I’ve spoken with many Obama supporters, and it seems that half are disappointed and the other half is still optimistic that Obama will have a successful and fruitful 1st term. Some have expressed feeling let down; one supporter said: “At the time of the election, it seemed like there was so much promise for America in terms of changing the archaic and rigid political system and improving the state of our societal systems. Now, it just feels like same script, different cast. It’s disappointing because we came in on such a high and had so much hope.”
A still hopeful supporter said: “We have to be realistic with our expectations. Obama himself made it clear on inauguration day that America’s issues weren’t going to be solved overnight. I think it’s unrealistic to expect systems and that crashed (like the economy), and issues that developed (like the war and health care) over a span of years, will be solved and rectified in one year.”
As for me, I am currently somewhere in between those two supporters. Yes, it is disappointing that out of all the major issues needing to addressed, a billion-dollar deficit increasing stimulus plan is the most that’s happened. But, no, I haven’t lost hope, because LOGICALLY speaking, our issues took years to build up and it make take years to resolve them. I’m going to wait until the end of his term before I assess whether I’ve lost my “change” spirit completely.
It’s been hard for me to make a complete evaluation now, because I can’t tell if the lack of major progress is due to Obama sucking or the circumstances themselves being unbearable. Is Obama a poor president, or is he between a rock and hard place with no real options?
I still don’t regret my vote and probably won’t, because honestly, I don’t know if McCain would have done a better job considering the circumstances. Basically, all of the republicans and democrats than ran for 2008 office get my respect, because regardless of who got in office, they would’ve been handed a big plate of doo-doo to handle.