How Obama Should Have Started His Presidency
1. He should have given gays what we were asking for: equal rights in all areas, plain and simple. That way he would have ensured our allegiance and continued support, and gotten it out of the way early so the right-wing idiots would forget (or not want to handle a stale issue) in four years.
2. He should have immediately launched an all-out investigation and prosecution against ALL Bush war criminals, so the world would know there was a new standard of morality in America, and the right-wing would know their dishonesty and criminality were no longer acceptable.
3. Once he ensured his base (and the world) were energized and totally impressed with his chutzpah, then he could have run health care reform up the flag and gotten something done, swift and sure.
As it is, the right hates him and are playing him for a sucker, the left thinks he's a weak promise breaker who's kowtowing to the bastards on the right, and the world thinks he's just one more American warmonger who continues to allow torture and other policies that ignore the Geneva Conventions.
His continued support of Blackwater (or whatever they call themselves now) as hired mercenaries underscores that belief.
So far, on the issues most important to his base--the ones who gave their money and time to get him elected--he's been a huge disappointment. Unlike Republican lemmings, we Democrats do not believe our elected officials can do no wrong.
I give his performance to date a gentleman's C+.
If he wasn't such a likable cuss, it'd be a plain old D.