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You should be disappointed with Obama

| Monday, September 15, 2014

The last couple of weeks have been rough for the White House. President Obama announced Sept. 6 that he would not act on the immigration issue facing the United States until after the midterm elections. A White House official said Saturday, “The reality the President has had to weigh is that we’re in the midst of the political season.” Obama delved further into his decision as a guest on Chuck Todd’s inaugural episode of “Meet the Press,” stating “the politics did shift midsummer.” This priority shift is meant to reduce the harm his policies would inflict on fellow Democrats going into the midterms. Placing elections and political expediency ahead of real issues facing the United States, back pedaling on previous statements, broken promises, what else should we expect from the 44th President?

Obama’s own supporters are even upset with him, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) expressed her disenchantment with his decision on CNN’s “New Day,” “The president said he would address [immigration reform] with us. We should be getting it done now instead of after the election, so, yes, of course we’re disappointed in the president.”

“It’s a disappointment with real consequences,” said Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress and former Obama aide. It keeps piling on: “When candidate Obama asked our community for support in 2008 and 2012, he urged us all to vote based on our hopes, not our fears,” said president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza Janet Murguía. “Today, President Obama gave in to the fears of Democratic political operatives, crushing the hopes of millions of hard-working people living under the constant threat of deportation and family separation.” Carmen Velasquez penned a scathing op-ed in POLITICO last week, asserting, “This year, Obama promised us action on immigration at the end of spring. Then he promised movement after the summer recess, when federal lawmakers returned to Washington. Now, he promises to take up the issue after the November elections. Lie to me once, shame on you. Lie to me five times; what do you expect us to do?”

Keep in mind that Obama isn’t just giving up on trying to convince Congress to work together and act with him on immigration – he is refusing to issue any executive orders that could have an impact on the current immigration crisis. Executive orders are unilaterally decided and declared by the president, so it stands to reason that he cannot blame congressional gridlock for his own inaction. Not long ago he fought back against supposed calls for his impeachment by claiming, “You hear some of them: ‘Sue him! Impeach him!’ Really? For what, doing my job?” As a matter of fact it seems he is not doing his job. In truth, he has decided to neutralize the one thing he could do to keep alive the “hope” he promised his supporters six years ago.

I am continually surprised by my liberal friends’ faith in the president’s ability to get anything done. Aside from getting the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, he has accomplished nothing else that required congressional action. He has failed to reform firearms regulations or immigration policy and has stumbled on foreign policy throughout his presidency, not to mention the headline campaign promise of closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Excuses for not closing the facility generally conclude with him saying he came into greater knowledge of the goings-on there and decided against it.

Are we left to believe, then, that candidate Obama was naïve and ignorant to the fact that suspected terrorists were held in a highly-secure, top-secret prison for what just might have been justifiable reasons?

Don’t mistake my criticisms of Obama’s inaction as agreement with his beliefs or campaign promises; I simply believe my liberal friends should be more disappointed in Obama, the commander-in-chief of irresolution and forsaken promises. Then again, maybe they are – a new Washington Post poll shows evidence of Obama losing the confidence of the key demographics that worked to elect him.

Perhaps I shouldn’t be so surprised that he chose to delay action on immigration yet again.

It is interesting to note that the strategic reason he has chosen to hold off on immigration is because his actions could reflect poorly on Democratic candidates come November, which is to lead us to say those up for reelection can no longer count on their constituencies’ support of the president. That those policies which the president – and the Democratic party – hold dear, may no longer resonate with the American public. This evaluation of the midterms and Obama’s national perception is well founded, with polls released last week showing a majority of Americans view Obama’s presidency as a failure, and his approval rating hovering around just 40% for the last few months.

Isn’t it amazing how beliefs and policy can change so quickly and closely with the polls? It is apparent now more than ever we don’t have a president who stands for “hope” or “change,” but a president who is the personification of disappointment.

About Kyle Palmer

Kyle Palmer is a senior from Dillon Hall studying accountancy. He welcomes any challenges to his opinions. He can be reached at kpalmer6@nd.edu

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  • Chuck

    PALMER!!!!