Even though I disagree with some of President Obama’s decisions, and although I find myself disappointed at times with lack of progress toward cherished, progressive goals, I believe he is the best thing that has happened to the Democratic Party since the administrations of John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. He has inherited an ungodly mess from the worst administration in U.S. history. Furthermore, the Republican Party, backed by right-wing billionaires, now has a single-minded purpose, which is to make this president fail.
President Obama has an almost impossible mission. Never in the history of this country has one political party, after leaving messes of crisis proportion, mobilized so totally, thoroughly, and energetically for no other purpose than to make the presidential administration of the other party fail. The right wing in this country has no interest in supporting any programs of President Obama – even if those programs are in the best interests of the American people and are badly needed to stop deterioration in our quality of life.
I do not want to hear my progressive brothers and sisters talk of a Henry Wallace-Eugene McCarthy-Bobbie Kennedy type of primary challenge in 2012. That would be self-destructive and self-defeating. Jean and I expect to be holding our annual celebration of President Obama’s election through 2016.