Some say President Obama left behind his promise of hope, change and a new direction almost as soon as he took office. Where are all the new jobs he promised? What is he doing to reign in Wall Street? These questions are on the minds of many. Suffice to say, Obama’s “supporters” are disillusioned at best. Others are a bit more patient and believe it will simply take time for his efforts to take root. They argue that Obama came into office with a mess he did not create and that we should all stand behind our leader since he is at least trying to make a difference. Unfortunately for Obama, that group of people now makes up a minority of voters.
Another school of thought posits that Obama was honest about his plans to spend big throughout his campaign, but those who were disgusted with the GOP heard only what they wanted to hear, and elected Obama despite his big “spending agenda.” If that’s true, then isn’t it also true that those once avid Obama supporters, who now criticize Obama for spending more than any U.S. President in history, really have only themselves to blame? According to Gallup Polling, Obama’s approval ratings now hover around 45%, a far cry from his beginning ratings of 69%, which was higher than the four presidents who took office immediately before him. Whatever the reasons for President Obama’s waning popularity, one can’t help but wonder if our first Black president will see a second term.