November 4th, 2009
11:36 AM ET
4 years ago

Months into Obama's presidency, promise of 'change' is a slow go

Washington (CNN) – On that unusually balmy Chicago night a year ago, the candidate who campaigned on what he called the "fierce urgency of now" became the president-elect who needed time.

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term," Barack Obama told the crowd in Grant Park. And he still needs time to turn a myriad of campaign promises into policy.

The list of the undones is long, varied and mostly difficult - immigration reform, new financial market regulations and a game-changing energy bill.

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  1. LacrosseMom

    People think that the Economy is like fast food! Quick let's vote for change and ........ wave the magic wand ...... and change will happen!

    The MAJORITY of Americans, are aware that CHANGE takes TIME.

    President Obama inherited a Nation losing 750,000 jobs monthly.

    President Obama inherited TWO WARS, costing......... $10 Billion a month!

    President Obama inherited, the largest DEFICIT in U.S. history from BUSH......... ONE TRILLION.

    President Obama inherited, a disaster in the Housing & Banking Sectors. In 2008, ...... 87% was the FORECLOSURE rate in 2008.

    President Obama inherited the Great Recession from Bush.

    The majority of Americans know there is no magic, the economy, will recover in due time.

    Already there are HOPEFUL SIGNS, for example, the U.S. economy GREW in the 3rd Quarter.

    Houses are selling again.

    650,000 new jobs were created (CNN reported this last week)

    Economist say the worst is behind us.

    Let the naysayers continue to lie, complain, and whine, America IS patient!

    November 4, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Bob Ramos

    While driving home, I listened to part of the Neil Bork radio show. Like all right wing commentators, Neil fails to understand that no one, not even then Secretary Paulsen understood even 20% of the financial problems we faced in 2008 and the ones coming due in 2009. The only major player that could have acted in 2009 was the US Government. Obama gathered the finest economic minds that he could find, both Democratic and Republican, and put on the course to eventual recovery.

    What people like Bork, Rush, Hannity, etc. fail to understand, it is quite simple really, is that to undo eight years of economic midsdeeds/mistakes/outright mismangement, more than 12 months are required. All these guys can do is to whine, moan and complain. They never offer any alternative measures.

    November 4, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Ron

    If its a "slow go" it certainly isn't Obama's fault. Blame the stupid Repubs for throwing a wrench into everything Obama tries to do. For instance, how much longer does health care reform need debated as the Repubs are asking? It been debated since Theodore Roosevelt was president. I just wish the Dems would take the initiative and do things on their own.

    November 4, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Dave

    Who raises taxes during a recession? Who takes money away from senior citizens health care? Who sends soldiers to their deaths with no plan or strategy? Who puts Trillions of dollars of debt on our babies and grandkids shoulders? Who takes 787 billion dollars away from taxpayers and uses it to create 30,000 jobs, and then lies to the 30 million unemployed and said it created milions of jobs when we have the highest unemployment rate in our nations history? IMPEACH!!!!!!

    November 4, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Jeffer65

    No one ever said things would change over night. Obama is not a magician who can fix everything with a snap of his fingers. He said it would take time. He said that all through his campaign too. Congress is more at fault for not getting things done.
    Just imagine what things would be like if McCain & Palin won last November. We'd be at war with Iran right now, unemployment would be double or triple what it is now, higher inflation, and millions more Americans living on the street.

    November 4, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Sue

    The problem with change is the fact that everywhere he turns he is running into a brick wall made up of Republicand who wish to maintain the status quo. The old adage "if it aint broken, dont fix it" does not apply here. It is broken, very broken. While the GOP is spending it's time punding their collectives chests this morning, they forget, all politics is local. The Republicans did not win in NJ last night, Jon Corzine lost. He lost because things are out of hand in NJ. Property taxes are close to the highest in the country, auto insurance rates are the same. He promised to tackle those issues and got nowhere. If there are any lessons to be learned from last night they come from NY 23rd results. A reliably Republican district said loud and clear that the right wing extremist agenda of the TEA party crowd will not fly. If a conservative candidate cannot win in a district that has not elected a Dem in over 100 years, things are not looking good for them.
    They are two faced weasles who abandoned their hand picked candidate when it looked like she was going to lose and decided to go with the wing nut instead. What a blatently transparent political side show that turned out to be. The tea partiers are going to split the GOP right in half and they do not care. They are satisfied with pushing moderates to the side and taking away the welcome sign. When it comes to 2010, the health care reform bill will have passed, the wars will be winding down and the Dems will only see their majority increase. I said it here, mark my words.

    November 4, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Laurie

    President Obama has done a great deal for our country. Finally the American people have something to be proud of. The man has been in office all of ten months. My observation is that media driven information has placed unrealistic expectations on this man. Our country is seen in a positive light by other nations, there is a new openess in the White House, and he is trying to correct a huge debacle which was left to him by the previous administration. For heavens sake, this is not a drive up window at McDonald's where you ask and receive immediately. We need to support the President and try in a positive manner to do all that we can to clean up the mess left by the deficit hating Republicans, who put us here in the first place. Perhaps, John Stewart could teach all of you political commentators a thing or two about realistic vs unrealistic expectations.

    November 4, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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