I doubt there are many champagne corks popping in the White House to mark the President’s first year in power. If he didn’t have his work out before, this result in Massachusetts makes things a whole lot harder.
If you’d like to send us a video (of 60 seconds or under) with your first year report for the President, please email it to this address. We’ll do our best to use any many as we can. Here’s the BBC’s assessment of the President’s first year..
When Barack Obama was announced as America’s next president people cried tears of joy and celebrated high on the promise of hope and change.
But one year on, opinion polls show that there is growing disappointment over Obama’s performance.
Healthcare has been a contentious issue but for this blogger healthcare has been his only success, “Aside from the health care debate, Obama has failed to show Americans that “change” is on the way.”
Many of his voters felt let down by his performance at the Copenhagen summit on climate change.
Obama’s campaign thrived on his pledge to end the war in Iraq, and focus on the war in Afghanistan. But with difficult economic times it has been hard for some Americans to reconcile this with Obama sending more troops to Afghanistan. Redcliffe62 comments “Unless Obama takes the troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan and focuses on jobs for Mr. Average American who hears the speeches but the only “change” there is are the coins in their pocket which they have to buy that week’s groceries after all their other costs are included”
One year into his presidency Guantanamo Bay is still open. But this blogger acknowledges that and says “it is a work-in-progress.”
Obama was more to many than just another president. C.N wrote on his blog “Many Americans thought that Barack Obama’s election was the culmination of Dr. King’s dream and concrete proof that we have evolved into a “post-racial,” colorblind society” This hope was shared globally and to this day this sense of pride remains. But some are starting to doubt whether he has advanced race relations compared with a year ago.
Is Obama lossing his grip? Obama and his party took a blow today when they lost a traditionally Democratic Senate seat in Massachusetts to the Republicans. Ampersand writes “what happened in Massachusetts is a harbinger of things to come in the 2010 midterms”.
Obama told a town hall crowd in California. “Change doesn’t happen overnight.” Does Obama just need more time? Or did he over-promise? What do you make of his first year in office?