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?

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  • Dorsey

    I gave up on full year ago and count is flopping now as a measure of my IQ and foresight. Bad policies forced through, unpopular ObamaCare Bill, avoidance of the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac fiasco with FinReg Bill (not calling out Barney Frank and Dodd or Clinton’s reversal of Glass-Steigel in the 90s), fighting for GREEN Cap and Trade after it’s fraudulent debunking last year, created and saved (lol) jobs, a slew of Gov,’nt bailouts, his Oil Moratorium costing millions of jobs….pftt. Dissing black Fathers on 3 Separate Fathers Days in the Black Church and then getting in office and Making a Office for Women and Girls. NOT Dissing Rangel, Waters and the 2 new CBC scandals? And Race-Baiting the entire way? No sorry, he doesn’t have the economy/business nor the black mens best interest at heart, though he does have illegal Immigrants at the forefront of his agenda. Sooo, Imma have to learn him this November and clear out a slew of feminists. Call it Revenge of the Black Man. Diss Black fathers and I’m going to get him back for that. He’s Arrogant. My Goals are the Tea Partys. His goal is keep a low profile until after the elections or he’ll drive away more voters. Serves him right.

    Other black people remind me of Bush voters the first two yrs of his second term. They were still holding on to that PRIDE while the rest of the Nation had moved on laughingly.

  • Dorsey wrote: “Dissing black Fathers… …Diss Black fathers and I’m going to get him [Obama] back for that.”

    I’d request links to substantiate the erroneous claim that President Obama ‘dissed black fathers’ but it’d be a waste of time since you like to go on and on and on yapping all kinds of crap — but won’t put up any credible links/sources to prove your whiney claims.

    Besides, it’d be impossible to do because it did not happen!

    It’s so lame and transparent that – when someone like the POTUS or anyone else puts the unvarnished truth on the table or states facts that some simply don’t want to hear – here comes the tired standby accusations of ‘bashing’, ‘hate’, ‘dissing’ etc.

  • Mediaman

    I wasn’t deceived to start with…

  • Terri Gentry

    I believe in President Obama. I believe he is the hardest working President we have ever had. The mantra “you have to do twice as much to get half as far” is what he has been facing. He has had to deal with more resistance, more disrespect, more rude behavior, more negative press and misinformation than any other president.

    I also see a lot of “Willie Lynch” behavior from our folks, too. Part of the challenge we face is that we need to be more supportive of his efforts, willing to stand on our own priniciples, take some risks and speak up, and continue his grass roots efforts to create change. Visualize this: Imagine 387,000 Storm Troopers locked arm in arm standing on top of a 48″ thick, 50′ high concrete and barbed wire wall, that protects free money, oil, water, greed, power, and “ISMS”. President Obama is trying to Bring down the Walls and create an environment for all people. Pay attention to WHO is financing the campaigns to defeat him. He’s having to deal with some stuff from the 19th Century (states rights & Jim Crow era attitudes).