Dear Mr. President: A response to Obama's answer to the left
Dear Mr. President,
When my colleague Steve Stromberg took note of your statements at a fundraiser on Thursday night, I think he was missing the point.
[A]fter being in this job for two years, I have never been more optimistic about America. I am optimistic partly because we did some really tough things that aren't always popular but were the right things to do.... Democrats, just congenitally, tend to get -- to see the glass as half empty. (Laughter.) If we get an historic health care bill passed -- oh, well, the public option wasn't there. If you get the financial reform bill passed -- then, well, I don't know about this particularly derivatives rule, I'm not sure that I'm satisfied with that. And gosh, we haven't yet brought about world peace and -- (laughter.) I thought that was going to happen quicker. (Laughter.) You know who you are. (Laughter.) We have had the most productive, progressive legislative session in at least a generation.
So... where's world peace?
I'm just saying, you seem awfully nonchalant about everything, but I thought we had agreed that once you were in office, you'd fix everything that was wrong in the world. This is what I assumed the Change mantra was supposed to mean. If anything was bad, it was going to change and become better. That was change that I could believe in.
Now, it's been two years, and is everything perfect? No. No, it isn't.
Why aren't all the potholes fixed? Why are there still earthquakes and floods? Why is don't ask don't tell still in effect at the time of writing? Why did my dog develop an odd rash recently that we've been unable to explain? Why do 6 million people have gout? Why hasn't our space program reached Mars and built us palaces there? Why don't more people follow @petridishes on twitter? Why are some people ugly? Why is Kate Gosselin still in the public eye? Why do we still die? Why don't turtles live forever?
Mr. President, I voted for you because everyone else in my demographic said that you could cure scrofula with your touch. I don't have scrofula, but it was a comforting thought, anyway. Once you were elected, they said, you were going to turn all our water into potable water -- or potable wine! You were going to clothe the hungry and feed the naked, or maybe the other way around. You were going to fix the economy through sheer force of will, and do something unspecified to the health-care system so everyone received optimal care without paying any more in taxes.
That was what we all said to each other on election night. So what happened?
What are you, human? You were supposed to be better than that.