According to The Guardian report that’s the message US President Barack Obama is sending to the Democrats ahead of the up-coming mid-term congressional elections, as another advisor leaves. From The Guardian report
Obama deployed a carrot and stick approach at the three events – a televised town hall meeting and a fundraising dinner in Washington, and a speech to party members in Philadelphia. On the one hand he attempted to assuage Democratic doubts about his administration, but he then went on to berate leftwingers for their misguided criticism of him.
“When I hear Democrats griping and groaning and saying ‘the healthcare plan didn’t have a public option’ … or, ‘yes, you ended the war in Iraq, but you haven’t completely finished the Afghan war yet’, I say, ‘folks, wake up’.”
In Philadelphia, he said: “This is not some academic exercise. Don’t compare us to the Almighty; compare us to the alternative.”
The same report, however, notes what happens when they do “wake up”
What Velma Hart said to Obama
“I am a chief financial officer for a veterans service organisation, AmVets, here in Washington. I’m also a mother, I’m a wife, I’m an American veteran, and I’m one of your middle-class Americans. And quite frankly, I’m exhausted. I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for – and deeply disappointed with where we are right now.
“I have been told that I voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. I’m one of those people, and I’m waiting, sir. I’m waiting. I don’t feel it yet. And I thought, while it wouldn’t be in great measure, I would feel it in some small measure.
“I have two children in private school. And the financial recession has taken an enormous toll on my family. My husband and I joked for years that we thought we were well beyond the hot dogs and beans era of our lives. But quite frankly, it’s starting to knock on our door and ring true that that might be where we’re headed again.
“And quite frankly, Mr President, I need you to answer this honestly, is this my new reality?”
As I mentioned at the time, “we didn’t actually enter magical unicorn fairyland on November 5th”…