ANALYSIS: Obama and the politics of disappointment
December 13th, 2011
08:54 PM ET
2 years ago

ANALYSIS: Obama and the politics of disappointment

Washington (CNN) - All politicians disappoint their supporters. It is a relentless truth in D.C.

They make pledges they can't keep, say things they don't mean, and encounter stiff headwinds in office that were just distant breezes on the campaign trail. The bigger their failed promises, the bigger the disappointment.


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  1. FlopFlipper

    80 words? Thats close to a haiku than a story.

    December 13, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. Don Patrick

    The keystone Pipeline will be an albatross on the President sorry to say. He should hurry enviormental study. and approve.

    December 13, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  3. AmericanSam

    It's hard to blame Obama when, in reality, it's not his fault in the least. Republicans are the cause of government anguish. If Obama and the Democrats had huge majorities in our country, we'd have a single-payer system, the rich would pay 70 percent of their income in taxes, the environment would be looking much better, we'd be investing billions in renewable energy, our educational system would be a sight to see... Republicans are the reason why our reality is bleak. Open your eyes, listen to what people stand for, and vote for candidates who believe in equality.

    December 13, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. Cody

    It's kind of like a football coach trying to motivate his team to win the superbowl but on the first game day half the team says "Go to hell coach! We want to lose!"

    Good luck being successful after that.

    December 13, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  5. Jake

    and luckily Obama has kept many of his promises! God Bless, Obama! I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes in his second term!

    December 13, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  6. adb8917

    Where the Hell is the story? Two paragraphs and no button to pull up the rest of the text. C'mon you guys. Get your head back to where the sun shines on it.

    December 13, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. FIELD1stSGT

    It only shows what a fraud and liar Obama really is. His supporters are so stupid they don't even know the difference. Just because of color they think he has to be right. OH! How wrong the uneducated can be.

    December 13, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. GOP = Greed Over People

    Just do not extrapolate my disappointment with President Obama to be a vote for any heartless GOP member!

    December 13, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. ARMYCSM

    That's ok Mr. President Sir; You will be re-elected. The New America see through the GOP obstructionism at every turn. You will serve four more because we reconized that you are the best Commander n chief in 50years. Hoooah!

    December 13, 2011 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. sonny c.

    Repubs. had a choice after the 2008 Election, cooperate with Obama & try to be seen by the Electorate as mature leaders working to solve this country's problems, or act like spoiled brats & oppose him at every step. Rush Limbaugh fired the first shot by saying,"I hope Obama fails". Sen. DeMint followed by saying,"Health Care will be Obama's Waterloo". Sen. McConnell delivered the final blow after the 2010 Election by saying,'The No. 1 Priority is to make Obama a One-Term Prez." The American Electorate needs to show the Repubs. that they took the wrong course of action.

    December 13, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  11. gemma

    I am not disappointed in Pres Obama. I am disappointed in the people in this government who will not work together for the good of this country. I think it is disappointing how ineffective Boehner is. I am disappointed that we have been held hostage by a group of Tea Party people that are incapable of thinking. I am disappointed that the media does not give Obama credit for saving this country from spiraling out of control, thanks to the last administration.

    December 13, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Disappointment is hardly an adequate word, for the let down associated with people who actually thought this guy walked on water.

    December 13, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  13. Brian

    The truth is they (presidents) cant really do anything without the congress, except wage small wars. Hence congress deadlocks, blames the Pres and each other and hope the public believes them. Just impose term limits on congress, then it wont be the business as usual mentality on the hill. Sadly the bulk of our reps wouldnt pass the computer screenings millions of us have to go through to get low paying jobs. I think congress is the dissappointment not the President.

    December 13, 2011 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  14. Larry L

    The Republican efforts to prevent any progress is unprecedented in American politics. The Senate alone blocked all debate and made compromise impossible. The House spent their time pandering to the Tea Party radicals – causing America's bond rating to fall and greatly hindering the economic recovery. Republicans spent their time selling the idea that the rich were "job creators" and shouldn't pay more for income over $1,000,000 per year. Really? Where are those jobs? Why did they send those jobs to China? They've had the low tax rates all along so where are the jobs?

    December 13, 2011 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  15. CJ

    I am very thankful that we had President Obama as President during this deepest of "financial recessions". He and his administration pulled out all stops to stop the crash of the economy. It is hard to remember now that as Obama was taking office, there was so much distrust that banks would not even lend to other banks. We experienced a complete financial freeze. In terms of national security, the auto industry is vital. The President recognized the strategic value of this industry and saved it with timely loans that were quickly repaid. I have no doubt that if the President had enough political capital left, he would reverse the tax holiday President Bush gave to the millionaires; an unwise tax cut that has cost our nation in numerous ways – loss of top credit rating, a run-up in national debt due to 10-years of unpaid-for tax cuts, $1 trillion for unpaid wars, and the lost opportunity to invest in our nation's commercial infrastructure and children's education. Disappointed? No. The President was handed a completely unbalanced national budget, national debt growing exponentially, and in the middle of a free-falling economy. He did an awesome job!

    December 13, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  16. J.V.Hodgson

    For a President who has faced strong headwinds, I prefer obdurate Republican ideology I think Obama has done pretty well in keeping campaign promises.
    No one is perfect, but he has done better than most faced with constant opposition to any legisaltion and appointments to agencies and departments of government .
    A lot more could have been done if there was one ounce of compromise from Republicans there has been none at all.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    December 13, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  17. CJ

    I am very thankful that we had President Obama as President during this deepest of "financial recessions". He and his administration pulled out all stops to stop the crash of the economy. It is hard to remember now that as Obama was taking office, there was so much distrust that banks would not even lend to other banks. We experienced a complete financial freeze. In terms of national security, the auto industry is vital. The President recognized the strategic value of this industry and saved it with timely loans that were quickly repaid. I have no doubt that if the President had enough political capital left, he would reverse the tax holiday President Bush gave to the millionaires; an unwise tax cut that has cost our nation in numerous ways – loss of top credit rating, a run-up in national debt due to 10-years of unpaid-for tax cuts, $1 trillion for unpaid wars, and the lost opportunity to invest in our nation's commercial infrastructure and children's education. Disappointed? No. The President was handed a completely unbalanced national budget, national debt growing exponentially, and in the middle of a free-falling economy. He did an awesome job!

    December 13, 2011 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  18. David mold

    Why is this headed "Analysis"?

    December 13, 2011 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  19. bullock w

    I ask someone that why alex0d was leave left in the white house so presdient obama was too much problems hais job for 3 years I said no excuse to alexodo so why alexodo was left at white house so he was stupaid alright

    December 14, 2011 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  20. Just a thought

    Mr President, many americans are still with you. The problem is your detractors are viscious, vile, disrespectful but more than anything LOUD.

    In my more than 5 decades of life, I've never seen someone hated so much for trying to bring this country out of a tailspin.

    Stay with it though...Its starting to catch on that you are the only one actually for THE PEOPLE of this great country.

    December 14, 2011 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  21. AlaskaPalin

    For the first three years of his administration obama was missing in action as leader. His democrat controlled congress was completely undisciplined. The republicans told him on day one they'll not work with him and they were completely disciplined in this endeavor. The republicans relentless propaganda campaign has made his crowning achievements toxic to campaign on. His inexperience and naivete came to full public glare. His hard line one man crusade against the republicans is to little and two years to late. His base- blacks; youths and latinos- is abandoning him. His percentages just do not add up. Congress is tough; so after the obama debacle americans are looking for someone whole will be willing to beat congress over the head so as to make it work. That is why they are gravitating away from the green horn obama- to the experienced; the old salt; newt! They know in their hearts that only a tough old bruiser like newt will be able to do something with this congress to get america firing on all cylinders again. After all he did it before. Newt 2012!

    December 14, 2011 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  22. willie floyd

    As a supporter of our president my only disappointment is in the congress that has failed to work with him in his effort to save the middle class in our country. Hopefully, he won't have that same congress to contend with in his 2nd term.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    December 14, 2011 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  23. Showmeyerpapers

    The most corrupt most treacherous traitor in american history undoubtedly

    December 14, 2011 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  24. Charlie in Maine

    You list me what he promised and did not deliver and I will pretend to be outraged. He promised to try to bring civility to Washington. He did try but civility cannot be imposed it is a two way street and with the House the voters sent him it was not possible. He has focessed on what he said he would. He kept us from a depresion (with no help from the teaparty/gop). We are getting out of Iraq. I get why the Tea Party and there billionaire backers hate him because he will raise their taxes if we are smart enough to send him a "Do something" congress. As he said himself: "Don't compare me to the Almiighty, compre me to the altternative. Looking good (not only by comparison) Mr. President.

    December 14, 2011 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  25. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    The GOBP deathcult is by far the biggest disappointment in US history. All these years they pretended to be a patriotic party for all Americans. Instead, we find it's a criminal organization devoted to hollowing out America and transferring its wealth to the unelected, and mostly hidden, elite who are anti-democracy and anti-life.

    December 14, 2011 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
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