Challenges of a first-year president

With the first nine months under his belt, President Obama has focused most of his attention on domestic issues. But the wars in Iraq and Afghanstan and accusations of racism are making his job difficult.

Photo By David Freyermuth
Photo By David Freyermuth

We all knew that President Barack Obama had a lot on his plate when he moved into the White House in January. The American people set a high standard for President Obama after all the campaign hype, and he has struggled to keep up with expectations on many issues.

The hottest topic over the past few months is the push for the reform on health care.

This has taken much of President Obama’s attention and time making him susceptible to much criticism by conservatives.

While addressing the United Nations three weeks ago, Obama tried to convince world leaders that he would help reduce pollution in this country.

However, world leaders are not budging until the President gives more attention to world issues. This will be a continued trend with our own foreign policy.

Speaking of foreign policy, the proposed troop increase in Afghanistan has many people questioning President Obama.

According to a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll, 1,000 people were asked whether they support an increase of troops. 44 percent said they would support a increase compared to the 51 percent that disapprove.

I am skeptical, like many Americans, because Obama has no previous foreign policy experience. But the Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates have helped President Obama settle into his role as commander-in-chief.

If he decides to increase the troops levels, it will be Obama’s first major foreign policy decision that will be his responsibilty.

But the other issue that has surprised many Americans, but not me, is that some people are hating Obama because the color of his skin.

I can’t tell you how much junk mail I have gotten e-mails calling President Obama derogatory names. The controversy started when former President Jimmy Carter stated to NBC Nightly News that he believes that racism is a part of the hatred for Obama.

“An overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man,” Carter said.

Hearing President Carter say these words brought me back to reality. Although we elected a black man as our president that doesn’t mean everybody has accepted him. I was naïve to think that there are still some people who believe that minorities can’t be successful.

I don’t care if you disagree with President Obama’s policies or views, but no one should think that someone of another race is inferior to lead this nation.

This will be a monumental time for the country, and I think we have the right man for the job. We as Americans will have to wait for the full results of Obama’s actions to play out. I’m an impatient person. I want fast results just like anybody else, but unless we reconstruct many parts of our nation we will be back in the same mess in 20 years.