An article in the New York Times this morning reports the mood of frustration with the Obama administration. The Times described the disappointment emanating from the crowd: “it sounded like a therapy session for disillusioned Obama supporters.”
“I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for,” said the first questioner, an African-American woman who identified herself as a chief financial officer, a mother and a military veteran. “I’ve been told that I voted for a man who was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class and I’m waiting sir, I’m waiting. I still don’t feel it yet.”
A 30-year-old law school graduate told Mr. Obama that he had hoped to pursue a career in public service — like the president — but complained that he could barely pay the interest on his student loans, let alone think of getting married or starting a family.
“I was really inspired by you and your campaign and the message you brought, and that inspiration is dying away,” he said, adding, “And I really want to know, is the American dream dead for me?”
I don’t begrudge the audience an opportunity to vent, but I wonder whether the crux of the problem goes beyond even Obama’s political ideology. While Obama’s policies have not been the solution, I don’t believe that political ideologies are ever a solution. Christians and Objectivists may not agree on what will fix the world’s problems, but we can agree that government is not the answer.