Nov 03 2008
During a radio interview with Ann Compton today, Barack Obama had this to say:
COMPTON: If you are elected, you’ve made a lot of campaign promises; you can’t keep most of those. Maybe not even if you had a rubber stamp Democratic Congress. Can you?
OBAMA: Well, I think that we are not going to get everything done all at once, because of this financial crisis that’s going to require a lot of attention, a lot of resources.
Not just money, but staff time thinking about how do we right the ship. And so, it means that some priorities may get deferred, but the core commitments that I’ve made in this campaign — changing the tax code so that middle-class families are getting more of a break, initiating the kind of investment in clean energy that we have to have to deal not only with the economy and climate change and our national security, making sure that our health care system is controlling costs and providing better care for people, improving our education system — those four domestic items will get done.
Of course, he is not going to get everything done right away, but I don’t like the sound of this. It sounds like the building of excuses even before he is elected. He is saying that there is such a mess it, you can’t expect it to be fixed. That already sounds like Washington spin to me. Why not set targets, goals, or time lines? Why not say what he will accomplish in the first months. Why not raise expectations?
I though we are going to have change with Obama, not more political rhetoric. I thought we were going to see a new way of doing business in Washington. I thought we could expect:
Here’s to hoping for better in 2012!