Just to think a year ago, President Obama was Senator Obama; one term State Senator from Illinois criss-crossing America on the campaign trail with his infectious "Yes we can!" message. A year later, not only is Barack Obama a president, he is also a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Indeed, Yes HE can!
Even ardent fans of Obama like myself were taken aback by the noble Nobel Committee's announcement. Later it became apparent to me that the prize is for work to be done to promote peace rather than work done. This puts immense pressure on President Obama. The critics are everywhere. Already Obama has come face-to-face with fiery opposition to his Health Care reform bill from opposition Republicans who have accused him of everything from being a liar to (shock-horror) a communist. Even the same people on the left who helped propel him to his current position are expressing dissatisfaction. Have you heard of the Obameter at PolitiFact.com? Basically, the good people at PolitiFact.com have compiled more than 500 promises that President Obama made during his campaign and are tracking their progress on their Obameter.
They rate each promise's status as: No Action, In the Works or Stalled. Once they find action is completed, they rate them as Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken.
So far things are not looking too good on President Obama's scorecard. Imagine we had something similar in Ghana. I would hate to see President's Mill's report card right about now!
- Got problems in the Middle East? Here Obama-man comes to save the day!
- Conflict in Darfur? Obama-man to the rescue
- Nagging issues with juntas in Burma? Obama-man is on the job..
- North Korea still testing those pesky missiles? It's a bird; it's a plane; No, Its Obama-man.