Presient Obama rarely uses the ‘bully pulpit’ and when he does, it’s one speech/comment and he thinks that’s all he has to do.
He never, never explains.
President Obama could have broken the Senate’s filibuster by just going to the States where Republicans voted against the gun background checks.
Instead…….one comment in the Rose Garden and then moving on to the next weak effort.
The IRS needed fast and complete disclosure.
FOX needed 24 hour countering.
Obama gave us neither.