I remember watching a fresh, young, Illinois Senator deliver a moving oratory at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. I thought to myself, ‘whoa; wrong guy running for President. John Kerry is weak tea’. I’ve been campaigning for Obama ever since. He hit on every point that I had against the Bush administration and he went even further to drive home the policies I wanted to see addressed. This guy was so on point! I mean, I liked Clinton (though I voted for him because of Gore), I liked Carter. I even liked Ford. But I had not seen such a transformational person in my lifetime as Obama. I actively started pushing for his presidential bid soon after the DNC speech.
Fast forward to 2008. Obama wins. Historical, emotional, Oprah cries, yada, yada. Then it gets ugly. Republicans fall all over themselves trying to defeat the President before his presidency even gets underway. Screw you Americans, we know what’s best for you and it ain’t this black guy.
Oh yeah. Did I forget to mention that Wall Street drove us off the cliff into a new depression before Obama took office? Sorry about that. Before you get that Hope and change message underway how about we plunder the coffers first?
Now they want to blame Obama for all of this? Puh-leeeez.
I watched the other day as a woman, Velma Hart, had some pointed criticism for the President at a town hall meeting on CNBC
An African-American woman — a military veteran and mother of two— told the president she was “exhausted of defending” his administration:
“I’m one of your middle-class Americans, and quite frankly I’m exhausted. I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now. I had been told that I voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. I’m one of those people and I’m waiting, sir. I’m waiting. I don’t feel it yet, and I thought that — while it wouldn’t be in great measure — I would feel it in some small measure.”
Jon Stewart followed up the next night.
(Apologies for the link. You have to watch the whole thing but hey, dancing Bristol Palin is on it).
I am totally in agreement with Velma. What happened to that guy? Where is Barack Obama? Where is the candidate I campaigned so hard for in 2008? Where is the hope and change? Where is the enthusiasm? Where is the backbone?
And it doesn’t stop there, either. This expiration of the Bush tax cuts is a golden egg yet the Dems won’t get behind it. Personally, I’d be making golden omelets. I’d be shouting about it from the top of every mountain. ‘Rich people now have to pay their fair share!!!’ Is anyone talking about it? No. All Democrats seem to be worried about is running out the clock. Cower in the corner until November 2nd and hope we still have some political capital left. Don’t take any chances. No wonder people are fed up with politics. You know what? We elected you to take chances and make our world a better place.
If we lose the house in November, we deserve it. The emotion I’m feeling now is disgust. Where is the Democratic party?
Look, I know it’s hard. I know it’s dirty. But don’t give me excuses. Get in there and fight! Damnit!