The artist who created the Obama campaign poster that sold “hope” has now said he is about to give up on the President. This seems like a naive thought given any type of comparison with the previous administration. But then, hope and change were offered by candidate Barack Obama is large doses during the run up to the election.
In hind sight, you must be impressed at how many people voted for Obama because they believed he would be a change agent and return hope to the hearts of Americans that Government cared about them and could actually do things that help the average person.
President Obama certainly has tried to bring about legislation that has a bi-partisan component. His efforts have not born much fruit. Critics also point out that to get bi-partisan support, the President has had to resort to doing politics the old way, making horse trades. In addition to encouragements, the President has had to drop key provisions that his idealistic supporters had “hoped” for (like the public option).
So it is not such a surprise that Obama’s more progressive and more liberal supporters are becoming disenchanted. Their dreams of major changes do not appear realizable in the short term.
I just don’t understand why this “hope” filled constituency do not also see how much different the Obama Administration is from the past. We do have important health reforms. He has nominated two women for appointment to the Supreme Court. He has reached out to all nations and has tried to play the honest broker in the Middle East. He has put dollars behind improving educational outputs.
It is hard to imagine any other Democrat of national standing that has or could do as much.