The cover of Newsweek Magazine blares out “HIT THE ROAD, BARACK. Why We Need a New President” In the article behind the cover Niall Ferguson expresses the sentiments of many people with this comment.
Despite having been—full disclosure—an adviser to John McCain, I acknowledged his opponent’s remarkable qualities: his soaring oratory, his cool, hard-to-ruffle temperament, and his near faultless campaign organization.
Yet the question confronting the country nearly four years later is not who was the better candidate four years ago. It is whether the winner has delivered on his promises. And the sad truth is that he has not.
Actually the sad truth is Obama has delivered on his promises. He promised in a speech to union members that he would establish us on the road to single payer (government only) healthcare, and he did. He promised the folks at ACORN that he would put their interests first and he did. He promised to completely transform America and he has made progress on that front too. He may very well complete the job if re-elected. He never did say he would get it all done in the first term.
There were, of course some promises he did not keep. The oceans have not changed their habits. The coal industry still exists. He has not created a domestic police force larger than the military. He didn’t bring the troops home immediately from Afghanistan as he said he would and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed did not get to see New York City.
Why are so many people disappointed in his jobs performance? Obama’s economic policies are what you should expect when you put a socialist in charge. He said in his book that he only had one job in the private sector and he considered it to be “working for the enemy.” Did you think he would focus on helping the enemy create jobs? In his campaign he stressed his experience as a community organizer. An organizer’s job is to agitate one group so they will be angry enough to confront another group. Did you think he would be a uniter? I think I know why you are disappointed. You didn’t do your homework.