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President’s promises are not, in fact, worthless

My Opinion
Ross Schulz, Staff Writer

A story was recently published about a young Indiana woman who had to sell a personalized, hand-written letter from President Barack Obama just so she and her three children could continue to live in their home.
The irony of the story is that the woman, Destiny Mathis of Hobart, was an avid, active Obama supporter, and the letter was written in response to Mathis’ letter filled with concern about how she ‘feels her future is bleak and unpromising.’
Obama was so moved by the letter than he wrote back, saying that things will get better for Mathis and her family. Little did he know at the time that things would get so bad that she would have to resort to selling that very letter just to get by.
People are quick to blame presidents for anything and everything that happens on a national or even personal level. We saw it with President George W. Bush, who was blamed for everything from the Gulf oil spill to tsunamis, hurricanes and other acts of nature. And the blame game hasn’t slowed down much with Obama.
What did this woman expect Obama to do, magically give her a nice-fitting, good-paying job? Or just send a check in the mail?
People need to realize there’s only so much a president can do, and he shouldn’t be relied upon to move every citizen forward. That’s not how this country was built, and that’s not how it will continue to succeed.
Obama’s entire campaign, much to his fault, was elevated and motivated by a fantastical idea that people like Mathis and her family would have no more worries after he was elected president.
Now that we’re well past halfway through his first term in office, some of those people are starting to realize that, obviously, this was not the case. In fact, some left-leaning websites even compare Obama to Bush, saying his decision-making falls right in line with what his predecessor would have done.
Mathis said she is a little bit weary of the promises Obama has made.
‘I really haven’t been seeing any kind of changes that affect me directly,’ she said.
Obama and his family recently said they’re fine with only one term as president. That’s a good thing, because if he’s not winning over the droves and droves of voters he energized in 2008, then a one-term president is exactly what he’s going to be.