President Obama, Pragmatist in Chief

| 8/23/2012 11:08:17 AM

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Most everyone agrees that this upcoming presidential election will be one of the closest in history. But where’s all the enthusiasm we saw in 2008? Who popped the balloon? The answer is sitting in the White House and asking you for a second term.

In 2008, then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama rode a wave of unbridled enthusiasm and optimism into the Oval Office. His lofty rhetoric inspired hundreds of thousands of people who had previously felt alienated by the political process to knock on doors, work in phone banks, and, most importantly, show up to vote.

But ask many of those once enthusiastic Obama supporters what they think of the President four years later, and you’ll likely get a lukewarm opinion. The liberal base has a laundry list of complaints that range from his lackadaisical record on the environment to health care reform that doesn’t get close enough to the single-payer plan they really want. Many think that he’s spent the last three years falling short on a lot of things they were excited about electing him to accomplish.

Paul Glastris wrote about this phenomenon in the March/April 2012 issue of Washington Monthly, arguing that when you look at Obama’s stat sheet, he’s actually accomplished quite a bit in a short period of time. Glastris breaks down 50 of Obama’s top achievements, pointing out that many of them were accomplished despite contentious battles with a remarkably hostile and uncooperative GOP.  In summing up Obama’s first three years, Glastris writes, “Obama has gotten more done than any president since LBJ.”

So where’s the love?

10/9/2012 6:59:15 PM

@ Lyman Barry: Yeah, something like that - oops! Thanks for the catch.

Lyman Barry
10/8/2012 7:07:07 AM

Noble Prize? Perhaps a Freudian slip?

8/28/2012 3:43:30 PM

Nice try dissing him, but some of us are still drinking the Obama Kool-Aid big time!

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