An Obama Supporter Laments Over Geithner IssueSubmitted by michaelwise on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 06:20
Please allow me to reprint this comment I read on an article in The Huffington Post.
"Geithner symbolizes what is causing the American people to sour on the Obama presidency.
I have never worked harder in my life, as I did during the build up to the last presidential campaign/election. We sat night and day researching the Republican bag of tricks, and quickly passing on the anti-dotes to a very well coordinated network of online entities, so that we could together send waves of timely calibrated counter attacks cascading through online and offline media outlets, discussion boards and watering holes for news junkies.
We pulled up our bootstraps after McCain reached deep into his bag of tricks and pulled out a Sarah Palin on us. While she had the entire nation swooning to her ‘pitbull lipstick’, we called folks in Anchorage and dug deeper to find that forget about keeping an eye on Putin’s bathroom from her backyard, she had many bridges hidden in her closet. And we sent out well researched comments about the real Sarah Palin even as the media was swooning to her!
A year into Obama’s presidency, we feel let down. Several among who fought spiritedly for Obama have been unable to modify their mortgages. Many lost their jobs. A single mother who has no source of income anymore received notice from Bank Of America that she has to move out, and the bank’s representatives have the right to make random visits to the house anytime to ensure ‘its well being’ as the house is headed to foreclosure.
I personally feel cheated, and violated, especially as it becomes increasingly clear by every single passing day, that Obama and his blue eyed boys – Geithner in particular – have sacrifices Main street to protect, shield, and support Wall Street.
I invited our group to a cup of coffee last weekend, and I asked them in passing about sparing time and effort for the next elections. The sense of hurt was clearly evident, especially among the women in the group. Even though some of them tried to evade the topic, there is considerable ‘buyers’ remorse’ in our group. Ironically, after Sarah Palin was given the ‘wild card’ entry into the ticket, and many among us found ourselves on the backfoot momentarily, it were the women in our group – these now dispirited women that I mentioned – who got us to focus on Sarah Palin’s hypocrisy and McCain’s lack of judgment in foisting her on the ticket, and in doing so got us to counter attack against the Palin-McCain ticket.
Sadly, now that Obama is in the White house, and Geithner has replaced Paulson as the same old Goldman Sachs brew in a new bottle, there is no one to fight for Obama’s unseen foot soldiers like us.
I lost my job last week. I shall be able to make one more mortgage payment. My wife and I had worked very very very hard to get that place. Within that house are a lot of memories…of my wife’s feisty struggle against disability. Of how together we kept our spirits high even as she lost use of her limbs one after another, eventually becoming bed-ridden. A one time staunch republican from New England, she had become a very passionate Obama supporter. she often told me how proud she is to have lived long enough to see an Afro American person become the President. She took much mirth in calling some of her older relatives after Obama’s victory, many of who were not as enamored of an Afro American person becoming the President!
She died a few months ago. She remained jovial and positive to the very end, often lifting my spirits and consoling me. She told me not to worry if I lost the home. That the moments we had spent there, the bank can not take away.
She is in a little square box. I have not yet come to terms with spreading her ashes in the ocean as she wanted me to. But soon I will. Before they come to take the house. Despite everything, we had fought to ensure that the house was ours and it remained ours till she breathed her last.
I dont want her feeling homeless after she is gone.”
I’m not usually into human interest stories as they do not directly affect me, but I thought this a significant human interest story. The commenter took a lot of time to write it and took three comment windows to post it.
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