Stephen A. Masker

Dear President Obama: Where’s the Change?

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2009 at 4:15 AM


Promises of change, hope and a new tomorrow seemed all too magical. After years at war and arguably one of the worst presidencies this country has witnessed in decades, President Obama filled his plate with too much, too fast.

SNL’s recent ‘Obama Do Nothing’ press-spoof has amassed thousands of responses with CNN and FOX News doing their own fact-checking:

For a President who can do whatever he desires, with majorities in both houses of Congress, SNL actor Fred Armisen said it best in his portrayal of Obama: “”Elected with a mandate to bring this country change we could believe in…Almost one year and nothing to show for it.”

A list of true Obama promises presented on the SNL skit:

1_ Close Guantanamo Bay [Not Accomplished]

2_ Exit Iraq [Not Accomplished]

3_ Improve ongoing war in Afghanistan [Not Accomplished]

4_ Improvement or modification to health care reform [Not Accomplished]

5_ Improvements to Global Warming [Not Accomplished]

6_ Immigration Reform [Not Accomplished]

7_ Eradication of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy [Not Accomplished]

8_ Limitation of Executive Powers [Not Accomplished]

9_ Prosecutions of Torture [Not Accomplished]

Bill Adair, Editor of a non-partisan fact-checking website,, rates the statements of elected officials. He says SNL got some things wrong, mentioning specifically numbers 2, 3 and 4 on the list. The rest, he admits, is accurate. See Adair’s interview with CNN, here.

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PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the campaign and is tracking their progress on our Obameter. We rate their status as No Action, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken.

What some call predictable, it’s the shared belief amongst a seemingly growing number of people on both the left and right that Obama’s presidency is heading for disaster.

Rasmussen Reports, an American public opinion polling firm, supports this assumption by tracking Obama’s approval ratings which have been steadily declining since his election.

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While the educated understand that not just one man is responsible for the success or failure of this country, those operating around the President (e.g. his cabinet and other influential individuals) – contribute to the growing pessimistic opinions concerning Obama’s presidency and his personal promises to deliver change to America.

Those promises, however, have gone undelivered. And I voted for him.

Better than Cheney, I guess.


Gay-rights supporters demonstrate outside the Beverly Hills hotel in California, where President Obama attended a Democratic Party fundraiser in May.


President Barack Obama, speaks at the Human Rights Campaign national dinner, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Apart from my true feelings and opinions expressed on the President, above is a humorous video with a voiced-over Big Bird appearing on a Sesame Street set with Michelle Obama.

  1. So you’re buying Alex Jone’s bullshit?
    For heavens’ sake, he’s been in for barely 9 months. Give him a chance to do stuff.

    Polls mean nothing.

    You’re gay. You have to support a Democrat by default =D

  2. Certainly a timely and relevant piece. What’s critical with any survey is understanding the source – and motivation of the source. You do make a good effort to use different polling sources, which is always a good tactic in writing commentary on such sensitive subjects.

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