" Houston " Obama has a problem.
Velma Hart yesterday confonted Obama and told him "I thought that I voted for CHANGE and can’t understand why she doesn’t feel uplifted by him, transported to a better plane: "I've been told that I voted for a man who said he's going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. I'm one of those people, and I'm waiting, sir. I’m waiting. I don’t feel it yet."
Hart ends with a trembling question to the president. Referring to her straitened circumstances—she is pondering the prospect of “franks and beans” as a belt-tightening household repast—she asks: “Is this my new reality?” This question reflects the universal fear and frustration over the economy, something that crosses party lines.
This woman “believes” in Obama, so she's not QUITE one of the opposition, but she's hurting economically and that is causing her to lose hope. Hart’s question is one that most of Obama’s voters would like to ask him ( me included). Once you get past the very vocal part of the left that will support Obama just because he's Obama, many Democrats are thinking exactly as Hart is.
Obama, in his response, said that "times are tough for everybody"—which makes me wonder whether he really got the point of Hart’s question. Times are not "tough for everybody": The poor are as poor as they ever were. The rich are as rich if not richer. But it's toughest on people who got a glimpse of a better life ahead and now think it's slipping away.
Velma speaks for me and I think many who voted for Obama, we knew he was inexperienced but I thought he could work in Washington with the Republican Party
( no Red States and Blue States, just the American States)
Politics has become angry and no compromise and I am not blaming the Republican's here, but the buck stops at Obama's desk, he needs to "GIT IT DONE".
I believe in the long run the health care bill will be good could have been much better, but wasting all that bully pulpit time on something that the American people truly do not see a large benifit from was a waste of effort which should have been spent on getting the economy moving by really getting infrastructure projects started which help the economy in so many ways.
Take Chicago alone when I was in High School the Kennedy and the Eisenhower expressways were three lanes they still are today. More lanes means quicker access to the city, people having more time at home, pursuing activities, people buying apartments in the city, and a whole host of economic activity, it just makes sense. I for one question my vote, but then my vote was an anti war vote and I felt McCain would keep pursuing war policy's, and then of course Palin would be too close to the Presidency.