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Melissa Kaufler: President is doing an excellent job

Posted: December 27, 2010 10:11 p.m.
Updated: December 28, 2010 4:55 a.m.

To those who have been recently disappointed with President Barack Obama: Don’t give up on him yet, and quit whining.

Obama currently is doing his job as he is supposed to, and he’s doing a pretty good job, too. Think of all he inherited from the man who came before him. Obama knew the challenges that faced him, and he certainly knew that the blame would be placed on his shoulders, yet he chose this job and fought for it.

We are far better off than we would have been if Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., had won in 2008. Knowing that there would have been another eight long years of Republican control of the presidency is alarming enough.

Speaking of Republicans and things that are alarming, Obama has faced very difficult opposition from most Republicans in Congress, who continue to do anything to stop his so-called “radical” agenda (which is really not so radical at all).

It was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,  who said it was his party’s No. 1 goal to make Obama a “one-term president.” Well, that’s nice, but wouldn’t it be nicer if McConnell and his party’s No. 1 goal was to bring relief to struggling Americans and help fix our nation’s problems?

Obama and Democrats are well aware that trying to negotiate with Republicans in Congress is like trying to negotiate with a brick wall or a petulant child. Walls give no feedback and are unwavering, while children can be self-centered, whiny and often have no logic behind their reasoning.

If anything, we should praise Obama for dealing with congressional Republicans with such class. Many of us would have collapsed due to sheer frustration.

Before he was even elected president, Obama was destined to disappoint us. He was never going to be able to live up to the larger-than-life image we created for him.

We seem to easily forget that it was not the president himself, but many of us who created this surreal, superhuman Obama who was to be the ultimate problem-solver for this country.

Unfortunately, when all of our problems were not instantly solved, many Americans were quick to question Obama.

May I ask why?

Just because Obama did not live up to the unrealistic bar we set for him, it’s not as if he’s accomplished nothing.

That’s another thing — I’m not sure I understand the people who claim that Obama hasn’t “done anything.” There are quite a few people who think this. My only answer for these critics is to turn off and disregard Fox News and every other conservative so-called news source that has been eagerly awaiting the failure of our president.

Why not report what he accomplished? In this lame-duck session alone, we’ve seen the historic repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” discriminatory military policy, along with the ratification of the START treaty that is necessary to our safety.

And what about the bill passed only a few days ago to provide free health care to the selfless 9/11 responders? We also seem to forget those little things called health care reform, the stimulus package and the rescue of the auto industry, just to name a few. Not to mention he’s visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any other president in his first six months.

He’s also dramatically improved the image of America abroad after former President George W. Bush ruined it.

I am a progressive Democrat — a very progressive Ted Kennedy Democrat — and I am not afraid to admit it. Many Democrats, including me, were counting on Obama to put up a fight over tax cuts. But he knew what was best.

I strongly disagree with the very wealthy receiving yet another tax cut, but it’s what we call a compromise. Sure, Obama “caved” to Republicans’ demands, but what he really did was best for the people he and his party represent: the middle class, the underdogs, the disabled and working Americans.

Many of the previously listed are receiving unemployment benefits during these difficult times, and Obama ensured that they would not be without help for the next 13 months, especially during this holiday season.

Obama is doing his job, and what he should be doing — he’s putting the American people first, in spite of the “party of no.”

Valencia resident Melissa Kaufler is a Hart High School graduate and political-science major at College of the Canyons. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. “Democratic Voices” appears Tuesdays and rotates among local Democrats.


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