Disappointing's not the half of it.
Hope and change my ass! How about "Hopefully I can change something if the Republicans agree?"
The guy promised to close Guantanamo Bay within a year.
Those plans are on hold indefinitely.
He was going to get rid of the military's homophobic "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
No word on whether that'll ever happen.
He was going to bring back some common sense regulation to Wall Street.
That still hasn't been implemented.
Then there was the promise to pass cap and trade legislation to combat climate change.
Still hasn't happened.
And, above all else, he was going to bring America into the civilized world by making universal medical coverage a reality.
Instead he's spent most of his time trying to bring Republicans, or at least some Republicans, on board, and it's been a colossal failure in the sense that the Republicans have wound up controlling the discussion and have convinced a majority of Americans that this whole healthcare reform thing is nothing but a socialist conspiracy.
Sometimes it seems like the guy's simply too naive to understand that all the Republicans really care about is opposing everything he stands for in order to make him look weak and ineffectual, so that he can be defeated in 2012. And, sadly, it's a plan that seems to be working.
Again - it can't be stated strongly enough - Obama has big Democratic majorities in both houses and he still can't seem to get a thing through. It's mindboggling.
Why run on a platform if you're unwilling to ram it through once you come to power with a clear mandate for change?