Obama ran as someone who would unite America, bring people together, be 'post-partisan', centrist, etc. As soon as he won, he named Congressman Rahm Emanuel to be his chief of staff. Emanuel is one of the most bitter partisans in Congress.
And there’s the story of how, the night after Bill Clinton was elected, Emanuel was so angry at the president’s enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting “Dead! … Dead! … Dead!” and plunging the knife into the table after every name. “When he was done, the table looked like a lunar landscape,” one campaign veteran recalls. “It was like something out of The Godfather. But that’s Rahm for you.”In addition to this, Emanuel is also a supporter of the Iraq War.
Remember, the biggest reason that Obama beat Hillary in the primaries is that Hillary voted for the war and Obama opposed it. Then after Obama won the nomination, he turned around and picked Joe Biden to be his Vice-President. Biden not only voted for the war, but he held hearings supporting it. Still, this pick might be rationalized as political expedience needed to win the election.
But Emanuel's appointment comes after the election. Emanuel not only supported the Iraq War, but he used his position running the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to sabotage antiwar democratic challengers.
What's more, Emanuel also favors reinstituting the draft, in the guise of 'national service'.
It's time for a real Patriot Act that brings out the patriot in all of us. We propose universal civilian service for every young American. Under this plan, All Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five will be asked to serve their country by going through three months of basic training, civil defense preparation and community service. ...Remember when leftists were convinced that Bush would reinstitute the draft?
Whatever you think of the Iraq War, it should be clear that Obama has completely sold out the people who voted for him.
How long will it take them to realize it?