The reason why I asked this question is because so many Americans are so quick to judge President Obama a chance to prove him self. He's only been in office for a couple of years, where Bush has had almost a decade to ruin our Country. It would be foolish as Americans to think that he could fix our Country in a short amount of timing. His campaign slogan was Yes We Can! And if we give him enough time I do believe that He Can!
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People are always hopeful about change. We always think that if we put a new person in charge, things will be fixed. It is true that Obama and Bush have very different ideas about most things, but it is also true that the presidency is a complex animal. There are now more problems than there were when Bush took office. Obama has his hands full fixing those, let alone the problems Bush inherited that he could not fix.
Americans haven't always been known to vote based on accurate information. They often vote based on impulse. Most politicos will tell you they vote with their pocketbooks. If the economy is bad, then they vote against incumbents. If it's good, they don't rock the boat. I have found this to be generally true.
Obama is still much more popular than President Bush was when he left, so the blame isn't against him per se, it's voiced frustration over the recession and all the people it has hurt.
I think we've hit bottom in the recession, and while it's going to be a slow climb out, we'll be in a much better situation by 2012 (barring some unforeseen disaster) and Obama, who is a great campaigner, may well parlay that into a second term.
In my opinion, there are drastic differences in the approach to solving the problems by these two men. This is what has polarized the country and caused division to take place.
I think many Americans wanted to give him a chance. His poll numbers immediately after taking office demonstrate a desire on the right to give him the benefit of the doubt in all circumstances.
However, after 2 years, most people can still see finances as a pretty simple concept: you should not try to spend more than you earn. People apply this in their homes. They struggle with it. They have hope in a system of government that taxes them that money is being spent efficiently. If it is not, this angers many Americans. I believe the average American understands inflation and the need to spend more money each year on the part of the government. But some of the programs Obama is putting into effect are very expensive. That is not to say that these are bad programs, they are often good. The American people are struggling with two right answers in many cases. We can do the right thing by tightening our belt as a country because we do not have the cash in hand to do what Washington wants to do, or we can do the right thing by applying some of these needed programs.
Obama's campaign was also a factor that is now influencing him. It was almost a fairy tale to watch this take place, a man with a white mother and black father, a man raised by grandparents, a man who truly embodied "the American Dream". His campaign promises were greater than any other president has ever given. We were romanticized by the historical moment. I think we saw him as more than a man in many ways. But he is only a man and it would help if people judged him accordingly.
This seems like less of a question than an argument, but let me talk some about our attitudes towards presidents in general.
I think that we expect too much from all presidents -- we give them too much credit when times are good and too much blame when they are not. So I do not believe that it was Pres. Bush who ruined the country. To the extent that we have problems, they are too big to be blamed on any one person. They were caused by economic forces that no one can control that easily.
As far as why people blame Obama rather than Bush, I can think of at least two reasons.
First, because we expect so much from presidents, we expect Obama to have fixed the problems. So whether or not Bush caused them, it's Obama's job to fix them (we think) and he hasn't.
Second, Obama's actions seem to many to be making things worse. They seem like actions that will increase the amount of government debt, for example. And they seem like they will increase the amount of government interference in the economy. Neither of these is something that we tend to like. So Obama's actions do not *feel* like actions that will help (to many people).
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