It’s seems the Black community’s excitement and love for President Obama has turned into doubt and disillusion. Monday’s live televised town hall meeting presented by CNBC, “Investing in America,” was nearly a room filled with ex-Obama supporters. While there were many attendees who stated that they were honored to be in the President’s presence, they were many, like one disappointed Black woman who directly told President Obama she was exhausted with defending him and his administration. The woman, a chief financial officer, mother and military veteran stated, “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.” Video footage of the town hall shows a cool and composed Obama, who laughed instead of becoming offended.
And the complaining didn’t stop there. A 30-year-old law school graduate told the President that the inspiration he once received from him is dying away. “I was really inspired by you and your campaign, and the message you brought, and that inspiration is dying away.” He told Obama he could barely pay off his student loans and wants to start a family. “I really want to know, is the American dream dead for me?”
The challenges didn’t go without explanation from the President. Obama called attention to his health care bill, the financial regulatory overhaul measure (imposing tough requirements on credit card companies) and his education bill that increased student loan availability. The President said these are things his administration put in place to make American’s lives better.
Still it seems it’s not enough for some Americans. But what about young Black Americans? It was largely our mobilization and energy for Obama that put him in office two years ago. Celebrity supporters like Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and Beyoncé joined the rest of the hip hop generation, and our populous came out in record numbers. Not to mention, for many of us it was the first time we gave our dollars to support a political campaign. And for some of us, it was our very first time making a trip to the polls, just to see a Black man who we believed in lead a country that had long dissed us.
So have we completely turned our backs on President Obama? The man who once moved us to tears while thousands of us stood in the freezing cold on that winter D.C. day when he took the presidential oath to lead the free world?
Please share your sincerest thoughts on the President’s performance. Does Obama still have your vote?