The never ending partisan campaign. The attacks on the GOP, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, the Chamber of Commerce, tea partiers, insurance companies..... It's not exactly how Obama said he would run things when he campaigned for president.
You'll want to read Tom Bevan's entire article here. If you're short on time, here's the Cliff Notes version:
Obama vs. The President He Said He'd Be
By Tom Bevan
Real Clear Politics
October 23, 2009
During the campaign Barack Obama vowed he would be a different kind of leader who would move America beyond the "smallness of our politics." That inspired promise was not an insignificant part of why he was elected last November.
In his inaugural address Obama told us that "the time has come to set aside childish things." He promised to bring "an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."
Not only has President Obama failed to live up to those promises so far, it appears that on more than a number of occasions he’s made a conscious decision to break them.
Americans understand it's not easy governing a country as divided as ours. It takes hard work to find common ground in a system that’s been increasingly polarized, and it takes political courage for a President to buck the interests of the base of his party when necessary. More than anything else, achieving real bipartisanship requires a good faith effort led by the President that genuinely seeks compromise with the opposition without demonizing, dismissing, or demeaning them.
Voters expect politicians to say one thing and do another. But Obama took the public’s cynicism and turned it to his advantage by vowing he would be a different kind of leader. So far, however, he is falling well short of his promises, using tactics and rhetoric that not only drive Americans apart but hurt him politically. It's time for Obama start acting like the President he told us he’d be.
Last year's campaign was a mirage designed to hoodwink gullible and less informed voters into thinking that Obama was something different. Many of us did our best to warn voters that Obama was a radical Chicago thug hiding behind the smoke and mirrors of the hopey-changey express.
Now, the never ending campaign of Barack Hussein Obama has unmasked the central character. He's exactly what we said he was and he proves it every day! He's not leading the country. He's leading the left!