Editor's Note: The following opinion piece does not reflect the views of Peachtree Corners-Berkeley Lake Patch.
You have been in office for two and a half years; You ran on a campaign slogan of “Hope and Change.” In fact, a majority of voters elected you to enact change. You have - and now many people are not happy with your change or any change.
To be fair, your Administration has done many good things. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are winding down. Even conservatives can agree that this has been a bright spot in your Presidency. Additionally, your Administration and you were responsible for taking bold action to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Finally, you promised the American people a new direction in healthcare. You have delivered.
The economy has been your Achilles Heel. Joblessness has been rampant and nothing you have done has helped. I would argue that you and your predecessor have saved us from a far worse economic situation.
I have been disappointed with the level of communication that this administration has exhibited. Strategic vision and leadership can and should be improved. Do you remember Roosevelt’s fireside chats? Citizens need to be educated and persuaded. Since the campaign, you have not done enough of that. In challenging times, people want to be reminded that we are all in this together.
I know you are about to go into full “campaign mode.” But remember a few thoughts. Truman made decisions that were hugely unpopular (the Marshall Plan, etc), but history judged him right. Eisenhower was castigated for fearing the “Military Industrial” complex, but history judged him right. Kennedy was pilloried for many of his decisions, and history judged him right. Reagan was blasted for giving amnesty to illegal immigrants as well as raising taxes after lowering them, and history judged him right.
My point is that ALL sitting Presidents are attacked fiercely on many fronts. Keep listening to the American people, not the talk show hosts, and you will do the right thing. When the economy improves, the opinion polls will improve. Focus on the economy.
The best is yet to come! Happy Birthday!
About the author: Peachtree Corners resident Doug Heckman ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in Georgia's 7th Congressional District in 2010.