While there's no doubt Obama was strikingly better as a president than Trump is going to be, there is a mythologically positive interpretation of his administration that doesn't help us deal with the realities of our situation. For example, a few months into Obama's administration we ran this:
Smith, Progressive Review -
During the campaign the Review pointed out a number of uncomfortable facts
about Barack Obama, including that he:
Aggressively opposed impeachment action against Bush
Had argued that conservatives and Bill Clinton were right to destroy social
Supported making it harder to file class action suits in state courts
Voted for a business-friendly "tort reform" bill
Voted against a 30% interest rate cap on credit cards
Had the most number of foreign lobbyist contributors in the primaries
Was even more popular with Pentagon contractors than McCain
Was the most popular of the candidates with K Street lobbyists
Was named in 2003 by the right-wing Democratic Leadership Council as
one of its "100 to Watch." After he was criticized in the black
media, Obama disassociated himself with the DLC. But his major economic
advisor, Austan Goolsbee, was still the chief economist of the conservative
organization. Wrote Doug Henwood, "Goolsbee has written gushingly about
Milton Friedman and denounced the idea of a moratorium on mortgage
Supported the war on drugs
Supported the crack-cocaine sentence disparity
Supported Real ID
Supported the PATRIOT Act
Supported the death penalty
Opposed lowering the drinking age to 18
Went to Connecticut to support Joe Lieberman in the primary against Ned Lamont
Lent his support, as Paul Street of Z Mag noted, " to the aptly named
Hamilton Project, formed by corporate-neoliberal Citigroup chair Robert Rubin
and other Wall Street Democrats to counter populist rebellion against
corporatist tendencies within the Democratic Party. . . Obama was recently
hailed as a Hamiltonian believer in limited government and free trade by
Republican New York Times columnist David Brooks."
Endorsed US involvement in the failed drug war in Colombia.
Voted for a nuclear energy bill that included money for bunker buster bombs and
full funding for Yucca Mountain.
Came in at 48th in the ranking of senators by the League of Conservation Voters
Supported federally funded ethanol and was unusually close to the ethanol
Promised to double funding for private charter schools, part of a national
effort to undermine public education.
Supported the No Child Left Behind Act
Favored expanding the war in Afghanistan
Supported Israeli aggression and apartheid.
Favored turning over Jerusalem to Israel
Wouldn't rule out first strike nuclear attack on Iran
Called Pakistan "the right battlefield ... in the war on terrorism."
Threatened to invade Pakistan
Opposed gay marriage
Opposed single payer healthcare
Supported restricting damage awards in medical malpractice suits
Favored healthcare individual mandates that would help insurance companies and
banks but not citizens
Wanted to expand the size of the military.
Wouldn't have photo taken with San Francisco mayor because he was afraid it
would seem that he supported gay marriage
Dissed Ralph Nader for daring to run for president again
Called the late Paul Wellstone "something of a gadfly"
Was ranked 24th in the Senate by Progressive Punch
Said "everything is on the table" with Social Security.
That's 38 reasons for starters why liberals might have been uncomfortable with
Obama. Instead they have treated him as if he had descended from heaven and heavily
chastised those who failed to join their crusade.