Barack Obama was the perfect candidate to win the 2008 election. But apparently, he’s not the same person we all voted for, because every time he opens his mouth, people are jumping on his back. It seems that although he’s appointed one of the most diverse cabinets in history, he’s making everyone angry. He started with the Republicans, because he slapped their hopes of victory into twenty-twelve with his landslide victory, and now he’s not being inclusive enough to appoint more than one or two to his cabinet. Then it was Latinos, who said that Bill Richardson wasn’t getting a fair shake, and there weren’t enough Spanish-speakers at the table in the first three appointments. Then it was the Gay and Lesbian community, with Rick Warren. Now it’s women. From Campbell Brown to NOW, he’s either not being forthcoming enough, or else he hasn’t done any better in appointing his cabinet than George Bush. And apparently, black lawmakers aren’t happy with him, either.
While I am disappointed that Rick Warren is getting such a prominent symbolic role in the inaugural festivities, I’ve already said that I trust the President-elect to do what needs to be done. And a friend of mine linked me to an article that tried to talk me down by pointing out Rev. Joseph Lowery’s role as a counterpoint to Warren. A couple of the comments struck me:
Has anyone noticed (3.50 / 4)
that Barack Obama does things that cause people to howl in protest, yet he does not respond. Then he completes the project, turns to his accusers and says “What is it you were upset about?”
It is his style. He did it during the debates – remember how we howled for him to land a knock-out punch, but he went deliberately along and won his own race, thank you very much?
This is more of the same. My gut says that this guy thinks and behaves longer-term than either the press or the American people are accustomed to. We respond/react instantaneously to each piece of the plan instead of waiting to see the whole plan and judging that.
Just my second-cup-of-coffee thoughts this morning.
you may be right (3.33 / 3)
I’m being forced to confront my own fantasies that he would do every single thing I would wish could happen… some kinda superman. There is absolutely no way he can make everyone happy. The Warren choice infuriates me (so does choosing Vilsack), while other choices delight me, and some are just blah.
I do feel it is literally impossible for a U.S. President to please anyone 100 percent of the time.
And it doesn’t matter your political persuasion – Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independent, liberal, conservative, male, female, black, white, brown, mixed-up – President-elect Obama is not going to do everything that you or I want him to do. But he is going to do what is best for the United States, and he is going to do his best to help out the citizens of this country. So let’s all cut him some slack. The whining on the nightly news is getting old.