The President Needs Me

As I often do, I got another personal note from the President today.  Not personal in the sense that I can reply to it, since I’ve tried before and I get a mail error, but personal just the same, after a fashion.


See? We’re on a first-name basis, and he doesn’t even bother with salutations.

I come into this election with clear eyes.

Yes, but it’s the rose-colored glasses you’ve been wearing for two years that makes it such potential debacle.

I am proud of all we have achieved together, but I am mindful of all that remains to be done.

I know some out there are frustrated by the pace of our progress. I want you to know I’m frustrated, too.

Some?  Try everybody.  And, unlike you, none of us are the frigging PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, so we can’t do anything about it, like you could if only you weren’t such a sellout weinie.

But with so much riding on the outcome of this election, I need everyone to get in this game.

Why?  It’s not my job; it’s yours.  To bad you didn’t think about this sooner.

Neither one of us is here because we thought it would be easy. Making change is hard. It’s what we’ve said from the beginning. And we’ve got the lumps to show for it.

Yes, lumps of your own making, and deservedly so.  And how do you know change is hard?  You’ve never tried it.

The fight this fall is as critical as any this movement has taken on together. And if we are serious about change, we need to fight as hard as we ever have.

Could you cut it out with the “we?”  As I previously mentioned, you’re the President, and I have a job, too, doing something else.

The very special interests who have stood in the way of change at every turn want to put their conservative allies in control of Congress. And they’re doing it with the help of billionaires and corporate special interests underwriting shadowy campaign ads.

If they succeed, they will not stop at making our work more difficult — they will do their best to undo what you and I fought so hard to achieve.

And this comes as a surprise to you?  You thought that cozying up to Wall Street, the oil companies, big Pharma, and on and on, would make those types love you, and eliminate the need to fight them?  If you were in fact born yesterday, you should have mentioned that in the campaign.  Had you, not me, “fought” for anything worth having, you wouldn’t need to be begging me for support now.  Please make a note of it.

There is no better time for you to start fighting back — a fellow grassroots supporter has promised to match, dollar for dollar, whatever you can chip in today.

What’s two times zero?

Please donate $15 — and see who wants you to re-commit to this movement.

I don’t want to meet any more dumb people, but thanks.

I know that sometimes it feels like we’ve come a long way from the hope and excitement of the inauguration, with its “Hope” posters and historic crowds on the National Mall.

I will never forget it. But it was never why we picked up this fight.

Maybe you should let it go.  I have.

I didn’t run for president because I wanted to do what would make me popular. And you didn’t help elect me so I could read the polls and calculate how to keep myself in office.

Well, in that case, you’ve been a roaring success.  Why, pray, did you run, then?  Not to end the wars.  Not to rein in corporate interests.  Not restore the tattered balance between “security” and American ideals. Not to help immigrants and gay people attain full citizenship.  This better be good.

You and I are in this because we believe in a simple idea — that each and every one of us, working together, has the power to move this country forward. We believed that this was the moment to solve the challenges that the country had ignored for far too long.

That’s all?  Even by that evanescent standard, how, exactly, have we “moved forward?”  What log-neglected challenges have we solved?  Bupkis, that’s what.

That change happens only from the bottom up. That change happens only because of you.

For the last time, YOU’RE THE PRESIDENT!!!!   And all the “change” I’ve seen came from, as usual, the other direction.

So I need you to fight for it over the next 26 days. I need your time. I need your commitment. And I need your help to get your friends and neighbors involved.

Good luck with that.

If you bring in a new donor today, your $15 donation will become $30. And our Vote 2010 campaign will have twice the resources to make important investments like putting staff on the ground, providing materials for volunteers, and turning out millions of voters come Election Day.

Nope.  I gave to the candidates I support (which, not coincidentally, aren’t usually the ones you support), and I plan to vote Democrat.  But that’s it.  Bad service, no tip.

Please donate $15 — and renew your commitment today:

Don’t wait up.

If we meet this test — if you, like me, believe that change is not a spectator sport — we will not just win this election. In the years that come, we can realize the change we are seeking — and reclaim the American dream for this generation.

I had something sooner in mind, to tell you the truth. Just to be clear I don’t believe “change” is a spectator sport, but if it were, the stands would be empty when you’re on the field.

Thank you for being a part of it,

It?  What’s “it?”  I claim no involvement.

President Barack Obama

Honestly.  I hate to have to knock the President so, but it’s pretty galling that he has such a muscular and tireless fundraising arm, and such a pathetically weak political arm.  If Democrats maintain control of congress, which I think is increasingly likely, it will be in spite of, rather than due to, any effort on his part.  Better yet, the biggest defeats will be the Blue Dogs, corporate slimeballs like Blanche Lincoln et al, that the Obama Administration alienated their base by supporting, and judging by that letter, I don’t think President Obama will learn anything from this.  He seems to have figured out that people will put up with him, lame as he is, because they have no choice.

Like old age, the Democrats are only good compared to the alternative.   At least that’s something, but it isn’t worth paying for.  Thanks, but no thanks, Mr. President.


  1. I received the same personal note from Barry (and I thought it was just me). He is good, you’ll have to admit, at reaching out to his base during the campaign season. If only he could be this good at keeping his campaign promises. Great post.

  2. Consuela says:

    Still trying to imagine my alternative from that last presidential election. McCain? Hilary? Too bad they didn’t send a Mexican in to clean up that Republican horse shit left on the door step of the White House.

    Hopefully everybody will give Obama some bus fare to make the trip back home. Have him take some towels they’re getting kind of threadbare anyway, Republicans will buy new when they get those tax cuts rolling again.

    It took 8 years for Bush to take at least $127 billion surplus and turn it into a $319 billion deficit. (Actually he did that in the first 4 years) It was later that he handed out tax cuts of 1.85 trillion.
    In Clinton’s 8 years he created over 23 million jobs; about 8 million more than in Reagan’s 8 years and Bush’s 8 years combined. (Bush created about 1 million in his last 4 years and 0 the first 4)

    I’m not defending Obama by any means, I’m just sayin’ it’s typical American whiteness behavior, you mess up the house with dirty dishes and soiled underwear and then you not only don’t want to clean it yourself; you get some hired help and then forget to leave the cash on the counter. Just sayin’ leave me a good chunk of change if you want clean.

    And right, be quick about it too I haven’t got all day.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Well, when Obama started running, he did say all the right things about torture, ending the war, creating green jobs, etc., but once in office he did none of these things. I certainly supported him over Hillary and McCain, for largely these reasons; precisely the areas where he has not delivered.

  3. mikeinportc says:

    :) )))) Great post, CH!
    He’s giving me the cold shoulder. My letters were from the 2nd bananabrain, and lower. [ Maybe because I joined in on starting a blog, on his site, ripping him for the FISA vote? ;) ]

    Still trying to imagine my alternative from that last presidential election. McCain? Hilary?

    Write-in.( Who? – Barbara Lee, Kucinich, a neighbor, – anybody but the bloody enablers of the status quo.) ( As I should have done, as I first intended) Maybe a futile gesture,but at lest it’s not a vote that can be claimed as a mandate for all CH mentions above .

    • cocktailhag says:

      I got yet another note today, so you must really feel like chopped liver. This time my best friend Barack wants me to go over and hang out with some Obamabots in far NE Portland, where he will grace us with a video greeting. Can you imagine a worse way to spend an evening? I hit delete before I even looked at the calendar.

  4. Flasher55 says:

    If he would run the country as well as you write, we would be in UTOPIA!!

  5. dirigo says:

    Another breath of fresh air: Christine O’Donnell says her primary qualification for the U.S. Senate rests on a week-long intensive in constitutional law at the Claremont Institute.

    I learned how to do mitre cuts in a day while on a framing job. Therefore, I’m an architect.

  6. retzilian says:

    I always get the Barry ones since I donated oodles of money and time to him, but lately I just delete his ass.

    Hag, are you going to write about Art Johnson? I was dumbfounded watching him on Maddow the other day.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Actually, I’m writing about Nazi reenactors, one running for congress in your state, and another who happens to be a cop in Portland. They don’t think fascism is liberal, quite evidently.

  7. retzilian says:

    P.S., Barry didn’t write that email. It’s not his writing style at all. He is, to his credit, a good writer.