In Iowa Some Obama Supporter Have Buyers Remorse

For some in Iowa,  Buyer’s remorse is setting in. Meet Pauline McAreavy  76, a retired school nurse in Williamsburg. McAreavy voted for President Obama last year, wanting change from the Bush Administration.  She change her party affiliation to Democrat to vote former Illinois Senator, welcomed young Obama volunteers in her home.

But all that has changed. McAreavy is downcast  about Obama hasn’t been forceful enough. In a recent letter campaign letter she wrote back that she wanted to see results. “Until I see some progress and he lives up to his promises in Iowa, we will not give one penny.”

“I’m afraid I wasn’t realistic,” Ms. McAreavy, 76, a retired school nurse, said on a recent morning on the deck of her home here in east-central Iowa.

“I really thought there would be immediate change,” she said. “Sometimes the Republicans are just as bad as Democrats. But it’s politics as usual, and that’s what I voted against.”

If that’s not enough McAreavy  is worried about Afghanistan and Health Care Reform. She fears that her grandson who is the Iowa National Guard would head to Afghanistan. In regard to health care She is afraid that her Medicaid will be reduced which she may have fewer mammograms. McAreavy sees Obama programs from Democrats purview.

“All my Republican friends — and independents — are sitting back saying, ‘Oh, what did we do?” Ms. McAreavy said. “I’m not to that point yet, but a lot of people are.”

Meet another Obama supporter in Iowa who wonders about his vote.  John Sager a retired electrical engineer in Marshalltown,  felt that Senator Obama was worthy of his vote that he lend his name of to the campaign of Republicans who supported Obama.

“He gave a fairly decent presentation, but that’s what it turned out to be — a presentation,” said Mr. Sager, 77. “I don’t think he should keep hiding behind the fact that he inherited all these problems.”

While some voters have buyers  remorse others are supportive of the president.

Paul Johnson is Student legal services attorney at Iowa State University in Iowa City. He and his wife Kathy are loyal Democrats and very supportive of the president.  As a candidate and nominee they love the soaring optimism but now as President he seem more subdued and tentative and doesn’t own up to his responsibilities .

“I think he was more presidential when he was running for office than he is now,” said Paul Johnson, 58, a student legal services lawyer at Iowa State University. “He seems more subdued, which is probably a result of having to actually deal with the issues on his plate as opposed to just rallying the troops to vote for him.”

Obama want their first choice that was former Senator John Edwards, Senator (now Vice President) Joe Biden,  and third was Hillary Clinton. When Obama won the nomination they enthusiastic supported him. They say his doing a good job, but the believe he need to be more forceful in actions.

“It’s overdue for him to actually take charge here,” said Ms. Johnson, 57, a social worker in the town of Nevada.

Candi Schmieder, 40 is another Obama supporter. She trusted the president but thinks the vote if it happened today thing might be different. In her country the were a tie between Obama and Senator John McCain;  until absentee votes propelled Obama to the win.

Bailouts of banks, car companies, and stimulus and the war in Afghanistan has taken its toll  with the voters but many like the President personally but his approval went from 64% to 53%. So far the verdict is mixed one year later after the historic election.

New York Times


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