What the Hell More Do Americans Want From President Obama?


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It goes without saying that the honeymoon is definitely over for President Obama, and it has been for quite some time. His approval rating teeters near all-time lows, while it’s looking very bleak for his party heading into this year’s midterms. And while I understand that no president is ever more popular than their first day in office, I simply don’t understand this intense negativity that’s constantly thrown toward the president.

The biggest problem is that President Obama was elected with expectations from the American people that he was never going to be able to live up to. Many Americans really seemed to believe that he was going to come in, wave a magic wand, and instantly everything was going to be sunshine and kittens. Quite a few Americans who voted for Obama, but are now disappointed with him, are some of the same people who simply had unrealistic expectations about what he would be able to accomplish considering the circumstances he’s dealt with since being elected. And for that, they’re now “angry” at him because their hopes for him were so lofty that he was never going to be able to live up to them.

Look, I’ll be the first to tell you that he hasn’t been perfect. I’m not exactly crazy about how he’s handling ISIS, he’s let Republicans control the message far too often and the health care marketplace rollout was an absolute embarrassment. And those are just three of the “bigger” issues I have with hm.

Though I’m also well aware that no president is perfect. Even as beloved as Bill Clinton is, he made plenty of mistakes during his eight years in the White House.

But I just don’t understand what more it is that Americans wanted President Obama to accomplish in 5 1/2 years.

During his time as president:

  • We’ve created over 10 million private sector jobs.
  • Unemployment is below 6% for the first time since 2008.
  • We found and killed Osama bin Ladin.
  • Our deficits have been reduced by nearly $1 trillion.
  • Same-sex marriage has made huge strides toward national legalization.
  • Equality for women has been a driving force behind his presidency.
  • He’s reformed our corrupt credit system.
  • Passed health care reform.
  • The number of uninsured Americans has dropped significantly.
  • Gay Americans can now openly serve in the military.
  • We saved the American auto industry.
  • Income inequality has finally made it into mainstream discussions.
  • Out nation has made more strides toward green energy alternatives than at any other time in its history.
  • We disarmed Syria’s nuclear arsenal without firing a single shot.

And those are just some of the bigger things that have occurred during these last few years. In fact, I’m sure I’m forgetting several. And, mind you, he’s done all of this without any help from the Republican party. In fact, not only have they not helped him, but they’ve tried to sabotage him at every turn.

Then we also can’t forget that he became president during one of the worst economic crashes in our nation’s history. Some economists have even said that it was actually worse than the Great Depression.

Yet, despite all of that, he’s been able to accomplish everything I listed above and more.

I just don’t get it. Is it ISIS? Like I said, I’m not thrilled with how he’s handled it. But no matter what he does, a large section of the American people aren’t going to support it. If he sends in ground troops, many Americans will complain about him starting another war. If he doesn’t send in ground troops, others will complain that he’s not being tough enough on terrorism. He literally can’t win no matter what he does.

Is it Russia? Are there really people in this country who honestly believe that Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine because of President Obama’s policies? That arrogant sociopath would have done exactly what he’s done no matter who the president was. And the honest answer is, there’s not much we can do about it outside of calling for more sanctions. Which is exactly what President Obama has been doing. Well, I guess he could go to war with Russia. Anyone down for World War III?

Better yet, are there really people who believe the chaos currently going on in the Middle East is the result of Obama’s policies? Are you kidding me? That whole mess started the moment Bush destabilized the region when he invaded Iraq.

And don’t give me this bullshit about “he’s not a strong leader.” Listen, he can’t lead effectively when over half of his government (House and Senate Republicans) have no desire to follow. It isn’t a matter of him not being able to work with Republicans or “lead” as president. It’s that Republicans aren’t going to work with him no matter what he does.

It’s just that simple.

You cannot lead a group of people when their only objective is to oppose anything you want and do whatever they can to sabotage your administration. That’s what some of these Americans don’t seem to understand. Republicans don’t care if they wreck this country. They don’t care if millions of Americans lose health care or our economy crumbles. Just as long as they make President Obama look bad. That’s all that matters to them. And it works because they’ve done everything they can to convince conservative voters that defeating the “Obama agenda” is something that they must do at all costs. Even if that means burning this country to the ground.

I know I sound like a “liberal Obama lover” but this is all simply maddening to me. Because the fact is, without a Congress that’s willing to work with a president, that president doesn’t have a whole lot of power. And since the moment he was elected, Republicans had absolutely zero intention of ever working with him to accomplish anything. In fact, they went out of their way to make sure he accomplished as little as possible. And what he did accomplish, they were going to do everything within their power to sabotage.

I say without a shred of hesitation that no president in modern U.S. history (if ever) has dealt with such blatant obstruction and sabotage as President Obama.

So, it just all comes back to my question, What the hell more do Americans want from President Obama? Because while I know there are things he’s done that have angered some people, I think considering everything he’s had to tolerate from Republicans, he’s done a pretty damn good job.

Hit me up on Twitter and let me know if you agree.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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