This idea would have more power behind it if he (Obama) didn't spend over half of his time in office so far with a friendly Democratic house..........
I think you oversimplify the whole thing Truth OT. I stand by the notion that his hands were tied by a broken congress. Just look at what you are suggesting here. You're basically saying that it matters that his own political party was in control. The mere suggestion that that should make a difference speaks volumes about how broken this congress really is. What should it matter what political party is in control? When did that take precedence over the merit of an idea??? If 95% of dems vote yes on an idea and 99% of repubs vote no, that's not voting with the American people in mind... it's party lines. That equals a really bad congress. In other words, congress barely gives a shit about his ideas. They just care about their own parties.
Even then, just because he had a party majority, he did not have the ability to do whatever he wanted to do. If just a few of his democratic allies said no to his policies (which happened sometimes), the ENTIRE republican party was against him. That means he would have to please every single member of his democratic party in order to get anything done. What does that tell you about the system? Does that sound like a well functioning process? Does that sound like a solid, well oiled help-the-American-people legislation machine to you? No, it's a worthless, heaping pile of shit.
The republicans got what they wanted. Their plan worked pretty well. All they needed was a few democratic members who didn't always agree with him and it makes him out to look like the guy who couldn't get anything done. Mission accomplished. They've completely cock-blocked the whole process. Congrats to them. Meanwhile, the whole country still struggles to recover and to the rest of the thinking people in this country, they all look like a bunch of fucktards.
While I (as an independent voter who voted for Bush senior and for Clinton) blame mostly the republicans and their complete anti-Obama agenda, the democrats have a hand in it too. What we've learned most about this whole thing is that it barely even matters who the president is. He can set the tone. He can talk the talk. He can go city to city with his ideas, but unless you have a decent congress, you're completely fucked. It's congress that's the problem.
If Obama DID have free reign (as you seem to think he did here), don't you think things would be different right now? Of course they would. But if he had that freedom, and our current situation is where we ended up, then I would say he was a mediocre president at best. When you look back at the past 4 years, or even in the first couple years when his own party had full control, do you really feel as though he had the freedom to do what he said he would? There's no way you can think that. No way. As it is, he killed Bin Laden, helped prevent another depression, stopped the war in Iraq, changed health care (slightly for the better IMO, but it's certainly not great), and for that I think he deserves a second chance. He's done as much as can be expected given the circumstances. I think he'll get another shot, but his hands will remain tied because we seem to have a hard time electing members of congress who are willing to work together to solve problems instead of sticking to party lines.
I would like to see members of congress who say, "You know what? I don't care who sponsored this idea.. I will analyze it for the content and decide whether or not it will help the American people, and vote accordingly." If Obama had a full house and senate filled with people like that, the last 4 years would have been MUCH more productive. As it is, however, his hands were, and remain today, tied behind his back.