WASHINGTON — It was billed as “Investing In America,” a live televised conversation between President Obama and American workers, students, business people and retirees on the state of the economy, a kind of Wall Street to Main Street reality check.
But it sounded like a therapy session for disillusioned Obama supporters.
In question after question in Monday’s one-hour session, which took place at the Newseum here and was televised on CNBC, Mr. Obama was confronted by people who said, in short, that they had expected more from him. People from Main Street wanted to know if the American dream still lived for them. People from Wall Street complained that he was treating them like a piñata, “whacking us with the stick,” in the words of a former law school classmate of Mr. Obama’s who now runs a hedge fund.
“I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for,” said the first questioner, an African-American woman who identified herself as a chief financial officer, a mother and a military veteran. “I’ve been told that I voted for a man who was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class, and I’m waiting, sir, I’m waiting. I still don’t feel it yet.”
A 30-year-old law school graduate, Ted Brassfield, told Mr. Obama he had hoped to pursue a career in public service — like the president — but could barely pay the interest on his student loans, let alone think of getting married or starting a family.
“I was really inspired by you and your campaign and the message you brought, and that inspiration is dying away,” Mr. Brassfield said, adding, “What I really want to know is: Is the American dream dead for me?”
Obama answered some jive that doesn't bear repeating (something about being born poor and black, so he knows all about their problems...)
Instead, let me repost what Obama told some hedge fund managers at a $30,000 a plate fundraiser in Greenwich last week:
Last night, Barack Obama spoke at a $30,000 per plate DNC fundraising event at the "home of Richard and Ellen Richman, who live in the exclusive Conyers Farm development in Greenwich [Connecticut]'s famed 'back country' neighborhood," and said the following about liberal critics of his presidency:
"Democrats, just congenitally, tend to get -- to see the glass as half empty. (Laughter.) If we get an historic health care bill passed -- oh, well, the public option wasn't there. If you get the financial reform bill passed -- then, well, I don't know about this particular derivatives rule, I'm not sure that I'm satisfied with that. And gosh, we haven't yet brought about world peace and -- (laughter.) I thought that was going to happen quicker. (Laughter.) You know who you are. (Laughter.) We have had the most productive, progressive legislative session in at least a generation."
Don't you see, America?
All hail Obama and his great progressive, productive accomplishments!
And if you're out of work, barely making ends meet, got your food stamps cut by $521 a year by President Obama, have had your school closed down and find yourself without a teaching job, have lost your health insurance because your employer doesn't want to pay the 40% excise tax Obama levied on employer-provided plans or are scared that you're going to have to work until 75 because Obama's Cat Food Commission plans to raise the retirement age through the roof, just STFU.
You're on drugs!
You're seeing the glass as half empty!
No matter what performance Obama put on today, the performance he gave in Greenwich for the hedge fund managers at the $30,000 a plate fundraiser is REALLY what he thinks.
The sooner you get your heads around that, America, the better you'll feel.
At least you'll be out of the denial stage and can get on to the rehab stage.
And that stage would be sending this corporate whore to the same place D.C. sent corporate whore Adrian Fenty.
Sure, it means a Repub would win the White House.
But at least then the opposition can mobilize to fight him/her.
With Obama in the White House, so many on the left seem to cave and let him run rough-shod over them, then mock them, then vote for him anyway.
Besides what's progressive about Race to the Top, a health reform law that mandates 31 million new customers for the health insurance industry or levies tax penalties on them, a nationalized education system that has the feds writing curriculum and lesson plans, a Bush-style Wall Street bailout, a renomination of Ben Bernanke, and an increase in the retirement age but a decrease in Social Security benefits?
So stop the madness.
Don't vote for him or any corporate whore Dems AND let them know why you're not voting for them