Mr. Obama, Your Job Is Not To Get Re-elected In 2012

President Obama, Remember Who Your Friends Are

Wednesday 20 January 2010

by: Staff, t r u t h o u t | Editorial

In the wake of a crushing Democratic defeat in the Massachusetts Senate race, we find ourselves faced with the one-year anniversary of a spirit-changing day in the history of the United States, the inauguration of President Barack Obama. This odd confluence of events provides an opening for a very timely warning: It is time to remember who your friends are, Mr. President.

Your friends are not the suits on Wall Street, the same ones who fooled Timothy Geithner for years. Your friends are not the timid centrists, who Rahm Emanuel coddles. Your friends are not the giants of the mortgage industry, who fought you tooth and nail to keep the foreclosure crisis out of the courts. Your friend is not George W. Bush, whose crimes you continue to conceal.

Your friends are the progressives across this country, who, when you asked for their faith and inspired them with beautiful words, placed you on their shoulders and carried you to a historic victory.

The progressive movement needs results – we’re too smart to be placated and spun. We’re too cynical – and too determined – to compromise. And, soon, we’ll be too jaded to believe that Democrats are anything but limp windsocks, pointing whichever way the wind blows.

Some have already walked away, according to a recent Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll, which states that 45 percent of Democrats are not likely to vote in the 2010 election.

We know that, in your heart, you’re one of us. Your heart is the element you seem to have forgotten, the element we miss. You used to wear it on your sleeve; we could hear it pounding in your chest when you spoke.

We heard your heart during your 2002 speech at a Chicago antiwar rally, when you called out the “arm-chair, weekend warriors” in Washington for keeping our soldiers engaged in a “dumb war, a rash war.” We heard your heart during your 2004 keynote speech at the Democratic Convention, when you said of the American people, “They know we can do better.” We heard it beating loud and clear on New Hampshire Primary Night, when you spoke of true progress, saying, “Whether we are rich or poor; black or white; Latino or Asian; whether we hail from Iowa or New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina, we are ready to take this country in a fundamentally new direction.”

And upon your inauguration, one year ago today, we dared to believe you when you said, “The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history.”

The right wing thrives on vitriol, hate and divisiveness. When the bile they spew goes unchallenged, their disease infects the people around them. They will not lie down, Mr. President. You are going to have to put them down – with true progressive action, not the frail rhetoric of appeasement.

No one has ever proclaimed a die-hard commitment to centrism. No one has ever held a rally to support bipartisanship. Those are Washington DC catchphrases that mean nothing, serving only as a fog for professional politicians huddling together inside the beltway, too timid and too immersed in campaign logic to stand for anything.

Your job is not to get re-elected in 2012, Mr. President. Your job is to fight tomorrow and then fight the next day. If you’re constantly looking up at the scoreboard, worrying about the outcome, you’re going to trip over your own laces. Watch the shot clock instead, and fire up three-pointers like you know they’re going to sink every time. Get in your opponents’ faces and make them work for every single point.

You have a choice now, Mr. President. With your help, 2010 could usher in a host of substantive policy changes: better health care access for millions of Americans, a strategic path to peace in Iraq and Afghanistan and a resounding series of Democratic victories in the midterm elections. However, if you stand aside and fail to challenge every shot, 2010 could give way to a fractured, crumbling Democratic Party – and the re-emergence of a vicious, feudal corporatism.

Choose our better history.

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    • Edger on January 20, 2010 at 23:01


    • BobbyK on January 21, 2010 at 00:32

    What a blood bath 2010 will be.


  1. …. at all.

    Not after reading his comments today about wanting to wait until Scotty Centerfold Teabagger Brown of Massachusetts is seated in the Senate, in Ted Kennedy’s former seat, before they resume working on the health care bill.  

    He is revealing himself to be an ongoing DISASTER at negotiating.  First he caves and capitulates and delays to the enemy, and then he implies he’s open to more of their treachery.

    Either that, or he’s just completely clueless what the problems are in this country, and how having this country descend into 3rd world status of people with and without, with no middle, is a problem.  And you can’t get that way unless you’re living in a bubble you refuse to come out of.  I don’t even know what this person’s core beliefs are, anymore, nor what he would actually care to fight about to achieve, and I’ve read his books.

    today, the day after the election, fr the NY Times:

    On Capitol Hill, Democratic leaders said they were weighing several options. But some lawmakers in both parties began calling for a scaled-back bill that could be adopted quickly with bipartisan support, and Mr. Obama seemed to suggest that if he could not pass an ambitious health care bill, he would be willing to settle for what he could get. In the interview with ABC, he cited two specific goals: cracking down on insurance industry practices that hurt consumers and reining in health costs.

    “We know that we need insurance reform, that the health insurance companies are taking advantage of people,” Mr. Obama said. “We know that we have to have some form of cost containment because if we don’t, then our budgets are going to blow up, and we know that small businesses are going to need help so that they can provide health insurance to their families. Those are the core, some of the core elements to this bill.”


    “People in Massachusetts spoke,” the president told ABC. “He’s got to be part of that process.”

    The President let the Senate Majority Leader screw around all last summer with the Senate Finance Committee, until Ted Kennedy passed away.

    Poor Teddy must be rolling in his grave at this point to see the man he endorsed to replace Bush, now saying let us seat the neocon whack nut Republican and kill health care reform but help the insurance industry.

    • banger on January 21, 2010 at 18:05

    Obama is not and was never a progressive, at least not as a Presidential candidate and certainly not as President. He wanted to use progressives for gotv and funds. He wanted to capture young people and fire their imaginations using classic PR and mind-control techniques. It worked, as it always does — science is science and public opinion can be played by the Mighty Wurlitzer that is ever-changing and run by the most brilliant minds in the world.

    He is a center-right politician, pure and simple. There is no evidence that he is anything else. Campaign promises are not worth anything particularly using the weasel-words he used during the election.

    Most of us made a decision that Center-Right was better than Right, let’s live with it. The fact that the Democratic Party feels free to urinate on progressives says more about us than the Party. We are weak and don’t deserve respect because there is no bite to our bark. What the fuck do you expect? These guys are dealing with big-dollars and people willing to kill — what do we have?

    Want to get attention? Stay home on election day or vote minor party — I will do the latter and urge you to do the same unless it’s someone like Kucinich the guy we should have rallied around in 2008 and didn’t.  

  2. Walk on road, hm? Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later [makes squish gesture] get squish just like grape.

    Here, karate, same thing. Either you karate do “yes” or karate do “no.” You karate do “guess so,”[makes squish gesture] just like grape. Understand?

    ~ Mr. Miyagi

  3. He, President Obama, is just another Pol.  His interests are not our interests, I would say hes has betrayed us but I don’t think he was ever one of us so its not betrayal.

    He is a lap dog lackey for the corporate interests, a minion to the power brokers and a slave to the Masters of the Universe.    

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