Many Americans will remember the hope they had when Barack Obama beat John McCain for the Presidency and promised change. Obama had made promises to the voters that he would undo the excesses of the George Bush administration, get the economy on track, reduce unemployment and elevate the Country’s esteem among its allies and enemies alike. The reality has been much different and Obama is looking for a scapegoat to blame. His favorite target continues to be George Bush.
In speeches this week, Obama described his approach for the fall election and exposed his own thinking about what he has accomplished. His message – do you want to fall back to the problems of the Bush administration or do you want to go forward with me and my brothers like Harry Reid, Democratic Senator fr4om Nevada who sat stoically behind Obama during the speech in Nevada. He pointed out that any problems that have occurred during his 1st 18 months in office are due to George Bush.
According to Obama’s viewpoint, it was Bush who broke his promise to put all bills on the White House web site for five days before signing them.
He broke Obama's promise to have the congressional health care negotiations broadcast live on C-SPAN.
He broke Obama's promise to end earmarks and the buying of votes to win approval of controversial legislation.
He broke Obama's promise to keep unemployment from rising above 8 percent.
He broke Obama's promise to close the detention center at Guantanamo in the first year.
He broke Obama's promise to make peace with direct; no precondition talks with America’s most hate-filled enemies during his first year in office, ushering in a new era of global cooperation.
He broke Obama's promise to end the hiring of former lobbyists into high White House jobs.
He broke Obama's promise to end no-compete contracts with the government.
He broke Obama's promise to disclose the names of all attendees at closed White House meetings.
He broke Obama's promise for a new era of bipartisan cooperation in all matters.
He broke Obama's promise to have chosen a home church to attend Sunday services with his family by Easter of last year.
There are many independent Obama voters who will see his record and compare it to his earlier commitments as a candidate and ask where the promised change is. He cannot hide from the fact that he has failed in many areas to deliver including on immigration reform. The bigger question is whether he will take responsibility for his failures, learn from them and adjust.
According to reports in the media, Obama has been the least accessible President in years. He does not often make himself available to the press, and he does not take questions and answer them on an informal basis when the press is in his vicinity. This may be due to the fact that he does not want to explain his earlier statements about change which has not happened. Will Obama, himself, now change and fulfill his promises?