You have, no doubt, a team of political consultants you've hand-picked to advise you on all manner of policy, message, and strategy issues. Respectfully, sir, you need a new staff.
Look around you. The momentum you gathered in the 2008 race is gone. Your base is despondent; your fellow Democrats on the Hill are running scared; you've even been abandoned by the same party chairman who spoke at your nomination.
Throughout the 2008 race the Republican Party branded you as a radical left-wing idealist. The McCain and Palin campaign hammered away at you, slinging around words like "socialist" and "communist," and yet this country elected you - not in an edge-of-your-seat electoral nailbiter either; you won in a landslide.
I get the "post-partisan" angle, I really do. After eight years of President George W "My Way Or The Highway" Bush I can certainly see the appeal for genuine cooperation in Washington but, if you haven't noticed, that isn't happening. Your party controls the House, a filibuster proof majority in the Senate (at least in theory) and, insofar as I can tell, you've not received a single Republican vote on any legislation of note since January.
Post-Partisan idealism or not, Mr President, it takes two to tango.
It's been one year, Mr President - one year since you were swept into office in a historic repudiation of Republican politics and policies. Certainly you have faced challenges and while your political opponents have cast your supporters as cultists few really expected miracles of you.
But we did expect leadership and a commitment to the ideals upon which you ran and your administration has been sorely lacking in that department.
A year has come and gone, Mr President, and the post-partisan act doesn't seem to be working for you. Democrats, and even Independents, would rather you compromised less and stood up for your principals more often. Your failure to articulate an agenda to Congress has resulted in legislative race for universally acceptable mediocrity of such beige ineffectualness that every compromise away from the supposedly "radical" public option has corresponded to a fall off in public approval of the plan. The American people are with you Mr. President - perhaps more so than you are; they want a public option far moreso than a bi-partisan solution to the healthcare debate.
You have been a centrist, a moderate, a compromiser, and a uniter all without significant success or effect. Perhaps now it's time for Obama to be Obama.
Take a look at your approval ratings, Mr. President. What you're doing right now isn't doing you any favors in 2012. At this rate you may as well start governing like a lame-duck President; it may be the only shot you have at not becoming one.
Chris "Killfile" Thomas