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One Year Later

La Opinin, Editorial, Staff Posted: Nov 05, 2009

A year ago Americans surprised the world by electing Barack Obama as president of the United States. Even the voters found it hard to believe that an African-American senator would occupy the White House. The emotions that overwhelmed many were proof of this extraordinary moment.

The elections took place amid the worst economic crisis in 75 years and voters were swayed by the message of change, which has proven difficult to put into practice. The urgency of the economic crisis threatening the country and the Republican oppositions strategic decision to obstruct every move eliminated the traditional honeymoon period usually granted to the winner of the election.

Today, the presidential plate is full with healthcare, energy, financial reforms, Afghanistan, and the many unforeseen events. On repeated occasions, we have supported Obamas program of change, but it is high unemployment and the economy that are still the indicators by which this president will be measured. It is hard to make progress in other important areas when people are concerned about unemployment. No question, job creation is the number one priority right now.

At the same time, one year after a big win at the ballot box, due in large part to the effective organizing of voters, we ask: Where are the voters now when he needs them the most?

Support at the polls has not emerged as citizen support for the agenda. The voters who believed in the urgency of significant change in the countrys direction are not making themselves heard in Congress. This lack of organized and vocal support gives lawmakers room to obstruct the White Houses agenda.

The November election generated high hopes and expectations. The economic crisis has consumed so much political capital that Obamas agenda has yet to be realized. We believe that it cannot do so without the active support by those who truly believe in the presidents era of change.


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