Regarding the Oct. 20 column “ Barack Obama, disappointer in chief”: Aaron David Miller’s analysis of the Obama presidency noted that “there is a vast gap between the expectations he set for himself and his supporters and the realities of his presidency.” Unfortunately, this is mainly true.
I am one of those who naively supported and believed in the eventual success of President Obama’s goals in 2008 and 2012. I believed because I had no idea that a filibuster would be used against 86 of his nominees, especially because there have only been 82 such filibusters in the history of the presidency.
I did not anticipate that his health care proposal would not receive a single vote from Senate Republicans. I didn’t know that the country would not have a surgeon general during an Ebola crisis because Republicans refuse to accept a nominee on the basis of his stance on gun control.
Sen. Mitch McConnell’s vow to make Obama a one-term president did not work out, but he has been successful in defeating the president using an alternate approach.
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