To the Editor:
As a Hyde park resident having worked the 2008 presidential election cycle as a field organizer in Ohio for President Obama, I take a somewhat nuanced view of Obama’s last term. I recently wondered just how content Organizer Obama would be with President Obama. As a young student, Barack Obama was filled with hope, optimism and courage, ready to take on social and corporate ills for the sake of justice and equality. His candidacy for elected office initially into the Illinois Senate was intentioned to accomplish those goals.
A watered-down healthcare bill, ending a prolonged conflict in Iraq and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy might not have been among young Obama’s top priorities. The 250 or so who have been murdered in Chicago (disproportionately black and brown and geographically from two sides of the city), increased fees/fines for average citizens, food deserts, lack of quality affordable housing and lack of employment would probably top Organizer Obama’s agenda.
If Barack was a young organizer on the South Side of Chicago in 2012, I wonder if he would see a president who was on his side or one who has forgotten him? Just a thought.
President, as you exit your Presidency please remember your cause and remember your goals.