We are disappointed with the President; it doesn’t mean we don’t support him
As the 2016 Democratic contest moves to more diverse states, Hillary Clinton’s new tactic is to to hold on with all her might to President Obama’s record. Like an overprotective Abuela, Clinton fiercely defends her former rival and is attempting to shame any progressive that is anything less than 100% satisfied with the Obama administration. To her it is a sin.
As someone who voted for the President twice, I must say; I am disappointed with President Obama but it doesn’t mean that I don’t like or support him. Yes, I can have it both ways. While I am proud of the President’s accomplishments, I cannot push aside my many disappointments and it is not good for the Democratic Party to demand that I, or Bernie Sanders do so.
The reality is that President Obama did not live up to his promises. I can literally fill a page of broken promises and grievances, from ending our wars, closing Gitmo, ending Bush tax cuts, being transparent, being unable to work with Congress and deporting more immigrants and prosecuting more whistleblowers than any other President.
Now the President is not responsible for falling short on all of his promises, we all understand that he has been met with unprecedented obstruction and hatred, we don’t fault him for the huge backlash to his Presidency. And yes, I like so many other supporters failed the President, when I probably stayed home during the off-year elections making it possible for the construction of the stalemate Congress that we have been living under for 6 years. That was our bad. But the fact is that Obama made mistakes too. He is human after all and he is allowed, just as I am allowed to be disappointed.
We understand that the presidency is a complex job and that even the President of United States can’t keep every promise, we are adults like that. We also understand that it is important that we have honest discussions based on truths and facts so as to better our country; we differ from the Republicans like that.
There is something to be said about a period of truth and reconciliation, something that the Democratic Party is going to eventually have to have about the Obama Presidency, like all Presidencies. It would behoove the Democratic Party to consider speeding up the process so as to avoid making the same mistake that the Republican Party has made regarding the Presidency of George W. Bush; never coming to terms with his mistakes, which have been painfully drudged up by Donald Trump this week.
From this view, Hillary Clinton’s inability to entertain a critical word against President Obama is childish at best and just an overt ploy to gain the support of minorities at worst. Whichever one it is, it is insulting.