Obama ran as a transformative candidate. He should have fought to be a transformative president.
The public option would have benefitted Americans. He should have fought for it like Bush fought for his destructive wars and tax breaks which wrecked the American economy.
He inherited the worst economic crisis since the 30s. The stimulus should have been bigger. France and Germany really went for it. And now they have the fastest recoveries in the world.
Republicans were going to lie about his policies whatever he did. As it is, the health care bill is some half-arsed insurance-company friendly appeasement nonsense that deprives millions of the benefits enjoyed by millions of French, Italian, Danish and, yes, even British people. The stimulus wasnt big enough and the banks are acting like shit heads.
He caved in and they lied about him anyway. Hes not going to be able to run on hope and change next time. The only thing that might save him is if the Republican candidate is Sarah Palin.