Twice this week, I’ve been asked the same question on television. Once on MSNBC, once on FOX.
Question: Are liberals disappointed that President Obama hasn’t been more decisive? That he hasn’t moved fast enough on some issues?
And my answer is: yes and no.
Yes, President Obama has been very decisive on the economy, on banning torture, and on bailing out the auto industry, for example.
But no, he hasn’t been decisive enough, in my humble opinion, on getting rid of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and insisting on the public plan option.
Part of that, of course, is because we liberals, as a group, tend to be more impatient than conservatives – and more critical of our own leaders. And part of it is because expectations for Barack Obama were so high that we figured he’d solve all the world’s problems in his first two weeks in office.
Yet, while our expectations were too high, our job is still to keep the pressure on – to make sure he moves as fast as possible and never backs down from the promises he made.
Yes, President Obama has, indeed, already accomplished a great deal. But he wouldn’t have done so if we had not, at the same time, supported him – and held his feet to the fire.
That’s my parting shot for today.