The thing about hope… it fades.

Recommendations, or not — Sean Bonner @ 10:39 am
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That lovely design is via Diesel Sweeties and I think says what a lot of people are thinking right now. I have to say I’m pretty amazed at how many of the folks I knew who were rabid Obama supporters 2 weeks ago are completely disappointed with him this week thanks to the FISA thing. It’s been crazy really, I haven’t seen people as up in arms over a candidate as long as I can remember so to see so many of those die hard people change direction so quick has me dizzy. In the last week I’ve seen:

  • A guy in a parking lot at a grocery store pealing off an Obama bumper sticker
  • Another recently removed sticker in a different parking lot.
  • A lady with an Obama pin on her bag ripping an Obama poster off an electric box
  • A whole group of bike riders taking Obama spoke cards off their bikes and throwing them in a near by trashcan.

In an e-mail thread with a few friends, one of which who has been a strong supporter for a while and worked on his campaign since early on said this:

“His approval of the bill doesn’t endear him to most independents/regular folks (who don’t care as much about this issue) — but it is an enormous insult to those of us who backed him from the start (who tend to be really passionate about civil liberties stuff). So he lost on both counts.”

And I think that’s pretty much it. The dude tried to win friends with the wrong approach, and only pissed off his biggest supporters basically telling them all that everything he’s ever said is suspect and possibly a lie at this point. But then again, he’s a politician so I don’t know why this is too shocking for anyone.



  1. I too was disappointed, but have bean realistic about it. People were putting him on a pedestal, making him a messiah just waiting to be martyred. As I said last week in my blog I still believe that he is the right candidate to be our next candidate and can be the one to inspire the people to take a stand, but he is still a politician. I still like a lot of things he has done and how his campaign has brought more people into having an opinion and acting on it.
    I personally don’t think everything he has said or promised is a lie, but it definitely casts some doubt and Obama will need to be careful on how he acts from now to the election or, while gaining support from other areas, he will lose all those that got him there.
    Feels like ones favorite band saying they will never sell out, then they become Clear Channel’s poster boy.

    Comment by Jeff Donaldson — July 13, 2008 @ 10:57 am
  2. “I still like a lot of things he has done and how his campaign has brought more people into having an opinion and acting on it.”

    I agree with you completely. As compared to McCain, he’s a hundred times better. Like you said, he is a politician and we’re always going to question (and should), his objectives and intentions.

    Great post.

    Comment by katie schwartz — July 13, 2008 @ 12:45 pm
  3. Oops, I was quoting commenter Jeff D.

    Essentially we’re all saying the same thing :)

    Comment by katie schwartz — July 13, 2008 @ 12:46 pm
  4. I love daretohope800.gif
    “Prepare to be disappointed”
    Says it all. Thanks Sean.

    Comment by scott Blake — July 13, 2008 @ 9:10 pm
  5. I basically agree, but in the interest of the devil’s advocate, here’s the thing:

    In some ways, many ways, Obama can only keep as honest and true as we enable him to. That means donating and pulling weight – many of people doing so in small increments – so that he doesn’t see a nailing coming from the competition and have to maneuver in an unacceptable way to prevent being trounced. Anyone who has ever been in a leadership position or had to run a campaign against the current media and social landscape landscape can probably identify with these difficulties.

    Wrong decision, pissed off the people who are active etc etc; I agree. I am personally displeased. But, we the audience, society, humanity also need to take more responsibility across the board. That’s where deep change comes from: Changing the cues; not merely replacing the people in the charge. Otherwise it’s same circus different clowns. We need to say this isn’t an f*ing circus. Clowns don’t apply at grown up jobs, and grown ups don’t have to act like clowns to get the job if it isn’t treated like a ridiculous pageant.

    Loved the Clear Channel example: Symptom of the same problem.


    Comment by jm — July 16, 2008 @ 8:29 pm

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