Obama isn't the first black President, he's the first modern Presentdent of the US. Why are they so surprised? They elected a guy who mainly voted present before he got there? HuffPo pronounces Health Care as a leaderless cause. Obama is voting present on Afghanistan, gay rights, on jobs, he's voting no because he's more interested in his own agenda and world image. I guess he's still working the career path to Sec Gen of the UN when he's no longer present in Washington.
The only thing he actually showed up to do was tank the American economy for all time and potentially lose two wars, one of which was mostly won before Bush left office. The Baghdad attack may have happened under Bush. But if the Left starts hammering him on Iraq, who knows what this presentdent might do.
President Barack Obama is actively discouraging Senate Democrats in their effort to include a public insurance option with a state opt-out clause as part of health care reform. In its place, say multiple Democratic sources, Obama has indicated a preference for an alternative policy, favored by the insurance industry, which would see a public plan "triggered" into effect in the future by a failure of the industry to meet certain benchmarks.
The administration retreat runs counter to the letter and the spirit of Obama's presidential campaign. The man who ran on the "Audacity of Hope" has now taken a more conservative stand than Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), leaving progressives with a mix of confusion and outrage.