President Obama one year on

President Obama may not have gotten the best First Anniversary present on Wednesday (referring of course to the loss of a “safe” Democratic Senate seat in Massachussetts), but he’s got another three years to go and I’m not ready to give up faith yet. I am not finding the time right now to compose much original copy for, so I’m going to hand over my thoughts to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and “Senior Black Correspondent” Larry Wilmore’s review of the first year. Did too many people think Obama was “magic,” and not merely an ambitious, caring and gifted, but clearly youthful and inexperienced politician, stepping into not only the worst financial crisis in over seventy years, but taking over a country in which many people proved unwilling to give him the time of day? I wonder how we’d have got on the last eight years if the Democrats across both Houses had refused to vote for any of Bush’s proposals? So, let’s greet the anniversary with some humor…

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…And let me also greet it with this e-mail I received from Organizing for America, which speaks for the President. (Its website is Happy Anniversary. I never thought it would be easy.

“Tony —

Yesterday’s disappointing election results show deep discontent with the pace of change. I know the OFA community and the President share that frustration.

We also saw what we knew to be true all along: Any change worth making is hard and will be fought at every turn. While it doesn’t take away the sting of this loss, there is no road to real change without setbacks along the way.

We could have simply sought to do things that were easy, that wouldn’t stir up controversy. But changes that aren’t controversial rarely solve the problem.

Our country continues to face the same fundamental challenges it faced yesterday. Our health care system still needs reform. Wall Street still needs to be held accountable. We still need to create good jobs. And we still need to continue building a clean energy economy.

The President isn’t walking away from these challenges. In fact, his determination and resolve are only stronger. We must match that commitment with our own.

But it won’t be easy. Real change never is. For that reason, I am grateful you’re part of this fight with us.

Thank you,


Mitch Stewart”

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