President Obama is enjoying a recent surge in popularity because of the death of Osama bin Laden. But many Progressives aren’t feeling a renewed surge of love for President Obama (myself included), primarily because they feel like President Obama sold them a bill of goods during the election, and he has now reneged on all those campaign promises.
“As a candidate, Obama said all the right things. As a president, his actions suggest that then-presidential contender and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was right—he will not fight for us.… The president has presided over the greatest erosion to women’s reproductive health and rights in the past 30 years, and a continuing degradation of our rights at the state level. Yet still he remains silent. Is Obama pro-choice? Not by my definition.”
I’m with Jacobson on this one. President Obama’s advisers have recommended that he veto HR3 when it lands on his desk, but I want to hear the president speak up for himself on this issue. The president never stood up during the health care reform debate to speak out against the Stupak amendment, and HR3 is just the latest version of President Obama’s lack of leadership in reproductive rights.
I also think that President Obama needs to take a more visible stance about funding international family planning services. Yes, yes . . . Obama ended the Mexico City policy when he first came into office. But there was no press conference, no aplomb . . . it was all done very quietly, as if Obama was ashamed to be pro-choice.
This list is entirely too short to give an honest accounting of all the ways President Obama has failed to live up to his campaign promises. I guess I’m feeling compassionate after my third latte of the day.
What’s your opinion? Do you agree with Jacobson about the difference between “candidate Obama” and “President Obama?” Or has Obama lived up to your expectations? I’d love to hear your point of view.
Serena is a freelance writer who enjoys baking, protesting, and playing with little dogs.