Im not an American, but surely someone should be judged by what he has accomplished, when his term is finished and not 18 months after he started the job?
He's been hit with probably the most serious set of Fiscal circumstances ever to hit any President and it takes a bit longer than 18 months to sort that out.
Give the man and his team a chance.
This shows a complete lack of understanding of the US political system. Let's review, shall we?
The basic term of a president is 48 months.
18 months are done, which leaves 30 months left to get something meaningful (and bipartisan, hopefully) done.
But wait! Unlike the UK campaign season for government leadership (which is wonderfully short), the president will start campaigning for re-election no LESS than 12 months before the election. And the election is about 2 months before the change of presidents, so that makes this period of time 14 months.
30 months - 14 months = 16 months left to do something meaningful before it becomes all about getting re-elected.
PLENTY of promises Obama made to people (not just his far left constituents) have already gone by the wayside. His focus has been pretty much exclusively on the issues the far-left loves (not the centrist majority, and certainly not the right). Here is just one example:Did Obama Break His Promise to Latinos?
Short answer: Hell yeah.
Guest host Jessica Yellin showed a video clip of Ramos asking candidate Obama in 2008 if he would commit to reforming the immigration system.
Obama responded, "I cannot guarantee that it's going to be in the first 100 days. But what I can guarantee is that we will have in the first year an immigration bill that I strongly support and that I'm promoting and that I want to move that forward as quickly as possible."
That first year came and went, and now we're 18 months into the Obama administration. There's no immigration bill in sight. In fact, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, has said that he won't propose a bill he's been working on until after the November elections, possibly as late as March 2011.
So Chorlton, he has had PLENTY of time given the analysis of the political cycle of a US president. And his lack of getting anything meaningful done that the MAJORITY of Americans can agree with proves that he is an empty suit being guided by people who are only in touch with a very small far-left liberal minority.
He also promised to "reach across the aisle" to craft "bipartisan legislation", even though he had ZERO track record of doing that as Senator. So far that amounts to EPIC FAIL. And We The People are clearly making that known as poll after poll shows more and more people are disillusioned and disappointed with Obama. But then again, I predicted this in the other thread. So it does not surprise me. I saw the snake oil when it was still in the sales stage. Now that the snake oil has been drunk (by some), I am not surprised that Obama is a zero.
He has also failed quite miserably in his promise of running a "transparent government." Once a party is in power, it wants to keep as much as it can from the party not in power. We don't have "coalition governments" like you do in the UK. I often wish we do, as presidents from BOTH parties would be forced to get something done. Now THAT would be change I can believe in!