There were a couple big ones, racism wasn’t among them.
The reason I didn’t vote for him in the primary in NJ on SuperTuesday in 2008 was because I didn’t think he was ready to be president and wasn’t familiar enough with the mechanisms of government to be effective. It was pre-ordained that the Republicans were going to be a defiant, ruthless opposition party. I felt that Hillary Clinton would have a better grasp of how to get around the Republicans to get things done. Plus, I didn’t feel that Obama had been in Washington long enough to develop a working coalition of allies and congressional members. His coalition was going to be “gifted” to him from his campaign donors. It couldn’t be any other way given his lack of experience and time in Washington. Annnnnnd, it looks like I was right.
I’m not gloating. No, really I’m not because what has happened since 2008, including to me personally, has been so serious that this is no time to gloat.
But leave it to Obama to get his shit together when it finally makes very little difference. According to Reuters:
President Barack Obama told his Cabinet on Tuesday to look for areas where he might be able to govern by executive action given gridlock in Congress that is hampering his agenda.
In a White House meeting, Obama brought together the top officials in his government a day after conceding that a deadlocked Congress will prompt him to act on his own authority where he can on an immigration overhaul.
Obama said he wants to work with Congress where possible, “but if Congress is unable to do it,” then he said his Cabinet officials and agency heads should look for areas where executive actions can “show some real progress.”
“The people who sent us here, they just don’t feel as if anybody is fighting for them or working them. We’re not always going to be able to get things through Congress … but we sure as heck can make sure that the folks back home know that we are pushing their agenda and that we’re working hard on their behalf,” Obama said.
This has me worried. He’s looking to move the ball forward on immigration reform and while I applaud a solution that will resolve the status of immigrants who are here via irregular methods, I’m not so crazy about giving even more temporary visas to tech and R&D companies when there are hundreds of thousands of American STEM workers still unemployed.
Let’s just say that I am not confident that this sudden urgency to resolve the immigration crisis is about illegal landscapers. I’ve been right so far.
Still, I guess it’s a good thing that Obama has realized that he does have the power after all to get things done even if it is 6 years too late. Just think what be might have done about the mortgage crisis, unemployment, healthcare reform…