In Iowa, Second Thoughts on Obama


Is the bloom off the rose yet? According to this article in the New York Times no less, it is in Iowa which has long been the proving ground for presidential candidates. It seems that the buyers remorse attitude is growing and the people who saw this coming over a year ago are asking themselves why others couldn’t see it.

Big Mistake

WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa — Pauline McAreavy voted for President Obama. From the moment she first saw him two years ago, she was smitten by his speeches and sold on his promise of change. She switched parties to support him in the Iowa caucuses, donated money and opened her home to a pair of young campaign workers.

But by the time she received a fund-raising letter last month from the Democratic National Committee, a sense of disappointment had set in. She returned the solicitation with a handwritten note, saying, “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.

Read the rest of the article here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/03/us/politics/03year.html

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