Yes, I feel like a jilted wife of Barack Obama. The man said he would have integrity, he believed in hope and change and accountablity and helping the American people. So I "married" him because he presented himself so well.
Just before the wedding (er, election), he gave me a clue that maybe he wasn't what he said he was. He voted for telecom immunity. I was outraged and said so here in the diaries. And was promptly told, as it were, to STFU.
After the wedding, he turned out to be something entirely different than how he courted (campaigned).
He let Bush and Cheney get away with their war crimes (and still is), so that the victims of torture will never see justice.
He gave it all away to Wall St and has yet to help Main St.
He promised us, at least, a strong public option, but clearly he didn't mean it.
He promised we would get out of Iraq. We're still there.
He promised equality for the GLBT community...got some crumbs there for some federal employees, but not others. With no new promise for action on DADT, DOMA.
You all know the list. He "married" us under false pretenses. There is no other conclusion. Unless the adoring wife wants to keep thinking her man will change and be what he said he would be, when he is clearly not now that he has her.
Yea, this story is not new. Sure, there are some candy and flowers and a little romance (the Lilly Ledbetter Act and such.) But it isn't enough to excuse the horrible failures.
The one message we, as progressives, need to communicate to the White House is that we need a reason to vote for Obama in 2012, to work for him, to contribute, etc.
If this is how the Obama Administration works, I'm not interested. And anyone who tells me that this guy is better than what he does, don't bother. Actions speak louder than words. I've lived this reality. As of now, the man cannot be trusted.
I'm beginning to think Hilary was right: Nice speeches. And not much more.