Kwame Anthony Appiah: Obama Has Done Too Little for the Poor
The most common complaint about Obama is that his actions while in office have represented the status quo, despite his iconic campaign rhetoric. Appiah agrees with this general assumption, saying that "the president has done pretty much what a Republican (or most other Democrats) would have done, in ways that are a good deal more conservative than his campaign rhetoric."
Lastly, Appiah criticizes Obama's track record on the poor, financial reform, and the economic recovery. "In dealing with the financial crisis, for example," says Appiah, "...his administration has done too little for the poor and too much to please the masters and mistresses of the world of finance." Appiah's views on Obama seem to reflect his current standing amongst Democratic supporters across America. Not angry, yet not satisfied, Obama's approval hangs delicately in the balance while the nation's political attention focuses on the race for the Republican nomination. Without question, the 2012 election will be the true judgement of Obama's presidency. Kwame Anthony Appiah is the president of the PEN American Center, and the author of The Honor Code and Cosmopolitanism.