I have never been a fan of Obama, I'll admit that upfront. But with my partisanship aside I had high hopes for him. I was hopeful that he would deliver on many of the things which he campaigned for. As a college student I was (maybe dumbly) hopeful that he would be able to jumpstart the economy and recreate a jobs market which would be at least somewhat more welcoming to recent graduates. I realize and fully accept that you cannot hold the president wholly responsible for the economy, as much relies on Congress and the president's ability to do business with it. However for the first 2 years of his presidency Obama had a favorable Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate. Even with the support of both sides of the Congress, Obama was largely unable to deliver significant tangible results for the American people. The comprehensive health care reform bill which I was actually in support of from an ideological standpoint was, from most perspectives, a failure. It failed to provide comprehensive health care to an entire population, leaving 23 million still uninsured according to the CBO, and did such at a huge cost to the American taxpayers. I agreed with the principles on which the bill was set forth and wholly supported them. In my opinion though the high costs associated with the bill, would only be warranted if the end-result was comprehensive coverage for the entire population.
The interesting op-ed article here describes how Obama has been an ambitious policy driven president but one who has been either incapable or unwilling to play the politics game in order to achieve the very ends he seeks. The article refers to Obama as a loner president who has a small group of advisers and not many political "friends" who will explain or defend his policy initiatives. Take a look. What are your thoughts on his ability to deliver?