Were expectations for Obama too high?

Posted on 2012-08-10
Last Modified: 2012-08-14

Is Spike Lee right?

Spike Lee: Barack Obama is 'not perfect'

Spike Lee said President Barack Obama is "not perfect," but that expectations for his first term "were way too high."
Question by:EricLynnWright
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    Let's see:

    He passed health care
    He killed Bin Laden
    We're out of Iraq
    He staved off an economic calamity
    He saved GM
    He DIDN'T go to war with Lybia, and yet Quaddafi is finally gone

    What else could have been accomplished if there was an actual functioning Congress?

    Maybe it's more accurate to say Republican obstructionism was greatly underestimated.
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    by:Anthony Russo
    Of course they were. He was looked at like he was going to part the seas and bring all of Congress and Washington DC to this Kumbaya moment.

    Nobody could live up to the Hope/Change message he was selling. It got him elected though.
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    It was detractors of Obama who elevated him to messiah status - Democrats were just excited to have a candidate who had good ideas and could communicate them.
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    by:Anthony Russo
    It was the media more than anyone that did it to him. Just like they do with sports stars and anything to try to get ratings.
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    >>Democrats were just excited to have a candidate who had good ideas and could communicate them.

    Funny how I don't remember him proposing 8.3% unemployment, spending $6 trillion, cutting $700 billion in medicare, and letting Iran have a nuke.

    He's great at communicating...until he's off the teleprompter.

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